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phillysailor

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In Topic: Okay, righties, a question

20 February 2017 - 06:46 PM

 

 

Is he really declining his pay as President, as promised? Ignoring China offering him copyrights, foreign dignitaries using his property to grease their meetings with him, secret service protection renting his hotels and protecting his family business, and the pentagon renting bases in his multiple homes, is he keeping the $399,999 he promised to forgo? Maybe he'll just donate it as a tax deduction so he can continue to avoid paying any tax. He's smart.

 
China didn't offer him copyrights.  In fact, they had been declining his request to use the brand he had established with his own name and allowed others to use Trump as a product name. 
 
The secret service pays everyone they protect for use of their property when protection details are there.  Doesn't matter whether it is Kennebunkport or Kalorama.  If they are on the premises, they pay.
 
Did you just discover this when the diggers lit into Trump for anything they could spin? 
 
I think you need to be called Rapunzel for your attempts to spin straw into gold.  Fool's gold.
As for the secret service, as I posted elsewhere yesterday, others get compensated. We (the people) don't have to rent expensive resort real estate around the eastern seaboard because our leader won't confine himself to public housing. For the same reason the military can't just send a guy around to follow the president, but has to lease more space in resort housing, a first. I called it Fort Dump, it will be located in the Trump Motel. Did Trump lie about accepting only a dollar? Regarding the copyrights, the real news sources think it's happening. Alternate news only matters in an alternate universe.
 
 
Don't Bill and Hillary live in NYC too?
 
Downtown DC isn't cheap either.
 
As to the copyright.  A copyright doesn't make you any money.  I have a couple of thousand photographs which I hold copyright on.  Unless I sell them it isn't worth a penny.  Now, if someone else sells one of my images as their own, then, I can make some money so long as
 
1 - I find out about it
2 - I think the matter worth pursuing
3 - I am willing to pay a lawyer to sue for me.
 
I did have one image that was a medalist in a salon that showed up on a stock photo site.  When I discovered it, I notified the site.  Within a day the guy who put the image up as his own lost his account because they discovered that every image he put up was from exhibitions.

Regardless of what you think your copyright is worth, Trump is evidently motivated to pay a team of lawyers to fight for his in Chinese courts. He has tied his wealth directly to his name, and materially profits from controlling the use of his name.

The granting of something very valuable to him by a foreign power is exactly what is described by the Emolument clause, AFAIK.

In Topic: Robot tax

19 February 2017 - 05:21 PM

The topic highlights an important question, but suffers from a lack of clarity. What is a robot. How do you count them, and is the tax on the robot's work product or the cost of the robot, etc.
 
Just switch our tax code from regressive/aggressive/progressive to a VAT and cut out all the tax breaks which force companies to employ an army of lawyers and accountants to get/force the best deal and rob the US of necessary fees used to run the government, military and social services. 
 
Making another complicated tax just creates another bureaucracy and jobs programs for white-collar criminals.

 
That's not a bad idea if you eliminate the other taxes but experience shows that VAT is an addition to taxes, not a replacement or restructuring.
Fair enough. I'd have thought that it would obviously replace, didn't realize it would be used as just another tax atop all others. Was seeing it as a replacement for corporate and FICA taxes for those eligible under its umbrella.

Would of course have to determine how to apply similar type of tax to insurance, banking and financial corporations to make sure they pay a fair share despite not really producing anything other than fees to spend and hold money which bell ng to business and private individuals.

Would like to use this latter tax policy to show how these organizations skim the profit off other sectors of the economy.

In Topic: Robot tax

19 February 2017 - 04:07 PM

The topic highlights an important question, but suffers from a lack of clarity. What is a robot. How do you count them, and is the tax on the robot's work product or the cost of the robot, etc.

 

Just switch our tax code from regressive/aggressive/progressive to a VAT and cut out all the tax breaks which force companies to employ an army of lawyers and accountants to get/force the best deal and rob the US of necessary fees used to run the government, military and social services. 

 

Making another complicated tax just creates another bureaucracy and jobs programs for white-collar criminals.


In Topic: Oh boy another weekend at Mar a Lago.

19 February 2017 - 03:23 PM

Remember, there is an enormous airspace security bubble surrounding SCROTUS (So-Called Ruler of the United States) wherever he goes. This is having enormous impact on aviation business in the two common destinations he frequents, NYC and N Palm Beach. 

 

Ironically, Trump just withdrew his 2015 lawsuit vs the Palm Beach International Airport which sued to address grievances that the airport takeoff and landing traffic was assaulting the luxury resort with noise pollution. As SCROTUS, he can now effectively shut down that airport anytime he wants, stifling the business of every group that flies in and out of the airport, including several flight schools.

 

Trump is good for jobs!


In Topic: Press Conference Right Now (2/16)

17 February 2017 - 03:40 AM

Obama made being the president thing look sooo easy.

Trump is learning that only good footwork, planning, economy of motion and incisive focus made that possible. He is proving how ineffective the opposite approach can be.

He will never regain momentum. He will either go full Mussolini or start flailing. But his frenemies have long knives and smell blood.