Stimulus Bill Allocation Breakdown

1) 465B Directly by deposit and indirectly via tax credits to people living in America2) 361B Provides aid to states and local governments to make up deficits3) 350B Increased unemployment insurance and extended emergency unemployment through September. It includes 570M for 15 additional weeks of paid leave for federal employ-ees.4) 160B For all things COVID-195) 170B To fund schools and colleges, whether they open or not6) 85.7B Bailout aid for Multi-Employer Union Pension deficits7) 58B for Transportation and Transit Systems8) 30B Provides for rental and small landlord support9) 25B Provide…

United States Legislation H.R. 5

United States Legislation H.R. 5 and H.R. 1

H.R. 5On February 25, 2021, the House of Representatives passed H. R. 5, also known as the Equality Act. The legislation now proceeds to the Senate floor for deliberation, where it needs 60 votes for passage. This Act seeks to expand the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that afforded equality for people of all races and skin colors to enjoy the same public accommodation and material goods. To understand what is transpiring, we must engage in a brief history lesson on Civil Rights Acts. The first Civil Rights Act occurred…

United States Legislation H.R. 1

United States Legislation H.R. 5 and H.R. 1

H.R. 1American citizens who value the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law should read and understand any bill in its true form rather than its interpretation by a political party. This can be difficult because Congressional bills are often written in such a complicated way that a legal background is required to decipher their true meanings. One example is the recentlypassed H.R. 1, which has broad ramifications for every citizen within our borders. The alleged purpose of H.R. 1 is to strengthen the integrity of the election process. Here…

Stimulus Bill Allocation

As we pass the one-year mark since the COVID pandemic virtually shut down the nation, we now face another 2021 COVID Relief Bill. The actual amount targeting COVID relief is less than 9% of the $1.9 trillion package.  The pie chart shows where this bill has allocated the taxpayers’ money.  If we add it to all the bills passed in 2020, they total $5.3 trillion—keep in mind there is nearly $1 trillion from the 2020 Relief Bill left unspent. Critics are concerned that this will plunge our country into crippling…

IRS Annual Dirty Dozen Top Tax Scams For 2021

The IRS posted its annual list of the top tax scams for 2021, called the “Dirty Dozen.” Every year, the IRS takes a look at the most prevalent tax scams affecting U.S. taxpayers. In its continued effort to keep us safe from tax fraudsters, the IRS tells us what these scams can look like. They also remind us that although scams increase during tax time and crisis events, they continue to happen year-round. The IRS says no one in the organization ever uses email, phone calls, or texts to initiate…

Frontline Workers Not Eager For Vaccine

Recent findings from the Franklin Templeton-Gallup Economics of Recovery Survey looked at frontline workers’ willingness, specifically healthcare workers and first responders, to get a COVID-19 vaccine.  Surprisingly, 51% of these “Tier 1A workers” did NOT say they would agree to get the vaccine even if it was “free, available, FDA-approved, and 90% effective.” Gallup Poll Front-line Workers No Keener Than Others to Get Vaccine The Biggest COVID-19 Vaccine Skeptics? Front-Line Health Care Workers

Perils of Cancel Culture

The effects of “cancel culture” are all around us. A popular conservative social media site with more than 10 million users is suddenly shut down. It essentially disappears from the Internet. A particular pillow brand is not to be found at stores that previously carried and advertised the product. Even a can of beans is eliminated from grocery store shelves due to a different or “unacceptable” philosophy or political idea held by company leadership.  The practice of cancel culture is threatening the very foundation of America and further polarizing our…

Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

It’s time for everyone to be as informed as possible about the new COVID-19 vaccines. In February 2021, the FDA issued an “emergency use authorization” (not FDA approval) for the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson for individuals 18 years old and older. Unlike the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, which consist of a series of two injections, the Janssen Vaccine is only one shot. It also works using a slightly different mechanism — spike protein DNA instead of mRNA. The DNA for the spike protein of COVID-19 is…