TDOH: Hamilton and Jefferson

Note: Check out this post for what is going on this month on this very blog! 

Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson, 3rd POTUS and general pain in the ass to everyone around him

As a person present at the founding of our nation, it should be expected that Alexander Hamilton crossed paths with all the names and faces we know and remember. George Washington. John Adams. James Madison. Even Benedict Arnold makes an appearance close to Hamilton during the Revolution and around the time he became probably the most famous traitor in history.

But no man – even including the man that eventually murdered him in a duel – was more anti-Hamilton than our third president Thomas Jefferson.

Thomas Jefferson is revered in this country for the things he did before and during his presidency. He wrote the Declaration of Independence. He was our first Secretary of State. While president, the Louisiana Purchase greatly increased the size of our fledgling nation, allowing westward expansion (but also the murder and displacement of our Native people). He founded the University of Virginia. He even died, symbolically, on July 4th, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, hours before BFF and also former president/Founding Father John Adams.  Continue reading “TDOH: Hamilton and Jefferson”

TDOH: Hamilton and Madison

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James Madison

James Madison was the 4th president of the United States, so most people recognize the name, if not the image included with this post. But as he does not have a musical written about him – though he is a pretty prominent character in the second act of Hamilton – a lot of folks may not realize how important Madison was to the founding of our country.

Prior to ascending to the presidency on the heals of friend and fellow Virginian Thomas Jefferson, Madison was perhaps the first person to serve in Congress that truly helped to define what role that particular branch of our government would have in our fledgling nation. But even before that, he played an instrumental role with building the structure of our government in drafting the Constitution, as well as campaigning for its ratification through the The Federalist Papers. But he, along with Jefferson, may have been primarily responsible for the advent of political parties in this country, and this was primarily due to their rivalry with a man named Alexander Hamilton.  Continue reading “TDOH: Hamilton and Madison”

About The GOP Tax Plan

After ruminating on it for the past day, this is my official post about the GOP Tax Plan, more formally known as the Tax Cut and Jobs Act.

I LIKE taxes, but I am by no means an expert despite my Master’s in Accounting, though I have prepared taxes for some folks over the past few years and like to remain informed. While this plan has not yet passed even one house of Congress, knowing about the plan and how it affects you and your family is good information to have and can be used when discussion your opposition/support of the plan with your elected officials.

Axios has provided a couple of great breakdowns about the tax plan. First, here’s a nice breakdown of what the tax plan actually is, and a subsequent piece that breaks down the winners and loser because of the plan. If you prefer to go straight to the source, the GOP Ways and Means Committee, and its chairman Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) has provided a bulleted list as well. You can check that out at this link. Continue reading “About The GOP Tax Plan”

Leaving the Democratic Party

This may not mean anything to anybody, but today, I officially changed my voter registration from “Democrat” to “Unaffiliated.” So, for the first time since I registered to vote nearly 18 years ago, I am a man without a party. This day has been inevitable since Hillary Clinton lost in November, but it has been reinforced based on what I see from Democrats these days, on both the state and national level.

The Democrats just can’t seem to put the events of 2016 behind them. Discussions of pre-selecting candidates before conventions/primaries/caucuses to try and get the “best candidate” on the ballot seems kind of shady to me. The constant back and forth between  the supporters of Bernie Sanders (whom I voted for in our caucus last year) and Hillary Clinton (whom I voted for in November) is preventing the party from focusing on what they really need to focus on: competing against Republicans at all levels. Continue reading “Leaving the Democratic Party”