About The GOP Tax Plan

After ruminating on it for the past day, this is my official post about the GOP Tax Plan, more formally known as the Tax Cut and Jobs Act.

I LIKE taxes, but I am by no means an expert despite my Master’s in Accounting, though I have prepared taxes for some folks over the past few years and like to remain informed. While this plan has not yet passed even one house of Congress, knowing about the plan and how it affects you and your family is good information to have and can be used when discussion your opposition/support of the plan with your elected officials.

Axios has provided a couple of great breakdowns about the tax plan. First, here’s a nice breakdown of what the tax plan actually is, and a subsequent piece that breaks down the winners and loser because of the plan. If you prefer to go straight to the source, the GOP Ways and Means Committee, and its chairman Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) has provided a bulleted list as well. You can check that out at this link. Continue reading

Leaving the Democratic Party

This may not mean anything to anybody, but today, I officially changed my voter registration from “Democrat” to “Unaffiliated.” So, for the first time since I registered to vote nearly 18 years ago, I am a man without a party. This day has been inevitable since Hillary Clinton lost in November, but it has been reinforced based on what I see from Democrats these days, on both the state and national level.

The Democrats just can’t seem to put the events of 2016 behind them. Discussions of pre-selecting candidates before conventions/primaries/caucuses to try and get the “best candidate” on the ballot seems kind of shady to me. The constant back and forth between  the supporters of Bernie Sanders (whom I voted for in our caucus last year) and Hillary Clinton (whom I voted for in November) is preventing the party from focusing on what they really need to focus on: competing against Republicans at all levels. Continue reading

On Honoring Our Fallen

Note: I often go on little rants on Twitter when the mood strikes instead of writing things here. As such, I’ve decided to go back and pull the threads and change them into blog posts, if only so this blog doesn’t sit completely fallow between times when I decide to post things. Plus, it will allow me to finish some thoughts that might not have been complete due to character limits on Twitter. Check out the tag “Twitter Rants” for all the posts like this. They will be posted on the date that I initially did the thread.

In the latest adventures of “Donald Trump is a Horrible President” this week, there was some controversy regarding the contacting of families of some fallen Soldiers that had died nearly two weeks ago during operations in Niger. Not only did he not acknowledge their deaths when they were announced – instead tweeting about the NFL or going golfing – but he also accused past presidents of never calling the families of Service Members that had died. This, as is most of what Trump says these days, was patently false, but it only snowballed from there. When reports surfaced of the phone call he had with one of the new Gold Star widows – basically stating to her in her moment of grief that her husband “knew what he had signed up for,” he reached a new low in his presidency.

I retweeted some threads about why his word usage probably wasn’t the best, but then I decided to write my own thread based on my experiences with dealing with funeral details from when I worked for the Army. The actual Twitter thread is below, but after that, I went back and expanded further on what I wrote now that I’ve had some time to think some more.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>THREAD (of my own): When I worked for the Army, I never had the honor of escorting a hero home, or even meeting them at the airport</p>&mdash; Robert 4 Clinton (@GuruEbby) <a href=”https://twitter.com/GuruEbby/status/920500061808746496?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>October 18, 2017</a></blockquote>


When I worked for the Army, I personally never had the honor of escorting a hero home, or even meeting them at the airport. I was a junior rank, in the Reserves, and it just wasn’t in the mission of our organization to do so. However, for a brief time during the “surge” – 2005-2008 or so, maybe a little later – the AGRs (full-time Reservists) that I worked with had to be ready for “funeral detail.” Continue reading

On Anthems, Flags, and Protests

I’ve been wrestling with whether to say something about this. I personally feel like it is a very (unnecessarily) divisive issue that has become something more than it ever should have been. Maybe that’s a product of living in an “outrage” culture, when people on either side of the political equilibrium have to scream louder than each other about the issue du jour, instilling their own biases based on whatever they want to make the complaint about.

Time hasn’t changed this. Colin Kaepernick first kneeled during the anthem last season, something that may have cost him his job as a quarterback in the NFL. I’m not going to comment on his capabilities as a player; I’m a relatively casual fan of sports and I don’t spend hours of my week determining if Player A is better than Player B – I leave that to professionals like Bill Barnwell – but I do know the guy led a team to a Super Bowl, which seems to indicate success in his sport. Continue reading