GOP, Trump pull off the Great American Tax Heist

first_imgIt was only added during the reconciliation process, gives owners of income-producing real estate holdings a way around that safeguard, effectively creating a new tax break for large landlords and real estate moguls.”This specifically lines the pockets of the ecosystem of corruption that Trump calls a family.It also lines the pockets of people like Sen. Bob Corker, who mysteriously “coincidentally” switched his vote from a no to a yes on the bill after the language was added.America must make an honest appraisal: Donald Trump is a plutocrat masquerading as a populist.He is a pirate on a mission to plunder.Trump is milking the American presidency for personal gain.If he can give the impression of compassion on his mission to cash out, all the better for him, but the general good, the health of the nation and the plight of the plebeians is not now nor has it ever been his focus. And yet in this budget, they willingly, willfully exploded the deficit, not for public uplift or rebuilding America’s infrastructure but rather on the spurious argument that giving truckloads of money back to businesses will spark their benevolence.According to the government’s own nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, the tax bill will lead to “an increase in the deficit of $1,455 billion over the next 10 years.”But be sure, when this bill leads to these predicted deficits, Republicans will return to their sidelined deficit rhetoric armed with a sickle, aiming the blade at the social safety net, exacerbating the egregious imbalance of the tax bill’s original sins.That’s the strategy: Appease the rich on the front end; punish the poor on the back. Feed the weak to the strong.The callousness of this calculation is hidden in the arguments over estimates and evidence, but it is not lost Most Americans see through this charade.According to a CNN/SSRS poll released this week, most Americans disapprove of the tax bill. Furthermore, most believe the bill will benefit the wealthy, in general, and Trump and his family, in particular. His ego is too big for egalitarianism, and his heart too small for it.So he sticks closely to what he knows, the brand of Trump: promoting it, positioning it, defending it and enriching it.Republicans in Congress rushed the bill through for other reasons: to combat the fact of their own legislative incompetence, to satisfy their donors and to honor their long-held belief that the rich are America’s true governing force.The middle class and the poor were never at the heart of this heartless bill.They are simply a veneer behind which a crime is occurring: the great American tax heist.Charles M. Blow is a columnist with The New York Times.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists That, too, was a lie.In September, The New York Times estimated that “President Trump could cut his tax bills by more than $1.1 billion, including saving tens of millions of dollars in a single year, under his proposed tax changes.”That was before the bill was passed and reconciled, when the deal got even sweeter for Trump.As The International Business Times reported this week:“The reconciled tax bill includes a new 20 percent deduction for so-called pass-through entities, business structures such as L.L.C.s, L.P.s and S corporations that don’t pay corporate taxes, but instead ‘pass through’ income to partners who pay individual tax rates on that money.The Senate version of the bill included safeguards that would only allow businesses to take advantage of the new break if they paid out significant wages to employees.But the new provision, which wasn’t included in either version of the bill passed by the House and Senate.center_img Make no mistake: No matter how folks try to rationalize this bill, it has nothing to do with a desire to help the middle class or the poor.This is a cash offering to the gods of the Republican donor class.This is a bill meant to benefit Republicans’ benefactors. This is a quid pro quo and the paying of a ransom.Trump promised to drain the swamp. That was another lie among many.He and the Republicans are in fact feeding us to the gators.Last month at a rally in Missouri, Trump said of the tax bill, “This is going to cost me a fortune, this thing, believe me.” He continued:“This is not good for me. Me, it’s not so — I have some very wealthy friends. Not so happy with me, but that’s OK. You know, I keep hearing Schumer: ‘This is for the wealthy.’ Well, if it is, my friends don’t know about it.” Categories: Editorial, OpinionWith their tax bill, Donald Trump and the Republicans are raiding the Treasury in plain sight, throwing crumbs to the masses as the millionaires and billionaires make off with the cake.America should be aghast not only at the looting but also at the brazenness of its execution.It seems that for as long as I can remember, Republicans have been wringing their hands about deficits.last_img read more

MTN FA Cup match dates confirmed for Round of 64 pairings

first_imgThe match dates for the Round of 64 fixtures in the MTN FA Cup have been confirmed following the second round draw.   The second round matches will be played between December 18-28.Sixty-four teams made of Premier, Division One and Two sides will be involved in the second round stage of the competition.Reigning champions, Medeama’s will begin their title defence an away fixture against third-tier team, Score FC on Sunday, December 22 in Koforidua.MTN FA Cup match dates confirmed for Round of 64 pairingsThe match dates for the Round of 64 fixtures in the MTN FA Cup have been confirmed following the second round draw.    The second round matches will be played between December 18-28.Sixty-four teams made of Premier, Division One and Two sides will be involved in the second round stage of the competition.Reigning champions, Medeama’s will begin their title defence an away fixture against third-tier team, Score FC on Sunday, December 22 in Koforidua.Round of 64 PairingsHOME TEAMRESULTSAWAY TEAMDATEVENUEROSPACK FC RIGHT TO DREAM FC18/12/13 GYANDU PARKINTER-ALLIES BERLIN FC21/12/13TEMA STADIUMMIGHTY JETS MEPE UNITED21/12/13ATTC,ACCRABUBIASHIE CHARITY STARS LIBERTY PROF.21/12/13CHARITY PARK, BUBUASHIE, ACCRADAWENYA FC or ROYAL FAITH BAZOOKA21/12/13PRAMPRAM PARK orHO STADIUMMETRO SC ESPERANCE21/12/13GYANDU PARKFUTURE STARS BOFOAKWA21/12/13BABA YARA, KSINANIA FC DC UNITED21/12/13NANIA PARK, LEGONPRESTIGE FC ISTANBUL FC21/12/13NICHOLSON PARK, BURMA CAMP, ACCRASAMPA UNITED BAGOJET FC21/12/13SAMPA PARK,SAMPATUMU HAPPY STARS TEMA UNITED21/12/13WA STADIUMRED LIONS FC BINDURI UNITED21/12/13LEN CLAY STADIUM     TARKWA UNITED HEART OF LIONS22/12/13TNA PARK, TARKWANEW EDUBIASE BOLGA MAN CITY22/12/13EDUBIASE PARK, BEKWAIDWARFS FIRST KLASS FC22/12/13ROBERT MENSAH, CAPE COASTTAMALE LIBERTY or WIAGA UNITED KOTOKO22/12/13TAMALE STAIUM or BOLGA PARKOKWAWU UNITED REAL ATHLETICO22/12/13NKAWKAW PARKADUANA STARS ASOKWA DEPORTIVO / DUNKWA UNITED22/12/13NANA AGYEMAN BADU II PARK, DORMAAKING FAISAL BABIES TUOBODOM SANTOS22/12/13BABA YARA. KUMASFEYENOORD ACADEMY WA ALL STARS22/12/13FETTEH PARK, FETTEHBEREKUM CHELSEA WENCHI UNITED22/12/13GOLDEN CITY,BEREKIMGOLD STARS HEARTS OF OAK22/12/13BIBIANI PARKSTARKE FC HASAACAS22/12/13DUNKWA PARKASH GOLD B.A UNITED22/12/13LEN CLAY STADIUMAMIDAUS PROF. DANBORT FC22/12/13TEMA STADIUM     BOLGA ALL STARS or KRYSTAL PALACE BELIEVERS FC28/12/13BOLGA PARK or WA STADIUMlast_img read more

State advises you to file for unemployment as soon as you can

first_imgDES MOINES — Iowa Workforce Development has seen more than 100,000 unemployment claims in the last two weeks, but everyone who has been laid off or lost their job might not have filed.IWD deputy director, Ryan West, encourages anyone impacted by COVID-19 to file. “You don’t want to delay — you want to get that done now. You going to want to go to, and get your claim on file…you just click on the individual tab, it’s real easy to navigate through,” West says.West says employers pay into the unemployment fund quarterly, and that information is used to determine your eligibility.“They will submit to us the amount of wages their employees earned, and then we put the information into what we call a wage line for each individual,” West explains. “And so, if an individual ever has to file for unemployment, that information is automatically generated based on their social security number, and that will lay out what they are monetarily eligible for,” West says.The federal CARES Act was recently passed that will allow more people to file for unemployment. West says they are not ready yet to pay that part out. He says they have to wait for guidance from the Department of Labor on how that will work and will start issuing that unemployment once they get that information. He suggests if you will fall under the CARES Act provisions that you should go ahead and file to get into the system.“If you are in that situation as a sole provider, self-employed, make sure you are filing your claim. Just get ahead and get your claim on file and then again you’ll want to continue to do your weekly claims,” West says.  He says they have been working to get everyone’s claims processed, and says there will be some delays, but they will work through it.last_img read more

Helicopter on way to Donegal crashed as pilot has lucky escape

first_imgA helicopter undertaking a flight to Donegal crashed upon take-off with the pilot managing to steer the chopper away from dangerous fuel tanks.The Eurocopter Hummingbird chopper was due to leave its base in Co Fermanagh on June 25th last.However, the pilot cheated injury when the helicopter crashed on its side as it left the ground. Details of the lucky escape have been published in a report released by the Air Accident Investigation Branch.The chopper was due to leave St Angelo Airport in Enniskillen before flying north towards Frosses in Co Donegal.However, the chopper was downed on lift-off and sustained damage to its skid gear, rotor blades, head, tailboom and horizontal stabiliser.Debris from the chopper was scattered over a wide area following the crash, according to the report. It also reveals how the pilot escaped uninjured.“The helicopter was parked on the apron adjacent to the fuel installation where it had just been refuelled to full tanks.“Having completed all the pre-start checks from the checklist and carried out a normal start, the pilot performed the pre-takeoff checks and raised the collective pitch lever. He led with right yaw pedal but, as the helicopter became light on the skids, it started to yaw to the left.“Due to the close proximity of the fuel storage tanks, he applied left cyclic control to move the helicopter to the left away from them, but the helicopter continued to yaw to the left. After yawing through 360°, the helicopter lost height with the left skid contacting the apron,” it adds.“The helicopter rolled about the left skid and the main rotor contacted the ground and debris was scattered over a wide area. “The helicopter continued to yaw through another 90° about the tail before rolling onto its right side.“The pilot shut off the fuel before applying the rotor brake and was able to leave the helicopter unassisted through the left door. The airport Rescue and Fire Fighting Service attended the scene immediately and applied a foam blanket to the wreckage,” the report form the AAIB adds.Helicopter on way to Donegal crashed as pilot has lucky escape was last modified: September 17th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:crashdonegalescapeFermanaghhelicopterpilotlast_img read more

South African Music Awards has a new venue

first_img1 April 2016The South African Music Awards (Samas), regarded as the premium music awards in the country, will be hosted in Durban for the first time later this year. The ceremony takes place on 4 June.That is indeed correct. The 22nd annual @TheSAMAs will be taking place at @DurbanICC in association with @eThekwiniM— Refiloe Ramogase (@refiloer) March 30, 2016“We are pleased that this prestigious awards ceremony is being held in Durban as we constantly strive to ensure our highly talented musicians are provided with opportunities and the necessary platforms to showcase their talent,” eThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo said on Wednesday, 30 March.The 22nd Samas will take place at Durban’s main convention centre, the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre, with the eThekwini Municipality as the hosting partner.“Music brings people together, irrespective of race, creed or culture and eThekwini is proud to be hosting the 22nd Samas,” the mayor said.“It is fitting that the ceremony will take place at our historic venue, the Durban Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre (ICC), which has been transformed into a world-class events and conference centre over the years.”The Samas had a long history of promoting local music and acknowledging the contribution made by musicians to grow the music and entertainment industry.“We salute our musicians and appreciate the role they play in impacting lives as well as showcasing South Africa’s diverse culture and rich history through music. eThekwini is proud to be partnering with the Recording Industry of South Africa for this year’s SAMAs.”Samas chairman Refiloe Ramogase said the new partnership with the eThekwini Municipality marked a fresh chapter for the awards ceremony.Award nominees will be announced later this month.Source: South African Government News Agencylast_img read more

SA’s green building sector gains ground

first_img9 July 2013 Activity in South Africa’s green building sector has surged in recent months as the government, businesses and developers in the country increasingly embrace sustainable building practices. According to the Green Building Council of South Africa, June 2013 alone saw six green building certifications, bringing the total number of Green Star-rated buildings in the country to 36. “The GBCSA is very encouraged to see this spike in the number of buildings achieving Green Star SA ratings,” the organisation’s chief executive officer, Brian Wilkinson, said in a statement last week. “We are confident that the green building movement in South Africa will continue this upward trajectory and that we will increasingly see green building practices becoming the norm.” These Green Star-rated buildings include the Environmental Affairs Department’s head office in Pretoria, which scored the highest rating possible at six stars and was a first for a government-owned building in the country. “Hyundai’s new head office, situated in Bedfordview, is another exciting development to receive a Green Star Rating as it signifies buy-in and commitment to sustainable practices from this large motor corporation – the first green building rating in South Africa achieved within this sector,” the GBCSA said. Nedbank’s Menlyn Maine Falcon Building in the Menlyn Maine Precinct in Pretoria scored a five-star rating, and all buildings in the precinct will be required to achieve a minimum four-star rating. It is also the first project in Africa to be registered with the Clinton Climate Initiative, a programme of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. The initiative is a strict rating mechanism to evaluate the carbon neutrality of a project. “The industry is embracing this absolutely necessary shift towards sustainable practices and it is exciting to be part of this change,” Wilkinson said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Seized rhino horn returned to South Africa

first_img Jooste said the success of the investigation was encouraging, and that it was evident that the Chinese government was willing to co-operate in combating wildlife crime. “It’s a positive step forward, we see the engagement of other countries seeing it as important as we do.” He said the return of these items meant they could now be forensically analysed, which could lead to the arrest of the poachers as well as the couriers of the illegal shipment. Department of Environmental Affairs deputy director-general Fundisile Mketeni said that in addition to an existing agreement on legal assistance between South Africa and China, the government was now negotiating a broader agreement which included co-operation on biodiversity matters. This agreement was an improvement “because we are not [only] going to look at rhinos but all environmental crimes, issues of awareness, technology transfer, compliance, aligning our laws, harmonised policies. It gives us space to work better with Hong Kong.” Mketeni said the investigation and subsequent return of the horns demonstrated that the government took poaching and the illegal trade in horns seriously, “otherwise, we could easily lose all our rhinos and we would have lost our heritage.” Source: 28 November 2013 A consignment of 33 rhino horns that was seized by customs officials in Hong Kong in November 2011 has been returned to South Africa. The horns together weigh 79.9 kilograms and are worth an estimated R23.8-million on the black market. The horns, along with a large number of elephant ivory products, arrived at OR Tambo Airport International Airport on Wednesday. Colonel Johan Jooste, of the Hawks special investigation unit of the SA Police Service, told a press briefing at the airport that a container allegedly containing waste, parings and scrap plastic had been cleared at an SA Revenue Service office in Johannesburg in October 2011, transported to Cape Town and shipped to Hong Kong. “On 15 November 2011, Hong Kong customs officials seized a container of 33 rhinoceros horns along with 758 ivory chopsticks and 127 ivory bracelets,” he said. An investigation was then launched by the Hawks’ endangered species unit and a docket presented to the National Prosecuting Authority, after which South Africa applied to China for the return of the horns. Both countries are party to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).last_img read more