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How are you holding up during these inflation times?

So are they calculating inflation increases as an average?

I just wanted to share my thoughts on how these inflationary times are impacting all Americans here in the USA. Overall, I think it’s crap.

The article and news from CBS – Inflation remained high in September with prices rising faster than expected

Basically they’re stating that it’s 8.2% higher than it was 1 year ago, consumer prices. Things that we buy, on an average based on the “Consumer Price Index” increased in one year 8.2%. Does that sound reasonable in your area wherever you are in your city/state?

Costco Example only – I can definitely say that prices here in Central Texas did not go up by the inflation average of 8.2%.

Here are some images of prices of the items in other Costco’s

May 30, 2020 – the price of these Charmin TP was regular $24.99 – but on this day it was $19.99 ($5.00 off).
August 19, 2021 – Price of 40-case of Kirkland water was at $3.19
Costco 40 pack of bottled water (500 ml) as of 10/15/2022 = $4.19 per case

Oh yes, oil changes on a vehicle if taken to the shop… Of course, depends on where you go or if you do it yourself (more power to you). I realized that just an oil change went up in price, just this year, from $59.99 to $69.99 (16.67% increase).

So my honest question to everyone out there who reads my blog and for you to think about… Have you noticed your every day necessities that you purchase went up in price? If so, how much did your toothpaste, toilet paper, paper towels, body wash, shampoo, deodorant, etc. go up?

My observation is… what the current administration has been doing since the beginning has been affecting us Americans harshly. A book that I’m currently reading published back in 1979 by a well-known economist of that time can easily relate to quite a lot of things taking place to this day. The book “Free to Choose” by Milton Friedman and Rose Friedman (husband and wife) is a very good read so far and I can understand where he’s coming from.

58 Years ago today… and one of the greatest speeches I’ve ever heard.

“…the full power of centralized government. THIS was the very thing the Founding Fathers sought to minimize. They knew that governments don’t control things.

A government can’t control the economy without controlling people. And they know when a government sets out to do that it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose…”

“When the government tells you, ‘You’re depressed’. Lie down and be depressed…

…So they’re going to solve all the problems of human misery through government and government planning… well now if government planning and welfare had the answer and they had almost 30 years of it shouldn’t we expect government to read the score to us every once in a while?

Shouldn’t they be telling us about the decline each year and the number of people needing help, the reduction of need for public housing? But the REVERSE is true, each year the need grows greater, the program grows greater. We were told 4 years ago that 17 million people went to bed hungry each night, well that’s probably true – they were all on a diet. But NOW we’re told that 9.3 million families in this country are poverty stricken and on the basis of earning less than $3,000 a year. Welfare spending is 10 times greater than it was than the dark depths of the depression. We’re spending $45 billion dollars on Welfare. Now do a little arithmetic, you’ll find that if we divided the $45 billion up equally among those 9 million poor families, we’d be able to give each family $4,600 a year AND this added to their present income should eliminate poverty. DIRECT AID to the poor, however, is running at about $600 per family… Would seem that someplace there must be some OVERHEAD.”

What are your thoughts on the un-announced raid…?

Fox and other media outlets had breaking news about the FBI doing an un-announced raid on Trump’s Mar-A-Lago retreat.

Trump says FBI agents searched his Mar-a-Lago home in Florida

Trump: Mar-a-Lago home ‘under siege, raided, and occupied’ by FBI Agents

F.B.I. Searches Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Residence in Florida

This is the first time in US history that the Feds have ever raided a former US President’s private home after they were President of the US. Scary times and this will truly enrage all freedom loving Americans. Because if they can go after a former US President that has never committed a crime, then they can definitely go after any one of us….

The true beginning of Socialism and dictatorship in our country…

I’m surprised this came out of his tweet/mouth.

If they can Trump up charges against a former president… what can they do to ANY OF US? We should all be paying attention and aware of what’s happening TODAY!

The people who lived through Communism like me should all understand that this is an act of communism.

And Communism is rooted by Socialism which is the base of Democrats in U.S.A.

They cannot afford for Trump to win back in 2024 so that they have to play this dirty card. They’ve always played dirty anyway.

Raided in his private property when he was in New York and found 13 boxes of documents. Can’t you hear it? It’s a bullshit story!

Tax Law is created by Congress, not by the IRS

Just sitting here and reading some social media posts makes me laugh when I read about, “Oh you should go after the IRS…  It is the IRS’ fault… IRS this… IRS that…”

Stop just a few minutes here and think about it.   Who creates tax laws?  Who then votes certain bills to make such a tax become a law?   IT is Congress itself.  Not the IRS. The IRS has to “enforce” the tax laws passed by such Congress in order to collect the taxes THAT CONGRESS created and voted for and therefore passed to become a law – that then affects the local US Citizens.

It is very similar in comparison to judges and even supreme court justices… local, state and federal officials create(s) and pass(es) laws… Then it is up to the people in law enforcement (local police, Sheriffs, lawyers, judges, supreme court judges, etc.) to interpret and apply such law to each individual case.

Oh, but of course – the regular citizen, regular folks don’t even seem to bother to understand the above. And just attack the people who are trying to enforce the laws (again I say) created by and passed by “elected officials”.

Here is where I want to visually show everyone what our current Federal Income Tax System looks like when we pay our file and pay our taxes every April 15th (each year). Courtesy of Nerdwallet.

2021-2022 Tax Brackets and Federal Income Tax Rates:

I want to refer back to my previous blog simply explaining the “Laffer Curve”. This blog was posted back on January 11, 2021.

Tax Rates – The Laffer Curve

Our current Federal Tax system is a progressive tax system just by looking at the tax rates above from Nerd Wallet. They basically took it directly from the IRS website and obviously is confirmed by Congress. It looks complicated, right? Because Congress made it complicated.

Again, Congress has made these tax laws.

I mean if you want another source here’s the tax rate table / tax schedule from T. Rowe Price…

IRS Tax Rate Schedules – T.Rowe Price

The Federal Income tax was made via the 16th amendment back in 1913 – “Passed by Congress on July 2, 1909, and ratified February 3, 1913, the 16th amendment established Congress’s right to impose a Federal income tax.

We all pay taxes one way or another… Whether it be through sales taxes, property taxes, estate taxes, federal income taxes, local taxes, state income taxes… That would be another whole discussion topic on it’s own – a Pandora’s box if you will.

Here’s my questions to you:

1 – Since we all pay taxes (one way shape or form) would you still want a ‘progressive federal income tax’ or a ‘flat tax’?

2 – Again, is it the IRS’ fault that our tax system is the way it is or is it Congress who made the actual laws for these taxes?

Visually here’s what a flat tax would look like versus the other Federal Income Tax table I showed to you, up above.

Two different videos on Socialism – Navajo and Venezuela

I’ll start off with these two quotes:

“A government big enough to give you everything you want, is a government big enough to take away everything that you have.”  (e.g.  CONTROL) – Gerald Ford

“The problem with Socialism, is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” – Margaret Thatcher

Defying a media ban, this reporter goes undercover in the one-time socialist idyll of Venezuela. Now why is that…?

In reference to the video above, for Venezuela:

Hugo Chavez giving a speech in early 2000’s
So Hugo Chavez is basically saying to the general populous… That there is no actual God and that Socialism IS GOD – this is straight out of the Communist Manifesto

Here it is from the actual book written by Karl Marx, himself, “Communist Manifesto” . IT states in the exact book, “…Communism abolishes eternal truths, it abolishes all religion, and all morality…it therefore acts in contradiction to all past historical experiences…”

Continuing on with the 2nd video about Venezuela —

Local citizens in the basically the barrios interviewed – talking about the current President Nicolas Maduro (Chavez’ successor).

13:55 minute mark – on who to vote – “One’s no better than the other. At this point, we don’t even know who we’re going to vote for.  Now, this country is practically destroyed… They’ve done nothing to make us vote for them. For my part, I would not vote.”

And that is saddening to hear from a citizen in Venezuela, that they lost all faith in their governmental official or people who want to run – that they do not bother to vote.   However, let’s think critically about it… If you don’t vote – the people with the same ideology will continue to run or stay in power and your government will continue on as is and your country will remain the same.

15:00 minute mark – the irony of it all… Venezuelan gov’t says she tried to plot to kill the Venezuelan President… However, caught on camera that the gov’t supporters or officials tried to kill her…

23:48 minute mark – opposition parties staging demonstrations – Some individuals are arrested, put in prison or under house arrest because they are speaking out against the Venezuelan gov’t.  Keep that in mind – that this is not new – it happens in every Socialistic or Communistic gov’t.

Now my question to everyone out there in the United States… are we going down the similar rabbit hole into Socialism –> Communism? Or are we already there and that it’s only going to get much worse? Please think about that.

I do not want our country to deteriorate.

And please try not to be one of the people who’ve I heard say, “Everyone else did it the wrong way.”

Okay, sure let’s try that approach shall we – go ask the people who left Vietnam, who was able to flee North Korea, who left Cuba, who left Venezuela, who left… I can go on and on. And ask them WHY did they leave if “Socialism” and “Communism” is “so good.”