(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION SEPT. 14-16, 2018) — What’s the surest, most-proven, practical, and time-tested way to drive economic improvement  for any size community by any governmental authority?

Tax cuts.

Once again, we have seen this nationally, with investors reaping huge profits, particularly from smaller publicly traded businesses. The tax cuts proposed by President Donald Trump and approved by Congress have worked their way through the economy, raising corporate profits nationwide. Grouse as you might like about this fact for any political reason, but this showing puts more money into private hands, keeping it out of the greedy, wasteful hands of government.

This helps not only the 1% but anyone in the 99% who has or wants to earn discretionary resources to invest. There’s “extra” money to be found in most budgets, even those on the bottom. If they’re not working, why not. Jobs are available. They could take advantage of programs designed to help people better themselves. They can quit cigarettes, cut down on drinking and drugs, and stop playing the lottery. Even a modest amount of money, set aside and invested wisely on a habitual basis, can make a difference.

Locally, a generation of ruinous taxes passed by a series of do-nothing politicians have depleted the middle class, driven out companies that provide jobs, and funded an entire dependent class of people who in most cases have no one but themselves to blame for their own impoverished state. Again, we come back to that loaded word, “victim.” There are no victims. There is only consequence, which is cause-and-effect disguised as coincidence. If a person can think, has physical mobility, shows determination,and musters a spot of ambition, self-improvement is achievable to the point of certainty.

If the “progressives” who run Pittsfield honestly care about citizens other than the dependent masses, they would at the earliest opportunity slash taxes for both homeowners and especially businesses. In other words, help the ones who are being held back by having to keep going the cradle-to-grave welfare model. Officials would also launch an audit of the much-abused “not-for-profit” going on in the city, which takes profit-making-and-taking businesses off the tax rolls crushes Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski, the bedraggled “little guys” who struggle so mightily to support the mess. While we’re auditing, how about a forensic audit of the one city department that easts up nearly three-fourths of the entire $160+ million budget. We won’t name names.

Boil it down. Where do you want your money to go: To government or into your own pockets? If the crooks in government get it, they will waste it. If you get it, you will, or at least can, provide for your needs and perhaps have some to save or, better yet, invest. Invest in what? THE PLANET shall limit our advice to what has worked for us: small-cap stocks, which have produced 35% return this year and look to keep growing because of the trade-war insecurities that have affected big-cap companies, particularly the big multinational corporations. That being said, large-cap stocks will rebound as trade tensions lessen, something else we foresee if only because the global economy can’t afford a protectionism that is too long, too steep, and pervasive. The two drivers of the world economy, China and the United States in that order, will see that any trade provincialism won’t give way to all-out trade wars.

Skeptics who say you can’t cut either Pittsfield’s budget or its taxes will have all sorts of objections, none of which can stand up to non-political thinking. Increasing city income and cash flow by exploiting new resources or landing new business would be ideal, but given the cast of characters now calling the shots, this approach would be pragmatically beyond the current abilities of the existing set of “usual political suspects.” A tax cut, however, is well within their reach.

If you can’t raise the bridge, lower the river. Similarly, if you can’t grow your income, cut your spending. That’s what households and businesses have to do when fiscal actualities don’t match anticipatory budgets. Tax cuts spell tax relief. The extra money will generally be spent wisely.

Households and businesses do this all the time. City government must do the same.

Have a great weekend, everybody.


The ‘Kingdom of God’ is within you”  Jesus,  as quoted in The New Testament.



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  1. U
    September 15, 2018 at 4:58 pm #

    I have to agree Doomed.Trump certainly has Angelic features.

  2. Secret Tapes From Baltimore
    September 15, 2018 at 5:22 pm #

    Persons within the FBI and Barack Obama’s Justice Department worked improperly to help elect Hillary Clinton and defeat Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.

    When this suspected effort failed, those same people appear to have pursued a contrived investigation of President Trump in an attempt to undo the election results and remove him as president.

    The evidence suggests that partisans within the FBI and the Department of Justice, driven by personal animus and a misplaced sense of political righteousness, surreptitiously acted to subvert electoral democracy in our country.

    The book will examine:

    How did Hillary Clinton manage to escape prosecution despite compelling evidence she violated the law?
    Did Peter Strzok, James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Loretta Lynch, and others obstruct justice by protecting Clinton?
    Why was there never a legitimate criminal investigation of Clinton in the Uranium One case?
    Are the text messages exchanged between Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page evidence of a concerted effort to undermine the electoral process?
    Was there ever any real evidence of “collusion” between Trump and the Russians?
    Did Trump obstruct justice in the firing of Comey or was he legally exercising his constitutional authority?
    Did the FBI and DOJ improperly use a discredited “dossier” about Trump to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on Trump associates?
    Should Muller have disqualified himself under the special counsel law based on glaring conflicts of interest?
    Was fired National Security Adviser Michael Flynn unfairly charged with making a false statement?

    • The school committee
      September 16, 2018 at 3:30 am #

      This is a very stupid conspiracy, very very stupid almost Trump dumb.

  3. Minister of Intoxication
    September 15, 2018 at 5:24 pm #

    I’d be happy if just one Time trump said he lied, just one.

    • billy
      September 21, 2018 at 10:29 am #


  4. Minister of Intoxication
    September 15, 2018 at 5:26 pm #

    Then he would say he lied about lying.

  5. Roberto Del Halitoso
    September 15, 2018 at 5:29 pm #

    Traitor and Communist John Kerry will be investigated and convicted.

    • Art Seller
      September 15, 2018 at 9:13 pm #

      Halitoso Kerry is not a traitor or communist. He will not be investigated or convicted of any wrong doing because he did nothing wrong. He served his country nobley in Viet nam while twinkle toes was growing bone spurs to avoid the military.mThe one that is being investigated is scumps and he will be convicted. Where do you scumpets come from?

      • Roberto Del Halitoso
        September 16, 2018 at 6:08 am #

        John Kerrry admitted before Congress that he committed war crimes. He spent 70 days in Viet Nam and got 3 contrived purple hearts. His stolen valor is a massive insult to Viet Nam veterans.He faked throwing his stolen valor purple hearts over the White House fence. He IS a communist and a BUFFOON.

    • The school committee
      September 16, 2018 at 3:26 am #

      Kerry was on the ground taking gunfire in Vietnam, seems that most Trump suporters dont like the veterans.Trump did not like McCain being a prisoner as Trump only respected those who were not casualties

      • 12 Gauge
        September 16, 2018 at 6:41 am #

        Over the years I have spoken with many, many Vietnam vets and out of hundreds only one I know of think well of Kerry. Most describe him as a treasonous piece of dung.

        • Art Seller
          September 16, 2018 at 10:10 am #

          12 your mind is thoroughly trumped washed. Like I said Hilary nor Kerry be charged of anything but scump will. Again where do you people come from.

  6. Pat
    September 15, 2018 at 5:48 pm #

    Such a great book about the lack of diversity of thought on college campuses and the shutting down of free speech and how this is the behavior of tyrants not people who are interested in growing intellectually.

    • Doomiedoger
      September 16, 2018 at 2:05 am #

      A great read indeed. And so is Alice in Wonderland as the two have much in common.

      One thing this Trump presidency has shown psychologists around the world is what P T Barnum knew long ago. ” A sucker is born every minute.” Trump knows this and is ready to pounce on them the day they are born.

      There are none so blind as those who will not see. And these are the people Trump gathers into his flock. They are quite usable….until they are not needed. Just look at all those he once praised and now they are no longer usable to him. Soon Pat, you will be one of those who are of no use to him.

      Get prepared to feel humiliated when he dumps on you because as sure as the sun comes up in the morning, he will dump on you too.

      • 12 Gauge
        September 16, 2018 at 6:20 am #

        Only an idiot reviews books that they haven’t read.

        • Doomiedoger
          September 16, 2018 at 7:36 am #

          Now you be nice to Pat ya hear? It is not her fault she is misguided.

          • Shakes
            September 16, 2018 at 5:20 pm #

            Heather MacDonald is a self avowed white supremacist.

  7. mi
    September 15, 2018 at 5:54 pm #

    I believe that is required reading at Trump U.

  8. 12 Gauge
    September 15, 2018 at 6:34 pm #

    Kerry and Hilary are going to prison.

    • Art Seller
      September 15, 2018 at 9:20 pm #

      12 you are so far in left field and so thoroughly washed in fox do do that I think you have lost your mind. Have you. The chances of Hilary and Kerry going to prison are the same as you declaring that scump is a criminal. In other words not a chance in hell.

      • Doomiedoger
        September 16, 2018 at 2:14 am #

        Twelve gage cannot defend Trump so he does the only thing he can do, which is to deflect and change the subject. It is taught in the Fox/Hannity school of alternative fact creation and smoke screening 101. You see it every day on Fox news and the disciples fall for it every time. They cannot admit to themselves that they followed a fool all the way into the deep oozing swamp because their fragile psychies cannot handle it. And it is all kind of sad isn’t it because what will happen to all these lost souls when Trumps cartoon world dissolves into dust? Tick Tock……

        • The school committee
          September 16, 2018 at 3:34 am #

          It is taught in brainwashing classes.If approached with facts Trumps supporters are taught to say….No He Didn’t….Don Trump robbed a bank…No he didn’t, well what he meant to do was work in a food pantry.

          • 12 Gauge
            September 16, 2018 at 6:16 am #

            You have no facts.

        • 12 Gauge
          September 16, 2018 at 6:14 am #

          Defend him for what reason? You people suffering from TDS can’t do anything except parrot the crap you hear on I refuse to CNN and MSLSD. You have nothing.

      • 12 Gauge
        September 16, 2018 at 6:11 am #

        I can identify and point to the crimes committed by Hilary and Kerry. You cannot do that with Trump. You can only make fun of his name.

        • Doomiedoger
          September 16, 2018 at 7:39 am #

          Hillary is not running the country and neither is Kerry. Please stay focused on the problem at hand. We can deal with Hillary and Kerry if they ever become president. I know it is hard but hang in there.

          • 12 Gauge
            September 16, 2018 at 7:46 am #

            More hot air from you. You couldn’t answer the question.

          • Art Seller
            September 16, 2018 at 10:38 am #

            Doom and tsc.These trumpeters sound like Rudy All intelligent people know he is nuts and the proof is in the fact that he works for scumps. The mueller report will be finished soon and we will have to decide what to do with scump. If he were decent he would resign and stop the country from going into a tail spin but he won’t and then the alternative will be impeachment. One thing that is certain scumps days are numbered and as I said before that when scump is gone America and the world will put on a global party that will be huge gigantic the biggest like nothing anyone has ever seen.blah blah blah..The date of the big party will be known some. Very soon

          • 12 Gauge
            September 16, 2018 at 12:59 pm #

            Clowns like Mueller have made the FBI into a joke.

          • Pat
            September 16, 2018 at 4:00 pm #

            No, you could not deal with Hillary as president because she would have been terrible for the country. No transparency in government under the Clintons….just more big government corruption.

  9. Mr. Fritz
    September 16, 2018 at 4:18 am #

    Gaetani & all your multiple personalities,
    You still have not provided any facts as to why he should be impeached, just hot air.
    Trump rules – MAGA!

    • Art Seller
      September 16, 2018 at 1:34 pm #

      Go scump literally.

  10. 12 Gauge
    September 16, 2018 at 6:25 am #

    John Kerry

    • Dick Flimsy
      September 16, 2018 at 6:43 am #

      Good video. It shows the truth about Kerry.

    • Mr. Fritz
      September 16, 2018 at 9:33 am #

      Very good video. Do they have one on Obama?

      • Kelley Anne
        September 16, 2018 at 9:37 am #

        Nice deflection…keep up the good work soldier!

    • Mr. Fritz
      September 16, 2018 at 9:37 am #

      And let’s not forget the Swift Boat Veterans!

      • Art Seller
        September 16, 2018 at 11:30 am #

        12 fritz dick What years did you serve in Viet nam? Anyone who served in that war is a patriot,I doubt any of you served and you have the nerve to throw stones at those who did. Mr Gaetanis spent over 16 months there and he said Kerry had one of the most dangerous jobs in the military__River boat patrol. They were sitting ducks for the VC. He had to fix radio equipment on a river patrol boat in the delta and he said he was scared shirtless all the while he was on the boat.He says he thought working with the infantry was as bad as it got but he said river boat patrol was absolutely the most dangerous job for any military person and he said Kerry did it day after day. Kerry did his part and no non veteran should ever dare discredit his brave participation in the Viet nam war

        • 12 Gauge
          September 16, 2018 at 2:05 pm #

          I did not serve but I have the God given right to express my opinion on John Kerry or anything else. 99% of veterans say Kerry is a piece of crap. I have never seen any evidence that shows he wasn’t and I’ve read extensively about him. He gave comfort and aid to North Vietnam when the war was being fought and now he’s doing a similar thing with Iran, the number 1 state sponsor of terrorism . He is worse than Benidict Arnold.

          • Art Seller
            September 16, 2018 at 2:26 pm #

            12 Anita was right Clarence was lucky. He is in the same league as Cosby.Where do you people come from?

          • Art Seller
            September 16, 2018 at 2:31 pm #

            Indeed you do 12. I don’t like anyone discrediting his brave participation He was there and any vet will say that is enough to be recognized. Just sayin

        • Shakes
          September 16, 2018 at 5:23 pm #

          Anyone that served in Vietnam, including John McCain, is a war criminal.

    • Harrison
      September 16, 2018 at 12:42 pm #

      You all can fact check, but I believe Kerry was instrumental in securing major navy contracts for General Dynamics. I’m pretty sure he was a good thing for Pittsfield.

  11. U
    September 16, 2018 at 6:52 am #

    John Kerry, a former, from Massachusetts,is an American Patriot. He just likes to dock his Yacht in Rhode Island

  12. Art Seller
    September 16, 2018 at 10:50 am #

    Kavanaugh accuser come forward. We need to listen to the details to see whether this will affect kavanaugh. This will definitely have some herring on the confirmation process but we can’t jump to conclusions yet. Her name is Christina ford I believe

    • 12 Gauge
      September 16, 2018 at 12:56 pm #

      Made up garbage. Just like they did with Clarence Thomas.

    • Harrison
      September 16, 2018 at 1:57 pm #

      Was it Trump who said during his campaign to delay ,delay, delay, in regards to the Garland nomination? Short memories. At least Kavanaugh is getting a hearing.

    • Mr. Fritz
      September 16, 2018 at 5:22 pm #

      Made up crap from over 35 years ago? Where’s your common sense Gaetani? It’s obviously just a stall tactic.

  13. Minister of Intoxication
    September 16, 2018 at 1:36 pm #

    One of many who haven’t come forward,reme,ber the parade of woman trump molested? Everyone is fibbing except trump (ScumP)

  14. 12 Gauge
    September 16, 2018 at 2:11 pm #

    That whole thing was orchestrated by the democrat controlled media. It’s a farce that Gulible I refuse to CNN tards buy hook line and sinker.

    • Harrison
      September 16, 2018 at 2:16 pm #

      Geez 12 Gauge, your panties are in such a knot that your spitting out word combinations that make no sense.

      • Art Seller
        September 16, 2018 at 3:37 pm #

        Mueller has a half dozen state charges hanging around manaforts neck and that means no pardon from scump. This being the case manafort will do whatever Mueller want as if he doesn’t he will go to the slammer for life. This case is not about the two charges Mueller brought. Mueller now has his pidgeon and he is coming for scump. Mueller hasn’t lost a n inch and he has won convictions on everyone he has charged. Bye Bye Scump. What do you think the die hards will say when scump is dyed fried and laid to the side. Oh yes FAKE NEWS. Not this time scumpetts

        • 12 Gauge
          September 16, 2018 at 4:05 pm #

          What Manafort did had nothing to do with Trumps campaign. It happened way before.

        • 12 Gauge
          September 16, 2018 at 4:07 pm #

          Art when you are proved wrong you should take many of us out for burgers and beers.

    • Pat
      September 16, 2018 at 3:56 pm #

      I agree 12 Gauge. This media is not to be trusted…so biased towards the far left that it’s dangerous for the country.

  15. h
    September 16, 2018 at 4:02 pm #

    I agree, and was astounded when I heard as was stated by all three networks their predictions. Fox (hammer head Hannity, says no Manafort problem)…. for the president, the other two, most notably MSNBC,said he should be very worried. Like someone stated,this will be the fake news or not,Waterloo.

  16. Wondrous
    September 16, 2018 at 4:13 pm #

    Trump can’t handle and doesn’t know what truth is,or means.

    • Art Seller
      September 16, 2018 at 4:18 pm #

      I just posted at the end of the older post page info you need to know about secretary three. Too tired to repost.

      • 12 Gauge
        September 16, 2018 at 4:27 pm #

        She is a useless idiot. She loves it when you TDSers put down Trump. It takes the Planet heat off of her.

        • Art Seller
          September 16, 2018 at 7:10 pm #

          12 I completely agree with your 1st and3rd sentences. See we can agree

        • u
          September 17, 2018 at 4:58 am #

          Excellent analogy, throw in crocklamations sic also and pic ops for summer work kids.

  17. Man From Nantucket
    September 16, 2018 at 4:17 pm #

    All throughout the Russian Collusion Hoax, and every time someone agrees to “cooperate” with Mueller, the media squee like the 14-year-old girls they all are and then intentionally mislead the public by matter-of-factly saying, “This is bad news for Trump.”

    Well, no, actually it is not.

    The only way someone “flipping” is bad news for Trump is if he has indeed done something illegal, and as of right now, after nearly three years of 24/7 scrutiny at the hands of a beyond-corrupt FBI, two years of scrutiny from a rabidly partisan media, two congressional investigations, and 18 months of an unaccountable fishing expedition by a herd of Democrat Dirty Cops in the special counsel office, they got exactly zippo.

    In other words, so far none of these so-called flippers has flipped on Trump.

    One wonders how many other politicians could weather the kind of scrutiny Trump is facing

    Hell, one wonders how many so-called journalists could survive this kind of fisk.

    Answer: not many.

    Sure, the Resistance desperately holds on to the hope Mueller is sitting on a bombshell, but another interesting factoid the media only dutifully reported is that Mueller has agreed to accept written answers from Trump on the issue of collusion and is not asking any questions about the media’s other hoax — obstruction.

    This is a massive climb down on Mueller’s part, a special counsel who has so far only indicted people for committing the terrible crime of “associating with Trump” — meaning, process crimes (lying to authorities *yawn*) and old crimes that have nothing to do with Trump (crimes no one was interested in before the aforementioned Trump association).

    Then there is the matter of leaks. Does anyone honestly believe evidence of Trump committing a crime would not have leaked by now?

    But guess what has leaked? Oh, sure, in-between the 24/7 partisan wishcasting coming from the media about Manafort “flipping” on Trump, there has been some dutiful coverage about what the Manafort deal might really mean, and the news is not good for Democrats.

    Ken Vogel, a Democrat-operative who plays the role of “reporter” at the far-left New York Times, has been forced to report that powerful Democrats linked to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama might be in the Mueller crosshairs.

    • Mr. Fritz
      September 16, 2018 at 5:17 pm #

      Great post Man from Nantucket!

  18. 12 Gauge
    September 16, 2018 at 4:21 pm #

    For the record my attitude toward the fake news media and traitor communist John Kerry long predate my ever hearing of Donald Trump. Trump does not shape his advocates he just started saying things that many of us were thinking and knew to be true for years.

    • Art Seller
      September 16, 2018 at 4:47 pm #

      12 please tell us how you were able to disregard scumps 5000 confirmed lies and yet believe the few lies told about Kerry. I do admire your loyalty to scump just as I do pats’ but you are going to have to come to the realization that youhave been coned by scump.You should look up the thousands of workers sump fleeced for 6 billion dollars over 4 bankruptcies. Should we just forget about that? Remember how he said he could grab a woman by the meow? He cheated on all his wives including the present one and these are just the things we k ow positively.what we don’t know about him I’m sure Mueller does and everyone including you are going to be shocked. I hate liars no one is worse than a liar and this clown is the lyingist person on the planet. This is why I despise him and I despise the plague also. All decent people despise scump.

      • Mr. Fritz
        September 16, 2018 at 5:10 pm #

        What 5000 lies? You haven’t documented any of them! As others have said – you are just repeating the crap fed to you by CNN.
        Even your buddy Mr. Antifa Jon Melle couldn’t document any – all he had was a list of the things he didn’t like about Trump!
        All hot air.

        • Art Seller
          September 16, 2018 at 7:06 pm #

          I know fritz you haven’t heard any of scumps lies.You believe he is mother Theresa. You are in for a very rude awakening and you won’t be waiting very long You can check the lies for yourself. WaPo fact checker.All chected and confirmed. 5003 to date. I guess you call it fake news. I call it real news. Where do you people come from?

      • 12 Gauge
        September 16, 2018 at 7:01 pm #

        I asked you confirmed by who? Some snowflake organization? Wake up and smell the coffee.

  19. Art Seller
    September 16, 2018 at 4:27 pm #

    After you said Russian collusion hoax in you first sentence. I stopped reading.What rock have you been hiding under. It is 2018 in case you are not aware.Where do these people come from?

  20. Mr. Fritz
    September 16, 2018 at 5:15 pm #

    Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado is the Bilderbergers’ anointed one to run for Prez in 2020. Another loser Dem!