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Sunday, October 11, 2020
ISSUE #1032
Debates, Taxes, and Supreme Court +6

To debate or not to debate. Soon after the Vice-President Debate, the Biden-Trump Debate scheduled later this week got cancelled.

A side debate is about Trump’s health. Democrats, especially Speaker Pelosi, insist that President Trump is deadly sick, should be confined to his bed, and isolated for another week or two. But Trump claims he is feeling great, fully recovered from a mild case of coronavirus, and chomping at the bit to get back on the campaign trail.

In the V-P debate, I predicted we wouldn’t learn anything new from Mike Pence, and we didn’t. Also, I hoped that Sen. Kamala Harris would answer questions about “packing the Court.” She not only refused to answer that question, but added a curious quote related to the current Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett. Referring to an October vacancy on the court in 1864, she said President Lincoln refused to send a nominee to the Senate until after the election, “Honest Abe said ‘It’s not the right thing to do.’”

Now if Pence had tried to correct her, she would have turned toward him, with a wide smile and said sternly, “I’m talking,” and added, “And Lincoln was so honest, he also warned, ‘Don’t believe everything you read on the internet.’”

Don’t you wish that joke was the only foolishness about this campaign?

Well, by constantly not answering the question about adding 6 new Justices, Biden and Harris actually let us know the real answer, “Yes, if Democrats win the Senate, of course we’ll pack the Court.”

Another hot issue is taxes. Joe Biden promises to raise taxes. But only on taxpayers making more than $400,000.

If that were actually true, there’s no way that small group of highly paid folks could pay enough income taxes to cover all the extra costs planned by the Democrats.  Biden also promises to eliminate Trump tax cuts. That includes middle class, meaning those folks would in fact pay more in taxes.  Another item not mentioned is this: increasing taxes on corporations and other businesses means that their consumers will pay higher prices. It may not count as a tax on those medium- and low-income people, but regardless, it means they will have less money to save and invest.

Historic quotes by Will Rogers:

“Politics pretty quiet over the week-end. Democrats are attacking and the Republicans are defending. All the Democrats have to do is promise ‘what they would do if they got in.’ But the Republicans have to promise ‘what they would do’ and then explain why they haven’t already done it.” DT #1917, Sept. 26, 1932

“Congress, with an eye, not on the budget but on the November 4, put a tax as high as 72 percent on some incomes. That’s three-fourths…. And Russia [Communists] only gets half…. The crime of taxation is not in the taking it, it’s in the way that it’s spent.” DT #1764, March 20, 1932

“We know that everybody should ‘share the wealth.’ And our own downright conscience tells us that there’s no reason why anybody should have more than you. There ain’t nothing wrong with the plan, only this one little defect: Nobody ain’t going to share it with you, that’s all. I know a lot of tremendously rich people that should share their wealth with me, but they just don’t see it that way. And I know folks that ain’t got as much as I have that think I ought to share it with them. Well, I just can’t hardly see it their way either. That is, even if I can see it that way, I’m not doing it.” Radio, April 21, 1935

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