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The new shiny thing
Posted by FreeWheelBurning | Tue Apr 2, 2019, 02:35 PM (7 replies)

Just when I thought I have seen it all

Very talented
Posted by FreeWheelBurning | Fri Feb 1, 2019, 09:31 AM (0 replies)

New tax law results for my household

This has been a topic since the tax law was passed.

I have been looking forward to filing my taxes so I could provide some my personal experience under the new tax laws.

A little background info. My household is solidly middle class. I work full time and my wife works part time. We have 2 children in college and 1 in high school. We live in CT which means we could have pontentialy been hit by the 10k SALT cap. As it turns out we did not hit the 10k SALT cap so that did not come into effect. Also, our itemized deductions did not exceed the 24k standard deduction.

I have already mentioned that the new withholding tables resulted in 107 per month less being witheld from my paycheck. Last year my effective federal tax rate was 7.54%. Our income this year was 8% higher than last year. My effective tax rate this year was 6.03.

So overall I am very happy with the results Trump's tax law.
Posted by FreeWheelBurning | Mon Jan 28, 2019, 08:38 PM (6 replies)

As new sin

"Aggresive Standing"

Posted by FreeWheelBurning | Fri Jan 25, 2019, 11:25 AM (0 replies)

6 reasons why Trump's wall funding is in trouble

Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
Susan Collins (R-ME)
Cory Gardner (R-CO)
Johnny Isakson (R-GA)
Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
Mitt Romney (R-UT)

They just voted to support a bill with no wall funding.

To add - Mike Lee & Tom Cotton voted against the bill that had funding.
Posted by FreeWheelBurning | Thu Jan 24, 2019, 05:03 PM (13 replies)

A 2nd Amendment oddity

As a result of a disucussion in a seperate thread, I decided to read up on what the Supreme Court has ruled regarding gun registration.

Based on the limited cases I reviewed, at this time the only citizens that are constitutionaly protected from a requirement to register their guns are felons.
Posted by FreeWheelBurning | Tue Jan 8, 2019, 01:42 PM (10 replies)

Thoughts on Trump potentially declaring a state of emergency to get his wall

I have just started researching this a bit in order to determine if he has legal authority to spend money on the wall under such a declaration. From what I have read so far, he does.

I do have two problems with this approach though. First, while I support a wall, along with other actions to curb illegal immigration, I do not think the current status of the southern border qualifies as a national emergency. Second, I think this sets a bad precedent that will be used in the future for policies that I do not agree with. What's to stop a future president from saying national health care or gun control is a national emergency?

Posted by FreeWheelBurning | Tue Jan 8, 2019, 09:59 AM (61 replies)

Seems like Russia wants a war
Posted by FreeWheelBurning | Thu Nov 29, 2018, 11:31 AM (16 replies)

Quick local observation after voting this morning

Not much to report from my local polling station in southeastern CT. I stood in line for about 5 minutes which is typical for a mid-term election here. It does not appear that there is a surge in new voters in this area. Then again, this is a very small precinct so it may be hard to tell.

This part of CT will occasonally send a Rep to congress but I do not think that will happen this time. Courtney has done a decent job with local issues and is popular. I myself voted for him the last time around but did not today. He also had a lot more money to spend. His ads were everywhere and I don't think I saw a single add for his opponent Postemski. This race was over a long time ago.

For the Senate race, CT will do what CT as a whole always does, they will pull the lever for the candidate with a D next to his name and Murphy will be sent back to the Senate for another 6 years.

The governor's race may be interesting. I have not looked at the polling but the general feeling around here is that Stefanowski (R) has a shot to beat Lamont (D). Southeastern CT is a little redder than most of the state but does still trend blue. This may be coloring my perception of the statewide race. I do think if Lamont gets elected and the state stays on the same trajectory it is on now, he may be a one term governor.
Posted by FreeWheelBurning | Tue Nov 6, 2018, 02:04 PM (10 replies)

When did the belief that we are a nation of laws and our borders should be respected become fear?

I have been seeing this a lot lately. Most Conservatives and Republicans believe in the rule of law. When it comes to immigration that means those seeking citizenship need to go through the legal process of becoming a citizen. If you are a refugee, there is a process for that as well. When reading left wing articles that discuss Republicans and immigration, you will almost always read that fear is what is driving the Republican's opposition to open borders.

How can you hope to have a meaningful dialog with those that hold an opposing view when they either cannot understand your motiviation or even worse, intentionally mischaracterize it for political gain?
Posted by FreeWheelBurning | Fri Nov 2, 2018, 10:15 AM (20 replies)
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