Morning Reads — Thursday, May 30, 2019

It’s Thursday! It’s also the anniversary of the very first automobile accident in the country, which happened on this date in 1896 in New York City.

Peaches

Jimmy Carter

Sweet Tea

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chefdavid
chefdavid

The tariff seems relatively small to me. Eventually we will win and they will give. Meanwhile how much does all this illegal aliens cost us per year? https://www.foxnews.com/us/each-illegal-immigrant-cost-us-82k-conservative-think-tank-claims

Grindelwald
Grindelwald

Yawn. Fake news. https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/fact-check-how-much-does-illegal-immigration-cost-america-not-n950981 An estimated half of the nation’s undocumented immigrants are believed to be working under fake Social Security numbers, which means they are paying taxes and into Social Security. The ITEP estimates that state and local governments take in $11.74 billion a year from undocumented immigrants. Wiehe added that undocumented immigrants are also not eligible for the federal earned income tax credit, so they’re taxed at higher rates than similar low-income Americans. Capps said that undocumented immigrants also pay taxes in other ways: paying sales taxes on items they purchase, and funding property taxes through rent payments,… Read more »

chefdavid
chefdavid

An estimated half of the nation’s undocumented immigrants are believed to be working under fake Social Security numbers,

1/2 are breaking the law by stealing identities. I didn’t even take that into account. That should cause immediate deportation. If they will go to that extent when does the law breaking stop. We are a nation of laws for a reason.

Grindelwald
Grindelwald

As a Millennial who isn’t going to see a dime of Social Security thanks to selfish, money-grubbing Boomers, I’m just happy that they’re paying into the program.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Hey, if we’re going to start cracking down on lawbreakers, let’s not restrict it to brown people.
“Millions of Americans are simply not paying their taxes. For about every 30 taxpayers who file their tax returns each year, there’s one business or household that doesn’t. The amount of money they collectively owe is not trivial — about 14 million taxpayers owed $131 billion in taxes and penalties to the federal government in 2017, according to the latest IRS data.”
https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/4/16/18311366/tax-day-cheating-prosecutions-jail

Ellynn
Ellynn

FYI Ben, if heading to Tybee this month, the obstacle course at the drawbridge is roughly the same. They do close down a lane a few days a week between 9:00-4:30, but it’s still functional. The state patrol is hang out in the area too since it’s a 40 MPH work zone.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Thanks! We’ve had to delay until Sept since we moved recently and doing a fair amount of renov at the new place. Selling the RV trailer too, but probably still stay at the campground in a cabin if we can get one.

Ellynn
Ellynn

Book now. Seriously.

NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

Nostalgic for another view on taxes? “Donald Trump has claimed not paying taxes makes him “smart”, in a heated exchange with Hillary Clinton during the first US presidential debate.” (no link necessary, we can all find it.)

armanidog
armanidog

FREEDOM GAS! Molecules of American Freedom!
“In a press release published on Tuesday, two Department of Energy officials used the terms “freedom gas” and “molecules of US freedom” to replace your average, everyday term “natural gas.””
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/05/us-department-of-energy-is-now-referring-to-fossil-fuels-as-freedom-gas/

NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

“Not sold in the US”. “Not intended for Energy Independence”. Your natural resources branded and sold to the highest importing bidder.