REPORT: NO INCOME TAX FOR AMAZON

Many Americans are wondering why their income tax refunds are less than last year especially since Trump promised tax relief for his cult followers.

Unless you changed your deduction amount, you already received your tax with an increase in your paycheck. That meager amount you received counted as income, so many of you are receiving less.

The whole tax scheme, was just that; a tax cuts, billions for the wealthy, and crumbs for the workers. The cuts are not for the average worker, although they convinced you that it is.

Profits for online retail behemoth Amazon soared in 2018,but it paid no federal income tax for the second consecutive year.

The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy said the company is subject to a 23 percent tax rate on its US income. However through various tax breaks and credits, the company will receive a tax rebate of $129 million. 

That despite the company nearly doubling its profits to $11.2 billion in 2018, up from $5.6 billion the previous year.

Have fun spending your tax refund.

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ROBBING PETER TO PAY PAUL

Cry baby Donald Trump seeing his base of cult followers shrink as they are finding out he has caved to political pressure on his border wall is desperately trying to pull them together. 

The latest blow to his ego was when he was forced to sign a by partisan bill to provide border protection less his wall.

So what does he do?  The cry baby declared a national emergency o pay for his long promised and controversial border wall, that Mexico was going to pay for. 

And who’s going to pay for it? Six federal agencies with needed funds for their own departments.

The money is used for military bases and other projects. Yes, the military he loves so much. White Housed officials said they did not yet know which military construction might be cancelled or delayed by this move.

I ask which is more important, border security or the security of Americans. Cost to the military; $3.6 billion. 

Trump will dip into about $600 million in asset forfeiture funds and Department of Treasury. 

WHO NEEDS A BORDER WALL

Donald Trump says it is imperative to have a border wall for security and has proclaimed “A National Emergency” to stop drugs from crossing into the US.  Really?

Drug Lord ‘El Chapo’ recently convicted of bringing drugs into the US found an easier to smuggle billions of dollars worth of drugs into our country; Using our highways.

Evidence showed drugs poured into the US through secret tunnels or hidden in tanker trunks, concealed in the undercarriage of passenger cars and packed in rail cars passing through legitimate  points of entry, SUGGESTING THAT A BORDER WALL WOULDN’T BE MUCH OF A WORRY. 

Even packing cocaine into thousands of jalapeno cans, shipments that totaled 25-30 tons of cocaine worth $500 million each year.

Who will be the nest “El Chapo”?  Probably hoping Trump builds more walls.

 

MY VIEW ON SUBSIDIZING

The Liberal in me says it’s  ok to use my tax dollars to subsidize programs to help those in need and are suffering hard times.

I have been in favor of subsidizing farmers who suffer crop losses from draught, disease, or other events of nature. Farming is the back bone of this country and has been since day one. They feed us.

However, I am against Donald Trump authorizing $12 billion dollars to cover their losses because they are unable to sell their product abroad because of Trumps tariff increases to our foreign neighbors.

It’s a double whammy for tax payers. Our food is going to cost more at the stores, and our national debt will increase by adding the $12 billion subsidy.

Most of our farmers on Delmarva sell their corn and soybeans locally to feed mills, so few of them if any will be affected by Trumps tariffs. Our farmers production is a drop in the bucket compared to the large corporate farms in the mid=west where anything under 2000 acres in a small farmer.

That’s where the 12 billion will go to Trumps rich friends, the same friends he just give a huge tax beak to while giving the average working guy peanuts.

When I had my small business selling women’s apparel and shoes, when I fell into hard times due to recessions, bad weather, and had a large inventory left, their was no helping hand for me. I had to ‘eat ’em’ as the saying goes in retail.

Wealthy farmers in the Midwest supported Trump and his message, “Make America Great Again” which I thought we were doing quite well. So my message to the farmers in the Midwest who are stuck with their grain and beans; ‘Eat ’em’.

JUST SAYING NO IS NOT ENOUGH MR. TRUMP

What do Mr. Trump and former first lady Nancy Reagan have in common? Both believe the answer to addiction is to just say “NO’.

She the answer to stopping teen pregnancy, Trump to the out break of Opioid use. Neither will work without money for enforcement and education.

Yesterday Trump proclaimed the Opioid crisis a public health emergency in response to the national opioid crisis. But he stopped short, very short, of declaring a national emergency as recommended by the commission he appointed.

Trumps answer was advice given to him by his dad; just say “NO” to booze and cigarettes when he was young. Easy to say when it comes to bad habits, but difficult to stop when your child gets their firs high.

 Declaring a national emergency would have opened the doors for significantly more new money for treatment, law enforcement, empowered public health officials to do things like negotiate lower prices with the Big Pharma for the overdose-reversing drug naloxone or waive insurance restrictions that delay treatment.

Opioid addiction is taking hundred of lives a day in this country along. States like WV and Ohio have been over taken by the epidemic.

Like most of Trumps policies he is just blowing smoke; no substance.

 

NRA FINALLY HAS THEIR PRESIDENT

Historically after a mass shooting and the loss of lives, there are calls for stricter gun limits, especially from Presidents, especially Democratic ones or Congress, which sends those considering buying a gun rushing to purchase a weapon before any new laws can take effect.

Even the shares of gun companies shot up on Wall Street yesterday.

But have you noticed not a word about gun laws from this President?  Finally the NRA has a president in their pocket.

This killer had purchased over 100 rifles and had them modified to shoot bullets in succession instead of single shots. A person who hunts needs a good rifle, and a person who wants to protect their home needs a good gun. All other assult weapons belong to the military and law enforcement agencies.