Surplus-Based Tax Cuts in Deficit Times

Agree with Bush tax cuts or not, at least there was a budget surplus at their inception. Some wanted to pay down the debt instead….

But keeping the surplus-based tax cuts after going to war was like my deciding to buy a yacht after choosing to work part time! War without war tax (a first) was the beginning of the end of any meaningful budget or debt management in Washington, DC.

Private money has been spent on lobbyists, special interest groups, and candidate election funds, all intended to coax America to suspend financial reason for over a decade. It  has been expensive beyond belief, but the best investment the 1% could have made: they are over the moon; We the People are under the bus.

I am going to count to three. We will all wake up, feeling refreshed, and ready to end these suicidal tax cuts. One… two… THREE!

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Civility is Patriotic

“[…] civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof.” – John F. Kennedy

When President Kennedy spoke these words in his inaugural speech, he was pointing to America’s interactions with other powers in the international community. But they are no less true for the conversations among the many and varied communities that together weave the rich tapestry we call America.

 I believe in the ability of the American people to solve, resolve, innovate, and design. For all these aspects of American ingenuity to flourish we need to come together to pool our collective insight and genius, and collaborate until the job is done. We did this when we created our new nation, and we have done this countless times since. Civility is not meek, but it is on point.
On this glorious 4th of July, I celebrate our country’s independence by declaring my commitment to the civility that empowers our republic to face the unknown future with confidence, and to resist the vitriol that demeans me as a person and cripples us as a nation.