Here is a link to the full text of President Trump’s tax plan.

The Good

No business of any size, from a Fortune 500 to a mom and pop shop to a freelancer living job to job, will pay more than 15% of their business income in taxes.  This lower rate makes corporate inversions unnecessary by making America’s tax rate one of the best in the world.

That is a huge improvement over the current corporate tax brackets which tops out at 35%.  That should spur much needed job growth.

No family will have to pay the death tax. You earned and saved that money for your family, not the government. You paid taxes on it when you earned it.

With the death tax so outrageously high, so many businesses are liquidated to pay off the taxes rather that pass on the business to the next generation.  With this proposal businesses will more likely be passed down generation to generation.

Reducing or eliminating corporate loopholes that cater to special interests, as well as deductions made unnecessary or redundant by the new lower tax rate on corporations and business income.

Lobbyists from large corporations spend tremendous amounts of money to buy members of congress so they can write tax breaks into the tax codes.  These tax breaks favor the large corporations which then makes it more difficult for small companies to compete.  This reduces that problem.

A one-time deemed repatriation of corporate cash held overseas at a significantly discounted 10% tax rate.

How many billions of dollars are horded overseas by US corporations?  Reducing this rate will allow this money to flow back here.  This rate should be kept at ten percent instead of raising it back up.

The Bad

If you are single and earn less than $25,000, or married and jointly earn less than $50,000, you will not owe any income tax. That removes nearly 75 million households – Over 50% –from the income tax rolls.

Already 47 percent pay no federal income taxes while so many of them collect federal benefits such as welfare and food stamps.  This will only exacerbate that situation.  Everyone should pay some income taxes so they feel the pain of having to pay for entitlement.  With much needed economic growth there will be a greatly reduced need for entitlements.

The Trump tax cuts are fully paid for by…Reducing or eliminating deductions and loopholes available to the very rich, starting by steepening the curve of the Personal Exemption Phase-out and the Pease Limitation on itemized deductions.

Tax cuts never have to be paid for. They eventually pay for themselves by increased revenue resulting from greatly increased economic growth. Increasing the burden on the rich will only wipe out any positive benefits of a reduced business tax rate.  Three cheers for soaking the rich!!! What do they contribute to society?  Maybe they create most of the jobs, create new businesses, and invest in businesses.

With this huge reduction in rates, many of the current exemptions and deductions will become unnecessary or redundant. Those within the 10% bracket will keep all or most of their current deductions. Those within the 20% bracket will keep more than half of their current deductions. Those within the 25% bracket will keep fewer deductions.  Charitable giving and mortgage interest deductions will remain unchanged for all taxpayers.

Once again, shifting more of the tax burden on the rich will only nullify any positive benefits.

Since we are making America’s corporate tax rate globally competitive, it is only fair that corporations help make that move fiscally responsible.

The whole purpose of this tax plan is to increase economic growth which will result in more jobs.  Increasing the burden on corporations, who create lots of jobs, to pay for tax breaks on middle and lower income individuals is yugely counterproductive.

The Ugly

The spineless Republicans in the Senate will most likely not pass this or any other tax reform.

We need a flat tax and reduced spending.

An across the board 10 percent tax rate on every individual and business will unleash tremendous economic growth.   All federal spending will need to be slashed to a level that will result in surpluses large enough to eliminate the debt in a generation.  That is the only way to restore the United States to economic greatness.  Sadly the individuals we keep electing to congress do not have the courage to carry out such a bold plan.  We the people must elect better people.

By:Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – OJ Simpson is out of jail.  I guess now he will be able to catch “the real killers” of his wife Nicole.

OJ left a Nevada prison, Lovelock Correctional Center,  after nine years of incarceration for conspiracy.

Now he is a parolee.

According to CNN:

The former NFL star left prison shortly after midnight local time, and was picked up by an unidentified friend, according to Brooke Keast, a spokeswoman for the Nevada Department of Corrections.

“I told him, ‘Don’t come back,’ and he responded, ‘I don’t intend to,’ ” she said. “He was upbeat, personable and seemed happy to get on with his life.”

It is unclear where Mr. Simpson will live: he’s not welcome in Florida where he was living at the time of his arrest and where two of his children live:

“Floridians are well aware of Mr. Simpson’s background, his wanton disregard for the lives of others, and of his scofflaw attitude with respect to the heinous acts for which he has been found civilly liable,” Pam Bondi wrote in the letter (via Associated Press). “Our state should not become a country club for this convicted criminal.”

While Simpson was acquitted for the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman in 1994, he was found guilty in a civil court in 1996 and ordered to pay over $30 million in damages to the Goldman family; that sum, with interest, is now reportedly around $65 million:

ESPN reported that his $33.5 million judgment has climbed to $65 million after factoring in interest and court costs. According to ABC News, Goldman’s father, Fred, and sister, Kim, plan on pursuing the judgment they were awarded and continuing to raise awareness for domestic violence, victim advocacy, and judicial reform.

How Simpson plans on meeting that obligation is not clear.

Simpson will be on parole for five years.

Maybe now he can catch the real killers.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport

I interviewed Donald Trump’s Campaign Manager during the Primaries Corey Lewandowski after he spoke at the 2017 Red Summit held at the Institute for Politics at St. Anselm College

His speech went over so well that it was impossible to approach him so the only way to get the interview was a walking interview as he headed to his car to go to his kid’s game.

I’d like to thank Corey’s Wife for allowing me to conduct said interview when his time was so limited

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This has been said by multiple people since the first time Rex Tillerson’s name was announced as President Trump’s pick to run the State Department. Everyone has their reasons: no experience, liberal tendencies, love of the Iran nuclear deal, love of TPP… the list goes on an on. I have a new reason to want him out.

He’s too weak to stand up to President Trump.

Politico posted an article today asking if Tillerson should resign. While much of what they said had its standard leftist tilt, one important note is that Tillerson has been the least effective Secretary of State so far, perhaps ever. Harsh criticism. Nonetheless, it’s quite true. Tillerson has literally nothing notched in the win column. The reason isn’t just his lack of ability. He’s undermined by the President and placed far below the level that most Secretaries of State enjoy. He’s subservient to John Kelly now and Reince Priebus before him. His word holds less weight than people allegedly under him, namely Jared Kushner, Wilbur Ross, James Mattis, and Gary Cohn. Even Steve Bannon, when he was in the White House, had much more pull than Tillerson.

In short, Rex Tillerson isn’t strong enough to lead the foreign affairs wing of the White House.

While not endorsing them, both John Bolton and Nikki Haley would be better choices. Bolton is outspoken enough for the job, which may be why he doesn’t have it. Haley has proven to be aggressive enough, though she may have the same challenges as Tillerson if she’s unwilling to fight her way up Trump’s pecking order. I should mention Mitt Romney, but I won’t. I just don’t like the guy.

If Tillerson stays, it will be because President Trump wants someone in position that he can bully or embarrass with Tweets like these:

Now is not the time for America to have an ineffective Secretary of State. Between China, Russia, the Middle East, North Korea, Venezuela, and turmoil in Europe, we need someone like James Baker. Instead, we have a bored old rich guy whose biggest claim to fame is being recognized by Vladimir Putin as a Friend of Russia.