Immigration Reform

What I would like to see.

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In order to “control the border” at our southern border and northern border if it becomes a problem create a “barrier” vice wall/fence that serves the perimeter security function of delaying until a response force arrives.  Such as two fences 50′ apart with consterna wire between them and detection capabilities.

Create, and fund, a bipartisan blue ribbon panel, with staff, to collect existing legislation, review and recommend a new, coherent, set of immigration policies, that occupy less than three 3-in notebooks.  The panel would have one year to create the policy manuals.

Submit and pass legislation, to repeal current legislation and codify the new policy.

Reorganize Customs and Border Protection in alignment with the legislation.

Reorganize Executive Office for Immigration Review, in DOJ, in alignment with the legislation, staff at a level that will result in adjudication of cases within 180 days of arraignment.

Some of the things I would like to see in the policy:

  1. First time visa (includes visits from countries with visa waivers) overstay are infractions, with recommendation (judge has some discretion) for expulsion. Bail is always the cost of expulsion, failure to appear is a misdemeanor, with a recommended expulsion.
    1. In lieu of incarceration/bail offenders can accept voluntary expulsion, at government expense, if they don’t have existing return passage..
  2. Subsequent visa overstay is a misdemeanor, with mandatory (judge has no discretion) expulsion.
  3. Habitual (2 or more) visa overstays are felonies, with recommended jail time.
  4. Entry without visa, or documented border crossing in case of visa waiver, is a felony.
  5. A viable seasonal/temporary guest worker program, and a coherent H1 visa program.
  6. A reasonable/consistent policy on asylum and refugees.
  7. Mandatory e-verify for any business with more than five employees, with remedial screening of existing employees over a two year period.
  8. No more anchor babies.

What to do with current illegal aliens (I know term is not PC, but it is codified in IRS regulations).

Create a new United States Citizenship and Immigration Services “Nonimmigrant” status, with right to work which is good for 5 years and must be renewed.  Failure to renew would be a felony with mandatory expulsion.  To achieve any other USCIS status would require returning to native country, with loss of current status and applying for new status.  Any felony would result in revocation of status.  Multiple misdemeanors could result in revocation of status.

Current illegal aliens would have one year to register (during that year e-verify would be phase in for all businesses with more than five employees).  Registration would include photograph, fingerprint, DNA collection and criminal background check. Any felony would result in denial of the new status and expulsion. Failure to register would be a misdemeanor with recommended expulsion.

How I Handle Call When I Don’t Recognize The Caller ID

When Do Not Call Fails

I am registered with the Florida Do Not Call program and National Do Not Call program.

First it depends on the time of day:

  • Do not disturb hours – When the wife is asleep.
  • The rest of the day

During the Do Not Disturb Hours I usually pick up, but don’t say anything.  If it is a real person, or some robocalls, there will be a response on the other end.

  1. Robocalls that respond – I usually just hang up, sometimes I will just set the phone down and let it go until I here the dead line signal, tying up their system as long as possible.
  2. Collection calls that ask for someone – I usually use their voice tree to indicate no one by that name here, please remove the number, if available.
  3. Calls that don’t respond, I set the phone down and let it go until their end hangs up.  I might as well tie up their system as long as possible.
  4. Calls that I recognize as repeats – I run my finger over the dial pad sending them the DTFM tones.

The rest of the time I just let it go to voice mail.  Something my generation X children can’t do, they are driven answer the phone.

PS:  A friend (Patricia K) just turned me on to NoMoRobo,  my VOIP line was eligible for free service so I signed up, hope it works.

A Solar Eclipse Is Coming Our Way

On Monday, August 21st 2017 there will be a total eclipse along a line from Murphy, NC. to just north of Charleston, SC (McClellanville).

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Map adapted from
http://www.eclipsewise.com/solar/SEgmap/2001-2100/SE2017Aug21Tgmap.html

A partial eclipse will start in Murphy at 1:05 PM (EST) with the maximum eclipse at 2:35, ending at 4:00 PM.  While in Charleston the time are; start 1:16 PM, total at 2:47, ending at 4:09 PM.

Maybe a road trip to visit my sister-in-law in Murphy or a lunch in Charleston is in the cards.

Hidden, But Pricey, Gem in Nassau County

White Oak Conservation Center

White Oak is 12,000 acres of serene southern forest, with six miles of St. Marys riverfront, and over 100 structures, White Oak is truly a unique property. A former rice and tree plantation, White Oak hosts meeting, conferences, and corporate retreats for groups looking to escape from the busy world into a productive setting. The natural surroundings, nine-hole golf course, and elegant buildings decorated with antiques and artwork from around the world provide an inspirational and relaxing atmosphere for guests.

The conservation center houses 34 imperiled species as part of our conservation breeding programs with the goal of saving some of the world’s most iconic species from extinction. Rhinoceros, okapi, and cheetah form the core of our flagship species approach to conservation- both here in Florida and across the globe. We offer public tours and events that take you behind the scenes of a working conservation center and give you a chance to meet some of our animal residents and their expert caretakers.

White Oak has a special Summer Sunset Safari coming up on August 27, at 5:00 PM.  For $175 per person or $300 per couple, you will get:

a sunset tour of the conservation facilities, where attendees will be updated on new happenings at White Oak and get a glimpse of the animals that call the conservation area home.  After the tour, attendees will be served cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and  a gourmet dinner in the Gilman Hall dining area.

The have s a new white rhino calf. The female calf was born June 23, and she is doing well.  There is also another addition, a Grevy’s zebra foal, she was also born in late June also.

Carol and I did one of their special tours a few years ago, it is pricey, but worth the money.

If you can’t make the Safari they have regularly scheduled  2.5 hour tours on Wednesdays and Fridays.  They must be booked in advance.  Cost: $100 per adult, $50 children 3-10 years old, and free for children 2 and under.  Call 904 225 3396 or 904 225 3285, Mon – Fri, to book a tour.

Konna Receives His AKC Canine Good Citizen Title

The title required that Konna pass a ten point test:

  1. ACCEPTING A FRIENDLY STRANGER
    This test demonstrates that the dog will allow a friendly stranger to approach it and speak to the handler in a natural, everyday situation. The evaluator walks up to the dog and handler and greets the handler in a friendly manner, ignoring the dog. The evaluator and handler shake hands and exchange pleasantries. The dog must show no sign of resentment or shyness.
  2. SITTING POLITELY FOR PETTING
    This test demonstrates that the dog will allow a friendly stranger to touch it while it is out with its handler. With the dog sitting at the handler’s side, to begin the exercise, the evaluator pets the dog on the head and body. The handler may talk to his or her dog throughout the exercise. The dog may stand in place as it is petted. The dog must not show shyness or resentment.
  3. APPEARANCE AND GROOMING
    This practical test demonstrates that the dog will welcome being groomed and examined and will permit someone, such as a veterinarian, groomer or friend of the owner, to do so. It also demonstrates the owner’s care, concern and sense of responsibility. The evaluator inspects the dog to determine if it is clean and groomed. The dog must appear to be in healthy condition (i.e., proper weight, clean, healthy and alert). The handler should supply the comb or brush commonly used on the dog. The evaluator then softly combs or brushes the dog, and in a natural manner, lightly examines the ears and gently picks up each front foot. It is not necessary for the dog to hold a specific position during the examination, and the handler may talk to the dog, praise it and give encouragement throughout.
  4. OUT FOR A WALK (WALKING ON A LOOSE LEAD)
    This test demonstrates that the handler is in control of the dog. The dog may be on either side of the handler. The dog’s position should leave no doubt that the dog is attentive to the handler and is responding to the handler’s movements and changes of direction. The dog need not be perfectly aligned with the handler and need not sit when the handler stops. The evaluator may use a pre-plotted course or may direct the handler/dog team by issuing instructions or commands. In either case, there should be a right turn, left turn, and an about turn with at least one stop in between and another at the end. The handler may talk to the dog along the way, praise the dog, or give commands in a normal tone of voice. The handler may sit the dog at the halts if desired.
  5. WALKING THROUGH A CROWD
    This test demonstrates that the dog can move about politely in pedestrian traffic and is under control in public places. The dog and handler walk around and pass close to several people (at least three). The dog may show some interest in the strangers but should continue to walk with the handler, without evidence of over-exuberance, shyness or resentment. The handler may talk to the dog and encourage or praise the dog throughout the test. The dog should not jump on people in the crowd or strain on the leash.
  6. SIT AND DOWN ON COMMAND AND STAYING IN PLACE
    This test demonstrates that the dog has training, will respond to the handler’s commands to sit and down and will remain in the place commanded by the handler (sit or down position, whichever the handler prefers). The dog must do sit AND down on command, then the owner chooses the position for leaving the dog in the stay. Prior to this test, the dog’s leash is replaced with a line 20 feet long. The handler may take a reasonable amount of time and use more than one command to get the dog to sit and then down. The evaluator must determine if the dog has responded to the handler’s commands. The handler may not force the dog into position but may touch the dog to offer gentle guidance. When instructed by the evaluator, the handler tells the dog to stay and walks forward the length of the line, turns and returns to the dog at a natural pace. The dog must remain in the place in which it was left (it may change position) until the evaluator instructs the handler to release the dog. The dog may be released from the front or the side.
  7. COMING WHEN CALLED
    This test demonstrates that the dog will come when called by the handler. The handler will walk 10 feet from the dog, turn to face the dog, and call the dog. The handler may use encouragement to get the dog to come. Handlers may choose to tell dogs to “stay” or “wait” or they may simply walk away, giving no instructions to the dog.
  8. REACTION TO ANOTHER DOG
    This test demonstrates that the dog can behave politely around other dogs. Two handlers and their dogs approach each other from a distance of about 20 feet, stop, shake hands and exchange pleasantries, and continue on for about 10 feet. The dogs should show no more than casual interest in each other. Neither dog should go to the other dog or its handler.
  9. REACTION TO DISTRACTION
    This test demonstrates that the dog is confident at all times when faced with common distracting situations. The evaluator will select and present two distractions. Examples of distractions include dropping a chair, rolling a crate dolly past the dog, having a jogger run in front of the dog, or dropping a crutch or cane. The dog may express natural interest and curiosity and/or may appear slightly startled but should not panic, try to run away, show aggressiveness, or bark. The handler may talk to the dog and encourage or praise it throughout the exercise.
  10. SUPERVISED SEPARATION
    This test demonstrates that a dog can be left with a trusted person, if necessary, and will maintain training and good manners. Evaluators are encouraged to say something like, “Would you like me to watch your dog?” and then take hold of the dog’s leash. The owner will go out of sight for three minutes. The dog does not have to stay in position but should not continually bark, whine, or pace unnecessarily, or show anything stronger than mild agitation or nervousness. Evaluators may talk to the dog but should not engage in excessive talking, petting, or management attempts (e.g, “there, there, it’s alright”).

We “rescued” Konna via American Bouvier Rescue League (ABRL), the shelter thought he was a Bouvier des Flandres, but DNA showed him to be 100% Black Russian Terrier.  This was also confirmed by a visit to a BRT breeder.  Konna underwent Intermediate and Advance Obedience Training before taking the CGC test.  Thanks to Amber Treat Hoosur, our training instructor who has provided training for Espy, Gunner, Poppy & Konna.

Konna is now doing therapy visit once a month at the Council on Aging.

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Effective Tax Rates vs Marginal Tax Rates

Plus the Curmudgeon’s Tax Reform

Using the Congressional Budget Office definition of Effective Tax Rate of taxes paid divided by total income.

Case 1 – A hypothetical family of four, using 2015 tax rates.

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Of course if they could itemize deductions their taxes and effective tax rate would be less.

Case 2 – Hillary & Bill Clinton, no children claimed, itemized deductions, $10,748,378.00 total income ($100.00 salary), 39% marginal tax rate.

Filing jointly, $2,242,022 itemized deduction, taxable income $8,352,507..
Total tax bill $3,236,975.00.

Using the CBO formula $3,236,975/$10,748,378 yields an Effective Tax Rate of 30.1%

OBTW – Of their $2,242,022 itemized deductions $1,042,000 was their charitable donations, $1 million of that went to the Clinton Family Foundation. The other $42,000 went to Desert Classic Charities.  These donations reduced their tax bill by $412,632.00.

PS: In 2015, Desert Classic Charities donated $700,000 to the Clinton Foundation.

The CBO provides this graph of historical effective tax rates, by quintile (20% of taxpayers).  The lowest 20% historically paid less than 10% and in 2005 paid less than 5%.  The middle 60% historically paid between 15% and 20% and in 2005 it was 10% – 18%.  While the top 20% typically pay about 25%.

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Curmudgeon’s Tax Reform Plan

This leads to the curmudgeon’s  version of tax reform.  If the CBO would redo their historical calculations with:

  • Only taxpayers with income in excess of 1.5 x the poverty level.
  • Median Effective Tax Rate per Quintile vice Average.

Then the Curmudgeon’s tax plan would be:

  • 5 tax brackets, based on the quintiles, 
  • Deduct 1.5 x poverty level from your gross income, this is your taxable income,
  • Determine your tax bracket and multiple your taxable income by the percentage.
  • The result is your Base Federal Income Tax,
  • Your total Federal Income Tax would be the Base plus a prior year deficit surtax prorated between personal and business taxpayers and a historic deficit surtax that would pay off the historic deficit in 20 year.

The Curmudgeon’s business tax would be a percent of gross revenue, the value would be a revenue neutral value base on a 10 year analysis of business tax filings. Likewise this would be a base value plus the prior year deficit surtax and historic deficit surtax.

My Letter-To-The-Editor Was Published!

I penned a reply to “The Last Straw” in Wednesday’s News-Leader.  My reply was published Friday.  Unfortunately I didn’t proof it very well, it was early morning.  The paper’s editor caught one omission (hard) and missed one (had).  I alway blame my inability to proof my own work on Florida’s experiment in “sight reading”, when I proof read I know what I intended to say.

 

August 10, 2016

The final straw

 

Well, I just got the numbers, and over 2,000 Democrats and No Party Affiliates have registered Republican in Nassau County. They will vote in the Republican primary. I guess this fall under the final straw.

Many were tired of efforts to disenfranchise their right to vote. When one party has someone run as either a write-in candidate (no one ever sees their name) or has a Republican reregister as a Libertarian (about 180 in the county) to keep the Democratic and nonaffiliated voters from voting, it becomes unacceptable.

This year they went too far (the final straw). The book closed last Monday for the primary. You are for the primary what you were that day. So to all who did this, I say, go vote, and vote the entire ballot. Once your vote is cast, take the final stand and reregister as you were. The moment you turn in your ballot, fill out the paperwork to return to your prior status. You can do this at the Supervisor of Elections office or at the Democratic headquarters. You do not have to wait until after the primary. The day after the primary, the supervisor will flip the switch and you will be home. The point will have been made quite clear. Stop trying to rig elections and disenfranchising voters!

Carla Voisard

Yulee

August 12, 2016

Party switching

 

Carla Voisard, chair of Democratic Executive Committee (DEC), urged the approximately 14 percent registered Democrats who recently defected to the Republican Party to come home. Her premise is they did this to gain a vote in the uncontested races that would normally be “Universal Primary Contest” if not for a write-in candidate. It is (hard) to believe that 14 percent of the registered Democrats felt so strongly about which Republican is elected in a primary which the Democrats didn’t even field a candidate. She ignores the possibility that they (had) become dissatisfied with the Progressive agenda of the Democratic Party. Or did the DEC organize the re-registrations of 2,000 voters? I doubt it. If they had, Carla wouldn’t need to write a letter to the editor to urge them to return to the Democratic fold. She should have their contact info and could email, robocall or send a mass mailing to let them know it was time to come home. If the letter was to highlight her perception of disenfranchisement via the write-in process, she needs to be clearer in her explanation of the disenfranchisement. Note, the courts have ruled on the write-in issue and the Democrats use it when it suits their agenda.

 

Jim Miller

Yulee