House Republicans unveiled a draft tax bill on Thursday, calling for deep cuts in both individual and corporate tax rates.
“With this bill, we will grow our economy by delivering more jobs, fairer taxes, and bigger paychecks to Americans of all walks of life,” said Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.
The rollout, originally scheduled for Wednesday, was postponed to give bill drafters more time. They’re still struggling to find sufficient revenue to avoid a budget-busting score. As a result, some of the tax changes have been made temporary or phased in over time.
Here are some of the highlights of the bill:
Four individual tax brackets would be introduced at 12 percent, 25 percent, 35 percent, with the top rate of 39.6 percent remaining in place for the very wealthy.
Corporate taxes would drop from 35 percent to 20 percent permanently.
Standard deduction increases from $6,350 to $12,000 for individuals and $12,700 to $24,000 for married couples.
Child tax credit would expand from $1,000 to $1,600.
Federal deductions for state and local income and sales taxes to be eliminated, but local property taxes can be deducted up to $10,000.
No changes to limits on 401(k) pre-tax contributions.
Alternative Minimum Tax to be repealed.
Estate tax would kick in at $11.2 million, up from $5.49 million, but it would be fully repealed as of 2024.
Corporate profits from overseas would no longer be taxed, but there would be a minimum 10 percent tax on foreign subsidiaries.
Anonymous asked: Why do people bookmark fanfiction but don’t kudo or comment? Legit question 😑
Anonymous aked: That
moment when someone goes through over 350,000 words of your writing
across multiple multi-chapter fics, and only leaves kudos. Even though
that’s nice, I wonder what it would take for them to actually leave a
comment maybe just once. I mean, you’re welcome for those 5 novels I
poured my soul into.
Bookmarks you can use to find the fic again, to “shelve” it so to say, so they have a more “selfish” function than comments.
I think those readers that read the stories, enjoy them enough to eventually reread them or go through 350,000 words of them, but never care to interact with the author, are stuck in the traditional “passive reader role”.
They think of you as they do of a published author. You don’t have any interaction with J. K. Rowling either, right? Why should the author care what you, random stranger on the internet, thinks. They see your work as a more closed process than it is, as something finished on which they don’t have any influence. It’s written already, the author should have found intrinsic satisfaction in the writing process itself, haven’t they?
They have no clue that we write it to share it, to have an exchange with fellow fans and to offer them, the readers, happiness and entertainment. They don’t see it as what it is, a gift that we send out there in the hope it will be appreciated, but rather as something that we do entirely for ourselves.
Also, and it often gets overlooked, for a lot of people feedback means effort. You have to phrase your thoughts, reflect your reading experience, think of something to say…To some it doesn’t occur that they could simply say “It was nice, thanks!” and we authors would be pleased as punch. They don’t know what they should comment on, what the author wants to hear - they are just new to that entire reviewing experience.
But hopefully they’ll learn and get better - I thought like that once, too.
Now I comment everything that I read and enjoy. So spread the word, and have patience. It’s sad, and frustrating, but I hope you can find comfort in my explanation!
(askbox problem not entirely fixed, I get email notifications but can’t answer the asks directly, i…don’t get it *sigh*)
“Rising poverty and crime, as well as changing demographics, have all fueled some discontent and unrest in the city of nearly 350,000 people. And the growing Latino population — Anaheim is now 53% Hispanic — contributed to a change in local elections brought on by a 2012 American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit over the city’s allegedly discriminatory political system.
Even some Disney employees wonder whether the company — whose stock market value is about $152 billion — is squeezing more out of the city than necessary. Chris Shively, an Anaheim resident and server at Blue Bayou restaurant in Disneyland, drives by the Mickey & Friends garage each day knowing that city tax dollars are paying for the facility.
“It’s a company — they have their own best interests,” he said. “But it is definitely something where the company, Disney, got a great deal — a deal that we are paying for. Absolutely frustrating.”
”Even though Anaheim is 53% Hispanic, only three Latinos had served on the council in the city’s history as of 2012, according to the ACLU lawsuit that brought about the election change. Over the years, many council members have come from Anaheim Hills, a tony, largely white section of the city dotted with planned neighborhoods. Disney supported the move to districts, but council members it has backed, including Murray, did not.
Some Anaheim political players, including Moreno, noted that three of the four council candidates that Disney’s campaign spending in 2016 supported were white, while three of the four candidates who were targeted with negative campaigning by PACs with direct or indirect financial connections to Disney were Latino.“
Of course white rich people will don’t care but Disney will not have my latin money to see their movies (even Star Wars The Last Jedi)
Happy Birthday Budapest…
On 17th of November 1873 three neighbouring cities located on the banks of the Danube River in central Hungary, namely “Pest”, “Buda” and “Óbuda” were united and the new city was baptized “Budapest”. Although at the time of the unification the three parts of the city had 10 districts with approximately 350 000 inhabitants altogether, in a three decades Hungary’s old-new capital has become one of the cultural and economic centers of Europe. The unification was an extremely important historic event but it also caused temporary confusion due to the new name of the capital. The political Compromise between Hungary and Austria in 1867 led to the rapid development of Budapest. Agricultural industries, milling and food industries all moved into the capital, and engineering industries grew. The railways were built, and, as the major roads, they all radiate out from Budapest. The unification of the three independent cities was possible only by the construction of the sundry bridges over the Danube. Previously to the completion of the construction works at the Chain Bridge, in 1849, the ferries and the temporary wooden bridges were the only ones which connected the two banks.
Fun trivia about Finnish language (and Finland in general) part 2
Finnish is the only European language in which normal text contains more vowels than consonants.
All Finnish words have their main stress on the first syllable.
Finnish has vowel harmony, which means that a non-compound word can only contain either front vowels ä, ö, y (pöytä, käpy) or back vowels a, o, u (auto, ruska). The vowels e and i are neutral and can mix with all other vowels (keittiö, aitaus)
Oscar Wilde said “Finnish is easy. You will learn it with no effort at all in 400 years”.
Finnish has a vocabulary. The basic dictionary of Finnish has somewhere around 100 000 words, but that’s only the core of the language, the words that are unlikely to disappear. Finnish dialect dictionary has around 350 000 words. WIth the countless possibilities with compound words, some people have even dared to say that Finnish has “an infinite number of words”.
B, C, Q, W, Z, X and Å are in Finnish alphabet, but they are very rarely used, as they can be replaced by other letters (C with S or K, Q with K, W with V, Z with ts, X with ks, and Å with O). B is the most common of these, but sometimes it turns into P.
The letters mentioned above are, however, used in internet slang, hopefully ironically.
When Finnish is pronounced wrong, it’s jokingly called “hoono soome”, a bastardization of “huono suomi”, “Bad Finnish”. Most of often used when a non-native speaker uses the language.
Emo means (animal) mother in Finnish.
Hella means stove in Finnish.
When meeting a foreigner or traveling abroad, Finns often try to teach them their language. This is not to share the wonders of Finnish, but our world domination plan of destroying other languages.
For my non-American tumblr friends… since the husband is uninsured at the moment, we’re looking at upwards of $350,000 in medical expenses by the end of all this. Just in case you didn’t have a number to keep in mind.
a rendszeres szociális segély (†), ami 38 000 embert érint a lakásfenntartási támogatás (†), ami 500 000 családot érint az adósságkezelési szolgáltatás (†), ami 10 000 háztartást érint a méltányossági közgyógyellátás (†), ami 35 000 embert érint a méltányossági ápolási díj (†), ami 10 000 embert érint és az önkormányzati segély (†), ami 350 000 embert érint!