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Straight Talk About Taxes

Burt Prelutsky · Jan. 8, 2018

The Democrats kept insisting that all the savings in Trump’s tax bill would go directly into the pockets of the corporate moguls. That’s not too surprising. After all, they had to say something stupid that the lapdog media could glom onto in order to put the pending legislation in a bad light.

What is remarkable is that after the bill’s passage, they kept repeating their lies, even after several major corporations had bestowed sizeable celebratory bonuses on thousands of their employees.

Far from being arch villains, as they are portrayed by the likes of Pelosi, Schumer and the fake news media, when companies and corporations prosper, so does nearly everyone else. That would include not only the workers and potential workers seeking employment but retirees and those whose pensions, present and future, depend on the solvency of those companies to fund those pensions.

Not to be overlooked are the millions of Americans personally invested in the stock market through their IRAs or stock holdings. It’s no small thing that those people — most of whom are not millionaires and billionaires — have seen their investments grow, on average, 25% in the year since Donald Trump took office.

Those people, by the way, would definitely include the likes of Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Dick Durbin, Dianne Feinstein, Elizabeth Warren and Maxine Waters, who aren’t among the despised and greatly envied one-percenters, but are definitely five or six-percenters.

The record highs on Wall Street weren’t entirely predicated on the anticipated tax cuts; much of it was caused by Trump’s carrying through on his promise to eliminate the most onerous of Obama’s anti-business regulations.

Still, the passage of the tax bill should signal a blast-off for the U.S. economy. For the prior eight years, thanks to the axis of evil consisting of Obama, Pelosi and Harry Reid, the economy limped along at an annual growth rate of 1.9%. Over the past year, it has risen to 3.2%. I don’t think you have to be a Pollyanna or a fantasist to believe that 4% is well within reach.


It’s hard for some of us to believe that in spite of accepting bribes, sometimes from hostile nations, while serving as secretary of state, and illegally using a private server for the sending and receiving of classified information, Hillary Clinton is still walking around free and unindicted.

It is nearly as remarkable that Mrs. Clinton would have chosen Huma Abedin, who had formerly edited a terrorist-sponsored Islamic magazine that called for the continued subjugation of women, to be her nearest and dearest advisor, and who, it should be noted, stored classified documents on an unsecured server belonging to her husband, who is currently serving an 18-month prison term for sex-texting a minor.


Buzzfeed, an Internet blog that apparently some stupid people can’t live without, recently tried to create a buzz by posting a list of “37 Things That White People Need to Stop Ruining.” Among the items listed were the Oscars, Sneakers, Korean Pop Music, Protests and Mac ‘n’ Cheese.

As a white person, I am willing to take the pledge. In return, I would ask that liberals, blacks and illegal aliens quit ruining the mass media, pop music, education, the urban landscape with drugs and graffiti, the general culture, respect for the flag, law enforcement, a religion other than Islam and the military, and, finally, civil discourse.


Some visitors to Disneyland had their stop at the display of American presidents ruined when the robotic Donald Trump had his speech interrupted by someone named Jay Melsky repeatedly shouting “Lock him up!”

Mr. Melsky identified himself as a comedian. Apparently, that is the latter-day self-designation for morons behaving badly in public. He joins the ranks of Jimmy Kimmel, Rosie O'Donnell, Jay Behar, Stephen Colbert, David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Joy Behar, Jon Stewart, Roseanne Barr and Michael Moore, all of whom have two things in common: They hate Republicans and are never funny.

I fully expect Jay Melsky will have his 15 minutes of fame expanded exponentially by being offered his own talk show on CNN or MSNBC.


I recently expounded on my approach to charity, which basically comes down to not donating to outfits that pay their executive officers six- or even seven-figure salaries.

When it comes to politics, I nearly always refrain from sending checks to politicians. I figure you and I are already paying them to do their jobs, jobs that already bring them two or three times what the rest of us are making.

I understand that when politicians keep dunning us for money, they’re asking us to level their playing field with the Democrats who are seeking to replace them.

You would hope they could win by running on their records, but that would require that the voters pay attention. But we’re told that they’re too busy to devote that much time to what their representatives are doing. That would carry more weight if so many of them didn’t manage to find the time to keep up with the Kardashians or watch Ellen DeGeneres and Megyn Kelly five times a week, or keep up to date on the statistics of their favorite sports teams.

For my part, I would much rather donate to Judicial Watch, the investigatory group that does the things that Congress can’t or won’t do, such as dig up the evidence of obvious skullduggery at the FBI and the Justice Department.

Speaking of which, how is it that we never hear from or about Christopher Wray? In case you don’t recognize his name, it can only be because nobody, not even the usually diligent fact-seekers at Fox News, ever mention the man who succeeded James Comey as the director of the FBI.

Wouldn’t you think someone would ask Mr. Wray, who, like Jeff Sessions, owes his job to President Trump, how he feels about his underlings stonewalling members of the House and Senate, seeking information about the treasonous members of the deep state? If Mr. Wray is also evading embarrassing questions, wouldn’t that be worth knowing?

One can easily imagine Director Wray channeling Sgt. Schultz of “Hogan’s Heroes,” insisting he knew “nuzzling, nuzzing” and “vas only giving…uh, taking orders.”


Dr. Richard Stiso, the pride of Florham Park, NJ, kicks off the New Year with the following joke:

A state trooper was patrolling lovers’ lane late one night when he came across a car, with the interior lights on. Curious, he cautiously approached. He found a young man behind the wheel, reading a computer magazine. In the backseat, he discovered a young woman filing her nails.

When he tapped on the glass, the young man rolled down the window. The cop asked him what was going on. He replied that he was reading a magazine and, after glancing behind him, added that the girl seemed to be filing her nails.

Utterly confused, the trooper asked the young man how old he was. “I’m 22 years old, sir.”

Nodding at the girl, the trooper asked the young man her age. After glancing at his watch, he replied: “She’ll be 18 in 11 minutes.”

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