Morning Reads – Thursday, April 11, 2019

Hello & good morning. My calendar tells me today is ‘National Barbershop Quartet Day.’ Not sure how I’ll celebrate, but I’ll see what I can do.

Peaches

Jimmy Carter

Sweet Tea

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Michael
Michael

I wonder how Anthony Kennedy feels nowadays. His retirement was the proximate cause of this spate of anti-choice legislation. Something tells me this will tarnish his legacy.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Tarnishing began with the character of the successor he picked.

jbgotcha
jbgotcha

I think his long standing ties to organized crime (his dad was a mob lawyer), the Trump family, and his son’s work at Deutsch Bank (where he loaned Trump $1 billion) have already tarnished his legacy. The fix was in from the moment Trump took office.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

John Lewis’ tax legislation including a provision to ban the IRS creating and furnishing free tax preparation software not appreciated: https://www.businessinsider.com/house-bans-free-government-tax-preparation-software-turbotax-hr-block-2019-4

bethebalance
bethebalance

So, it looks like the Free File program is not the issue, but the actual tax prep software. As much as I would like the IRS to kind of do my taxes, I also see a bit of a conflict of interest in the IRS creating the tax prep software. It could also possibly deplete the artistic aspect of accounting.

bethebalance
bethebalance

It also appears, oddly, that you might be supporting big government freebies?
Or are you saying John Lewis isn’t as appreciated as he should be?

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

I don’t think nominal general government support with respect to income taxes is a freebie. It’s unnecessary inclusion was a preventive action paid for one way or another by special interests. Lewis may not have been a recipient in any way—maybe it was a concession to others that were paid for support necessary to enactment—but he was co-sponsor so that’s why he was singled out.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

The IRS providing free software and electronic filing doesn’t prevent one from filing taxes on paper, or engaging an accountant. It’s clear after decades of talking about simplifying income taxes that the opposite is occurring and taxes are becoming more complicated.

chamblee54
chamblee54

https://www.ajc.com/blog/politics/gop-attack-lucy-mcbath-fizzles-over-signature/OwuzhZhXoGoZpGOrtt4DwI/
It was not Lucy McBath that signed for the package. It was Margaret McBath, mother in law of Lucy McBath. Fox News is the one that needs to be ‘splaining.
Did Karen Handel have anything to do with this story?

NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

An obvious ‘M’ (matching the written ‘M’ in MacBath) is said to be an ‘L’ as proof Lucy signed for the package. They lie and even post the evidence of the lie. But it doesn’t matter to their audience. How many fingers am I holding up?

chamblee54
chamblee54

I wonder how many of the foxtrotters, who heard the original story, will hear part two.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

But at least Fox isn’t fake news.