Month: April 2021

Food for thought…

just wondering how come

How come we never hear anymore the daily drumbeat of how many have perished from Covid? Didn’t that daily drumbeat of reporting seem to disappear with the Presidency change?
To prove that point we just passed one of those milestones that they led broadcasts with and left on the screen this week. That number, 575,000.
Did you know that? Hear it? Wonder why?

the nielsens on the sotu

Did you see the numbers from Nielsen on the audience for the State of the Union?
It was 23 million. The lowest audience since 1993. By contrast President Trump’s first SOTU had 43 million viewers.
Where were the 81 million who voted for Biden?

Even more amazing, a CNN poll of an audience which overall “leaned” Democratic gave Mr. Biden a lesser score than Mr. Trump received when he delivered the same traditional speech in 2017.
The CNN poll found that 51% of the respondents gave Mr. Biden a positive review of his speech. (Mr. Trump received a 57% positive rating in 2017.)

the moving Tax Income target

A White House official, yesterday, when questioned said a married couple collectively earning up to $509,300 wouldn’t see a tax increase. Wait, we thought it was $400,000 per person.
Remember the old song from the show Cops? “Sooner or later they will come for you.”

the president speaks

“It’s only been 100 days, but I have to tell you I have never been more optimistic about the future of America,” Mr. Biden said at a car rally in Duluth. “America is on the move again!”

the people are polled

A recent NBC News poll found that 53% of adults — including 90% of Democrats, 61% of independents and just 9% of Republicans — approve of the job the nation’s 46th president has done over his first 100 days, compared to 39% who disapprove.

Mr. Biden gets his highest mark, 69% approval, for his coronavirus response and lowest mark, 33% approval, for the way he has handled border security and immigration.

does anyone care about police deaths?

Yesterday two deputies were killed and three other people, including a suspected gunman, were found dead after a lengthy standoff in North Carolina.

In Delaware, an officer declared clinically dead Wednesday after he was brutally beaten while responding to a 911 call, police say.

Through the first four months of the year, 111 officers lost their lives in the line of duty, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. That is an 11% increase from 98 during the same period last year.

A total of 360 officers died in the line of duty last year, according to the fund, the deadliest year for law enforcement since 1974.

How come we never see the coverage for them?

have a great weekend. Cancel the cancel culture.

The President Speaks..

the state of the union

The President presented his vision in a clear, well delivered speech. He outlined his programs and plans to get there.
He appealed to the people who believe government is the solution. In fact he proposed $6 trillion dollars of additional spending, spread across various programs.
Begin free education with three and four year olds, continue it through two years of community college. Additional child care support. Rebuild the roads and bridges. Healthcare subsidies.
The list was endless.

How would he pay for it? Raise tax rates on what he called the rich (anyone earning over $400K). Raise tax rates on corporations.

So what it comes down to, in my opinion, is a philosophy of government.

In America do you go out earn and achieve what you can, or do you think the government should do it for you? If your answer is the government should give it to you, then you can’t say others who toil and create have too much. We are built on individuals doing for themselves and family.

We’re one proposal from guaranteed income, an idea the generations before us would never consider, but a socialist society would.

Now you and I know that the tax increases will not cover the $6 trillion bill by raising the federal rate to 39.5% and increasing the capital gains to the same number.
What happens is, the spending never ends, and when the revenue falls short the added burden begins on lower and lower brackets. You can count on that. Check history. Remember, when the income tax was created people were laughed at who said “why someday the government might take 10% of your salary.”

Why is it that no spending programs ever go away? Why is it when new programs are introduced they are always additives? Don’t you in your household eliminate some things to do others? With the government every program only grows. Why? Because it’s your money. It’s always easier to spend other peoples money.

Thus, the Biden proposals are for bigger government, more support and less individual initiative. If you think that is the right way to make the America of tomorrow right for your children then you are for the spending.

A question one might ask is this. If the opportunity out there is so great and we are heading to new heights, why don’t we let people do what they do best and go out, get jobs and create? I keep seeing and hearing help wanted signs and establishments saying they can’t hire people because they are getting paid not to work. If we give out more does that drive people to work? We’ve created more millionaires and success than anyone because people were doing for themselves.

One thing I did learn last night was a partial answer to the question we have long asked, what is fair share?
I heard the President say those making under $400K are paying their fair share, it is those above we still need to define what it is.
I do know when we had tax rates in the 70% area in the 1970’s that our nation stalled. It was only the release from those rates that drove a boom. People invested again and individual drive was reborn.
Maybe we’re different today. I doubt it though.

Take note too, that there was no mention of lifting the SALT limit that many blue states have demanded. Lifting it would benefit the higher income individuals and cost the federal government too much revenue. Keep an eye on this because the blue state Democrats are on record as saying this must go. Any lifting of SALT makes the higher rates a fraud.

Lastly, the term “corporate welfare” and they “are not paying their fair share” has a recent example.
When we raised those rates to 35%, because after all they are only corporations, what happened? They left the U.S., and our jobs went to China, India, S.Korea, Mexico and Taiwan, among others. When we went to 21% and were competitive, what happened? We saw our manufacturing base grow.
It might sound good to say “corporate welfare,” but the reality is we compete in a global economy and raising rates is not in a vacuum, no matter how you present it.
Add this, you raise corporate rates and consumer prices go up. The people pay in one way or another.

have a great day. cancel the cancel culture.

Before The President Speaks..

the president speaks tonight

A speech to a (limited) joint session of Congress at 9:01 p.m. ET. Elements of his plan are coming out.
Spend more and tax the rich are all we hear. As you listen to the speech remember that and ask yourself these questions.
Is this class warfare?
Is this something a socialist country would do?
Does this fit the American dream of doing for yourself?
Does this plan encourage investment and innovation?
Are those about to be taxed just going to pay this or do you see them taking creative actions to avoid?
Are you hearing anything about cutting deductions and loopholes or just rate raising?
Is the answer really funding the IRS with 80 billion additional dollars (over the next decade) to collect trillions? If you believe that, then I tell you that bridge in Brooklyn is still for sale.
Do you think the new “free” services appeal to some voters, assuring votes?
The Republican response to follow is from Sen. Tim Scott (R., S.C.).

is this possible?

Wait, Hunter Biden is getting a gig at Tulune University and his lecture is on “Media Polarization and Public Policy Impacts.” (Basically fake news)
The same Hunter Biden who told CBS he didn’t know if the laptop with his notes and private pictures was his.
How does he rate this?  Really, Tulune?

international news that deserves covering

Did you hear that in Afghanistan the U.S. Embassy has ordered all nonessential staff to leave the country? Why? We are concerned that the Taliban will mount an escalation of violence after we failed to meet their deadline for all troops to withdraw. Remember last week that President Biden changed the date to September 11th (a poor choice of dates for sure) and our citizens are threatened.
My question is what’s going to happen between now and September 11th that didn’t happen the past twenty years that will change the atmosphere? I can’t imagine what it is, so why risk any life if you’re leaving?

The second place is Iran. I guess John Kerry’s buddies are getting aggressive again because they respect him so much.  
Things are so out of control that the a U.S. Navy patrol boat actually fired warning shots this week during a confrontation with three Iranian vessels.
But don’t worry, the administration is seeking to renew the nuclear agreement with Iran.

politicio has a poll

“Eighty-five percent of Democrats polled gave Biden an ‘A’ or ‘B’ grade for his first 100 days in office, while 44 percent of independents surveyed gave Biden the same marks. That’s more independent and intraparty support for Biden than former President Donald Trump got in his first 100 days, when just 32 percent of independents surveyed and 72 percent of Republicans polled gave Trump either an ‘A’ or a ‘B.’”

wait, that was wrong too?

Prosecutors told a federal judge Tuesday that U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick was assaulted with Mace — not the more dangerous bear spray as originally reported — debunking another false narrative that emerged after the officer’s death the day after the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Remember the NYT first reported he was killed by the rioters with a fire extinguisher, only to learn later he died of natural causes. Oh yea, Nancy Pelosi used this as part of impeachment two. Anyone in the press asking for an explanation or apology? (If you think they are, remember that bridge I referenced above.)

oh sure

The Washington Post is canceling and closing its now famous presidential fact-checking database. The database that they reported daily on for former President Trump. They do this only 100 days into the Biden administration.
Why? Nothing to see here. Yeah, right.

have a great day. cancel the cancel culture.

Some Quick Hits…

the oscars crash

So the Oscars had an historic low viewership. In fact, the Nielsen numbers said under 10 million tuned in. Viewership among the younger ages was the worst.
Pointing out once again, maybe Hollywood actors (and sports stars) should stick to their craft and stop telling us how to live our lives.

john kerry, did you?

Tapes of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif were leaked to the public yesterday, and they implicated former Secretary of State John Kerry as  allegedly sharing sensitive information about Israeli military operations in Syria. This morning Kerry denied this.
Here’s the issue.
Normally we all discount anything the Iranians say as untrue, but John Kerry’s past denials leave many of us doubting his denial. Isn’t it a shame when your credibility is no better than the Iranian government officials?

california goes to a recall

California state officials confirmed that the campaign to oust California Gov. Gavin Newsom has gathered enough signatures to qualify for the ballot. The Secretary of State announced that 1.6 million of the 2.1 million signatures submitted to recall Gov. Newsom have been certified as valid, exceeding the threshold of 1.49 million required to trigger a special election..

A few candidates have already announced, but it will still be tough to beat the Democrat Newsom in the state. The latest polls show support for him at 40%.

electoral college switch

Political power shifted further to states in the South and Mountain West—with Texas picking up two House seats and California losing one, as the Census Bureau released their data.
Two implications of the change. States that voted for Donald Trump picked up three electoral votes over blue states. That’s equal to an Hawaii in an election.

In addition it means three additional congressional house seats. Often the redistricting can add additional. Well, with Democrats holding a 222-213  (Full house) edge, three seats gets it very very close (219-216). It makes a house switch to Republican hands more likely in 2022.

police and criminals

Yesterday we wrote about the police encounters that have occurred are not because the police initiated them for fun, but because they were called. Well the Washington Times has a front page story on this today. Here’s a breif from them and a link to the article if you want to review it:
The “systemic racism” narrative touted by Black Lives Matter and the Biden administration to explain police use of force against Black victims is drawing pushback as resisting arrest emerges as a factor in many if not most high-profile cases.

another surprise in georgia

Former Rep. Doug Collins said Monday he is passing on the chance to run next year for Georgia governor or the state’s U.S. Senate seat. It was thought he was going to run for one. In fact former President Donald Trump floated the prospect of Mr. Collins returning to the fray to challenge GOP Gov. Brian Kemp.
However, Collins released this statement:
“I am announcing today that I will not be a candidate for any office in the next election cycle, for those who may wonder, this is goodbye for now, but probably not forever.”

The Republicans appear to be running uphill in Georgia and need a united party in 2022 to have a chance of holding the Governorship and defeating Senator Warnock.

have a great day and cancel the cancel culture.

Let me ask…

the war on police

Every time I see a police incident covered by the MSM they cover what an officer did when he/she arrived at a scene they were called to for assistance.
Do people realize that?
The officer didn’t go looking for trouble.
They were called because someone was doing something that threatened others. Someone called the police because they couldn’t handle a situation.
A crime was being committed or a person/situation was out of control.

The MSM makes it seem like the police are old west outlaws riding into a situation and firing away. Do they realize a crime was being committed, one that couldn’t be handled and police were needed?

Maybe they should start explaining things with that and not so one sided.

And how about covering the lives and families of officers killed in the line of duty. These families are parentless, not because their parent committed a crime, but because they rushed to one who did to protect the innocent.

The media is the problem.

What did i see?

The global leaders hold a zoom conference to discuss climate change.
One leader is on the zoom call with a face mask. One, among the twenty or so on screen.
Why was President Biden wearing a face mask on this zoom call? What impression did he give the other leaders by doing so?

While on that conference, why did every other leader have their national flag behind them except President Biden? I can’t even fathom why it wasn’t there.

Next he will tout his Covid vaccine success. He will again say his goal of 100 million people in 100 days was doubled.
I am going to repeat again, that is failed leadership. FAILED.

We were clear here that 200 million was low and 225- 250 million was a real goal. Well as we write this, with two days to go, the number vaccinated is 225 million.

Claiming victory for a bar set so low is a disgrace and the fact the media will allow them to get away with it doubles that.

while on covid

Remember all the media coverage about how Republican Governors were going to kill people with their covid approach and Democrats (like Cuomo) were heroes? Well what are you hearing now? Almost nothing, right? Here’s why:

Post covid, of the 20 states with the lowest unemployment rates, 17 are led by Republican governors.
The average unemployment rate for the nation’s 27 states with Republican governors is 4.6%; the average rate among Democrat-led states is 6.4%.

The 11 states with the highest unemployment rates are all run by Democratic governors: California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

Eight of the top 10 states for economic growth in the fourth quarter of 2020 were led by Republican governors, according to the data, while the average growth for red states in the fourth quarter was 5.1%, more than a full point higher than the average of 3.7% for Democrat-run states.

Two Republican-led states, Idaho and Utah, actually have more jobs now than when the pandemic began. Also, 25 Republican-led states have recovered at least half of their jobs lost, and 17 at least two-thirds of their lost jobs.

Here’s a chart:
States with Fastest Economic Growth in Q4 of 2020

On the other end of the spectrum, all bottom ten states (and DC) with the slowest growth in the 4th quarter of 2020 were led by Democrats.

have a great day and cancel the cancel culture.

Following Up…

EDITOR’S NOTE: Over the next few weeks we will be enjoying spring break and this blog will publish only periodically.

a follow up on two stories

Yesterday we said there was a deal behind the scenes for a lower corporate tax and that the 28% was just a conversation balloon.
Well, this from the President:
President Biden said that he is willing to scale back a proposed corporate tax increase in his massive infrastructure plan amid resistance from a key Senate Democrat and a new study that said the plan would sap wages and economic growth in the long run.

The key Senator, of course, was to make Joe Manchin look good, because his polls in W. Va. have been declining.

Speaking of Manchin, he came out today to say he will not vote to change the filibuster. Pretty strong, uh? Oh yea, yesterday Senator Sinema (AR.) took that position. When she did the chance for a filibuster change was zero.

Story two was the talk of an Olympic boycott of the China games. Well here’s what happened with that when China spoke up:
The Biden administration sought Wednesday to tamp down speculation it is considering a boycott of next year’s Winter Olympics in China, amid growing pressure from human rights groups and the threat of a “forceful” response from Beijing if Washington tries to rally countries to pull out of the Games.

i still say failed leadership

I have railed here about the failed vaccine leadership goals that they keep touting beginning with 100 million in 100 days. It should be 250 million and how anyone could call 100 million leadership is like giving everyone a trophy.
Anyway, remember a few weeks ago the administration announced the goal of everyone who wants to be vaccinated will be by May 1?
Well guess what. Not two weeks later they announced this:
President Biden said all U.S. adults should be eligible for Covid-19 vaccines by April 19, speeding up a timeline he set out, as he urged Americans to be patient and take precautions as the rollout continues.

Leadership is not setting makable goals, claiming success and moving dates up. Leadership is motivating people to do what seems the impossible. The press calling this a success just shows how far they have fallen.
These “goals” are a far cry from John Kennedy’s challenge to place a man in the moon and bring him back safely before this decade is out.


Rep. Alcee Hastings, a Democrat from Florida, passed away this week. He was 84 and had been suffering from cancer. His death and open seat makes the current congress 218 to 211, with several vacancies. It will become 218-212 in a week when Republican Rep.-elect Julia Letlow of Louisiana is sworn in.

The way things are moving through congress you would think the numbers would be larger in the House and Senate (50-50), wouldn’t you?

Hastings, by the way, was the first Black federal judge in Florida. He was a trailblazer. However, he was impeached and removed from his judgeship and then ran for Congress. He won and was reelected every two years.

the border

What is going on with Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas? On top of saying he may close the border fence holes, he now says he is preparing to take on sanctuary cities that refuse to work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and he wants more illegal immigrants to face criminal prosecution for jumping the border.

He also rejected calls from some in President Biden’s political base to abolish or split up the government’s deportation agency.

He revealed theses hard-line stances last week during a virtual town hall forum with ICE employees. 

The Washington Times has reviewed notes of the conversation in which Mr. Mayorkas said he is working on a set of deportation guidelines to govern how and when officers can arrest and attempt to deport illegal immigrants. Pressed by ICE employees worried about public resistance to the agency’s work, Mr. Mayorkas said ICE has a “noble mission.” Noble? The VP called them the KKK.

“I’m 100% opposed to the abolition of ICE,” he told the employees. “It is the opposite of what I think needs to occur. I think we need to strengthen our policies and practices and communicate more effectively what we do and why we do it.”

but not all changed

Homeland Security removed a press release announcing the arrest of two terrorism suspects along the southwest border because it wasn’t approved by higher-ups, and revealed sensitive information.
The Border Patrol had announced Monday that agents arrested two Yemeni men who were on the FBI’s terrorist watch list over the past two months, confirming lawmakers’ reports that terrorism suspects were attempting to sneak into the country as part of the migrant surge.
One of the men was nabbed last week near Calexico, California, after he jumped the border.
The 26-year-old was found to be on both the FBI’s terrorism watch list and the No-Fly list.
The other man was arrested near Calexico, California, early in the morning on Jan. 29, just days after President Biden was inaugurated. That 33-year-old was also on both the watch list and the No-Fly list.
Agents also said they found a cellular phone sim card concealed under the man’s shoe insole.

Why are we removing this information? It’s been said at least six believed terrorists have been caught so far.

have a great day. cancel the cancel culture.

Really, this is what…

EDITOR’S NOTE: Over the next few weeks we will be enjoying spring break and this blog will publish only periodically.

The $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan 

Well so much for you can only use budget reconciliation once a year.
The Senate’s parliamentarian just cleared the way for Democrats to use it two more times this year. That will give the Democratic leadership more maneuvering room with President Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan and an expected child-care and antipoverty package.
I guess when you’re on a spending roll, you keep on spending!
Who pays the bill?
Your kids, grandkids and their kids. Wait until it comes due and they pass judgement on us.

Senator Joe Manchin (a favorite here) said he does not approve of President Biden’s infrastructure bill as it is written. He specifically does not support the 28% corporate tax rate and thinks it should be lowered to 25%. It is 21% now.
Here’s a thought.
The cynical part of me says that the 28% proposed was done on purpose. They know it would make us uncompetitive again. As an example, it would take our tax above China. Not a good idea at this time. Thus, propose 28%, let the Manchin’s say no and take credit for 25% and fool the people again. (China’s rate is 25%.)
Don’t be fooled.

meanwhile our leaders are proposing

Treasury Secretary Yellen, said the U.S. was in talks with G-20 nations on a global minimum corporate tax. Imagine that, a global corporate tax rate.
She said this could help stop “the race to the bottom” on tax policy.

The chances of passing this are too slim to bet on. Lower tax rates are how countries attract businesses. I don’t see them wanting to raise their rates so the U.S. can raise their’s and keep business.
Just not going to happen.

new york back on top

Of what you ask?
The new taxes proposed by the Governor and supported by the legislators will put them ahead of California for the highest state taxes.
This from the NYT:
“Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and New York State legislative leaders were nearing a budget agreement … that would make New York City’s millionaires pay the highest personal income taxes in the nation.”
How high?
The city’s top earners could pay 14.8 percent in state and city taxes, when combined with New York City’s top income tax rate of 3.88 percent — more than the top marginal income tax rate of 13.3 percent in California.
The President is proposing the Trump federal tax cut to 37% for these earners be raised back to 39.5%.
So add them together and a rate for high earners is 54.3%.
That, of course, doesn’t include social security and medicare taxes, not to mention all the taxes we pay on gasoline, cable and cell, etc.
You wonder how we save anything.

the olympics

There is a drumbeat to boycott the Olympics this year because they are in China. It is picking up momentum.
I don’t favor any boycott.
It hurts the athletes who generally have one shot at a magical moment they trained for all their lives. Why agree to China then boycott them?
I realize even our President didn’t see the China threat a year ago (C’mon man, China is going to eat our lunch?”), but why punish the dedicated athletes?
I thought it was wrong when President Carter did it in 1980 and I don’t support the drive to do it today.
One country has announced they are not going. Who? North Korea.
They cited the pandemic as the reason.

A republican senator in trouble

Senator Lisa Murkowski who has prided herself on being “independent” to the point she angered many just saw her polling results in Alaska.
The pollster said she has a “very weak image with voters.” How weak?
Well, a 63% unfavorability among all the voters, and 87% unfavorability among GOP voters. Why so unpopular with Republicans?
Her vote to convict President Trump in the impeachment trial, opposition to Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court and ranking as the second most liberal Republican Senator.
Last time out she lost the Republican primary, but won reelection as an independent. That may not work this time.

can this be real?

This story in the Washington Times yesterday:
“Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told department employees that he may restart border wall construction to plug what he called “gaps” in the barrier. Mr. Mayorkas was asked about his plans for the wall during a conversation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement employees last week. Although Mr. Biden canceled the border emergency order and halted Pentagon money flowing to construction of the wall, he said, “that leaves room to make decisions” on finishing some “gaps in the wall.”

Have a great day. cancel the cancel culture.

Does it make sense?

EDITOR’S NOTE: Over the next few weeks we will be enjoying spring break and this blog will publish only periodically.

does any of it make sense?

Last year we had a rash of “defund the police” shouts and actual actions in some cities.
This year we have those same cities “concerned” over their increased homicides.
Well isn’t that a surprise?
Here’s some numbers:
Police data and public reporting found that in the first three months of 2021, the homicide rate in 20 major cities across the country rose by 28% last year.

In nine of the cities that made the most dramatic cuts to police department budgets, homicides rose by nearly 68%.

Portland, Oregon, you have heard of them, has seen its homicide rate soar a staggering 1,900% in 2021. They carved $16 million out of its police budget.

Austin, Texas cut $20 million, 23%, from its department budget and shifted another $80 million by moving certain services to other departments.
Police reported a 35% rise in their murder rate.

Philadelphia reduced police funding by $33 million and saw homicides climb 25% in early 2021.

Minneapolis has had a 46% jump in the first quarter of 2020. The city council has shrunk its department’s budget by more than $9 million.

You get the idea. Did “defunding” make sense to anyone?

moving the all star game

Did moving the all star game out of Atlanta make sense to you?
First of all, even Atlanta officials, like their Mayor, said it was a bad decision that would hurt their average citizen and business owners.

Why did they move the game?
It gained momentum when President Biden went in ESPN and supported the move. Then local CEOs from Coke and Delta supported that too.

Wait, didn’t anybody see the Washington Post (the newspaper that has never, as in never, supported a Republican for President) say Biden lied?
They gave him four pinnoccio’s. Their highest lie rating.

Exactly where are they going to move the game? New York, where MLB is headquartered wants the game.
Except that NY has more restrictive voting laws than the new Atlanta one.

The new law requires voters to provide ID to vote by mail, a change that critics say will disproportionately affect some voters. Wow, you need an ID to vote.

It shortens the time during which voters can request early ballots, but from six months before Election Day to 78 days.

Counties can begin sending ballots to voters 29 days before Election Day, rather than the previous 49 days.

So let’s see.
You need an ID to vote, you can request a ballott 78 days before the election (Mid August), and you get the ballot 29 days in advance.
Why is that restrictive?

Polls don’t close at 5:00 as President Biden said, and water is allowed on line, just not by political campaigns trying to sway your vote.

With the expected announcement today of Colorado as the choice, watch the comparisons between their voting laws and Georgia.

I think MLB made a mistake here, a big one.

the salt argument

Five Governors, all Democrats, appealed to President Biden to undo a cap on state and local tax deductions enacted by the Trump tax program.
Now what this means is they want their state citizens to be able to deduct all their state taxes and not just $10,000.
You see by doing that they can raise taxes, and citizens in the low tax states can just pay more. So if your state kept taxes down locally you should pay more to support the New York’s, California’s and Illinois.
Some questions.
Who pays the highest taxes in those Democratic states?
Isn’t it the same rich who they say don’t pay their fair share?
So why do they want to give them a huge deduction?
In fact, I bet the top 10% would get 90%+ of this deduction.

Does that stand make sense?
Will the media point this out? Of course not.

have a great day. cancel the cancel culture.

Understanding is…

on taxes – does it all make sense?

So, Nancy Pelosi and team say they want the SALT (State and Local Taxes) deduction of $10,000 lifted. They say it is unfair to high tax states. Now aren’t they the same people who say “tax the rich?”
Well, how does lifting it square with this fact:
Removing the cap would mainly benefit wealthier taxpayers. The Tax Policy Center has projected that if the cap were repealed, more than half (50%+) of the benefits would flow to the top 1% of earners and more than 80% of the benefits would go to the top 5% of earners.
Did that limit benefit the wealthy as they claimed, and is lifting it hurting the wealthy? What am I missing?

On taxes, President Biden says, “We’re going to raise the corporate tax. It was 35% which was too high.” (Forget the fact it went that high under his watch). “We all agreed five years ago it should go to 28%.” (No we didn’t, some of us thought 21% was too high.) “But, they reduced it to 21%. We’re going to raise it back to 28%. No one should be able to complain about that.”
Yes they can and they should. In fact, as the Tax Foundation showed in a comprehensive report on global corporate rates, a national rate of 21% puts the U.S. rate at about 25.8% when state and local corporate income taxes are added in, and that’s still slightly above the world average.
Some think the tax hike would send jobs, factories and capital out of the U.S. by again saddling our businesses with one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world — while the trend everywhere else has been toward lower rates for decades.

on trust in the government

Here’s a report/poll from Morning Consult on trust in the government.
Republicans polling in October had a 67% trust vs. 41% among Democrats.
In the first poll after Election Day, Democrats shot up to 54%, while Republicans dropped to 51%.
Following Biden’s inauguration, 65% of Democrats said they had at least some trust, while only 42% of Republicans echoed the sentiment.
Current numbers stand at 60% for Democrats and 34% for Republicans. 

The divide is on all issues. Take a look:

HAve a great weekend. cancel the cancel culture.