In 1944 Thomas Dewey was running for President against Harry Truman. It was such a close race that one paper jumped the gun and announced Dewey as the winner. Which gave way to the now famous picture of victorious Truman holding that newspaper.
President Harry Truman holds up a copy of the Chicago Daily Tribune declaring his defeat to Thomas Dewey in the presidential election, St Louis, Missouri, November 1948. (Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty Images)
Seventy years later the media is no longer content to just report the news but has found that it is more profitable to actually shape the news. Or even go as far as invent the news if there is nothing that fits the narrative that they’ve chosen to sell. Why wait for the last minute deadline, when you can write history before it ever happens. If it were just one single newspaper it would be one thing, but what if it is every media outlet? What then? Who do you trust when there is no one left to trust? Trust in yourself. (more…)
Come the November 8th election who will become the 46th President of the United States is not the only thing that will be decided. Closer to home, other taxing issues are on the ballot. One of them is the office of the Tax Collector. [Today’s post will be a little long, but it requires some upfront education on how the Tax Collector operates. – apologies from the mgmt.] The Tax Collector is not a sexy position. Throughout history and fiction,
Is a $7 million Tax Collectors office necessary when nearly all the transactions are done online?
the Tax Collector was a hated man. This might have started with the Roman Empire where the Tax Collector collected the taxes that the huge empire needed to function. There were income taxes, sales taxes, taxes on crops, wine, and the production of olive oil. The Tax Collector would send Rome their due and keep whatever extra he could collect for himself. Backed by government force of Roman soldiers, the position of Tax Collector was a lucrative gig. (more…)