why are TAXES so complicated?

Rich people and corporations pay accountants to find every loophole. That’s why Amazon reported $11 billion of U.S. income yet claimed a federal income tax rebate of $129 million.

Complicated systems benefit the rich, make those of us who don’t hire accountants pay.

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That’s in the USA.

For my low income and simple return, I’ve never been upsold by online software. I use SimpleTax Canada and have been very happy.

related – Elizabeth Warren has a great idea for making Tax Day less painful
You shouldn’t have to file your taxes. The government should do it for you.

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Why I’m outspoken about Trump

It’s called ethical action.

If you don’t take action against things you think are wrong, you are partly responsible. You’re an enabler of wrong.

Happily I have no employer or anyone else pressuring me to stay quiet.

HOW Democrats can beat Trump

There are a confusingly large number of candidates running to win the Democratic nomination.

I like YANG best so far, but he’s not got a good chance this time around.

No matter who ends up on top, ALL other candidates should immediately rally behind the winner. Ask their supporters to work together.

This is one thing Hillary bungled last time.

Bernie was first to sign the pledge.

Boomtown Rats – I Don’t Like Mondays

A song inspired by a 1979 school shooting in San Diego. ☹️

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Though the family was very poor, the killer’s father — Wallace — had given his daughter a Ruger 10/22 semi-automatic .22 caliber rifle with a telescopic sight and 500 rounds of ammunition for Christmas 1978.

She later said, “I asked for a radio and he bought me a gun.” When asked why he might have done that, she answered, “I felt like he wanted me to kill myself.”

The killer will die in prison.

The father, I assume, is free. If it were up to me, I’d put him in prison too.

Where are LIBRARIES headed?

I spend a lot of time in libraries. They are good. But could be much better.

Eric Klinenberg spent a year researching libraries for his book Palaces for the People.

How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life

Social infrastructure is the glue that binds communities together, and it is just as real as the infrastructure for water, power, or communications, although it’s often harder to see.

But Eric Klinenberg says that when we invest in social infrastructures such as libraries, parks, or schools, we reap all kinds of benefits. We become more likely to interact with people around us, and connected to the broader public. If we neglect social infrastructure, we tend to grow more isolated, which can have serious consequences.

Calgary Public Library

I heard Klinenberg interviewed on the 99% Invisible podcast. His argument was compelling.

I’d love to see libraries expand their programs. Increase the hours they are open.

Libraries are unofficial sanctuaries for street people, at least during daylight. That should be formalized.

Libraries could be much, much better.