Tuesday, April 10, 2018

I have heard a gazillion times that the Mueller raid on Trump's personal lawyer was despicable and all other sorts of negative descriptions. These observations all have a common point centered around the fact that the evidence that they might have found is all privileged information.

Mueller's men were not after evidence that can be used in court. They were after information. They will use the information that they have found to construct trails of evidence, some of which will probably be fabricated. It's all a ploy to put Trump in jeopardy of impeachment.

Mueller is a smart guy who will use all the subterfuge available to him in developing a credible case against our elected president. While all the Trump supporters are casting their efforts against utilizing the material gleaned from the raid on Trump's lawyers office, the prosecutor does not really want that.

After he finds a small hole in the logical progression of a particular story explaining one of the probably many actions that Trump has taken over the long time that his attorney has been associated with him, Mueller will strike.

He will have put together a story, and a case against Trump that can be used by the Democrats to bring Trump down.

There are two weaknesses in this scenario: Democrats must win back control of the House of Representatives, and the case that Mueller puts together must not be obviously contrived.

Those are two pretty high bars over which to hurdle – there is a good chance that the Democrats will blow their election opportunity and Trump is a pretty smart guy too;  there may be only thin evidence of whatever crime Mueller picks to pursue.

We all knew that this 'Special Prosecutor' ploy was a set up from the beginning, and Trump may have – probably did – play his cards in a way where he is protected. Let's hope so.


Sunday, April 8, 2018

I skipped last week in honor of April Fools day. Or at least that's my story, and I am sticking to it.

Last week was a dreadful week: tax preparation, tooth problems, boat removal from its location high and dry, two RAM projects, and a few other borderline emergencies.

It's best that all those confusing issues are left to the ash heap of history. Except for the IRS – Mo did her prep in about 45 minutes Saturday morning, while mine started on Tuesday and ended late Thursday afternoon. I wasn't working on it full-time, but probably 15 or 18 hours total. My work schedule for that little task was to do as much as I could until I needed an answer or two, and then start up again when I had them.

If everyone had to do income tax instead of allowing the government to make it so simple that they have no concept of how much money they are paying, our tax situation would be much different. I have no idea how much of a refund Mo is getting, but that is what the problem is: the refund masks the fact that Mo lent a fairly large sum to the federal government for one half year – interest-free.

I wish I knew how much money the IRS makes from the habit that most people have of over-withholding as a 'savings account' annually. Bad idea.