Putting the squeeze on local governments

November 16, 2017

It seems that congress is considering eliminating the personal income tax deductions for state and local taxes.

That would cause citizen involvement to lower local taxes.

Maybe that is a good idea.

We deserve better


Grading our politicians

November 15, 2017

The earlier post about the kindergarten report card got us to look into what else our elected officials might learn at EPISD.

According to the pre-kindergarten report card the school district measures these things:

Maybe we should change the age limit on these elected positions.  A pre-k child that gets a “P” for proficient on these things might be a better candidate than what we have.

We deserve better


What corporate tax rate?

November 12, 2017

A regular reader sent this in the other day:

Politicians WILL NEVER understand that Corporations do not pay taxes no matter how high or low the rate.


PEOPLE pay taxes.


The COST of a manufacturer’s product INCLUDES the taxes they pay, besides the raw materials, and labor.


Do you want a lower cost of living?  Educate your Congressman about true economics.

I personally think it is a hopeless cause.

They could learn it in kindergarten

November 8, 2017

This little snippet is part of the EPISD kindergarten report card:

Could we get our elected officials to attend that class?

We deserve better


Tax cuts do not have to be “paid for”

November 5, 2017

There has been considerable discussion recently in the media outlets about the potential tax reform measures that congress is considering.

When the topic of tax-cuts or reductions comes up we are told that one of the problems is in finding ways to pay for the cuts.  The implication is that some other set of taxes will have to go up.

Not necessary

We don’t need to pay for tax cuts.

The government needs to cut spending so that it is aligned with tax revenue.

They don’t have a guaranteed amount of income.  If congress decides to cut taxes the loss of revenue should be accompanied by a cut in spending.

We deserve better


A suggestion about transparency

November 2, 2017

A good friend made a novel suggestion the other day.

He pointed out how professional golfers wear the logos of their sponsors, and how race car drivers have sponsor patches all over their jumpsuits.

His suggestion?

Require all members of congress to wear patches identifying their major contributors.

That way we would know whose ax they were grinding.

We deserve better


County bridge useless

October 25, 2017

According to this article in the Times past county commissioners have gifted us with another disaster.

From the article:

Construction of the Tornillo port of entry cost at least $133 million.  More than $91 million of that amount was paid by the U.S. General Services Administration and Customs and Border Protection.

El Paso County covered remaining costs…

That puts our portion of the bill at $42 million if our math is correct.

Bridge to nowhere

Again, from the Times article:

“CBP” has suspended commercial processing at the Tornillo crossing.

and later:

But Maier said since the opening of the cargo facility in early 2016, CBP processed only five formal commercial entries — shipments with a value in excess of $2,500.

We deserve better


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