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Did You Get Your Money?

8 Mar

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There is a commercial being run on television here in the New York metropolitan area featuring a young mother explaining to the camera that now that she has received her 2,000 dollar increase in her pay check and a $1,000 bonus from the company she works for… as direct results of the recent Republican tax reform, life in America is so much easier because she and her family can now afford to buy so many more of the things that they need.

Has this happened to you? Are you earning 3,000 dollars more than you were 3 months ago? The commercial says that this is the average increase in middle class workers pay throughout the country.

I have received about 32 dollars more in my monthly pay or around 380 dollars over the course of this coming year…and of course since I have not filled out my 2018 tax return, because that will not be due until another year from now, I have no way of knowing whether I will receive more in tax savings or will have to pay it all back (and more?) because of the deductions I am going to lose because of the new tax plan.

So are we all getting richer or am I the only unlucky tax payer in America?

I would love to hear about your good fortunes! Thanks!

Call Me Irresponsible…

8 Feb

Democrats stand and Republicans sit as President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Or you can call me a liberal or you can call me Democrat or you can call me disagreeable or you can call me opinionated or you can call me independent…but you doesn’t hasta call me a traitor!

When asking what it was like to give the State of the union address and having one side of the Congressional aisle not applaud him, President Trump said that the Democrats were, “like death. Un-American. Somebody said treasonous,” he continued. “Can we call that treason? Why not?” he asked the crowd.

And of course the crowd (of Republicans) went wild! What’s the matter with our President and his minions? Wasn’t just calling us all sons of bitches good enough for them? So what?…they had to get personal?

Really? If I don’t agree with the President of the United States and don’t applaud his every word and I am an American citizen then I must be a traitor? Un-American? Really? If I’m not a registered Republican in a two party system then I am being treasonous? Synonymous with being a conspirator, spy, traitor, turncoat, rebel, Judas, Benedict Arnold? Really?

What happened to the America that once was the home of the free and the land of the brave? You remember that America don’t you? The one we used to sing about? Where we were free to believe what we believe and brave enough to stand up for our beliefs?

You remember that country don’t you? The Country where Republicans, like those pictured above, once were allowed to sit on their hands for 8 years when our last POTUS gave his 8 State of the Union Addresses from 2009 to 2016?

Not only didn’t they ever applaud their President but sometimes they shouted from the gallery “liar!” And even had their speaker publicly declare that they would never, ever, ever even work with him. (And they didn’t… for 8 years!) They said that our President wasn’t even an American and pretended that they were searching for his birth records (not) and even declared that they were uncovering evidence that he was here to destroy our country (weren’t, didn’t) and yet… they weren’t being treasonous then…were they?

So how about we just call our President and his Republican sycophants… hypocrites or charlatans or phonies or fakers or frauds or dissemblers or two faced con artists…but we doesn’t hasta call them traitors… now do we?


Spending Spree!?

7 Feb

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House Majority Leader, Paul Ryan, tweeted recently that “a secretary at a public high school in Lancaster, PA, said she was pleasantly surprised her pay went up $1.50 a week …  she said [that] will more than cover her Costco membership for the year.”

That’s 78 bucks per year and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, pictured above with his lovely wife and their lovely trophy (or is that trophy wife and their lovely money?) said that 90 percent of American workers will see some kind of an increase in their take-home pay.

My increase was $7.38 per week for a total tax break of 384 big ones! But of course I have not filed my taxes for 2018 yet because it’s not 2019 yet so I still have to wait a whole year to see how much of the 384 dollar yearly raise I will actually be able to keep. All of it? Some of it? Will I have to give it back plus some because of the other changes to my tax deductions? After all I live in… New Jersey!!!!

Anyway, if you read this blog I would be interested to know what your tax break looks like…

If you would like to share, please leave the size of your weekly pay increase (or bi-weekly or monthly if you choose) in the comments column. I’d be interested to see a cross section of readers and their “raises”. Thanks!

Smoke Em If You Got Em…Now

5 Dec
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Here is an interesting development in the never ending war on drugs.

As more states lessen or eliminate marijuana penalties, the Army is granting hundreds of waivers to enlist people who used the drug in their youth…as long as they realize they can’t use it again in the military.

The number of waivers granted by the active-duty Army for marijuana use jumped to more than 500 this year from 191 in 2016 while only three years ago, no waivers were granted. This increase in marijuana use waivers is just one way officials are dealing with orders to expand the Army’s size.

Meanwhile Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced that the federal government is preparing to crack down on recreational marijuana use, a change that he’s been preparing since he took over the Justice Department.

And even though a group of prosecutors and law enforcement officials wrote a report asking that existing policies on the decriminalization of marijuana use not be changed, AG Sessions said that, “It’s my view that the use of marijuana is detrimental and we should not give encouragement in any way to it. I don’t want to suggest in any way that this department believes that marijuana is harmless and people should not avoid it.”

Oddly enough opioid use has been shown to be reduced in states where people have access to legal marijuana and AG Sessions recent statements on marijuana were made at a press conference concerning the Department of Justice’s plan to combat the opioid epidemic.

So even though you may live in a state where it is perfectly legal to buy, sell and use marijuana you might still find yourself arrested by federal agents upholding federal law in efforts to fight the opioid epidemic!… Which of course would be completely counter productive to that fight and make opioids (which are completely legal) once again the drug of choice and availability.

C’est la guerre! So join the army!… and Smoke em if ya got em… Now!

Musings about America: 12/1/2017

1 Dec


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Men are jerks! To borrow a quote from president Trump: “Who knew?”…Could it be everybody?

If the Republican’s tax bill becomes law and property taxes and states taxes will no longer be deductible from one’s federal income, who will want to live in New Jersey? And as a consequence shouldn’t New Jersey homeowners expect to see their home values crash in 2018?

I suppose there will also be a tax on pork roll in 2018? (That’s a New Jersey thing)

North Korea now has a missile that can reach the East coast of the United States. If Washington burns will President Trump tweet?

When male entertainers and TV personalities are accused of inappropriate sexual encounters in the workplace they are immediately fired from their jobs. But when male Congressmen and President’s are accused of inappropriate sexual encounters in the government place, they remain on the job at their own discretion (But do they even have discretion?)

…Could it be because our most powerful Washington politicians do not really work for us? They don’t have to worry about ratings or have bosses who are national sponsors who have to also sell products to the electorate. Washington politicians have wealthy individual “donors” who show them large personal checks for their patronage…and I bet those donors (if they’re men) also show them their penises sometimes too.

Women need to start voting for women who run for public office all of the time, every time, because whether you like them or not they will most probably not be walking around their offices in their underwear, having sex with their interns… and definitely will not be dropping their pants at any time to show anyone their penises!…that alone should guarantee that they’ll get a lot more government work done.

Last year President Trump, then presidential candidate Trump, apologized for lewd and crude comments that he had made during a past taping of Access Hollywood. He said it was just locker room talk… This year he says that he doesn’t believe that it was his voice on that A.H. tape at all. Can a President’s voice be kidnapped? And If so, how does he get it back?

Former National Security Advisor and retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn has just pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI…and yet Hillary Clinton is considered by many American’s to be a lying bitch who should be locked up?… At Mr. Flynn’s urging too I might add…So Who’s the lying b…bastard now?

President Trump recently retweeted a British ultra-nationalist feed containing unverified video of “Muslims” and “Islamists” committing acts of violence and vandalism, then suggested that morning host Joe Scarborough may be a murderer, and then called for NBC and Comcast heads to resign for being “fake news” outlets. And yet he calls NFL players “Sons of Bitches” for publicly exercising their rights to free speech…because they do it in front of the American flag? Is an American President’s speech not always representative of our flag?…if not more so?

Does anyone remember that Robert Mueller was appointed to investigate Russian interference and possible collusion within our election process and government… by President Trump’s own Justice Department!? Mr. Mueller is a Republican and career law enforcement officer who is widely respected on both sides of the aisle. Liberals and Democrats have nothing to do with this investigation because Democrats have NO power in Washington… so didn’t President Trump start his own “witch hunt”?

Is a tweet speech? Or is the twitter zone just a place where anyone can say anything without consequence or ownership? Press Secretary Sanders says it doesn’t matter whether a tweet represents reality or not…so is it the absence of thought that counts?

U.N. ambassador Niki Haley announced that “if China does not cut off North Korea’s oil supply then the USA will”…(cut off the oil supply from China to North Korea?)  Is it beginning to look a lot like war this Christmas?

And Whatever happened to the good people of Flint Michigan and their lead contaminated water? Over 100,000 residents (everyone) were exposed to high levels of  lead in their drinking water through no fault of their own… back in 2014! This is what is wrong with the news. It’s not that it’s fake. It’s that it has to be new and timely and provocative, worth our time and the media’s money…meanwhile in Flint, residents have been instructed to continue to use bottled or filtered water until all the lead pipes have been replaced, which is expected to be completed no sooner than 2020!!!

But on the bright side tax breaks for the mostly wealthy should arrive by the New Year! And is that, Charlie Brown, really what Christmas is all about?

And finally, When you take all of the numbers of 2018 and add them together you get 11…that’s lucky! If you multiply them you get 0…that’s nothing! When you divide them the answer is undefined…that’s a mystery…So, What lies ahead in 2018?

Something tells me… we ain’t seen nothing yet!


Nice Work If You Can Get It

23 Oct


Here is a fun fact…President Trump has already golfed on average 1 out of every 4 of his days in office as The President of the United states. So if he continues on this pace, then after his 4 year term as President, he will have spent 1 full year on the golf course and only 3 years in his office.

And the best part is that he only golfs at Trump golf courses where his Secret Service Agents must rent golf carts in order to follow the president and protect him as he makes his way through fairways, sand traps and other golf hazards. ( I seriously don’t know why they can’t just follow him around on foot? How fast can a 70+ year old play?)

But I digress, because at the current rate of golf cart rentals the Secret Service is spending over $100,000 per year just on that…and all of that money goes into President Trump’s golfing businesses. So that’s over $400,000 for golf cart rentals alone over a 4 year presidency which means that President Trump will not only spend 1/4 of his time in office golfing, but he will also be paid for it in an amount equal to 1 year of his presidential salary.

And if we calculate all of the money spent by the Secret Service renting rooms at his properties etc. etc. etc…and add it to President trump’s income, well, all I can say is…  Nice work if you can get it, huh? And get paid while doing it too!? And while not even working?! And after trashing our former POTUS for golfing too… at 1/8 the frequency!

Wow! America, meet our plutocratic, pietistical, Polytetrafluoroethylene POTUS! Making America (and himself) Great Again…one swing at a time.

Hey Republicans…At least he’s not Obama, right? (wink, wink)


We’re All Rich!

22 Oct


I’m Rich and you must be too! It turns out that I own an original Renoir painting valued at…a fortune! President Trump says that he has this painting (pictured above) hanging in his home and that it is an original Renoir.

His biographer told him that he was being silly because the “real” original is hanging in the Art Institute of Chicago, or so they have said, since 1933…but I have the same painting hanging in my home too! So who has the really, real Renoir???

Maybe the artist painted several originals that have somehow fallen into all of our hands? Could be? Who’s to say? Do you trust Donald Trump’s biographer who has since been denounced by President trump himself? And Chicago is just a violent, sanctuary city full of fake news, violent drug offenders and killers. Who believes anyone from there?

So it appears as though all… or many… or at least some, of our home wall paintings might be originals! Yours too! We’re all rich! MAGA! Yahoo! Yippee! Eureka!…And this comes straight from the President of the United States, the leader of the free world! Talk about an endorsement!

I don’t know about you, but I’m going to keep my painting right where it is and remain secure in the knowledge that I am wealthy from now on. I’m not going to try to sell it to some fake news and knowledge rip-off artist who’s going to try and rip me off with some made up story about how it’s a copy or something. No way!

I’m loaded now and I’m going to stay that way and brag about it to all of my jealous guests whenever they come to visit me and my Renoir. Besides… if I sell it I’d probably have to pay taxes to some greedy government swamp dwelling hacks. No Thank you!

No sirree! I’m rich I tell you! Rich! MAGA! And thank you Mr. President! Finally somebody is getting something done around here! MAGA! Now, I’m off to catalogue my collection! (You should too!) MAGA!

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