Americans Are Getting a Real Tax Cut
After reading James Schmitz letter to the editor on Tax Cuts, I was puzzled that he did not do his homework. He was really repeating Nancy Pelosi talking points from the Democratic Party. I had to laugh about the doom and gloom, how the earth was about to fall in. The tax cuts help everybody. The corporate tax cut has already started giving poor and middle-class workers bonus of $250 to $1,000 dollars, thank you Wal-Mart, Boeing, Wells Fargo, AT&T, Southwest are just a few giving back to their workers. These evil corporations are adding more jobs and increasing the starting pay levels. Apple is moving jobs back to the United States creating new jobs. The stock market is up, my retirement 401 plan has grown.
In my case, I will see a nice tax break and will see less money coming out my checks as most Americans next month. Child tax credits will increase from $1,000 to $2,000 a year. The standard deduction is substantially increased from $6,300 to $12,000 for individuals and from $12,700 to $24,000 for married couples.
Cato scholar Chris Edwards recently put the lie to that claim. He examined the impact of the tax bill on the average tax filer in every income group with an income above $40,000. He didn’t include people who make less than that because very few in that income range have any income tax liability – and you can’t cut taxes on people who don’t pay taxes.
Edwards’ remarkable analysis showed that as family income levels go up, the percentage reduction in tax burden goes down: Lower-middle-class people – who make between $40,000 and $50,000 a year – will see a 46 percent reduction in taxes paid; people who make more than $1 million will see roughly a 7 percent reduction in taxes (again, the exact rate depends on what state they live in.
This tax bill will increase all Americans take home pay, will create new jobs for people out of work. Already this is happening and starting salaries are increasing. Wal-Mart has increased their starting salary by a dollar. Wells Fargo increased they’re starting pay from $12.50 to $16 hour. Many more companies will increase their investment and their pay to workers.
I hope Jim, will give this new tax bill some time to take effect. If the bill is working, we can make it permanent tax cut. Jim look at your pay check in middle February, I hope you will change your mind.
Why we become police officers: In honor of Mike Doty
We lost an officer today. We lost a helping hand, protector, compassionate soul, and a friendly smile. The thin blue line, for which he boldly stood, became a little more narrow.
Some will argue that he knew the risk or that he signed up for it. That would not be a lie. As a cadette myself, I know what the possibilities are. I have seen the video footage and heard stories rather regularly of what can happen in a blink. Though I am green around the ears, I am not naive. Life can change in a breath and accepting that possibility comes with earning the badge.
So why do it? Why would anyone want to accept those risks? What sort of a person decides to strap on 25 pounds or more of extra gear along with the stresses and frustrations of an entire jurisdiction? Who does this knowing they will miss out on family meals, and first steps, spend hours in the cold, rain, or snow and be disliked by many of the very people they desire to help? What could compel any rational, sane individual to put themselves and their families through this sort of a life?
Though each officer and cadet have their own unique reasoning for proudly supporting that line, most will tell you that no matter how dark some days become, the sun will always return. It can be in the form of finding the missing person who’s family is frantically searching, returning the single mom’s stolen car or playing a pick up game of hoops with neighborhood teens.
No matter the circumstance, the sun shows up when it is needed most and illuminates even the darkest corners. With it comes love, strength, compassion, perseverance, and the determination to never give up no matter the fight.
The men and women who support this blue line, they too are moms, dads, students, preachers, athletes, writers, and coaches.
They (we) strive to bring the sun with us, even on the darkest of days.
As Martin Luther King Junior said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” This light is synonymous with love.
I challenge you to ask any officer if they love the people they are called to serve and listen to where their heart is at.
The drive and determination necessary to fulfill the duties that come with this job take heart. It isn’t done for money; if it was, there wouldn’t be any officers left. Neither is it to achieve power, superiority, or to satisfy a heightened ego. It is because of the undeniable calling protect those who cannot protect themselves, serve where we are needed most, and above all to love our fellow man.
Godspeed and may you rest in heavenly peace Det. Michael Doty. End of watch: January 17, 2018.
Bessemer City, N.C.