One of the biggest issues facing members of Congress and in the headlines is tax reform.
But from where do the tax dollars come?
Who is paying the biggest slice of the tax pie?
This new study from Pew Research paints a clear picture.
For all the talk about making sure the Middle Class reaps the lion’s share of benefit from reforming the tax code, it is not that sector of American society which pays anywhere the most of the tax burden. In fact, the Middle Class does not even contribute 5% of the haul each April.
Yet when looked at from the perspective of who has the means and stash of disposable cash to shell out in taxes, the Middle Class does come up short. A cut in the rate would be a boon for most in the mid sphere of the US economy.
Some 48% of the money sent to the government comes from individual income tax returns. Compare this to the lament about the corporate rate, reputed to be among the highest in the world, but only results in 9% of total federal revenue.
Do we need tax reform?
Should the Middle Class get priority?
Based off the percentage from corporations flowing to the government coffers, is a tax cut needed? Will the theory of “trickle down economics” produce or prove to be “voodoo economics“?
From the Cornfield, read the full study (http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/10/06/a-closer-look-at-who-does-and-doesnt-pay-u-s-income-tax/).
Then, answer these questions.
The hottest show in the digital air continues to be the Realty TV show – The Prez!
The show received a bump this week (as if it needed one) from retiring Republican Senator Bob Corker.
Corker stated the obvious to The New York Times that President Donald Trump is hamming it up in the White House as if he was a Reality Show TV President!
Remember this from March 20, 2016?
Or this from March 6, 2017?
Then there was this on June 23 of this year:
Compounding it all, the national press corp has yet to learn not to swallow hook, line and sinker.
From the Cornfield, from your surprise about the Prez, perhaps it is a confirmation that now is the time to retire, Senator Corker.
By virtue of having been born on the soil of the United States of American at Welborn Baptist Memorial Hospital in Evansville, Indiana, I can proudly proclaim I am an American.
But – what does it mean beyond being an offspring fortunate enough for my nativity to be in this country?
What distinguishes a person as an American other than the site of birth?
How can we tell who is an American versus who may be, say, a Canadian, who speaks and looks like most Americans?
There is no singular ethnicity to set us apart as American.
There is no particular racial classification, but a hodgepodge of all races and sub-sections.
There is no single country of colonization of this portion of the North American continent.
There is no official language.
There is no particular genetic marker to trace who is and is not an American – such as eye or hair color, skin pigmentation. An American, as the words in a children’s song, may be red and yellow, black or white.
Physical characteristics, speech and dialects, none of the usual suspects define an American.
New Americans come into the world almost every day – and not – by birth.
Americans are not persuaded or aligned with a state religion or practice of faith and spirituality. In fact, one can be an American without any belief system that envisions a power greater than ourselves.
Other than a predominance of democracy and federalism, Americans do not pledge allegiance to a universal ideology or political persuasion. Political leanings are all over the map.
Some Americans amble through life with no basis in the alter-verse of politics or ideology.
From the Cornfield, I can beat my chest and swell with pride by virtue of birth to be an American.
But what other than that marks me as an American?
Some can lay hold to the honor of being an American through the process of naturalization, denouncing any and all allegiance to the country of their birth or country of last residence.
Many of these Americans are more patriotic and willing to lay down their lives for their adopted country than those who are homegrown, to their shame.
The belief in and living up to the radical idea ascribed by the Founding Fathers that an American will defend to the death, pledging honor and fortune to protect and uphold the belief that all humans are endowed by their Creator with “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” is what makes me able to crow, “I am American.”
Not – because I was born in the Cornfield.
If you are an American, what makes you – other than birth – an American?
My ratings and comments on the new shows I have seen so far this season:
Star Trek Discovery – 👏👏👏 Not worth paying monthly extra for CBS All Access, but good escapism if on regular network
The Orville – 👏👏👏 Delightful escape from the reality on the news, leave critical thinking on the shelf
Wisdom of the Crowd – 👏👏👏👏 Well done, intriguing idea
The Gifted – 👏👏👏👏👏 Smart, attention grabbing, do not miss
The Brave – 👏👏👏👏 Action-packed, thrilling, worth tuning in
SEAL Team – 👏👏👏👏👏 David Boreanaz lures you in and the writers and cast keep you glued, putting down the remote
These are shows which are in their first season. I have not seen all yet – such as Young Sheldon.
The refrain from the classic song by Argent has added meaning, not just for me, but Americans everywhere today.
For me on a personal levels hearing, Hold your head up,” pushes me to keep up the fight.
For the millions of us Americans, following senseless mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada, the words us the strength to not be cowed by a madman.
We will weep.
We will mourn.
We will struggle with survivor’s guilt. We will not quit living.
We will not back down.
We are Americans!
Perhaps it is indicative that I am having trouble keeping my eyes open this morning when considering this is the sixth month.
Back on May 9, 2017, my pulmonologist, Dr. Ajay Deshpande, gave me the word. If the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) progressed as expected, I would die within six months.
Today, I am stronger than I was then.
My spirit burns brighter than it was then.
But, this is the sixth month.
My love, prayers and thoughts go out to the victims and their families impacted by the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada.
For the victims:
That’s the way it is as I wait on home aide Bambi.
And how is your Monday going?
Don’t look now, but we have arrived at that seminal point in the year which is unofficially known as the last weekend of summer.
That’s right, it is Labor Day weekend!
Remember when Labor Day meant the last barbecues, the last family get togethers, the last day of the vacation season before the kids headed back to school?
Ah, those days are long gone.
Some schools have already been in session for almost a month.
Vacation season is now whenever the boss lets you use those built up days of labor over the last year.
Labor Day, began by President Grover Cleveland, was a day to recover following labor unrest, which resulted in loss of life when workers were rebelling against inhumane treatment by company owners.
It has since morphed into a celebration of the hard work that employees across the nation have done over the past 12 months.
Most recently, it has evolved into just another 3-day weekend with the reasons for the day lost in the collective memory, stored away in crevices not easily accessed.
So to all those who bother to read my drivel, I offer you a hearty, “Happy Labor Day!”
Enjoy it while you can.
For those still working, it’s back to the grind on Tuesday, if you are lucky enough not to be working this weekend.
Not getting enough bang for your hard-earned buck?
Lord knows I am not in the Cornfield! And yet compared to the rest of the nation, the Ohio River Valley states do better. That is all, but liberal Illinois.
Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio have more healthy bangs for bucks.
From the Cornfield, make your dollar go farther – move to a conservative state in the Heartland.
The national press corps, Democratic pundits and Republican Never-Trumpers are making a big deal out of President Donald Trump’s lack of good numbers in the polls.
Why? The President lost the popular vote by around 3,000,000 (three million) votes. Of course poll numbers will have him in hot water.
BUT it is the Electoral College numbers which count.
Most likely poll numbers will never be great for this President.
My advice – ignore the polls and focus on what is or is not accomplished.
That is all that matters.
From the Cornfield, as in all, it is not what is said, but what is done or not done with which to measure success.
Speaking of polls, how long will the Trump Presidency last?