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Sunday, December 03, 2017 ISSUE #920

Tax reform, sex and Russia  

 Did you know the Senate passed two Tax bills?

Republican Senators say, “Our bill is a tax cut for the middle class. The standard deduction will double, meaning most people will file on a postcard and half of them will pay nothing. It will cause more businesses to expand in America, increase wages, and grow the economy.”

Democrat Senators: “This bill will raise taxes for everyone making less than $75,000. Social Security and Medicare will be cut, while President Trump’s family will collect a billion dollars. The national debt will go up at least $1.5 Trillion by 2027, and you know how we hate increasing debt.”

          Aren’t you glad the Senate gave us a choice?

          Was there a new sex scandal this weekend? I’ve been watching football so I might have missed it. With all these old men (and a few young ones) in Congress, television and movies there seems to be no shortage of men who see themselves as irresistible.

Sex scandals are nothing new in Hollywood. In the early 1920s a young comic actor named Roscoe Arbuckle was accused, but never convicted, in a scandal that ruined his acting career. The movie industry hired Will Hays to clean up the movies. He was in there over twenty years, and there’s considerable doubt whether he had any lasting effect on the movies.  

          The Federal investigation of Russia’s influence on our elections got the first guilty plea, from General Flynn. He admitted he lied to the FBI about talking with a Russian diplomat after the 2016 election. That got me wondering: did anyone else involved in that election lie to the FBI?

Historic quote by Will Rogers:

“From the record of all our previous investigations it just looks like nobody can emerge with their nose entirely clean. I don’t care who you are, you just can’t reach middle life without having done and said a whole lot of foolish things. If I saw an investigating committee headed my way, I would just plead guilty and throw myself on the mercy of the court.” DT #2620, Dec. 28, 1934

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