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Senate Republicans Pass Tax Scam Bill, Cuts Health Care and Gives Big Biz Tax Breaks

 

The Pepublican controlled Senate passed the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” a massive overhaul of the tax code, 51-49 at 1:50 am Saturday morning after last-minute changes and an array of  GOP senators’ wish-lists were added to the bill.

The Senate’s tax scam In all,  permanently cuts the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent, and repeals Obamacare’s individual mandate, estimated to leave 13 million fewer insured over the next decade. The tax act will lowers tax rate for most Americans until 2026, overwhelmingly advantaging the country’s wealthiest.

Republicans are banking  that massive tax cuts for corporations and the upper class will bring back jobs and investments, to grow the economy at historic rates.  A plan much like the Reagan era’s trickle down economics which was a massive failure.

“If I’m wrong, we’ll pay a price. If I’m right, it will make sense,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told reporters.

Democrats spent hours objecting to the secretive process of the last minute changes to the tax act as they waited for Republicans to finalize the bill.  As the night dragged on, very few lawmakers had seen the legislative text, aside from sections that were being leaked or otherwise shared.

Early in the evening, Hawaii Democrat Brian Schatz posted on Twitter to ask, “Does anyone know a Republican lobbyist so I can get my hands on a copy of this bill?”

Democrats spent hours objecting to the opaque process Friday as they waited for Republicans to finalize the bill. As the night dragged on, very few lawmakers had seen the legislative text, aside from sections that were being leaked or otherwise shared.

Early in the evening, Hawaii Democrat Brian Schatz posted on Twitter to ask, “Does anyone know a Republican lobbyist so I can get my hands on a copy of this bill?

Now with the bill passed in the Senate, for both chambers of Congress to come together to hash out the differences between their bills.

Because despite months of negotiations between top House and Senate members and members of Trump’s administration — a working group dubbed the “Big Six” — Republicans in the House and Senate came out with two drastically different bills neither of which benefit the average american citizen.

 

KENTUCKY: Scamvangelist Ark Encounter Sells Park To Its Own Non-Profit for $10 To Avoid Paying $700k Taxes

The group that owns the theme park Ark Encounter have sold the park to their nonprofit affiliates for 10 dollars to avoid paying taxes, according to a report Monday by theLexington Herald-Leader. The Christian theme park in Williamstown, Kentucky is owned by creationist Ken Ham and features a life-sized recreation of Noah’s Ark.

Ark Encounter LLC sold the park’s land on June 28 to its nonprofit affiliate, Crosswater Canyon, for ten dollars, just a day before the city sent a letter rejecting the organization’s request to be exempted from a new safety tax because of its religious affiliation.

By selling the land to its nonprofit counterpart, the group has claimed that the park is a non-profit establishment and not subject to the new safety tax passed by city officials. The safety tax, if implemented by the city, would collect 50 cents of every entry ticket sold on $40 adult tickets and $28 children’s tickets. The theme park pulls in an estimated 1.4 million visitors a year, which, when the safety tax was imposed, means the company would owe the city of Williamstown approximately $700,000. – The International Business Times

Ark Encounter went through a multi-year negotiation process to get state and local tax incentives approved, including an $18 million sales tax rebate, and a tax increment financing deal that gives them back 75 percent of property taxes due on the increase in land assessments for 30 years.

When Jesus was asked whether his followers should pay taxes, he said:

“Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.”

He didn’t say, use deceitful tricks to avoid paying Caesar.

 

Oregon Starts Legal Procedures To Get $135,000 Fine After Anti-Gay Bakers Refuse To Pay Damages

Sweet Cakes Refuses To Pay Fine

The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries has decided to take legal action against the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, the bakery that refused to serve a lesbian couple after its owners Aaron and Melissa Kline have refused to pay the $135,000 the court ordered them to pay for breaking Oregon’s business anti-discrimination law.

The Klein’s were ordered in July to pay the money to Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer for the emotional, physical and psychological damages they caused the couple by refusing them service.

But the Klein’s who have raised almost $500,000.00 from begging on various websites and by touring with the anti-gau hate group the Family Research Council remain defiante and will not pay.

According to Aaron Kline:

“There’s legal reasons and there’s also kind of personal reasons. If a civil court or a circuit court judge had made this order, I would consider it legally binding. But when a bureaucracy does it and I didn’t get due process, I don’t call it legally binding.  A bond is going to cost roughly $7,000. That’s $7,000 I’m never going to get back, even if I won on appeal. Should I have to pay $7,000? I don’t think that’s fair.”

The Klein’s who began the process of appealing the July after a stay was denied say they plan on using the money from the “fundraisers” to pay their bills and “bless” others, instead of paying $135,000 fine.

The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries began the legal process to seize the money from Aaron and Melissa Klein last week

Head of ‘Gay Conversion’ Therapy Group JONAH Testifies In Lawsuit: “I was convicted of fraud”

JONAH


Arthur Goldberg, the director of a anti-gay “nonprofit” conversion therapy group called JONAH (Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing) acknowledged on the witness stand Monday that the group claims a “success” rate of 65 to 75 percent to turn gay men to straight even though it doesn’t keep its own statistics and relies on anecdotal evidence from counselors. 

The 75-year-old Goldberg acknowledged that he believes homosexuality is a spiritual disorder and a condition caused by emotional wounds occurring in childhood and adolescence that can be cured through a “gender-affirming” process and that in emails and writings on the group’s website JONAH claims that roughly two-thirds of men who go through the program are “successfully healed,” stating that he relies on anecdotal evidence from counselors affiliated with JONAH to reach those numbers.

“It’s an estimate,” he said under questioning from plaintiffs’ attorney Lina Bensman

Goldberg was also pressed to admit that the American Psychotherapy Association revoked two certifications it granted him because on his applications he failed to mention that he had been convicted of fraud and conspiracy years ago and spent time in prison. Pressed by Bensman, he also said he has never been a licensed counselor but has referred to himself as one in writings and emails and has had input on some of JONAH’s programs.

Goldberg testified on the second day of a trial involving four young men who underwent the treatment and sued the group.  His attorneys have argued that their client’s methods have been shown to be successful and that the plaintiffs didn’t complain or ask for their money back at the time they left the program but only did so after being contacted by activists seeking to shut JONAH down. They also say the men didn’t remain in the program for the two to four years JONAH claims it takes to achieve full conversion.

One of the plaintiffs, Benjamin Unger, testified last week that one of JONAH’s methods involved using a tennis racket to beat a pillow that was meant to represent his mother, who, he said counselors told him, was responsible for his homosexuality. He also spoke of being urged to spend more time naked with his father.

 

How OHIO’s Crooked and Racist Republicans Are Planning To Steal The 2012 Elections

Ohio is always a swing state for a very good reason.  That reason being that the Republican Party in Ohio will do anything it possibly can to steal every election, (How else can you explain John Boehner being in office) and of course this the year of the 2012 Presidential election is no different.

The GOP-hio Strategy in 2012 reflects much of what was done by the Republicans in  2000 and 2004 to steal those presidential elections for George W. Bush.

1. Since 2009, the Ohio GOP has purged some 1.25 million citizensfrom the state’s voter rolls. This accounts for more than 20% of the  roughly 5.2 million votes counted for president in the state in 2008.  The purge focusses on counties that are predominantly urban and  Democratic.

2. Electronic voting machines have been installed throughout the state which are owned, operated, programmed and maintained — and will be  tallied — by Republican-connected firms, including Diebold (now  Premier), ES&S and Triad.

3. The GOP controls both houses of the Ohio Legislature, the  governorship, the secretary of state’s office, and the state supreme  court. Soon after the 2008 election, it imposed a draconian photo ID law designed to disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of suspected  Democrats, as is being done throughout the US. But Ohio is a referendum  state. A statewide grassroots movement recently crushed a GOP-pushed  anti-labor law, and many Republicans feared the photo ID law would also  go down. Then Husted was ruled ineligible to hold office over a  residency conflict. Ohio’s Supreme Court re-instated his eligibility,  but he was prompted to oppose the photo ID law. Today a prospective Ohio voter can use 17 different kinds of ID, but in recent elections some  poll workers have demanded photo ID anyway. Without a grassroots army of independent election monitors to protect them, many more Ohioans are  likely to be disenfranchised.

4. In 2004, 10.6% of the votes cast in Ohio were so-called “early  votes” via absentee ballots. A voter had to be absent from the county to vote absentee. In-person Election Day voters at the 42 predominantly  black inner-city precincts in Columbus waited between 3-7 hours to vote.

The Ohio Association of Election Officials, is overwhelmingly dominated  by Republicans from Ohio’s rural counties and thus they have control despite the small number of residents from those counties and they do everything that they possibly can to disenfranchise voters especially in urban and democratic areas. And even  the larger cities GOP representatives do all that they can to help.  Doug Priesse, Chair of the Franklin County (Columbus) GOP, sparked a  firestorm when he explained that  “I guess I really actually feel we  shouldn’t contort the voting process to accommodate the urban — read  African-American — voter turnout machine.”

Unless the Democratic Party fights back and makes some last-minute  headway in reforming Ohio’s electoral system (Where is Eric Holder and the Department of Justice?) and the crocked, racist and well-connected Ohio GOP gets away with all their plans it could make it harsh reality that  Barack Obama might not be able to carry Ohio this November even against an elitist dog of a candidate like Mitt Romney