It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. – Aristotle
Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!
If you are a first-time visitor, CME is posted right here every Friday morning. This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.
Topics that I am providing commentary about today include the Republican tax plan, Hillary & the DNC, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Election Day is Tuesday, and One More Thing (that is actually two things).
GOP Tax Plan Revealed:
The U.S. House Republicans released a 429-page tax plan yesterday. You can read it HERE. If you do read it, then you are probably ahead of many members of Congress.
According to Reuters:
The bill called for slashing the corporate tax rate to 20 percent from 35 percent and cutting tax rates on individuals and families by consolidating the current number of tax brackets to four from seven: 12 percent, 25 percent, 35 percent and 39.6 percent, which is now the top rate and would be retained.
Reuters also pointed out that the bill:
…called for preserving the home mortgage interest deduction for existing mortgages and for newly purchased homes up to $500,000, as well as continuing the deduction for state and local property taxes, capped at $10,000. It would retain the tax benefits of popular retirement savings programs including 401(k) and IRA.
Who knows what will be in the final bill. Since this is a Republican bill, the Democrats don’t like it.
Roll Call reports that the House Republican tax plan would upend a longstanding measure, known as the Johnson Amendment, that prohibits politicking from the pulpit, and critics say it could turn churches into new conduits for political money.
I don’t like that part. I think churches should be sanctuaries from politics.
The silly thing is that they want to get the whole thing passed before Christmas so they can say they got something done. They should not rush it or it could become another train wreck.
The Hill takes a look at the winners and losers if the bill passes HERE.
Hillary & the DNC:
Politico is running an excerpt from Donna Brazile’s new book, “Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns that Put Donald Trump in the White House” in which she tells about how Hillary Clinton’s campaign was basically running the DNC long before she was the party’s nominee.
Brazile was the former interim chairperson for the Democratic National Committee (DNC). The book is set to be released November 7.
Poor Bernie Sanders – he never had a chance.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders:
Although it was more fun to watch former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer deal with the White House press corps, Sarah Huckabee Sanders has her moments.
For example, this was an exchange between a reporter and Sanders on Wednesday:
(Question) Yesterday, from that podium, you said all of our leaders have flaws — Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, and Kennedy. What are President Trump’s flaws?
MS. SANDERS: Probably that he has to deal with you guys on a daily basis.
Election Day is Tuesday:
There’s an election this Tuesday in many locations. In Great Falls, we’re voting on Mayor, city commissioners, neighborhood council, urban chickens, and an economic development mill levy.
Is this a great country or what? We get to vote about chickens! I am betting the chickens get more votes than some candidates.
The most important thing you can do is vote!
One More Thing:
Don’t forget to get up at 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning to set your clocks back one hour.
Also, don’t forget to stretch…