We hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?”
IS IT TRUE  the new tax reform act just passed by Congress and signed by President Trump on January 1, 2018, states that any non-profit organizations that pay it’s executives more than $1,000,000 per year that any amount over that figure will be assessed a 21% excise tax?  … the tax assessments are considered to be a non-deductible tax to the corporation? … the tax reform act states that non-profit or publicly traded corporation is responsible to pay for this tax, not the employee?  …local hospitals are non-profit entities and according to the IRS website, their CEO’s are paid more than $1,000,000 a year? …we wonder if that extra cost that our local hospitals pay in employee excise tax will be passed onto the patients?
IS IT TRUE those who are dependent on taxation for survival tend to stay where the taxes that they don’t pay are high so they can get more free things?…high earning taxpayers on the other hand often take their money and leave for more favorable laws?…Florida, on the other hand, has welcomed 750,000 new residents to their no income tax refuge from places like Illinois?
IS IT TRUE that on a nationwide basis the economics are looking much better with the official unemployment rate at historical lows and the stock, market, at all-time highs?…it should not be forgotten that we do still have 95 Million people of working age who for some reason are choosing not to participate in the workforce?
IS IT TRUE that yesterday that “Hoosiers For Rokita” made some negative statements about Mike Braun and Luke Messer after they filed for the United States Senate seat?  … the negative statements made towards United States Senatorial candidates Mike Braum and Luke Messer was considered by many as an act of desperation by the members of the “Hoosiers For Rokita”?  …all three Republican primary candidates for the United States Senate are equally qualified and we hope that future campaigning for this office will be focused on the issues and not negative attacks on one another?
IS IT TRUE that at the surprise of a bunch of supporters that the rumored candidate for congress Jonathan Weinzapfel has announced that it is not his time to run?…his three paragraph swan song sounded very much like a rewrite of his announcement in 2011 not to seek a third term as Mayor of Evansville?…this was welcome news to a host of people who remember all of the stunts this guy pulled as mayor including shoving the Ford Center down the taxpayers throats with a questionable study that stated it would be paying its own way by now?…that wasn’t even close as Weinzapfel’s Folly has become a tapeworm on City of Evansville’s budget?
IS IT TRUE with Weinzapfel headed back to IVY Tech to continue his highly paid appointment that only leaves one elected official who was complicit in trying to sneakily remove the Homestead Tax Credit from the people of Vanderburgh County in a closed-door darn near illegal secret meeting?  …that Mr. Weinzapfel decision not to run for Congress seemly puts an end to the political career of the once considered “Golden Boy Of Local Politics”?
IS IT TRUE the last official standing of the Homestead Tax Credit Bandidos is none other than current Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke who was in on that sneaky deal that Weinzapfel attempted to pull?
IS IT TRUE we are told by people in the know that any candidate running for re-election that has wasted our tax dollars on questionable capital projects or voted on tax increases will have a problem of getting re-elected in future elections?
IS IT TRUE we are being told that a couple members of the Evansville City Council may have finally realized that they may have been misled by the City Controller concerning the major financial shortfalls facing them in the upcoming 2018 city budget?  …that the former City Council President and Finance Chairmen John Friend-CPA prediction that starting in 2017 will be the beginning of major financial problems for the City of Evansville?  …it looks like Mr. Friends predictions may be spot on?
IS IT TRUE all eyes are on the newly appointed City Council Finance Chairman Jonathan Weaver?  … it’s obvious that Mr. Weaver processes the ability to analysis un-needed and excessive spending requests from the City Administration?  …we wish him well in identifying and stopping some of the “pie in the sky” spending requests of Winenneke Administration?
IS IT TRUE we have been told that the next CEO of the Area Chamber Of Commerce may be indeed someone who lives here locally?
IS IT TRUE for the last several years the City of Evansville has been trying to develop about 8 to 10 parcels of land in the Second, Third, Sycamore and Vine streets areas in hopes it will attract a multi-million residential and retail development? …last year the Director of the Department of Metropolitan Development predicted that an RFP will attract some awesome development proposals? …that the RFP idea fell flat on its face because not one investor submitted a proposal to develop the above parcels of land?  …wouldn’t it be had been wise if the DMD Director would have spent his time on correcting the expensive North Main Street curb mistake and also trying to get rid of the many dilapidated homes surrounding the North Main Street area?
Todays “Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that former Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel made the right decision by not running for Congress?
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  1. Mitch McConnell and the US Chamber of Commerce (and long time GOP donors like the Koch Brothers) did a fantastic job of passing the Tax Bill. The economy is roaring because of it. They seized control of the bill from the Freedom Caucus and amateurs in the Trump Administration and passed a bill that was more friendly to US Business than any bill in US history. Trump signed what they gave him, was forced to do that. Mitch McConnell is driving all policy these days, not Trump. Trump makes noise, McConnell passes bills that he wants passed.

    Senate Leader McConnell is gloating these days, “2017 was the best year for conservatives in the 30 years that I’ve been here. The best year. On all fronts. And a lot of people are shocked. Because we didn’t know what we were getting with Donald Trump. This guy was doing fundraisers for Chuck Schumer three or four years ago. But the Republican Party has turned in the most solid, conservative, right of center, pro-business activity ever.”

    Trump is a fool. But he’s a manageable fool. Whatever works. God Bless America, the Republican Party and the US Chamber of Commerce.

  2. Looks like 14-16 million more watched Trumps first SOU (47.7 million) than Obama’s recent SOUs (31.3-35.5 million). This is amazing as the left wing snowflakes were in safe places avoiding the Trump SOU at all costs. Don’t look for this amazing fact of the Trump successes to be reported in the Courier or in of the other left wing main stream media:

    Historical State of the Union Addresses
    Date Networks Combined Household Rating Combined No. of Households Combined No. of Viewers President
    2/28/2017* ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, UNI, PBS, CNN, Fox Business Net, FOXNC, MSNBC, and NBC Universo 28.7 33,857,000 47,741,000 Trump
    1/12/16 ABC, Al Jazeera America, Azteca, CBS, CNN, FOX, FOX Business Network, FOX News Channel, Galavision, MSNBC, NBC, NBC Universo, Univision^ 19.6 23,040,590 31,334,349 Obama
    1/20/15 ABC, Al Jazeera America, Azteca, CBS, CNN, Fox, Fox Business Network, Fox News Channel, Galavision, MSNBC, MundoFox, NBC, Univision^ 19.9 23,137,483 31,710,349 Obama
    1/18/14 CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX, Azteca, Fox Business, Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Al Jazeera America, Galavision, Mun2, UNI^ 20.7 23,949,843 33,299,172 Obama
    2/12/13 FOX, ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, Azteca, UNI, MFX, CNBC, CNN, Fox Business, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, Current, Centric, GALA 21.8 24,767,047 33,497,607 Obama


    • Upon further analysis, Al Jazeera America TV carried Obama’s SOUs, but did not carry Trumps SOU. Could that be a mere coincidence?????

      • Joe. Help! Have you run across any video of Maxine Water’s rebuttal of SOU on BET? She was supposed to be their rebuttal person.

  3. Local hospital executives are paid more than $1,000,000 per year? Doubtful. But here’s a thought. Tax political parties and political contributions. Why should they (political parties) and the money they raise be tax exempt for them AND their donors? Everyone complains there’s too much money in politics. Tax it and see what happens.
    The “non-profit” schemes for tax avoidance (hospitals excluded) has been in need of reform for a long time.

  4. Weinzapfel out! Great news for the people of Evansville. I guess he didn’t want to face the music for his reign of arrogance and dirty deeds. Good riddance Jon Boy.

  5. On behalf of 75% of the country that wants Pence to replace Trump as President this year, Fox News is reporting that Judge Napolitano is agreeing that “there is a new tenor in the latest criminal evidence for Donald Trump, and they don’t look good.”

    • trump is following the NIXON playbook to the T. Fire people, conspiracy theories, etc. Repubs need to delay Trumps fall until after the fall election. They know to have TRump go down late summer, Dems take over Congress. Their tactics are, well, deplorable. they dont give a hoot about TRump but need the Mueller findings delayed. Just my opinion


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