The push for $12,500.

From the Washington Examiner:

New Jersey Rep. Tom MacArthur wants cap on property tax deduction lifted in tax bill

A key Republican lawmaker said Thursday that he wants to lift the new tax bill’s cap on property tax deductions, a critical negotiating point as the House strives for swift legislative action.

Rep. Tom MacArthur of New Jersey said he wants the cap on state and local property tax deductions lifted from $10,000 in the first draft of the bill to $12,500.

The $10,000 cap was a compromise between leadership, who had initially proposed to do away with state and local deductions altogether, and members from high-tax states such as New York and New Jersey, who raised concerns that eliminating the break could hurt their constituents.

“I’m trying to get to yes,” MacArthur said off the House floor. He has helped lead negotiations among blue-state representatives, leadership and the Trump administration over the cutting of state and local tax breaks, one of a handful of factors that could sink the bill in the House.

MacArthur said, though, that he would try to negotiate changes to the bill to vote for it.

“There’s a lot of good in the bill. I think we’ve got to try to improve these couple of areas so we don’t discourage homeowership in certain states,” he said, adding that “I’m not interested sitting on the sideline shooting spitballs at everyone else” by ruling out a “yes” vote.

Other blue-state representatives similarly expressed a desire to support the bill, even while registering concern over the property tax provisions.

“I hope that improvements can be made,” said New Jersey Rep. Leonard Lance. Like MacArthur, Lance voted against the House GOP fiscal 2018 budget to express opposition to the plan to eliminate state and local deductions.

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105 Responses to The push for $12,500.

  1. grim says:

    Does this potentially create enough political pressure to freeze NJ property taxes going forward?

  2. Grab them by the puzzy says:

    from NJ.com

    Warren County: 43% of households depend on #SALT deduction. @GOP raises taxes on 23,020 households by $122 Million.

  3. Grab them by the puzzy says:

    Essex County: @GOP plan raises taxes by $1.795 Billion on 127,240 households

  4. Grab them by the puzzy says:

    Somerset County: 50% of households lose #SALT deduction. @GOP raises taxes on 84,820 households by $1.152 Billion

  5. nwnj says:

    Imbecile, are you factoring the higher standard deduction in your numbers? Doubt it.

  6. Grab them by the puzzy says:

    Morris County: 51% of households get a tax hike under @GOP. Loss of #SALT deduction increases taxes by $1.784 Billion on 129,560 households.

  7. grim says:

    No, those numbers don’t include the higher standard deduction or the elimination of AMT. In places like Bergen, Morris, Hunterdon – I suspect the impact to be high. In places like Essex, I suspect that the increased standard deduction makes a significant impact.

  8. grim says:

    Puzzygrabber – you are happy about this, correct?

  9. leftwing says:

    Yeah, I wouldn’t trust any nj.com numbers unless I see the backup lol.

  10. grim says:

    They acknowledge the gap. It also doesn’t include the recent changes to add the $10k property taxes, or to keep the MID with the $500k cap. It’s basically worthless.

  11. leftwing says:

    Hey Puzzy:

    Wealthiest counties in the NATION
    8. Somerset
    10. Morris
    20. Sussex

    What’s wrong puzzy? I thought the liberal thesis – he11, even one I can subscribe to – is to tax the wealthiest.

    Oh, that’s right. I forgot liberal hypocrisy. You want to tax and control OTHERS lives, and not have your policies necessarily apply to yourself.

  12. Grab them by the puzzy says:

    Union County: @GOP plan raises taxes on 106,420 households by $1.1 Billion.

  13. grim says:

    The other part to consider.

    2/3 of the benefit goes to businesses
    1/3 of the benefit to people

    Of the 2/3 – what states stand to benefit the most from the corporate/business tax changes.

    I strongly suspect the coasts will disproportionately benefit.

  14. Grab them by the puzzy says:

    Hunterdon: 55% of households claimed #SALT deduction. @GOP plan raises taxes by $394 Million in 35,470 households

  15. JJ fanboy says:

    I think I have an ear infection. Ear hurts. Ear wax smells odd. Tastes funny too.

  16. nwnj says:

    Let’s get back to real news, like the Clintons buying the rotten to the core DNC and rigging the primary. With the money laundering and the lawyer front groups it sounds like a RICO to me. Where is Sessions?

    This is all going to come out. Next shoe to drop will be the fact that the last admin used the fake dossier as a justification to wiretap Trump tower. We all know that’s coming.

  17. grim says:

    nw – maybe, but nobody is going to care.

  18. nwnj says:

    People quitting left and right at work. Job market and economy are on fire. Get while the getting is good before the next crash.

  19. grim says:

    All the outsourcers are seeing big wage pressure, even in tertiary/remote on-shore markets.

    Primary markets are getting very tough, with local wages rising faster than most contracts permit for in COLA.

    Lots of big US names are considering near-shoring to Central America – even though that was never an option in the past.

    This is separate from the legislated changes. Like I mentioned in another post, most outsourcers abandoning the lower-cost upstate NY markets now, due to the minimum wage increases. This is broadly applicable across the US.

  20. leftwing says:

    NW, re: Clintons and RICO.

    The Clintons have always been a criminal enterprise. Whitewater, cattle futures, travelgate, mutliple series of destroyed evidence (Rose Law billing records, Fosters files, travelgate, home emails) and the associated perjuries. The list goes on. They stayed out of jail by maintaining political power. There is hope now that their zombie political corpse is actually dead maybe some of the former insiders will come out.

    Said it before, if Trump weren’t such an arrogant and unlikable ass someone may have had his back and some fun by making the Mueller mandate to investigate any fraud or influence in the 2016 Presidential election. Hillary would be toast.

  21. nwnj says:

    lw, yep, I wouldn’t be so dismissive of the latest round of Clinton crimes that have been uncovered. The difference now is the sentiment of the left and Warren interview is evidence of that.

    The Democrat power structure of the past is being scrapped. The rotten DNC is every bit and probably more broken than the GOP. Without powerful allies to cover up their crimes the Clintons will be exposed.

    If they start to be viewed as the source of the dysfunction on the left then lookout. Blood is in the water now and someone will be going down.

  22. leftwing says:

    “Like I mentioned in another post, most outsourcers abandoning the lower-cost upstate NY markets now, due to the minimum wage increases.”

    Grim, what do you mean by outsourcer? Not asking for this or any other client’s name. Can you give an example though?

    I went to BankAmerica yesterday to deposit a physical check. No tellers. Use the ATM or if you need help there is booth with a touch screen. Tap and you pull up a real person who acts exactly like a teller. Chatted the girl up while doing the transaction, she was in Jacksonville.

    Is that what your clients do? Is that person a BA employee, or is there a third party firm they hire to provide these services?

    Thx

  23. grim says:

    Grim, what do you mean by outsourcer? Not asking for this or any other client’s name. Can you give an example though?

    Sure, lets say your NY Times didn’t get delivered this morning and you pick up the phone to complain and get a new paper. Instead of speaking to someone in Upstate NY, you would now be speaking to someone in Nicaragua. You might think that something like this doesn’t represent a lot of jobs, but I might tell you that it’s north of 300. And coming out of a depressed local region, it’s a massive economic shock. With all the other similar employers leaving, there are simply no industries to absorb these workers.

  24. leftwing says:

    Is it all just call center stuff? How far up the services food chain is outsourcing now? That woman (electronically) handling financial transactions for a bank, can she be outsourced?

    Just pulled up the global outsourcing 100. Literally do not recognize 80% of the names. The ones I do are IT (Accenture, Cognizant) or HR. Interesting sector.

  25. leftwing says:

    Yeah, familiar with the issues upstate. Gonna hurt.

  26. 3b says:

    Grim so what typically would these jobs have paid per hour in upstate NY prior to the minimum raise hike?

  27. 3b says:

    Would not lower prices and property taxes encourage home ownership not discourage it? Just saying.

  28. grim says:

    Pretty much all of contact center is outsourced now. Voice, Email, Chat, Social Media. If you are talking to a customer service rep, you are probably not talking to the company you think you are talking to. This is especially so in financial services, banking, credit cards, loans – nearly 100% outsourced.

    Not only contact center, but pretty much all basic back office is too. So any kind of application processing, data entry, document review, etc.

    For example, you can apply for a credit card, use it for years, get statements, call, email, etc – and never once directly interface with card company, always through an intermediary.

    Pretty much all telecom, mobile, cable, etc is 100% outsourced as well. For any name-brand cable, internet, mobile company, you are talking about jobs that number in the thousands for each name.

    To put it in perspective, we have 80,000 employees globally. Only about 2% of these represent corporate (not assigned to a client).

  29. 3b says:

    Grab Somehow i suspect that if this tax plan was proposed by the Democrats you would be in favor. As lefty said it’s impacting the wealthy that’s what so called liberals want.

  30. 3b says:

    Employment up. Wage gains still not there.

  31. nwnj says:

    Yep, middle America was tired of subsidizing Essex county liberals and their 30-40k SALT deductions. Let them pay for their fair share.

  32. grim says:

    Just pulled up the global outsourcing 100

    We are a leader there.

  33. leftwing says:

    “Yep, middle America was tired of subsidizing Essex county liberals and their 30-40k SALT deductions. Let them pay for their fair share.”

    Haha, I wasn’t going to toss tax plan red meat into the pit today.

    But, since you mentioned, today’s posts do bring a little perspective.

    Essex liberals complaining about 40k tax deductions while the soon to be canned upstate worker likely barely clears that in gross income.

  34. exJersey says:

    Total NFL ratings for the first seven weeks of the season have declined 5% year-over-year (YoY) and 15% since the same period in 2015, according to The Wall Street Journal.

  35. exJersey says:

    People tire of watching overpaid criminals inflict Head injuries on one another?

  36. Blue Ribbon Teacher says:

    I love football but I have to admit, I found better things to do since it became a venue to make political statements. I don’t want to be bothered to even think about it on a Sunday.

  37. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Remember who called this on the exact year way back in 2012/13 at a time people thought wage inflation was dead and never coming back.

    Someone give me the respect I deserve. I was called an idiot over and over for the wage inflation calls. The Great Pumpkin is here. Don’t forget why I was given this handle. That’s all the proof you need to know that I made this call for years when no one would listen to me or give me a chance. Instead I was called idiot to the point where I started to question my intelligence. Thankfully, I didn’t give in and stuck to my analysis.

    grim says:
    November 3, 2017 at 8:53 am
    All the outsourcers are seeing big wage pressure, even in tertiary/remote on-shore markets.

    Primary markets are getting very tough, with local wages rising faster than most contracts permit for in COLA.

    Lots of big US names are considering near-shoring to Central America – even though that was never an option in the past.

    This is separate from the legislated changes. Like I mentioned in another post, most outsourcers abandoning the lower-cost upstate NY markets now, due to the minimum wage increases. This is broadly applicable across the US.

  38. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Homeboken, expat, and others that claim I bring nothing to this blog. You laughed at my analysis. Now do you realize I made prob the greatest calls this blog has ever witnessed?

    nwnj says:
    November 3, 2017 at 8:46 am
    People quitting left and right at work. Job market and economy are on fire. Get while the getting is good before the next crash.

  39. A Home Buyer says:

    Do not feed troll.

  40. grim says:

    Grim so what typically would these jobs have paid per hour in upstate NY prior to the minimum raise hike?

    Around $9-12 an hour to start.

  41. Fabius Maximus says:

    Nice description of the Hillary / DNC connection.

    https://twitter.com/ahumorlessfem/status/926249997376638976

    I don’t lose sight of a few salient points.

    Brazille is hawking a book and probablly settling a few scores.
    The R’s will make hay on this to distract from Donnie.
    Bernie would never have won. He was the Ron Paul of the Dems.
    There is infighting in any party, the Dems are washing their laundry in public.
    The GOP wash the laundry the same way.
    Jeb was the anointed for a while.

  42. Fabius Maximus says:

    ” found better things to do since it became a venue to make political statements”
    I’m still waiting for my Facebook friends and Gary to post pictures of their burning NFL shirts. Funny on my feed, its only been Giants fans complaining, asking people to burn their gear and turning off. The Jets fans seem quite happy at the moment.

  43. 3b says:

    Fab typical whataboutry. You guys are supposed to be the better choice. Brazille was a hero last year now she is hawking a book. All the same Democrat republican rotten to the core!!

  44. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Nah, don’t take such a simpleton view and turn this into a conservative/liberal argument. People are pissed (lots of conservatives) because you are raising taxes on the upper middle class and passing on the savings to the 1% in the form of tax cuts. If you can’t see anything wrong with that, you are lost, or just naive.

    3b says:
    November 3, 2017 at 9:30 am
    Grab Somehow i suspect that if this tax plan was proposed by the Democrats you would be in favor. As lefty said it’s impacting the wealthy that’s what so called liberals want.

  45. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Hurts, doesn’t it. Now you can look in the mirror and tell yourself that you are the idiot for ripping me on my amazing call.

    A Home Buyer says:
    November 3, 2017 at 10:54 am
    Do not feed troll.

  46. 3b says:

    I stream college rugby matches no constant annoying commentary.

  47. The Great Pumpkin says:

    But you are not man enough to admit you are wrong and congratulate me. Says a lot.

  48. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Middle America isn’t getting much. They are getting crumbs thrown to them so that they will support this giant wealth redistribution. 1 trillion is going directly to businesses and guess who owns them? This is a huge give to the 1% on the backs of upper middle class professionals. Glad that you are happy that your fellow state citizens are getting legally robbed by the 1%. Ignorance is bliss.

    nwnj says:
    November 3, 2017 at 9:39 am
    Yep, middle America was tired of subsidizing Essex county liberals and their 30-40k SALT deductions. Let them pay for their fair share.

  49. The Great Pumpkin says:

    And don’t forget, this will create 1.5 trillion in new govt debt. Hope middle America can do long term math, because that 1,000 will end up costing them more on the repayment of this debt created from the tax cuts.

  50. Libturd, AKA Dr. Howie Feltersnatch says:

    “Bernie would never have won. He was the Ron Paul of the Dems.”

    Trump couldn’t win either. We thought.

    Bernie had such momentum and such a squeaky clean persona that even Bann0n would have had a hard time finding much to fault him on. Bernie was a continuation of the Occupy movement. Wonks in the DNC and their Pavlovian supporters can’t see it because they are so biased by their own social agenda pride leading to terrible conformance bias. Look at Moana. You point out what is wrong with all of his tweets and he just ignores and continues spouting falsehoods. Perhaps he’ll respond to “paw?” I hope Bernie runs again in 2020.

  51. leftwing says:

    “People tire of watching overpaid criminals inflict Head injuries on one another?”

    Inmates, ex, inmates.

  52. leftwing says:

    Fabs, the DNC is more than dirty laundry.

    If you control the finances of an organization, you control that organization.

    Not content with that fait accompli, HRC had to go further and take actual control of communications and other ops *prior to any primary* through the terms of the loan.

    Also, while I have no expertise to wade into the minutiae of campaign finance law the book describes in detail how funds were raised using the DNC Victory Fund to circumvent individual candidate donor limits. Those funds were aggregated and then package for HRC in competitive states, again before she had the nomination.

    This is way beyond intra-party bickering.

    Most sad for me is Bernie’s response. He apparently was made aware of all of this before election day and just decided to knuckle under and take one for the team. Some revolution.

  53. 3b says:

    Stu all the young people wanted Bernie. He did not get it they have tuned out. They don’t care.i wanted him too just to scare the crap out of both corrupt sides. The geritol crowd in the DNC prevented him getting it.

  54. Fast Eddie says:

    U.S. employers added 261,000 jobs in October, and the nation’s unemployment rate fell to 4.1 percent, according to data released Friday by the Labor Department. Meanwhile, average hourly pay for workers rose 2.4 percent from a year earlier, to $26.53 from $25.90.

    Thank you, President Trump!!!

  55. Libturd, AKA Dr. Howie Feltersnatch says:

    Exactly 3b.

    I wish there was a true centrist to bridge the divide. I think both sides are really dying for it. No one, except the wonkiest of government flunkies feels their party is succeeding. Unfortunately, the rules of the electoral college were setup to make sure a third party would never see the light of day. I’m sorry Bernie joined one of the corrupt parties to make his run. I know he had no choice, but you could tell that it was killing him.

  56. grim says:

    I would bet that more than half the US would now say that neither party really represents them.

  57. Grab them by the puzzy says:

    @TopherSpiro

    This dumpster fire increases costs for
    student loans,
    nursing home care,
    and middle-class homeowners to pay for tax cuts for the rich.

  58. Grab them by the puzzy says:

    @TopherSpiro

    Oh, and it triggers *automatic* cuts to Medicare next year. All to load up on massive debt that will stifle economic growth.

  59. grim says:

    There is lots of shit in that tax bill that nobody is talking about.

    Like I said yesterday, cap gains exclusion on sale of primary residence, the residency requirement is changing from 2 of the last 5 years to 5 of the last 8 years, and there are now income phaseouts.

    Pretty much destroys a common flip model. I know lots of people that were serial flippers, moving from property to property and using the cap gains exclusion to profit pretty handsomely.

    Also some real impacts to worker mobility and the pace of home sales. This is a big deal in many fast growing real estate markets.

    Some sellers could be in for a rude surprise in January.

    This is especially impactful now that we’re seeing many markets nationwide hitting new highs.

  60. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Isn’t Murphy a centrist? Of course we will just ignore that because he is honest about raising taxes and isn’t for targeting immigrants.

    Trump claims he will cut cut cut, but somehow my taxes are going up. Why can’t he just be honest with raising taxes like Murphy.

  61. Fast Eddie says:

    Puzzy is in an exceptionally angry mood today. He/She/It is livid that their side keeps losing. Powder puff, snow flake weaklings. LMAO!!!

  62. grim says:

    I’m really surprised that the NAHB isn’t coming out against the cap gains exclusion changes, this will really impact certain markets pretty harshly.

  63. Grab them by the puzzy says:

    “We don’t pay taxes. Only little people pay taxes.” – hotelier Leona
    Helmsley (1920-2001) AKA “the Queen of Mean”

  64. leftwing says:

    Yeah, I’m all for low taxes so it feels funny taking this position but realize again we are talking about less of a benefit.

    To have a taxable gain, one needs first to have a gain.

    Instead of keeping all of it, one can only keep some.

    1st world problem.

  65. 3b says:

    Grim 9 to 12 vs 15.i s it really worth it then to off shore?

  66. chicagofinance says:

    Extremely valuable use of 10 minutes of your time

    start at minute 31:00
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/audio/2017-11-01/for-big-tech-impossible-means-less-profitable-galloway

    highlight: “….the only regulator whose testicles have descended….”

  67. grim says:

    Grim 9 to 12 vs 15.i s it really worth it then to off shore?

    Yep, it’s not only wage, it’s total overhead costs. For example, healthcare is run much more cost effectively in many of these areas.

  68. Juice Box says:

    Million dollar shack! (silicon valley)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBjXUBMkkE8

  69. grim says:

    Put it in perspective, 300 employees, going from 9 to 15 an hour means something like $3.5 million increase in annual operating costs. Compare this to moving to an overall lower cost region, so instead of looking at a $6 an hour increase, you are looking at a $3 an hour decrease. So, you can stay here, looking down the barrel of a $3.5 million gun aimed right at you, or you can just move the work and save $3 million a year right now.

    What are you going to do as the executive over this business? You are going to be the hero and save $3m this year.

  70. 3b says:

    Grim got it that makes sense

  71. Juice Box says:

    wow Joe Ricketts killed DNAinfo and Gothamist when they voted to Unionize.

    https://twitter.com/search?q=joe+Ricketts&ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Enews%7Ctwgr%5Esearch

  72. Libturd, AKA Dr. Howie Feltersnatch says:

    Grim/3b,

    I was recently on the phone with a credit card call center that definitely handled lots of different credit cards and the call went nowhere. I was arguing with Citi over their price rewind feature where they found a way lower price than I found on something I way overpaid for knowing that Citi would give me the difference. There’s a reason I did this, but it does not pertain to the point of this story. Well, I knew THEIR price would be rejected since it wasn’t the exact product, but there was no way for me to put in a different and valid price. It was about $300 so it was worth my time. Well I did this on the weekend and of course I couldn’t get past the script so I asked for a manager. This is my primary credit card (double cash 2% back on everything) so they stood to lose a sh1tload of swipe commissions if I cancelled which I was prepared to do. There was no way to elevate the call to a manager since none were available. I called back three days later during the week, immediately asked for a manager and without even being questioned was offered what was fairly due to me. I am experiencing more and more of this every day. Likewise, I rarely buy anything at retail outlets in person anymore because they fcuk up the order nearly every time.

  73. Libturd, AKA Dr. Howie Feltersnatch says:

    Chi,
    Love Tom Keene. Listening now. Since I got Sirius, I haven’t been listening to Bloomberg much anymore.

  74. nwnj says:

    It’s great to see Fabius and all of the other clintonites still shilling for them. It tells me how much further the corrupt DNC has to fall. Keep fighting the fight Fabius.

  75. The Great Pumpkin says:

    “The House bill could prompt many more Americans to consider setting up a pass-through business. Along with cutting corporate tax rates, it reduces rates for pass-through businesses to a new maximum of 25 percent. Millions of well-paid workers who pay a top federal rate of 39.6 percent might have an incentive to stop earning a salary and start hiring themselves out as contractors to get the lower rate.

    The bill’s authors have tried to head off a flood of new pass-through businesses and limit the provisions’ costs to the U.S. Treasury. Under the bill, many service providers—doctors, lawyers, accountants, and people in fields like financial services and the performing arts—are assumed to be excluded from the pass-through rate. Other pass-through businesses would have 70 percent of their income classified as wages, subject to a higher federal rate and to Social Security and Medicare payroll taxes. Just 30 percent of their income would get the low pass-through rate.“

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-03/trump-tax-bill-gives-cuts-in-pass-through-rule-loophole-killers

  76. grim says:

    They probably has more than a dozen completely different companies handling customers.

    By asking for a manager, what did you hope to get, someone with authority? Sorry, but with 10,000 people taking calls and a dozen different companies in the mix, you don’t get an exception. Managers, supervisors, have no authority to do anything of substance.

    If the system doesnt allow a transaction, there isn’t much hope for you. You might be completely valid in your position as a valued customer, but at scales like this, front line employees are given very little lee-way to operate outside strict bounds.

    Sometimes, if the company still has a captive operation (in house), sometimes you will be lucky enough to get an actual employee, who can escalate you to an actual manager with some authority, but this is few and far between, and is largely just luck.

    Sometimes I don’t think people understand the scale of these operations. Ever use a car service app? You know the big one? They have more than 2000 people answering phones. Two Thousand. Surprising? Yeah, btw – none of them are situated in the US.

    In the business, attrition is very high, so in the case of a 10000 agent enterprise, it’s not outside of the realm of possibility to lose 1000 employees and hire 1000 new employees in any given month. With this kind of turn-over, you need to very strictly control operations, people simply aren’t permitted to make exceptions.

  77. grim says:

    Financial services is pretty strict, you were not calling a call center that supported multiple companies. They probably supported multiple citi branded cards, but the agents and the operation, was exclusive. PCI and data security are very strict.

    You want to know how to get an actual company agent?

    Most cards with $500+ annual fees will go to actual company agents in the US.

    Pony up for an Amex Centurion and if you ever call, you’ll swear it’s the best experience you’ve ever had dealing with a company. A portion of the huge annual fee is set aside just to keep you delighted Mr. Feltersnatch. Calling to see if we can arrange Hamilton tickets for this evening? You know what Harry, absolutely, and enjoy yourself, because it’s on us tonight.

  78. Libturd, AKA Dr. Howie Feltersnatch says:

    I just don’t do enough fancy pants crap for a $500 fee card to make sense. Trust me, I get those apps all the time. My brother has a fancy credit card that is so friggin thick that it doesn’t fit in his wallet. Palladium I think. I’m so cheap, I open and close airline cards for the free bags.

  79. leftwing says:

    Anyone have experience with digitizing photos?

    Did some basic internet research, any real world experience with products on scan quality and time/ease?

    Also, any favorites on photo software? I have Adobe photoshop, not sure if there is something better, especially something that includes storage/sorting/filing.

  80. Libturd, AKA Dr. Howie Feltersnatch says:

    leftwing…that’s me. What exactly is your project, destination, source quality, etc?

  81. abeiz says:

    Scanned through the day and here is a bunch of random stuffs I can add:

    You know who doesn’t outsource, at least in part? Google. I bought a fancy Google OnHub router (manuf ASUS) and had to get in touch with tech support. I got someone on the phone on a Sunday evening! I asked, he was in California and phones are manned nearly 24×7.

    Left, if you are on an Apple you may want to try Photos. https://www.apple.com/macos/photos/ I am a fan of Google Photos which automatically backs up pictures taken with my phone to the cloud. https://photos.google.com/ I also have a Google Drive subscription where I toss in everything that I can’t bring myself to delete

    I found that the sheer volume of pictures (we’re new parents) and various sources are bit much to keep up with. I have some possibly parallel libraries, but whenever I think I should hit DEL on something, I hold back in fear of binning and folder and 2GB, becomes 12 and 35 and 80. Getting them up into storage isn’t difficult, keeping track of everything is starting to be.

    I haven’t watched a football game in years. I started studying for my CPA, weekends were particularly busy, and I just kicked the habit. Just haven’t gotten back into it, same with network television.

    I know the metal Chase cards, which aren’t free but a bit less, had a direct US 800 number where you’d always be greeted with a warm southern twang.

    The Amazon Prime Rewards branded Chase card I have now gives only 1% off at Whole Foods checkout, but 5% off at Amazon and 5% off on Whole Foods items purchased on Amazon.com. Lame.

  82. Not Grimsky says:

    Sorry Grim, but I had an Amex Platinum a decade ago, called to cancel it as the reason I had it over 5yrs changed and it was useless to me.

    Yes, I had to someone here. But what an a-hole. I just wanted to cancel it. This guy acted like a stuck up snotty condescending me all the way through the call.

    Frankly, it’s a moment that I would have prefered a well whipped 3rd world ex-british empire resident.

  83. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    Lobbyists representing foreign interests are supposed to register. Do you know who doesn’t have to register as having met with these lobbyists? All of congress, that’s who. I saw on two successive nights both a D Rep and an R Rep squirm and deflect when asked on live TV if they met with anyone from the Podesta group and why shouldn’t all of congress be required to report what lobbyists they meet with and when? I’ve never seen these cool sociopaths come as close to actual defensive emotion as I saw when they were asked these questions.

  84. The Great Pumpkin says:

    From a friend of mine.

    “Many of the GOP Reps from the NJ/NY area are voting no, because it impacts our area quite a bit. Politics aside, this plan hurts NJ. I’ve seen more freakouts over the “gas tax” some time ago than about this, which is way worse.“

  85. The Great Pumpkin says:

    She is dead on. D-fens and others like himself were going nuts about the gas tax, but not a whimper from this. Tells you all you need to know about polical team impact on peoples thought process.

    Can’t vote for Murphy because he will raise taxes, but idolize trump and national republicans who just put a tax on your own state so large that if any state politician tried to pass a similar tax, they would be tarred and feathered.

    See all I need to know about team politics.

  86. The Great Pumpkin says:

    The gas tax was staying in state to invest in infrastructure, this money is going to god knows where. Yet no complaints?

  87. Grab them by the puzzy says:

    @business

    Apple’s market cap briefly passed the $900 billion mark today

  88. Grab them by the puzzy says:

    @tonyschwartz

    Trump is desperately trying to make Hillary Clinton the villain.
    This is what’s know as a sore winner — and a relentless deflector.

  89. Grab them by the puzzy says:

    paid fee, got 100k poin promotion, used all perks. broke even.
    called to cancel but wouldn’t let me after reviewing outstanding credit history waiving fee and offering whatnot but just don’t have time for it.

    amex maybe going down, but ceo walked out last week with $375 million in pocket. he certainly deserves a tax cut

  90. abeiz says:

    I’ve always been more than pleased with Amex. None of these companies top Amazon when it comes to customer service, but AMEX comes close.

    Costco, Amazon and my recently frequent trips to Europe made me switch to the more widely accepted competitors.

  91. exJersey says:

    Eddie emits into his pants. Let’s it dry. Cause it’s for Trump.!

  92. Blue Ribbon Teacher says:

    She is dead on. D-fens and others like himself were going nuts about the gas tax, but not a whimper from this. Tells you all you need to know about polical team impact on peoples thought process.

    The gas tax was Christie’s doing. Last time I checked, he’s team red and team Trump.

  93. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Blue,

    Christie was a hero for team red at one point, one of their shiniest stars. There is a reason Guardagno started distancing herself from him. He is dead to team red.

  94. The Great Pumpkin says:

    And trump was the one who hammered in the final nail in his coffin.

  95. The Great Pumpkin says:

    “Trichet offered three explanations for why economic recovery has not translated into inflation in Japan, the U.S. and Europe. First is that rich countries constantly face competition from the emerging world thanks to globalization. Second, technological innovation has spread to all corners of the world, and production lines are under constant pressure to re-adapt, which is causing employees to “see that what is much more important than pay increases is to keep their jobs,” Trichet said. Third, and related to the first two points, is that workers’ negotiating power has weakened significantly. These are not one-off factors stemming from the financial crisis but should rather be treated as long-term issues. It will take an all-out war, including structural reform at the government, to beat these problems.“

    https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/Economy/Crisis-is-just-around-the-corner-Trichet

  96. Fabius Maximus says:

    leftwing,

    Where you the one complaining about the Manafort charges “Is that all you got”.
    http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2017/11/robert_mueller_s_brilliant_strategy_for_outmaneuvering_trump_pardons.html

    The more we see of this investigation, the more admiration I have for Mueller and Comey. These guys are playing the long game and playing it well.

  97. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Fab…like clockwork

    Conservatives introduce measure demanding Mueller’s resignation – POLITICO
    https://apple.news/Aro2YdIfMTguGjhO4m-v-GQ

  98. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Only a matter of time, unless the corrupt fu!!s somehow get mueller removed

  99. Blue Ribbon Teacher says:

    Christie was a hero for team red at one point, one of their shiniest stars. There is a reason Guardagno started distancing herself from him. He is dead to team red.

    They aren’t against him. They just won’t promote him anymore.

  100. Juice Box says:

    NYPD says they will have radiation derecors at the marathon…a false hit will cause all kinds of panic….

  101. Juice Box says:

    Radiation detectors

  102. Fabius Maximus says:

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  105. Fabius Maximus says:

    NWNJ,
    The funny part here is that you and Don Quixote seem to suffer from the very selective bias you accuse me of. Brazille is hawking a book and probablly settling a few scores as is Hillary.

    At the end of the day, it comes down to the facts and I dont see any issue with this agreement.
    http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/i/TODAY/z_Creative/DNCMemo%20(002).pdf
    Nothing in this agreement shall be construed to violate the DNC’s obligation of impartiality and neutrality through the Nominating process. All activities performed under this agreement will be focused exclusively on preparations for the General Election and not the Democratic Primary. Further we understand you may enter into similar agreements with other candidates

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