Unlike the Army drill sergeant, you can't recruit the unwilling to become volunteers at your local fire station.And that is causing a huge national problem - too few volunteers to drive trucks, connect hoses, dash into buildings, douse flames and save lives.Some 70% of all the fire companies in the United States are volunteer. Instead … Continue reading How I fell off a 1963 American LaFrance pumper, and why 70% of fire companies fear closing
When you recall President Donald Trump's promise of no income taxes for couples earning less than $50k, which turned out to be a measly $24k, you conclude that he made a promise he couldn't or wouldn't keep. The President's once trumpeted plan to reduce visa immigration has also gone by the big business-approved wayside. Instead, … Continue reading Chuck Schumer said he wanted “illegal aliens” to register with government or face deportation, and he opposed calling them: “undocumented workers”
Instead of playing the lottery or completing my 2018 Income Tax, yesterday I imagined I was Jeff Bezos It was a typical day with nothing to do except harass the workers at Whole Foods, so I decided to buy a boat. But not just any boat. A big boat - in fact, a ship. Large … Continue reading The very rich cannot only pay for QM2-size yachts, they have enough $$ to purchase entire nations!
It's tax season for the peons, but while you are wondering where your money is going, a few developers and bankers are chuckling. San Francisco Bay has been designated an official Opportunity Zone - containing areas where you can invest, make a fortune and pay no taxes - income or otherwise. The IRS describes the … Continue reading World’s 19th largest economy – San Francisco Bay – now qualifies for Opportunity Zone status, because its median income is “only” $117,000