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Defer THIS!

So SHITHOLE thinks that all the employers are going to be deferring your taxes from your paychecks starting next week.  And all the money they’re supposedly going to defer is going to help the economy.  Because you’ll have so much more money in your paycheck.  That you’ll have to pay back in April 2021.  Oh, unless SHITHOLE is re-elected.  Because he’s blackmailing and threatening America. And he’s extremely desperate. Because he knows his ass is going to end up in jail.

Boy, is SHITHOLE going to have a rude awakening.

The IRS just issued their “guidelines” about this fiasco on Friday.  They expect it to go into effect on Tuesday.  No employer will have any of this ready to go by then.  Even if they were going to do it.  Which the majority aren’t.  Because they can’t.

If for some reason your employer decides they are going to defer your taxes (meaning your Social Security and Medicare tax), here’s an example, cited from CNBC, of what that will mean:

For instance, a worker earning $50,000 per year would be able to pocket $119 per paycheck if Social Security taxes were deferred – a total of $1,073 over nine pay periods, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

However, all of that money would be due to the IRS in 2021.

In other words, although that extra money you may see may be nice, don’t plan on spending it.  You’ll have to save it in order to pay it back the following year.

Asinine, isn’t it?  Then again, so is SHITHOLE and his entire “administration”.

 

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When Johnny Returns to School

With the return to school looming in the background for millions of American kids, questions still remain for many as to how they will be returning to school.  Will it be in an actual school building?  Will it be at home?  Will it be a combination of both?

If SHITHOLE had his way (which he won’t), all kids will go back to school within an actual building.  Because he believes if the kids are in school, then the parents can go back to work.  He couldn’t be more wrong.  Because it’s difficult for a person to go back to work when there isn’t a job to go back to.

Take for instance the furloughed nurse who lives next door to me.  She works in a medical office and was furloughed in April when the doctor’s office decided since they weren’t seeing as many patients in person (if any at all), they didn’t need to keep five nurses on staff.  So they kept two and furloughed the other three.  She still has not been called back to work and now she’s gotten word that the doctor’s office is closing and probably moving to another location.  She’s not even sure where.  They have kind of kept her out of the loop.  At this point she is kind of left hanging, not knowing if she should still wait to see if they call her back or try to look for another gig as a nurse at another doctor’s office. If she can find another position.  So when her kids go back to school at the end of August, chances are she won’t be working but instead looking for work.

How does the person who once ran a restaurant but was forced to close it because he couldn’t make it on doing take-out alone go back to work?  The small business loan he applied for didn’t come through for him.  So when his kids go back to school in two weeks, guess what he won’t be doing?  Working.  I take that back.  He’ll probably be working on helping his kids do their school work, since they’ll be doing it virtually at least through the fall.

So although SHITHOLE thinks he can snap his fat orange fingers and make all the kiddies go back to school and all the parents go back to work, he can’t.  He has no idea how parenting and working works.

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What The U.S. Needs

At this point in time, what is it that the United States needs?  It needs a lot.  A decent leader would be a start.  We’re working on getting one on November 3.  In the meantime, we’ll deal with the SHITHOLE that we have.

The CDC has recently stated that “if all of us would put on a face covering now for the next four weeks, six weeks, we could drive this epidemic to the ground.”  I’m not sure it would drive the epidemic to the ground, but it would help immensely.  If the United States was smart (but we’re not because we have the dumbest leader in the world), we would have completely locked down back in March, or earlier, as other countries did.  But as long as there are assholes in the country who refuse to wear a mask or cooperate with a lockdown, we’re always going to have a problem with the virus.  And then you have SHITHOLE who disagrees with the CDC and says “No, I want people to have a certain freedom, and I don’t believe in that, no.”  Yes, he wants people to have the freedom to get sick and possibly die.  Having SHITHOLE at the helm has not helped the United States one bit.  In fact, having him “in charge” has hindered it greatly.

There are idiots in this country who believe that the coronavirus was created by Democrats to stop SHITHOLE.  If that were the case, we would’ve created it four years ago to stop him from becoming “president”.  Besides, Democrats and the Republicans who also can’t stand SHITHOLE have much better things to do than to sit around all day creating a virus.

In retrospect, the coronavirus was SHITHOLE’S time to shine.  It really was.  It was his chance to show the United States how he could be great leader.  You know, finally step up to the plate and succeed in getting people what they need to fight the virus.  If he had stepped up initially and kept stepping up, he may actually be leading in the polls and may have actually had a chance to be re-elected.  But he has failed.  Tremendously.  He couldn’t even provide enough PPE to his medical providers. Five months into this and he’s still having trouble getting tests and tracing done in a timely fashion.  He cannot even show empathy for the dead.  He doesn’t feel any of this is his responsibility but yes, it is.  Because he’s allegedly “president” of the United States.

SHITHOLE doesn’t want the entire country to wear face masks because he’s not the one who came up with that idea.  It came from the CDC.  Which consists of many people much smarter than SHITHOLE.  The only ideas SHITHOLE can come up with are for people to take a malaria drug that will probably kill them, inject disinfectant into their veins and shove UV lights up their asses.

Wouldn’t it be so much easier to just wear a damn face mask?

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In A World By Himself

When Dr. Anthony Fauci declared that trade adviser Peter Navarro was “in a world by himself” regarding the dissing op-ed he penned regarding the doctor, Fauci was completely speaking the truth.  In fact, Fauci has been completely speaking the truth through the entire coronavirus pandemic.  He’s just about the only one who has been speaking the truth.  It’s just, for the SHITHOLE “administration”, at least, they don’t like to hear the truth.  Especially if it’s damning to them.

The op-ed would have been more credible if it had been written by a doctor.  At least a doctor would have had more reason to say something negative about Fauci, who himself is a doctor.  But a trade adviser questioning the validity of a doctor?  That’s like a truck driver questioning the validity of a physics professor.  Would Navarro expect Fauci to question the validity of what Navarro does?  Or doesn’t do?  Because from what I understand, Navarro (as well as the entire SHITHOLE “administration”) does nothing.

No, Navarro only wrote his op-ed because he didn’t like what Fauci had to say about the virus.  I get it.  Nobody likes to be told that a certain medicine would do more harm than good for people infected with coronavirus, although yourself and your “president” believe it will “cure it”.  Nobody likes to be told that their country is doing poorly in fighting against the coronavirus.  Nobody likes to be told so many millions of people in their country have come down with this virus.  Nobody likes to be told that so many hundreds of thousands of people in their country have died from this virus.  Nobody likes the truth when it reflects poorly on them.  It’s like the person trying to lose weight.  Nobody likes to be told that they still look fat, even if they’ve been trying to lose weight.  But the difference there is that most of America isn’t even trying to save themselves from the coronavirus.  In fact, it seems most of the country just doesn’t give a shit anymore.  Or never gave a shit to begin with. And it starts at the top.

When you have a “president” who doesn’t give a shit about Americans, most of America (or at least SHITHOLE’S sheep), are going to think the same thing.  That’s why they don’t like to wear face masks and they still think this entire thing is a “hoax”.  Also, when you don’t have a “president”, you end up with trash members of an “administration” that doesn’t know which way is up. Like Navarro.

At a time like this, America needs people like Fauci.  America doesn’t need people like Navarro or supporters like the SHITHOLE “administration”.  If the “administration” really valued “the expertise of the medical professionals” advising the “administration”, they would fire Navarro.  Because he’s not a medical professional and he’s not advising anyone of anything.

 

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To School or Not to School

It seems that everyone in government wants to stick their nose into deciding whether our children should be physically attending school come the new school year.  In other words, having school buildings open for children, teachers, office staff, custodians, food service, etc. to risk their lives in the face of coronavirus, all in the name of education.

The delusional SHITHOLE who calls himself “president” and the good-for-nothing “education secretary” Cruella DeVos can say what they want about their desire to have America’s kids to go back to school.  But in conclusion, there’s not a goddamn thing they can do about how it happens.  So if school district X wants to send their students back to school in a hybrid form (say two days at physical school, three days schooling at home), SHITHOLE and Cruella have no say.  SHITHOLE can threaten to take away funding.  Most of the funding the schools get comes from the state, possibly even the town (I know of such a district that relies on most of the funding for the school from the town itself).  So SHITHOLE and Cruella can fuck right off.

What these two idiots, and the rest of their idiotic “administration” need to consider is what happens if these kids go back to school and then suddenly many people get sick.  Including children.  Just because “stats” claim children don’t get sick, doesn’t mean that’s the case.  Many children have gotten sick from COVID-19 and some have died.  Children aside, if all the teachers that taught the children got sick, then who would teach the children?  Of course.  The parents.  At home.

On June 25, 2020 the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released a 20-page booklet that they call “DESE Initial Fall 2020 Reopening Guidance”. They state that their goal for the fall is to “safely bring back as many students as possible to in-person school settings, to maximize learning and address our students’ holistic needs. With the information provided in this memo, districts and schools should begin planning for a fall return that includes multiple possibilities, with a focus first and foremost on getting our students back into school buildings”.  The document also states that “districts and schools must plan not only for in-person learning, but also hybrid learning models (in which students learn in-person for some of the time and remotely for some of the time) and also full remote learning.  Remote learning may be a necessary option in the fall for some students who are unable to return to school due to underlying medical conditions and potentially for all students if COVID-19 forces widespread school closures in the future.”  They indicate that school districts need to have their plans presented to DESE by August.  But it doesn’t give a specific date.  Hope it’s before August 25, because that’s when my daughter returns to school.  That’s confusion number one for me.

Confusion number two are the discrepancies they present in physical distancing.  The document states that the “federal CDC has recommended maintaining a physical distance of six feet between individuals, the World Health Organization’s guidance states approximately three feet”.  Then under the “Distancing Requirements” section it states “As reviewed and advised by the Massachusetts COVID-19 Command Center Medical Advisory Group, schools should aim for a physical distance of six feet when feasible and three feet is the minimum distance allowed”.  So what the fuck is it?  Six feet or three feet?  How about we go halfsies and call it a day?

I may have missed it but the only time they mention a bus is when they indicate everyone needs to wear a face mask on the bus.  I don’t recall reading anything about how many kids they plan to fit on a bus or how they plan on sitting them on the bus.  Especially if they need to remain six (or three) feet apart.

It is being recommended that students are to be placed in “cohorts” and will remain in their “cohort” throughout the day.  Of course it doesn’t mention anything about the one kid in the cohort who is a bully and chooses to pick on all the other kids in the cohort.  Because you know that will be the case in many “cohorts”.  But that’s another topic for another day, isn’t it?

The guidelines suggest using alternative spaces in the school for teaching (i.e., cafeteria, library, auditorium).  Even teaching outside.  Yes, that will be great in January.  It is even suggested teaching at a different location off campus.  Anyone up for learning at the local Dunks?

I’m not even going to discuss the financial aspects, because apparently this document believes each school district and each school district family is loaded.  Families are to provide their own face masks, but there will allegedly be back ups at school.  Hand wipes.   Hand sanitizer.  Sanitizer I can find.  Wipes I haven’t seen since February.  Disinfecting wipes I haven’t seen since February either and although I know you can order the commercial brand, I hope schools realize that they are on at least a month’s back order.  And to be able to provide enough of these materials for people within a school for 180 days.  For some districts that cost will break them.

I can’t speak for other school districts but mine has laid off twenty-two educators.  I know many others have faced the same situation and that will put a burden on many as well.

None of us know what the new school year will bring.  Anyone physically going to school and getting COVID-19 will not surprise me.  Because that is a very likely scenario.  We can only hope for the best, hope for not many cases and hope for the best kind of education one can receive under this “new normal”.