The federal withholding tax is working as planned to mislead under-educated taxpayers just as it was designed to do. The Democrat media is pushing it because of political bias.
The withholding tax was implemented so that under-educated taxpayers would focus on the refund (from over-withholding), instead of the actual amount of income taxes paid. That design makes it easier to raise taxes by not having citizens see what the tax actually costs.
The headlines saying "Refunds are lower" with comment saying that proves the "Trump tax cuts are a scam" are just another politically slanted example of biased reporting. What is not said is that the taxes paid are actually lower because the changed withholding tables allowed the taxpayers to keep more of their money upfront.
Anytime someone is complaining or talking about how high taxes are, if they do so by referring to the amount of the refund, they are showing a lack of basic financial education. A refund just means you over-withheld in the first place. Higher refunds equal lost interest income. Do payday loan shops give no-interest loans? Why would you give the federal government one?
Climate deniers boggle the mind
It never ceases to amaze me how all the deniers of human-caused climate change are not at least skeptical about it but instead declare emphatically, unequivocally it is not happening. They declare with equal conviction that every one of the climate scientists and the science academies throughout the world that have endorsed their peer-reviewed research are involved in a massive "liberal conspiracy."
One need not be a Ph.D. scientist, just a person of reasonable intelligence and curiosity, to imagine that just maybe those zillions of tons of fossil-fuel pollutants we have dumped into the atmosphere over the last 200 years have had a deleterious effect on the climate and our planet. How anyone can think we can continue to belch noxious, heat-trapping gases into the atmosphere — 7 billion of us, no less! — with complete impunity just boggles the mind. Yet, the unquestioning, intractable deniers do not even consider the possibility.
Instead of taking the necessary action to prevent a likely dystopian nightmare of global proportions very near at hand, we are frittering precious time away, butting heads with deniers over something that science actually settled a long time ago.
Did TFP columnist forget 2016 primary?
Columnist Jay Greeson takes his entire column on Tuesday to deride the number of Democrats (11) who have announced their candidacy for president.
I think we all remember the (17) GOP candidates who jockeyed around during the 2016 primary: John Kasich, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Jeb Bush, Jim Gilmore, Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina, Rand Paul, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, George Pataki, Lindsay Graham, Bobby Jindal, Scott Walker, Rick Perry and Donald Trump.
Now, unlike Jay, I won't demean or name call those 17 candidates who were simply doing their patriotic duty.
Christians allow for flawed heroes
Paul voted for Nero ("I appeal to Caesar," Acts 25), so voting for Trump doesn't make Trump a "dear leader" (Michael Loftin's Feb 6 Chattanooga Times column), only a lesser evil. Not "allegiance," not "surrendered," not "marriage," only a choice.
The Bible has heroes and admits their sins, so Christians allow for flawed heroes. What can holy Jehovah say to imperfect sinners but "repent"? The whole Bible shows him saying "repent." Churches should preach "repent."
The trouble with Christian politics, and any, is pride. Politicians think highly of themselves. They think themselves qualified to run our lives; self-righteous bullies, choosing our light bulbs and insurance policies and bakery customers for us.
Messiah Jesus, president of presidents, gently requires the libertarian opposite. He replaces the bogus generosity of giving other people's money with the true gift of his own life. For liberty, not bureaucracy, he came to set us free to serve one another in love (Galatians 5), in line with Exodus and Judges and I Samuel 8. He lived free, died freely and rose up alive as the ultimate guarantee of real justice.
Who's closer to Jesus: proud socialist bullies, or sinner-in-chief Trump?
Removing all our rampant socialism
Like many, including President Trump, I have grown fearful of socialism in America and think we need to advance a program of action. Many facets of our lives must be removed.
Let's start with the post office and public schools (Land Ordinance of 1785) begun by prominent socialists Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, respectively. In addition, let's stop highway rest areas, public sewer services, public water services and fire departments. After extinguishing public subways, roads and highways (including the interstate highway system pushed by the well-known socialist Dwight D. Eisenhower), let's attack museums, libraries, public parks and zoos. Even though Tennessee politicians support the Tennessee Valley Authority, its existence must also be expunged.
Continuing on our march to a laissez-faire wonderland, let's prevent government inspections of meat and other foodstuffs (already happening), air and water quality (already happening) and various medications. We could sign pledge cards promising not to visit Arlington National Cemetery, along with the World War II and the Vietnam memorials.
Lastly, let's hold a rally in downtown Chattanooga, yell bits of nonsense and platitudes about tyranny, and wrap it up by publicly burning our Medicare cards and swearing off Social Security.
Michael V. Woodward, Ph.D.
Kudos to TFP for dropping cartoon
Bravo to this wonderful newspaper for discontinuing the comic strip "Non Sequitur" after the cartoonist snuck in an "f-bomb" directed at President Trump. Too bad we can't remove the upcoming production of "Book of Mormon" as well. In that production all the "f-bombs" are directed at God. Like "Non Sequitur," it's supposed to be funny — but instead is filthy. Churchgoers beware.
The Rev. Betty Latham
Do not deny human exceptionalism
Have you ever considered how different humanity is from the rest of animal life on Earth? Human characteristics which do not exist in any other species include creativity, building on the knowledge gained in previous generations, using language to transmit ideas, caring about other species, caring about fellow humans in other parts of the world, etc.
Some claim that teaching sign language to a chimpanzee proves there is little difference between chimpanzees and humans. Not so. Only if that chimpanzee independently teaches other chimpanzees sign language can a claim be made that chimpanzee intelligence approaches human intelligence.
Humankind is not just another rung on the supposed evolutionary ladder —we are on a ladder all our own.
Who is denying this human exceptionalism? New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo by signing legislation to expand abortions into the third trimester, and those who endorse this action. This just illustrates another human distinctive — the capacity for evil.