#orangemanbad

Mirror mirror on the wall who pays the most tax of all?

The politics of envy? Alive and well it would seem. Our inbox has been jammed with statements complaining that those evil rich bastards, especially Trump, are ripping off the rest of Merrika. Oh and the tax law is racist too. That was a new one for us!

Apart from tax avoidance being a national pastime, we asked those making the claim demanding the rich to grow a conscience at what $ amount should those same tax laws not apply to others?

Looking at IRS data (we’ve yet to update the figures to the latest set but the trend has been crystal clear), the Top 1% chip in 38% of total income taxes. The bottom 50% less than 3%. That is up from 19% and 7% respectively in 1980.

The most egregious claim made to us was that the tax system was racist. Black actor Wesley Snipes was convicted of three misdemeanor counts of failing to file tax returns to the value of $23.5 million. We also noted that Martha Stewart was done for tax evasion.

As we said the other day. If Trump is convicted of tax evasion then he deserves to be punished like anyone else.

Ultimately we wonder whether all those triggered liberals would avoid making any tax deductions if were they filthy rich?

Utterly shameless

We’ve sat back in amazement at the audacity of the claims made at the DNC.

Whether it was Michelle Obama lying about kids in cages (when it was her own husband that built them), a divisive speech made by her husband, a non-binary mermaid queen-king talking about abolishing the police, prisons and ICE or having celebrities share their stories of financial pain during coronavirus, the following was perhaps the most egregious of all.

The DNC used the story of a deported woman to attack Trump’s cruelty against illegal immigrants. Who knew that Alejandra Juarez had been deported under President Bill Clinton in 1998 and again under President Barack Obama in 2013?

Democrats used Alejandra Juarez’s daughter, 11-year-old Estella, as a weapon against Trump during the Democratic National Convention when she read an emotional letter:

Dear Donald Trump, My name is Estella. I am 11-years-old. My mom is my best friend. She came to America as a teenager over 20 years ago without papers in search of a better life. She married my dad, who served our country as a Marine in South America, Africa, and Iraq. My mom worked hard and paid taxes, and the Obama administration told her she could stay. My dad thought you would protect military families, so he voted for you in 2016, Mr. President. He says he won’t vote for you again after what you did to our family. Instead of protecting us, you tore our world apart. Now, my mom is gone, and she’s been taken from us for no reason at all. Every day that passes, you deport more moms and dads and take them away from kids like me. You separated thousands of children from their parents, and you put them in cages. Some of those kids are now orphans because of you. Mr. President, my mom is the wife of a proud American Marine and a mother of two American children. We are American families. We need a president who will bring people together, not tear them apart.

The Washington Times noted,

Experts said an Obama-era initiative expanding the use of local police fingerprint checks to aid deportations likely flagged Mrs. Juarez for ICE…At that point, the Obama Homeland Security Department had a choice. It could have shown leniency but instead reinstated her deportation order from 1998, putting her on the path to deportation that the Trump Homeland Security Department carried out in 2018.

Orange man bad.

NATO (lack of) commitment update

NATO

In 2018 we wrote the following piece on NATO funding after Trump called out those nations who weren’t keeping up with their own self-imposed military spending commitments of 2% of GDP made back in 2006. At the time, only 5 of the 28 member countries outside of the US had met the 2% commitment. Fast forward to today and only 6 countries (ex-US) have achieved it.

Yet the Left is howling that Trump is a hypocrite for looking to move an F-16 squadron, amongst other instalments from sub-2% Germany to Italy – a nation with an even lower commitment –  because he thinks that the Teutons are derelict with respect to their NATO promises. How ironic that German politicians are begging the US to reconsider the move, knowing the boost to the local economy those facilities bring.

What the Trump-hating world doesn’t see with the relocation of forces is that such decisions aren’t solely based on monetary commitments but the strategic implications of new bases, not to mention the approval of the new country to accept US forces on its sovereign territory.

Others are saying this is further evidence of Trump placating Putin. Were that the case, Trump would encourage an extension of the timeline for nations to meet their NATO commitments and recommend the redeployment of those forces to the western-most part of Northern Ireland so as to be the least effective deterrent to Russia.

Given the long-standing arrangement Putin has with Assad, the Russian navy has access to the Meditteranean port of Tartus in Syria. Relocating fighter jets in Italy makes more sense than having them in Germany were a skirmish ever to ensue.

Never mind. Orange man bad.