So, Trump Is Mad At The FBI For Them Doing Their Job, Are You Mad At Them Too?

So, Trump Is Mad At The FBI For Them Doing Their Job, Are You Mad At Them Too?

 

I am not a fan of Donald Trump nor am I a fan of Hillary Clinton, personally I believe that these two should have gotten married, they are just alike. In November of 2016 we the people of the U.S. knew going in to election day that we were all going to end up with an habitual liar as our next President, the only question was, male of female. I have no doubts at all that both of these people as well as several of the people who are close to them are nothing but liars and crooks. It is my personal belief that Hillary, Bill, Donald, Donald Jr, Erick, Jarred Kushner and Ivanka should all be forced to live out the rest of their lives in one 4×8 jail cell in the basement of Leavenworth Prison in Kansas. In that last election I voted for the third-party candidate Gary Johnson, not because I thought that he could win, I never even knew what he said he stands for, I just couldn’t drag myself to have to say that I voted for Donald or for Hillary.

 

Now to the main part of this article. As most everyone who lives here in the States probably knows President Trump is very mad at the FBI because he strongly feels that they should never ever have been investigating reported crimes being committed during the election cycle by himself and his indentured whores. Yet he does feel that they should have been investigating crimes he says that the Hillary Campaign were/are guilty of. I have no doubt that Hillary and her campaign committed many federal, state and local crimes, yet Trump feels that his campaign should get a free pass from the FBI for their crimes. It appears to me that Donald and his henchmen committed about every election crime that is possible to be committed including treason with several foreign and even hostile governments. Personally I would be very upset if the FBI and several of the other ‘Policing Agency’s’ weren’t still investigating Hillary and Donald’s crimes, after all, that is their job! How do you feel about this issue? Should the FBI just give political campaigns a free hand to do any thing with anyone no matter how many laws they are breaking?I still strongly believe that the Special Council should be working hard on ‘the money trail’ and this would include the filed taxes of these fore mentioned players. Remember, Donald still has not made his taxes public, there is a reason for his lies on this matter. On just one issue, one business, his golf club in Ma-largo Florida shows how crooked his is and how willing he is to commit tax fraud. He tells his visitors and golfing buddies that this business is worth over a 100 million dollars yet when he filed his property taxes on it he reported that it was only worth 1 million dollars so that he would only have to pay 1% of the taxes due. Folks, almost all of the houses around this club are valued at more than one million dollars. Donald, just like Hillary, is nothing but a fraud a thief and a liar and he should be in prison, not the Oval Office!

FBI Raids The Office Of Trumps Personal Lawyer

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF CNN)

 

The FBI raided the office of Michael Cohen, a personal lawyer and confidant of President Donald Trump, Cohen’s attorney confirmed to CNN Monday.

One source familiar with the matter told CNN that included in the documents authorities seized was information related to Stephanie Clifford, better known as porn actress Stormy Daniels, who alleges she had an affair with Trump in 2006 that the White House has denied.
Stephen Ryan, a lawyer for Cohen, said in a statement that the US Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York had executed “a series of search warrants and seized the privileged communications” between Cohen and his clients.
A White House official said Trump had been watching TV reports of the FBI raiding Cohen’s office, and that Trump knew about the raid before the news broke.
Ryan’s statement called the search “completely inappropriate and unnecessary,” and said federal prosecutors had told him it stemmed partially from a referral by the office of special counsel Robert Mueller.
“I have been advised by federal prosecutors that the New York action is, in part, a referral by the Office of Special Counsel, Robert Mueller,” Ryan said in the statement. “… It resulted in the unnecessary seizure of protected attorney client communications between a lawyer and his clients. These government tactics are also wrong because Mr. Cohen has cooperated completely with all government entities, including providing thousands of non-privileged documents to the Congress and sitting for depositions under oath.”
The New York Times first reported on news of Monday’s raid.
The special counsel’s office declined to comment on the searches Monday.
A person briefed on the search told the Times that the FBI also seized emails, tax documents and business records, including communications between Trump and Cohen.
The White House official said it is unclear if Trump has spoken to Cohen.
Cohen is a longtime ally of the President, and admitted earlier this year to setting up a limited liability company in 2016 to pay Daniels. She has alleged she had an affair with Trump a decade earlier, and that the payment was hush money. The White House has denied Daniels’ allegations of an affair with Trump.
Asked about the Daniels controversy last week, Trump said he did not know about the payment and declined to comment further, instead referring questions to Cohen.
“You’ll have to ask Michael Cohen,” Trump said. “Michael is my attorney. You’ll have to ask Michael.”

Slovakian Reporter And His Girlfriend Shot Dead In Their Home

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF TIME NEWS)

 

 Prague—A Slovak investigative reporter and his girlfriend were shot dead in their home in an attack likely linked to his reporting on tax evasion, Slovakia’s top police official said Monday.

The bodies of 27-year-old Jan Kuciak and his partner were found on Sunday evening in their house in the town of Velka Maca, east of the capital, Bratislava, national police force president Tibor Gaspar said.

Police went to the house at the request of a worried family member.

Gaspar said the slayings “likely have something to do with his investigative activities.” He declined to elaborate.

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico said if that if that were the case, it would be “an unprecedented attack on freedom of the press and democracy in Slovakia.”

Fico announced his government was offering 1 million euros ($1.23 million) to anyone who helped the authorities find the people responsible.

Reporters Without Borders, a watchdog group based in Paris, noted that Kuciak was the second journalist killed in the European Union in five months.

Daphne Caruana Galizia, a reporter in Malta who investigated corruption, was killed in October by a bomb that destroyed her car. The crime drew attention to financial corruption on the island nation.

Three Maltese men believed to have triggered the powerful bomb that killed Caruana Galizia were ordered in December to stand trial for murder. Investigators think the men were working for someone, but no mastermind has been identified.

In Slovakia, Gaspar said the reporter was shot in the chest and his girlfriend was shot in the head. He said the killings were estimated to have taken place between Thursday and Sunday.

He added that Slovakia “has never faced such an unprecedented attack on a journalist.”

Kuciak was working for Aktuality.sk news website. He focused mainly on tax evasion.

“We are shocked and stunned by the news that Jan Kuciak and his partner were apparently victims of a cruel attack,” publisher Ringier Axel Springer Slovakia, to which Aktuality.sk belongs, said in a statement.

“We mourn with the family, the friends and the colleagues; we will do everything to support the investigating authorities to bring the perpetrator to justice.”

Kuciak latest story reported on a businessman suspected of selling flats in an apartment complex to his own companies. The reporter questioned the business reason for doing that, and speculated that it could be a method of avoiding taxes.

Last year, Kuciak alleged that the businessman, Marian Kocner, threatened him following publication of a previous story. The reporter said he filed a complaint with police and alleged they failed to act.

Gaspar said everyone who had been in touch with Kuciak will be questioned. Police plan to provide protection for an unspecified number of other reporters from Aktuality.sk, he said without elaborating.

Slovak President Andrej Kiska called Monday for a quick investigation of the crime.

“We have to find those who did it as soon as possible and ensure the safety of all journalists,” Kiska said in a statement.

Editors-in-chief of major Slovak media urged the government to take necessary steps to find the people responsible for the slayings and “to create conditions for the safe work of journalists.”

Reporters Without Borders also pressed for quick action.

“We call for an investigation in order to establish the exact circumstances of Jan Kuciak’s death and we demand that the authorities shed all possible light on this case, especially as he and those close to him had been threatened in recent months,” Pauline Ades-Mevel, head of the group’s Europe and Balkans desk, said in a statement.

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Americans Own Nothing We Are Only Serf’s And Sharecroppers At Best

Americans Own Nothing We  Are Only Serf’s And Sharecroppers At Best

I can see a lot of folks reading this title and thinking that this dude is smoking something. I can especially see the indignation on the faces of a lot of the folks who have worked their hearts out to be able to have titles to land, houses, stocks and bonds, lot of toys and a lot of cash. I can understand why some folks would get upset  with me for making such a statement, and they have a right to be upset. But, don’t be upset with me for speaking the truth. I do agree with these folks, if I am speaking the truth then they and indeed all of the people, even us poor folks should be angry. In this article I will explain my position as to why I believe the way I do about this issue. If you are mad at what I am going to say, you need to direct that anger at the people who make this title and honest and correct statement, not me, I didn’t write any of these laws.

Now I am going to open up my side of this thought for you. I want you to think about this question please, but before you come to an unmovable state of mind please concentrate on what is being said first please. Now, if your possessions can be legally taken away from you, are your possessions ever really ours? I am going to use the house we call home and our cars we drive to push across a plain picture of how we are all being cheated and stolen from. Friends, we are only leasing “our” possessions, in this (our) country, we can never completely totally own them.

I’m pretty sure that you are not surprised that I am going through the tax venue to show you why it is that the governments (city-county-state-federal) that owns absolutely everything. From being a long haul truck driver for about 30 years and logging a little over 3.75 million miles about 3.5 of that in the States the rest in Canada you get to see and hear a lot of changes occurring all around our country. All these things that I would not ever have seen or noticed or known about if I had remained in a factory or law enforcement type of careers. One of the things that you notice is just how much land the Federal Government owns especially in the West. You can drive for many, many miles at a stretch and all the land you see on both sides of the road is Government land. I am going to start east and then go west because a good example to start off with would be the city of Detroit Michigan which is on the border with the beautiful country of Canada and with the city of New Orleans Louisiana which sits as a southern border at the Gulf of Mexico.

Detroit and New Orleans got to where they are from different paths, but still, they are where they are, which is sad and horrible for so many people. Detroit got into the financial possession they are in because of hundreds of thousands of jobs that disappeared during the latest depression. New Orleans got into their current possession because of Hurricane Katrina. In both cities there are massive amounts vacant homes. In Detroit the homes are still there, quickly becoming slums, in New Orleans a lot of the houses were destroyed by wind and water and if they are still physically on the land they are long since condemned. One of the things they do have in common, the people do not own those properties, nor anything that was left in them anymore. This is true even if your property was 100% owned by the tenant. What I am saying is the truth if the owner didn’t keep the property in good condition and of course, if they did not keep up with all of the property taxes. If you didn’t do these things a government agency now own’s (your) paid off property.

Florida would be good place to look at housing issue also but in a lot of cases for different reasons, sort of. As most Americans probably know that Florida is a place were a lot of retired folks from the northern states move to once they have retired. A whole lot of these people who came down there from places like Illinois and Ohio sold their homes and bought a home there. I lived there from  July 1, 1997 till December 15, 2000 and I still have several good friends living there. I put that last sentence in so you would know that I have some knowledge on this issue there. I heard several local area people as well as others on the radio talking about the hard spot they were now in and were going to have to move out of Florida. The reason people kept using was that they no longer had the income to overcome the State’s constantly raising the taxes. I really felt bad for these older people as many didn’t have anywhere they could go to. Some will say well, they can always move in with their kids. There are many who had no one they could move in with. They couldn’t go back to their other house up north because they sold it so that they could buy the home in Florida. If these people were not able to sell their Florida home it will come a time in their near future that one government taxing agencies or another will scoop that property up. There is also the problem down there where the parents have died and the kids who are still up north have a property they cannot afford so they dump it on the market. The problem is when the taxes on that property come due and the kids can’t or won’t pay it the government whom the taxes were owed to now own the property. There is another taxing issue also, it is called the inheritance tax the people who simply don’t have the money to pay the tax or they are not willing to pay it, the Government will take it off your hands for you.

I have now given you three of the four scenarios I am going to give on how and why. You know that once in our recent past when people talked about small town America they had a smile in their eyes because many were born there and raised there but had left. Many small country towns around America are just a ghost of what they were back before, let’s say 1980. A lot of people, especially the younger, and especially the higher educated moved out of small town America and swore that they would never live in that environment again. Many kids cant wait to get to 18 yrs old so that they can go to bigger cities where there is nightlife and better jobs than back in the country. In a lot of cases the industries in these small towns dried up because they couldn’t compete with their bigger better financed competitors who are on the good trade routes into the bigger cities. As I have driven around  our country I have seen so often, especially out west, homes that are being overcome by  grass and weeds. A lot of these homes I have seen look like they are or were nice looking homes, quite often brick homes. There is always a reason for each situation, but for now I would like you to think of a situation as if it were you in the picture. You bought a home for you and your bride out in the country away from the cities and the masses of people, you have kids and raise them and they move away. You and your wife grow old and die. If you are one of the kids the property is given to you, but you don’t want it, you have a job and a life in a city far away. Well for one, you could now have to pay an inheritance tax on the property. You decide you will just sell it before it is taken away from you and hopefully you can make a nice piece of change from the sale. Eventually you start lowering the price of it until you realise that you are not the only one who doesn’t want to live out in the sticks, you can’t sell the house, so the government takes it for taxes due.

I know that there are folks who still think such things could not be possible in our Country, all I can say to that is, O’ really. Do you remember back about 25 yrs ago a Country Singer that most Americans know named Willie Nelson got into hot water with the IRS? Well it seems that the IRS wasn’t very happy with him to put it kindly. Evidentially the IRS said that Willie owed them a lot of money. To make a long story short, Willie had a lot of land and many other possessions, the IRS took just about everything the man owned. Now there is one other case involving a Country Singer named Dottie West, she was nowhere near as well-known or nearly as wealthy as Willie so the government boys really messed with her life. Well, it seems that Ms Dottie got herself in a whole lot of trouble with the IRS also. Ms Dottie did not have the wealth and the possessions that Willie had so the IRS boys showed up at her house one morning with a moving van, they cleaned her out of everything. Now to give the Tax boys some credit, they as far as I know always give you a few notice letters before they come after you. You know, the kind of letters aimed at scaring your shadow right off of your body. When they got to her house, excuse me, to their house and they took absolutely everything, and I do really mean everything, inside and out on the property. Seriously now they not only took the clothes in her closets they took every piece of furniture. They took all of her jewelry even taking the rings and necklace she had on. There is one other thing, before they took her telephones she had to call her neighbor to get a dress to put on because they even took the dress she had on. They left this woman with just the panties and bra that she was wearing. I know several are chuckling at what I just wrote thinking there is no way that she was treated that way. Friends  I would not have ever believed it if I hadn’t heard her on one of those Country talk shows telling this story out on the air waves. If it wasn’t true she was sure taking a big chance that there were no IRS or other government people listening to her on the program. I don’t remember how much time she was given to vacate her/their house, I am pretty sure she said but I just don’t remember what she said.

Back in the mid 1970’s I was only making about seven or eight thousand dollars a year and I started getting very unfriendly letters from the IRS. Back then I just used the W-2 forms to file taxes at the end of the year and when you only worked at one job it should have been pretty much nothing to worry about, I was wrong. Six years after that tax year is when I started getting notices that I missed claiming $400.00 that one year and now, after penalties and interest I owed them $2,200.00. I knew it wasn’t possible being I had only had that one job. The real kick in the butt was that when I called them at the number given I got to speak with a man who was having a really bad day I guess. I asked the man to tell me about this four hundred dollars I had earned and not claimed. You know, on that four hundred dollars, what would the tax have been, maybe $75.00, and now I was supposed to pay them twenty-two hundred. The part that I will always remember to the day I die is the answer he gave me it was “we don’t have to tell you anything, just pay the money you owe”. I have to admit that when people who have the power to rub your butt in the dirt and they have no Spiritual conscience they can really put a hurt on us, the little people.

We all know that when we purchase any item we have to pay the taxes on that item at the store register. About eighteen months ago my wife and I bought a 2005 Chevy so we could have a “back up car”  paying cash at that time. Now we have this piece of paper in our safe that says we own it. Now by law no one can take this car from us legally correct? The problem here is that this answer is wrong. The Courts can take it from you, the Police can physically remove it from you and of course there is a plethora of taxing agencies that can take it for all different kinds of different taxes within the  different Government Agencies. If it can be legally taken from you, is it really yours? Courts even have the authority to freeze all of your banking accounts and disallow you from selling any of your properties.

We all have the Federal income taxes we have to pay on all of our earnings. The last I heard there are six states that do not have a State income tax so that leaves forty-four that still have to pay that also. Then of course we all have taxes on every item that can be construed as income, even gifts. The Federal folks get you, then we have the State taxes on everything we buy and of course we can’t forget the County and City taxes. I guess the biggest gripe I have with our Governments taxing arrangements is the personal property taxes we have to pay. You know, we already bought and paid the taxes at the store, then each year we have to pay the taxes on our possessions year after year. The other big problem the tax system should have to stop doing is their so-called “Death Tax”. Why does any one government or person have any right to tax a person or family after their loved ones just died? Now you have to pay this huge tax bill to the Federal Government, that is just plain wrong. Many people are put into a position of having to sell what you just inherited or the Federal Boys will simply take it from you. When we moved to the state of Tennessee about ten years ago I learned of a tax they have here that I had never heard of before. This is a $25.00 Wheel Tax, it is a tax that you have to pay every year on every vehicle that uses a license plate. There are many other taxes and fee’s, heck, you can’t even go fishing without buying a permit first. We could probably between us name off at least a half a page more, we all know that this system is way broke, but how do we the people change anything when the “Public Servants” control almost everything we own, use or see? These bloated Government Agencies would probably tax our used toilet paper if they could find a way to do it. Heck why not, they tax the not yet used product at the stores.

I think I have made my point about why I used the title I did, that we don’t really own anything, we are just renting it paying on the same things every year. Remember some of the people will stoop so low that they will even take the wedding rings off you and your wife’s hand. You know something, now I love the people of this country, it is the people that make what a country is, not the Governments. When a Government stoops so low as to put a Death Tax on their own people they are sinking so low they are raking hot coals out of Hell. We are all in the end game of our lives, but all our hard work, if we were lucky we rented a piece of land. To the money people at the top of the human chain of life all of us little people are no better than Serf’s and Sharecroppers at best. When we die, none of us can take anything with us, all of our possessions are now gone onto someone else who has to keep on paying and paying and paying. If anyone quits paying for any reason they will lose what they thought they had. I believe that is why every person needs to get in touch with your inner self and attach ourselves toward our Creator. There is a calmness then within you that is not like our hard-earned and worked for possessions, this is a calmness that no one can take from you. You can give it away but not any Government or even the Gates of Hell can take this away from you.

Americans Own Nothing We Are All Just Serf’s To The Government

Americans Own Nothing We  Are All Just Serf’s To The Government

(I first wrote this on March 2nd of 2014, do you believe that anything has changed since then?)

I can see a lot of folks reading this title and thinking that this guy is smoking something. I can especially see the indignation on the faces of a lot of the folks who have worked their hearts out to be able to have titles to land, houses, stocks and bonds, lot of toys and or a lot of cash. I can understand why some folks would get upset  with me for making such a statement, and they have a right to be upset. But, don’t be upset with me for speaking the truth. I do agree with these folks, if I am speaking the truth then they and indeed all of the people, even us poor folks should be angry. In this article I will explain my position as to why I believe the way I do about this issue. If you are mad at what I am going to say, you need to direct that anger at the people who make this title and honest and correct statement, not me, I didn’t write any of these laws.

 

Now I am going to open up my side of this thought for you. I want you to think about this question please, but before you come to an unmovable state of mind please concentrate on what is being said first please. Now, if your possessions can be legally taken away from you, are your possessions ever really ours? I am going to use the house we call home and our cars we drive to push across a plain picture of how we are all being cheated and stolen from. Friends, we are only leasing “our” possessions, in this (our) country, we can never completely totally own them.

 

I’m pretty sure that you are not surprised that I am going through the tax venue to show you why it is that the government’s (city-county-state-federal) that owns absolutely everything. From being a long haul truck driver for about 25 years and logging a little over 3.75 million miles about 3.5 of that in the States the rest in Canada you get to see and hear a lot of changes occurring all around our country. All these things that I would not ever have seen or noticed or known about if I had remained in a factory or law enforcement type of careers. One of the things that you notice is just how much land the Federal Government owns especially in the West. You can drive for many, many miles at a stretch and all the land you see on both sides of the road is Government land. I am going to start east and then go west because a good example to start off with would be the city of Detroit Michigan which is on the border with the beautiful country of Canada and with the city of New Orleans Louisiana which sits as a southern border at the Gulf of Mexico.

 

Detroit and New Orleans got to where they are from different paths, but still, they are where they are, which is sad and horrible for so many people. Detroit got into the financial mess they are in because of hundreds of thousands of jobs disappeared during the latest depression. New Orleans got into their current mess because of Hurricane Katrina. In both cities there are massive amounts vacant homes. In Detroit the homes are still there, quickly becoming slums, in New Orleans a lot of the houses were destroyed by wind and water and if they are still physically on the land they are long since condemned. One of the things they do have in common, the people do not own those properties, nor anything that was left in them anymore. This is true even if your property was 100% owned by the tenant. What I am saying is the truth if the owner didn’t keep the property in good condition and of course, if they did not keep up with all of the property taxes. If you didn’t do these things a government agency now owns (your) paid off property.

 

Florida would be good place to look at housing issue also but in a lot of cases for different reasons, sort of. As most Americans probably know that Florida is a place were a lot of retired folks from the northern states move to once they have retired. A whole lot of these people who came down there from places like Illinois and Ohio sold their homes and bought a home there. I lived there from  July 1, 1997 till December 15,2000 and I still have several good friends living there. I put that last sentence in so you would know that I have some knowledge on this issue there. I heard several local area people as well as others on the radio talking about the hard spot they were now in and were going to have to move out of Florida. The reason people kept using was that they no longer had the income to overcome the State’s constantly raising the taxes. I really felt bad for these older people as many didn’t have anywhere they could go to. Some will say well, they can always move in with their kids. There are many who had no one they could move in with. They couldn’t go back to their other house up north because they sold it so that they could buy the home in Florida. If these people were not able to sell their Florida home it will come a time in their near future that one government taxing agencies or another will scoop that property up. There is also the problem down there where the parents have died and the kids who are still up north have a property they cannot afford so they dump it on the market. The problem is when the taxes on that property come due and the kids can’t or won’t pay it the government whom the taxes were owed to now own the property. There is another taxing issue also, it is called the inheritance tax the people who simply don’t have the money to pay the tax or they are not willing to pay it, the Government will take it off your hands for you.

 

I have now given you three of the four scenarios I am going to give on how and why. You know that once in our recent past when people talked about small town America they had a smile in their eyes because many were born there and raised there but had left. Many small country towns around America are just a ghost of what they were back before, let’s say 1980. A lot of people, especially the younger, and especially the higher educated moved out of small town America and swore that they would never live in that environment again. Many kids can’t wait to get to 18 yrs old so that they can go to bigger cities where there is nightlife and better jobs than back in the country. In a lot of cases the industries in these small towns dried up because they couldn’t compete with their bigger better financed competitors who are on the good trade routes into the bigger cities. As I have driven around  our country I have seen so often, especially out west, homes that are being overcome by grass and weeds. A lot of these homes I have seen look like they are or were nice looking homes, quite often brick homes. There is always a reason for each situation, but for now I would like you to think of a situation as if it were you in the picture. You bought a home for you and your bride out in the country away from the cities and the masses of people, you have kids and raise them and they move away. You and your wife grow old and die. If you are one of the kids the property is given to you, but you don’t want it, you have a job and a life in a city far away. Well for one, you could now have to pay an inheritance tax on the property. You decide you will just sell it before it is taken away from you and hopefully you can make a nice piece of change from the sale. Eventually you start lowering the price of it until you realise that you are not the only one who doesn’t want to live out in the sticks, you can’t sell the house, so the government takes it for taxes due.

 

I know that there are folks who still think such things could not be possible in our Country, all I can say to that is, O’ really. Do you remember back about 25 yrs ago a Country Singer that most Americans know named Willie Nelson got into hot water with the IRS? Well it seems that the IRS wasn’t very happy with him to put it kindly. Eventuality the IRS said that Willie owed them a lot of money. To make a long story short, Willie had a lot of land and many other possessions, the IRS took just about everything the man owned. Now there is one other case involving a Country Singer named Dottie West, she was nowhere near as well-known or nearly as wealthy as Willie so the Government boys really messed with her life. Well, it seems that Ms. Dottie got herself in a whole lot of trouble with the IRS also. Ms. Dottie did not have the wealth and the possessions that Willie had so the IRS boys showed up at her house one morning with a moving van, they cleaned her out of everything. Now to give the Tax guys some credit, they as far as I know always give you a few notice letters before they come after you. You know, the kind of letters aimed at scaring your shadow right off of your body. When they got to her house, excuse me, to their house and they took absolutely everything, and I do really mean everything, inside and out on the property. Seriously now they not only took the clothes in her closets they took every piece of furniture. They took all of her jewelry even taking the rings and necklace she had on. There is one other thing, before they took her telephones she had to call her neighbor to get  dress to put on because they even took the dress she had on. They left this woman with just the panties and bra that she was wearing. I know several are chuckling at what I just wrote thinking there is no way that she was treated that way. Friends  I would not have ever believed it if I hadn’t heard her on one of those Country talk shows telling this story out on the air waves. If it wasn’t true she was sure taking a big chance that there were no IRS or other government people listening to her on the program. I don’t remember how much time she was given to vacate her/their house, I am pretty sure she said but I just don’t remember what she said.

 

Back in the mid 1970’s I was only making about seven or eight thousand dollars a year and I started getting very unfriendly letters from the IRS. Back then I just used the W-2 forms to file taxes at the end of the year and when you only worked that one job it should have been pretty much nothing to worry about, I was wrong. Six years after that tax year is when I started getting notices that I missed claiming $400.00 of income that one year and now, after penalties and interest I owed them $2,200.00. I knew it wasn’t possible being I had only had that one job. The real kick in the butt was that when I called them at the number given I got to speak with a man who was having a really bad day I guess. I asked the man to tell me about this four hundred dollars I had earned and not claimed. You know, on that four hundred dollars, what would the tax have been, maybe $75.00, and now I was supposed to pay them twenty-two hundred. The part that I will always remember to the day I die is the answer he gave me it was “we don’t have to tell you anything, just pay the money you owe”. I have to admit that when people who have the power to rub your butt in the dirt and they have no Spiritual conscience they can really put a hurt on us, the little people.

 

We all know that when we purchase any item we have to pay the taxes on that item at the store register. About eighteen months ago my wife and I bought a 2005 Chevy so we could have a “backup car” paying cash at that time. Now we have this piece of paper in our safe that says we own it. Now by law no one can take this car from us legally correct? The problem here is that this answer is wrong. The Courts can take it from you, the Police can physically remove it from you and of course there is a plethora of taxing agencies can take it for all different kinds of the different taxes within the different Government Agencies. If it can be legally taken from you, is it really yours? Courts even have the authority to freeze all of your banking accounts and disallow you from selling any of your properties so that you can’t get the money needed to hire a Lawyer.

 

We all have the Federal income taxes we have to pay on all of our earnings. The last I heard there are six states that do not have a State income tax so that leaves forty-four that still have to pay that also. Then of course we all have taxes on every item that can be construed as income, even gifts. The Federal folks get you, then we have the State taxes on everything we buy and of course we can’t forget the County and City taxes. I guess the biggest gripe I have with our Government’s taxing arrangements is the personal property taxes we have to pay. You know, we already bought and paid the taxes at the store, then each year we have to pay the taxes on our possessions year after year. The other big problem the tax system should have to stop doing is their so-called “Death Tax”. Why does any one government or person have any right to tax a person or family after their loved ones just died? Now you have to pay this huge tax bill to the Federal Government, that is just plain wrong. Many people are put into a position of having to sell what you just inherited or the Federal Boys will simply take it from you. When we moved to the state of Tennessee about ten years ago I learned of a tax they have here that I had never heard of before. This is a $25.00 Wheel Tax, it is a tax that you have to pay every year on every vehicle that uses a license plate. There are many other taxes and fees, heck, you can’t even go fishing without buying a permit first. We could probably between us name off at least a half a page more, we all know that this system is way broke, but how do we the people change anything when the “Public Servants” control almost everything we own or see? These bloated Government Agencies would probably tax our used toilet paper if they could find a way to do it. Heck why not, they tax the not yet used product at the stores.

 

I think I have made my point about the why I used the title I did, that we don’t really own anything, we are just renting it paying on the same things every year. Remember some of the people will stoop so low that they will even take the wedding rings off you and your wife’s hand. You know something, now I love the people of this country, it is the people that make what a country is, not the Governments. When a Government stoops so low as to put a Death Tax on their own people they are sinking so low they are raking hot coals out of Hell. We are all in the end game of our lives, but all our hard work, if we were lucky we rented a piece of land. To the money people at the top of the human chain of life all of us little people are no better than Serf’s and Sharecroppers at best. When we die, none of us can take anything with us, all of our possessions are now gone onto someone else who has to keep on paying and paying and paying. If anyone quits paying for any reason they will lose what they thought they had. I believe that is why every person needs to get in touch with your inner self and attach ourselves toward our Creator. There is a calmness then within you that is not like our hard-earned and worked for possessions, this is a calmness that no one can take from you. You can give it away but no Government or even the Gates of Hell can take this away from you.

Ignoring The Will Of The People

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The $1.5 trillion tax bill, hailed with glee and relief by Republicans eager to appease donors and desperate for the year’s first major legislative win, is the most unpopular major piece of legislation to pass in decades.

That may sound remarkable, but it’s not the only case where public opinion – exhaustively collected, analyzed and reported by pollsters, interest groups and political parties – appears to have had little impact on a matter of public interest. President Barack Obama’s Deferred Access for Childhood Arrivals program to allow certain young immigrants to stay in the country is also overwhelmingly approved of by the electorate. But Congress failed to codify that program as it prepared to wind up for the year. Background checks for gun buyers, too, enjoys widespread public approval, polls consistently show – but that idea, too, never manages to get enough votes for passage.



So what’s the congressional calculation? Do they not trust the polls, or care what Americans think? Lawmakers do indeed care, pollsters and political analysts say. They just care more about what certain people think and want.

“If you polled big donors, you’d find overwhelming support for the tax bill,” says Stan Collender, executive vice president at Qorvis MSLGROUP and a leading expert on the federal budget and taxes. The presumption – “and it’s a little risky, is that money can overcome the anger of the individual voter,” Collender adds. “To them, somehow, $1,000 is worth more than 1,000 votes.”

Polls show that the tax bill, passed on party-line votes, gets abysmally low marks from the public, a majority of whom also believe the package was designed to help the rich at the expense of the middle class. An NBC-Wall Street Journal poll taken shortly before the votes showed just 24 percent of Americans thought it was a good idea. A Monmouth University poll found that half of Americans believe their taxes will actually go up under the package, which provides for a bigger standard deduction, but limits on such popular deductions such as state and local tax payments and mortgage interest.

A CNN poll showed 55 percent opposed (10 points higher than the previous month), with 37 percent thinking they will be worse off.

According to an analysis by George Washington University political science professor Chris Warshaw, that makes the tax bill the second-most hated piece of legislation in the past quarter century-plus, behind only Trumpcare – which didn’t pass. Even the bank bailout of 2008 and the failed Clinton health care plan of 1993 were more popular with voters.

Republicans are already nervous about losing control of the House next year, spooked by off-year elections which had Democrats making inroads in the politically critical suburbs and flipping 33 state legislative seats (compared to just a single blue-to-red flip). But lawmakers are more worried about vocal interest groups and wealthy donors who can cripple their campaigns before they get the chance to make their pitches to voters, experts say.

“It has a lot to do with money,” says Lee Miringoff, director of the nonpartisan Marist Institute for Public Opinion in Poughkeepsie, New York, pointing to the “Citizens United” Supreme Court case which allowed corporations and interest groups to spend massive amounts of money to influence elections.

“We see the tremendous impact of the lobby community in the tax bill. Lobbying interests were very much dominant in drafting and creating this approach.” And that means public opinion, so painstakingly quantified by pollsters candidates themselves hire, is often disregarded.

Not all matters should be decided by public polls, political veterans say, noting that congressmen and senators were elected to exercise their informed judgment on issues and balance public needs. If a pollster asked Americans if they thought schools, infrastructure and other public operations should be top-notch, they’d likely say yes. But they also might want to pay lower taxes, making the first goal harder.

But on several major issues in the news, the views of the public at large appear to have no effect on Congress.

For example, Americans overwhelmingly agree that so-called “Dreamers” – young people whose parents brought them into the United States illegally, and who have known no other home than America – should be allowed a way to stay lawfully, either with a path to citizenship or some kind of legal status. A recent poll by the nonpartisan Marist Institute for Public Opinion shows that a combined 81 percent of Americans want this, compared to 15 percent who believe they should be deported. The stay-here-legally side includes 67 percent of Republicans.

The problem, says Frank Sharry, executive director of the pro-immigrant group America’a Voice, is that lawmakers are divided into three broad groups – the pro-immigrant side, the build-the-wall side, and a group in the middle trying to balance a desire to be compassionate to Dreamers with a wish to maintain border security. While the hardliners against legal status may be in the minority, they are also often the loudest and most likely to punish a candidate for defiance, experts say.

“The path of least resistance inevitably becomes more attractive for people in the middle,” Sharry laments.

Special interest groups across the board have outsized influence because of their financial resources to influence campaigns as well as their ability to rile up their rank-and-file members, analysts say. That explains, they say, how the National Rifle Association has been able to quash any effort to tighten up background checks for gun buyers, despite consistent evidence that the public wants it. A Quinnipiac University poll last summer, for example, showed that 94 percent of Americans endorse background checks for all gun buyers.

The current political environment, too, is to blame, says Tim Malloy of the Quinnipiac poll. “We are so polarized and people are so entrenched – either pro-Trump or anti-Trump. I think it’s grown out of anger. It’s an angry disillusioned country right now,” Malloy says. “People at this point are almost impervious to the issues” themselves.

The public can fight back, and has: in 1988, Congress passed a law to provide catastrophic health coverage to seniors. The cost was shifted to the older Americans, who revolted (including by chasing the car of the then-Ways and Means Committee chairman, Rep. Dan Rostenkowski, D-Ill.). Congress repealed the law the following year.

As for the tax bill, “the Republicans are betting that by the time people realize what a turkey this bill is, it will be somebody else’s problem,” Collender says. And that problem may be dumped onto the tax bill-hating Democrats, should they succeed in wresting control of Congress.

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Tax Bill Lets Trump and Republicans Feather Their Own Nests

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To understand the cynicism and mendacity underlying the Republican tax bill, look no further than a provision that would benefit President Trump and other property tycoons that is in the final legislation Congress is expected to vote on this week.

The provision would allow people who make money from real estate to take a 20 percent deduction on income they earn through limited liability companies, partnerships and other so-called pass-through entities that do not pay the corporate tax. The beneficiaries would also include members of Congress like Senator Bob Corker, who last week decided he would vote for the bill even though Republican leaders did nothing to address his concerns about an exploding federal deficit.

The biggest winners would be people like Mr. Trump, his family and similarly advantaged developers who make tens or hundreds of millions of dollars every year on swanky office towers and luxurious apartment buildings. An earlier version of the bill passed by the Senate provided a 23 percent deduction but put limits on its use that would prevent wealthy developers from profiting from it. The House version would simply have reduced the rate at which pass-through income is taxed.

Republican leaders and Mr. Corker, who owns a real estate partnership in Tennessee, say the new loophole was not put in place to win over his vote. Mr. Corker has become more important because his party can afford to lose only two votes, and Senator John McCain will be absent because of the aftereffects from his cancer treatment.

Republicans insist, further, that the provision was not “airdropped” — Mr. Corker’s term — into the tax bill during conference committee negotiations, and that its main purpose was to make sure pass-through businesses were not treated unfairly because corporations would be getting a big tax cut to 21 percent, from 35 percent now. Whatever the Republicans’ protestations, this malodorous loophole is further confirmation that congressional leaders are doing everything they can to maximize benefits for the wealthy at the expense of almost everybody else.

As for Mr. Trump, he has been going around saying the tax bill would “cost me a fortune” and his accountants “are going crazy now.” This claim has always been “fake news.” But with the new loophole it has become even more nonsensical. Having done nothing to drain the Washington swamp, the president now luxuriates in its warm waters.

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All told, the 20 percent deduction for pass-through income would cost the government $414.5 billion in lost revenue over 10 years, according to Congress’s Joint Committee on Taxation. To put that number into context, it is about 29 times as much as the roughly $14 billion a year that the federal government spends on the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which covers nearly nine million kids from low-income families. Congress let authorization for that program lapse at the end of September.

The tax bill’s generosity toward real estate titans stands in stark contrast to its stinginess toward the average wage earner as well as its very real damage to taxpayers in high-cost states. Average wage earners who would get modest tax cuts in the early years would see them evaporate into thin air after 2025. Homeowners and others in high-cost states like California, New Jersey and New York would see their once-sizable deductions for state and local taxes shrink to a maximum of $10,000 a year, which could in turn reduce home values. Further, the tax bill would permanently change how tax brackets are adjusted for inflation so that more people would be pushed into higher tax brackets over time even if they received only modest raises in salary.

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Details aside, here in broad numbers is the bill’s impact 10 years from now, according to the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center: Nearly 70 percent of families with incomes of between $54,700 and $93,200 a year would pay more in taxes than they would under current law. By contrast, 92 percent of families whose incomes put them in the top 0.1 percent of the country would get a tax cut averaging $206,280.

This bill is bad enough. No less revolting is the dishonest and sneaky way it was written.

Republicans Despise the Working Class

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You can always count on Republicans to do two things: try to cut taxes for the rich and try to weaken the safety net for the poor and the middle class. That was true under George W. Bush, who sharply cut tax rates on the top 1 percent and tried to privatize Social Security. It has been equally true under President Trump; G.O.P. legislative proposals show not a hint of the populism Trump espoused on the campaign trail.

But as a terrible, no good, very bad tax bill heads for a final vote, something has been added to the mix. As usual, Republicans seek to afflict the afflicted and comfort the comfortable, but they don’t treat all Americans with a given income the same. Instead, their bill — on which we don’t have full details, but whose shape is clear — hugely privileges owners, whether of businesses or of financial assets, over those who simply work for a living.

And this privileging of nonwage income isn’t an accident. Modern Republicans exalt “job creators,” that is, people who own businesses directly or indirectly via their stockholdings. Meanwhile, they show implicit contempt for mere employees.

More about that contempt in a moment. First, about that tax bill: The biggest-ticket item is a sharp cut in corporate taxes. While some of this tax cut might trickle down in the form of higher wages, the consensus among tax economists is that most of the break will accrue to shareholders as opposed to workers. So it’s mainly a tax cut for investors, not people who work for a living.

And the second most important element in the bill is a tax break for people whose income comes from owning a business rather than in the form of wages. The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center has evaluated the Senate bill, which the final bill is expected to resemble. It finds that the bill would reduce taxes on business owners, on average, about three times as much as it would reduce taxes on those whose primary source of income is wages or salaries. For highly paid workers, the gap would be even wider, as much as 10 to one.

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As the Center’s Howard Gleckman notes, this might mean, for example, that “a partner in a real estate development firm might get a far bigger tax cut than a surgeon employed by a hospital, even though their income is the same.” (Yes, a lot of the bill looks as if it were specifically designed to benefit the Trump family.)

If this sounds like bad policy, that’s because it is. More than that, it opens the doors to an orgy of tax avoidance. Suppose that I could get The Times to stop paying me a salary, and instead to pay the same amount to Krugmanomics LLC, a consulting firm consisting of one person — me — that sells opinion pieces. I would probably get a big tax break as a result.

Now, the bill will contain complicated rules intended to limit such gaming of the system, and they’ll probably prevent me personally from taking advantage of the new loophole. But as Gleckman says of these rules, “some may fail and some may work too well” — that is, deny the tax break to some business owners who really should qualify. On average, however, they’re likely to fail: a lot of revenue will be lost to those who game the system. Think about it: We’re pitting hastily devised legislation, drafted without hearings over the course of just a few days, against the cleverest lawyers and accountants money can buy. Which side do you think will win?

As a result, it’s a good guess that the bill will increase the budget deficit far more than currently projected. And meanwhile, after all those promises Republicans made about simplifying our tax system, they’ve actually made it far more complicated.

So why are they doing this?

After all, the tax bill appears to be terrible politics as well as terrible policy. Cutting corporate taxes is hugely unpopular; even Republicans are almost as likely to say they should be raised as to say they should be lowered. The Bush tax cuts, at least initially, had wide (though unjustified) popular support; but the public overwhelmingly disapproves of the current Republican plan.

But Republicans don’t seem able to help themselves: Their disdain for ordinary working Americans as opposed to investors, heirs, and business owners runs so deep that they can’t contain it.

When I realized the extent to which G.O.P. tax plans were going to favor business owners over ordinary workers, I found myself remembering what happened in 2012, when Eric Cantor — then the House majority leader — tried to celebrate Labor Day. He put out a tweet for the occasion that somehow failed to mention workers at all, instead praising those who have “built a business and earned their own success.”

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Yes, it was just a gaffe, but a revealing one; Cantor, a creature of the G.O.P. establishment if ever there was one, had so little respect for working Americans that he forgot to include them in a Labor Day message.

And now that disdain has been translated into legislation, in the form of a bill that treats anyone who works for someone else — that is, the vast majority of Americans — as a second-class citizen.

THE REPUBLICAN TAX FRAUD AGAINST THE NON TOP 1% RICHEST

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As tax plan gained steam, GOP lost focus on the middle class


A statue of George Washington stands in the Capitol. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)
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The GOP tax plan on the cusp of becoming law diverges wildly from the promises President Trump and top advisers said they would deliver for the middle class — an evolution that shows how traditional Republican orthodoxy swamped Trump’s distinctive brand of economic populism as it moved through Washington.The bill was supposed to deliver benefits predominantly to average working families, not corporations, with a 35 percent tax cut Trump proposed on the campaign trail as part of the “Middle Class Tax Relief and Simplification Act.”

“The largest tax reductions are for the middle class, who have been forgotten,” Trump said in Gettysburg, Pa., on Oct. 22, 2016.

But the final product is looking much different, the result of a partisan policymaking process that largely took place behind closed doors, faced intense pressure from corporate lobbyists and ultimately fell in line with GOP wish lists.

As top lawmakers from the House and the Senate now rush to complete negotiations to push the tax plan into law, it amounts to a massive corporate tax cut, with uneven — and temporary — benefits for the middle class that could end up increasing taxes for many working families in future years.

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All told, the plan would cut taxes for businesses by $1 trillion, would cut an additional $100 billion in changes to the estate tax for the wealthy, and spreads the remaining $300 billion over 10 years among all households at every income level.

White House officials defend the tax bill emerging from the House and Senate negotiations, saying it follows through on Trump’s long-held promise of benefits for the middle class through a combination of exempting more income from taxation, expanding a tax credit benefiting families and cutting business taxes in a way that will flow through to workers in the form of higher wages.

“The middle class gets a tremendous benefit,” Trump said Wednesday.

Yet a review of more than 40 public statements that stretch back to the 2016 campaign and interviews with key officials in the White House and Congress shows how Trump and his top advisers have continuously prioritized corporate cuts — even though they have promised that middle-class cuts would be their focus.

Over several months, tax cuts for families were either stymied or scaled back. And corporate benefits only grew, a development that increasingly made some Republicans nervous as they saw the bill’s true impact.

“Fundamentally, the bill has been mislabeled. From a truth-in-advertising standpoint, it would have been a lot simpler if we just acknowledged reality on this bill, which is it’s fundamentally a corporate tax reduction and restructuring bill, period,” said Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.). “I think they were particularly concerned about innuendo and what that might mean, so it was labeled as a middle-class tax cut.”

Big promises

After Trump was elected, his transition advisers faced immediate questions about whether he’d hold true to his promise of a tax cut focused on the middle class.

They could not have been clearer.

“Any reductions we have in upper-income taxes would be offset by less deductions, so there would be no absolute tax cut for the upper class,” Steven Mnuchin, Trump’s national finance chairman and future Treasury secretary, told CNBC.

Sen. Ron Wyden (Ore.), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, dubbed it the “Mnuchin Rule.”

After Trump was sworn in, his top aides immediately began discussions with House and Senate leaders on how to combine his campaign promises with long-held GOP views that cutting taxes for the wealthy and corporations ultimately benefit workers.

Inside the White House, Trump was being urged by his chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, a key voice behind the president’s economic populism, to hit the very wealthy.

At a meeting in April, Bannon urged that the Trump tax plan create a new 44 percent tax rate on income above $5 million, said three people briefed on his proposal who weren’t authorized to talk about Oval Office discussions. He argued that this was a way to ensure that the wealthiest Americans didn’t benefit too much from any changes and that working-class Americans could support the proposal.

Bannon “pushed that for several weeks as a way to gather political support for the tax bill. He’s more of a populist, obviously,” said Steve Moore, a conservative economist who helped Trump craft his tax plan during the campaign.

Mnuchin and National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, both former bankers at Goldman Sachs, argued against the 44 percent tax rate, saying such a high rate would harm investment, pile up costs for small businesses and ultimately hurt growth.

As Trump neared his 100th day in office in late April, he was becoming restless because he didn’t have a concrete tax plan.

So he ordered Cohn and Mnuchin to present a version of the tax plan to the public by April 26. They scrambled to put together a one-page blueprint that called for lowering tax rates on all Americans and exempting more income from federal income taxes. The document said it would “provide tax relief to American families — especially middle-income families.”

But there was no mention of a 44 percent rate. Rather, the document revealed other clues that foreshadowed how the tax plan would take shape. It called for eliminating the estate tax and the alternative-minimum tax and lowering the top income tax rate — changes that would all benefit the wealthy.

As they faced questions about those provisions, White House officials began to walk back the promises about the wealthy not winning in the tax plan.

“What I said is the president’s priority has been not cutting taxes­ for the high end,” Mnuchin said in May at the Peter G. Peterson Foundation’s 2017 Fiscal Summit. “His priority is about creating a middle-income tax cut. So we’ll see where it comes out.”

Abandonment

Just after midnight on July 28, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) shocked the Republican Party by voting to end a GOP effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The summer had made at least two things painfully clear to Republican leaders.

There was virtually no hope of getting Democrats, even red-state moderate Democrats such as Sen. Joe Donnelly (Ind.) or Sen. Joe Manchin III (W.Va.), on board with the plan. That meant Republicans were going to have to make it on a party-line vote, and, as the ACA experience had reminded them, they had only two votes to spare.

So leaders began to make a priority of what they thought the entire party could rally around: big corporate tax cuts. The idea of reducing tax rates on American businesses had been core to the identity of the Republican Party ever since President Ronald Reagan did it as part of a comprehensive tax overhaul in 1986.

Within the White House, Cohn and Mnuchin were running the show. Bannon, a deeply controversial figure in the administration, had left, a voice for a more populist tax plan exiting with him.

On Sept. 27, the White House and GOP leaders issued another tax blueprint, this one called the “Unified Framework for Fixing Our Broken Tax Code.” It proposed reducing the current seven brackets in the individual tax code to as few as three, dropping the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent, and creating a new rate of 25 percent for millions of companies that pass their income through to partners and sole proprietors, changes that could help small businesses but also law firms and professional sports teams.

Nonpartisan tax experts estimated the vast majority of the plan’s benefits would flow to the wealthy. Trump, by contrast, insisted that it would help the average worker.

“Our framework includes our explicit commitment that tax reform will protect low-income and middle-income households, not the wealthy and well-connected,” Trump said on the day of the plan’s release. “They can call me all they want. It’s not going to help. I’m doing the right thing, and it’s not good for me. Believe me.”

His advisers couldn’t say the same.

“When you’re cutting taxes across the board,” Mnuchin told Politico, “it’s very hard not to give tax cuts to the wealthy with tax cuts to the middle class.”

Seeking balance — and failing

Until now, Republicans had the benefit of not explaining how they’d pay for their tax overhaul, which was going to cost trillions of dollars without offsets. Ultimately, Republicans agreed to borrow up to $1.5 trillion to finance the tax cut.

The $1.5 trillion ceiling on borrowing would ultimately force Republicans to make tough trade-offs between helping the middle class on the one hand and the wealthy and corporations on the other.

In writing their bill, House GOP leaders had created a new $300 “family flexibility credit” that could help Americans lower their taxable income. It wasn’t large, but it would be widespread — and an easy way for Republicans to show they were trying to help the middle class.

But the night before they would release the bill, when top tax writer Kevin Brady (R-Tex.) was trying to sort out the tax changes and monitor the performance of his Houston Astros in the final game of the World Series, they made a major change to this provision, according to a person briefed on the changes who was not authorized to discuss private congressional deliberations.

Corporations were concerned their tax cut would last only eight years, a limitation that was necessary to keep the bill under the $1.5 trillion limit. Brady agreed. So in a last-minute decision, Republicans cut the duration of the family tax credit in half — ending it after only five years — to make the corporate tax cut permanent.

In effect, Republicans handed $200 billion from families to corporations. (GOP aides said, however, that the situation was fluid and that they always had hoped to make the corporate rates permanent.)

On Nov. 16, the House passed the tax overhaul, 227 to 205.

Senate doubles down

The Senate would take the principle of Brady’s last-minute move and extend it further by making virtually all of the tax cuts for families and individuals sunset after 2025.

GOP leaders tried to explain this discrepancy by saying they needed to give businesses long-term assurances about the tax environment so they could invest and make plans, but it fed into allegations from Democrats that the package was meant for businesses and the wealthy, not the middle class.

“We had to thread the needle,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said in an interview. “Why did we make it permanent for corporations? Because they have to make investment decisions.”

Senate Republicans had hoped to pass their tax cut bill on Nov. 30, but there was a last-minute­ insurrection led by Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who was concerned about the impact of the bill on the federal deficit.

Corker’s queasiness forced GOP leaders to search elsewhere for assurances that they had the votes to pass it, and that led them into the expensive demands of Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.).

Johnson wanted a significant expansion of “pass through” tax cuts that benefit business owners who pay their taxes through the individual code. Although he and others described the beneficiaries of the pass-through rate as primarily small businesses, nonpartisan tax experts say it mainly benefits the top 1 percent of earners.

Ultimately, Johnson managed to extract an additional $114 billion in tax cuts for these entities out of GOP leaders.

Meanwhile, Republican Sens. Marco Rubio (Fla.), Mike Lee (Utah) and Susan Collins (Maine) were pushing proposals that would expand a child tax credit for working families, offsetting the cost by slightly bumping up the corporate tax rate.

“You’re telling me that if we have a corporate tax rate that goes from 35 percent to 20.94 percent, that [will] hurt growth?” Rubio asked on the Senate floor. “Twenty percent is the most phenomenal thing we’ve ever done for growth, but if you add 0.94 percent to that, it’s a catastrophe? We’re going to lose thousands of jobs? Come on.”

His amendment was voted down 71 to 29, and the bill’s other tax changes were still alluring enough to attract Rubio’s, Lee’s and Collins’s support in the final vote. Only one Republican, Corker, voted against the measure, out of concern that it would drive up the deficit.

A complete picture

GOP leaders are now working to resolve differences between the House and Senate bills, but the broad contours have come into focus.

The legislation would lower taxes for many in the middle class, but mostly temporarily, and fall far short of the 35 percent cut for everyone in the middle class that Trump promised last year.

For example, the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center has estimated that in 2019, a household earning between $50,000 and $75,000 would save $780 a year if the Senate bill’s changes become law. This is essentially an 8.9 percent tax cut.

Beginning in 2023, households that bring in less than $30,000 would all average a tax increase, according to the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation, Congress’s official scorekeepers. And by 2027, all income groups that earn less than $75,000 would see their taxes go up. That’s because although the bill allows all the individual tax code provisions to expire, it retains a less generous method of calculating inflation than are currently in use, which effectively pushes workers into higher tax bracket faster.

Larry Kudlow, who advised Trump during the 2016 campaign and is a big supporter of the tax cuts for businesses, said the changes for individuals and families amounted to a “mishmash.”

Asked if the tax package in aggregate would mean a middle-class tax cut, Edward Kleinbard, a former chief of staff for the Joint Committee on Taxation, said: “That’s delusional or dishonest to say. It’s factually untrue.”

He added, “The only group you can point to that wins year after year and wins in very large magnitude is the very highest incomes.”

White House officials defend the temporary nature of many of the tax cuts, saying they will inevitably be extended by a future president and Congress because they are politically popular. They also say the tax savings for middle-class families would be much larger than outsiders have suggested, particularly when factoring in an expansion of a tax credit for working families.

Still, on Wednesday, for the first time, Trump acknowledged that some Americans may not benefit from the tax package, and he said they would try to make last-minute changes. But he didn’t specify what they might be.

“There are very, very few people that aren’t benefiting by it, but there’s that tiny little sliver, and we’re going to try to take care of even that very small group of people that just through circumstances maybe don’t get the full benefit of what we’re doing,” he said at a meeting with his Cabinet. “But the middle class gets a tremendous benefit, and business, which is jobs, gets a tremendous benefit.”

Erica Werner and Paul Kane contributed to this report.

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