There Shall be Showers of Blessings

… For the Tax Preparation Industry

This morning, a truly invaluable member of my posse has called my attention to this story: The House passed a bill banning the government from creating ‘free’ tax-preparation software like TurboTax, forever. The story emphasizes the bipartisan nature of the impetus to screw the taxpayer—and the related bipartisan nature of the generous contributions of the taxpaying industry like TurboTax and H&R Block. I believe my friend may have seized on this information as yet another occasion for cynicism.

I, on the other hand, view this glass as half full, or maybe more than half full. In my estimation, it provides a shining example of what Big Greed can achieve when it gets over its infatuation with Big Racism—and, instead, just buys everybody.

That’s how things were back in the good old days at Dewey Cheatum & Howe. The Dewey Cheatum Good Government PAC made no ideological distinctions. We gave with a generous hand to politicians of all persuasions, for the far right to what passed for the far left. Pols of all genders, ethnicities, religions, and sexual orientations benefitted from our largesse. Our lobbying competitors, marveling at our success, were left behind to eat our dust.

At Last We Will Find the Oranges!

Meanwhile, in other good news, WILLIAM BARR GIVES TRUMP WHAT HE WANTS, FORMS TEAM TO INVESTIGATE THE F.B.I: Rep. Jim Jordan said the reported investigation is what Republicans have “been calling for.”

Yes, those hidden oranges will all come to light.


The Wrath of Trump

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Trump does what Trump does: claim victory or vindication, tell lie after lie, attack, insult, and bully. He was doin’ that yesterday, he’s doin’ that today, and he’ll be doin’ that tomorrow.

This afternoon, I am detecting a tendency on the part of some among my posse to be faint of heart.

My first answer is that, if the facts justified a defeatist attitude, then a defeatist attitude might be in order.  But you are not reacting to the Mueller report, you’re reacting to the Barr purported precis of the Mueller report. And there is good ground to believe that the two may be quite different.

Secondly, Mueller evidently came up with bupkis that might talk the Trump cultists out of being Trump cultists. But that was not going to happen, anyway.

Thirdly, Mueller and Barr have done absolutely nothing to refute the views of those who despise Trump and all his works, like us.

Finally, that leaves a narrow set of folks in the middle—folks who might vote for Trump, or might vote for Obama, or might vote for the Man in the Moon. I have no earthly idea what these people are thinking. Burrowing into their psyches seems to pose an even greater challenge than grasping why someone might embrace the Cult of Trump.

All that said, I really don’t think most of the low information folks in the squishy middle are going to care about Mueller and Barr, one way or the other. My suspicion is that if they vote in 2020, it will be on economic issues.

So be of good cheer. Remember to keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, and blaming it on you. And to trust yourself when all men doubt you, yet make allowance for their doubting, too.