Transfer of wealth
Re: Republican tax plan
I’m very concerned with the current Congress’ push to revamp our tax system. They are paying corporations and the 1 percent wealthy a tremendous amount of tax cuts, leaving us middle class with the bill of $150 trillion added to the debt.
The system they are putting in place is the one that the Republican state of Kansas passed and had to repeal because the trickle down did not work. When they had to gut education, infrastructure and general help for the local people to pay for the tax cut, it was too late for Kansas. This money will be taken from Medicaid, which pays for our elders in assisted living and new mothers and babies. They will get rid of Social Security and yes your Medicare, because this is where the money is kept by our system. SNAP, a system that helps low-income earners feed their family is targeted to go away. Education is targeted; they want corporations to run our education system and then who will be able to afford that for our kids. Infrastructure will not happen because the money flows to the top. Health care will vanish and we will go back to health care bankruptcies.
Corporations and the wealthy are doing very well. It is time for them to pay their fair share. Corporations pay a tax of around 18 percent now. They will actually pay less with the new system. They get carried interest and pass through write-offs. They get write-offs for their planes. They will buy their stock back and pay CEOs more. More than $11 million can be passed down to your heirs without any taxes due. Kansas failed this same system and bankrupted their state. We cannot afford this transfer of wealth to the top.
A true wagon master
Re: Ray Hutson
The rattle of steel tires on wooden wheels, the creaking of the wagon box, the smell of leather and horse sweat and the tune of the steady clop of shod hooves speak to me not of Ward Bond or John McIntire. No, a wagon master in the true sense of the word was my friend Ray Hutson.
Ray was no pretend wagon driver but an artist of the craft in a class by himself.
My first close association with Ray was on the Cowboy State Centennial wagon train which wound its way from Ucross to a final camp site at the polo grounds near Big Horn in 1991. We shared many a campfire after that, and I always admired the leadership he showed shepherding the “tenderfeet.”
Now Ray has ridden off into the sunset where the water is clean and cool, the grass is green and deep and the final campground has flat soft ground, plenty of firewood and old friends that have gone before are sitting around a fire waiting with that tin cup they just filled for him.
Climb down, Ray, your friends will see to the horses.
Pervasive effect of hyperpolitics on the rule of law
Re: Acquittal of Jose Zarate
It is bad enough when political indoctrination replaces genuine education in so many American schools and colleges. Then there’s the politicization of the federal judiciary and many states’ court activist judges’ absurd rulings in many important legal cases. Now hyperpolitics has extended its pernicious reach into jury rooms as evidenced by the ludicrous San Francisco jury nullification acquitting Jose Zarate — a seven-time convicted felon who had been deported from the U.S. five times before fatally shooting Kate Steinle.
Federal immigration officials’ issue of a detainer for Zerate prior to the shooting was ignored by the San Francisco sheriff’s office since that area is a “sanctuary city,” which protects illegals from the law. This jury refused to convict Zarate of even involuntary manslaughter, depriving the Steinle family of any measure of justice, due in large part to the judge’s excluding Zarate’s record of deportations and prior felonies.
Unlike many in the media, I was not surprised at this verdict. Jury pools are drawn from voter registration rolls.
What other outcome could have been expected, then, in far-left San Francisco? This is likely why Hillary Clinton didn’t face charges for her clear violations of federal law by her grossly negligent handling of extremely sensitive classified information in her emails. Charges would have had to be filed in federal district court in Washington, D.C., where the jury would have consisted of registered voters in that area — a place where 94 percent voted for her in 2016.
A bedrock principle of American jurisprudence has been the “reasonable person” standard, i.e. deciding legal cases by determining what a reasonable person in similar circumstances would do. Sadly, that standard has given way to irrationality and political considerations even in jury rooms.
Famed attorney Clarence Darrow noted, “Laws should be like clothes — made to fit the people they are meant to serve.” When legal protection of American citizens becomes subordinated to “due process rights” of illegal alien felons, the rule of law has been dangerously perverted. And politics have trumped common sense enforcement of our laws.
Unfortunately, when ideology reaches the level of toxicity in a society, it bodes ill, even in a constitutional republic. As Thomas Paine wrote long ago, “To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.” Or, perhaps, presenting facts to a biased jury in a place such as San Francisco.