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Socialist Bernie Sanders is the greatest critic of the Republican tax reduction plan as he rants the plan is designed to favor “millionaires and billionaires!”  Bernie further claims it is designed to pay off campaign contributors in a dodge of the more important issue that progressive tax system are regressive economically.

The people that start businesses, develop inventions, create new products, books, movies, TV programs, new model devices, cars, trains, buildings and on, lose their drive when less and less can be realized from their work and risk should they succeed.  A feature motion picture can take six years to plan, write, finance, cast and produce, then have one payday that is taxed horrendously instead of over the six years it took to create.

It should be very clear “Progressive tax systems” are regressive of creativity and business expansion.  They have succeeded in making success a sin and unprofitable.  Progressive tax systems hang over the people who would expand economies like an executioners sword and are the reason America has been in decline.   The current tax tables for married couples reveal the bias in the system.

Table 2. Married Filing Joint Taxable Income Tax Brackets and Rates, 2017
Rate Taxable Income Bracket Tax Owed
10% $0 to $18,650 10% of taxable income
15% $18,650 to $75,900 $1,865 plus 15% of the excess over $18,650
25% $75,900 to $153,100 $10,452.50 plus 25% of the excess over $75,900
28% $153,100 to $233,350 $29,752.50 plus 28% of the excess over $153,100
33% $233,350 to $416,700 $52,222.50 plus 33% of the excess over $233,350
35% $416,700 to $470,700 $112,728 plus 35% of the excess over $416,700
39.60% $470,700+ $131,628 plus 39.6% of the excess over $470,700

Where 58% of the people make less than $35,000 and only 2.5% make more than $165,000 the government would actually get more in tax revenues with a flat tax of 18.3% which is the optimum according to our mathematical analysis you can see at and every man would have “The same skin in the game,” on a percentage basis.

More importantly, it would put money in the hands of the people who have ideas and the energy to bring them to life.  Over-taxing our creative, most productive and valuable people is unfair and invites illegal activity, special interest lobbying and all the other ills we have created with our current socialistic tax system.

In spite of his socialist declarations Mr. and Mrs. Bernie Sanders are very successful capitalists.  She is the President of a college and currently under indictment for embezzling money from school funds.

Bernie Sanders made more than $1 million in 2016 according to his latest U.S. Senate financial disclosure, which he filed 20-days late. He received a $795,000 advance for his book, “Our Revolution.” He got another $63,750 for his upcoming “Bernie Sanders’ Guide to Political Revolution,” he is doing with author Kate Waters.  He received $6,735 in royalties for his 1997 memoir “Outsider in the House” and $2,521 in royalties for his 1987 spoken-word folk album, “We Shall Overcome.”  The total is $878,000 for his claimed working-class values.

Add to this the $174,000 a year Congressional salary combined with the more than $878,000 Sanders reported in his filing, puts this “democratic socialist’s” 2016 paycheck at $1,052,000.

In addition to his take-home pay, publisher St. Martin’s Press paid all expenses on Sanders’ national book tour last November and December, which took him to 12 states and the District of Columbia. Disclosure of this would be taxable for you and me, but not for Bernie and he did not report it.

Bernie also has a sizable tranch of retirement mutual funds held in the name of his wife, Jane O’Meara Sanders. The Senate only requires disclosure within broad dollar ranges, so it is impossible to determine the value of the package, but experts estimate something between $192,000 and $815,000.

In his “liabilities” category, Sanders lists two mortgages: one for $250,001 to $500,000, the other for $100,001 to $250,000.

Sanders’ most infamous real estate transaction, a 2016 purchase of a $575,000 lakefront home in North Hero, New Hampshire has been concealed behind a trust; the Islands Family Trust. In his required Senate financial filing, Sanders discloses that he is “a co-trustee in a family trust created when we bought a summer home.” Where the trust and purchase came immediately after he dropped out of the Presidential primary there has been open speculation the money came from the Clinton campaign.

The Senate’s disclosure standards are loose and in spite of being asked by the press Senator Sanders has not  released his tax returns. During his 2016 presidential campaign,  Bernie released a summary of his 2014 tax return. As the fact-checking website PolitiFact noted, of all the candidates for president last year, “Sanders’ releases are less extensive than anybody’s but Donald Trump.”  Could Bernie be leaning Republican?

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Adrian Vance

Trained as a science teacher, with eight years classroom experience, he has been writing professionally since the age of 15. He was the youngest person to be published in Journal of the Illinois Academy of Science at 17 as a result of a paper he wrote suggesting a revision in the science teaching curriculum. Publication was accidental as his teacher headed the selection committee and his paper was sent to the printer in error. Nonetheless, it received positive response. It proposed teaching General Science, then Physics followed by Chemistry with Biology in the senior year given the then new molecular focus in Biology.
During his college years he worked on the school newspaper, primarily as a photographer and did an occasional feature, some of which caused him to be called to the Dean’s office. “You don’t like the way we do things here?” was the usual opening remark followed by the expected suggestion.
After his third year, exhausted and without direction, he left for one year, but returned, when Sputnik and Admiral Rickover’s books documented a crisis in American education. He felt called to teach and completed a B.S. in Physical Science at Illinois State University with a major in chemistry, minor in biology, near minors physics and education. He did graduate work in both Illinois and California completing a California Life Diploma teaching credential in 1962.
While teaching he saw many needs and opportunities in educational publishing so he wrote and produced educational materials, primarily filmstrips and sound recordings. He also wrote for photographic magazines as film work put him in touch with many photographic and production problems. He has 325 screen credits in educational, industrial film and filmstrip as a writer-producer. In 1976 he won the Learning Magazine “Best of the Year” award for his “You in the Universe” filmstrip series and the New York Film and Television Festival Silver Medal for “An Introduction to Cells” filmstrip series.
For a partial database of Adrian’s publications please click on and you will see them listed by series title and publisher. Each series title included four to 30 filmstrips and all are not fully listed in this database. The grand total is over 800.
Over that 30 years Mr. Vance also wrote other material: two books, published in New York: “UFO’s: The Eye and the Camera” for Barlenmir House and “Audiovisual Production” for Amphoto Books. He wrote and illustrated over 100 features and columns for photography magazines. He was a Founding Contributing Editor for Peterson’s PhotoGraphic Magazine and the West Coast Editor of Popular Photography from 1974 to 1978, writing a monthly column for the magazine. As a result of underwater photography work he contributed to SKIN DIVER magazine in the 70’s. His “Timing Waves to Enter The Sea” article, first appearing in SKIN DIVER, is now a chapter in a classified U.S. Navy Seals training manual.
“UFO’s, The Eye and the Camera” documents his “Two channel information theory for the analysis of events simultaneously seen and photographed.” It is the first comparative analysis of vision and photography written with the idea of combining information from both sources into a single analysis that can be used scientifically and forensically.
Mr. Vance is also credited with solving the mystery of how complete maps of Earth were drawn in antiquity and he rediscovered Captain Cook’s secret method of locating Pacific islands so well their positions have only recently been improved. He is cited with discovering the method in the seventh edition of “The Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings,” by Dr. Charles Hapgood and he later contributed to a definitive article on cartography in antiquity for The Smithsonian Magazine as they confirmed his method.
On February 19, 1976 Mr. Vance got a “Certificate of Appreciation” award from the Los Angeles Police Department “in grateful recognition of his generosity in make available to officers of this Department the talents and training of his German Shepherd, Boris. The ready willingness of Mr. Adrian Vance to become involved and to make available his valuable dog in a potentially hazardous situation deserves the gratitude and approbation of the entire Los Angeles Police Department.” This incident was critical to the LAPD administration’s realization that trained dogs could be of value in police work and they are now employed by the LAPD.
When the computer replaced film the school market audio-visual field he switched horses at full gallop and produced 460 computer educational disk systems for the Apple II computer over 15 years. During that time he became a professional broadcaster in the 90’s to promote the State Water bond issue in Santa Barbara, California as he felt it was critical for the town. He was publicly credited for having been one of the top ten reasons the measure passed thanks to his book “Drought in Paradise” and radio work.
The collapse of his software business when Apple Computer discontinued the “II” machine line in 1995 crystallized the failure of his second marriage. With no clear direction in the school market supplemental materials field he sought a career in broadcasting in Las Vegas, Nevada doing shows on both KDWN and KXNT. This was unsatisfying due to the “star” economics of commercial radio where a few performers make millions and everyone else starves.
Mr. Vance has also been a day trader, strategist, system developer and author on the equities markets and trading. He now trades stock, land and develops residential property. His website and trading information service, “The Stock Surfer” was a leading Internet service for seven years. He has been developing “The Young Americans” series of Young Adult novels promoting conservative values as well as his personal memoir, “A Long Way From Normal.” You can buy Adrian Vance’ books or downloads at
December 21, 2010 he was awarded US. Patent 7,855,061 for his “Fuel Farm” that makes a gasoline equivalent 100 Octane fuel, butanol, from CO2, water and sunlight with algae and bacteria. You can see the full disclosure websites regarding his inventions at: and


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