Monday, December 11, 2017

The Puddle Jumper's Guide to Kicking Cancer

My "little sister" has written an excellent book for those who are dealing with cancer, either directly or indirectly. (back story link) As I have mentioned before, my niece Gracie and her whole family have been fighting cancer for ~3 years. Thankfully now she is 12 years old and things are looking up !!!  
Here are some words of support from a Doctor who has reviewed the book. Please help to get the word out so more people can learn from this great book !!!
“What a wonderful, thought-provoking and uplifting book," said Dr. Thomas Smith, pediatric oncologist. "The information in this book will provide comfort, compassion and understanding to children, whether they or someone they love are fighting cancer.”
And to get word out, sis is offering the following incentive...
"FOR ONE DAY ONLY (Friday, Dec. 15), I will donate 3 books to a child with cancer for every book you purchase via amazon for $14.99/book. (If you buy 5, I'd donate 15, etc.)"
Amazon Paper Back 

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Who will Pay for the Tax Cut?

I am sure hoping some miracle occurs because of these proposed tax cuts, because if they don't it looks like paying for them may hurt some people who really can not afford the loss of money / services. Please remember that though the changes will help me and mine, I would have preferred to not change the tax code and to start cutting the spending. Actually running surpluses and starting to pay down the national debt before the next recession comes would be much wiser and truly Conservative.

VOX Who will Pay for the Tax Cut
The Hill Restructure SS and Medicare
Forbes How Long until Cuts Pay Off
WAPO Prelude to Attacking Entitlements
WAPO Ryan Admits GOP to Target SS, Medicare, Medicaid, Welfare, etc
The Hill Past History
CNN Tax Cut Make it Harder to Fight Next Recession
"Officially, the tax bill passed by the US Senate in the early morning hours of December 2 costs $1.45 trillion over 10 years, or $1 trillion after taking into account its effect on economic growth.

Those are the numbers of the Joint Committee on Taxation, Congress’s official arbiter of tax figures, but skeptics like the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget have argued that the true cost is substantially higher. If the many temporary provisions of the bill are made permanent (and Republican senators have insisted they will make them permanent), the true cost is more like $1.6 trillion to $2 trillion, and it continues to mount after 10 years are up.

That bill has to be paid for, somehow. Congress could keep rolling over the debt, yes, but historical experience suggests that tax cuts are typically paid for by tax hikes in the future. Republicans have suggested they want to finance the cuts by slashing entitlement programs like Social Security, Medicare, and food stamps. “We're going to have to get back next year at entitlement reform, which is how you tackle the debt and the deficit,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a radio interview on Wednesday.

Whether you pay for the $1.5 trillion through tax hikes or spending cuts, that financing changes who ultimately wins and loses under the bill. And a new study by the Tax Policy Center suggests that when you take financing into account, the vast majority of Americans lose out."