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Small business owners who supported Donald Trump are complaining about troubles hiring foreign seasonal labour.

LANDSCAPING BUSINESS

After interviewing multiple landscaping business owners it is shown that they are unable to hire Americans for the same wages as foreign labour.  One such owner is Eddie Devine who voted for Trump but worries he may go out of business if he is unable to continue hiring 20 foreign workers a season though the H-2B visa program.  “I feel like I’ve been tricked by the devil,” Devine admitted. “I feel so stupid.”

TRUMP’S POLICIES

Devin says Trump’s policies are more about race than economics, noting that Trump properties in New York and Florida rely upon the H-2B visa program for 144 jobs a year.   “I think there’s a war on brown people,” he argued. “I want to know why it’s OK for him to get his workers, but supporters like me don’t get theirs.”

VISAS

 “We live and die by these visas,” said Ken Monin, owner of Monin Construction. “Last year we about went bankrupt. The workers we were supposed to get in March didn’t show up until August because they couldn’t get visas.”   “Americans don’t want most of these jobs,” Monin claimed.

COAL MINING

Coal mining jobs Trump campaigned on bringing back no longer exist. In Decatur, Ill., far from the coal mines of Appalachia, Caterpillar engineers are working on the future of mining: mammoth haul trucks that drive themselves.

SELF-DRIVING TECHNOLOGY

The trucks have no drivers, not even remote operators. Instead, the 850,000-pound vehicles rely on self-driving technology, the latest in an increasingly autonomous line of trucks and drills that are removing some of the human element from digging for coal.

VESTIGES OF THE PAST

Trump promised he would bring coal-mining jobs back to America. But the jobs he alluded to — hardy miners in maze-like tunnels with picks and shovels — have steadily become vestiges of the past.  Out of work coal miners voted in large numbers for Trump after he promised to bring coal mining jobs back.

REPLACING COAL

“However way you spin it, gas and renewables are going to continue to replace coal,” said Nicolas Maennling, senior economics and policy researcher at Columbia University and an author of the automation study.  “And in order to stay competitive, coal will have to increase automation,” he said.

PROMISES, PROMISES

Back during the election, anyone who had researched just a little would never had made these promises to out of work coal miners of bring coal mining jobs back.

 

 

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Posted by: maboulette | May 13, 2018

What GOP Says: You’ll Get A Tax Cut


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Putting aside President Trump’s penchant for exaggeration, independent analysts agree the Republican bill would deliver a tax cut for the majority of Americans. In 2018, middle-income households — those earning $49,000 to $86,000 — will see an average tax cut of $930 on average, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. Those who make a bit more but might still plausibly be called middle class — families earning $86,000 to $149,000 — will get back even more, with an average tax cut of just over $1,800.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: IT’S ONLY TEMPORARY.

No one in the middle class is going to turn up their nose at an extra thousand bucks. But critics have been pointing out that the tax bill could have done much more for middle earners. That $900 pales in comparison to the average $51,000 tax cut that Americans in the top 1% of earners — those taking home $733,000 and up — will reap. Overall, the 1% will reap more than 20% of the total value of the tax cut, roughly the same amount as Americans in the bottom 60% of the income distribution, the Tax Policy Center found.

BIGGER PROBLEM FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS

There may be an even bigger problem for the middle class, however. Budget rules tied Republicans’ hands, limiting their ability to make changes that extend more than 10 years in the future. As a result, most personal tax provisions in the bill expire by 2026. Meanwhile, other tweaks — like a new, less generous way of accounting for inflation — will work against middle-class taxpayers over time. As a result, a decade from now, about two thirds of middle-class taxpayers will see a tax hike, albeit a relatively small one of about $150, according to the Tax Policy Center.

WHAT THE GOP SAYS: TAXES ARE GETTING SIMPLER.

Another big Republican promise. Taxes so simple you could file them on a postcard. Trump even went so far as to hold up a card and kiss it. Again, this has proved an exaggeration. But the tax bill should make filing simpler for millions.

That’s because the bill doubles the standard deduction to $12,000 from $6,500 (and to $24,000 from $13,000 for couples). The standard deduction is the amount all taxpayers can lop off their income before applying tax rates. Taxpayers whose individual deductions — for items like a work cell phone or a home mortgage — exceed the standard deduction can claim those instead, but must detail, or itemize, each specific expense to the IRS. While more than 46 million tax filers would be expected to itemize next year under current tax law, that number would drop to less than 20 million under the Republican tax plan.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: SIMPLE ISN’T EVERYTHING.

No one likes doing their taxes. So, this seems at first glance like another clear win for the GOP. But it’s a bit more complicated.

Allowing all taxpayers to deduct another $6,000 or more from their tax bills could prove very costly to the government’s budget. To offset the lost revenue the bill makes a series of other changes to the code. It eliminates another perk known as the “personal exemption,” which allows taxpayers to deduct $4,150 for themselves and each qualifying child. Then because eliminating the personal exemption could hurt families, the bill also refines another facet of the code, doubling the child tax

 

Posted by: maboulette | May 13, 2018

What GOP Says: You’ll Get A Tax Cut


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Putting aside President Trump’s penchant for exaggeration, independent analysts agree the Republican bill would deliver a tax cut for the majority of Americans. In 2018, middle-income households — those earning $49,000 to $86,000 — will see an average tax cut of $930 on average, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. Those who make a bit more but might still plausibly be called middle class — families earning $86,000 to $149,000 — will get back even more, with an average tax cut of just over $1,800.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: IT’S ONLY TEMPORARY.

No one in the middle class is going to turn up their nose at an extra thousand bucks. But critics have been pointing out that the tax bill could have done much more for middle earners. That $900 pales in comparison to the average $51,000 tax cut that Americans in the top 1% of earners — those taking home $733,000 and up — will reap. Overall, the 1% will reap more than 20% of the total value of the tax cut, roughly the same amount as Americans in the bottom 60% of the income distribution, the Tax Policy Center found.

BIGGER PROBLEM FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS

There may be an even bigger problem for the middle class, however. Budget rules tied Republicans’ hands, limiting their ability to make changes that extend more than 10 years in the future. As a result, most personal tax provisions in the bill expire by 2026. Meanwhile, other tweaks — like a new, less generous way of accounting for inflation — will work against middle-class taxpayers over time. As a result, a decade from now, about two thirds of middle-class taxpayers will see a tax hike, albeit a relatively small one of about $150, according to the Tax Policy Center.

WHAT THE GOP SAYS: TAXES ARE GETTING SIMPLER.

Another big Republican promise. Taxes so simple you could file them on a postcard. Trump even went so far as to hold up a card and kiss it. Again, this has proved an exaggeration. But the tax bill should make filing simpler for millions.

That’s because the bill doubles the standard deduction to $12,000 from $6,500 (and to $24,000 from $13,000 for couples). The standard deduction is the amount all taxpayers can lop off their income before applying tax rates. Taxpayers whose individual deductions — for items like a work cell phone or a home mortgage — exceed the standard deduction can claim those instead, but must detail, or itemize, each specific expense to the IRS. While more than 46 million tax filers would be expected to itemize next year under current tax law, that number would drop to less than 20 million under the Republican tax plan.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: SIMPLE ISN’T EVERYTHING.

No one likes doing their taxes. So, this seems at first glance like another clear win for the GOP. But it’s a bit more complicated.

Allowing all taxpayers to deduct another $6,000 or more from their tax bills could prove very costly to the government’s budget. To offset the lost revenue the bill makes a series of other changes to the code. It eliminates another perk known as the “personal exemption,” which allows taxpayers to deduct $4,150 for themselves and each qualifying child. Then because eliminating the personal exemption could hurt families, the bill also refines another facet of the code, doubling the child tax

 

Posted by: maboulette | May 12, 2018

The Rest of The Donald Trump Bribes


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Internal documents from AT&T revealed today that the company was in fact specifically seeking to influence Donald Trump’s decisions over issues like mergers and net neutrality when it paid a few hundred thousand dollars to Trump’s fixer Michael Cohen. Considering that these issues all ended up going AT&T’s way, it got the steal of the century, considering how little it paid. Except, no, that’s not how any of this works.

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AT&T paid Cohen somewhere between $200,000 and $600,000. That’s pocket change for AT&T, which has a current market capitalization of roughly two hundred billion dollars, and was attempting to influence decisions that had billions of dollars of dollars in revenue riding on them. If AT&T made the decision to begin bribing Team Trump, there’s just no way it stopped at a few hundred thousand dollars. It would be like deciding to bribe a security guard to look the other way while you rob a convenience store, but only offering him five bucks.

MICHAEL COHEN’S BANKING RECORDS AND FINANCIAL HISTORY

There has to be more money involved, not just from AT&T, but from all of these companies. The Feds have every inch of Michael Cohen’s banking records and financial history. Considering how sloppy he’s been with the incoming and outgoing payments we know about, if he received additional payments from companies like AT&T and Novartis, the Feds already know about it. But what if the rest of it didn’t go to him?

BUSINESS AND POLITICAL “ADVISERS”

Donald Trump famously has a whole lot of business and political “advisers” who hang around him and loudly defend him, but don’t seem to have actual jobs with him. They wouldn’t do it without getting paid, yet Trump is a cash-poor cheapskate who tries to avoid having to pay anyone what he owes them. Have U.S. corporations and Kremlin oligarchs been spreading money around to multiple Trump advisers? That would be one way for the total dollar amounts to get large enough for Trump to repay these entities with policy decisions. Whatever it is, it’ll all come out now.

Posted by: maboulette | May 11, 2018

Donald Trump Should Not Be President


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With the latest release of info from the Senate Intelligence Committee, we now know there were direct hacks on our democracy and the voting systems in the US.  The election was hacked, and Trump should not be President.   The question should be; when is our government  going to do something about this!  The voters of this country should be hopping mad because it was the Democrats this time, but it could the Republicans next.

FLORIDA

Look at Florida, and you can see the proof. With very heavy early voting, the only way Trump could win was cheating since he needed to win a massive 65% of Election Day votes. That was mathematically impossible. Trump had never polled over 40, not once ever, so how could he get a massive 25% bump over his BEST polling ever? He couldn’t. So, we know now it was rigged. Donny himself admitted it. Conmen ALWAYS swear something they did didn’t happen unless the other side did it.

ELECTION DAY

But on Election Day, the hacking of voter ‘electronic registration’ records were corrupted, as were other aspects of voting. Hackers likely could not actually change votes but could do other things like preventing people FROM voting by deleting names, changing letters to make their names not match their ID, or other ways of negating legitimate voters. Since people register by party, Putin’s hackers knew who to target. A few voters per precinct and voila! Trump crushes the impossible to beat the massive margin he faced in Florida.

FEW  PLACES

This happened in PA, WI, MI and perhaps Ohio. Russia didn’t have to attack the entire US election system, just a few select places to skew the election. In Detroit, there were as many as 8 voting machines that failed, which negated as many as 70,000 mostly inner city (aka black, dem) voters who were never counted. 

RECOUNT RULE

These votes were more than enough to push Trump over in Michigan as he won by a microscopic margin, but as others have pointed out, just enough to stop a mandatory automatic recount.  Russia was so sophisticated in their manipulation, they were able to do this almost on vote by vote basis to get enough votes to win and just large enough margin to dodge the automatic recount rule which would have exposed the fraud.

So, again the question should be asked; when is our government  going to do something about this!

 

 

 

 

Posted by: maboulette | May 4, 2018

Quote To Think About


Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth… these are one and the same fight. We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security and women’s empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all.

 

Think about this – think hard and send this to all your mail list to think about.   Is this the way our country is going?  Is this the way the present administration is going?

 

 

Posted by: maboulette | April 26, 2018

The President and the Porn Star


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When Melania Trump tried her best to refuse to hold Donald Trump’s hand yesterday while television cameras from around the world were watching, it was merely the latest instance of Melania snubbing her husband without saying a word. It’s been going on ever since Donald’s affair with Stormy Daniels became public. She’s done all of this without saying a word. But now it turns out Melania is slamming Donald, along with Don Junior, behind the scenes.

BEFORE THE TRIGGER WAS PULLED

Vanessa Trump recently filed for divorce from Donald Trump Jr and it turns out before she pulled the trigger, she asked her mother-in-law-Melania for advice. Here’s what Melania told Vanessa in private, according to a new report from Us Weekly: “The Trump men are one and the same — vain and ­power-hungry.” She went on to tell Vanessa not to bother trying to force Junior to change his errant ways, because “he would choose his thirst for power like his dad.” Whoa, wait a minute here. This changes quite a bit.

WHO LEAKED THIS UGLY DETAIL

From the phrasing of the Us Weekly article, it’s not clear whether Vanessa’s camp or Melania’s camp leaked this ugly detail. If this is coming from Vanessa’s people, then it’s an attempt at publicly framing her decision to file for divorce. If it’s coming from Melania’s people, then it represents the most direct shot that she’s taken at Donald Trump to date.

WHAT MELANIA THINKS OF THE PRESIDENT

In any case, now we have a better sense of what Melania Trump really thinks of her husband. It turns out she sees Donald Trump pretty much like the rest of us see him: vain, power-hungry, incapable of changing for the better, and willing to lose important things from his life as part of his thirst for power.

Posted by: maboulette | April 17, 2018

Sandy Hook Parents Hit Alex Jones With Defamation Lawsuits


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(it’s about time someone stops Jones)

The parents of two children who died in the Sandy Hook massacre have filed defamation lawsuits against Infowars founder Alex Jones over his false claims that the 2012 school shooting was staged. Lawyers for the parents say Jones’ conspiracy theories—including the false assertion that the parents of dead children are “crisis actors”—have led to death threats against them.

CHILDREN KILLED

Neil Heslin, the father of a 6-year-old boy killed in the shooting, and Leonard Pozner and Veronique De La Rosa, who also lost their son, filed the suits late Monday, the Huffington Post reports. Each suit is seeking $1 million in damages.

TORMENTED

 “Even after these folks had to experience this trauma, for the next five years they were tormented by Alex Jones with vicious lies about them,” said Mark Bankston, the lawyer handling the cases for the parents. “And these lies were meant to convince his audience that the Sandy Hook Sandy Hook massacreand have perpetrated a sinister lie on the American people.”

ANOTHER LAW SUITS

Bankston is also involved in another defamation suit against Jones, representing a man whom he incorrectly identified as the Parkland school shooter. 

Posted by: maboulette | April 16, 2018

Boston Marathon Today


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My daughter Stephane is running in her first Boston Marathon today – please keep good thoughts about her today.  I am so excited for her.

The Boston Marathon is one of the older events, having first been established in 1897 and has been managed throughout it’s entire history by the iconic Boston Athletic Association or BAA. It is also one of the few races that has managed to avoid official affiliation with a corporate sponsor, which I think is worthy of note in this day and age.

Of course it is now an event that will forever be associated with the tragic events at the 2013 race, but the city of Boston has recovered incredibly well form that catastrophe and you would have to now regard this event not only as one of the most popular with athletes and spectators, but also probably the safest.

 


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Michael Avenatti, the attorney for adult film star Stormy Daniels, leveled a jaw-dropping accusation against Trump lawyer Michael Cohen on Sunday.

CNN INTERVIEW

During an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Avenatti claimed that the men Cohen was seen smoking cigars with outside of a courthouse on Friday afternoon had unspecified ties to the Russian government.

RUSSIAN TIES

“Michael Cohen was videotaped and photographed sitting with a number of men,” Avenatti said. “We believe that a number of those actually had ties, Russian ties, as crazy as that sounds. This story gets more strange and more strange by the day. You couldn’t make this up if you wanted to.”

MORE DETAILS

Tapper seemed taken aback by Avenatti’s allegations and pressed him for more details.

“Can you shed more light on what you said?” he asked. “I mean, I saw a picture of one of the people he was sitting with, and he has ties to one particular Russian wealthy individual. What else are you talking about?”

GETTING WORSE FOR PRESIDENT

“I don’t want to say too much this morning, but you can’t make this stuff up,” Avenatti replied. “I don’t understand what he is doing, what Michael Cohen’s doing with each passing day. This is getting worse and worse for him and getting worse and worse for the president.”

 

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