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Friday, April 28, 2017

America: A Long History Rich in Deep Division

~ Illustration of the NY Draft Riots of 1863 during the Civil War

A lot of people particularly on the left like to argue that we're a deeply divided nation with the point being it is specifically because of Trump

Yeah, right..  Like we were a united nation who loved and respected each other in some kind of symbiotic kumbaya relationship prior to 2016

Truth is from the inception of our nation in the 1789 when George Washington was sworn in as President to the present, we've been a nation that has really disliked one another
From political factions at each other's throats to sectional difference leading to war to just a deep dislike of one's fellow neighbor for a multitude of reasons, the hate for each other has always been there

There has really been only a few occasions where the nation was truly united, or as close to it as possible for a country of diverse people

The first instance was when Washington was President (1789-1797) as he served two terms unopposed and there were no political parties, the only time in our nation's history..

Not everyone agreed with Washington's policies at the time but pretty much there was unity and most wanted him to serve a third term but Washington declined, believing two was enough..
So when John Adams (Federalist Party) and Thomas Jefferson (Anti-Federalist Party) ran against each other in 1796, it was the first time the American people were outwardly aligning with different sides and having very heated arguments with their neighbors as to the direction of the nation

And because that election ended so bitterly with Adams winning, the Jefferson faction made it their business to sabotage his Presidency at every turn and do whatever necessary to get Jefferson into power in 1800, which they succeed in...

The next brief period of harmony in the nation was during the Presidency of James Monroe, our 5th President (1817-1825) which was known as the "Era of Good Feelings"
The Monroe Presidency marked a period in the political history of the nation that reflected a sense of national purpose and a desire for unity among Americans in the aftermath of the War of 1812.

The Federalist Party collapsed and with it, an end to the bitter partisan disputes between it and the dominant Democratic-Republican Party (formerly the Anti-Federalists)

During his time in office, Monroe strove to downplay partisan affiliation in making his nominations, with the ultimate goal of national unity and eliminating parties altogether from national politics.

So everything seemed really peachy keen
Then the Election of 1824 between John Quincy Adams (Whig Party) and Andrew Jackson (Democrat) which was very heated, quite personal in its ferocity and ended up being settled once again by Congress, this election in Quincy Adams' favor

The Jackson loyalists were livid and like the pro-Jefferson supporters of a generation prior, did everything they could to make Quincy Adams a one-term President

And they succeeded..  Jackson won in 1828, became the 7th President and the two political parties (the Whigs ultimately disbanded in 1852 and re-branded themselves as Republicans from 1856 onward) have been at each other's throats since
Then of course you had nearly 80 years of sectional hatred.. North v South; slave states v free with the West acting as mediator and compromiser in all national disputes of the day

Different states threatened to secede for different reasons prior to 1860 but eventually backed away due to political pressure or threat of the state being invaded

This followed the needless Civil War where 600,000 died really for nothing and then another 11 years of brutal Reconstruction that took Southerners another 100yrs or so to shake the deep hatred they had for the conquerors of the North
Then from the 1870s to 1910s, there was a lot of tensions over the waves of Southern and Eastern European immigrants pouring in, free blacks taking the jobs of whites, workers unionizing and striking left n' right...

There was brief unity during World War I,  lot of it do to Woodrow Wilson threatening to arrest anyone who spoke out or wrote negatively on US involvement (a good lesson for Trump on dealing with today's media)

Then once the war was over, the nation bickered over involvement in the then-League of Nations and issues of neutrality, the depression that hit America hard in the 30's, etc
WWII was really the last event to unite the nation though it was only because we were attacked by the Japs..  And somehow we stayed pretty much unified until we dropped our bombs over Japan then back to the petty squabbling and Dem v Rep hate

Then add the generational hate between black v white, rich v poor, God fearing v Atheist, , the traditionalist vs the social-progressive,  the peacenik v the 'war mongerer', etc...

And you begin to see we've never been a truly united nation; we've always been at each others throats with the opposition party resorting to lies, slander, defamation and every other dirty trick to disparage whoever is the opposing sitting President
We've always had demonstrations, protests, violent confrontations, rebellions and even riots.. Hundreds upon hundreds in our long history..

Here's a link of the list from 1783 to the present.. It is a long one..
So any liberal Trump hating piece of crap who wants to act like we can not get along as a nation because of our President either does not know their history and/or is a bitter emotionally retarded, angry little person

Democracy is messy, little ever gets done and it allows people the illusion that because they have a vote every so often, that they have input into the direction of the country

And the losing side never wants to respect the outcome, much less the person who defeated their guy or gal

Its just some people handle it maturely when they lose (Republicans) and some do not (Democrats)
And as we get larger and larger as a population and more regional in terms of our politics (every Presidential election, there are really only 8 'swing' states.. the other 42 are forever 'red' or 'blue') the more bitter we as a nation will become toward one another

Besides, no one person in the Oval Office can serve the needs of 320+ million people and growing

So expect hostilities between left and right to get worse, never better..

Especially if/when Trump wins in 2020

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Corporate & Leftist Hypocrisy of Trump's Corporate Tax Proposal

Today President Trump proposed cutting corporate taxes to 15% and you will hear a lot of people from the political left hooting and howling for quite a while over this

Personally we hate corporations and see them as institutions that destroy mom and pop businesses and create more problems and suffering for others than any 'good' or everyday convenience in comparison

But if it takes lowering taxes on their greed-infested businesses to dramatically increase the hiring of those with degrees and make the nation stronger, then its just a grin and bear it kind of thing
Of course it rarely if ever does work out that way but people seem to believe it and as long as economies and finance is moved by emotion and belief (people believe things are getting better so they spend more and it becomes self-fulfilling prophesy) then how others view tax cuts can not be brushed aside..

Anyways, back to the leftists especially in the media..

They will make quite a stink over Trump but so funny how quiet they were the past 8 years when the following events took place with a Democrat President's blessing:
From TheBlaze, March 25, 2011:

Guess Which Company Paid $0 in Taxes (on $14.2 Billion in Profits)? Hint: Its CEO Works for Obama..  

Half of all Americans don’t pay federal taxes on their income. And neither, apparently, does General Electric, the multi-national company that reaped $14.2 billion in profits last year. 

Though G.E. is the largest corporation in the U.S., it did not have to pay a dime in U.S. taxes, according to the New York Times. In fact, the company claimed $3.2 billion in tax benefits."
From Bloomberg, Feb 13, 2013:

"It hasn’t drawn much attention, but Facebook’s first annual earnings report contains an accounting gem: a multibillion-dollar tax deduction for the cost of executive stock options and share awards.

Even though Facebook reported $1.1 billion in pre-tax profits from U.S. operations in 2012, it will probably pay zero federal and state taxes—and even receive a federal tax refund of about $429 million—according to a Feb. 14 statement from Citizens for Tax Justice."
From the FiscalTimes, April 9, 2015:

"A new study shows that 15 major Fortune 500 companies avoided paying taxes on $23 billion in profits in 2014.

Moreover, these companies -- including CBS Corporation, Mattel, Prudential and Ryder System -- paid almost no federal income tax on $107 billion over the past five years."
From USA Today, March 7, 2016:

"There are 27 companies in the Standard & Poor's 500, including telecom firm Level 3 Communications, airline United Continental and automaker General Motors, that reported paying no income tax expense in 2015 despite reporting pre-tax profits, according to a USA TODAY analysis of data from S&P Global Market Intelligence."
You can go to their website to see the full list

On and on...
Where was the liberal stink?   Where were the attacks on Obama for being a corporate black boy to Wall Street and passively allowing this to happen?

So really what is the big deal if Trump proposes to lower the corporate tax rate to 15% when according to Bernie Sanders, at least 1 out of every 4 corporations pay Zero in taxes??

Everything is hypocrisy and disingenuiousness in the worlds of politics and business
Even so-called liberal Obama proposed on two separate occasions lowering corporate tax to 28% from 35%

Remember for every $1 billion in revenue, Obama's plan would have saved corporations and banks $70 million in taxes which liberals were quite mum on the issue

Will Trump's tax proposal pass?

Yes.. No.. Maybe..  Does it matter?
Ultimately we've come around to the argument that the government could collect zero taxes from anyone, spend $50 trillion and nothing would happen; the financial 'plates' of our economy would keep spinning since no one holding our debts has the guts to ever call in their markers

So it is not something we're going to be stressed about

Just a little ironic that Republican Trump wants to dramatically cut taxes of what are mostly liberal globalist-minded US corporations that thoroughly embrace PC social engineering, collective secularism and phony 'inclusion'

Also the vast majority of corporations especially on Wall Street financially supported Hillary in 2016..  you know.. the Enemy!
From Politico, June 23, 2016:

The full list of business leaders endorsing Clinton, some of who had already announced their support, is below:

· Miki Agrawal, Founder and CEO of Thinx
· Dan Akerson, Former Chairman and CEO of General Motors
· Richard Anderson, Executive Chairman, Delta Air Lines, Inc.
· Stewart Bainum Jr., Chairman of Choice Hotels International
· James Bell, Former Interim CEO of Boeing; Former Corporate President and CFO of Boeing
· Marc Benioff, Chairman and CEO of Salesforce
· Nathan Blecharczyk, Co-Founder and CTO of Airbnb
· Jeff Brotman, Co-Founder and Chairman of Costco Wholesale Corporation
· Warren E. Buffett, Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc.
· Robert Burt, Retired Chairman, CEO FMC Corporation; Former Chairman Business Roundtable
· Ron Busby, President and CEO of the U.S. Black Chambers
· Brook Byers, Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
· Peter Chernin, CEO, The Chernin Group
· Brian Chesky, Co-Founder and CEO of Airbnb
· Jim Cicconi, Senior Executive Vice President, AT&T Services, Inc.
· David Crane, Former CEO of NRG Energy, Inc.
· Erroll Davis, Retired Chancellor, University System of Georgia
· Barry Diller, Chairman and Senior Executive of IAC and Expedia
· John Doerr, Partner at Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield, and Byers
· Margot Dorfman, President and CEO of U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce
· Candy Ergen, Co-Founder, DISH Network
· Joe Gebbia, Co-Founder and CPO of Airbnb
· Reed Hastings, Founder and CEO of Netflix
· Reid Hoffman, Partner at Greylock
· Drew Houston, Founder and CEO of Dropbox
· George Hume, President and CEO of Basic American Foods
· Irwin Jacobs, Founding Chairman and CEO Emeritus of Qualcomm
· Paul Jacobs, Executive Chairman, Qualcomm
· Leila Janah, Founder and CEO of Sama and Laxmi
· Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Chairman and CEO, Magic Johnson Enterprises
· Robert Johnson, Chairman, The RLJ Companies and Founder of Black Entertainment Television
· Andrea Jung, CEO of Grameen America, and Former CEO of Avon
· Lynn Jurich, CEO and Co-Founder of Sunrun
· David Karp, Founder and CEO of Tumblr
· Ellen Kullman, Former Chair and CEO of DuPont
· Debra Lee, Chairman and CEO of Black Entertainment Television
· Ted Leonsis, Founder and CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment
· Aaron Levie, Co-Founder and CEO of Box
· Peter Lowy, CEO of Westfield
· Monica Lozano, Former Chairman and CEO, U.S. Hispanic Media
· Rob Marcus, Former Chairman and CEO Time Warner Cable Inc.
· William L. McComb, CEO (retired) of Liz Claiborne & Fifth and Pacific Companies, Inc.
· Rebecca Minkoff, Founder of Rebecca Minkoff
· Hamid R. Moghadam, Chairman and CEO of Prologis
· James J. Murren, Chairman and CEO, MGM Resorts International
· Charles Phillips, CEO of Infor
· Mark Pincus, Co-Founder of Zynga
· Laura M. Ricketts, Co-Owner, Chicago Cubs
· Gary Rodkin, CEO (retired) of ConAgra Foods
· Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook
· Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Alphabet
· Jim Sinegal, Co-Founder, Director and former CEO of Costco
· Jeremy Stoppelman, CEO and Co-Founder, Yelp
· Walter Ulloa, Chairman and CEO, Entravision Communications Corporation
· Wendell P. Weeks, Chairman of the Board, CEO and President, Corning Incorporated
· Anne Wojcicki, CEO and Co-Founder, 23andme
Wheww, that's quite a list of powerful corporate liberal Trump-hating pieces of shit isn't it?!

At the time, here's what Netflix' CEO and co-founder Reed Hastings (and heavy Hillary donor) said about Trump:

“Trump would destroy much of what is great about America. Hillary Clinton is the strong leader we need, and it's important that Trump lose by a landslide to reject what he stands for."

Wonder if the greedy money-hungry corporate parasite will still feel that way after he gets his corporate tax cut?


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

What's the Bleeping Point of Being President If....?

Gotta warn everyone..  We at A&G are deeply angry today..

We read earlier that one lone federal judge on Tuesday blocked President Trump's attempt to withhold funding from sanctuary cities which defy the government, choosing to protect illegal immigrant scum instead of cooperating with U.S. immigration officials

The fuckhead liberal biased judge said the President has no authority to attach new conditions to federal spending.

And guess which District Court heard the liberal lawsuit and issued the stay?
Yep.. The same 9th District Court on the far-left West Coast that twice used their power to overstep their bound to block Trump's temporary travel ban of Muslims

It made us so Damn incredulous reading that..

What the Hell is the point of someone devoting 2 full years of their lives running to become President of the United States and winning the damn thing just to have piece of shit activist lower court judges control public policy because they personally disagree and/or hate the man in office?!!
If all Trump can do is appeal or re-submit new Executive Orders, then how strong a man is he really?!

And how trivial and inconsequential are Executive Orders that any fuck liberal wearing a black robe can sabotage one?

Legal or not, we'd throw all those judges into Guantanamo and waterboard every last drop of judicial arrogance out of them

We're just so God Damn sick and tired of this!
In a nutshell -- Trump is too Fucking nice!

Maybe we're in a minority but we did not support and vote for the man because we wanted a tax cut , see health care reformed or a wall built..  Those are nice things but that was not in our Top 3

We see a nation in complete social and moral dry rot..  The proverbial stench of political correctness,  social-progressivism, and bumper-slogan 'tolerance' is just intolerable

Too many bad people with left leaning Atheist-secular rottenness in their hearts, minds and souls have been able to take over the culture of this nation with most of the stench emanating from the entertainment industry

And Trump needs to Destroy the liberal media..  Every way possible..
As stated before, we've seen Republican Presidents do little to nothing to stem the tide..

Reagan only cared about trickle down economics and fighting the Soviets and the bastard Bushes only cared about being moderates

So we thought Trump with his rough edges, tough New York asshole attitude and unabashed desire to verbally hurt anyone who came after him, would be the Perfect man to be President at this given moment in time, 8 years after a nigger empowered militant blacks, white guilters and the LGBT community to believe They run the nation

And instead we get..   Jeez, we don't know sometime what we got...
If it was such a paramount necessity to get a travel ban on evil Muslims imposed immediately, then where is the same urgency to put Something into law that keeps that backward cult out of the country?!

And if Trump says its vital to get these illegal Hispanic criminal pieces of feces off the streets and back to their 3rd world wastelands, we sure hope to God he had set up a backup plan to immediate circumvent the 9th District and do what he wants..

Doesn't the President have ANY Constitutional powers to stop the 9th Circuit from having the power to sabotage EVERYTHING Trump tries to do in office?!!
Who the Fuck is running the nation.. Trump or the Pacific coast courts?

It is very frustrating..  What really has been done in the last 100 days other than the Supreme Court selection?

Obamacare is still law of the land as that mulatto continues gloating while preparing to receive $400,000 to give a speech at a Wall Street financial firm in a few weeks; one of many he bailed out

The tax cut was pushed back.. Funding for the wall pushed back..  Fighting sanctuary cities is stalled as is the vetting of Muslims
We have absolutely no idea why we're starting a confrontation with North Korea all of a sudden or why Trump and Putin have not had a face to face meeting yet (every other world leader of any importance [and some un-important ones] have already had sit-downs)

All we've seen so far is Trump panders far too much..

If we had a dollar for every time he needlessly went out of his way to show those people respect by referring to blacks with that bullshit hyphenated name Afr-Am, we'd be wealthier than the President!

Trump is also not aggressive enough to deal with genuine domestic threats to his Presidency and the nation (they're called liberals) and he seems to like playing golf almost as much as that lil' poop colored monkey did
We still support Trump especially since the 2016 election alternative was just so much worse, but just Very disappointing and Very frustrating..

Used to be if you were a parent, you'd tell your child that he/she was beautiful, special and could affect change by one day possibly becoming President

Perhaps now parents need to modify that and encourage their children to one day become District Court judges because being President sure as shit is not what it used to be
We say this as blunt as possible..

Just absolutely Sick and Tired of this 'President' Trump.

We desperately want 'Candidate' Trump back and quickly because we honestly do not know too many people who passionately supported and voted for the Trump we have now

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Constant Expanding Student Debt Bubble

Today we felt like taking a few moments to focus on student loan debt, a topic we've written about many times before in the past because it just amazes us how many people willingly pour good money down that empty hole called obtaining a degree..

Currently student loan debt is at $1.433 Trillion dollars of which at least 33% will be defaulted on at some point within 5 years of graduating and needing to pay it back

In fact, roughly 8 million Americans owing $137 billion are at least 360 days delinquent on federal student loans, nearly the number of homeowners who lost their homes because of the 2008 housing crisis.
Part of the problem of course is University tuition is simply too expense and more than ever, a student is not getting much educational 'bang' for their buck

Let's take the University of Pennsylvania as an example though really all educational institutions are overpriced

Back in 1960, undergrad tuition for one year was $1,250 which when adjusted for inflation means $10,260 in 2017 money
But if you were to attend Penn now, a year of tuition comes to a whopping $51,400!

And we're not counting books, board or activity fees

So basically when taking into account the adjusted value of money from 1960 to the present, it costs 5x more to attend Penn than it did for those back then

And is the education any better?

Not really...
Remember these are undergrad courses like Algebra, Geography and Spanish 101 students are forced to take..  Courses like that do not get major overhauls because things like 2x + 3y = 4z and the names of the oceans do not change over 57 years

Everything today is far too computer dependent which is of course one way schools justify their rising tuition..

Another rationale is that lovely landscapes and winning football & basketball teams do not come cheap..
If we lived in what I like to term a 'Good Will Hunting' society, based on the Matt Damon film meaning where just being naturally intelligent,self-educated and self-motivated was enough to be desired by employers, most people really would not even need to bother seeking a degree

Just go to the library, immerse yourself in books in a marketable field that you were interested in, and then blow away your job interviewer with how much brilliance you possess then get a good job..

That is how it should be for most professions
Instead, people are forced to attend 4 years universities and colleges where many major in drinking and drugging with a minor in sexual experimentation while the parents rack up the debts

Afterwards, they get bitter while working at Subway with a degree in Engineering or Art Appreciation and wonder why life is not fair

So how to fix the problem..  How to make tuition come down and make a college degree actually worth the time it takes to obtain one

There's no easy solution but here are some ideas (we admit there's a snowball's chance in hell of anything ever being implemented but you never know.. One day..)
1)  Colleges must base enrollment on only one factor..  grades..

Extracurricular activities mean nothing.  What is your GPA?  Does it meet minimum requirement or not..  If not..  Sorry..

That also means by extension no more Affirmative Action!!
If a black is not genuinely intelligent enough to get into college, he/she does not get to go..  Period!

Social-environmental factors?  Nope.  No excuses..

And that ignorant black who thinks he/she will be attending a quality university through scholarship because of basketball skills?  Nope..

Good grades? You're in..  Bad grades?  Good luck
2)  No longer is 120 credits necessary to graduate

Most undergraduate degrees can easily be achieved in 60 credits (2 calendar years) if not for all the mandatory fluff electives forced upon students..

Want to go to school for 7 years and enrich your mind (or escape reality)?  Fine..  But for serious students, its two years and done..
3)  No student under 21 can get a student loan for more than $5,000 per calendar year without a parent co-signing who is legally on the hook to repay

Its absolutely amazing that an 18 year old with no credit history, job, savings or collateral would be denied an auto loan or mortgage yet could get a student loan in a finger snap!

The harder it is for students to get loans, the smaller the pool of students who attend which means though basic laws of supply and demand, the more schools would be forced to lower tuition to attract students to want to apply
4) No student who is politically liberal is allowed to attend college

Ok.. Ok.. That's just a wish   ~laughs

So much money wasted on college..  Would be better spent sending the young adult to vocational school or teach them how to start up their own business and be entrepreneurial

At least those career paths can't be outsourced
The number #1 reason why most degrees are completely worthless is there are too many people With degree and too many with Access to obtaining them

Nothing special about having a BA or BS

In 1960, only 10% had an undergrad degree..  Today it is 35%

We wonder how much student loan can-kicking people will be allowed to get away or more importantly how much longer the government and financial institutions will purposely look the other way
Eventually that bubble like all others will go 'pop'

Just wonder if Trump will be strong enough to allow it or will he buckle under the political and social pressure..

Time will tell..