EconomicPolicyJournal.com: Why People in Illinois Should Have an Extra Drink This Holiday Weekend

EconomicPolicyJournal.com: Why People in Illinois Should Have an Extra Drink This Holiday Weekend
— Read on www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2018/05/why-people-in-illinois-should-have.html

Illinois is broken. If you’re a retiree, move to Tennessee.

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Clapper: The FBI Wasn’t Spying On Trump, It Was “Benign Information Gathering” | Zero Hedge

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper – who much like former FBI Director James Comey is peddling a book right now, accused President Trump of twisting his words after a bizarre interview on The View on Tuesday.

When Clapper was asked if the FBI was spying on the Trump campaign, he replied “They were spying on – a term I don’t particularly like, but on what the Russians were doing.” (By sending a spy to perform espionage on several members of the Trump campaign)

— Read on www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-05-25/clapper-fbi-wasnt-spying-trump-it-was-benign-information-gathering

Clapper deserves to be in jail for the rest of his life, along with his CIA cronies, most of the Obama administration and all three Clinton psychos.

8 signs pointing to a counterintelligence operation deployed against Trump’s campaign | TheHill

If all of this is true…damn. Half the Obama administration is going to jail!

There’s still a copious amount of material that the Department of Justice hasn’t handed over to congressional investigators.
— Read on thehill.com/opinion/white-house/388978-growing-signs-of-a-counterintelligence-operation-deployed-against-trumps

Black Man Who Attended The KKK Rallies For 30 Years Made 200 Of Them Leave The Klan | Bored Panda

Daryl only had one question — why? “It was inconceivable to me that someone who had never laid eyes on me, never spoken to me, knew absolutely nothing about me would want to inflict pain upon me for no other reason than the color of my skin” he explained. “How can you hate me when you don’t even know me?” was the question that Davis kept in his mind through the years as he studied various books on racism. But books couldn’t provide the answer, so when he grew up he decided to go and ask the people of the Ku Klux Klan.
— Read on www.boredpanda.com/ending-racism-story-daryl-davis/

Fantastic story.

“The Stakes Here Go Beyond Trump’s Future” WSJ Editors Demand Truth About FBI Spying | Zero Hedge

We now have all but official confirmation thanks to “current and former government officials” who contributed to apologias last week in the New York Times and Washington Post. And please don’t call the informant a “spy.” A headline on one of the Times’ stories says the “F.B.I. Used Informant to Investigate Russia Ties to Campaign, Not to Spy, as Trump Claims.”

We’ll let readers parse that casuistic distinction, which is part of a campaign by the FBI and Justice Department to justify their refusal to turn over to the House Intelligence Committee documents related to the informant. Justice and the FBI claim this Capitol Hill oversight would blow the cover of this non-spy and even endanger his life. Yet these same stories have disclosed so many specific details about the informant whom we dare not call a spy that you can discover the name of the likeliest suspect in a single Google search.

— Read on www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-05-21/stakes-here-go-beyond-trumps-future-wsj-editors-demand-truth-about-fbi-spying

The Truth About Seattle’s “Amazon Tax”

Great video from John Stossel. The exit is of high earning individuals from Illinois has already started causing problems with the budget. When a dozen or so high earning individuals pay 10% of the budget and leave for Tennessee or Florida, like David Tepper, it can blow 10 million dollar holes in your budget.

EconomicPolicyJournal.com: The Truth About Seattle’s “Amazon Tax”
— Read on www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2018/05/the-truth-about-seattles-amazon-tax.html

Tennessee To Become Income-Tax-Free State No. 8

You retire to an income-tax-free state and you don’t expect to pay any income tax. So imagine the surprise a former California couple in their 60s got when they went to a tax preparer in Tennessee for help with their 2015 federal tax return, and she gave them the news that they owed $1,200 in taxes to Tennessee on their capital gains, interest and dividend income, thanks to the 6% state “Hall Tax.”

“A lot of seniors come to Tennessee, and they get a surprise: We have a tax on people who have done things correctly by saving for retirement,” says Friday Burke, an enrolled agent in Brentwood, Tenn. The retired California couple had $125,000 in overall taxable income, including $28,000 in interest, dividends and capital gains, $20,000 of which was subject to the Hall Tax. “That’s $1,200 they hadn’t budgeted,” says Burke.

The good news she was able to deliver to the couple is that the Hall Tax is on its way out. It was one of a trifecta of taxes that kept Tennessee on the list of states unfriendly to business owners and retirees. The state’s gift tax was repealed effective Jan. 1, 2012. The state’s estate tax was repealed effective Jan. 1, 2016. And now the Hall Tax is repealed—as of Jan. 1, 2022. In the meantime, the tax rate was cut from 6% to 5% retroactive to Jan. 1, 2016, and the legislature is meant to decrease the rate one percentage point a year, assuming the state meets certain revenue targets.
— Read on www.forbes.com/