Tag: Federal Government

What are your thoughts on the “weather” balloon or “spy” balloon?

To quote some text from the book, “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu:

“So in war, the way is to avoid what is strong, and strike at what is weak.”

“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.”

“The whole secret lies in confusing the enemy, so that he cannot fathom our real intent.”

These are just my thoughts as any other individual that blogs about whatever out there in the world. But I hope it strikes up critical conversations and not just repetitive regurgitative nonsense from the mainstream media and everyone is being a parrot in repeating what the media “tells us”.

My thoughts are these… What is not being said in the mainstream media that has people possibly thinking? Let me pose those questions out there to the world. So, I heard over the news radio, that the US intelligence and even possibly NOAA knew that this Chinese balloon (most likely from the government of China and I’m referring to the Communist government of China – not the Chinese people as a whole) was already “floating” or launched on January 31, 2023. But did nothing.

What is the HYSPLIT? Well, it is the “Hybrid Single-Particle Lagrangian Integrated Trajectory” (HYSPLIT) model is a computer model that is used to compute air parcel trajectories to determine how far and in what direction a parcel of air, and subsequently air pollutants, will travel.

Here are some other screen grabs of the “projected pathway of flight” that the balloon was expected to take:

And another projection or the forcasted possible path:

Here’s a news article from Associated Press – White House: Improved surveillance caught Chinese balloon

Why is it that this article is repeating that, “similar flights were conducted at multiple points during the Trump administration.”

Think about it though, was that ever announced or plastered over the mass / main stream media when former President Trump was in office at all? Why, all of a sudden, the “finger pointing” – “Oh but this also happened under Trump.” I don’t ever recall hearing that on the mainstream media AND NOT EVEN ON social media as many people caught this big white balloon floating around the US~!

Really think about it, if these balloons ever did take flight during the former President Trump’s term – social media would be definitely blowing up with pictures, videos, people commenting. And I’m sure the mainstream media would have jumped on it like a “dog in heat” because they loved degrading the former President Trump for anything and everything.

Tell me that wasn’t true – because that’s what I constantly saw the entire time Trump was in office from 2016 through 2020. And I really got sick and tired of it because it was just childish non-sense. Literally nit-picking at every little thing that man did as a President. Honestly, would you have done any better if you were LITERALLY in his shoes as a President or any President’s before? I really want you to think about that. With the 50+ people or only God knows how many you have to talk to while being President – what would you make as a decision that is in the hands and fate of the country that you have to make sure 300 + million people are living in?

Anyway, I sidetracked…

This is the actual path that this particular balloon took flight or “floated”.
“Here’s how close the Chinese spy balloon flew to the U.S. nuclear arsenal. The spy balloon was spotted close to a nuclear missile site, the home of U.S. Strategic Command and the military base that is home to the B-2 stealth bomber.”

The direct screen grab of the actual path was from this news article via NBC – Map: Here’s how close the Chinese spy balloon flew to the U.S. nuclear arsenal

A few things for any of you that read my blog for entertainment purposes or anything else… Based on what I’ve cited above, here’s my personal thoughts. Again, these are my personal thoughts – you may agree or not agree with them. It is perfectly fine. Just want people to think outside of the box and not just hear the things said over and over again on all the media out there…

Apparently according to the military, this weather balloon is carrying equipment the size of two school buses? Biden, at the time, may authorize to shoot down the balloon when it is over a safe impact area when there are not risks to civilian below. OR, do they mean Biden will authorize to shoot it down, when the balloon finishes is military mission of collecting data and intel on military bases in the northern states of the US…?

It is like… We will shoot it down when it’s above nothing and non-populated area. Our air force / military can have or should have the capability to see that balloon where it is at via our satellites. Correct me if I’m wrong.

When this was initially spotted they could have, if it’s over nothing, send a damn missile or even a drone to bring it down. Or if they don’t want to shoot it down, they could have just brought down with a drone like snag onto it like a fishing line or something similar. So, our military can actually do something and reverse engineer whatever was inside or on that “weather balloon”.

But again… the current US administration and President Biden did not act until it was over the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of South Carolina. How convenient.

And they’ve known about this balloon since January 31st when it first launched…. something doesn’t sit right with me on this one. It “floated” over the Aleutian Islands of Alaska, through Canada to how luckily “float” over or close to certain states that had military facilities. My, how convenient.

And the US military and this incompetent administration did what? “Oh, it poses no threat.” Bullshit. It’s literally what the “Art of War” is by Sun Tzu. That’s the game that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is doing: testing to see what Biden will do and how the US will react.

And lastly… why is the actual path very close to the “projected” or “forecasted” pathway presented by NOAA’s HYSPLIT? HYSPLIT models simulate the dispersion and trajectory of substances transported and dispersed through our atmosphere, over local to global scales. IT simulates, think about that. Because the path of the balloon followed the track exactly.

This is a good conversation from one of the news radio that I listen to, from time to time: Mark and Melynda Show

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

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.”

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.

Milton Friedman, video, “Money and Inflation”

Milton Friedman was an American economist and statistician who received the 1976 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his research on consumption analysis, monetary history and theory and the complexity of stabilization policy.

The video below is about 1 hour and 26 minutes long, it is very informational. Please take the time to watch it as it is also educational.