Last Friday, the US Senate passed its version of Tax Reform (if you can really call it that) and liberals were immediately declaring that anyone dying from Saturday on is a victim of the legislation.
Keep in mind the legislation is not retroactive and goes into effect in 2018. Let’s not start counting bodies just quite yet. You actually have to wait for the law to be signed AND the IRS create new tax tables for employers. Then people can start dying once they see how much money they are.. or aren’t keeping, depending on which deductions made the cut.
Hopefully, though, my couple grand of savings will allow me to expand my man cave!
Today, President Trump decided to go after the environment and did two things: Roll back Obama’s Utah land grab and disband the “Community Resilience Panel for Buildings and Infrastructure Systems”, a group designed to provide government assistance to communities facing upcoming severe climate change.
In Utah, Trump returned roughly 2 million acres of undeveloped land back to the State of Utah. When Obama claimed the land back in 2016, we were led to believe that all this land needed protections from greedy businesses looking to exploit natural resources such as oil, gas and minerals that could easily be imported from other countries or provided by federally subsidized wind and solar farms, which, coincidentally, need the same minerals and resources to be built anyway.
Critics of Obama claimed the land grab action pandered to his base. Critics of Trump say, giving the land back panders to his base.
The people of Utah are certain that no one is really pandering to them, but they keep hearing from both sides how they either:
Don’t need the land and that development will cause CO2 increases, pollution, and probably kill them in their sleep –
Can use the land for development to create jobs, wealth, and improve economic conditions for everyone in the state.
And the last nail in the coffin, so to speak, is Trump disbanding the “Community Resilience Panel for Buildings and Infrastructure Systems” board:
Brendan Doyle, who was the EPA’s representative to the panel until he retired in August, said the idea for the panel came from Superstorm Sandy in 2012. “It was a way of helping communities not only through the recovery process, but to help them adjust to a new normal, in ways that would make them more resilient to the next disaster,” he said.
The new “normal” is the computer generated one. I think it’s safe to say that such a board is probably unnecessary since most states, if not all of them, have some kind of climate and/or disaster preparedness advisory agency for that purpose.
At any rate, may you..