JASPER JOTTINGS Week 19 - 2019 May 12 

Jasper Jottings - The achievement journal of my fellow Jaspers, the alumni of the Manhattan College



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POSITRACTION: "It's a joy to help other people, I will die broke."


Bugle Blasts
May 2019 Vienna VA 22181
Volume 10 Number 10 Page 3 Story #2

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Denny Sanford, 83, made his fortune, estimated by Forbes to be at $2.2 billion, in banking and credit card companies. He said he plans to die broke, having given away his fortune. To date, he has donated $1.6 billion to causes that include health care research and services, neglected children, the University of Minnesota, education, the San Diego Children's Zoo, stem cell and breast cancer research. "It's a joy to help other people, I will die broke. Everything is committed to different organizations."

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About all that’s missing is keeping it “secret".

(Ever heard that old Irish adage about "good works only count if done in secret". Means you can get your reward in Heaven or here on earth with praise; not both!  Funny, I learned that from my maternal English Protestant grandmother who wanted to teach me about my maternal grandfather's "heathen Irish culture that has a few good points". ROFL!)

You really can’t take it with you.

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JLINKEDIN: Trapani, Thomas [MC1996] Global Benefits Mgr @ McKinsey



Trapani, Thomas [MC1996]
Global Benefits Manager at McKinsey & Company
Greater New York City Area

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COMMENT: Kuhn, Rob (MC1973) doesn't understand why I blame the Gooferment


Hi John ...

Thanks for replying to my question about the FAA and Boeing. In your reply, you mention "crashing on debt." It seems like we did that in 2008, thanks directly to, in oversimplified shorthand, "Wall Street." Then, rather than allow more businesses to fail as a direct result of their reckless [ I would personally say treasonous, based on the resuts ] behavior, the government made the choice to save them by propping up the short-term economy (successfully, but I know you see a long-term problem), to place some restrictions on investment banks to help them behave like banks and not reckless investors - but not to hold them or any of their principals at fault for very nearly destroying the American (and world) economy. Since then, those banks, together with the side of the government generally viewed as more "financially responsible" would like to strip away more and more of the flimsy-enough rules in place to protect consumer-citizens from rapacious businesses. I guess that, particularly in light of your "endless cycle" explanation, I don't understand why you feel like the government needs to be blamed or at least shamed ("gooferment") more than the businesses.

Thanks, once more.


Kuhn, Rob (MC1973)

[JR: I blame Gooferment, more than “business” for several reasons.  <<I think a more technically correct word would be “corporations” rather than businesses.>>  The "Limited Liability" of a “corporation” is a creation of the Gooferment.  We are indoctrinated in Gooferment Skrules and the Media propaganda that the politicians and bureaucrats are, as Tom Woods sarcastically describes, “wonderful wise people who selflessly serve the public as our overlords to keep us safe and secure”.  They really are just flawed fellow humans with their own agendas (i.e., reward their friends; punish their enemies; and feather their own nests). Structurally the Gooferment is incapable of regulating corporations due to “regulatory capture”.  So corporations are like mere mindless robots or wind-up toys that relentlessly pursue their objective of profit making. Any control of them has to be done by the Gooferment via the politicians and bureaucrats.  So for example, too big to fail banks should have merely had an “excess capital tax” (i.e., any balance sheet larger than 1T$ is taxed at 90% aka “too big to fail” is to big to exist. Kill the “department of agriculture” and its Crony Capitalists sycophants.  Make the FDA an advisory body, open the courts to people who are damaged by drugs, and reform the drug patent system, THEN watch the price of drugs fall quickly. The invisible hand of a truly free market is a much better disciplinarian than any Gooferment agency.  Just ask folks with Enron on their resume.  “Creative destruction” put corporations on notice that they are one bad decision away from “death”. Gooferment “bailouts” should never happen. The root of all evil is not women or the love of money; the true root of ALL evil in the world are Gooferment and their claim to a monopoly on force. Argh!]

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JOBIT: McMahon, James Francis [MC1956 RIP] 2019-May-03




McMAHON, James Francis Age 84, of Cambridge, MA, and Plainview, NY, died May 2, 2019.

Beloved husband of 58 years of Anna Marie (Koch), devoted father of Annamarie and Geoffrey Why of Watertown, MA, loving grandfather of Theodore and Mathias, dear uncle of John and Lu Koch, Anne and Mitchell Katcher, Robert and Catherine Koch, Lynne and Kenneth Cook, and the late Rose Marie Koch. Great-uncle to eight grandnieces and nephews and eight great–grandnieces and nephews. Son of the late Peter and Mary (Meere) McMahon of County Clare, Ireland, and Jackson Heights, NY. Beloved brother of the late Sr. Ann Marie McMahon, PBVM. Dear brother-in-law to the late Erick and Rose Koch. Devoted son-in-law to the late Marie Koch (Schiller).

Born in NYC on November 15, 1935, Jim grew up in the neighborhood of Jackson Heights. He attended Blessed Sacrament School, St. Agnes High School, Manhattan College, and NYU Law School, attaining an LLM in taxation in 1959 and a CFP in 1990.

He served in the United States Army and the National Guard (Staff Sergeant Battery C 2d Howitzer Battalion) from 1959 to 1965. He was stationed at Ft. Bliss, Texas in 1959.

Jim spent the majority of his law career at Con Edison in NYC, retiring as General Tax Counsel in 1997. He served as Chairman of both the EEI and the AGA Tax Committees. He was a well-respected instructor in taxation and financial planning at NYU from 1983 to 2007.

Jim had the best sense of humor and loved a good laugh. He was an avid movie, TV, theater, and music fan, as well as a voracious reader, especially of history books. Jim was a great traveler, and he and Anna Marie embarked on trips all around the world in their retirement.

Visiting Hours are at Brown & Hickey Funeral Home, 36 Trapelo Rd., BELMONT, MA, from 6 to 8 pm on Wednesday, May 8. Celebration of the Liturgy of Christian Burial, St. Paul's Church, Cambridge, on Thursday at 10 am. Burial will take place at the St. Charles/Resurrection Cemeteries, Farmingdale, NY, following a prayer service at the cemetery chapel at 11 am on Friday. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Saint Paul's Choir School, Cambridge, MA, or to The Sisters of the Presentation, 84 Presentation Way, New Windsor, NY. Online guestbook www.brownandhickey.com Brown & Hickey Funeral Home 617-484-2534 617-547-1500

Published in The Boston Globe on May 5, 2019


McMahon, James Francis [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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Dear John,

             I believe that James is a member of the Class of 1956.

                  May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

McMahon, James Francis [MC1956 RIP]

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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle.

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JLINKEDIN: McKenna, Robert [MC1982] Financial Operations Consultant @ 3TBrands



McKenna, Robert [MC1982]
Financial Operations Consultant at 3TBrands
Greater New York City Area

I have proven to be a very loyal and dedicated employee, having worked 10+ years in 3 different companies. In each situation, I worked my way up the org chart and achieved my goal of becoming Chief Financial Officer in my first ten years of employment. For the most part, I have tackled very difficult environments, including poor accounting and computer sytems, regulatory violations and large net operating losses. In each case, I was successful in achieving breakeven or profitable scenarios despite limitations placed by parent companies.

In the last 10 years, I have transitioned to the Not-For-Profit sector, focusing on Financial and Operational Analysis, and Management. I was the Chief Affiliation Officer for the Affiliate at Harlem Hospital and Lincoln Medical Center. The Affiliate was a relatively new company, Physician Affiliate Group of NY, a provider of medical services to NY Hospitals.

I am beginning a search for a new, challenging position as Chief Financial Officer, or similar role, of a not-for-profit company with a solid mission. While my background is mainly Financial Services and Healthcare, I feel my well-rounded skill set of strategic planning, forecasting, product line profitability and technology management will enable me to succeed in any industry. I am currently serving on the Board of Directors for St. Sebastian Academy while preparing to work pro-bono for a not-for-profit company.

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JLINKEDIN: Halen, Alex [MC2012] Dir Search; Microsoft @ iProspect



Halen, Alex [MC2012]
Director, Search; Microsoft at iProspect
Hoboken, New Jersey

I have my BS in Business Administration with a major in Marketing and minors in Psychology and Computer Information Systems from Manhattan College, Magna Cum Laude. I then enrolled at New Jersey Institute of Technology for an MS in Business and Information Systems with a specialization in Business Decision Making.

The digital marketing industry allows me to be analytical and use data to make informed decisions while maintaining creativity.

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JNEWS: Murray, Eileen [MC1980] rumored being considered as CEO @ Wells Fargo



Sadomasochistic Megabank Courting Area Hedge Fund Manager To Be Its Next Dominatrix/CEO
If Wells Fargo wants Bridgewater's Eileen Murray to be its next CEO, then Wells Fargo might actually be ready to change.

Thornton McEnery
23 hours ago

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If there's one thing we can say about Wells Fargo without a shred of doubt, it's that Wells Fargo has had a hard time in recent years being honest with itself about itself.

In fact, The Stagecoach has spent a few dozen months in quasi-absolute denial about what it did and what it has become. The bank's lame attempts at reputational rehab have consisted mostly of logo redesigns and promoting veterans to fix what their departed colleagues broke. It's been "fun" to watch...in the same way that watching a drunk slip and fall in their own vomit is "fun."

But today we have a little piece of news that leads us to believe that Wells Fargo might finally be interested in some major introspection:

Bridgewater Associates co-Chief Executive Officer Eileen Murray has held repeated conversations inside and outside of the firm about leaving the world’s largest hedge fund, according to people familiar with the matter.

Ms. Murray was recently contacted by representatives of Wells Fargo & Co. about the bank’s open CEO role, people familiar with the matter said. Wells Fargo representatives also called people close to Ms. Murray as part of that process. Ms. Murray subsequently tipped off the job possibility to others at Bridgewater, these people said.

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Murray, Eileen [MC????]

[JR: Rather sexist headline?]

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Dear John,

I believe that Eileen is a member of the Class of 1980.

She also is (or was) a member of the Board of Trustees at the College.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Murray, Eileen [MC1980]

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JOBIT: McVetty, John Joseph [MC1967 RIP] 2019-May-05



John Joseph McVetty

Westwood - John Joseph McVetty, 73, of Westwood, NJ, entered into eternal rest on May 5, 2019. Mr. McVetty was born in New York, NY to Robert F. McVetty, Sr. and Ellen T. McVetty, and grew up in West New York, NJ.

He earned a bachelor's degree in engineering from Manhattan College in 1967 and was a Civil Engineer for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for over 40 years. He was a survivor of 9/11.

John will be deeply missed by his wife, Angie; his mother-in-law Ruth; his daughter Sandy, son-in-law Lorenz, and grandson Alexander, of Poughkeepsie, NY; and his daughter Jennifer, son-in-law Jim, and grandsons John and Jason, of Jersey City, NJ. He is predeceased by his twin brother, Robert, and by his parents.

The family will receive relatives and friends at Becker Funeral Home, 219 Kinderkamack Road, Westwood, NJ on Thursday, May 9 from 4-7PM. The Funeral Service celebrating John's life will be held at the funeral home on Friday, May 10 at 11AM, followed by the committal service at Westwood Cemetery, Westwood, NJ. Becker-funeralhome.com


McVetty, John Joseph [MC1967 RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle.

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JFOUND: Kreuter, Eric A. [MC1981] Partner @ Marks Paneth LLP



Eric A. Kreuter, Ph.D., CPA, CFE
New York City
685 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Phone: 212.201.3117

Eric Kreuter, Ph.D., CPA, CGMA, CFE, CBA, is a Partner in the Advisory Services group at Marks Paneth LLP. He specializes in litigation and forensic services, including commercial damages and fraud investigations. His background also includes management, human resources and other consulting services. He is well-versed in all facets of the construction industry.

Dr. Kreuter has worked in professional services firms since 1983 and was also a founding shareholder in a CPA firm. He has testified as an expert witness in state courts and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court as well as arbitrations and depositions. He has written seven books, several book chapters and numerous articles covering a wide range of topics.

Dr. Kreuter is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate Finance Program at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY and teaches Forensic Accounting. He previously served as an Associate Professor at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY, where he taught graduate classes in Human Resource Management. He also served as a volunteer at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility and the Taconic Correctional Facility in Bedford Hills, NY.

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Kreuter, Eric A. [MC????]

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Dear John,

               I believe that Eric is a member of the Class of 1981.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Kreuter, Eric A. [MC1981]

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JOBIT: Clegg, John C. [MC???? RIP] 2019-May-04



Promogram May 07, 2019
Obituary: John C. Clegg
By John Corrigan

John C. Clegg, father of Clegg Promo (asi/45450) founder and CEO Tim Clegg and company president Kevin Clegg, passed away on May 4.

Clegg was class president and valedictorian in high school, a mathematics major at Manhattan College, a computer programmer at Sperry Gyroscope, manager of information systems at ATO/SMG and then chief information officer at Standard Products.

In 1994, Clegg threw himself into a new role as gadfly, ombudsman and outside factory rep for Clegg Industries. He relished traveling through Ohio and the Midwest, visiting distributors in offices, parking lots, homes and barns. Not only did he become a master at presenting the Clegg line, he also became well known on the trade show circuit. In addition to presenting, he was a tireless proofreader and editor for numerous Clegg and Americhip catalogs.

Community service was the work Clegg most enjoyed and for which he will be lovingly remembered. He was a coach, referee and commissioner of the basketball program for the Chagrin Athletic Association, a board member on the Chagrin Valley Rec Center, a lector at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church and a fixture at all Chagrin Falls High School sporting events for over 50 years.

“Our Dad loved Clegg and Americhip and he gave his all to make us a better organization,” said Tim and Kevin. “We were so blessed to have him as our father and equally as fortunate to have him as part of the Clegg and Americhip team. We’ll continue to work hard, do well, improve, treat people well and make a difference in what we do and in how we do it. We know that would make our Dad very proud of us.”

Clegg was a beloved husband to Eileen Dearie Clegg for 59 years. He was the father of seven children and 21 grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a “Membership Scholarship in the Name of John C. Clegg” at the Chagrin Valley Rec. Center, PO Box 84, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022.


Clegg, John C. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: None cited

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JFOUND: Tramontano, William [MC1976] Interim President @ Queens College



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William Tramontano has been appointed Interim President of Queens College, effective June 1. He is currently serving as senior advisor to the president for student success and strategic initiatives at Hunter College. In that capacity, he works closely with Academic Affairs on raising retention and graduation rates, and oversees student success initiatives including efforts to improve course availability, strengthen student engagement and bolster postgraduate outcomes. Previously, Dr. Tramontano spent a decade as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Brooklyn College, where he led a successful effort to improve graduation rates and led the establishment of a five-school structure, the expansion of the faculty, the creation of the Feinstein Graduate School of Cinema and the accreditation of the business school. His tenure there was preceded by five years of service at Lehman College, where he was acting provost and dean of natural and social sciences. A cellular biologist, Dr. Tramontano graduated from Manhattan College and earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from New York University. He returned to Manhattan College to teach and spent 22 years on the college’s biology faculty, including 14 years as department chair. Tramontano has served on CUNY’s Conflicts of Interest Committee and chaired the CUNY Council of Provosts’ Academic Policy Committee.

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Tramontano, William [MC????]

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Dear John,

              I believe that William is a member of the Class of 1976.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Tramontano, William [MC1976]

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for Jeanine again


Good Morning All,

Please keep the volume up for Jeanine. She will be going in for Surgery tomorrow, Friday, May 10,
2019, for Atrial Heart Valve Repair. Please keep her in your prayers. Remember as well, Lou and their Family. We want you back soon Jeanine.

Thank you. God Bless.
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

-----Original Message-----
From: Phil Colon
Sent: Sat, May 4, 2019 12:37 PM
Subject: Jeanine Lamatina

Good Morning All,

Lou Lamatina asks for our prayers for his Wife, Jeanine '81. Jeanine, a good friend to many of us and an active member of our Alumni Board, will be going in for Surgery on Friday, May 10, 2019, for Mitral Heart Valve repair.  Please keep Jeanine, Lou and their Family in your prayers as we pray for a successful operation free of complication. We pray for God's light to shine upon Jeanine and her Surgical Team and that her recovery be swift so that we may have her smiling face with us soon once
again. Thank you. God Bless.

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JOBIT: Smith, Norman R. [MC1970 RIP] 2019-May-06



Norman R. Smith
1929 - 2019 Obituary

Yonkers - Norman R. Smith, 89, a lifelong Yonkers resident, died on Monday May 6, 2019 at St. John's Riverside Hospital.

He was born on August 15, 1929 to Nelson and Margaret Kleis Smith in Yonkers where he was raised and educated, graduating from Gorton High School in 1947. Norman then joined Refined Syrups & Sugars in Yonkers, where he worked in Purchasing for 30 years. He retired in 2004 after serving as a purchasing director at Kama Corporation in Avenel, NJ.

Norm was a parishioner of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and was a member of the Yonkers Male Glee Club and the Sacred Heart Christmas Choir, and was a former member of the Yonkers Lions Club. He enjoyed singing, playing golf and spending time with his family. On May 2, 1959, he married the love of his life Maureen Tompkins in Christ the King Church. They recently celebrated sixty years of marriage. Mrs. Smith survives and lives in Yonkers.

Norm graduated from Manhattan College's Evening Division with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1970.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Robert Smith (Mary Clare) of River Edge, NJ and three daughters, Mary Ellen Jones (Stephen) of Glastonbury, CT, Catherine Connolly (Brian) of Mahopac, and Patricia Smith of Seattle, WA. He was lovingly known as "Pop Pop" to his seven grandchildren, Emily, Brendan, Molly, Erin, Michael, Sean and Caroline, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Harold and Warren Smith.

Visiting hours will be at Whalen & Ball Funeral Home on Thursday at 2-4pm and 7-9pm. Funeral Service will be held in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on Friday, May 10th at 10am. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Donations in his memory may be made to either St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Pl., Memphis, TN 38105 or the charity of your choice.

Whalen & Ball Funeral Home 168 Park Ave. Yonkers, N.Y. 10703 (914) 965-5488 www.whalenandballfh.com

Published in the The Journal News on May 9, 2019


Smith, Norman R. [MC1970 RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for Mary's Dad


Good Afternoon All,

Ann Burke shares a request from Manhattan College Accounting Professor Mary Michel for her Dad. He has been in our prayers and we need to raise the volume for this good Man. He is fighting 4th Stage Panreatic Cancer and holding his head up high in his struggle, he decided to mow his own lawn. He has been admitted to Hospital with an infection. We pray that the MDs bring this infection under control and eliminate it quickly. We pray for him, for Mary and their Family. Please raise the volume for this good man so that he may soon return to his home and loved ones. Thank you. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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MNEWS: Manhattan College radio station back on air



Manhattan College radio station back on air five years after shuttering
Posted: May 08, 2019 10:49 PM EDT
Updated: May 08, 2019 10:49 PM EDT


Five years after being shuttered due to lack of personnel, Manhattan College's student-run radio station WRCM is back on the air thanks to the determination of a team of students.

Sophomore Samantha Walla, leader of the WRCM team, says, "When I went to college, a lot of my friends were doing radio shows and I wanted that sense of community. Radio on a college campus is such an integral part of the student community and to not have that - we felt like there was something missing."

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ENDNOTE: Crony Capitalism — Nashville style



Corporate Welfare in Nashville
Thomas DiLorenzo
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I read that the city government of Nashville gave the NFL $3 million as part of the deal to hold the NFL draft there.  It’s probably a lot more when one counts all the police overtime, thousands of portable toilets, public works cleanup after 300,000 drunken football fans, etc.  Among the major beneficiaries of these handouts, besides the NFL billionaire team owners, appear to be the wealthy country music stars who own bars and restaurants on Music Row where more than 100,000 extra customers per day gathered for the better part of a week.  Blake Shelton, Dierkes Bentley, Luke Bryan, and others all own big restaurants and bars there.

Much of that $3 million ended up in their bank accounts as a result of a quadrupling or more of their weekend business.  The taxpaying residents, on the other hand, were screwed with impossible traffic and crowds everywhere, noise, trash galore, jacked-up prices at bars and restaurants, etc.

This seems to be the modus operandi of towns that are “tourist destinations”:  The purpose of local government there is not to “serve the public” but to make more money for the bar and restaurant owners there who in turn finance the political careers of the political hacks on the city council and the mayor’s office.

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So why don’t the NFL owners and the local business folks pay for their parties?

Why always does the taxpayer get screwed?

When will “We, The Sheeple” wake up to the rip off?

Answers:  (1) They don’t have to.  (2) The Taxpayer is the “wallet at the end of the rainbow”.  (3) Never!

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