Opinion: Was 2017 Tax Bill a Conspiracy or a Crime? Should it be repealed?

Republican senators Orrin Hatch and Bob Corker

In order to respond to the two questions in the title of this piece, one need only look at the number of Republicans who are “taking the money” and running. When has there ever been this many highranking incumbents announcing that they will NOT be seeking re-election? Even those who are in safe seats are bailing. The only rational answer is that their vote for their own pockets via the tax bill, was indeed their “cash-out”.

So one has to take a closer look at the Republican Tax Bill, signed  into law by Trump. A bill which overwhelmingly provided increases in wealth for those at the top of the socio-economic ladder, including Trump himself. While they told those who believe what they hear and who  do not check for themselves that the inheritance tax changes make it easier for people to transfer their wealth to their heirs without a penalty, the fine print clearly states that the beneficiaries are only those estates in which there is a minimum of 5 million dollars to qualify for the benefit.

So with the new tax cut in place, they are not running away from Trump in the 2018 election. No, they are leaving because they got what they were allegedly promised if they supported him during the election and during his first year in the administration. It appears as if the GOP crafted a bill in which members of  congress benefited more than their own constituents. This (what appears to be), clear self-dealing should not go unpunished.

When the Democrats come back into power, the tax bill should be repealed in its entirety, and, with the caveat of retroactively disallowing any congressperson who voted for the bill from obtaining the benefits as well as  face criminal prosecution as well.  This sort of in-your-face, blatant corruption should not be tolerated or and must not be ignored.

Apparently, the #CorkerKickback was not only about the real estate provisions incorporated into the bill to appease him and get his vote, but also involved dollars and cents.  Then there was the laughable as well as undeserved praise by Orin Hatch directed to Trump, (we all know he lied), was a clearly a thank-you to Trump for signing a bill that would be his retirement bonus and his legacy to his family. (The best president ever? Please.) It would be no surprise if Mitch McConnell AND his wife retired.

The majority of the Republicans who are “not seeking re-election” are high-ranking Republicans, even to the point of those who qualify for chairmanships based upon seniority.  Under usual circumstances, that sort of power is not so easily relinquished. Many news outlets are speculating that the ‘retirements’ are due to a fear of a “blue wave” in the fall elections. However, neither Orrin Hatch nor Corker, would have to worry about being vulnerable to a ‘blue wave’ in their deep red states and districts. The same for many others in which those same persons have survived a ‘blue wave’ in the past within their red-districts. As recently as yesterday, Republican House congressman Issa announced he would not be seeking re-election. He is a senior incumbent – in a solid red district.

Hopefully, if the Democrats take over, this crime against the people of the United States of America can be retroactively corrected, but only if they have veto-proof majority. If not, then there should be a special counsel appointed to investigate whether or not this bill was passed for benefit of those who wrote it. And a key to the possible criminal intent is the fact that they would not allow anyone to read the bill prior to the vote in its final state. They voted on a draft.

 

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/elections/republican-retirements-congress-mount-rep-darrell-issa-steps-aside-n836426

http://tennesseestar.com/tag/senator-bob-corker/

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Opinion:Why Are The #Prince Accomplishments Not Acknowledged?

Prince in universe

It is becoming increasingly clear that the accomplishments of Prince are being grossly overlooked or worse, ignored by those in the position of providing him with the recognition he deserves.

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Prince at Montreux

An example of this is, the fact that, despite the fact he has written so many songs over time, (not just Purple Rain), he has not been inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. Yet,  Jay-Z , who does not have half the catalog of original, succesful and published songs compared to Prince, has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Prince has 39 albums with his own original compositions, songs which contain beautiful and meaningful lyrics as well as music which is all composed by Prince. Yet, they ignore him as well as the petition which seeks to have him properly honored. https://www.change.org/p/the-songwriters-hall-of-fame-prince-is-music-induct-prince-into-the-songwriters-hall-of-fame

prince holding guitar 25But it is not just the Songwriters Hall of Fame, there are others, including Barack Obama, who, while president, had the opportunity to bestow the ‘Medal of Freedom’ to Prince, but failed to do so. Prince, by far merited the Medal of Freedom equally with persons such as Ellen Degeneres.  People point to “courage” but fail to note the courage it took for Prince to take a stand against the record industry and it’s treatment of artist. That was his livelihood, yet he not only had the courage to take a stand, he also won the fight! Also, he should have been granted the award based upon his philanthropy, activism, and generosity.  Most of his philanthropic actions were performed with the understanding that they would not be publicized. But, after his passing, when those activities were revealed, the amounts of his generosity remain unsurpassed. (You can find the list here: https://www.change.org/p/designate-prince-rogers-nelson-s-paisley-park-as-a-national-historic-landmark/u/17626949) Clearly, this warranted Prince being awarded the Medal of Freedom posthumously.

And then there is the Prince estate. First, it was Bremer, who as administrator for the estate, refused to even meet with the Minnesota Historical Society regarding their attempt to designate Paisley Park and his other properties as a Minnesota Historical sites. And, when contacted by parties who are seeking to make Paisley Park a National Historic Landmark, the response by one of the Bremer reps was: “We’re not marketing it as a Historical Landmark.” Excuse me? Marketing? Seriously? The audacity of that person to use the term “marketing” when approached as to preserving a legacy was not only outrageous, but also unconscionable. Suffice it to say, that, although no longer in charge of the Prince estate, Bremer remains currently embroiled and embattled as to some of the financial choices which were made  during their tenure, but the truth is, that, at no point, did they consider anything which would preserve the legacy of Prince, only that which would earn money.

Then there is Paisley Park, being managed by Graceland Holdings, who only seem to seek to profit from Prince’s legacy, but not to actually preserve Paisley Park.

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Paisley Park

Lastly, there are the heirs, who, instead of trying to bolster and preserve the legacy of their brother, appear to be attempting to create a legacy of their own, based solely upon their relationship to Prince via the music industry and/or covering Prince songs. And yet, they do not have the time to invest in even discussions with those attempting to preserve his legacy via lobbying ‘Kennedy Honors’, Songwriters Hall of Fame’ or those who are attempting to have Paisley Park and other sites  designated as historical landmarks, hence preserving one of his greatest legacies! They appear to only want to increase their personal bottom line and if they will obtain no money, then they have zero interest. We also now know that the alleged shady deals made during the Bremer tenure were, (if not directly), approved to move forward via lack of opposition.  Paisley Park, has always paid for itself, and can continue to do so, if indeed, there is the Prince new 2appropriate and qualified attention to detail and respect that Prince and his fans deserve. After all, Paisley Park is indeed within the hearts of his fans, and it is the fans of Prince who supported him throughout his career who actually paid for Paisley Park.

Yet of course, hats off and much respect to those who are actually attempting to preserve and protect the legacy of Prince Rogers Nelson who warrant mentions such as: PRNAlumni who are focusing on the continuation of Prince’s awesome charitable work;  @PurpleLegacy who continue to persist in their efforts to have Paisley Park designated as a National Historic Landmark; The Minnesota Historical Society, working to name Paisley Park as a Minnesota Historical site; the Prince watchdog group, PurpleOutcry.org, who work tirelessly to make certain that Prince’s legacy retains the respect it deserves,as well as protect that legacy; the Department of the Interior under the Obama administration who worked with Minnesota Historical society; and most of all to the fans of Prince, a really super-smart and loyal group of people who stand as gatekeepers to the memory and legacy of Prince.

So the question remains: Why are the accomplishments of Prince not acknowledged? The question itself is as perplexing as the lack of answers appear to be.

Prince at NPG festival 2011

Prince 2011 at NPG Festival

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