Daily Archives: November 6, 2017

If The Trump-GOP Tax Plan Passes, Kiss Your Home’s Equity Goodbye

Make no mistake: The Trump-GOP tax plan is a declaration of war on homeowners, homebuilders, realtors, and the mortgage industry. With seven different provisions that will put pressure on home values, it’s hard to imagine that the plan will not cause a crash in the housing market.

Wait, seven separate provisions unfavorable to homeowners? But Trump’s blueprint for tax reform recognized the societal value of home ownership, right?

Well, that blueprint was less than candid. Surprised?

Here are those seven provisions:

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2017 Loft Film Fest

46 independent movies from Nov. 8 to 16, mostly at the Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. You can see each individually or buy an All-Access pass, or Film Festival pass.

Schedule here: https://loftfilmfest.org/films/

Highlights:

“Revenge of the Nerds”  with star Curtis Armstrong (aka “Booger”) in person!
Wednesday, November 8 at 7:30pm
DIRECTED BY Jeff Kanew, 1984, USA, 90 mins, Rated R
“Meet acclaimed actor Curtis Armstrong in person at a special screening of the
1984 comedy classic, Revenge of the Nerds, filmed in Tucson on the University of
Arizona campus! Curtis will participate in a post-film Q&A, and copies of his new
memoir, Revenge of the Nerd: Or … The Singular Adventures of the Man Who WouldBe Booger, will be available for sale and signing at this event following the Q&A,courtesy of University of Arizona BookStores. Please note there is a two item limitper person for the signing. Signatures and photographs are free.
Nerds, Nerds, Nerds, Nerds, NERDS! In the beloved Tucson-shot college comedy
Revenge of the Nerds, geeky freshmen Gilbert (Anthony Daniels) and Lewis (Robert
Carradine) are having a hard time fitting in among the jocks and cool kids at
Adams College (played by the University of Arizona).”

“My Neighbor Totoro” / Free Outdoor Screening! Friday, November 10 at 6:30pm  FREE ADMISSION DIRECTED BY Hayao Miyazaki, 1988, Japan, 86 mins, “Rated G Join us for a free outdoor screening of one of the most endearing and internationally renowned family films of all time, a film that Roger Ebert called “one of the five best movies” ever made for children, Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro is a deceptively simple tale of two girls, Satsuki and Mei, who move with their father to a new house in the countryside. They soon discover that the surrounding forests are home to a family of Totoros, gentle but powerful creatures who live in a huge and ancient camphor tree and are seen only by children. As with much of Miyazaki’s work, at its core My Neighbor Totoro is about human-kind’s relationship to the Earth, and viewers are left with a sense of wonder at the beauty, mystery and preciousness of the world around us. This special Loft Film Fest screening will take place outdoors at Himmel Park on “Hippie Hill”, located at 1000 N Tucson Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85716. FREE ADMISSION. *Please bring your own seating.”

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Lawrence Summers on the fraud that is the GOP tax plan

It is dishearening to read headlines in the New York Times from good reporters like Carl Huse like this: Paul Ryan Puts It All on the Line in Tax Fight:

The new Republican tax proposal is arguably the pinnacle of Paul D. Ryan’s legislative career, the culmination of years spent in the wonky trenches of conservative think tanks and esoteric congressional budget and tax debates.

I’m sorry, but no. Perpetuating this myth of wonkishness is unforgiveably wrong.

Economist and Times columnist Paul Krugman identifed the GOP’s alleged boy genius and Ayn Rand fan boy, Paul Ryan, “the zombie-eyed granny starver from the state of Wisconsin” as an inellectual fraud and the GOP’s flimflam man more than 7 years ago.

Krugman recently wrote, Donald Trump, Paul Ryan and the Con Man Caucus:

It really is amazing to watch this chaotic horror show play out at the highest levels of a great nation’s government. But I guess this is what you have to expect when you hand over the reins of power to a con man, whose whole career has been based on convincing naïve marks that he’s a brilliant deal maker, but turns out to have no idea how to actually govern.

Oh, wait — did you think I was talking about Donald Trump? I’m talking about Paul Ryan, the speaker of the House, an obvious phony who nonetheless convinced the rubes — that is, much of the news media and the political establishment — that he was a brilliant fiscal expert. What we’re witnessing now is the end of the charade, the political equivalent of what happened when graduates of Trump University tried to get some value in return for their money.

On Thursday, House Republicans unveiled a tax “reform” bill with the same good order and careful deliberation with which they unveiled their various attempts to repeal Obamacare. That is, after having had years to prepare, the G.O.P. waited until the last minute to throw something together, without any hearings or serious analysis.

Budget wonks are frantically going through the legislative language, trying to figure out what it means and what it would do — but they can take some comfort in the fact that the bill’s authors are almost equally in the dark.

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