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The private plane tax loophole is so egregious even millionaires like me want to close it

Millionaires and billionaires will enjoy their private flights much more this winter season following the GOP’s tax reform plan. The recently passed tax bill will provide the biggest wins for America’s richest citizens, according to expert analysis. Some of these benefits will happen gradually or in subtle ways. Others, however, are much more obvious.

One of these examples is the way the bill solidifies existing exemptions for owners and leasers of private jets. Not surprisingly, it is commercial passengers who will continue to foot the bill for the one percent’s expensive habits.

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Despite our shared reliance on critical resources like the Air Traffic Control (ATC) system, commercial airlines pay 95% of all taxes to the Federal Aviation Administration’s trust fund, totaling $14.85 billion of the $15 billion collected last year. Meanwhile, private and corporate jets use 15.6% of ATC resources but pay only 1.55% of all taxes into the trust fund. In effect, regular commercial fliers are subsidizing private jets to the tune of more than $1 billion a year.


Opinion| Stephen Prince: I own a private plane – I don’t need a tax break to fly one.

Get the Think newsletter. SUBSCRIBE Millionaires and billionaires will enjoy their private flights much more this winter season following the GOP’s tax reform plan. The recently passed tax bill will provide the biggest wins for America’s richest citizens, according to expert analysis. Some of these benefits will happen gradually or in subtle ways.

‘The Lowest White Man’ – The New York Times

Charles M. Blow—

Tuesday, he allowed a bipartisan session in the White House about immigration to be televised for nearly an hour.

Surely, he thought that he would be able to demonstrate to the world his lucidity and acumen, his grasp of the issues and his relish for rapprochement with his political adversaries.

But instead what came through was the image of a man who had absolutely no idea what he was talking about; a man who says things that are 180 degrees from the things he has said before; a man who has no clear line of reasoning; a man who is clearly out of his depth and willing to do and say anything to please the people in front of him.

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“Trumpism is a religion founded on patriarchy and white supremacy.
It is the belief that even the least qualified man is a better choice than the most qualified woman and a belief that the most vile, anti-intellectual, scandal-plagued simpleton of a white man is sufficient to follow in the presidential footsteps of the best educated, most eloquent, most affable black man.”


Opinion | ‘The Lowest White Man’

Trump is not committed to that wall on principle. He is committed only to looking good as a result of whatever comes of it. Mexico is never going to pay for it, and he knows it. He has always known it. That was just another lie.

Washington Monthly | The Hunt for Clinton’s 33,000 Deleted Emails

I think I find myself in agreement with this…

One part of the puzzle I think is solved. The Trump folks knew the Russians had emails but they didn’t initially know that the source was the DNC and they wrongly assumed that they were from Clinton’s private server. Nonetheless, they eagerly sought to convince the Russians to deliver the damaging information, and that desire explains a lot of their behavior at the time.

The hunt for Clinton’s 33,000 deleted emails

When I was a kid, my parents watched the television program Lou Grant and sometimes they let me stay up and watch it, too. My favorite character on the show was Joe Rossi who was played by Robert Walden. There was something about Rossi that appealed to me, and I developed a fondness for the actor who portrayed him.

Oprah Winfrey for President? Does anyone remember all the pseudoscience and quackery she’s promoted? – RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE

I don’t want to beat what should be a dead horse but wanting Oprah to run for President is picking a better person but for with the same flawed and faulty reasoning that so many people lined up behind Trump.

Oprah Winfrey for President? Does anyone remember all the pseudoscience and quackery she’s promoted? – RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE

On Sunday night, like a lot of people, I was watching the Golden Globe Awards. To be honest, I was using the broadcast more as background noise than anything else, as I do for most award shows, as I did other things. During the ceremony, Oprah Winfrey accepted the Cecil B.

The US has reached the last stage before collapse – Business Insider

James Traub makes a great argument for his case…

The US has reached the last stage before collapse

In this op-ed, James Traub argues that America has become “decadent and depraved.” He explains what decadence means, and how it’s tied to corruption. “Decadence is usually understood as an irreversible condition – the last stage before collapse,” he writes.

Paul Krugman: If Trump Falls, The Entire Republican Party Falls With Him

Paul Krugman: If Trump Falls, The Entire Republican Party Falls With Him

By now it should be obvious to everyone not morbidly addicted to Fox News that the entire Republican Party, from the Senate to the House, to the state legislatures, has cast its lot with the fortunes of Donald Trump, for better, or, more likely, for…


Opinion | Faust on the Potomac

I haven’t yet read Wolff’s book – do I really have to? – but the basic outlines of his story have long been familiar and uncontroversial to anyone with open eyes. Trump is morally and intellectually incapable of being president. He has also exploited his office for personal gain, obstructed justice, and colluded with a hostile foreign power.

A naturopath-midwife, homeopathy, and a dead newborn – Naturopathic Diaries

I follow Britt Marie Hermes on Facebook, a former licensed naturopath who quit the business after realizing naturopathic medicine is a pseudoscience with ineffective & dangerous practices.

A naturopath-midwife, homeopathy, and a dead newborn

I recently learned that in May 2017, naturopath Anne Marie Palzer was pulled in front of the Arizona Naturopathic Physicians Medical Board for a tragic incident that occurred last year at her natural birthing center, Birth Haven at Life Spring Midwifery, where she is clinical director.

How to crush Trump | The Week

How to crush Trump

Liberals, do not expect Robert Mueller to save you from President Trump. Only politics can stop Trump and the Republican Party. Many Democrats and liberals have spent 2017 fixated on the Russia-Trump story, especially the idea that Trump himself actively assisted Russian efforts to swing the election to him.

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