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Sanctimonious Outrage with Injustice for All

Roman Polanski – Alleged inappropriate relations with a minor
Woody Allen – Alleged affair with former wife’s adopted daughter then marrying her
Bill Cosby – Alleged drugged women and took advantage of them without consent
All three are current members of the Directors Guild, who have never been kicked out for their alleged flaws and crimes.
Harvey Weinstein – Alleged abuse and rape, kicked out of Directors Guild, fired from company he founded.
Why?
What dirt do the other three have on the Guild that guards their membership?
From the Cornfield, this inquiring mind wants answers.

For Whom Doth the Taxman Cometh?

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.Β 

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.

Revisiting ‘The Prez’

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!
DUH!
Remember this from March 20, 2016?

Reality TV Election Season 1

Or this from March 6, 2017?

Tune Out Reality Show Presidency

Then there was this on June 23 of this year:Β 

The Prez – A Review

Compounding it all, the national press corp has yet to learn not to swallow hook, line and sinker.

Baited

From the Cornfield, from your surprise about the Prez, perhaps it is a confirmation that now is the time to retire, Senator Corker.

Being American

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.Β 
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?

New This Season

My ratings and comments on the new shows I have seen so far this season:
  • Star Trek Discovery – πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ Not worth paying monthly extra for CBS All Access, but good escapism if on regular network
  • The Orville – πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ Delightful escape from the reality on the news, leave critical thinking on the shelf
  • Wisdom of the Crowd – πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ Well done, intriguing idea
  • The Gifted – πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ Smart, attention grabbing, do not miss
  • The Brave – πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ Action-packed, thrilling, worth tuning in
  • SEAL Team – πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘Β 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.

Hold Your Head Up

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!

The 6th Month

Delve into the light and dark that is Mark
Perhaps it is indicative that I am having trouble keeping my eyes open this morning when considering this is the sixth month.Β 
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:Β 

Sunday Golden Text – Fear Not

That’s the way it is as I wait on home aide Bambi.
And how is your Monday going?
From my Desert summer 2015 in Laughlin, Nevada

Bang for Buck?

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.

About Polls

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 Β last?

Cornfield Polls: How Long POTUS?

An Independent Presidency

Republicans are learning a lesson, which the Establishment had not anticipated.

The White House may have an occupant who won the Oval Office running on the Republican ticket, but being on the ticket does not make one more than a card-carrying member.

Donald J. Trump is an independent President.

Remember back in July, 2015, two years ago I wrote:Β 

From the Cornfield, as I look through the stalks and the Desert cacti pricking me when I get too close, the Trump Effect on the 2016 presidential race will very likely be a lesson for the GOP of how to lose an election.

For The Donald it is an easy way to throw an election.

Trump, a friend of President Bill and Hillary Clinton, sitting on the front row of Chelsea’s wedding, giving to Hillary’s campaigns, for years backing Democrats, is now crowing about being a Republican.

Looking out across the Desert, it is no mirage. Trump is neither Republican, Democrat, Libertarian or even Independent. Trump is Trump.

What The Donald says, does, how he acts, are all for the benefit of only The Donald – America’s interest takes second place to Donald’s self standing.

Turns out I was right in my assessment.

President Trump is who he has always been: An independent thinker who does what benefits him, not a political party or any set ideology.

What George Wallace could not do, Trump did.

What Ross Perot could not do, Trump did.

As I noted in “An American Revolution“, Trump may have seized power of the Grand Ole Party, but he was not then nor now or ever a Republican.

An American Revolution

The sooner the Republican Establishment accepts this fact, the sooner the party can move on and survive.

In name, Republicans won the White House, but in reality, the GOP lost the election to an independent.

Like it or not, support him or not, reality is that Trump mirrors the people who voted for him – he is a free thinker like his voters.

Those voters may not agree with his thoughts, his actions, his words, but they like the fact he says what is on his mind.

These voters like that Trump is Trump and not a cut-out doll.

We are a nation that survived the tumultuous days of the 1960s and the constitutional crisis which erupted during the last days of President Richard Nixon. We will survive this presidency as well.

From the Cornfield, there will be days when we will reel and scream like passengers on the train with Casey Jones. There will be other days we will be sailing smoothly, island hopping in the Caribbean.

Keep the life preservers handy and a stockpile of water, but know this too shall pass.

Give me your thoughts on how long the Trump Presidency will last:Β 

Cornfield Polls: How Long POTUS?