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    Do Politicians in America Fence Off From Taxes?

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    Obama calls for a higher fence to keep out the uninvited while Trump notes the irony; a White House spokesman tries to pull a jedi mind trick; Hillary Clinton explains why she has a company in an off-shore/on-shore zone.

    The man slowly walked down the road, looking first to the left, and then to the right. He knelt down to make sure his shoes were tied and used the opportunity to glance behind him. Satisfied that no one was watching him, he quickly stood up and placed both hands on the fence, before lifting himself up and rolling over. Once his feet were back on the ground, he immediately began to run as fast as his legs would carry him. Upon reaching the door, he pushed it in and began to look around. A woman yelled stop and attempted to approach him, but the man just pushed her over and kept going. As he was entering the depths of the building, another man came out of nowhere and tackled him, taking him to the ground. Now, if you were wondering what was going, then this was a replay of the time that Omar Gonzalez jumped the White House fence and decided to go exploring. In fact, he hasn't been the only one, as there have been numerous incidents over the years. And what is the response from Obama? Build a bigger wall!

    NBC Washington reported earlier this week that — “The U.S. Secret Service plans to raise the height of the White House security fence by 5 feet and add a new concrete foundation to reduce the risk of fence-jumpers.” The article goes on to note that — “The agency, along with the National Park Service, said it intends to begin building a “taller, stronger” fence to protect the White House grounds by 2018.” That’s right. The White House, in order to keep unauthorized people out, is going to build a bigger wall! Not one let the irony slide, presidential hopeful Donald Trump tweeted — “President Obama understands that you build strong, tall, beautiful walls to keep people out who don't belong. People who get permission can enter the White House LEGALLY!” The situation of course, is once again those at the top saying one thing, and doing something completely different. Much like the other scandal that came out of the White House this week. Which one is that, you might be asking yourself?

    Well, some time ago, about a year or so, the US President Barack Obama went on record as saying that there would be no “American boots on the ground” in Syria. In fact, according to the State.gov website, he is on record as saying this very thing at least a total of sixteen times. This lead to a number of people at the time questioning how America intended to roll back Daesh forces in Syria and Iraq by just dropping bombs, which no one was really able to answer. But that is a different story altogether.

    So, at the White House briefing this last week, Spokesman John Kirby caught everyone by surprise when in a heated exchange, he said — “…there was never this, “No boots on the ground.” I don’t know where this keeps coming from.” The person responds with a “But yes there – well, yes, yes, there was.” Kirby replies — “There was no – there was – no there wasn’t.” The person simply retorts “What?” To which Kirby answers by saying — “We’re not going to be involved in a large-scale combat mission on the ground. That is what the President has long said.” But it gets better!

    The person then continues to push by attempting to ask —“The point is that for months and months and months that the mantra from the President and everyone else in the Administration has been, ‘No boots on the ground’ and now…” Here he was quickly cut off by Kirby when Kirby answers flatly, “No, that is not true.” The man, in shock, looks up in disbelief — “What?” As if he, as well as everyone else in the room, knows something to be commonly understood, but quickly finds out that apparently it is not. Kirby flatly said — “It’s just not true, Matt.” The dialogue quickly heats up now and becomes even more blunt — “It is, Mr. Kirby…” Kirby — It’s just not true. The man — “It’s true.”

    Finally, Kirby, with a tired look of exasperation, as if he were explaining something to a 3 year old for the umpteenth time said — “No, it’s not. I just flatly, absolutely disagree with you …” So, bada bing, bada boom, just like that, there will be American boots on the ground in Syria and to quote Groucho Marx — “Who are you going to believe? Me or your lying eyes?

    And speaking of lying eyes, in the fallout of the Panama papers, which basically let the entire world know how rich people either avoid paying taxes or cheat on them out right, since really, it is a very fine line, but one in which extremely smart and well-paid lawyers get to tread, Hillary Clinton, said in a speech this week — “Some of you may have just heard about these disclosures about outrageous tax havens and loopholes and superrich people across the world are exploiting in Panama and elsewhere. We are going after all these scams and make sure everyone pays their fair share here in America.” That’s right. Hillary Clinton, the supposed defender of the poor and weak, is going after tax cheats. Which sounds pretty good, right? Except, as the Guardian noted — “both of the leading candidates for president – Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump – have companies registered at 1209 North Orange, and have refused to explain why.” That’s right. In Delaware, which is essentially an off-shore-on-shore tax haven.

    In fact, the title of the article at the Guardian was — “Trump and Clinton share Delaware tax 'loophole' address with 285,000 firms.” The article goes on to note that — “the unassuming building at 1209 North Orange Street — has become, “famous for helping tens of thousands of companies avoid hundreds of millions of dollars in tax.” Reportedly dozens of Fortune 500 companies — Coca-Cola, Walmart, American Airlines, and Apple, to name a few — use Delaware’s strict corporate secrecy laws and legal tax loopholes by registering the North Orange Street address for official business.”

    To shed further light on this story, the New York Times, back in 2012, described it as “Big corporations, small-time businesses, rogues, scoundrels, and worse — all have turned up at the Delaware address in hopes of minimizing taxes, skirting regulations, plying friendly courts or, when needed, covering their tracks. It’s easy to set up shell companies here, no questions asked.”

    In response to this new allegation, a Clinton spokesman explained, “ZFS [Holdings, LLC] was set up when Secretary Clinton left the State Department as an entity to manage her book and speaking income. No federal, state, or local taxes were saved by the Clintons as a result of this structure.” But then, the question must be asked, why at this location? and why at all? As Arsenio Hall used to say — “It is just one of those things that make you go hmmmm”.

    So, what do you think dear listeners — “Do Politicians in America Fence Off from Taxes?”

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