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  1. #12976

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    Jeff I kept seeing tweets about him but I'd never seen an explanation of what he'd done to make people so angry at him.

    That he did it to multiple women is what makes his actions so horrible.

    He should've withdrawn his candidancy.
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  2. #12977

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    Federal workers will have taxes deferred under Trump’s order, sparking outcry they’re being treated as a ‘guinea pig’
    Few businesses so far have shown interest in adopting Trump’s payroll tax deferral

    Tony Romm and
    Eric Yoder
    August 31, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. EDT

    The U.S. government will implement an across-the-board payroll tax deferral for about 1.3 million federal employees starting in mid-September, potentially forcing these workers to take a temporary financial boost now that they will have to repay next year.

    The policy, confirmed Monday by a senior administration official, comes in response to a widely panned policy directive issued by President Trump earlier in August. Unions have sharply criticized the government’s decision, fearing federal workers may not have a choice in whether to take the deferral — resulting in them receiving smaller paychecks in 2021 until the past-due taxes are paid off.

    Trump’s order specifically targets the 6.2 percent tax that employers deduct from their workers’ wages so the government can fund Social Security. His directive postpones payment of those taxes until January, at which point employers are required to start collecting back what is owed, perhaps by withholding double the amount they usually take until May. The deferral applies only to people who earn up to $4,000 on a biweekly basis, and less than $104,000 annually.

    Trump in recent weeks has promised to “terminate” the tax bills Americans rack up during that time, hoping to spare workers from having to repay those debts down the road. But he can’t cut taxes unilaterally, and his pledge has earned virtually no support on Capitol Hill, where lawmakers in both parties have been reluctant to touch the funding source for the country’s cash-starved retirement programs — and are unlikely to do so before potentially millions of workers’ tax bills are due.

    The idea has proven so problematic that few businesses have expressed any interest in carrying out Trump’s order, even as the government prepares to implement the change for federal employees starting in a few weeks.
    With so much uncertainty, union leaders unleashed a barrage of criticism on the White House. Everett Kelley, the national president of the American Federation of Government Employees, blasted Trump’s policy on Monday as a “scam that leaves workers with a substantial tax bill right after the holiday season.”

    “Workers will have to pay double their regular payroll tax rate during the first four months of 2021, and if they cannot do so, they will have to pay interest and penalties on amounts still owed if they’re not paid back by May 1, 2021,” Kelley said.

    Rachel Semmel, a spokeswoman at the Office of Management and Budget, did not respond to questions Monday about whether the deferral would be optional.

    “The president put forward this action to give relief to all Americans during this pandemic,” she said in a statement, adding that the executive branch as an employer is “implementing the deferral to give our employees relief as quickly as possible, in line with the presidential memo."

    The early criticism of the government’s plans highlights the wide-ranging confusion caused by Trump’s order, signed in August in an attempt to circumvent a congressional logjam over coronavirus aid. Lawmakers, tax experts, business leaders and payroll-processing companies have raised concerns about its implementation, raising the potential that Trump’s bid to boost workers’ paychecks may result in little economic gain.

    It remains unclear, for example, what might happen in the case an employee has his taxes deferred and leaves his job before his employer has a chance to collect what is owed. The implications for nonpayment are vast, threatening to widen the financial hole facing Social Security at a time when many budget experts warn that it is in significant need of reform.

    The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service issued only early guardrails describing the program on Friday, four days before Trump’s directive is set to take effect. That has left few businesses in a position to begin deferring payroll taxes in time for Sept. 1, creating further logistical and technical challenges that make it “less likely” for companies to participate at all, said Pete Isberg, the vice president of government affairs for Automatic Data Processing, known as ADP, which processes payroll for about 670,000 firms.

    For workers, meanwhile, the concern is that they may lack the means to pay back what they owe. Tony Reardon, the president of the National Treasury Employees Union, said Friday that the roughly 150,000 federal employees he represents may be “unprepared for the higher tax obligation in 2021,” creating particular challenges for IRS workers for whom “overdue tax debt can have severe job consequences.”

    Most federal agencies use one of four payroll processors, operated by the Defense, Agriculture and Interior departments and the General Services Administration. About 60 percent of the 2.1 million executive-branch employees earn less than $100,000 a year, just below the cutoff set by Trump’s order. Almost all federal employees pay into Social Security on the same terms as other workers; a small percentage are under a retirement system that does not include Social Security.

    Almost all federal employees are paid on a biweekly pay cycle that ends on a Saturday; the current cycle started Sunday and will end Sept. 12. Most employees receive pay for that period late in the following week or early in the subsequent week. The aim is to implement the deferral starting with the second paycheck in September, the senior administration official said, setting up workers to begin seeing their taxes deferred around Sept. 18.

    In doing so, Democratic Rep. Don Beyer, whose Northern Virginia district includes a large share of federal employees, faulted the White House for treating federal workers like a “guinea pig” for Trump’s policies.

    “Their proposed payroll tax deferral would not really put money in workers’ pockets, it would simply set up the members of the federal workforce who can least afford it for a big tax bill that many will not expect,” he said in a statement.
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  3. #12978

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    She forgot to tak about the soup! (You don't want to know)

    Everything you wanted to know about Joe Biden’s shadow people but were afraid to ask

    Opinion by
    Alexandra Petri
    September 2, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. EDT
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    Who, Laura Ingraham asked the president, is behind Joe Biden?

    “People that you’ve never heard of. People that are in the dark shadows. . . . People that you haven’t heard of. They’re people that are on the streets. They’re people that are controlling the streets.”

    Who are these people that are in the dark shadows?

    Not so loud!

    Are they different from the sex demons who are somehow to blame for covid-19?

    We think they are different. We have never seen them in the same place. To be completely fair, we have never seen either of them. Once I thought I saw what I was sure was a Shadow Person but it turned out to be Stephen Miller in bright daylight.

    If they fought the sex demons, would they win?

    They are the allies of the sex demons and it would not be in their interest to fight.

    Why haven’t I heard of them?

    To know any more detail about them would destroy your mind; only a mind such as Donald Trump’s can comprehend exactly what they do in the shadows, can behold the nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.

    How can President Trump identify these Shadow People?

    Donald Trump was born with a gift that allowed him to see the Shadow People and avoid them. It is because of this gift that he surrounds himself only with such luminous beings as Paul Manafort and Steve Bannon and Roger Stone, who shine with a pure radiance and merit absolute trust.

    Does Bill Barr know about the Shadow People?

    He does now, and he is working on a way of accepting spectral evidence so that they can be properly brought to justice — as their allies were in Salem nearly 400 years ago!

    Why am I only hearing about the Shadow People now?

    Donald Trump was trying to protect you. He hates to tell anyone bad, scary news before the election, but he thought that “Donald Trump Is Working Hard to Fight the Shadow People (Whom You’ve Never Heard Of)” might not be an effective slogan if no one knew what he was talking about.

    How can I tell if I am in thrall to the Shadow People?

    If you are listening to the president speak about police shootings and he likens them to missing a golf putt, and you feel a cold, chilly, awfulness in the pit of your stomach — that is not the response you ought to have, and the Shadow People are probably to blame.

    If I eat a painting of them, will they stop bothering the president?

    Why not try it?

    Are they vampires?

    Donald Trump has it on good authority that someone saw them on a plane!


    Yes, a plane, and it was definitely something Donald Trump heard from a person who experienced it and not a loose meme that got caught in the clogged drain of his mind.

    When were they on a plane?

    Have you ever gotten onto a plane by yourself or with six other people and you see the other people getting on and you begin to be convinced as the plane fills up that all the other people are there for a purpose, and their minds are hardened against you, and they are all known to one another?


    And you know with a certainty that everyone else on the plane but you is going somewhere in particular with a sinister, ominous mission in their mind and they will do something alarming when they get there? (I have had this experience when on a plane that turned out to contain a show choir, for instance.)

    Have these Shadow People always been a feature of America?

    I’m glad you asked. The Shadow People have been present ever since someone glancing at the Washington Monument realized that it was the gnomon of an ominous sundial and stood in its shadow as the sun set; within that shadow were bits of deeper shadow. That man was Henry Clay; it was because the Thing from the Shadow followed him patiently out of it that the presidency always eluded him. It was long thought that the Shadow People could not cross the Mississippi River but that turned out to be what they wanted us to believe. And if you stare into the Masonic eye on the dollar too long, something small and gray will flit out of it into your eye and, from that moment onward, you will not know rest.

    Donald Trump is going around saying that Shadow People are controlling Joe Biden and he knows someone who saw lots of these Shadow People getting on planes with lots of sinister intent. Whom should I worry about in this sentence?

    Joe Biden, why do you ask?
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  4. #12979

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    Mr Distractor is doing his usual forgetting coronavirus and unemployment for starters
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    Petri's new humor column is titled:
    "The terrible dangers of weaponized soup"
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  6. #12981

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    Quote Originally Posted by James7 View Post
    Petri's new humor column is titled:
    "The terrible dangers of weaponized soup"
    While waiting for my Uber the unmistakeable sound of a noodle sloshing around came to my ears. I looked around and it pretended that it was going into the building.
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  7. #12982

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    Richard Rubin

    Per memo today to all IRS employees from IRS HR office:

    “Many employees have asked” if they can opt out of the payroll tax deferral. The answer is “we have had many discussions with Treasury... no eligible IRS employees can opt out.”

    This is consistent with what we have been reporting for days. Payroll tax deferral isn’t optional for executive branch workers.
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  8. #12983

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    Kyle Griffin

    Democratic donors gave more money online in the 9 p.m. hour after RBG died — $6.2 million — than in any other single hour since ActBlue launched.

    Donors broke the record again in the 10 p.m. hour, giving another $6.3 million — more than $100,000/minute.

  9. #12984

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    Shane Goldmacher

    NEW: Democratic donors have now given more than $46 million to candidates and causes in the hours since Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away — a breathtaking sum of money in so short a timespan.

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