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To: TobagoJack who wrote (170110)4/2/2021 8:06:26 AM
From: Haim R. Branisteanu
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1. Compare where the US was 60 years ago and where was China at that time not to mention the "Cultural Revolution" of Mao that destroyed almost everything that was build.
2. the US has 330 Mill people China has 1,400 million so calculate per capita investments.

I could go on but I think those two points are sufficient.

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To: TobagoJack who wrote (170098)4/2/2021 8:12:43 AM
From: Aladdin Sane
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Cannot disagree with differences.. said it myself many a time..

Just hoping for US folks' sakes Mr. Biden at least comes close on infrastructure..

Spillover likely to help Canada

As an aside but related.. bought CP Rail last week..

Message 33260423

And excerpt from a PM to SI buddy

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So I looked at the network map for KC southern that CP is taking (hopefully).. Mexico is nice I guess.. but they run right along the Gulf coast through Houston .. So thinking that Keystone XL is dead.. long enough to be of value.. rail might work..

Creel the current guy liked this when still Hunter's protégé.. but Hunter was adverse because of course the tank car investment is poof if a pipe goes through .. Now I see no pipe... and I see the the oil companies will need to go longer term commitment so CP order book will be stable.. (Hunter's fear of pipe going in gone.)

thoughts

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Looking ok so far

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To: Aladdin Sane who wrote (170116)4/2/2021 8:52:48 AM
From: Julius Wong
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Politicians always think about next election.

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To: Julius Wong who wrote (170119)4/2/2021 10:11:29 AM
From: Aladdin Sane
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Looks like he is going for a broad base.. not preaching to the choir only ...

Lots of his initiatives are gonna be hard for GOP to vote against without the constituency going what !

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To: TobagoJack who wrote (170099)4/2/2021 10:15:56 AM
From: Aladdin Sane
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Donalds on economic dominance.. Mr. Biden sees this as a remedy to that path .. taxing corporations more highly in general likely too blunt.. Mr. Biden's team needs to sharpen their pencils.. They need be more targeted IMO...

BTW history of DC very interesting .. just google stormed it :)

As to Mr. Donalds in China... well .. if XI wants infrastructure and Donalds said no he would be 500 at least.. maybe 250 even ?

Different systems ... as I posted yesterday to Julius.. up here we are in a mode with minority government that gets closer to lack of action US government.. it's endemic in their structure... Not a problem in China.. Donalds would be moot

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From: Julius Wong4/2/2021 10:29:02 AM
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At least 55 of America’s largest corporations paid no taxes last year -- on billions in profits




As President Joe Biden's administration continues its push to increase tax rates for profitable corporations, a new study is highlighting how some of the largest and most profitable corporations in the United States managed to sidestep paying any federal taxes last year despite earning billions in revenue.

According to The New York Times, the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, a Washington-based research group, compiled the analysis which focuses on at least 55 of America's biggest corporations and how they were able to maximize on "a range of legal deductions and exemptions that have become staples of the tax code."

Of the 55 companies named, 26 massive corporations including FedEx, Duke Energy, and Nike have benefited from former President Donald Trump's corporate tax reduction. Since Trump reduced corporate tax rates from 35 percent down to 21 percent, many large corporations have managed to avoid paying any federal taxes for the last three years while collectively earning more than $77 billion during that time span.

While companies' tax returns are typically deemed private, publicly-traded corporations' situations are a bit different. By law, they are required to disclose financial reports that offer an itemized scope of their federal income tax expenses.

Although large companies have benefited from the tax break, Democratic lawmakers have still raised concerns about the tax loopholes. However, Catherine Butler, a spokeswoman for Duke Energy, released an email statement defending the company's finances insisting it "fully complies with federal and state tax laws as part of our efforts to make investments that will benefit our customers and communities."

She also noted that "the bonus depreciation, intended to encourage investment in areas like renewable energy, "caused Duke's cash tax obligations to be deferred to future periods, but it did not eliminate them."

DTE Energy is also listed as a company that did not have to pay federal taxes over the last three years. According to the Detroit-based utility company, it has invested "in modernizing aging infrastructure and new solar and wind technologies were the primary reasons last year."

The company said in a statement, "For utilities, the benefit of these federal tax savings are passed on to utility customers in the form of lower utility bills."

Trump's tax bill also included a provision that gave businesses the ability to immediately include expenses associated with any new equipment and machinery for write-off purposes. Democratic lawmakers are looking to overhaul Trump's tax plan in an attempt to level the playing field.

alternet.org

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To: Aladdin Sane who wrote (170120)4/2/2021 10:33:05 AM
From: Julius Wong
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The Five Universal Laws of Human Stupidity

Law 1: Always and inevitably everyone underestimates the number of stupid individuals in circulation.

Law 2: The probability that a certain person be stupid is independent of any other characteristic of that person
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Law 3. A stupid person is a person who causes losses to another person or to a group of persons while himself deriving no gain and even possibly incurring losses.

Law 4: Non-stupid people always underestimate the damaging power of stupid individuals. In particular non-stupid people constantly forget that at all times and places and under any circumstances to deal and/or associate with stupid people always turns out to be a costly mistake.

Law 5: A stupid person is the most dangerous type of person.

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To: TobagoJack who wrote (170100)4/2/2021 10:48:24 AM
From: Aladdin Sane
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Yeah I bought CHN and MCHI a bit ago MCHI to flesh out the balance although some significant overlap..

Will likely drizzle off BABA from my individual stock portfolio as it is well covered in both funds...

Waiting for Jack .. Mr. Xi will realise IMO the reins were tightened a bit too quickly and too harshly .. then again these reins are coming to big US tech too .. just more moderated :)

recall the birth of the baby bells.

Thus is funny (ironic) from both sides :)



And this delicious slightly subtle commentary on US spying plus media distortions ..


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To: Julius Wong who wrote (170123)4/2/2021 10:49:56 AM
From: Aladdin Sane
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This is a fav of mine I have often cited :)

“Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.”
? Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

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To: TobagoJack who wrote (170110)4/2/2021 10:57:56 AM
From: Aladdin Sane
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Mr. Biden is working within a framework which has its greatest asset as also being its greatest liability ..

If ever one could be found a truly beneficial and intelligent dictator might be the best form of government.. Do not think one has ever been found to my knowledge.. as power ultimately corrupts not so much intentions as perception ... (the road to hell etc...)

The perfect IMO (or close to as humanly possible) would be found between Western democracy (itself a hodgepodge) and Chinese authoritarianism ..

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