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Sunday, April 17, 2022
ISSUE #1107
A Potpourri for Easter: Twitter, Innocent Border Patrol Agents, Busloads and Planeloads, Ukraine, and Income Taxes 

Elon Musk has Twitter all shook up. He offered $54.20 a share, which is about a 10% profit for anyone willing to sell. Everybody at Twitter, including the Board of Directors, is scared he might force Twitter to allow a few conservative commentators to share the platform with the likes of socialists, communists and terrorist leaders from around the world.

The Board is so mad they passed a rule that if Musk buys more than about one-sixth of the shares, then any shareholder can buy all the shares they want for $40 each. Now I don’t claim to understand such a rule. But you better believe, if Elon Musk backs away completely from Twitter, the bias has been exposed and they’ll be lucky to get $40 a share.

Have you heard apologies from top officials and the media who criticized the Border Patrol employees on horseback at Del Rio for doing their job? I wrote in Weekly Comments Sept. 26, 2021, (“Don’t Blame a Horse in Texas”) that elected officials were outraged. Even though the photographer explained within 3 days there was no “whipping,” a government investigation dragged on for seven months before announcing there was no wrong-doing. Those Border Patrol agents were kept off the job for seven months.

Back in September, VP Harris said she was “outraged” and it reminded her of the treatment of Native Americans and slaves. Has she apologized? Secretary of Homeland Security Mayorkas was shocked by the “horrific image.” Did he apologize to his employees and the nation? And President Biden said “these people will pay.” Well, they have paid! But don’t expect the President or anyone else to apologize for wrongly accusing them.

Speaking of Texas, the Governor has sent 4 busloads of illegal immigrants to Washington DC as of today. Only 896 more busloads to go. So far, none of them have been invited to have dinner at the White House.

Meanwhile, Biden is sneaking planeloads from the Texas border to a New York City suburb in the middle of the night. If the Biden Administration has their way, in their first two years in power 5,000,000 illegal immigrants will have settled here. That’s about 3 times the population of the state of West Virginia. Imagine if those 5 million had their own state; they would elect 6 Congressmen and 2 Senators. You may say, “But they can’t vote.” The Biden response would be, “Well, not yet.”

Putin’s war on Ukraine has reached 54 days. President Zelensky and his fellow citizens are determined to drive the Russians completely out of Ukraine, including Crimea. Now, the Ukraine government is not perfect; they have a history of poor management. Some Americans object to providing any more military assistance, partly because of the cost. If we help Ukraine defeat Putin and put him out of power, our cost will be a tiny fraction of what it would cost us, with other NATO countries, to defeat Putin. The thousands of innocent victims Putin’s men have slaughtered are enough reason for our help. The sooner Putin is defeated, tried and convicted as a War Criminal for genocide, the sooner we can shift our attention to the expansion-minded Chinese Communists. Will Rogers was in China 90 years ago and recognized a danger, “There is quite a big communistic hold in certain parts of China. The influence is growing rapidly.”

Have you finished your Income Tax Return? It might be painful; if you’re in the top 10%, you are paying 70% of all the federal income taxes collected. And President Biden thinks (and whispers) you’re still not paying “your fair share.” But he won’t say what that would be. Should the top 10% pay 80% of our taxes? How about 90%?

Easter, Passover and Income Tax Day rarely share the same weekend. Years ago, families dressed up fancier to go to church on Easter than they do today. The women would wear a new dress and especially a new ‘Easter bonnet with all the frills upon it.’ In 1929 Will Rogers had an interesting suggestion to increase church attendance, “I believe I discovered a way to aid preachers in getting people to church. Publish their pictures in the papers every Monday, instead of just on the day after Easter. There is no reason why people should have to wait from one Easter to another.”

Maybe if we all filled out our tax returns on Sunday afternoon, we would have fewer people like the ones Will Rogers jokingly referred to in 1923, “The income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf has.”


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