Monthly Archives: February 2016

A Tale of Two Parties – South Carolina Elections

I enjoy research in which I start with a general idea and look around until I find something interesting. That was how I found the surprising fact that the personal income in McPherson County, Nebraska increase 84% in one year, … Continue reading

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Melinda Gates for President

That is a possible end result of this odd presidential campaign. Bill Gates could also win, but Melinda may be the better candidate. Shoveling snow is a contemplative activity¬†and I come up with some interesting ideas during those times. This … Continue reading

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Of Ice and Pen – My Writer’s Manifesto

I’ve gained a few pounds the past month-and-a-half. Probably not coincidentally, I have been spending quite a bit of time writing this blog during that same period. It’s actually not the writing that’s the problem; it’s the research. I can … Continue reading

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The America Great Series – Intermission (i.e., Summary to Date)

After all that research and pretty detailed blog posts about federal spending, budget resolutions, and presidential candidates’ tax plans, it seems to be time for a break. We’ve hit intermission. It’s time to leave your seats, go out to the … Continue reading

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The Centrist Awakening

I saw a bumper sticker the other day which read “Don’t Believe Everything You Think.” There are a couple ways to interpret this phrase, and I’ve decided not to look it up online until the very end of this post. … Continue reading

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The Policy of Low Expectations

For most of my life, I have employed what I like to call The Policy of Low Expectations, or PO*LE’ (in my family, we pronounce it with two syllables and make it sound French). We joke about it a lot, … Continue reading

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Part III-D-2: Let’s Look at All the Presidential Candidates’ Tax Plans (America Great Series; Taxes, Economy & Jobs)

In my last post I created five hypothetical families at different income levels and calculated the federal taxes paid, or refunded as a credit, by each household with the current tax code for 2014, and with the flat tax proposed … Continue reading

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Part III-D-1: How Would Ted Cruz’ Flat Tax Plan Affect Federal Income Tax Revenues (America Great Series; Taxes, Economy & Jobs)

Update: During subsequent research into the presidential candidates’ tax plans, I found a page from the Tax Foundation which contained additional information on the Cruz Flat Tax Plan. The differences to what I had used are: the standard deduction is … Continue reading

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Part III-C: A Look at How Job Creation is Effected by Tax Cuts and Increases (America Great Series; Taxes, Economy & Jobs)

Fair warning – this is going to annoy a few people. There is not a lot of agreement among economists on how tax cuts stimulate the economy or tax increases dampen it. But it is also a political and ideological … Continue reading

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I Have A Special Power That Can Influence the Presidential Election

I’m watching a college basketball game at the moment – Virginia Tech at Syracuse. Our passions for sports teams are usually born during our youth and my teams were the New York Giants and the New York Mets – I … Continue reading

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