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Date : January 2016

Christmas In February, 2015 Edition (UPDATED)

(Originally published on 2015.03.10, I have now updated this list to include links to all the reviews I published about these items, including the books, which took most of a year for me to read.) Every year, my wife and I apply most of our income tax to our mortgage principal, but hold out a[…]

Killeen Student Suspended For (Possibly) Saving A Life

In this edition of Stupid Schools, we have a student — right here in my city — who rendered medical assistance to a fellow student and was suspended for two days. According to this story from regional TV channel KCEN, 15-year-old Anthony Ruelas, an eighth-grader at a Killeen alternative school, carried a fellow student —[…]

2015: Hottest Year On Record

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Published on: 2016.01.20

Image courtesy of NASA (Click image to view at full size)   This morning, NASA released its expected press release on the global average temperatures for 2015: “NASA, NOAA Analyses Reveal Record-Shattering Global Warm Temperatures in 2015”. The NOAA issued its own report. “The globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for 2015 was[…]

To The Parents Of My Children’s White Friends

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Published on: 2016.01.20

My wife and I, 10 years ago (Copyright © 2006 by Wil C. Fry.) A loved one informed me of a blog entry called To The White Parents Of My Black Son’s Friends (by Maralee Bradley), and asked for my thoughts on the issue. In one of my wiser moments, I said I wanted to[…]

Fourth DNC Debate: My Take

Sanders won every online poll I saw As with the GOP Debate a few days earlier, I did not watch the fourth Democratic Primary Debate; I read the transcript instead, which saved me quite a bit of time. Unlike the GOP debate, this one didn’t provide me with any deal-breakers, though there were few eye-rolling[…]

The Deal-Breakers At The GOP Debate

It’s rare these days that I choose a candidate based on “her values match mine” or “that’s exactly what I would do”. Instead, I find myself listing all the deal-breakers each candidate has, and trying to find the one with the least amount of deal-breakers. Because they all seem to have them. You know the[…]

The Silly Newsletter I Just Received From Jon Cobb

The Texas Conservative Journal, which I received in the mail yesterday   How I get on these people’s mailing lists, I’ll never know, but I’ll take some satisfaction in knowing that this one was paid for by voluntary donors instead of taxpayer money. The latest edition of “silly mass mailings I receive from Republicans” was[…]

Why I’m Against Flat Tax Proposals (Which I Once Supported)

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Published on: 2016.01.02

I once favored switching the U.S. to some type of flat tax plan. In 2005, I praised Steve Forbes’ tax proposal, though it wasn’t completely flat (the rich would pay more than the poor, under his slightly progressive rate suggestions). As late as 2013, I wrote: “We need to replace the decrepit Income Tax system[…]

What About A National Sales Tax?

Categories: Economy, Taxes
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Published on: 2016.01.02

Since I no longer like the idea of a Flat Tax, what about a national sales tax? (Or, as some have called it, the “Fair Tax”.) Sometimes, a national sales tax looks attractive. It would incentivize savings, for example, because you won’t pay taxes unless you spend money. It also sounds fair — the rich[…]

Proposed Improvements To The U.S. Income Tax

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Published on: 2016.01.02

So, since I don’t like the flat tax or the national sales tax — or what we have now — then what would I do (assuming I had carte blanche) with the tax laws? Glad you asked.

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