Good news: Congress did little

first_imgThe AMT was enacted in 1969 as an indignation gesture aimed at fewer than 200 rich people who managed, legally, to owe no taxes. But the enactors neglected to index the AMT against inflation, so this year it would have been a $50 billion bite out of 23million taxpayers. The House voted to repeal it and pay for repeal with a $50 billion tax increase. Senate Republicans argued that no Congress ever intended the AMT to collect, or ever will allow it to collect, such large sums from such a large number of Americans. Therefore, paygo would siphon $50 billion to compensate for a fictitious $50 billion. The Senate voted 88-5 to not collect the AMT this year, the House acquiesced and paygo evaporated. Rep. John Campbell, a California Republican, notes that this year the House took many more votes (1,186) than ever but only 146 bills became laws, and most of those named buildings or other things, or extended existing laws. Congress, and especially the Democratic majority, should be congratulated for this because a decrease in the quantity of legislation generally means an increase in the quality of life. George Will is a Washington Post columnist (e-mail: georgewill@washpost.com).160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The precise number and amount will be unclear until implications of some obscure provisions are deciphered. The gusher of earmarks was a triumph of bipartisanship, which often is a synonym for kleptocracy. This was the first year since 1994 that Democrats controlled both houses. Consider Congress’ agreeably meager record: It raised the hourly minimum wage from $5.15 to $5.85 – less than the $7 entry wage at McDonald’s – thereby increasing the wages of less than 0.5 percent of the work force. Rebuffing George W. Bush, who advocates halting farm subsidies to those with adjusted gross incomes of more than $200,000, the Senate also rejected – more bipartisanship – a cap at $750,000. This, in spite of the fact that farm income has soared to record levels, partly because Congress shares the president’s loopy enthusiasm for ethanol and wants more corn and other agricultural matter turned into fuel. Although Congress trembles for the future of the planet, it was unwilling to eliminate the 54-cent-a-gallon tariff on Brazilian ethanol. But our polymath Congress continued designing automobiles to make them less safe (smaller) and more expensive. It did this by mandating new fuel efficiency – a 35 mpg fleet average by 2020 – lest the automotive industry design cars people want. And Congress mandated a 12-year phaseout of incandescent light bulbs. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champBruce Raynor, president of the union Unite Here, expressed organized labor’s compassionate liberalism when he urged sparing workers the burden of democracy: “There’s no reason to subject workers to an election.” The House agreed, voting for “card check” organizing that strips workers of their right to a secret ballot when deciding for or against unionization of their workplace. Unions, increasingly unable to argue that they add more value than they subtract from workers’ lives, crave the “card check” system. Under it, once a majority of workers, pressured one at a time by labor organizers, sign a card, the union is automatically certified as the bargaining agent for all the workers. Senate Republicans blocked this, but the Senate Democrats voted to cripple the Department of Labor agency that requires union bosses to explain how they spend their members’ money. To improve Americans’ health, Congress hopes that by 2017, 22 million more people will begin smoking, enough to pay the increased cigarette taxes that purportedly would finance an expansion of SCHIP (State Children’s Health Insurance Program). The program, supposedly for low-income children, would have been expanded to cover many children – and adults – from households with incomes far above the nation’s median income. The president vetoed the expansion. Having vowed to end the war in Iraq, House liberals ended the year in a minuet of moral evasion. Representatives passed a bill containing money for the war in Afghanistan, but not for the one in Iraq. The Senate added money for Iraq. House Democrats then voted 141-78 against final passage, but House Republicans and moderate Democrats passed it and liberals headed home to brag about having voted against funding the war. In January, with much preening, House Democrats embraced “paygo,” the pay-as-you-go rule that any tax cut must be “paid for” by compensatory tax increases or spending cuts. In December, Democrats abandoned it because of the alternative minimum tax. last_img read more

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Farming in TCI gets two new experts

first_img ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Recommended for you Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 23, 2017 – The Turks and Caicos finally has a farm manager, and it heralds the transformation of the Government farm in North Caicos into a research and demonstration farm.  The announcement of two new and experienced staff came from the Department of Agriculture earlier this month and Director Wilhelmina Kissoonsingh counts it a critical step for the islands.“The Turks and Caicos Islands imports almost all its food, which puts the country at a food security risk.   However the potential is there to develop the agriculture sector with new and innovative techniques to produce food in a sustainable way.”The Director explained that the Extension Officer is to work with farmers, schools and interested persons to advise on farming practices, assist in diagnosing problems like pests and diseases and education on new technologies in agriculture.The Farm Manager will support the schools with the reformatted farm; hands on training in agriculture was cited as among the experiences for students. Mario Smith is the new extension officer, while Eulitt Pinnock is the Farm Manager.#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

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Us Weekly Editor James Heidenry Out at American Media Inc

first_imgJames HeidenrySix months after taking over as editor of Us Weekly, James Heidenry — who also edited OK! and Star magazine — is out at American Media Inc., the company announced today.Effective immediately, taking over editorial duties at Us Weekly will be managing editor Jennifer Peros, who returned to the brand in August after a two-year stint as senior news editor at Entertainment Tonight.As for OK!, James Robertson, who joined AMI a year ago as the magazine’s associate editor and national correspondent before being promoted to executive editor, will succeed Heidenry as editor.Both appointments were made by chief content officer Dylan Howard, who in addition to his current duties overseeing The National Enquirer, Radar Online, and Globe as well as AMI’s branded content studio, will now assume editorial oversight of Us Weekly and OK!. Howard’s elevation is the latest in a string of promotions since he first joined AMI as editor of RadarOnline.com in 2013, including being named editor-in-chief of The National Enquirer the following year.Jennifer Peros“Jennifer and James represent the best journalistic values and traditions that will carry Us Weekly and OK! into a bright future,” said Howard in a statement. “By leveraging the strengths, talents, and commitment of the staffs and the collaborative insights of our newly established editors we are positioned to continue to establish ourselves as one of the innovative and strategic leaders in the category.”AMI had installed Heidenry as editor of Us Weekly shortly after acquiring the title from Wenner Media in April. He replaced Michael Steele, who had run the title at Wenner since 2009. Heidenry originally joined AMI in 2012 as editor of Star, following a long tenure at Maxim and a shorter stint as editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury’s Manhattan magazine.last_img read more

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Sonys Crackle Plus Joint Venture Isnt Launching a Service With That Name

first_imgRouhana said in anticipation of the Crackle deal, CSS Entertainment opted to retain certain rights to two of its completed original series — “Hidden Heroes,” originally slated for CBS, and “Going From Broke,” a financial show about of millennials executive produced by Ashton Kutcher — to be able to premiere them on its own networks. It may also retain AVOD rights to Terry Gilliam’s ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” for which Screen Vision acquired the North American distribution rights. CSS Entertainment also acquired five-year AVOD rights to exhibit more than 500 films from the FilmRise library on its owned-and-operated networks.CSS Entertainment expects to run Crackle Plus with a much lower overhead than SPT did. “There was a lot of cost there,” Rouhana told investors on the March 29 call. “We run our businesses differently.”Rouhana in 2008 acquired Chicken Soup for the Soul LLC from Mark Victor Hansen and Jack Canfield, the creators of the best-selling “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book series. Privately held Chicken Soup for the Soul LLC is the parent company of CSS Entertainment, whose shares are Nasdaq-traded. Related Michael Bay to Direct Action Movie ‘Black 5’ Currently, the crackleplus.com domain name is registered to a guy in Pakistan, who is asking $10,000 to transfer the rights.Crackleplus.com was registered by one Muhammad Abdullah in October 2017. Reached via email, Abdullah said he bought the name “to start my own entertainment website.” The site currently consists of a landing page offering to sell the domain name for “10,000 USD” and includes the Sony Crackle logo — indicating that Abdullah is fully aware that Sony has an interest in the name. Abdullah correctly noted that Sony owns a registered trademark on “Crackle” but not “Crackle Plus.” He’s also registered Twitter and Instagram accounts with the “crackleplus” name.According to Abdullah, Sony tried to negotiate the purchase of crackleplus.com through the DomainAgents broker service. “But I don’t want to sell it at lower price,” he wrote in an email. “That’s why I ended the deal.”Abdullah said he also has “a couple” of other websites but he declined to identify them. He is listed as an “SEO expert” on the website of ikonic Solution, an Islamabad-based website design and development company.The Crackle Plus name was initially confusing: The “plus” nomenclature has implied subscription VOD, as with the recently announced Apple TV+, Disney’s current ESPN+ and the forthcoming Disney+ SVOD service. (Also recall that Hulu’s initial SVOD product was called “Hulu Plus.”) CSS Entertainment will continue to run Crackle as a free AVOD service, consolidating operations with its other ad-supported platforms including Popcornflix.It’s not clear how aggressively CSS Entertainment will invest in original content for the new Crackle Plus. CEO and chairman Bill Rouhana, on a conference call with investors last Friday, suggested most of the content will be licensed. Under the deal with SPT, TV series and movies from the Sony Pictures Entertainment library will be licensed to Crackle Plus. Rights to Crackle’s originals, which have included “The Oath” from executive producer 50 Cent and “SuperMansion,” a stop-motion animated series featuring Bryan Cranston, will be retained by SPT but will be made available for licensing to the JV. Popular on Variety center_img Inside the Spider-Man Split: Finger-Pointing and Executive Endgames UPDATED: Sony Pictures Television is spinning its free Crackle streaming network into a joint venture called “Crackle Plus” — which doesn’t own rights to the crackleplus.com domain name. But Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, which is assuming control of Crackle as majority owner, says there’s no issue because there were never plans to launch a Crackle Plus-branded service.As first reported by Variety, SPT formed the Crackle Plus JV with CSS Entertainment, a deal expected to close in April or May 2019. CSS Entertainment will be the majority owner of the new entity, and the company boasted that the addition of Crackle to its ad-supported VOD roll-up network is expected to more than double overall revenue, which hit $27.8 million in 2018.In a statement to Variety, CSS Entertainment said, “While Crackle Plus is the name of the joint venture and associated ad network, it was never intended to be a consumer-facing domain name. The ownership of crackleplus.com is a non-issue.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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Kids will have a ball at Torontos Chelsea Hotel during March Break

first_imgKids will have a ball at Toronto’s Chelsea Hotel during March Break TORONTO — We’re just about to enter March Break madness, and parents across the country are scrambling to find fun things to do for the kids. Answering their call is Chelsea Hotel, Toronto, which has just announced a full week of guest-exclusive family-friendly activities.Families can take advantage of a number of exclusive complimentary March Break offerings available throughout the week, such as the ‘Pirate and Princess Breakfast’, a Segway Obstacle Course as well as interactive events with exotic animals, magic shows and more. Kids can also enjoy a special dinner menu available all week for only $5.In addition, guests who stay at the hotel will enjoy complimentary access to the Family Fun Zone, featuring a pool and downtown Toronto’s only indoor 130-foot ‘Corkscrew’ waterslide, not to mention a Kid Centre and Club 33 Teen Lounge.The hotel’s central location offers quick access to other March Break activities happening around the city. At TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace, kids can interact with robots, while at Toronto’s urban Sugar Beach, the entire family can sample authentic maple taffy at Sugar Shack TO.More news:  GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programsAs an added perk, guests have access to exclusive discounts to some of the city’s top attractions with the hotel’s Show Your Key and Save program. Participating attractions include Medieval Times, the Toronto Zoo, Ripley’s Aquarium, the Ontario Science Centre, the Royal Ontario Museum and more.For more details go to chelseatoronto.com or call 1-800-243-5732. Tags: Chelsea Hotel, Family Travel, Promotions, Toronto Posted by Travelweek Group center_img Tweet Monday, March 5, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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