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      VOTE!

      Tuesday, November 6th
      2018



      By Ray Cunneff

      October 6, 2018


      The 2018 mid-term elections carry enormous political stakes but, if history is any guide, the vast majority of eligible voters will stay home on Election Day.

      The Trump victory in 2016 stands as a monument to apathy and its enduring legacy could prove the beginning of the end of the American democracy.


      “Parts of society remain tuned out and don’t feel like active citizens. There is this sense of disengagement and powerlessness.”

      - Alexander Keyssar, Harvard's Kennedy School of Government


      Thirty-six governors and more than 80 percent of all state legislators in the United States will be elected on November 6th, yet state and local participation has actually deteriorated in today’s hyper-partisan political environment.

      Many people it seems are so preoccupied with day-to-day living, and in many cases surviving, that they no longer believe their vote matters.

      Recent polling shows that only 28 percent of young adults ages 18 to 29 say they are “absolutely certain” they’ll vote in mid-terms, compared to 74 percent of seniors. And the older generations who used to proclaim "we won't get fooled again" have become cynical with the realization that they have been and likely will be fooled again.

      The following ads are both powerful and poignant because, while their message was vital, these ads made for the 2016 election by both celebrities and non-celebrities didn't make any difference.

      Perhaps they will this time.

      Or not.







      https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/03/us/non-voters-m...

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          Ray Cunneff
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          One of the most important things that we need to do is give every one the day off to vote? And really we should have a week to conduct the vote. But you are absolute right. It may be too late for this country. Freedom for everyone now depends on how much money you have. There is no more equal justice for all. When Trump talks about making America Great Again he is only talking to the Ultra Rich as they are the ones who benefit the most from the Tax Cuts to the Rich. The money does not pour down to the poor. It doesn't even trickle down. It all says at the top making the top 1% even richer on the backs of the poor.

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              The individual income tax is designed to be progressive – those with higher incomes pay at higher rates. A Pew Research Center analysis of IRS data from 2015, the most recent available, shows that taxpayers with incomes of $200,000 or more paid well over half (58.8%) of federal income taxes, though they accounted for only 4.5% of all returns filed (6.8% of all taxable returns).

              By contrast, taxpayers with incomes below $30,000 filed nearly 44% of all returns but paid just 1.4% of all federal income tax – in fact, two-thirds of the nearly 66 million returns filed by people in that lowest income tier owed no tax at all.


              People with incomes of over $200k (only 6.8% of all tax returns) paid in 58.8% of all federal taxes collected. So the very top paid for over half the federal taxes collected and the same taxes paid for all the government programs that help the poor

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                      Swamp-fox
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                      Everyone who pays taxes benefited from the tax cuts. If you made more money and/or did your part to contribute to expansion of the job market you got to keep a little more of your money. The group that actually got the lions share of the tax cuts are not the top 1% but the top 5 to 15%, the ones making 150.000 to 300,000 a year, this is also the group that makes up the largest percentage of small businesses.

                      When companies come back or stay here because of more attractive tax rates we all win not just the 300000 or so that make up the 1%


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                              Ray Cunneff
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                              Every Dem, every Independent who intends to vote with them, should be reminded that numbers DO matter. The proof is the 2016 election. People should now understand that the total popular vote means nothing if the majority of votes is concentrated in one area. Everyone in every part of the country needs to do his or her part.

                              We must never have the results we did in 2016 again.


                              The Election Came Down to 77,744 Votes in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan (Updated)

                              According to the final tallies, Trump won Pennsylvania by 0.7 percentage points (44,292 votes), Wisconsin by 0.7 points (22,748 votes), Michigan by 0.2 points (10,704 votes).


                              https://www.weeklystandard.com/john-mccormack/the-...


                              The only way we can undo the long-term results of the iron hand now in SCOTUS is to turn both houses in Congress blue this year and elect a Dem in 2020. If not, our kids' lives will never be what we raised them to believe they would be.

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                                  Ray Cunneff
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                                  Ray, I am confident that history is no guide this year just as it has had little influence on numerous events that have occurred in these last 18 months...Heck, just the last 30 days alone are filled with new history... I am predicting near Presidential levels of turnout this time especially for the Democrats, I say "for" them because I clearly see where many angry and principled Republicans will be joining the Left this time.. The Independent vote is CLEARLY leaning Left in this midterms. This is about the usual issues as always but this is also all about Trump and the failure of Republicans to not only get anything done but serve as a check on his outrageous behavior.... Nope, history is no guide this time because this time we will be making history.

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