Monday, September 25, 2017

TAX REFORM 101: 1040EZ REVISION for those CAMPAIGN DONATIONS "Averaging $27.00" - Bernie Sanders

STEP ONE: OBTAIN A TAX CREDIT FOR SUPPORTING GRASSROOTS CANDIDATES & NON PROFIT PUBLICATIONS (Real Facts)

As we all are aware, the 2016 Presidential Campaign set new records for the rank and file, lunch bucket blue-collar and millennial voters to make affordable, reasonable donations to support the candidates and causes to which they hold dear. These are clearly tax-deductible contributions for those who do not qualify to itemize deductions cannot benefit like the big boys. The 1040-EZ form requires Congressional revision to allow legitimate political campaign donations and emergency disaster relief for the majority of taxpayers. 

The major revisions below are in lines 9a, 9b, 9c & 9d with line 10 as a dollar amount to be deducted directly from the total Tax owing as a credit. This is the White House Tax Reform Week, therefore in that spirit, a revision to the 1040EZ.

(Note: This is a facsimile of the IRS document not meant for use. This replica looks much better in its' origin)

Form
1040EZ DRAFT
Department of the Treasury
Income Tax Return for Single and
Joint Filers With No Dependents   (99)
2017


     OMB No. 545-0074
Your first name and initial
   Last name

Your social security number







If a joint return, spouse’s first name and initial
   Last name

Spouse’s social security number







Home address (number and street). If you have a P.O. box, see instructions.              Apt. no.
Make sure the SSN(s) above are correct
City, town or post office, state, and ZIP code. If you have a foreign address, also complete spaces below (see instructions
Presidential Election
Campaign C 
  You               Spouse


Foreign country name
Foreign province/state/county
Foreign postal code

Income
1
Wages, salaries, and tips. This should be shown in box 1 of your Form(s) W-2. Attach your Form(s) W-2.
1

Attach Form(s) W-2
2
Taxable interest. If the total is over $1,500, you cannot use Form 1040EZ.
2

here.
3
Unemployment compensation and Alaska Permanent Fund dividends (see instructions).
3


4
Add lines 1, 2, and 3. This is your adjusted gross income.
4

Enclose, but do not attach, any payment

5
If someone can claim you (or your spouse if a joint return) as a dependent, check the applicable box(es) below and enter the amount from the worksheet on back.
        You                   Spouse
If no one can claim you (or your spouse if a joint return), enter $10,350 if single; $20,700 if married filing jointly. See back for explanation.
5


6
Subtract line 5 from line 4. If line 5 is larger than line 4, enter -0-. This is your taxable income.                                                       

6

Payments,
7
Federal income tax withheld from Form(s) W-2 and 1099.

7

Credits,

8a
 Earned income credit (EIC) (see instructions)

8a

and Tax
8b
Nontaxable combat pay election

8b


9a
Small Political Campaign Donations made online to Political Candidate(s)

9a


9b
Small Donations made to Internet Tax Deductible Organization(s) & Publication(s)

9b


9c
Cash & Other Donations to Red Cross or other relief organizations in Declared National Emergency

9c



Add lines 8b, 9a- 9c Enter >

9d


10
Add lines 7,8a and 9c. These are your total payments and credits applied to total Tax.
10


11
Tax. Use the amount on line 6 above to find your tax in the tax table in the instructions. Then, enter the tax from the table on this line.
11


12
Subtract Amount on Line 10 from Line 11.
12


13
Health care: individual responsibility (see instructions)
Full-year coverage


14
Add lines 12 and 13. This is your total tax

13

(Note: Since tax forms are available online, there is NO reason that entries can be computed automatically eliminating purchase of software for many who file their own taxes. Simple computation errors would also be eliminated.)


IF WE ARE TO ENACT CHANGE THIS IS URGENT 

If America is to continue to invigorate a grassroots movement to reform the political campaign donation process where the wealthiest of the wealthy essentially buy elections, revisions to the tax code are the first target. This is one small first step to truly make campaign donations inclusive for all Americans. Line (9a) provides for those (i.e.) $27.00 campaign contributions.

The above revision in (9b) addresses the need to support the legitimate online watch dog groups and publications* out of the mainstream media dominated by corporations that only have their interest in mind, not yours. 

Equally important during the catastrophic devastation of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, small, large or in-between charitable donations in line (9c) to the Red Cross or other non-profits will be recognized as a direct credit that will serve to increase donations. These dollars are critical to volunteer groups that offer first and long-term relief. 

My goal is to reach as many mainstream Americans no matter their political leaning to give every individual some economic influence in elections other than their vote (which may be influenced by Super Pacs and the Koch brothers and their trusts).   

The majority of American tax filers fall in a large demographic group comprised of Single Individual taxpayers with no dependents and earn less than $20,700.00. 

In their infinite wisdom, IRS bureaucrats designed the tax forms to make it "easy" for this large group to complete their own returns quickly and without much stress.
Thus over a course of years, this single page form (once a half-page) with perhaps 15 relative line entries, is now complimented with a 46 page Instruction Booklet. This is no typo. The instructions to complete the standard 1040 is 106 pages. The standard 1040 and all of the loopholes and line entries that "adjust" taxable income also require a complete overhaul. This requires serious Congressional study.

MY GOAL IS TO GET THIS PROPOSED REVISION IN THE HAND OF EVERY SENATOR, REPRESENTATIVE IN WASHINGTON. 

If you agree, PLEASE pass along, attach to email a copy of this blog to your Congressional Representative and your State Legislators as well. 

*Publications 

Here are a partial list of "grass root" organizations and regular publications that deserve our support as they reflect our own First Amendment rights. 

Act Blue
Bernie Sanders Movement
Buzz Feed
Common Dreams
CREDO
Daily Beast
Daily Kos
DNCC
FRONTLINE
NPR
Nation of Change
PBS
Politico
Truthout


Please Note: My list does not include the KKK, neo-Nazi,NAZI or White Supremacists.








Tuesday, September 19, 2017

HARVEY, IRMA, JOSE, MARIA ...THEY ARE JUST THE BEGINNING

 HISTORY CHANNEL IS AIRING NOW A DOCUMENTARY

"TWO DEGREES: THE POINT OF NO RETURN" 



The EYE of IRMA


Over the past few weeks we have all read our own comments and questions about the devastation brought on by an earthquake in Mexico while Hurricane Harvey stalled over Houston almost simultaneously drowning the city with 50 inches of rain. 

Within a week the mother of all hurricanes, Irma had started as a tropical storm on the east coast of Africa and traversed half the globe over the Atlantic and transformed into a Category 5 hurricane. Irma became the poster child for Climate Change. Irma's quick ascendancy into a catastrophic hurricane shocked meteorologists at the National Weather Service, the Weather Channel and every television forecaster. 

All Americans here and in the Caribbean held our collective breath, praying for the best. We have all witnessed the destructive aftermath. However, Irma was not alone as the National Hurricane Center experts studied those tropical storms to follow: Jose and now Maria.

As I write, Jose has spared most of Florida by taking a new course up our eastern coast and now is battering shores of Long Island and New Jersey while planning a trip up to the Cape.

Worse, Maria is taking a similar path as Irma and has Puerto Rico dead in its eye. 

Upon viewing all of the cable news and weather service live reporting the weekend of Irma, I then noted the History Channel's upcoming airing of "Two Degrees: The Point of No Return." 

I have noticed post's on social media the concern and questioning of just "what is happening? Is this the end?" Are these horrific events the same as quoted in the Book of Revelations? I cannot answer those queries, but this documentary does present the history of climate change, the science of climatology and makes an impressive argument that the Earth is talking to us. The documentary should scare you. It presents all of the arguments that mankind has taken a toll on the global environment that will only bring more horrific storms, hurricanes, polar melting and the horrors these events will release. There will be the resurgence of disease as we already witness with zika virus and malaria. But, it gets worse as science explains. Medieval disease known as the "Black Plague" that wiped out more than half of Europe's population will make a comeback. These diseases were never eradicated or treated with a vaccine. 

The future looks dire with the erosion of the permafrost of the Antarctic. As global temperatures rise, the melting glaciers are unearthing the carcasses of animals who came to a quick demise in a Ice Age. Now, man's indifference to what we have released into the ozone and atmosphere is defrosting these forgotten diseases such as the "bubonic plague." 

It makes one think of Monty Python's Search for the Holy Grail and the scene where the town-crier is calling "bring out your dead!" Bong, as he beats a drum. And you see the cart stacked with bodies. Hilarious at the time. Comedic genius. But, this scene may one day play out in a neighborhood near you.

I highly recommend that everyone view and study "Two Degrees: The Point of No Return."   You can stream online or find on demand from the History Channel. I can guarantee you will not like some of the depicted horror of life on this planet Earth, but for the sake of future generations you will be informed and glad you spent the time. Time is in short supply, so we must all act now. 

It is not all doom as the film presents remedies available right now to counteract the effects. However, as optimistic as they appear the final solution to stop a rise of one more degree will rest with all peoples, all nations in reigning in the true causes of global warming. We have a battle ahead with those who protect with our lives the fortunes of the fossil fuel industry. 

Link: copy + paste in browser

http://www.history.com/specials/two-degrees-the-point-of-no-return/full-special


Thursday, September 14, 2017

CONGRESS MUST SPEND HURRICANE RELIEF WISELY AND MOVE TO REBUILD FLORIDA, PUERTO RICO & U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS NOW





WILL AMERICA FINALLY ACCEPT CLIMATE CHANGE OR REBUILD ONLY TO ADAPT? WE CAN DO BOTH


In the aftermath of a major catastrophic event, politicians will push their way to the front of the media cameras to grab the optics so to show their constituents “they are in office to help, no matter the cost.” You heard it first from President Trump even before Harvey or Irma hit landfall. He promised the full power and resources of the Federal Government in coming to the rescue.

To date, “the Senate approved $15.25 billion in disaster aid as part of an agreement struck by President Trump. The bill passed by a vote of 80 to 17 on Thursday afternoon. The House is expected to quickly vote on the package, despite growing opposition from fiscal conservatives who oppose pairing aid with debt and spending elements. 

This initial aid package of $15.25 billion breaks down this way.

  $450 million for the SBA (Small Business Authority) disaster loan         program
  $7.4 billion in grants for housing affected areas (HUD?)
  $7.4 billion for FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)

If that seems like a ton of cash it is, but remember this aid is only the beginning of the flow of new debt to Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and other affected areas of the Caribbean. The total long-term investment by taxpayers will certainly enter triple figures for taxpayers.



However, this $15 billion will only aid to restore power, water, clean up roads and get businesses back up and running. The huge effort will follow as tens of thousands of homes will require rebuilding. So, why not examine what we can do to not only rebuild but work with a vision toward reducing our fossil fuel dependence. 

Here are some actions or stipulations Congress should demand upon awarding contracts or entering a long-term plan in restoring housing and infrastructure in a bottomless pit of a spending spree.

MASS TRANSIT ON A MASSIVE HIGH SPEED SCALE

If you viewed any portion of the week long evacuation from southeast Florida with the dire predictions of the impending doom of Irma, you saw vehicles, trucks and cars in an endless parking lot going north on I-95 and I-75. Many took heed of Governor Scott and his plea to evacuate, but many ended up in places like Jacksonville, Naples, Tampa only to learn in short order that Irma had these locales in its path as well. Who knows how many residents of Miami got back in their vehicles to head further north.

Tens of thousands of residents in Southeast Florida simply could not afford or have the means to evacuate, thus were forced to shelter in place.

The solution is obvious: Mass Transit. The U.S. lags far behind most competing nations by ignoring our “rail system.” China, Japan and Europe and have developed far superior “bullet trains” to move people from place to place on a daily basis. In Japan they are putting in place a bullet train that will safely deliver passengers at 350 mph. 

Imagine if such a bullet train system was in place in Florida, for example alongside I-75 and extending as far north as Michigan and a second line mirroring the path of I-95 along the East Coast as far as Boston.

Imagine if high-speed bullet trains were available in the prelude to the storm. The trains could carry those disabled, vulnerable and without the means to evacuate quickly and with order. The need to keep southbound lanes open to gasoline tankers would have transitioned the move to contrabound lanes of I-95 and I-75 that actually never was deployed as a strategy to evacuate.



Japan's latest train tops out at 350 mph with 750 passengers


The electromagnet trains of Japan must be in our future for sake of our economy, the environment, climate change as well as ease of people friendly transportation. High speed rail is long overdue and must be a top project if we are to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure (one of the President’s promises).

When Congress and the Nation finally capitulates and makes high speed rail mass transit America’s number one goal, it must be overseen by our most reliable and efficient Army Corps of Engineers. It is much too important to be left to private industry who will sacrifice safety for profit.

ENERGY EFFICIENT HOMES AND BUILDINGS ACROSS THE NATION

Twenty-five (25%) of the homes in the Florida Keys have been flat out destroyed with 90% sustaining substantial damage. Florida Governor Rick Scott will point to the strong building codes adopted after Hurricane Andrew and adherence to those and other measures will ensure a safer future. He is only half right.


Governor Rick Scott and Senator Marco Rubio have clung to a palm tree in denial as the reality of Climate Change has done everything but blow them into the Gulf. Hopefully, the collective destruction will open eyes to truth. The Republican dominated state dares not mention the two words and speak more of weather patterns and adopting programs and building codes to adapt man’s environment rather than direct any effort to recognize the true problem.

Congress should enact a National Energy Efficient Housing Act. As we rebuild devastated homes in Texas and Florida the code must adhere to a level of energy self-sufficiency. This means in rebuilding homes and all new construction with solar panels on sturdy roofs and the concrete building codes previously enacted for Florida. Germany has adopted strict home building codes that include mandatory solar panel roofs. There is no excuse for not doing the same. 

Congress should extend strict building codes and energy efficiency to other regions we have identified as highly susceptible to catastrophic tropical storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, heavy snow or ice storms. In other words, customize urban and rural planning for unique locations to meet future energy need and anticipate any other natural disaster.

Wherever there is a neighborhood, city, region or island found in near total destruction, allow visionaries (i.e. Army Corps of Engineers) the opportunity to employ innovative skills. In other words, every effort must be made to move power, telephone and broadband lines underground. Whatever the conduit, lay pipe lines buried offshore to connect areas such as the Florida Keys, Caribbean islands and rural areas separated by natural barriers a secure connection to power, cable and “Rocket Fiber[2]” allowing the space to accommodate the latest technology as it is invented and those yet to see fruition.

The restoration of power is an imperative at this very moment to Florida and the Caribbean. Therefore, the genius of Rocket Fiber will not be possible in the emergency restoration of electricity, but demands serious consideration of any rebuild of the nation's infrastructure for the immediate future. And, there is no reason not to incorporate underground power, telecommunications and broadband fiber optics as part of a routine for FEMA. 


Nature’s destructive power as demonstrated by Harvey and Irma gives the United States an opportunity to extend Broadband Internet where it was not previously available. Communication of factual Information is imperative to a Democratic society as we now have learned with foreign influence upon social media impacting our last elections. The First Amendment must be afforded every American while protecting the efficacy of information from foreign intrusion.

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS MUST BE GIVEN EQUAL PRIORITY IN REBUILDING

Go to this link for a heartbreaking aerial video view (1:00)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/after-irma-a-once-lush-gem-in-the-us-virgin-islands-reduced-to-battered-wasteland/2017/09/12/b49532e0-9736-11e7-af6a-6555caaeb8dc_story.html?utm_term=.c32bc3447483

A Glimpse of Irma's devastation to U.S.Virgin Islands (see link to Video of aerial survey)

Puerto Rico, St. Martin’s, St. John’s and other islands of the Caribbean (British, Netherlands, etc.) have suffered almost total destruction by Irma. The conditions are such they are almost inhabitable. They must receive expedited relief now and a comprehensive rebuilding plan on a fast timeline. These islands are 100% dependent upon the tourist industry for their very survival. Any plan to rebuild should set a goal to restore as whole within two years. The U.S. citizens residing and working there cannot wade through a sea of federal red tape. It’s imperative to put this population back to work to first rebuild and then resume their traditional economy. These small islands should be given the priority they deserve as they also serve as the pilot areas in testing the overall larger plan.

Whatever plan the Congress deploys in rebuilding Houston, Florida and the Islands of the Caribbean it must include the local population in planning and employing them as labor wherever possible. The most egregious failure of the aftermath of Katrina in New Orleans is that the indigenous people were dismissed as part of the economic rebuilding. This left the Ninth Ward in New Orleans in ruins even today. Congress must ensure that no one is left behind.






[1] Senate approves bill doubling hurricane aid package, extending federal borrowing limit 
https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/mcconnell- 
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