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Member since: Fri Jul 14, 2017, 04:37 PM
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About Me

I am an independent that does not align with either party I have often described myself as a fiscal conservative and social moderate. Professionally I have done everything from being in sales, managing the customer service department and running a multifacility manufacturing company in the US I have traveled and done business internationally for a number of years.

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Conservatives now call it a win

When a man cheats on his wife with women young enough to be his daughter AND tells the women he is cheating with they remind him of his daughter.

Can't wait to hear the mental gymnastics of evangelicals to excuse and minimize.
Posted by Independent.mind | Mon Mar 26, 2018, 09:49 AM (109 replies)

Trump Administration Backs Tax Increase

The trump administration backs state collection of sales tax for online purchases which could mean billions of additional taxes collected annually in sales tax dollars for states and municipalities.

“The U.S. Government Accountability Office estimated in a November report that states and municipalities could gain between $8 billion and $13 billion in annual revenue if they could require online retailers to collect sales tax. Forty-five of the 50 states have a statewide sales tax.”
Posted by Independent.mind | Fri Mar 9, 2018, 01:45 PM (8 replies)

Kudos to the administration on the potential with North Korea, this is historic

Giving credit where it is due.
Posted by Independent.mind | Tue Mar 6, 2018, 08:49 AM (5 replies)

What (if anything) should be done in the aftermath of last weeks school shooting?

I support 2A rights and know there is virtually no chance of any significant new gun legislation getting passed.

My goal here is just to see what kind of suggestions the fine folks here may have

Do you feel there is any action that should be taken given what is currently known to lessen the likelihood of another incident like this occurring?

Posted by Independent.mind | Tue Feb 20, 2018, 11:20 AM (54 replies)

Tax Bill WILL COST ME $10,000 A YEAR

Just found out the tax bill is going to cost me money.
Alimony is no longer allowed to be taken as a deduction to me my lazy ex-wife gets my payments TAX FREE.

It appears the initial information I received may be incorrect and I may not end up with additional taxes.
Posted by Independent.mind | Tue Feb 6, 2018, 08:46 PM (58 replies)

Trump says he is willing to give "Dreamers" path to citizenship

What do you think of Trump's statements yesterday?

“Over a period of 10 to 12 years, somebody does a great job, they work hard — that gives incentive to do a great job. Whatever they’re doing, if they do a great job, I think it’s a nice thing to have the incentive of, after a period of years, being able to become a citizen.”

Breitbart is calling him "Amnesty Don"

In statements outside the White House, Trump told the Associated Press (AP) that he would be open to giving U.S. citizenship to DACA illegal aliens, saying “It’s going to happen.”
Posted by Independent.mind | Thu Jan 25, 2018, 10:50 AM (57 replies)

A challenge for conservatives:

Make the case for the corporate tax cuts being permanent but the individual tax cuts having a sunset clause.

The "Byrd Rule" isn't the cause.
Republicans in the senate could just as easily have reversed the two making the individual tax cuts permanent and the corporate tax cuts expire and met the conditions of the "Byrd Rule" so they made a conscious decision to do this the way they did.

Part of the goal of the corporate tax cuts, as has been stated, is to spur investment by companies and grow the US economy
Why not create an incentive to corporations by stating the tax cuts will only be extended by meeting a specific set of criteria that would do that?

Instead individual tax cuts will only be extended at the benevolence of a future congress.
If the projected economic growth does not occur and the debt grows more than the $1.5 trillion projected or at a faster rate than anticipated that future congress would be fiscally irresponsible to extended the tax cuts for individuals but corporations get to keep their tax cuts.

Again my challenge is make the case why the corporate tax cuts needed to be permanent, and will now require an act of congress to raise again, but the individual tax cuts needed to be temporary, and will now require an act of congress to extend.
Posted by Independent.mind | Wed Dec 27, 2017, 02:15 PM (75 replies)

Do you support sitting down to talk with North Korea absent any preconditions?

Is the administration changing tactics regarding North Korea?

“It is not realistic to say we’re only going to talk if you come to the table ready to give up your program,” Tillerson told a forum co-hosted by the Korea Foundation and the Atlantic Council think tank in Washington on Tuesday. “They have too much invested in it. The president is very realistic about that as well.”
“We are ready to talk anytime North Korea would like to talk. And we are ready to have the first meeting without preconditions,” Tillerson said
Posted by Independent.mind | Wed Dec 13, 2017, 01:47 PM (10 replies)

Question for Democrat faithful

Right now should be,from a historical perspective, an opportunity to pick up some seats in the midterms.
The president and generic republican congress are polling very poorly as of yesterday.
The president currently is showing an average approval rating in the high 30's and an average disapproval rating in the high 50's.

The last few election cycles have shown that the message and approach the DNC has taken have not worked so some tangible changes need to be made to connect the party to the voters, in particular independents like myself.

With the democratic party disarray there is a lot of work to be done between now and next November.

What concrete steps do you think need to be taken to unify the party and the message in a way that will appeal to a broad spectrum of the voting public?

How confident are you that having the current occupant in the oval office will motivate the base to get out and vote and what is that confidence based on?

Based on my conversations with friends and colleagues I believe there is a willingness on the part of independents and even some moderate republicans to vote democrat in the mid terms but not if the only message is "we aren't them" or just to be opposition. We want to hear direction and policy ideas that will serve to better the political climate and move a productive agenda forward and whoever messages that better will be listened to.

Posted by Independent.mind | Thu Nov 9, 2017, 11:38 AM (23 replies)

What are your favorite protest songs?

Some of my favorites are

Ohio Crosby Stills Nash and Young
A Change Is Gonna Come Sam Cooke
Southern Man Neil Young
Sunday Bloody Sunday U2
Killing In The Name Rage Against The Machine
Fortunate Son CCR
War Pigs Black Sabbath
Fight The Power Public Enemy
Imagine John Lennon
Posted by Independent.mind | Fri Sep 22, 2017, 11:46 AM (17 replies)
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