Trump and moral equivalencies

I believe people have a very hard time making logical deductions, especially when conclusions violate their sense of right and wrong. The recent Acton Senior Center debate at Town Meeting provides a recent (albeit trivial) example.

Quiz time: Testing your hatred of Trump

I am slowly working on my article explaining my decision to vote for Donald Trump. But another thought occurred to me which I wanted to explore first, and that is to question the depth of distaste for the guy among people who support his opponent.

So I am going to frame this as a self-awareness test and ask my readers to take it. I will ask the question about Trump but you can take this test regardless of which candidate you support by switching Trump for Clinton and vice versa. Have fun!

WHAT IF....

Socialism's first future dollar

Continually perplexing is the rise of socialism in America, starting with the election of President Obama and his work towards implementing a more socialist society. Under Obama, the needle was moved to the left, with further movement demanded by such popular politicians as Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. Socialism has become mainstream.

Error-prone Acton Town Meeting

Let's say you are sent to the store to pick up some groceries, including milk. There are several choices of milk: skim, low-fat, or whole. You get down there and you can't remember which milk to buy. You left the list at home.

Let's say you have a feeling that you are supposed to be getting skim milk, so you grab a gallon of that and bring it home. Unfortunately, there is a full gallon of skim milk waiting for you in the refrigerator. $2.99 (or $3.99, depending on where you shop) wasted. Did you make a "mistake" or an "error"?

Some of the seniors have spoken

Last night's Special Town Meeting approved the lease for a new Senior Center in South Acton, in an industrial building behind a car dealership on Route 62. Most speakers acknowledged the poor location but offered various justifications for approval. The one that seemed to resonate most was that it was long past time to do "something," and this was the only alternative being presented.

Town wins first round on CPA-church funding

Note: I am one of the 13 Acton taxpayer plaintiffs suing to stop the Town of Acton from funding religious organizations under the Community Preservation Act (CPA), so am extremely biased on this topic. These views are mine alone and do not represent the position of the plaintiffs or their counsel.

The Town of Acton won the first round against 13 local taxpayers, represented by Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, when a preliminary injunction against spending Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds to restore "historic" church properties was denied.

The double standard

The news today is that candidate Hillary Clinton has adopted the Bernie Sanders proposal to tax large estates at a 65% tax rate upon death, up from the current 40% tax. These "tax the rich" proposals are unfair and should not be part of our campaign debate, but unfortunately and divisively, are.

Let's say you are rich, and have always wanted to own a classic Rolls Royce. So you find the car of your dreams and pay $1,000,000 for it.

The money you spent is yours. It is after-tax earnings.

Special Town Meeting's Senior Center proposal

If you didn't know it, there is a Special Town Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, October 5, 7 pm, at the ABRHS's upper gym (enter near the parking lot up the hill from the auditorium, where the meeting usually takes place.)

I went to the Town's website yesterday to confirm the date and look at the warrant. Nothing posted in the calendar for the meeting and no warrant, despite the meeting being just two weeks away. (Today, the warrant is available: http://www.acton-ma.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/8411).

Town argues in favor of public funding for churches in court

By Allen Nitschelm

Note: I am one of the 13 Acton taxpayer plaintiffs suing to stop the Town of Acton from funding religious organizations under the Community Preservation Act (CPA), so am extremely biased on this topic! Below are my impressions from the court hearing on 9-14-16. These views are mine alone and do not represent the position of the plaintiffs or their counsel.

Currency manipulation

I read in today's Wall Street Journal (9/6/16) that the European Union's Central Bank is considering buying stocks instead of bonds, because they are running out of bonds to buy in their stimulus program.

The article, which sounded very supportive but also not alarmed by this suggestion, then gave some examples of countries that were already investing in the stock market. Switzerland, for example, has about 20% of its foreign reserve invested in stocks, with a value of around $1 trillion.