Sunday, February 11, 2018

The Horrors and Destruction that Donald Trump Has Imposed On America...Just Kidding! Part 5

Before we start today’s discussion, let’s review my voting history: 
  • I have never voted for a Republican for President in my life. 
  • Thus, I did not vote for Trump. 
  • I have rarely voted for a Republican for national office in my life. 
A year ago, many liberals, Democrats, and millenials were besides themselves with grief and fear because their pre-ordained queen, Hillary Clinton, was not elected President. Instead, Donald Trump was elected, an individual that these same people despised, hated, and feared, an individual they felt would endanger and possibly destroy the country and our democracy. For the past year they fretted, worried and lashed out at anything or anyone that even remotely smelled of Donald Trump.

Given that Trump has been in office for a year, I thought, that as someone who did not vote for him, it would be a good idea to review the horror, trauma, and terrible things that Trump has subjected the country to in just one short year. The four previous posts we did on this topic identified 100 good things that have happened since Trump became President:

I wanted to do another update to the good things that have come about during the first year of the Trump Presidency, something that Democrats and liberals never thought would happen. Today’s discussion is based on an analysis from the Americans For Tax Relief (ATR) website at:

ATR has been compiling the number of companies that have given back to their employees, customers, customers, and shareholders as a result of the Trump tax cuts. Their analysis identified the following benefits of Trump’s tax cuts:
  • Over 340 companies have already announced benefits to employees, charities, customers, and shareholders as a result of the tax cuts.
  • Many of these companies have given their employees one time benefits ranging up to $3,000 per employee.
  • Many of these companies raised the hourly wage levels of their employees.
  • Many of these companies decreased the cost of health care that their employees and their families have had to pay.
  • Many of these companies increased the amount they are contributing to their employees’ 401k plans.
  • Many of these companies have given free stock shares to their employees.
  • Many of these companies have increased the amount of investment they invest for employee training and education.
  • Many of these companies have announced new hiring plans for their companies.
  • Many of these companies have increased the amount of money they will be donating to charities.
  • Many of these companies are passing their tax savings along to their customers.
  • Many of these companies have done multiple things from the above list, e.g. increased wages, gave bonuses, AND increased charitable giving.
These benefits ranged from small companies to large companies, from local businesses to multinational companies, from publicly owned companies to privately owned companies, from manufacturing companies to service companies to banks.

Some of the companies giving back to their employees and the economy that ATR identified include:

- 1A Auto, Inc. (Westford, Massachusetts) -- bonuses for all full-time employees

- 1st Source Corporation (South Bend, Indiana) -- 10 shares of stock; base pay increases, higher tuition reimbursements.

- 1st Summit Bank (Johnstown, Pennsylvania) – $1,000 bonuses to full-time employees; salary raises; increased charitable donations.

- AaLadin Industries, Inc. (Elk Point, South Dakota) – Bonuses of $250 - $1,000 based on length of service; base wage raised; increased capital expenditures.

- AAON (Tulsa, Oklahoma) – this heating and cooling firm gave $1,000 bonus checks to 2,000 employees.

- AbbVie, Inc. (North Chicago, Illinois) -- permanent salary increases for all non-executive employees; increased profit sharing for employees; one additional holiday for U.S. employees.

- AccuWeather (State College, Pennsylvania) – year-end bonuses to all employees. (Approx. 450 – 500 employees)

- Adams Community Bank (Adams, Massachusetts) -- $1,000 bonuses for full-time employees; $500 bonuses for part-time employees; base wage raised to $13.25 per hour; other wage increases; increased charitable contributions, increased capital expenditures, reduction in employees’ cost of medical and dental costs.

- Advance Financial (Nashville, Tennessee) – increase in 401(k) match; increase in profit sharing; increase in charitable donations.

- Advanced Sciences and Technologies, LLC (Berlin, New Jersey) – increased 401(k) match for employee.

- Aflac (Columbus, Georgia) – increase 401(k) match from 50% to 100% on the first 4% of compensation plus one-time $500 contribution to every employee’s 401(k); $250 million increase in overall U.S. investment.

- Alaska Air Group (Seattle, Washington) -- $1,000 bonuses for 23,000 employees:

- Albert Lea Public Warehouse (Albert Lea, Minnesota) – $2,000 bonuses for all 12 employees.

- Ally Financial Inc. (Charlotte, North Carolina) -- $1,000 bonuses to employees and increases to charitable donations by $6 million.

- Altria Group Inc. (Richmond, Virginia) – $3,000 bonus to approximately 7,900 non-executive level employees, a total of $24 million in bonuses and increased charitable contributions.

- Amarillo National Bank (Amarillo, Texas) – $1,000 salary increases for over 300 employees and investment in current properties..

- Ameren Illinois (Chicago, Illinois) – the utility requested that tax savings be passed onto customers.

- Americollect (Manitowoc, Wisconsin) $300 - $500 bonuses for 250 employees

- American Airlines (Ft. Worth, Texas) -- $1,000 bonuses for every employee (excluding officers). The bonuses will total $130 million. AA had 127,600 employees as of Sept. 2017. It will also increase investment in its facilities.

- American Bank (Allentown, Pennsylvania) – $1,000 bonuses for 60 employees.

- American Community Bank & Trust (Woodstock, Illinois) -- $500 bonus to each employee; additional employees will be hired

- American Express (New York, New York) -- $200 million additional investments for customer-facing growth initiatives; increased contributions to employee profit-sharing plans; $200 million higher investment.

- American Family Insurance (Madison, Wisconsin): 11,000 workers will receive a $1,000 bonus and the company will increase charitable donations.

- American Savings Bank (Honolulu, Hawaii)– $1,000 bonuses to 1,150 employees; base wage increase from $12.21 to $15.25.

- AndyMark, Inc. (Kokomo, Indiana) – This mechanical and electrical parts supplier will be able to expand the business and hire more employees thanks to tax reform.

- Anfinson Farm Store (Cushing, Iowa) -- $1,000 bonuses and 5% pay raises for employees.

- Anthem -- $1,000 in extra 401(k) contributions for 58,000 employees.

- Apple (Cupertino, California) -- $2,500 employee bonuses in the form of restricted stock units; $30 billion in additional capital expenditures over five years; 20,000 new employees will be hired; increased support of coding education and science, technology, engineering, arts, and math; increased support for U.S. manufacturing.

- APPS Portamedic (Bellevue, Washington) – employee bonuses.

- Aquesta Financial Holdings (Cornelius, North Carolina) -- $1,000 bonuses to 95 employees; base wage hike to $15 per hour

- AR-15 Gun Owners of America (Warner Robins, Georgia) – tax reform bonuses; increased salaries for all employees.

- Arizona Public Service (Phoenix, Arizona) -- the utility requested a $119 million bill reduction for customers due to tax reform:

- Associated Bank (Green Bay, Wisconsin) – $500 employee bonuses (exact number receiving bonus unknown at this time); base wage will rise from $10 to $15 per hour.

- AT&T (Dallas, Texas) -- $1,000 bonuses to 200,000 employees; $1 billion increase in capital expenditures.

- Atlantic Packaging (Wilmington, North Carolina) -- $1,000 bonuses for 1,000 employees.

- Atlas Air Worldwide (Purchase, New York) -- $1,000 bonuses to 3,100 employees.

- AutoNation – doubling of 401(k) match; launch of cancer benefit program and a $5,000 cash benefit if an employee or family member gets cancer.

- AVANGRID (Orange, Connecticut) – the utility is passing savings from tax reform to customers.

At this point we got tired of listing the hundreds of companies that ATR identified in its tracking and analysis. As you can see, we stopped at the letter “A”, the ATR website article went on to list companies that began with “B” to companies whose name started with a “Z”. You can go to the ATR website listed above where you can also read the press releases that most of these companies put out describing how the Trump tax cuts were the driving force for all of these good outcomes for Americans and America.

So for those of you that feared the end of the world with Trump’s election, here is a list of many companies that benefited from Trump’s tax cuts in addition to the over 100 other benefits we listed in the four previous posts on this topic. Let’s be honest Trump haters, he has done a pretty good job in just the first twelve months of his term.

Given your gross error in judgment relative to Trump, let me ask that you to do us all a favor by implementing the following changes in your behavior and attitude:
  • Chill out, tamp down your TDS affliction. No matter how much you hate Trump on a sexist, personal basis, get over it. He is the legally and duly elected President, he will be around for a while so refocus your hatred on more constructive issues and matters. You will live a lot longer if you take your hatred out of your heart and soul and devote it to something positive.
  • I would really appreciate it if some of you would apologize to the Trump voters you have disrespected in some of the grossest terms possible over the past year. You have called millions of voters racists, ignorant, stupid, Nazis, KKK members, and other horrible names simply because you disagreed with their voting choice. No American should be called such disgusting names simply because they exercised their Constitutional rights to the best of their abilities. Plus, slandering over 60 million Americans is no way to unite the country and get it focused on the real issues facing us all.
  • More personally, I would like, no I am demanding, an apology from some of you for your slanderous and disgusting name calling because in doing so, you insulted and disrespected my sister, my family members, my friends, and my co-workers who simply voted their conscience. I will defend their right to vote anyway they wanted and will no put up with your childish and vicious venom and bile directed at them, very important people in my life
  • And finally, I challenge you to read the following blog post, a post that shows quite clearly that it was hateful people like some of you and your silence during the Obama years that actually caused Trump to be elected. Thus, the people you hate for voting for Trump are actually looking back at you in the mirror:

If you were silent in the dozens of instances listed in this post then you were responsible for the very thing you hate: a Trump Presidency. Or put another way, a so far successful and productive Trump Presidency. Over 100 accomplishments in less than a year is not too shabby despite many of wanting both Trump and the country to fail.

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