I have a 'That's what I'd do' as a standard I go by.
it's likely most people would do the same damned thing.
A lot of people gripe about Donald Trump not paying taxes. Others say the rich should pay through the nose.
Donald Trump is doing the very same thing that the rest of us would do under the circumstances. He is taking advantage of our tax laws. There are not a whole lot of us that would not do the same damned thing.
I obey the tax laws that have been enacted by Congress and signed off by the President. If anyone is responsible for Trump not paying taxes it is Congress.
Like it, love it, lump it or leave it, the tax structure is a product of Congress.
I know for sure that if I could get enough write-offs, deductions, etc that would keep me from coughing up every April 15th I sure as hell would. Anyone with a right mind would. You would be crazy not to.
Part of the reason the rich get rich is because they don't give their money away. Paying any more than required is just that. It is giving money away.
Now I would certainly imagine that the tax codes written by Congress are probably a product of the rich making their little backroom deals with Congressmen.
Still, the laws are there and Donald Trump has done nothing unlawful that I am aware of. He simply did what any of us would have done if the opportunity arose.
Anybody that works for a living gripes about taxes. Everyone hates paying them. This goes back the the Whisky Rebellion of 1791.
Any of us would love to not cough up every 15 April and Trump was in a position to not have to so he didn't.
Trump is guilty of nothing. If anyone is to blame it is Congress.
Incidentally I have read some of the comments made by people after his recent rally in PA. A number of our Amish residents showed up.
The comments made about the Amish made me see just how ignorant people with formal educations can be. They were pretty damned quick to point out that the average Dutchman has about an 8th grade formal education.
True enough. I suppose if you have a degree of sorts you feel smugly superior.
On the other hand there are an awful lot of educated people out there that need people like the Amish to do a lot of things that they are simply incapable of doing.
They seem to take a lot for granted.
I would love to see someone hand a smug character a bucket and stool and tell them to milk a cow. It's a fairly simple process but a lot of educated people can't even do that. They'd probably get kicked in the head by the cow while trying to get a drink of milk.
There are an awful lot of highly skilled Amish tradesmen out there that can build a house or whip up a piece of fine furniture in a heartbeat. Most of these highfalutin' over educated idiots would play hell driving a straight nail or fixing a roof.
A lot of them would find a leak in their roof and go outside and stare at it agape out in the rain because not only can they not make the repair, they don't even have enough sense to come out of the rain.
It's pretty easy to hide behind a college sheepskin and poke fun at those that have little formal education. It's also pretty sorry looking down on someone that can easily do something you couldn't do in a million years. It's pretty uppity and two-faced if you ask me.
What is interesting as a sailor to watch are the academy grads out here. Most of them are smart enough to realize that they should pay attention to the guys that have been out here for a while, educated or not, at least until they get settled in.
I'm a sailor. This is one of those businesses where I have seen a King's Point graduate replaced by someone that didn't even finish grammar school. It's all about results here.
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