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  1. Gezza

     /  3rd March 2017

    THE DONALD OF THE UNITED STATES’s best tweets so far today:

    ……..
    Stock Market has posted $3.2 trillion in GAINS and consumer confidence is at a 15 year high. Jobs!
    ……..
    An extremely quiet day on the Trump Twitter Front. Perhaps Melania demanded more help around the house? 😳 [Ed.]
    ……..
    More tweets may possibly be found here when he has spare time:
    https://mobile.twitter.com/realdonaldtrump
    ……
    Fri 3 Mar 2017. 0600 hours

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  2. Nelly Smickers

     /  3rd March 2017

    Yet another close friend of mine in the US tweets….

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    • lurcher1948

       /  3rd March 2017

      GOP walk in 2016 conference TRUMP 2nd from the left cuddling up to Ivanka,orange freak

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  3. Joe Bloggs

     /  3rd March 2017

    Undocumented immigrants in America pay over US$11 billion a year in state and local taxes, according to a new study from the Institute on Taxation & Economic Policy. In 42 states, the undocumented pay more as a share of family income than the wealthiest 1 percent in their respective states.

    Click to access immigration2017.pdf

    A common misconception is that undocumented immigrants avoid paying taxes. In fact, the undocumented pay sales and excise taxes, property taxes and, in some instances, personal income taxes. The study claimed that at least 50% of undocumented households currently file income tax returns using Individual Tax Identification Numbers, and many have taxes automatically deducted from their pay checks.

    In a state like Alabama, the study found that the undocumented immigrant effective tax rate was 7.2%, 3 percentage points higher than the 3.8% tax rate that the wealthiest 1% pay in the state. Alabama is no way alone in this development; 42 states currently tax the undocumented more than its wealthiest denizens.

    A 3.8% tax rate for the wealthiest? FFS!

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  3rd March 2017

      US taxes are multi-level. Federal, State and local. This is just one of them.

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      • Joe Bloggs

         /  3rd March 2017

        Like that makes a difference?

        Irrespective of federal and local taxes, state taxation regimes favour the rich in 42 states.

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    • High Flying Duck

       /  3rd March 2017

      In NZ you are also taxed at a punitive rate if you don’t give the proper details – the non-notification rate is 45% for income tax – a full 12c higher than the top tax rate – and an extra 15c on the dollar over the specified rate for withholding tax jobs . Get the documentation and the tax rates are reduced accordingly.

      I believe this is a penalty for working illegally or for hiding your tax affairs.

      So you could argue undocumented immigrants also pay well above the top tax rate for the wealthy.

      Why is this an issue?

      Trump is focusing on illegal immigrants who commit serious crimes being deported. This should be completely uncontroversial as Obama also spoke endlessly about the same issue. The difference is Trump will act on the words. The media keeps morphing the discussion into general immigration and the effect on immigrants, which is missing the point entirely.

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      • High Flying Duck

         /  3rd March 2017

        I must clarify – Obama DID act – in fact he deported more illegal immigrants than any other president in history. And many were not criminals – other than being in the country illegally.

        So people are protesting, and are scared of Trump for the continuation of an existing policy.

        “During the third and final presidential debate on 19 October 2016, Republican nominee Donald Trump remarked that President Barack Obama “has moved millions of people out … millions of people have been moved out of this country.” As of 2015, more than 2.5 million undocumented people had been deported by immigration authorities since President Obama took office in 2009, a total which is indeed record-setting. During the two terms of his predecessor, President George W. Bush, just over 2 million people were deported.

        The trend seems to be abating, with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announcing efforts to “prioritize convicted criminals and threats to public safety, border security, and national security.” But if 2013 was the record-setting year with 435,498 deportations, 2015 saw the lowest numbers in a decade according to that agency:

        ICE removed or returned 235,413 individuals…with 86 percent of these individuals considered a ‘top priority’ (Priority One) — those considered border security or public safety threats.
        According to data provided by ICE dating back to 1892, annual deportations jumped into the hundred-thousands in 1997, when the U.S. deported 114,432 people. Just one year earlier, the U.S. had deported only 69,680 people.

        According to the non-profit immigrant advocacy group American Immigration Council, the trend in growing deportation numbers long preceded Barack Obama’s presidency:

        The federal government has, for nearly two decades, been pursuing an enforcement-first approach to immigration control that favors mandatory detention and deportation over the traditional discretion of a judge to consider the unique circumstances of every case. The end result has been a relentless campaign of imprisonment and expulsion aimed at noncitizens — a campaign authorized by Congress and implemented by the executive branch. While this campaign precedes the Obama administration by many years, it has grown immensely during his tenure in the White House.
        The trend can be traced back to the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IIRCA) of 1986, “which encouraged the initiation of deportation proceedings against any immigrant convicted of a deportable offense. Since that time, a stream of punitive legislation has eaten away at the traditional discretion of judges to grant relief from deportation in particular cases.”

        According to the Pew Research Center, other variables have played into the climbing rate of deportations during Barack Obama’s presidency, including higher rates of apprehension by Border Patrol agents:

        One distinct feature of the record number of deportations is the increasing share of deportations by U.S. Customs and Border Protection after border apprehension. In 2013, 25% of all deportations were carried out by the agency, up from 17% in 2012. Meanwhile, the number of deportations carried out by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which deports people caught both at the border and the interior of the country, fell in 2013 compared with 2012.

        This rise in the number of deportations also coincides with stalled growth of the U.S. unauthorized immigrant population since 2009, and a more recent rise in the number of apprehensions at the U.S.-Mexico border. In 2013, there were 414,000 apprehensions at the southwest border, a rise of 27% over 2011 (the most recent low in apprehensions).”

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        • Joe Bloggs

           /  3rd March 2017

          TL:DR

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          • Nelly Smickers

             /  3rd March 2017

            https;//i.imgflip.com/1koai8.jpg

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          • High Flying Duck

             /  3rd March 2017

            The first para is all you need – the rest is copy and paste to show evidence.

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            • Nelly Smickers

               /  3rd March 2017

              Thanks *HFD*….as you can see it’s one of those days!

              The upticks from me XD

        • Joe Bloggs

           /  3rd March 2017

          Your claims about Obama’s deportation policies are selective and misleading:

          The Obama administration, which deported nearly 400,000 people per year during its first five years, initially included those convicted of minor offenses such as shoplifting. But it later changed its policy to target primarily those who had been convicted of serious crimes, were considered national security threats or were recent arrivals. By the end of President Barack Obama’s time in office, around 90 percent of the country’s 11 million undocumented immigrants were not considered a priority for deportation.

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          • High Flying Duck

             /  3rd March 2017

            The spin differs from the stats:

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          • High Flying Duck

             /  3rd March 2017

            This even quotes your article!

            If progressives keep lying to themselves about their past, they are doomed to continue to push the same failed policies of the corporate wing of the Democratic party, exemplified by Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. On immigration, the answer to Trump is not returning to Obama’s policies, but rather moving in a new direction that drastically reduces deportations and ceases to criminalize low-level offenses.

            The mainstream media keeps repeating the falsehood that Obama focused on deporting serious criminals. As the ‘New York Times’ put it in a recent article, “Gone are the Obama-era rules that required them to focus only on serious criminals.” The editorial reinforced this characterization, stating “ICE and the Border Patrol under Mr. Obama were ordered to focus on arresting serious criminals and national-security risks.”

            The data from the Department of Homeland Security tells a very different story. From 2009-2015, 56% of all immigrants removed from the country had no criminal convictions. The preliminary data from 2016, when Obama was still in office, suggests that this trend of deporting non-criminals continued. What’s more, a good portion of the so-called criminal deportees were arrested on low-level misdemeanor charges such as marijuana possession.

            http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/hard-truths-about-obamas-deportation-priorities_us_58b3c9e7e4b0658fc20f979e

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  4. Gezza

     /  3rd March 2017

    I gots to read these looong ones later. My back am killing I – me thinking me overdid it. Need break from paving, & also am possibly needing smallish japanese person to walk on my spine in bare feet. 🤓

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  3rd March 2017

      Kim Dotcom’s not doing much at the moment-he’s not Japanese, of course, but would that matter ?

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  5. Alan Wilkinson

     /  3rd March 2017

    Nothing interesting happening today – just both sides slagging each other.

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    • Joe Bloggs

       /  3rd March 2017

      Another glorious day in paradise! 😄 🍻🍻 😄

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  3rd March 2017

        Yes, our guests arrived, got themselves dressed up and went off to their wedding down at Pompallier House and then to the reception at the Duke of Marlborough. Their only worry was being too hot down there. Meanwhile my car’s misfire is finally fixed and another possum bit the dust yesterday. All is well.

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