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Don’t Tax the Rich . . . Thank Them

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The rich often get a bum rap. Liberals are incensed when it is suggested that “the rich” get any type of tax reduction even though the top 50% of wage earners pay 96% of all income taxes. Since they spend more money, the rich also pay a disproportionate amount in sales, property, entertainment, and excise taxes. Without the rich, most people would not have jobs. Poor people don’t create jobs. Governments create jobs by force. The rich create jobs by creating things people want.
The first computer my company purchased in mid-1985 cost $7500. It was huge and could only perform a few simple tasks, mostly word processing. The floppy disks were the size of dinner plates and held very little data (360K). Almost overnight, computer prices dropped and performance levels increased dramatically. The IBM PC was born.
The first high performance portable computer was built by Compaq, and it was the size of a sewing machine, but it was a vast improvement over what was then available. The hard disk capacity was 10 megabytes. Today’s laptops have multi-gigabyte drives (terabyte drives are available and needed for backup), super thin monitors, built-in modems, CD/DVD drives that can play music and movies, and much more, all in a 2 to 4 pound package that can be carried and used when you travel.
The first cell phones were the size of a small suitcase. You needed a shoulder strap to carry it. It didn’t take long before the back-pack cell phone became the size of a brick. Now they are smaller than a half-pack of cigarettes and can do extraordinary work that wasn’t even conceived of ten years ago. They are so cheap to own and operate that many people have given up using conventional (land-line) phone service.
What made these performance gains and price reductions possible? People with lots of money purchased the first high-priced machines. They had the financial ability to lay out “excess” capital for what most people would consider luxury items. What used to be luxury devices are now so cheap that even homeless people can afford them.
The research and development costs of any new technology are enormous. That’s why the initial entry of new products into the market is expensive. But over time, when costs are recouped and production increases, costs and prices fall. The first CD players cost hundreds of dollars. They now sell for under $10, if you even need one. Today, music can be purchased online and stored on a device that can hold thousands of songs. DVD players sell for under $50, and the newly developed Blu-ray players are rapidly coming down in price from an initial market price of nearly $1000 that only people with lots of discretionary money were willing to pay. The spending by rich people fueled the market for future goods at lower prices which benefits everybody.
Slamming the rich by contending that they should pay more in taxes to equalize income is the sin of envy. Envy is not the same as jealousy or covetousness. The covetous person says, “I wish I had what he has, and I’m miserable that I don’t have it.” Envy is quantitatively different.  The envier thinks to himself and votes accordingly: “I’d like to have what he has, but I know I can never get it. Nobody should be allowed to have it or at least that much of it. If I can’t have it, neither should anyone, and if I can’t make this happen, I’ll make sure it costs him a lot of money to own it. I’ll work to destroy people who can afford these things. Maybe I can get the government to make it illegal to own or too expensive to keep.” This is why the Bible describes envy as “rottenness of the bones” (Prov. 14:30).
Societies that struggle to exist economically are infected with envy. Prosperity in others infuriates the envier and moves him to destroy what he does not have and will not work to get. Western enviers are sophisticated. Enviers in civilized societies don’t burn a villager’s crops or sabotage his wells. They run for political office or vote for those who do so they can stick it to the rich in the name of “tax fairness” and “social justice.” The long-term result is the destruction of the prosperous man’s ability and incentive to create wealth. In the end, the destroyed crops, the poisoned well, the high taxes hurt all of us. With no discretionary capital, there is no one to buy those initially expensive goods that make life easier for all of us. So, instead of envying the rich man, thank him and work to be like him.
Cain was the first envier. He could have offered a sacrifice equal to that of Abel or offered a sacrifice that was from a pure heart. Instead, he murdered his brother because of his success. It didn’t make Cain any more successful, but I suppose, for the moment, the act gave him satisfaction. Envy appears again in the book of Genesis when the Philistines envied the prosperity of Isaac:

Now Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold. And the Lord blessed him, and the man became rich, and continued to grow richer until he became very wealthy; for he had possessions of flocks and herds and a great household, so that the Philistines envied him. Now all the wells which his father’s servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines stopped up by filling them with earth (Gen. 26:12–15).

The Philistines could have dug their own wells and inquired of Isaac to learn the methods of success. Instead, they destroyed his property to bring him down to their standard of living. Of course, with Isaac’s wells sabotaged, a drought would affect Isaac and the Philistines equally. But enviers don’t think ahead. They only care about dragging the successful down to their level of incompetence.
Modern-day economic theory feeds off the sin of envy. The first step is to promise the citizenry that they will get some of the largess of the rich. When that only goes so far, legislators will make it more difficult for the prosperous to remain prosperous. Obstacles will be put up to stifle their success, all in the name of equality. We’ve seen it happen before. The Communists had to build a wall around East Berlin to keep the industrious from fleeing the politics of envy.

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Now Banks To Deny Business Financing to Companies with All-White Male Boardmembers

The leftists in our financial sector are now saying that they will stop financing businesses that have all white, male boards.

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The leftists in our financial sector are taking another step toward the anti-American extreme, this time saying that they will stop financing businesses that have all white, male boards.

Since when is social engineering the business of banks?

The newest directive was issued by Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon on Thursday during an interview on CNBC.

Solomon said that as of July 1 in the U.S. and Europe, Goldman Sachs “is not going to take a company public unless there is at least one diverse board candidate, with a focus on women.”

“Diversity on boards is a very, very important issue, and we’ve been very, very focused on it and so we’re trying to find ways to encourage that,” Solomon said.

“This is a small step, but it’s a step in the direction of saying, ‘You know what? We think this is right. We think it’s the right advice,'” Solomon added.

Solomon went on to extol his leftist ideology saying that he imagines there are “significant financial incentives” for companies to get rid of those terrible, evil white men.

He claimed that his experiences at Goldman proves his leftist assertions.

“We have four women out of 11, we have a black lead director. I really value the diverse perspectives I’m getting, which are helping me on the company,” he said.

“Over the last four years, the performance of IPOs where there’s been a woman on the board in the U.S. is significantly better than the performance of IPOs where there hasn’t been a woman on the board,” Solomon concluded.

Once again, how is it the financial sector’s business to conduct social engineering on our society?

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Alaska Gov. Moves to Dump Goldman Sachs after Bank’s Oil Divestment Scheme

Goldman Sachs recently began eliminating investments in fossil fuel companies, but the move spurred Alaska to retaliate by cutting its own ties with the bank.

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Banking giant Goldman Sachs recently began eliminating its investments in fossil fuel companies, but the move has now spurred Alaska to retaliate by cutting its own ties with the bank.

Last week, Goldman Sachs announced that it intended to stop financing new oil exploration in the Arctic as part of its gradual move to eliminate investments in fossil fuels.

But Alaska’s Republican Governor, Mike Dunleavy, was less than thrilled with the big bank’s move.

Dunleavy said that he is directing the state to begin eliminating Goldman Sachs from its own investment plans over the bank’s divestment of one of the state’s most important resources: oil.

“In response to Goldman’s pledge, the governor’s office has directed the review and where possible without financial or progress impairment, the removal of Goldman from business relations with the state,” acting Revenue Commissioner Mike Barnhill wrote in a Friday letter to Goldman’s CEO, according to the Anchorage Daily News.

Dunleavy also said he had “serious reservations” about working with a bank that did not have the best interests of Alaskans in mind.

“I think it’s part of my role to advocate on behalf of Alaska,” Dunleavy added.

It’s about time someone with a little power began striking back at this left-wing bullcrap being perpetrated by so many large corporations groveling at the feet of the far left.

So, after Goldman’s announcement of its anti-oil direction, Alaska began removing the bank from its list of participating banking institutions.

Dunleavy said that Alaska may take similar actions about doing business with any other company that pushes far left nonsense and PCism disguised as company policy.

“There may be other outfits that we do business with … that may be working against our goals,” the gov. added.

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Cyber Monday Hits Record $9.2 Billion in Sales

After Thanksgiving Day, America saw a huge $9.2 billion record in sales on Cyber Monday.

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If Americans are dour about the country ahead of the 2020 election, you sure wouldn’t be able to tell it with the huge $9.2 billion record in sales on Cyber Monday.

The final day of the Thanksgiving holiday season found Internet sales at 17 percent higher than the amount in 2018, which was itself a record.

According to Breitbart News, there are some changing statistics with online shopping:

Online shopping is changing. About one-third of sales took place on mobile devices this year and the peak hour for shopping was much later than in years past, according to Adobe. In the past, people tended to shop during the workday, taking advantage of high-speed internet connections at their place of employment. This year around half of Cyber Monday sales came after traditional work hours, with sales peaking around 11 P.M. eastern time, according to Adobe.

“The data comes from a realtime analysis from Adobe Analytics and is based on web transactions of 80 of the top 100 internet retailers in the U.S.,” Breitbart added.

As Cyber Monday sales rose, sales over the Internet even jumped during Black Friday when Americans traditionally surge out to the brick-and-mortar stores. Tech Crunch noted that online sales jumped to $7.4 billion on Black Friday this year. This was $1.2 billion higher than online sales during 2018’s Black Friday shopping day.

Popular products this year included Frozen 2 toys, L.O.L Surprise, and Paw Patrol. Best-selling video games included FIFA 20, Madden 20, and Nintendo Switch. And top electronics, meanwhile, included Apple Laptops, Airpods, and Samsung TVs.

“With Christmas now rapidly approaching, consumers increasingly jumped on their phones rather than standing in line,” said Taylor Schreiner, Principal Analyst & Head of Adobe Digital Insights. “Even when shoppers went to stores, they were now buying nearly 41% more online before going to the store to pick up. As such, mobile represents a growing opportunity for smaller businesses to extend the support they see from consumers buying locally in-store on Small Business Saturday to the rest of the holiday season. Small Business Saturday will accelerate sales for those retailers who can offer unique products or services that the retail giants can’t provide.”

As to the physical stores, Target, Walmart, Costco, and BJ’s Wholesale Club topped the list of biggest retailers on Black Friday.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, though, even as online sales grew by billions, shopping at the brick-and-mortar stores fell by six percent, CNBC reported.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Has STILL Not Paid Past Due Taxes for Her Failed Business

New York’s favorite socialist Representative, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, has still not paid her delinquent taxes from her failed business, a report finds.

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New York’s favorite socialist Representative, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, has still not paid her delinquent taxes from her failed business, a report finds.

The state of New York issued a tax warrant in 2017 against Ocasio-Cortez’s failed Brook Avenue Press business she founded in 2102. The unpaid taxes amounted to a bill of $1,618.36 in corporate taxes.

According to Daily Caller, tax warrants are issued against businesses that “fail to timely resolve” their tax debt.

The story of the NY rep’s unpaid taxes was first reported by the New York Post in March. Ocasio-Cortez quickly promised that the delinquent taxes would be paid.

Clearly they have not.

Later in March, the Post reported that the unpaid tax bill still had not been paid. And now, the Daily Caller finds that even by today, six months later, that bill remains unpaid.

The Bronx County Clerk noted that the Ocasio-Cortez still had not paid up.

The Caller added:

Ocasio-Cortez presumably has the means to pay off her business’s unpaid taxes with a congressional salary of $174,000.

Ocasio-Cortez’s office did not respond to the DCNF’s request for comment.

New York state dissolved Ocasio-Cortez’s company in 2016 using a procedure reserved for corporations that fail to pay taxes for at least two years or fail to file tax returns.

Once again, we see that liberals are all hot and bothered to force other people to pay taxes, but when it comes to their own, well, the tax man can wait, it seems.

Just ask Al Sharpton.

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Google Officially Hit with Antitrust Probe by 50 State Attorneys General

The news confirms the leaks from various sources that the states were gearing up for the effort.

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Google has now officially been served with an antitrust probe by fifty state attorneys general, according to CNBC.

The news confirms the leaks from various sources that the states were gearing up for the effort.

“The probe includes attorneys general from 48 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. California and Alabama are not involved in the probe, Paxton said at a press conference,” according to CNBC.

“When there is no longer a free market or competition, this increases prices, even when something is marketed as free, and harms consumers,” Florida’s Attorney General Ashley Moody said. “Is something really free if we are increasingly giving over our privacy information? Is something really free if online ad prices go up based on one company’s control?”

An antitrust probe into Facebook was announced on Friday by New York Attorney General Letitia James, who will lead the case. Attorneys general from seven states plus the District of Columbia are participating in the Facebook investigation.

At the press conference Monday, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine, a Democrat, said it “remains to be seen” if the two probes will be “a coordinated expansion.”

Google and other big tech companies also face efforts elsewhere to curb their abusive practices.

Congress is also gearing up to address the problem Bit Tech presents.

According to Fox News, “In addition, a new bill in the Senate called the “Monopolization Deterrence Act” would impose crippling fines on tech giants — ranging as high as 15 percent of the firm’s total U.S. revenues — if they were found to be in violation of antitrust law.

Meanwhile, evidence is piling up that big tech companies like Google and Facebook are abusing their near lock on certain channels of communication to push a strictly left-wing agenda instead of dealing with customers fairly.

It isn’t just governments and consumers that are becoming wary of Bit Tech. Even those giant’s own employees are worried.

According to Wired magazine, “Not only does the President, Peter Thiel, Elizabeth Warren and many other prominent lawmakers question Google’s ethics, but Google Employees do, too.”

The proclamation came after thousands of Google employees protested the company’s involvement in AI programs for military use.

Update: Tulsi Gabbard Tweeted this today:

 

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Ocasio-Cortez Is Upset World’s Most Valuable Company Is Investing In New York City

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How dare Amazon bring jobs to New York City! By adding 25,000 jobs they would become the 11th-largest employer in the New York City area.

Amazon said in its official announcement that it would create 25,000 “full-time high-paying jobs” and invest about $2.5 billion in its campus and related projects, including infrastructure and green-space development.

“The idea that [Amazon] will receive hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks… when our subway is crumbling and our communities need more investment… is extremely concerning to residents here.”

Daily Wire:

Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is not happy that Amazon, the world’s most valuable company, has decided to invest billions of dollars and bring approximately 25,000 jobs to New York City.

The 28-year-old bartender turned politician responded to the news that Amazon is bringing a second headquarters to NYC by claiming, without evidence, that her community is “outraged.”

The Wall Street Journal reported Monday:

New York City and Northern Virginia will be the homes for Amazon.com Inc.’s second and third headquarters, according to people familiar with the matter, ending a more than yearlong public contest that started with 238 candidates and ended with a surprise split of its so-called HQ2.

Amazon is dividing the second headquarters evenly between New York’s Long Island City and Arlington County’s Crystal City neighborhoods, which are both located directly across from the major city centers. The company plans to evenly split the offices with as many as 25,000 employees.

The decision effectively gives Amazon a major presence in three coastal hubs that politically lean left, at a time when tech companies are under scrutiny for their perceived elitism and liberal social views. More

This is pathetic. A large chunk of her constituents live in abject poverty, but she’s complaining when a company is trying to bring jobs into the city? I wonder if her voters realize they voted for a dunderhead that will gladly keep them in poverty for her socialist ideals?

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BREAKING: Wages Are Surging As US Adds 250,000 Jobs In October

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The rapidly growing economy generated 250,000 new jobs in October, keeping the unemployment rate at a 48-year low and pushing the increase in worker pay to the highest level in more than nine years.

Average hourly wages rose 3.1 percent in October, the fastest annual gain since 2009.

Please spread everywhere and pounded it home in the final days before elections.

Hot Air:

Consider this the first of two gifts Donald Trump got this morning for next week’s midterm elections. The booming US economy added 250,000 jobs in October, well above expectations and a big jump from September’s revised sub-maintenance level of 118,000. Perhaps more importantly, wages jumped upward at the best pace since the start of the recovery in 2009:

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 250,000 in October, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.7 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Job gains occurred in health care, in manufacturing, in construction, and in transportation and warehousing.

The unemployment rate remained at 3.7 percent in October, and the number of unemployed persons was little changed at 6.1 million. Over the year, the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons declined by 0.4 percentage point and 449,000, respectively. …

The average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls increased by 0.1 hour to 34.5 hours in October. In manufacturing, the workweek edged down by 0.1 hour to 40.8 hours, and overtime was unchanged at 3.5 hours. The average workweek for production and nonsupervisory employees on private nonfarm payrolls, at 33.7 hours, was unchanged over the month.

In October, average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls rose by 5 cents to $27.30. Over the year, average hourly earnings have increased by 83 cents, or 3.1 percent. Average hourly earnings of private-sector production and nonsupervisory employees increased by 7 cents to $22.89 in October. More

Joe Biden’s economic adviser:

Even CNN’s Christine Romans praised the October jobs report as “really strong”, noting that American company hiring has brought unemployment to a “generational low.”

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