Open Thread | A Supreme Court That Wants to Usher in Jim Crow II Voter Suppression

The worst court on Voting Rights since Taney.😠😠

 

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Happy July 4th

Independence Day.
But, for whom?
I leave you with this classic:

 

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Weekend Open Thread

Good Morning. I hope that you are enjoying this weekend, vaccinated, with family and friends.

 

Even though I don’t understand the language, this is too cute 🥰🥰

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Open Thread | Need Prayers for SouthernGirl2

Since she has posted this on Twitter, I feel comfortable posting this here. Need your prayers and positive thoughts for the wonderful SG2.🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

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Open Thread | This is why the IRS needs more employees, and more teeth

Because of lying cheats like this.

He can’t be the only one doing this.

Lord of the Roths: How Tech Mogul Peter Thiel Turned a Retirement Account for the Middle Class Into a $5 Billion Tax-Free Piggy Bank

by Justin Elliott, Patricia Callahan and James Bandler

June 24, 5 a.m. EDT

Roth IRAs were intended to help average working Americans save, but IRS records show Thiel and other ultrawealthy investors have used them to amass vast untaxed fortunes.
Billionaire Peter Thiel, a founder of PayPal, has publicly condemned “confiscatory taxes.” He’s been a major funder of one of the most prominent anti-tax political action committees in the country. And he’s bankrolled a group that promotes building floating nations that would impose no compulsory income taxes.

But Thiel doesn’t need a man-made island to avoid paying taxes. He has something just as effective: a Roth individual retirement account.

Over the last 20 years, Thiel has quietly turned his Roth IRA — a humdrum retirement vehicle intended to spur Americans to save for their golden years — into a gargantuan tax-exempt piggy bank, confidential Internal Revenue Service data shows. Using stock deals unavailable to most people, Thiel has taken a retirement account worth less than $2,000 in 1999 and spun it into a $5 billion windfall.

To put that into perspective, here’s how much the average Roth was worth at the end of 2018: $39,108.

And here’s how much $5 billion is: If every one of the 2.3 million people in Houston, Texas, were to deposit $2,000 into a bank today, those accounts still wouldn’t equal what Thiel has in his Roth IRA

What’s more, as long as Thiel waits to withdraw his money until April 2027, when he is six months shy of his 60th birthday, he will never have to pay a penny of tax on those billions.

More at the link:

https://www.propublica.org/article/lord-of-the-roths-how-tech-mogul-peter-thiel-turned-a-retirement-account-for-the-middle-class-into-a-5-billion-dollar-tax-free-piggy-bank

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Weekend Open Thread

Good Morning. I hope that you are enjoying this weekend, fully vaccinated, with family and friends.

 
Congratulations!👏👏👏👏

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Open Thread | More About Critical Race Theory

Some folks have had enough of the clowns.😠

 

 

Uh huh 👏🏾👏🏾

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Open Thread | Texas Needs You, Beto.

Beto in Texas

Our own SouthernGirl2 and her family went to a Townhall with Beto. In Washington County, Brenham, Texas.

Beto is going everywhere in Texas. He’s not just going to the blue parts of the State. He wants every voter in Texas to understand that there is someone in their corner.

That he understands what the Insurrection of January 6th was about.

How Voter Suppression Bills are a threat do our democracy.

The State is really going through something right now. And, I’m scared for the citizens of Texas.
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You have an energy company, due to the dedication of the Republicans to no regulations, that they have put Texas in the position to be on their own grid. Well, that shyt didn’t work this past winter, killing hundreds. Now, it’s Summer, the heat is here, and the grid doesn’t seem to be working any better. In the mid 1990’s, Chicago had a hot spell that killed almost 800 people. I am fearful for Texas.

So, in the middle of this epic failure of Republican rule, and the possible risking of lives of millions of its citizens during this heat spell, what is the GOP Leadership doing in Texas?

 

SG2’s beautiful granddaughter Haley with Beto:

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Weekend Open Thread

Good Morning. I hope that you are enjoying this weekend, fully vaccinated , with family and friends.

 

Bravo👏👏👏👏

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Open Thread | Juneteenth Is Now A National Holiday

I didn’t learn about Juneteenth in school. It was an Elder in the church, who grew up in Texas, that taught me about Juneteenth as a child.

You will not disrespect nor denigrate the work of activists of many years.

You will not diminish this by bringing all the other issues that need to be fixed.

You will not dampen the joy of this victory.

Happy Juneteenth!


 

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