Tag: Biden

We should eliminate the unnecessary Federal Income Tax and just have a consumption (sales) tax

I heard on the radio earlier this afternoon and stumbled upon this article at Fox…

House Republicans to vote on bill abolishing IRS, eliminating income tax

Personally, I’d say just eliminate and do get rid of the income tax Federally and implement the consumption or national sales tax on consumers.

Let’s keep it simple, we can easily wipe out the fed debt in 25,000 sales transactions, give or take a few sales transactions. They should have the consumption tax across the nation at 4% – and I’m being nice at having the national sales tax / consumption tax at only 4% per transaction.

If we got 385 million (+/-) people in our population in USA…. and they buy $500 worth of stuff = $192.5 billion worth of items.

Taxed at 4% consumption tax = $7.7 billion taxes collected on 1 this transaction only.

If 5,000 transactions happened of that same amount, then there’d be $38.5 trillion in consumption tax revenues collected.

There’d still be some IRS people that would be employed to make sure that this is collected and brought it. But that’s about it, no need for other additional people to look into “income tax” making sure you reported this, etc. etc.

I’d like the simplicity of this, and I’d go for it.

Hey if we eliminate the income tax, then we have more money in our pockets! And we do already have the ability to choose to buy things or not!

I say, this is a win/win.

But of course… the politicians will make it as complicated as much as they can. Just freaking keep it SIMPLE!

“In this world, nothing can be certain except death and taxes” – Benjamin Franklin

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.

Additional Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2022 – Passed & signed on 05-21-2022

What comes to my mind are the doves saying, “Coo…Coo…Coo…Coo…”

Here is the bill that was passed by both houses of Congress, House of Representatives and the Senate, and signed into law by the President of the United States on May 21, 2022.

H.R.7691 – Additional Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2022

I’m scrutinizing this bill a little bit as to why is SO MUCH going into / towards Ukraine and so very quickly? And nothing – hardly anything – is happening in house in our own country to help out the U.S. Citizens of the United States of America?

I’m going to highlight some of the funding allocated in various screen shots of the above downloadable PDF file

So $67 million is going to the Department of Justice…
Noted above total of $12.7 Million is going to military
Noted above totals of the red highlighted, $2.4 Billion is going to Military
Noted above totals for some other “Defense Programs” of about $86.9 Million

Why is there need for “Operating Expenses”, “International Disaster Assistance” and “Economic Support fund” for those amounts? IS IT Necessary?

So my question to everyone who reads this blog… Who is actually paying for all of these?

The U.S. Taxpayer through our taxes via income tax filing, Social Security what ever it is – still comes from us wee little ol’ people.

“Oh that’s why they need to tax the rich!” Oh get off your idiotic horse and propaganda regurgitation, the “rich” people pay a hell of a lot more taxes than the regular people who just want to live & enjoy their lives. Do the math.

And think about it, for example, if we claim that we’re giving Ukraine 1 billion, but the Ukraine president only see 500 millions, will he say anything now? No, of course not. 500 millions with the newspaper “support” are better than nothing in their situation right now. If I was the Ukraine president, I would keep my mouth shut and take the support but no respect or whatsoever in my head for the “supporting” brother.

So, the question for us now is not only “who is going to pay for all of these?” But also “where have our money gone to?”

The Energy Industry arguments

Let me just start off by saying… Make it make sense to me everyone. I am NOT against ANY resource being utilized to provide some type of energy.

But seriously everyone, you have to think about what is going and think about it.

First, what is going on currently with Ukraine and Russia is terrible. War sucks regardless. The saddening part is that there’s always money to be made when there is a war. Largely the entities that benefit from wars going on is most of the time government’s, elites and elected officials – regardless. There’s always money made to be somewhere between the lines of wars. It’s what they call “smoke and mirrors” because us regular people do not know what actually happens behind the scenes. I will just leave it at that.

Second, the always unanswered question(s)… Why are we still paying to foreign countries to get oil/fuel from them? Why are we still IMPORTING oil/fuel from other countries? Why isn’t the United States of America producing, drilling, fracking, etc. the oil domestically? Forcing people to go to only one direction and only one resource or product (basically limiting the availability of options), hmmm. How has that ever helped any country when they only have 1 product and no freedom of choice of other options?

My main image cover for this particular blog is why I’m asking:

There was detailed report and research conducted back in 2011 (possibly earlier) through 2013 from the Institute for Energy Research. A report was prepared on October 29, 2013 and provided before the Subcommittee on Energy and Power Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing on the North American Energy Infrastructure Act.

The Institute for Energy Research (IER) is a not-for-profit organization that conducts intensive research and analysis on the functions, operations, and government regulation of global energy markets. IER believes that freely-functioning energy markets provide the most efficient and effective solutions to today’s global energy and environmental challenges and, as such, are critical to the well-being of individuals and society.

The president of this non-profit organization has stated a searchable fact that was conducted over time and makes me think twice (A LOT) of why people are trying to push only 1 or 2 types of a resource to use for energy. Here’s an excerpt from organization’s president, Thomas J. Pyle:

“In the last 100 years, America’s population has tripled. Life expectancy has increased by 70 percent. The productivity of the American people, measured in terms of real per-capita Gross Domestic Product (GDP), has increased by 600 percent. At the same time, we have consumed more than 340 billion barrels of oil, almost 60 billion short tons of coal, and more than 1,090 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. These things are linked. Affordable and reliable energy is a crucial factor in making these and many other significant human, social and technological achievements possible.

Yet even with steadily increasing rates of economic and population growth, as well as increasing energy consumption, the United States today possesses greater recoverable supplies of oil, natural gas and coal than at any point in its recorded history. How can that be? Have vast new sources of hydrocarbon fuels magically materialized beneath our feet over the past 100 years? Or is it possible that, despite what you’ve read, heard and have been told, our continent has always had a lot more energy available to it than some would have us believe?

The answers lie in the data. In 1980, official estimates of proved oil reserves in the United States stood at roughly 30 billion barrels. Yet over the past 30 years, more than 77 billion barrels of oil have been produced here. In other words, over the last 30 years, the United States produced more than two and a half times the proved reserves we thought we had available in 1980. Thanks to new and continuing innovations in exploration and production technology, there’s every reason to believe that today’s estimates of reserves are only a fraction of what will be produced and delivered tomorrow—not only here in the United States, but across the entire North American continent.

Unfortunately, even as updated data show plentiful future supplies of domestic energy, driven by new technologies, a significant movement has emerged. This movement’s mission is to advance and perpetuate falsehoods and inaccuracies with respect to the volume and availability of energy resources in and under our country and continent.

The movement is coordinated, orchestrated and well-funded to create the illusion of scarcity that empowers government to deny citizens access to affordable, reliable and much-needed energy. Furthermore, using supposed scarcity as an excuse, politicians and government agencies justify increasing the power and budget of government while substituting their politically-favored energy choices for those chosen by consumers.

“If America only possesses two to three percent of the world’s oil,” they ask, “why bother to unlock additional acreage for future exploration?” If the world is running out of hydrocarbon fuels, why not insist that government spend billions of dollars to subsidize politically well-connected sources of “alternative” energy? This, they argue, is the justification for spending and mandating the use of energy supplies that otherwise could not survive in a market economy where consumers make their own energy decisions based upon availability and price.

For some, the benefits associated with advancing this agenda are financial. For others, they are ideological. Access to affordable, abundant energy is, fundamentally, a means of freedom. But for those seeking to create a crisis that provides an opportunity to direct the way we live, work and act, affordable, reliable, abundant, domestic energy is a threat. In a very real sense, the more energy we have, the less power they will have. Energy abundance ends the justification for central energy decision-making…”

So what stuck out to what Mr. Pyle has said in the above paragraphs caught my eye: “Access to affordable, abundant energy is, fundamentally, a means of freedom. But for those seeking to create a crisis that provides an opportunity to direct the way we live, work and act, affordable, reliable, abundant, domestic energy is a threat. In a very real sense, the more energy we have, the less power they will have. Energy abundance ends the justification for central energy decision-making.”

Again, referring back to my second topic of “unanswered question(s)”… Why are we still paying to foreign countries to get oil/fuel from them? Why are we still IMPORTING oil/fuel from other countries? Why isn’t the United States of America producing, drilling, fracking, etc. the oil domestically? Forcing people to go to only one direction and only one resource or product (basically limiting the availability of options), hmmm. How has that ever helped any country when they only have 1 product and no freedom of choice of other options?

Let me paint you the picture of some people out there who are out of touch with reality, who cannot understand regular folks who strive, persevere and try any means necessary to make an honest living…

Another interesting report I stumbled upon from the IER – The 100 Percent Renewable Energy Myth

On page 4 of the 100 Percent Renewable Energy Myth report PDF

Even Elon Musk said this…

Again, I say… Make it make sense to me everyone. I am NOT against ANY resource being utilized to provide some type of energy. I’m all for having an availability of options and choices for me and EVERYONE else to freely choose what we all want to use. Technology now is a WHOLE LOT different as it was before and in the past.

I will end here with some interesting news articles and opinions I’ve come across:

Venezuela could be a fill-in for Russian oil, but critics fear aiding another strongman.

Opinion – Biden’s Bizarre Oil Diplomacy

U.S. Officials Meet With Regime in Venezuela, to Discuss Oil Exports to Replace Russia’s

Loving these Tweets

I won’t say much because the tweets themselves can speak for themselves… unfortunately, quite a bit of simple minded idiots and I’m not sorry to say – will believe such tweets.

He says so to get more votes back in 2020, of course~ What politician would just say things to get more votes? The gall…
And look what happens after several months in, being in office, going back on those words – just for votes.

You have to read some of the responses to their tweet on October 17, it is hilarious.

Let’s check back on a prior blog, I’ve posted, about some of these bills that are introduce by Congress: H.R. 1319 – From 117th Congress – “American Rescue Plan Act of 2021”

So what is “their fair share”? Really? Many governments (federal, state and local) give tax incentives to companies (big AND small) so they can build in the respective locations, provide jobs and services to such areas. Does that not click in any one’s minds? It’s basic economics. For the first several years the incentives kicks in because such companies are literally starting out and then afterwards they do pay taxes. You won’t see the corporation’s taxes because it’s a disclosure issue. Want to see something you have to literally ask under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

Let’s revisit some older blog posts of mine regarding taxes, shall we?

Tax Rates – The Laffer Curve

Is increasing minimum wage beneficial or hurtful? I believe it is hurtful.

President Biden’s Economic Policies