Up-to-the-minute advice, information, resources, and, on occasion, commentary on federal and New Jersey state income taxes, and the various New Jersey property tax rebate programs, and insights and observations on tax policy and professional tax practice, by 40-year veteran tax professional Robert D Flach.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
AND SO IT BEGINS . . .
Let me start off the first of what could perhaps
be the worst four years in at least my lifetime (I am not talking about my personal life – but
about life in America and the world in general), thanks to the technicality
known as the Electoral College, with a statement of my beliefs on the election
and a Trump Presidency.
I do not criticize, or wish to belittle,
those Americans who, because of their political beliefs and convictions or
their perception of her fitness to be President, could not support Hillary
Clinton for President.
American voters had the right to denounce
and oppose Hillary Clinton for President, whether personally or as the
representative of the Democratic Party platforms and philosophies, just as I
had the right to denounce and oppose Trump as the Republican Party candidate.
I voted for Clinton because I did not have
the same problems with her than many did, and because it was the best “anti-Trump”
vote.I do believe that the issue of
emails was over-emphasized and improperly covered, especially considering that
the George W Bush administration had many more issues with emails than Clinton
and it was hypocritical for the Republican Party to seize on this issue. I also
believe that, for some reason, many Republicans have a truly irrational hatred
for the Clintons. And I believe that the actions of FBI Director Comey during
the last days of the campaign were irresponsible and incompetent, and possibly
I do, however, believe that Americans had a
responsibility to oppose and denounce Trump for President - not because he was
the Republican Party candidate, but because he was a despicable human being,
totally unqualified and inexperienced and totally unfit because of his mental
instability resulting from Narcissistic Personality Disorder, who lied every
time he opened his mouth. There was no good reason to vote for Trump for
I also believe that Republican primary
voters and the Republican Party itself were truly stupid and irresponsible for
allowing Trump to become the Party’s nominee. And I believe that Trump’s core base of
undereducated white fanatic supporters, who follow him like a cult leader and
who cheer his every nonsensical word at rallies, are stupid and/or bigots.
Any intelligent and rational American who
voted for Trump because they could not in good conscience vote for Hillary
Clinton, or voted for Clinton by “default” only to correctly oppose Trump, should
have voted for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, a popular and successful
former Republican governor. A
third-party win, or at least a huge third-party showing, would have provided a
good message to the two major parties of the country’s frustration and
dissatisfaction with the current state of politics – and more importantly kept
Trump out of the White House (not that he or his family will actually spend
much time there, at great expense to the American people).
I strongly and aggressively denounced and
opposed Trump during the campaign because of the reasons identified above. I
continue to strongly and aggressively denounce and oppose Trump as
President-elect for the same reasons. I do not feel an obligation to accept his
election and support him as America’s President. I have absolutely no respect
for Trump as a person or as President.
For one, Trump has not changed. He is still
a dangerous, deplorable, despicable, unfit narcissist. Being selected as
President did not automatically bestow on him ethics, morality and integrity
where none existed before.
Trump was not elected by the American people – Hillary Clinton received almost
3 Million more votes in the general election. Trump was elected by the
Electoral College, an antiquated system that, by making Trump President, failed
to do the very thing for which it was created.
So get ready to hang on – it is going to be
a bumpy ride!