American Diplomats tasting Slovene traditional food




All American diplomates coming to Slovenia are excited to learn about Slovenian culture and of course food is a big part of that. That is why we decided to …


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American diplomats learn Slovene




ENGLISH American diplomats at the U.S. Embassy Slovenia discover something new about Slovenia almost every day. They learn about the past, the present …


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I Predict the President Will Outline a Huge Tax Increase, and That Most Americans Will Support It

Introduction

I predict that in order to reduce the Federal deficit, pay for extraordinary government spending on defense and infrastructure, protect the viability of Social Security, fund a substantial tax cut for low and middle class citizens and diminish the growing wealth gap between the vast majority of Americans and the 1 percent, a one-time tax on estate values ‚Äč‚Äčover 15 million dollars will be introduced by the Trump Administration the end of the year.

The wealth tax will be applied to personal assets, including owner-occupied housing; cash, bank deposits, money market funds, savings in insurance and pension plans, investment in real estate and unincorporated businesses and corporate stock, financial securities and personal trusts. However, liabilities (primarily mortgages and other loans) will be deducted from wealth accountability. For this reason, the one time levy might more accurate be termed a net wealth tax.

I hope Trump and his minions will expand the basic idea to a variable one-time wealth tax. While it should begin with a 15% tax on net wealth of 15 million dollars, it should increase as follows:

  • 25% over 20 million.
  • 30% over 30 "
  • 35% over 40 "
  • 40% over 50 "
  • 45% over 60 "
  • 50% over 70 "
  • 60% over 80 "
  • 70% over 90 "
  • 75% over 100 "
  • 80% over 500 "
  • 50% over 1 billion dollars

I'm not sure it would be a good idea to go further than this. The super 1 percenters might Swift Boat me and the merits of the net wealth tax prognostication if extended beyond a billion dollars. Besides, I don't want to be the Eugene Debs or Upton Sinclair of wellness, though of course I admire both immensely.

There are vastly more taxpayers whose net wealth is far below even the lowest net tax rate foreseen in the expected Trump proposal. Once this plan gains escape velocity, that is, gets the kind of attention a single Trump tweet attracts on Twitter, there will be no stopping it. Any legislator opposing it will be defeated; Fox News commentators and other critics will lose caste.

You may be surprised to learn that Donald Trump himself proposed a one-off 14.25% wealth tax on the net worth of individuals and trusts worth $ 10 million or more in 1999. Trump claimed that his proposal would generate $ 5.7 trillion in new taxes, which could be used to eliminate the national debt.

I'm told by Robert Miles, an expert on the sage of Omaha and one of the most respected investors ever, Warren Buffett, that Mr. Buffett is likely to favor the realization of the Ardell prognostication and the Ardell Rules re tax rates for the very wealthy. Warren Buffett put forward a not too dissimilar idea as part of a tax plan proposed by President Barack Obama in 2011. The plan would have applied a minimum tax rate of 30 percent on individuals making more than one million dollars a year.

According to a White House official, the new tax rate would have directly affected 0.3 percent of taxpayers.

Buffett Rule: Raise $ 20 billion from ultra rich (50,000 earning $ 1,000,000 +) by requiring 30% tax rate (same as middle class). Buffett Rule net effect: Lower 20 million struggling families tax burden by $ 1,000 each.

As an aside, Buffett solves the budget deficit in 5 minutes (actually in a 43 second video):

George Will recently lamented the kind of society being bandied about in current (and past) futuristic novels. He observed that they foresee a government system of transfer of income from those who do things to those who don't. That, he says, suggests that one half of the country would support the other half.

An associate named Bruce Midgett thinks this is right in theory, wrong in the numbers. It's more like ten percent of the country would support the other ninety percent – as they damn well should be expected to do. Their wealth was not accumulated in a vacuum. Bruce added this to the conversation "

However, others see little choice – it will follow logically. The late Harold Tascher as early as the mid-50's suggested that, with continued rapid technology advances and business growth, the labor force needed to sustain a healthy and growing national economy cannot reach full employment. This will require some restructuring in ways wealth is acquired and disposed of to ensure dignity for all citizens. Tascher believed the combined wealth of the country could easily provide for this contingency without placing hardships on anyone.

Another, Warren Buffett, noted that we will need fewer and fewer people in our labor force to produce the products and services for our economic needs in the future. Buffett went on to suggest that the only solution to that situation was a progressive system of taxation that recognized the fact that some people will wish to be in the labor force and others will rather go fishing. He also connected that the nation had more than enough combined wealth to undertake such a conversion to accommodate such an eventuality.

None of these propositions strips anyone of the possibility of earning obscene amounts of income or legacy wealth. We know the problem; we have the need. We have the wealth to solve the problem and address the need. And please, labels be damned. Call it what you will, but assess it for what it is – consideration for the value of every individual and an effort to up that value to its fullest potential for both that individuals and society.

It will be interesting to see how the conservatives respond to this concept, if Trump puts it forward as I predict he will. If he wants money to spend for needed programs, he has little choice.



Source by Donald Ardell

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Why So Many Americans Seem, On EDGE?

In my lifetime, I have observed, the level of civility, between fellow Americans, has significantly decreased, especially in recent days. Chris Matthews wrote an incredible book about then – Speaker of the House, Tip O 'Neill (who Matthews worked for), and then – President Ronald Reagan, who politically, had extremely different views, yet, after – hours, were able to socialize , and, actually, enjoy, each other's company. When we observe, much of today's political advertising, the tone is far more adversarial, and often, misleading, seemingly, by – intent. This polarization, often – empty rhetoric and promises, and focus on being adversarial, rather than unifying, seems to have put, so many of us, on EDGE , and seemingly, fearful, edgy, and unwilling, to listen to those with other opinions or perspectives. What ever happened to the part of our Pledge of Allegiance, which states, with liberty and justice, for all ? With that in mind, this article will attempt to briefly examine, consider, review, and discuss, using the mnemonic approach, what this means and represents, and why it's such a truly negative component, and feeling.

1. Empathy; explanations; excellence; establish: Our society needs a willingness to proceed with, and focus upon, the utmost degree of genuine empathy, in order to better understand, and perceive of, the concerns, needs and implemented, of others. Perhaps, because of the election of President Donald Trump, who appears to use vitriol, and rhetoric, to inspire and motivate his core supporters, often, at the apparent expense of others, we have observed, little willingness to listen effectively, and learn from every experience and conversation, and a focus, on, the, My way or the highway , form, of leadership, rather than attempting to provide explanations, and establish a more positive link / connection. Don't we deserve leaders, who focus on excellence, for all, rather than merely, prioritizing their personal / political agenda, and / or, self – interest?

2. Delve deeply; deliver; determine; distance: We need publishing officials, willing to recognize, the impact of their actions and rhetoric, and who, have the guts, to distance themselves from any extremists, and / or haters, even if those people support him, personally! They must delve deeply, determine options, alternatives, and the best interests of the overall nation, and delivering, quality leadership, for all, rather than merely one's core supporters!

3. Generate goodwill: People feel better, when, even if they disagree about politics, and policy, they believe, and feel, their public officials, truly care about the best interests of the nation! Only when / if, these leaders, proceed, in a manner, emphasizing, generating goodwill, will citizens, feel a broader sense of calm !

4. Endurance; enrich: Elected officials must possess the endurance, to go on, despite resistance, or obstacles, especially, if their focus and matters, are to enrich the American citizens, and our way, of life!

Wake up, America, and vote for candidates, who make you feel better about the future of our nation! The less, citizens, feel, on – EDGE , the better we proceed.



Source by Richard Brody

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Why So Many Americans Seem, On EDGE?

In my lifetime, I have observed, the level of civility, between fellow Americans, has significantly decreased, especially in recent days. Chris Matthews wrote an incredible book about then – Speaker of the House, Tip O’ Neill (who Matthews worked for), and then – President Ronald Reagan, who politically, had extremely different views, yet, after – hours, were able to socialize, and, actually, enjoy, each other’s company. When we observe, much of today’s political advertising, the tone is far more adversarial, and often, misleading, seemingly, by – intent. This polarization, often – empty rhetoric and promises, and focus on being adversarial, rather than unifying, seems to have put, so many of us, on EDGE, and seemingly, fearful, edgy, and unwilling, to listen to those with other opinions or perspectives. What ever happened to the part of our Pledge of Allegiance, which states, with liberty and justice, for all? With that in mind, this article will attempt to briefly examine, consider, review, and discuss, using the mnemonic approach, what this means and represents, and why it’s such a truly negative component, and feeling.

1. Empathy; explanations; excellence; establish: Our society needs a willingness to proceed with, and focus upon, the utmost degree of genuine empathy, in order to better understand, and perceive of, the concerns, needs and priorities, of others. Perhaps, because of the election of President Donald Trump, who appears to use vitriol, and rhetoric, to inspire and motivate his core supporters, often, at the apparent expense of others, we have observed, little willingness to listen effectively, and learn from every experience and conversation, and a focus, on, the, My way or the highway, form, of leadership, rather than attempting to provide explanations, and establish a more positive link/ connection. Don’t we deserve leaders, who focus on excellence, for all, rather than merely, prioritizing their personal/ political agenda, and/ or, self – interest?

2. Delve deeply; deliver; determine; distance: We need publish officials, willing to recognize, the impact of their actions and rhetoric, and who, have the guts, to distance themselves from any extremists, and/ or haters, even if those people support him, personally! They must delve deeply, determine options, alternatives, and the best interests of the overall nation, and delivering, quality leadership, for all, rather than merely one’s core supporters!

3. Generate goodwill: People feel better, when, even if they disagree about politics, and policy, they believe, and feel, their public officials, truly care about the best interests of the nation! Only when/ if, these leaders, proceed, in a manner, emphasizing, generating goodwill, will citizens, feel a broader sense of calm!

4. Endurance; enrich: Elected officials must possess the endurance, to go on, despite resistance, or obstacles, especially, if their focus and priorities, are to enrich the American citizens, and our way, of life!

Wake up, America, and vote for candidates, who make you feel better about the future of our nation! The less, citizens, feel, on – EDGE, the better we proceed.



Source by Richard Brody

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