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Biological Health Threat – Hantavirus [Seoul virus (SEOV)]: USA, Canada

In January 2017, CDC confirmed recent, acute Seoul virus infection in both patients. An investigation was conducted to identify additional human and rat infections and prevent further transmission

Date: Fri 2 Feb 2018
Source: MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2018;67:131-134. DOI: [edited]

Kerins JL, Koske SE, Kazmierczak J, et al. Outbreak of Seoul Virus Among Rats and Rat Owners — United States and Canada, 2017.

In December 2016, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (WDHS) notified CDC of a patient hospitalized with fever, leukopenia, elevated transaminases, and proteinuria. The patient owned and operated an in-home rattery, or rat-breeding facility, with approximately 100 Norway rats, primarily bred as pets. A family member developed similar symptoms 4 weeks later, but was not hospitalized. Because both patients were known to have rodent contact, they were tested for hantavirus infections. In January 2017, CDC confirmed recent, acute Seoul virus infection in both patients. An investigation was conducted to identify additional human and rat infections and prevent further transmission. Ultimately, the investigation identified 31 facilities in 11 states with human and/or rat Seoul virus infections; 6 facilities also reported exchanging rats with Canadian ratteries. Testing of serum samples from 183 persons in the United States and Canada identified 24 (13.1 percent) with Seoul virus antibodies; 3 (12.5 percent) were hospitalized and no deaths occurred. This investigation, including cases described in a previously published report from Tennessee, identified the 1st known transmission of Seoul virus from pet rats to humans in the United States and Canada. Pet rat owners should practice safe rodent handling to prevent Seoul virus infection.

Seoul virus is an Old World hantavirus in the Bunyaviridae family. Its natural reservoir is the Norway rat (_Rattus norvegicus_). Rats infected with Seoul virus are asymptomatic, but can transmit the virus to humans through infectious saliva, urine, droppings, or aerosolization from contaminated bedding. Human signs and symptoms range from mild influenza-like illness to hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS). HFRS causes acute renal failure and can result in death; however, asymptomatic Seoul virus infections also occur. Wild Norway rats in the United States have been known to harbor Seoul virus infection, but transmission to humans is rare. Seoul virus is not known to spread from person to person. In the United Kingdom, Seoul virus transmission has occurred from pet rats to humans, but before this outbreak, infections had not been reported in pet rats in the United States or Canada.

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[Seoul virus (SEOV) is a widely distributed virus around the world in brown (Norway) rats. There have been sporadic cases of transmission of SEOV to humans from pet and laboratory rats in various localities. The above report sounds a warning to rat breeding sites to be aware of the risk that SEOV can present to their animals and the people in contact with them. The above report is a follow up to the 2017 report of the SEOV infection in rats and people in Wisconsin and Illinois USA (see ProMED-mail Hantavirus – Americas (05): USA (IL,WI) Seoul virus 20170122.4782661). Interested readers are urged to read the complete report, available at the above URL.

Following the initial 2017 report of the SEOV cases in Wisconsin and Illinois, USA, Dr. Jan Clement and colleagues of the Belgian Hantavirus Reference Center provided helpful comments about clinical aspects of SEOV infections in humans (see ProMED-mail Hantavirus – Americas (07): USA (IL,WI) Seoul virus, comment 20170123.4784492). They also provided a good overview of Seoul virus around the world (see ProMED-mail archive no. 20141028.2907225).

A HealthMap/ProMED-mail map showing the location of Illinois and Wisconsin in the Upper Midwest USA and Canada to the north can be accessed at – Mod.TY]

See Also

Hantavirus – Americas (07): USA (IL,WI) Seoul virus, comment 20170123.4784492
Hantavirus – Americas (05): USA (IL,WI) Seoul virus 20170122.4782661


Hantavirus update – Americas (42): USA (NY) Seoul virus, rat reservoir, comment 20141028.2907225
Hantavirus update – Americas (41): USA (NYC) Seoul virus, rat reservoir 20141017.2872156


Hantavirus update – Americas (39): comment 20131023.2017083
Seoul virus – Sweden: pet rat, 1st detection 20130705.1809509

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Biological Health Hazard – MDR Campylobacteriosis: Public Warning (Canine-Human Infection), USA

Multistate Outbreak of Multidrug-Resistant Campylobacter Infections Linked to Contact with Pet Store Puppies (CDC Final Update)

Published Date: 2018-02-03 11:30:55
Subject: PRO/AH/EDR> Campylobacteriosis – USA (02): canine, human, CDC advisory
Archive Number: 20180203.5602125

Date: Tue 30 Jan 2018
Source: CDC [edited]

Multistate Outbreak of Multidrug-Resistant Campylobacter Infections Linked to Contact with Pet Store Puppies (Final Update)
CDC, several states, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) investigated a multistate outbreak of multidrug-resistant _Campylobacter_ infections. Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicated that contact with puppies sold through Petland stores were a likely source of this outbreak. This outbreak investigation is over. Illnesses could continue to occur because people may be unaware of the risk of _Campylobacter_ infections from puppies and dogs.

A total of 113 people with laboratory-confirmed infections or symptoms consistent with campylobacteriosis were linked to this outbreak. Illnesses were reported from 17 states. Illnesses started on dates ranging from 12 Jan 2016 to 7 Jan 2018. Ill people ranged in age from less than one year to 86, with a median age of 27. 63 percent of ill people were female. Of 103 people with available information, 23 (22%) were hospitalized. No deaths were reported. Whole genome sequencing (WGS) showed that isolates from people infected with _Campylobacter_ were closely related genetically. This close genetic relationship means that people in this outbreak were more likely to share a common source of infection.

_Campylobacter_ bacteria isolated from clinical samples from people sickened in this outbreak were resistant to commonly recommended, 1st-line anti-bacterials. This means it may be difficult to treat these infections with the drugs usually prescribed for _Campylobacter_ infections. Antibacterial resistance may be associated with increased risk of hospitalization, development of a bloodstream infection, or treatment failure in patients. Using WGS, we identified multiple antimicrobial resistance genes and mutations in most isolates from 38 ill people and 10 puppies in this outbreak. This finding matched results from standard antibiotic susceptibility testing methods used by CDC’s National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System laboratory on isolates from 5 ill people and 7 puppies in this outbreak. The 12 isolates tested by standard methods were resistant to azithromycin, ciprofloxacin, clindamycin, erythromycin, nalidixic acid, telithromycin, and tetracycline. In addition, 10 were resistant to gentamicin, and 2 were resistant to florfenicol.

In interviews, ill people answered questions about the foods they ate and any animal contact in the week before they became ill. 99 percent of people reported contact with a puppy in the week before illness started, and 87% reported they had contact with a puppy from Petland stores, or had contact with a person who became sick after contact with a puppy from a Petland store. 25 ill people worked at Petland stores.

During the investigation, officials collected samples from pet store puppies for laboratory testing and identified the outbreak strain of _Campylobacter_ in the samples. WGS showed that the isolates from sick people in this outbreak and isolates from pet store puppies were closely related genetically, providing additional evidence that people got sick from contact with pet store puppies.

Ill people reported contact with different breeds of puppies at different store locations in several states. The investigation did not identify a common breeder where puppies infected with the outbreak strain originated. Puppies in this outbreak may have become infected at various points along the distribution chain when they had contact with infected puppies from other breeders or distributors during transport to pet store locations. Enhanced infection prevention measures throughout the distribution chain may help reduce the spread of _Campylobacter_ infections among puppies.

This multidrug-resistant outbreak highlights the need for responsible use of antimicrobials in pets. Education about best practices for _Campylobacter_ disease prevention, diarrhea management in puppies, and responsible antibacterial use is essential throughout the distribution chain to help prevent the emergence and spread of resistance. Pet owners should be aware that any puppy or dog, regardless of where it is purchased or adopted, may carry germs like _Campylobacter_ that can make people sick. Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water right after touching puppies and dogs or after picking up their poop. Work with your veterinarian to keep your animal healthy to prevent disease. More information about how to prevent illness when handling puppies and dogs is available for pet owners.

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[Pet-associated campylobacteriosis is underappreciated in human _Campylobacter_ infection. The following is a recent review of the topic:

Campagnolo ER, Philipp LM, Long JM, and Hanshaw NL: Pet-associated campylobacteriosis: A persisting public health concern. Zoonoses Public Health. 2017 Aug 21. doi: 10.1111/zph.12389. [Epub ahead of print]

Campylobacter is regarded as a leading cause of human bacterial gastroenteritis in the USA. We report on a case of laboratory-confirmed _Campylobacter jejuni_ infection in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania among members of a household living with a laboratory-confirmed but non-speciated _Campylobacter_-infected puppy. We describe an outbreak of likely dog-associated campylobacteriosis, the risk factors, potential routes of exposure, and the clinical features in the exposed family members, which began shortly after exposure to the recently purchased dog. We also provide public health recommendations to prevent _Campylobacter_ infections in veterinary care providers, pet owners, and those planning to adopt pets in the future. Finally, this report underscores the importance of the One Health approach when public health responders, human and animal healthcare providers and clinical diagnostic laboratories are tasked with developing effective strategies when investigating, detecting, and responding to zoonoses (diseases shared between animals and humans).” – Mod.LL

HealthMap/ProMED-mail map:
United States:]

See Also

Campylobacteriosis – USA: canine, human, CDC advisory 20180127.5588815

Campylobacteriosis – USA (04): canine, human, CDC advisory 20171031.5415984
Campylobacteriosis – USA (03): canine, human, CDC advisory 20171005.5362283
Campylobacteriosis – USA (02): (WA) chicken liver pate, 2016 20170928.5347818
Campylobacteriosis – USA: canine, human, alert 20170913.5312884

Campylobacteriosis – USA: (UT) unpasteurized milk, 2014 20160401.4131443

Campylobacteriosis, E. coli EHEC – USA (02): (ID) unpasteurized milk 20151030.3755260
Campylobacteriosis, E. coli EHEC – USA: (ID) unpasteurized milk, recall 20151022.3735320
Campylobacteriosis – USA (02): (CA) raw goat milk 20150606.3415757
Campylobacteriosis – USA: (CA) unpasteurized milk 20150327.3258683

Campylobacteriosis – USA (07): (SD) raw milk 20141124.2986579
Campylobacteriosis – USA (06): (WI) raw milk 20141025.2901058
Campylobacteriosis – USA (05): (WI) 20141001.2817542
Campylobacteriosis – USA (04): (WI) 20140926.2805165
Campylobacteriosis – USA (03): (UT) unpasteurized milk 20140827.2727937
Campylobacteriosis – USA (02): (NV) race participants, 2012 20140501.2443247


Antibiotic resistance (02): WHO, priority pathogens, 20170301.4871299

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Nuclear Event – Manual Reactor Hot Shutdown: River Bend Station, Unit 1, St. Francisville, Louisiana

Nuclear Event in USA on Thursday, 01 February 2018 at 10:57 [CST].

North America – USA | State of Louisiana, St. Francisville, River Bend Nuclear Power Station
Location: (24 miles NNW of Baton Rouge, LA)  30°45’24.0″N 91°20’00.0″W
Present Operational Age: ~33 years

Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) – RPS ACTUATION – CRITICAL


“At 1057 CST on February 1, 2018 with the unit in Mode 1 at approximately 27% power, a manual actuation of the Reactor Protection System (RPS) was initiated due to an unexpected trip of the B Recirc Pump with A Recirc Pump in fast speed. B Recirc Pump tripped during transfer from slow to fast speed resulting in single loop operation. Operators were unable to reconcile differing indications of core flow. This resulted in a conservative decision to initiate a manual scram. The cause of the B Recirc Pump trip and the apparent issues with core flow indication are under investigation. The plant is currently stable in Mode 3.

“The plant response to the scram was as expected. All control rods [fully] inserted as expected; the feedwater system is maintaining reactor vessel water level in the normal control band and reactor pressure is being maintained with steam line drains and main turbine bypass valves.

“The NRC Senior Resident [Inspector] has been notified.”

Source: NRC  Event Number: 53192

Everything seems to be going as planned …

The censorship algorithms have been implemented and are working as planned. News and propaganda filters are being fully applied and opinions are running rampant as things move towards distraction and the next stupid thing. Ignorance abounds, and a possum-like rodent continues to tell the superstitious and quasi-gullible that the usual seasonal change will continue as it will be Winter until it once again turns to Spring, then to Summer, and becoming another hottest. coldest, wettest, driest year on record, or in recent short-term memory, if that is possible .

And, all this is no secret either, right?

What’s cookin’? The Philosophy of War, and not the usual Politically Media-Corrected Commentary …

= Commentary and Opinion from elsewhere =

Kill Chain
“This military concept consists of target identification, force dispatch to target, decision and order to attack the target, and finally the destruction of the target.”

Even after all of the crimes the Clinton’s committed, the impeachment, the disbarment, the bombing of Serbia to take Lewinsky off the front page, the influence peddling and bribery at the Clinton Foundation, etc., they won a majority of the votes last election day.

The Clintons would be in the WH and in CHARGE of this corrupt banana republic, only one man could stop them, a man named Trump.

Obama committed treason at the highest levels actively working to dismantle the US military and give our enemies nuclear weapons.

They are still obstructing justice with the full weight of the executive branch agencies and media supporting them. This fantasy that the criminals in government will be taken down is childish.

History clearly shows that only a military supported purge which includes mass arrests, imprisonments, seizing of assets, and executions will put a dent in these still currently untouchable bastards.

I sincerely think Trump doesn’t have the stones to take the next step.

A hopelessly corrupt government cannot be reformed using the electoral or judicial process, especially when the corrupt government, judiciary, oligarchy and press are allied against reform and have a vested interest in keeping the corruption ongoing.

Time is wasting away, less that 300 days until the GOP loses the House, and then Trump is impeached.

Based on the treasonous actions by the FBI and other intelligence agencies that have been uncovered, Trump is well within his rights to declare a State of Emergency and go all Erdogan on the domestic enemy and the press.

The type of PURGE Trump needs to initiate is described below from Wiki:

“The 2016–17 purges in Turkey are an ongoing series of purges by the government of Turkey enabled by a state of emergency in reaction to the 15 July failed coup d’état.

After the immediate arrest of military personnel accused of making the coup attempt, arrests were expanded to include further elements of the Turkish military service, as well as various civil servants and private businesses.

These later actions, reflecting a power struggle between secularist and Islamist political elites in Turkey, which began to be known as a purge, affected people who were not active in nor aware of the coup as it happened, but who were alleged to be connected with the Gülen movement, a group which the government blames for the coup. Even the mere possession of books authored by Gülen may be considered evidence of such a connection and cause for arrest.

Tens of thousands of public servants and soldiers were purged in the first week following the coup.

For example, on 16 July 2016, just one day after the coup was foiled, 2,745 judges were dismissed and detained.

This was followed by the dismissal, detention or suspension of over 100,000 officials, a figure that had increased to over 110,000 by early November 2016, over 125,000 after the 22 November decree, reaching at least 135,000 with the 7 January’s decrees, and about 160,000 after 29 April’s suspensions and arrests.

In the business sector, the government forcefully seized assets of over 1000 companies worth $11 billion, on the charge of being related to Gulen and the coup.

By late 2017 over a thousand companies and their assets owned by individuals allegedly affiliated with the movement had been seized and generally such things as goods produced by such companies had become boycotted by the public.

The purges also extend to the media with television channels, newspapers and other media outlets that were seen as critical of the government being shut down, critical journalists being arrested and Wikipedia being blocked since April 2017.

Since early September 2016, the post-coup emergency state allowed a turn against Kurdish groups, most notably with the dismissal of about 12,000 Kurdish teachers and 24 elected mayors and arrest of the co-chairs of the Peoples’ Democratic Party and Kurdish culture for alleged links with the Kurdistan Workers Party.”

THAT is what “Draining the Swamp” looks like.”

All I see is all talk and no action.

Congressmen writing letters ain’t gonna get it.

Not that it makes any difference to the law, but most of these illegal “DACA” aliens were NOT brought in “through no fault of their own” as the lying democrats falsely allege. They were lured in by Obama’s illegal democrat voter recruiting campaign aka his unconstitutional DACA executive order.

BTW, we are not inhumane and do not wish to split up families. If they’re in the country illegally, deport the entire family, including all who chained-in after! (Obviously many have been here long enough to have applied for citizenship. Why haven’t they done so?)

Prosecute employers who recruit and hire illegal aliens!

Prosecute government officials who conspire to defy federal law by harboring or giving aid and comfort to illegal aliens, ie, sanctuary cities and states!


Are these the leadership qualities you have been looking for?

The Federal Election Commission received Jan. 11 aka Chelsea “Bradley” E. Manning’s filing for candidacy in the Maryland senate race. Manning, who is now a resident of Bethesda, is one of four Democrats running for the seat held by Democrat Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, who is not seeking re-election.


Manning, a biological male who “transitioned” to a female and changed his first name to Chelsea while in prison, was convicted in 2013 on 21 charges, including six counts of espionage for his role in stealing and leaking classified information to Wikileaks during a deployment to Iraq in 2009.

In 2011, aka Chelsea E. Manning, then serving as Spc. Bradley E. Manning, a former Army intelligence specialist assaulted a female superior while deployed in Iraq–an incident that led to his bust to private first class.


“He would have emotional breakdowns – he would freeze emotionally; he stated that he felt no loyalty to this nation, that the flag on his shoulder meant nothing to him; he stated several times that he felt paranoid, that people were listening in on him; at one point he described to me that in the process of joining the Army, that he had to scrub the internet of anything that had his name on it or he wouldn’t have gotten a security clearance,” …

Manning’s prison sentence was commuted by President Barack H. Obama to just seven years, and he was released on May 17.

[Byline Peter D’Abrosca]

(Edited excerpt)

25 January 2018
Big League PoliticsFlashback: Chelsea Manning’s female supervisor in Iraq told Army: ‘He punched me in face’

Manning’s DD214 presently unavailable for review.

It is a measure of the intellectual degradation of our times that the physical reality of these cases is considered, if it is considered at all, a distant second to the subjective impressions of people who are, not to put too fine a point on it, mentally ill and in need of treatment.”

In the largest intelligence leak in American history, Bradley Manning faced prosecution under the Espionage Act because he deliberately released 750,000 restricted documents out of spite, placing any number of lives in jeopardy. We will never know how many Americans and American allies he got killed. Instead of being executed for treason as was clearly warranted, he received an egregiously lenient 35-year sentence, and then had this commuted by the like-minded Obama. He is now flapping around loose, pretending to be a woman named Chelsea and barking his moonbat opinions. Here is his reaction to the sick farce of transgender soldiers being put to an end.

Knowing that Manning is an anti-American traitor and profoundly mentally-ill, it should come as no surprise that he is also a  communist tool.

Once again our country is at war, and once again the Democrats have sided with our enemy.

See Also
Bradley Manning Is Not a Woman –  Pronouns and delusions do not trump biology.

From the Land of Dragnet and The Naked City? ‘Just the crumbs ma’am’

Totally controlling a society through the effective use of limited resources, by social engineering (the analysis and automation of a society) requires the correlation of great amounts of constantly changing economic information (data); Controlling the media, subverting education, and keeping the public distracted with matters of less than significant importance.  –We have experienced the system and seeing the damage done.

Congress’s wealthiest woman plays the tax game too: Pelosi rushed to pre-pay property taxes after decrying GOP tax overhaul as middle-class tax hike and corporate giveaway

Pelosi Tries to Extend $137,000 Tax Break for Two of Her Multi-Million-Dollar Homes

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.), who often rails against income inequality and calls on the wealthy to pay its “fair share” in taxes, took pains in late December to try to preserve tax breaks for two of her multi-million-dollar homes one last time before the new tax law kicked in.

Largely thanks to her husband Paul, a real-estate and venture-capital investor, Pelosi is the wealthiest woman in Congress with a net worth of more than $100 million and the seventh wealthiest member overall, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

In fact, assets and cash disclosed in her 2016 financial-disclosure statement places Pelosi in the top one-tenth of the 1 percent of Americans.

Pelosi’s annual property tax bill alone on three luxury homes last year—$137,000—is more than twice the 2016 U.S. median household income of $59,039, which the U.S. Census reported last fall.

Like most taxpayers, she also apparently wants to keep as much of her money as U.S. tax law allows, though she did not mention those plans during the contentious months-long debate on the GOP tax bill last fall or how it would impact her personally.

At the time, Pelosi accused Republicans and President Trump of hiking taxes on the middle-class while slashing those for corporations. She denounced the bill using apocalyptic terms, decrying it as “Armageddon” and “like death.”

At one point, she said the tax plan was a “monumental, brazen theft from the middle class,” and pledged that Democrats will continue to demand “job-creating, wage-raising tax reform with not one penny in tax breaks for the wealthiest one percent.”

Just days after President Trump signed the sweeping tax bill into law late last month, Pelosi and her husband tried to preserve $64,000 in property tax breaks, known as the state and local taxes (SALT) deductions, for her two California homes. The new tax law limits the deduction to $10,000 and went into effect Jan. 1.

Like many taxpayers with big property tax bills across the country, the Pelosis in late December prepaid the second half of their 2017-2018 property tax bills for their $7.2 million estate in San Francisco’s tony Pacific Heights and Napa vineyard and residence worth more than $4 million, according to San Francisco city-county and Napa county property records.

Related: Pelosi Again Calls Bonuses, Wage Increases Resulting From GOP Tax Reform ‘Crumbs’

The couple paid the full annual property taxes on their luxury Washington Harbor condo on the Georgetown waterfront before the tax bill became law.

Paying the taxes earlier than the 2018 bills require is a smart accounting move that could save the Pelosis tens of thousands of dollars. However, it also illustrates a Republican talking point about the tax bill: that the new law is eliminating tax breaks that primarily benefit the wealthy.

Pelosi and her husband have owed roughly $137,000 annually in local property taxes on the three homes they use and don’t rent out: two in California and one in D.C., city and county property records show. Before the beginning of the year, they were allowed to write off all of those property taxes on their federal taxes but now can deduct only $10,000 of it under the new law.

The Pelosis could make up a good portion of the lost deduction through the new law’s provision lowering the tax rate on the highest income bracket from 39.6 to 37 percent. However, tax experts say they could still wind up paying thousands of dollars more to the federal government than in previous years because of the new law’s SALT deduction cap.

Pelosi spokesman Henry Connelly justified the pre-payment by arguing that it is legal and thousands of other Californians also tried to pre-pay their 2018 taxes in December.

“Millions of middle-class families and homeowners in cities and suburbs across America are facing a big state and local tax hike because of the GOP tax scam,” Connelly said in an emailed statement. “Any middle class family whose state and local income and property taxes add up to more than $10,000 will be forced to pay more—and many of these families also prepaid their property taxes before 2018 in hopes of staving off this GOP tax hike, including, for instance, 72,000 people in San Diego County alone.”

“This action is compliant with current tax laws and IRS guidance,” he added.

The sweeping changes to the tax law are hitting the Pelosis’ real-estate holdings particularly hard. Despite their wealth and assets, the couple still carries heavy mortgage debt.

Because all of their homes were purchased before 2018, they can still deduct the first $1 million in mortgage-interest debt on each home, but the Pelosis also have equity lines of credit on each of the three properties in question, totaling approximately $1.1 million to $2.25 million, according to her 2016 personal financial disclosure form, the latest available.

Under the old tax law, mortgage interest on the first $100,000 of each of those equity lines would be tax-deductible; the new law eliminates tax breaks for equity lines entirely.

Pelosi and her husband also own four other residential and commercial properties with a combined total value of $7.5 to $36 million and reported annual rental income of between $315,000 and $3,050,000 from them, according to her most recent financial disclosure report, which only provides broad value ranges.

The new tax law continues to allow rental owners to deduct their property taxes as part of the businesses’ expenses. The Pelosis sold two other California properties in 2016 and reported that they earned between $200,000 and $2 million in “capital gains/rent” from them that year.

Before January, there was no limit on the amount taxpayers could deduct on taxes paid to state and local governments, including property, income, and sales taxes. That policy, critics say, gave Democrat-run states an incentive to increase their taxes while citizens in other states with lower local taxes didn’t get the same tax benefit.

“The SALT deduction is really an unfair tax deduction. For a person who makes the same amount of money in Texas, California, and Tennessee, the person who lives in California or New York, or New Jersey gets a big tax break that the other people don’t get,” said Rachel Greszler a research fellow in economics at the Heritage Foundation’s Institute for Economic Freedom.

“It’s an issue of fairness, and [the previous law] encouraged states to raise their taxes and push the costs of running the federal government onto other states,” she added.

Pelosi has argued that capping the SALT deduction is “an insidious effort to raise taxes on the middle class.” However, most of the benefits of the tax break go almost entirely to top income earners, the bill’s GOP backers and other tax experts point out.

Only 28 percent of all tax filers in the United States claim the deduction, and nearly 90 percent of the tax break goes to those with incomes in excess of $100,000, according to the nonpartisan Tax Foundation.

Additionally, because the higher income earners pay more in state and local taxes, the value of the tax break sharply increases as income also rises.

The Heritage Foundation’s Greszler analyzed IRS statistics for California filers in tax year 2015 and found that only 34 percent of tax filers in the state claim the SALT deduction. The average SALT deduction for a California millionaire that year was $462,503 while the same tax break for someone earning between $75,000 to $100,000 was $7,931, well under the $10,000 cap.

Those deductions translate into a tax benefit of roughly $171,126 for millionaires in the highest tax bracket and just $1,745 dollars for those making $75,000 to $100,000, Greszler said.

Pelosi and her husband were hardly alone in trying to pre-pay 2018 taxes in the final days of last year. Thousands of taxpayers across the country with high property tax bills rushed to pay their bills at the end of December in the hope they could still take advantage of the far more expansive deduction before the new law took effect Jan. 1.

It is unclear if the effort will pay off: The IRS has said that localities must have already assessed the 2018 property taxes before the December payments in order for them to count.

Officials in the Golden State, as well as New York and New Jersey, where state and local deductions for taxpayers are the highest, are trying to rewrite their tax codes to reduce the impact of the new SALT-deduction limit.

In California, in particular, Democrats are getting creative. Kevin de Leon, the outgoing Democratic leader of the California State Senate who is challenging Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) from the left, wrote a bill that would create a state-affiliated California Excellence Fund. The fund, which the state would tap to pay for public services, would serve as a charitable repository for taxpayers to pay any property tax exceeding the new $10,000 cap. Federal law still allows an unlimited deduction for charitable donations.

Some tax experts are already predicting the work-around will fail because IRS rules generally ensure individuals who make charitable contributions aren’t doing so in order to gain a substantial windfall in return.

“To be deductible, charitable contributions must have a genuinely charitable aspect, and cannot primarily benefit the contributor or involve a quid pro quo. Payments which function as taxes may be classified as taxes even if states choose to call them something else,” Jared Walczak, a senior policy analyst at the Tax Foundation, wrote in a recent article.

[Byline Susan Crabtree]

25 January 2018
The Washington Free Beacon (edited)

Fact is… Seven of the ten richest members of Congress are Democrats while only three are Republicans, according to a recently published analysis done by the Center for Responsive Politics.

History clearly illustrates that, when psycho-sociopaths rule an organization or nation, they create a mob or herd of secondary psycho-sociopaths beneath them … Kinda like what happens in Orwell’s Animal Farm.

Notably ….

Nancy Pelosi of California, the brazenly partisan scripted, and outspoken Democratic leader, (with at least three luxury homes and properties, Lear jets, and limousines) continually makes reference to “Fat Cats” … She brayed that most Americans would get a “raw deal” under the GOP bill. “This tax scam won’t create jobs. It won’t raise wages. . . . It will only fill the coffers of donors and the fat cats,”  and  “With straight faces and with the speed of light — I have to give them credit — they raced this thing through in the dark of night. They’re trying to sell a bill of goods to the middle class that this is in their interest, that this is a middle income tax cut,” she said, adding that “Republicans are raising taxes on 36 million middle-class families.”  Then again, there was Obamacare. So — In reality, how is this working out, in comparison?

Flashback: Pelosi’s District Fat Cats Gobble Up Obamacare Waivers

Anytime a major problem or issue arises in society think about who will gain or profit from it. Then remove yourself from the equation and take a step back to look at it from a third party perspective. See the so-called “problem”, look at who is reacting, why and in what way. Then look for who is offering up the solution.

When you do this from now on you’ll quickly see the real truth instead of the false truth they wanted you to see.  —The Hegelian Dialectic and its use in Controlling Modern Society, 2013

If the citizenry cannot replace a kleptocratic authoritarian government and/or limit the power of the financial Aristocracy at the ballot box, the nation is a (People’s Democratic Republic).