Common Sense: Promises kept

The president’s tax plan is in its earliest stages. I would suggest there are still too many details missing for anyone to draw a conclusion. And when those details emerge, it should be assumed it will change several more times as it moves through the House and Senate. Along the way, taxpayers should look at how they are affected and make recommendations to their congressmembers.

From what we have seen so far, it appears as though it will be much simpler with fewer brackets and a much larger standard deduction. In some ways, it reminds me of the flat tax which made the rounds some years ago. It should also be noted that the investment tax of 3.5 percent, which is the basis of the Obamacare revenue stream, is eliminated.

The president is not claiming that this is a revenue neutral tax reform plan. He is attempting to reduce taxes by many billions of dollars annually and this plan supposedly does just that. Hopefully, this will result in most New Yorkers being able to keep a little bit more of their hard-earned dollars

This, together with the yet-to-be-realized Obamacare repeal, were two of the three or four key issues of the 2016 campaign. Although it would have been nice if they had come about in the first 100 days, it is important that the president and Congress deliver on these promises as soon as possible.


The mayor tweeted, “Can never get the Mets fans down!”  A writer and public policy analyst and apparent Mets fan named Addy Baird responded with “I would like to fact check that and say you absolutely 100% can.”

As of this writing, the Mets have lost six in a row and something like 10 out of the last 11 games. Injuries are mounting and frustration running high. It’s business as usual for the beginning of a Mets season.

I am not down, but I will admit that I am now resorting to flipping back to the Mets games during commercials of other shows to see how things are going instead of watching a whole nine innings.

I am pretty much never with the mayor on most anything. And considering that he is really a Red Sox fan, I doubt I am with him on baseball either. But I will go with him on this tweet. You “can never get the Mets fans down.”


Linda Sarsour is way too divisive to be the commencement speaker at CUNY. This is not about a school-based-organization-sponsored talk which students and facility can choose to attend. This is about the commencement of a very large CUNY graduating class, a class in which many have expressed offense at her being chosen and have said they will not attend, opting to have their diplomas mailed to them.

Hopefully, CUNY will come to its senses and find a replacement for her. Failing to do so will hurt CUNY’s standing with many in this city as well as confirm to those near and far that CUNY has drifted into radical politics.

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