The Stink Found on High Moral Ground

It’s interesting to hear my close friends gripe about the “lazy” people their hard-earned dollars are wasted upon. These are small business owners who’ve put everything on the line to scrape by, have left blood, sweat, and a few tears in their wake. Calling a class of people lazy is, of course, passing moral judgement. To be clear, I’m a small business owner. I understand the complexities during tax time, even though most online programs have removed most of the accounting labor.

So here is a cold, hard look at the waste and fraud of two major entitlement programs (medicaid and food stamps/SNAP), compared to the amount of money unreported by small business owners.

First off, 71% of Americans have a favorable view of small business owners, which is 8% higher than church officials, and 10% higher than college professors. You are far more likely to get punched in the face for bad-mouthing the owner of a car dealership than if you slander the local Catholic Priest. And trash talk those lowly adjunct professors all you want.

But in the most recent data available, there was $122 billion of unreported business income on individual income tax returns. Fifty-six percent of sole-proprietors’ cash receipts are not disclosed to the IRS. Yes, more than half of the income taken in by small business owners goes unreported, compared to about 1% of wage employee income (due to the fact that wage earner income is reported by employers to the IRS.)

So what about all this cheating by lazy poor people? About $500 million (9% of the entire combined Medicaid/SNAP expenditure) was found to be “waste or fraud” in a non-partisan audit, and was confirmed in a government audit. The vast majority of fraud was committed by middle-class earners cheating the system. The waste was attributed to government errors in implementation at Federal, state, and local levels. Fraud was committed by the lower-class in 1% of cases.

Why don’t small business get audited more often? Because a business owner earning $155,000 pays a tax rate of 22.5%. If that person under-reports 25% of his income, the IRS only yields $7,800 for the effort. Thus, the IRS only audits 1% of people making under $200,000/yr, but 12% of those making over $1 million/yr.

The two most common reasons given by small business owners who have been caught cheating:

“We can’t survive if we don’t cook the books.”

“I consider it my money, not the wasteful government’s money.”

So the majority of small business revenue is kept hidden from the IRS. The justification for this crime is that proprietors cannot survive without cheating, or the government will waste the money anyway. And while only 1% of waste and fraud is committed by the poor, these mostly non-criminals are considered “lazy’, no matter their circumstances. The high moral ground occupied by us small business owners is earned – despite our crimes – because we work harder than others.

sources:
IRS
Forbes
Money
Small Business Owner
Time

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Message to School Board Members:

“We see the world not as it is, but as we are.” – Stephen Covey

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Are You Smarter Than A Physician?

The AJ Gaudenzi Vagblaster 2000

An example of school guidance to be followed.

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the withering hate argument …

“Which bathroom? C’mon, spit it out!”

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Trivia: Groundhog Day Lasted 38 Days. Kristallnacht Lasted 2 Days.

On buses, trains and park benches, Jews had to sit on seats marked for them. Children at schools were taught specifically anti-Semitic ideas. Jewish school children were openly ridiculed by teachers and the bullying of Jews in the playground by other pupils went unpunished. If the Jewish children responded by not wanting to go to school, then that served a purpose in itself and it also gave the Nazi propagandists a reason to peddle the lie that Jewish children were inherently lazy and could not be bothered to go to school. – historylearningsite.co.uk

On buses, trains and park benches, blacks had to sit on seats marked for them. Children at schools were taught specifically anti-black ideas. Black school children were openly ridiculed by teachers and the bullying of blacks in the playground by other pupils went unpunished. If the black children responded by not wanting to go to school, then that served a purpose in itself and it also gave the propagandists a reason to peddle the lie that black children were inherently lazy and could not be bothered to go to school.

On buses, trains and park benches, the LGBTQ had to sit on seats marked for them. Children at schools were taught specifically anti-LGBTQ ideas. LGBTQ school children were openly ridiculed by teachers and the bullying of LGBTQ in the playground by other pupils went unpunished. If the LGBTQ children responded by not wanting to go to school, then that served a purpose in itself and it also gave the propagandists a reason to peddle the lie that LGBTQ children were inherently lazy and could not be bothered to go to school.

On buses, trains and park benches, immigrants had to sit on seats marked for them. Children at schools were taught specifically anti-immigrant ideas. Immigrant school children were openly ridiculed by teachers and the bullying of immigrants in the playground by other pupils went unpunished. If the immigrant children responded by not wanting to go to school, then that served a purpose in itself and it also gave the propagandists a reason to peddle the lie that immigrant children were inherently lazy and could not be bothered to go to school.

“Bill Murray was bitten by the groundhog twice during shooting. Murray had to have anti-rabies injections because the bites were so severe.” -IMDB.com

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana

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Lady Liberty Tosses a Mexican Mom

Kid comes to America when she’s 14 to escape poverty. In order to work at an amusement park for minimum wage and no benefits, she writes a fake Social Security number on the job application (the number was not and has never been assigned to anyone). Regular payroll taxes are taken out of her checks up until she’s arrested and charged with felony impersonation, for which she is convicted.

For nine years by court order she reports annually to ICE headquarters. She has has no other encounters with police. She gives birth to two children while living in Arizona, where she’s been a resident for 22 years.

Yesterday she was deported to Mexico.

Go ahead and tell me this is the American way. And while doing it, message me your grandparent’s or great-grandparent’s names and social security numbers, and let’s take a close look at the circumstances of their arrival.

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Hannah the Hypocrite

So, Hannah Moskowitz, shame on me? You went public with your disdain for people who refused to support Hillary because of her disgusting, destructive, and FEC rule violating campaign against Bernie. And that’s not to mention Hillary is the most corrupt person in American politics, who made great personal gain from countries that have slaughtered LGBTQ people. Shame on me?

So I sent you a private message that said “no, shame on you.” And of course you reacted like every villain in your YA books. The popular kid got all her friends to write hateful things to “that guy”. “Get him!” you shouted, because you were the poor little important kid who said something mean and got a response. Really gross, Hannah.

“Oh, I voted for Bernie,” you claimed, just like you have a black friend and a Muslim neighbor you don’t mind.

Hannah, while saying shame on me, you allowed politics as usual instead of demanding change. You fell in line like a sheep and voted for Devil B instead of Devil A. Your prerogative, but when you shoot your mouth off and say shame on me, well, then … Houston we have a problem. It gives me the right to tell you that you should have done something more than fall in line. You should have fought for someone who was going to protect LGBTQ rights, among all the other important issues. Or you should have helped us pull the rug out from under the DNC in order to keep what happened to Bernie from ever happening again. Instead, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Donna Brazile are better off today than before their ‘crimes’. The machine continues on. Yes, it would have been a rough four years, but we’re getting those anyway.

Hannah, you gave us Trump by trying to give us Hillary. You screwed up.

ETA: It took 10 minutes for three of Hannah’s sycophants/friends to attack me with such phrases as “criminal lack of knowledge” and “utter display ignorance”. To which I respond, YOU gave us Trump and an unchanged DNC that will continue to undermine anyone disruptive to the status quo.

ETA2: Hannah sycophant #16 chimed in with, “What an absolute charmer you are. Are you aware that you can’t sue someone for writing a letter? Because that’s what you threatened…” – Amanda Thrasher.

Amanda, who the fuck wrote a letter and who is threatening a lawsuit? WTF are you talking about? Or was your message just another lobbed wad of hatred like the 15 other bullies Hannah engaged to attack me for being a dissenting voice?

ETA3: From Hannah sycophant #17, who chimed in with, “Consider your rep ruined you piece of shit Nazi-loving motherfucker. Your white lover boy asshole was elected because of you not Hannah.”

My response: Thanks for the lesson in how Twitter and the internet works for bullies like you and your friends, Hannah. You wrote something derogatory, I responded, and you gathered the troops for a search and destroy mission. Pretty gross.

ETA4: Hannah sycophant #16 came back to say, “But it’s fine, just keep up…whatever it is you’re doing? And what real difference are you attempting to make, exactly? Reinstatement of interment camps? Yet I’m the one keeping up the hate…” – Amanda Thrasher

My response: “Dear Amanda: Well, I’ve been to seven wars in order to shed light on brutal dictatorships and various human atrocities. I was jailed in two Third World countries, shot at and subsequently stabbed in another.

Over the past 11 years, I’ve run a charity that’s sent 8000 soccer balls and sports gear to Haitian orphans.

Locally, I’ve joined my 16-year-old daughter on a crusade against two School Board members who attempted to get the votes to avoid following the recent Title IX directive. We also worked very hard in a movement that would have changed the way the DNC was run, but failed because of sheep like you.

You can try to bully me. Hannah and her sycophants have made it clear that they are now on a mission to “fuck with” me. My crime was to respond to Hannah writing “shame on you.” Can’t have that, right?”

ETA5: “I did not call you anti-Semitic or racist, but the emails Hannah has received on your behalf definitely are.” – Amanda Thrasher

My response: That is a disgusting lie and a textbook example of how to bully someone. Amanda enraged a mob by claiming I was responsible for people emailing Hannah. Really, really gross.

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A simple letter about love and acceptance

I received this letter from a friend amid the recent swirl of controversy regarding the new Title IX mandate. I was about to transcribe it here when I realized it might lose some of its strength. With permission I share it in its original form.

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The Real Faces of Those You Fear

Western Wayne School Board members AJ Gaudenzi and Roger Shaffer Jr have posted that the teenager in the rainbow swim suit using the high school boys room – and the teen in the bikini using the girls room – would cause chaos. They have vowed to turn away all Federal funding for the district as an acceptable penalty, and are prepared to spend taxpayer money to defend their crusade. The hate and bigotry has to end. There’s no place in modern America for institutional discrimination.

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If You Can’t Outrun a Tranny, Hold Up an Angry Sign

Meet 17-year-old Jane Doe. She was born John Doe, but has spent the last dozen years of her life identifying as a female. As is typical with transgender kids, Jane is from a non-abusive home, has no criminal record nor any addictions, ranked in the top-10 of her class, is a stand-out athlete, and will be attending an elite university this fall. The only psychological scars Jane carries have come from students and teachers who’ve bullied her. Plain and simple, she would have had a typical school experience if not for the people who found her objectionable.

The worst moment for Jane came when parents of a track teammate attended a meet with a sign that read “NO BOYS ON GIRLS TEAMS”. It’s an easy sign to hold, really, considering 80% of people hold a similar sentiment. But the tyranny of the majority worries that Thomas Jefferson wrote about are for another discussion. It’s still amazing that our Founding Fathers foresaw the need for the Bill of Rights to make certain that the minorities of our society would not be prayed upon by the majority. Anyway …

Jane is not big or muscular, but she is fast in her three events. And it’s rather astonishing that she received All-Conference recognition considering the discrimination she faced on a daily basis. Multiple teachers in her high school career called her names such as freak and fagboy. Adult, professional educators. In one class, she regularly received C’s and D’s on subjectively graded papers, while acing every test, and eventually graduating with a weighted final GPA over 100. It was a class in which she overheard the teacher refer to Jane as the “chick with a dick.” She quietly filed away her C papers and ran miles and miles on the track.

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On the PIAA.org website’s sportsmanship page is highlighted this quote: “Sportsmanship is probably the clearest and most popular expression of morals. Sportsmanship is a thing of the spirit. It is timeless and endless, and we should strive to make it universal to all races, creeds, and walks of life.” – The Discovery of Morals

That motto sits well with the Olympic Creed: “The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.”

High school sports are crucial in developing positive self-esteem and a connection to the school and community, as well as a deterrent to the use of alcohol, drugs, and other unhealthy activities. Ensuring that all students have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of school sports experiences complements the academic mission of schools.

There are four major concerns when it comes to transgender girls playing on girls teams.

* Transgender girls are really male despite their affirmed gender identity as a girl.
* Non-transgender boys will pretend to be girls to win championships or get more playing time on girls teams.
* Transgender girls pose a safety risk for non-transgender girls in some sports such as basketball or field hockey.
* Transgender girls have a competitive advantage over non-transgender girls.

It is important for policy-makers to understand that transgender girls are not boys. Their gender identity as girls is as deep-seated as the gender identity of non-transgender girls. The belief that transgender girls are not “real” girls is sometimes expressed as a concern that allowing transgender girls to compete on girls teams displaces opportunities for “real” girls.

The fear that non-transgender boys will pretend to be girls in order to dominate girls teams has never been an issue at any level of sport. Well-developed policies require that students who identify as transgender demonstrate a consistent female gender identity in everyday life verified by parents or health-care professionals. This requirement eliminates the unlikely situation where a boy pretends to be a girl in order to play on a girls team.

Some coaches and parents express concerns that allowing transgender girls to participate on girls teams will pose a safety risk for non-transgender girls. This concern is based on an assumption that transgender girls are bigger, stronger and unable to exercise adequate body control, resulting in an increased risk of injury to other participants. Though there are generalized differences in post-pubescent male and female bodies, there are also large overlaps in height, weight and strength among biological boys and girls. Moreover, taller, bigger, stronger athletes compete against shorter, smaller, less strong athletes every day in girls and boys sports, except in sports such as wrestling, where competition is organized solely by weight.

Concern about maintaining competitive equity is the most often expressed reservations about transgender girls competing on girls teams. As with safety concerns, several assumptions are embedded in this issue: That transgender girls are always more skilled, stronger and bigger than their non-transgender teammates and opponents. There is no research to support the contention that enabling a transgender girl to play on a girls team creates a competitive imbalance. In reality, the overlap in skill and performance in sports among biological males and females and the wide variance within each gender group are important considerations to remember in addressing concerns about competitive equity. Concerns about competitive equity also perpetuate a gender stereotype that assumes that anyone with a male body will outperform anyone with a female body. As girls and women take advantage of increased opportunities to participate in sports, performance gaps between girls and boys have decreased.

High school athletics programs are part of a broad educational curriculum, and the focus should be on enabling participation – not restricting it – for all students. Adopting well-informed and inclusive policies for the participation of transgender athletes according to their affirmed gender identity is consistent with the educational values of equity and fairness for all students.

It is estimated that 3 in 1000 people identify as transgender. Out of those three student-athletes, there will occasionally arise a special person like Jane Doe, who has overcome the bullying, hatred, and institutionalized discrimination in order to run fast. How will you deal with it?

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I want to fully credit Pat Griffin, Professor Emerita in Social Justice Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an educator and advocate for the inclusion of LGBTQ students in college and interscholastic athletics, for her inspiration, words, and guidance in compiling this blog post.

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