SR 1437 - Trump's Top Priorities - Part 3





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Trump's Top Priorities - Part 3
Good evening, I’m still reporting on Trump.
In the 30-question survey the Trump Transition Team sent out earlier last week, Priority #6 is: 
“Unleash the Middle-Class Tax Relief and Simplification Act, which will cut taxes for middle-class families and simplify the tax brackets in order to streamline the process.”
Well, that’s all well and good, however, after the last two years of the uncovering of outrageous IRS abuses – despite the unprecedented stonewalling of Congress, and apparent lying by the IRS Commissioner, John Koskinen, to federal investigators; nothing has been done. 
Even Congress lives in fear of this agency. That’s completely un-American!
That cannot continue in a reasonable civilization!
But even if the power abusers face the rule of law this time, it’s bound to happen again. 
I won’t go into the problems with the basic thesis behind the income tax. It was forbidden for the nation’s first 125 years. Our country lived off tariffs and excise taxes, and they are about to make a big comeback. 
On top of that, the sheer complexity of the tax structure is enough to dispatch it once and for all into the pages of the history of the evils of government gone astray. 
I believe that the system is complex for two reasons: #1; Only the wealthiest can afford lawyers to safely navigate its thousands and thousands of pages and find and use its loopholes. 
And #2: Therefore, the rest of us can never be completely sure that we won’t get a knock on the door some evening from a tax guy with a gun and a badge.
Thus, the IRS is, has always been, and will always be a means to punish political opponents – steal their houses, their cars, their bank accounts, and their livelihoods with no legal recourse for the victims.
It’s got to go and be replaced by a VAT tax, a Flat Tax, or a Fair Tax – a simple system that costs nearly nothing to administer.
Forget about simplifying it. Kill it off.
Priority #7
“Announce our official withdrawal from the TPP”
Absolutely. Just think, not so long ago, those of us who were fighting this monster would have wagered that it would be impossible to defeat. Now, in the new Trump political world, it’s already dead. Announcing its death is a mere and welcomed formality. 
Priority #8
“Renegotiate NAFTA into terms that protect the American worker.”
Absolutely! I spent two years of my life fighting this thanks to the only populist we had back then, Ross Perot. 
God, bless you Mr. Perot. It may seem to you like all your efforts were in vain, but they were not. Killing NAFTA was a foregone conclusion once common sense was restored to Washington. 
It isn’t even debatable at this point.
Priority #9
“Propose a constitutional amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress.”
I’m not keen on this one. There is value in maintaining some institutional wisdom, but, on the other hand, this business of a Congressperson getting elected and immediately starting the fundraising cycle to get re-elected again is the wrong focus too. 
I don’t know the answer here, so I’ll let people who have studied this issue for years work out the best way to fix it. But in the meantime, I’m giving it a “low priority.”
Priority #10
“Lift restrictions on the production of $50 trillion dollars’ worth of American energy, including shale, oil, natural gas, and clean coal.”
Absolutely! Start taking back the power of the Middle East over our lives.
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Bill Still is a former newspaper editor and publisher. He has written for USA Today, The Saturday Evening Post, the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, OMNI magazine, and has also produced the syndicated radio program, Health News. He has written 22 books and two documentary videos and is the host of his wildly popular daily YouTube Channel the “Still Report”, the quintessential report on the economy and Washington.