We Must Work to Keep America Great By Continuing to Denounce and Oppose Dangerous, Deplorable, and Despicable Mentally Unstable Narcissist Donald Trump
Monday, May 1, 2017
WE NEED TRUE TAX REFORM
in the White House (I know there are currently several, but when I use that
descriptive phrase I refer, of course, to the biggest one – Trump) FU-ed what
should have been an easy task for a Republican-controlled Congress – repealing
Obamacare, or, more better, repealing the many bad aspects of the ACE (see my
TWTP post OBAMACARE- THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY).
He is now
apparently ready to take on tax reform.Please, let us hope he does not also FU that, too.
As a tax
preparer I know full well that the United States Tax Code has grown into what I
frequently refer to as a “mucking fess”.
reason for tax return errors, by both paid tax preparers and taxpayers who
“self-prepare”, is the excessive complexity of the Tax Code.I strongly believe the current Tax Code needs
to be shredded and totally rewritten from scratch.
strongly believe that the one and only purpose of the Tax Code is to raise the
money necessary to fund the government.
The new Tax
Code must –
simple – easy for everyone to understand.Simplicity for simplicity’s sake.
(2) Be fair
and equitable - treat all taxpayers equally.
consistent – treat specific conditions, situations, and activities, and
maintain specific definitions and descriptions, the same in all instances.
Encourage savings, investment, and growth.
for inflation all allowable deductions and credits.
The new Tax
Code must not –
(1) Be used
for social engineering, to redistribute income or wealth, or to deliver social
welfare and other government benefits.
Encourage or discourage certain economic decisions (other than savings,
investment, and growth), or provide exclusive benefits for specific industries,
business activities, or classes of taxpayers.
any refundable credits, or any phase-outs, exclusions or adjustments based on
Adjusted Gross Income or Modified Adjusted Gross Income.
any “alternative” tax calculation systems (such as the current “Alternative
any temporary deductions, credits, benefits, or provisions.
Code would state “Everything is taxable, except . . .” and “Nothing is
deductible, except . . .”.Only those
“excepts” – exclusions and deductions - that are absolutely necessary and
appropriate, in the context of the “musts” and “must nots” listed above, should
be added back.
One of the
biggest problem with the current system is the inappropriate use of the Tax
Code to deliver social welfare and other government benefits – hence its
appearance as #1 on our list of “must nots”.This practice is not only inappropriate, but it also invites and encourages
Internal Revenue Service, and the tax professional community, should not be
required to act as Social Workers and administer and verify government program
I amnot saying that the government shouldn’t
provide financial assistance to the working poor and college students, provide
encouragements for purchasing health insurance, making energy-saving purchases
and improvements and other “worthy” actions, .What we are saying is that such assistance and encouragements should not
be distributed via the tax return.
benefits provided by the Earned Income Tax Credit and the refundable Child Tax
Credit should be distributed via existing federal welfare programs for Aid to
Families with Dependent Children. The benefits provided by the education tax
credits and deduction for tuition and fees should be distributed via existing
federal programs for providing direct student financial aid. The benefits
provided by the Premium Tax Credit, the energy credits, and other such personal
and business credits should be distributed via direct discount payments to the
appropriate vendors or direct rebate programs funded by the budget of the
appropriate Cabinet department.
the benefits in this manner is much better than the current method for many
1. It would
be easier for the government to verify that the recipient of the subsidy,
discount or rebate actually qualified for the money, greatly reducing fraud.
And tax preparers, and the IRS, would no longer need to take on the added
responsibility of having to verify that a person qualifies for government
qualifying individuals would get the money at the “point of purchase,” when it
is really needed, and not have to go “out of pocket” up front and wait to be
reimbursed when they file their tax return.
3. We would
be able to calculate the true income tax burden of individuals. Many of the
current “47 percent” would still be receiving government benefits, but it would
not be done through the income tax system, so they would actually be paying
federal income tax.
4. We could
measure the true cost of education, housing, health, energy and welfare
programs in the federal budget because benefit payments would be properly
allocated to the appropriate departments.
Let us hope
that the idiots in Congress act intelligently for once and enact true and
appropriate tax reform.
PERVERTED THE AMERICAN DREAM
American Dream is that anyone born in the United States can grow up to become
selection – not election (he wasn’t elected – he lost the election by over 3
Million votes) of Donald Trump has perverted the dream.
shown us that any idiot with lots of money and a big mouth, regardless of how
unqualified or inappropriate or deplorable, can become President.
BUZZ – Online Digest
+ “Worse than just being a liar or a
narcissist, in addition he is paranoid, delusional and grandiose thinking and
he proved that to the country the first day he was President. If Donald Trump
really believes he had the largest crowd size in history, that’s delusional.”
So says one
of the group of psychiatrists attending a conference at Yale University.
“Donald Trump has a ‘dangerous mental
illness’ and is not fit to lead the US, a group of psychiatrists has warned
during a conference at Yale University.
Mental health experts claimed the
President was ‘paranoid and delusional’, and said it was their ‘ethical
responsibility’ to warn the American public about the “dangers” Mr Trump’s
psychological state poses to the country.”
Many of the
psychiatrists assembled agree with me, and many other professionals and lay
people, that “Trump is mentally unfit to
must use the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office for mental
+ The LA
TIMES has published an excellent series of editorials on “The Problem with
Trump”.The series includes -
Why did the
paper present this series?(highlight is
“The answer is simple. Even though we’re only
11 weeks into the Trump presidency, there is good reason to believe that rather
than grow into the job, he’ll remain the man he was on the campaign trail — impulsive, untruthful, narcissistic,
ignorant of the limits on presidential power and woefully unprepared to wield
it. Rather than wait until the public grew inured to the lies, the
undermining of democratic institutions, the demagoguery and bluster, we decided
to lay out our concerns at length and in detail.”
selfishness and consistent use of the Presidency to line his pockets and the
pockets of his family costs American taxpayers millions of dollars
WHY WE MUST CONTINUE TO OPPOSE AND DENOUNCE THE IDIOT IN THE WHITE HOUSE.
vitally important to understand that opposing and denouncing the idiot in the
White House – Donald J Trump – has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with
I do not
oppose and denounce Trump because he is allegedly Republican or because he is allegedly
conservative – make no mistake, he is
I do not
oppose and denounce Trump because he “speaks his mind”.
and denounce Donald Trump BECAUSE HE IS
Trump is a
truly deplorable and despicable human being, a dangerous mentally unstable
Trump “speaks” is unstable and incompetent.
the nail on the head when he suggested that Trump is not “ideological”.Trump has absolutely no political philosophy.He has absolutely no political convictions or
beliefs.The one and only thing that
Trump truly believes is “Trump is good and Trump is great” – and anyone who
does not believe this, and kiss his ring, so to speak, had better beware.
not care about anyone or anything except feeding his undeservedly enormous ego.
not deserve any respect – because he doesn’t respect anyone or anything.
Trump is not political.Opposing Trump
UNFORTUNATELY INSTEAD THEY CREATED THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE -
WHICH PUT ONE IN OFFICE.
Please read my open letter to Vice President Mike Pence and Congress. Click here. If you agree please send a similar letter to Pence, Ryan, and McConnell.
THE TRUTH ABOUT THE SECOND AMENDMENT
Amendment has absolutely nothing to do with the right of an individual citizen
to own a gun.It was written to appease
those among our Founding Fathers who opposed a national Army.
amendment does not simply say “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms,
shall not be infringed."It says
"A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free
State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be
infringed."The important wording
in the Amendment is “A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security
of a free state”. The Founding Fathers preferred state militias to a national
Founding Fathers were afraid of standing armies.They wanted to maintain the authority of the
individual state militias that had made up Washington’s Revolutionary
Army.The members of Congress during
that first gun debate believed that “standing armies in a time of peace are
dangerous to liberty”. Those were the exact words used in the state of New
York’s amendment to the gun debate.
Madison, political theorist, American statesman, and the 4th President, hailed
as the "Father of the Constitution" for his role in drafting and
promoting the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, believed, “Oppressors can
tyrannize only when they achieve a standing army, an enslaved press, and a
early framers of the Constitution supported a standing army during times of
peace there would be no need for a “well-regulated militia”, and thus no need
for the 2nd Amendment.
they openly opposed a standing army during times of peace. Want proof? In the
entire Constitution, there are no time limits on the power of Congress to raise
money and pay for anything – except an Army. We can have a Navy forever. We can
have roads or bridges or post offices or pretty much anything else that
supports the ‘general welfare’ without limit and in perpetuity. But an Army?
That had to be re-evaluated every two years, when all spending for the past two
years of army was zeroed out. It's right there in Article 1, Section 8, line
twelve reads that Congress has the power: "To raise and support Armies,
but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two
Founding Fathers were well aware, based on the history of Europe, that military
coups by a standing army were a great threat to any nation. So they required a
re-evaluation of the need for a national army every two years.
what I believe -
stable, law-abiding citizen should be able to purchase and own a traditional
“one shot at a time” pistol or rifle for the purpose of hunting, target
shooting, or, in limited situations, protection.But it should be illegal for an individual or
organization to purchase and own an AK-47, an assault rifle, or any such
weapon.By the very nature of its name,
the obvious purpose of such a weapon is “assault” and not hunting, target
shooting, or protection.
In order to
purchase and own a gun an individual should first obtain a license, issued by one’s
state of residence – similar to the current driver’s license system.A thorough background check must be required
as part of the licensing process.And,
similar to a driver’s license, in order to obtain a license an individual must
pass a written test and a “demonstration” test, like a driving test, to show
that the individual knows how to operate and maintain a gun.As with motor vehicle licenses there would be
And if a
person is considered potentially dangerous enough not to be able to fly he or
she should not be able to obtain a gun license.No fly – no gun!
Trump is a “yuuge” supporter of the 2nd Amendment – a position he
took during the campaign, as with all of his positions, only because it is what
his core followers wanted to hear, so he could continue to bask in the “roar of
the crown” at rallies, and to get the NRA endorsement (while Trump defends the
2nd Amendment he apparently has little or no respect for the 1st
Amendment, which guarantees free speech and freedom of the press).And with Republican control of Congress there
will be no much needed gun control legislation, and the many tragedies of the
past couple of years will no doubt continue.
IS TRUMP? LET ME COUNT THE WAYS
Trump is totally unfit to serve as President of the United States are indeed
But if I
were to choose one of his proven consistent behaviors that absolutely makes his
unfitness a certainty and will probably cause the most damage it would be this
literally impossible to have a normal, intelligent and rational debate, or even
discussion, with Trump.
“A = B.”
else says, “I disagree. I think A = C.”
A normal, intelligent and rational person
would respond, “I believe A = B because . . .” and go on to explain the reasons
he thinks A = B, citing legitimate and identifiable sources (other than “most
people agree”) to support the belief.
responds, “You are fat, ugly, stupid, hormonal, weak, sad, incompetent, a
loser, etc, etc, etc”.
words, Trump is saying to anyone who disagrees with his presumably infallible
pronouncements, “You have no value, so your opinion has no value.”
you arrogant buffoon, most of the world believes that it is you who have absolutely no value, and it is your opinions that
have absolutely no value! And certainly no basis in truth.
Presidency will, quite possibly irreparably, diminish the stature and
credibility of America in the eyes of the world.
was Saturday, January 21st!
people around the world joined together to protest the fact that a dangerous
mentally unstable narcissist, a totally unqualified and ignorant reality tv
cartoon clown, was selected to be President of the United States despite losing
the election by almost 3 Million votes.
buffoon Trump is truly a unifying factor! He unites men and women, young and
old, gay and straight, Republican and Democrat, conservative and liberal,
white, black, brown, red, and yellow, of all faiths and religions to protest
his idiocy and denounce and oppose his Presidency.
response to Jenifer’s post title – “How
many signs do we need before we realize we're all in serious danger with this
fool at the helm?”
correctly describes dangerous Donald Trump as – “A man whose ego is so frail that he, like the rooster taking credit for
the rising sun, sees all good news as a reflection of his own fabulousness.”
And goes on
to observe (highlights are mine) -
“The narcissistic personality is
ever-present. Every person is judged to
be a 'good guy 'or a 'loser' based on what he or she says about Trump. Every
bad bit of news is the result of the no-good, sleazy, rotten,
most-dishonest-people-he-ever-met media. Terrorist massacres are not
tragedies, but vindication that he was 'right' (right about exactly what is not
clear). Trump’s seeming inability to
take himself out of the equation and assess events, people and policies on
their own merits remains the most frightening aspect of his impending
highlight is mine) –
“Sure, all presidents have big egos. The problem arises when their psyche
impairs their ability to function rationally.”
+ In “Temperament Tantrum” by Susan Milligan at US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT we learn the truth about
Trump’s mental instability.
"’Donald Trump is dangerously mentally ill
and temperamentally incapable of being president,’ says John D. Gartner, a
practicing psychotherapist who taught psychiatric residents at Johns Hopkins
University Medical School and is author of 'In Search of Bill Clinton: A
Psychological Biography'. Trump, Gartner says, has 'malignant
narcissism', which is different from narcissistic personality disorder and
which is incurable.
Gartner acknowledges that he has not
personally examined Trump, but says it's obvious from Trump's behavior that he
meets the diagnostic criteria for the disorder, which include anti-social
behavior, sadism, aggressiveness, paranoia and grandiosity.”
Otto Kernberg has described malignant narcissism as a syndrome characterized by
a narcissistic personality disorder (NPD), antisocial features, paranoid
traits, and egosyntonic aggression. Other symptoms may include an absence of
conscience, a psychological need for power, and a sense of importance
+ I agree
100% with the STUFF THAT NEEDS TO BE SAID in John Pavlovitz’s post “Let the Record Show” -
“I do not believe this man is normal.
I do not believe he is emotionally stable.
I do not believe he cares about the
full, beautiful diversity of America.
I do not believe he respects women.
I do not believe the sick and the
poor and the hurting matter to him in the slightest.
I do not believe he is a man of
faith or integrity or nobility.
I do not believe his concern is for
anything outside his reflection in the mirror.
I believe he is a danger to our
I believe he is a threat to our
I believe he is careless with our
I believe he is reckless with his power.
I believe America will be less
secure, less diverse, less compassionate, and less decent under his leadership.”
lied again.We will never see his tax
returns unless Congress forces him to make them available to the public.Pat Garofalo discusses this in the editorial
“Tax Returns” Still MIA” at US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT -
"Failing to release his returns certainly
isn't the most disqualifying thing about Trump – take your pick from among his
misogyny, authoritarian tendencies, willingness to whip up racial animosity
amongst his supporters or cavalier attitude toward warfare and nuclear weapons,
just for starters – but it is symbolic of the lying, fantasy-based campaign
that he has run. It's one final insult to the intelligence of the American
EDITORIAL: CONSERVATIVE PHILOSOPHY AND THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT
I have never been able to understand why Republican candidates, Trump included, feel they must pander to fundamentalist Christians – aka “evangelicals”, the religious right, or the Tea Party – in order to be perceived as a true conservative.
It has always been my understanding that one of the basic tenets of conservatism is limited government – the belief that the government should intrude in one’s personal and business life as little as possible.The role of government should be to provide citizens with the freedom necessary to pursue their own goals; conservatism emphasizes empowerment of the individual to solve problems.
The Republican Party has perverted conservative philosophy to include the tenets of extreme fundamentalist Christianity.
The Libertarian Party, whose core beliefs also emphasize limited government involvement, individual liberty, and increased personal and political freedoms, states “. . . we defend each person's right to engage in any activity that is peaceful and honest, and welcome the diversity that freedom brings. The world we seek to build is one where individuals are free to follow their own dreams in their own ways, without interference from government or any authoritarian power.”
Contrary to the belief in limited government, “evangelicals” want the government to tell citizens how to live their lives by forcing the specific religious beliefs of fundamentalist Christianity on them.
Religious belief is personal and individual.It should never be legislated, or used as the basis for legislation.One’s religious beliefs may cause a person to become involved in political activity as a way of helping society and one’s “fellow man”, but one religious group’s specific religious beliefs and interpretations should NOT be made into law.
Murder is not illegal because God said, "Thou Shall Not Kill".It is illegal because it deprives the victim's civil right to life as guaranteed by the Constitution.
If your religious beliefs instruct you that abortion is bad – then do not have an abortion.If your religious beliefs tell you that homosexuality and same-sex marriage is wrong - then don’t practice homosexuality or marry someone who is the same sex as you.But you cannot force your specific religious belief on your neighbor, regardless of any sincere desire to save him or her from the “fires of hell”.
The religious can certainly "preach the gospel" to those who will listen, but cannot make the government force non-believers to follow their perception of the gospel.
America is NOT a “Christian country” - it is not a religious country, period.The idea of religious freedom and the separation of Church and State is a cornerstone of American democracy.It is one of the main reasons the first settlers came here.Separation of Church and State means that the government cannot tell a citizen how to worship or what to believe.It also guarantees the right of citizens not to worship and not to believe.
A while back I noticed the following observation on a sign displayed at a local Jersey shore eatery –
“The last time we mixed politics with religion people got burned at the stake!”
ROBERT D FLACH
TRUMP’S CONFLICT OF INTEREST PROBLEMS
In a post at THE SURLEY SUBGROUP David J. Herzig says that many experts “believe that President elect Trump’s ownership of active business assets, even in a blind trust, would violate, Article I, Section 9, Clause 8 of the Constitution which prevents the President from accepting ‘presents’ or ‘Emolument’ from foreign states”.
Herzig explains (highlights are mine) -
“When a businessperson who runs many active businesses runs and wins for President, clearly there would be many second order problems associated with inherent conflicts between running corporations and the country.When President-elect Trump won the office, many of these conflicts have bubbled to the surface.
For example, to avoid a conflict of interest between benefiting one’s personal holdings and the Country’s best interests, assets of the President are placed in a blind trust.As many have pointed out, this works only when the President does not know the nature of the holdings.Putting existing businesses into a blind trust does not stop the President from knowing the underlying assets of the trust.The conflict is not ameliorated by trust structure.Nor, by the way, would it be fixed if President elect Trump divests but the family continues to own the assets.”
This article reiterates (again, highlight is mine) –
“Ethics experts warn that if Mr. Trump puts his children in control of operations but continues to own the company, he will remain vulnerable to charges that his actions as President are guided by personal financial interests.”
To be perfectly honest, I have absolutely no doubt that Trump intends that his actions as President be guided by personal financial interests.Everything Trump does is about his own personal interests, financial and otherwise, regardless of the ethics, appropriateness, or legality of his actions.
Trump MUST sell off ALL of his investments before being sworn in as President and place the proceeds in a blind trust.Nothing less is acceptable!
If this causes a financial loss for Trump it is just too bad.He should have thought of this before deciding to run for President.
THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION THEME SONG
The “theme song”, if you will, of President John F Kennedy’s brief administration became “Camelot”, from the Broadway musical of the same name written by Alan Jay Lerner, one of Kennedy's schoolmates at Harvard University.Jacqueline Kennedy inadvertently coined the phrase "Camelot" as a way to refer to her husband's presidency when she revealed in an interview in Life after the assassination that JFK liked to listen to music from the show.“There will be great presidents again,” she said, “but there will never be another Camelot.”
The “theme song” of a Trump Presidency will also come from “Camelot”.It is “C'est Moi”, which is French for “it’s me”. In the musical Lancelot, en route to Camelot to join Arthur’s Round Table, sings of the attributes needed of a member of such a prestigious and demanding organization – which boils down basically to perfection.He asks, “But where in the world is there in the world a man so extraordinaire?”His answer, obvious to him, is “C’est moi”.
Trump is the ultimate narcissist.Donald Trump truly believes that in all God’s creation there is no man more “extraordinaire” than Donald Trump!His sole motivation in seeking the Presidency, in doing anything, is “love of self” and certainly not “love of country”.