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Consumer Confidence

And 401Ks

Thanks to a fellow who doesn’t know he’s been nicknamed “Beau’, I checked my 401K account today. I was stunned. It has increased 20% in the last twelve months. The fund that I am in is fairly aggressive with about 75% in the Stock Market and 25% in bonds and the like. A twenty per cent increase in value since Donald Trump got elected.

I have read the fantasies that we are reaping the benefits of Obama’s financial policies. Like Green Energy (Solyndra), not building the Keystone Pipeline, killing coal and not drilling or fracking for our own natural resources, thereby depending upon Canadian and Mexican crude, with pricing set by the Arabs. Yes, those far-sighted, nationalistic policies. Hug a tree, pay $5 for a gallon of gas, stop spending.

It is Consumer Confidence that has boosted the Stock Market and the value of everyone’s 401K to the levels they are currently at. And these current levels of Consumer Confidence are due to the actions, forward thinking and business philosophy of the man currently in the White House, despite the lies paraded and touted by CNN, the NYT and Toronto Star.

Yet we have the two-faced, lying, hypocritical, snot-nosed sons of Chinese bottle washers in the media, whose portfolios have exploded and take-home pay has increased, telling the world that this new budget is, at very least, the apocalypse.

To a certain extent “the sky is falling” is effective as there is a group of us in society who do not save or invest their Entitlement money in 401Ks or the Stock Market.

But they vote.

I came across this article a few days ago written by a fellow named W. Lewis Amselem, who calls his blog “The DiploMad”, which ties in very well with my excellent financial news today…..

I am not an economist, and don’t play one on the internet. I, however, do keep an eye on my finances, and have protected my little nest egg relatively successfully — I, after all, am Jewish.

I have been following the twists and turns of the latest tax bill, and listening to the hyperbolic talking points unleashed against it by our old friends, the so-called progressives. It seems that we are all going to die! Well, I mean, of course, those of us will die who have not already been killed by Brexit, the election of Trump, the withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord, the end of “net neutrality,” and the declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The craziness of the progressives is, once again, on display.

I wrote a long time ago (May 31, 2011) that modern democracy has turned into a battle between the voters and the taxpayers. The two groups increasingly do not overlap,

[T]he real source of the crises facing the major currencies, and, in fact, our core economic well-being . . . all comes down to a very simple and basic fact. The western nations have developed societies where those who pay for government services, in general, are not the ones benefitting from the services. In the United States, for example, we have the top one percent of earners paying 38-41% of all Federal income tax. We have nearly half of Americans who pay no income tax, and another large percentage 15-20% who pay minimal income tax (and lets not even get into “Earned Income Tax Credits”.) We essentially have a society where some 25% of the income earners pay close to 90% of all Federal income taxes. That 25% does not consume anywhere near 90% of the services provided by the Feds.

We have a major political party, the world’s oldest, the Democrat Party, that has decided to throw its lot in with the voters and ignore the taxpayers. It’s not a totally stupid short-to-medium-term policy, although ultimately it leads to Venezuela, Greece, and Detroit. The Democrat base is increasingly composed of people who do not pay income taxes or who directly benefit from those and other taxes. The Dem voters are those on the public dole (including in Virginia, felons), those who work for a variety of public or semi-public organizations (including NGOs who rely on favorable tax laws), and in fields such as academia, the law, media, entertainment, and other occupations removed from the nitty-gritty of the real and productive economy. In other words, most of them don’t have to meet payrolls. They do not have to engage in make-or-break investment decisions; they live in a fantasy bubble. The Dem Party also has a curious assortment of billionaires who have made it themselves, love virtue signaling, and really don’t care if others can’t make it because of the policies advocated by the Dems; those who can’t make it are put on the dole controlled by the Democrat Party machine. Win-win.

The GOP tax plan is hardly, despite what its most ardent supporters proclaim, a revolutionary break with the past. It does make a very useful reduction in the absurdly high corporate tax, and should encourage investment in the US and job creation. Jobs! Good! It probably put another (fatal?) bullet into Obamacare by eliminating the penalty for failure to sign up. All good. It, however, doesn’t do much with the taxes paid by the wealthy, with most of them probably paying about the same as they do now, and some paying more as they find that the break they get for paying taxes to high-tax states is capped, as is interest on “super” mortgages. It did not eliminate the idiotic death tax. Full disclosure: My preliminary calculations show that I end up about the same as before, so . . ..

The GOP tax plan is most certainly not the death sentence its strident opponents pretend to believe it. That does not and will not stop the Dems from their crazy talk. That’s all they have left on the left, well, that and a hope that the blight of economic ignorance will continue to spread across the Western world.

 

I know. I vowed that I would no longer blog about politics. However I have to celebrate my 20% somehow.

Thank you, Mister Trump.

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