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Air Force One in Albany

Filed in: General & Mindless Chatter,Green,Photos,Politics,Tech

Quick post about President Obama’s trip to Schenectady, NY.  I was ready to head out to the gym when President Obama had arrived at the General Electric (GE) Plant in Schenectady, NY and I decided to watch him speak before I left. The speech wasn’t long, running about 17 minutes praising GE’s green technology and international exports as a “model for America”. I believe that green technology is a very important part of America’s future success and seeing Obama come to smaller city like Schenectady, NY and last year’s visit to Hudson Valley Community College shows his understanding that innovation, technology and education are of the utmost importance.

Now to my story of Obama’s visit. After watching President Obama speak I left for the gym when I was detoured to go past Albany International Airport and found myself stuck in traffic and to my surprise a glimpse of Air Force One. I didn’t make the connection until a little later but the traffic stoppage and detours were probably because President Obama was en route to the airport.  It took me 45 minutes to get to the my gym which is only about 5 minutes away. The times work out and I’m pretty sure when traffic was stopped near the airport that there was a good chance that the President himself  was arriving at Albany International. It was totally by coincident but I got to see Air Force One. This is one of the few times I really wanted to use my phone for a picture and it did not want to cooperate but I was able to get one good picture of Air Force One at Albany International Airport.

Air Force One Albany, NY

01/22/2011 Comments (1)

Change Has Come to WhiteHouse.gov

Filed in: General & Mindless Chatter,Politics

I saw an awesome post about the change that has come to America as we transition to our 44th President of the United States of America regarding  Whitehouse.gov on Gizmodo,  “The White House Websited:  Today vs. When Bush Took Office“.  In the post it had a screenshot of the the WhiteHouse.gov in 2001 compared to 2009 and you can see how far web design has come.

I decided to take it one step further using the Wayback Machine (cool site that archives websites all the way back to 1996) and taking some screenshots of WhiteHouse.gov from the Clinton Administration through to the current new Obama Administration.

1998

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1999

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2000

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2004

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2008

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2009

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Pretty cool to see how much web design has changed since the late 90’s.   If you haven’t been to the new WhiteHouse.gov website, it is a wonderfully designed site that is worth taking a gander at.

I welcome the new Obama Adminisitration and embrace the change.

01/22/2009 Comments (0)

The 2008 Election and Taxes

Filed in: Finance,Politics

Election ‘08 Taxes

Most of my life, politics hasn’t been a priority for me but as the economy craps the bed and America looks to be losing it’s competitive edge, I’m looking for change. America needs change and taxes will be an important part of my presidential vote. The October ’08 issue of Inc. Magazine had a great article breaking down each candidates tax proposals, Tax This; Tax That. Below are the key proposals for both candidates that Inc. Magazine has highlighted:

McCain
Key Proposals:

  • Extend the Bush tax cuts
  • Dramatically scale back the estate tax
  • Make permanent the Economic Stimulus Act’s more generous limits for expensing
  • Lower the corporate tax rate

Obama
Key Proposals:

  • Cut taxes for all but the richest 1 percent
  • Eliminate capital gains taxes for start-ups
  • Cut taxes for firms that add jobs in the U.S.
  • Close corporate loopholes and eliminate tax shelters

Both candidates are definitely looking to cut taxes, especially under the current conditions as the US faces a recession along with a worldwide economic slowdown.

Analyzing the proposals of both candidates, I feel that Obama’s plan would fare better for the middle class and America. Obama’s proposals includes a variety of tax credits like a $4,000 refundable credit against college tuition, extending the Earned Income Tax Credit to more low-income Americans and expanding the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit. One proposal that really stood out to me was getting rid of income tax for seniors making less than $50,000 along with the other credits really looks like it will help the people that need it the most. With McCain’s proposal many American’s will also enjoy a cut in taxes but nothing really stood out to me.

Now down to business. How are these candidates going affect me and Pure Adapt, Inc. Here is a what Inc. Magazine highlighted for each candidate on business:

McCain
“As for the candidate’s business tax agenda, McCain would lower the top corporate income tax rate from 35 percent to 25 percent; he has also proposed, without offering specifics, measures that would expand the corporate income tax base. He has pledged to end preferential treatment for oil and gas companies and would establish a permanent research and development tax credit of 10 percent of wages spent on R&D. And for five years, businesses would be able to expense certain equipment purchases immediately. He also would make permanent the more generous limits for Section 179 expensing that were included in the recent stimulus package — a move that could be especially helpful for small businesses. On the other hand, he would repeal the Section 199 deduction for “domestic production activities,” a deduction meant to encourage businesses to keep jobs on U.S. soil. The deduction will reach 9 percent in 2010.

Obama
For businesses, Obama is proposing incentives to invest in small businesses and tax credits for small businesses that purchase health insurance for their employees. He would eliminate capital gains taxes for investors in start-ups and small businesses (terms that remain undefined by the campaign) and permanently resurrect the R&D credit for all companies.

Both set of proposals will help businesses in America but I like the cut of Obama’s jib a little more. I feel that Obama is focusing on small businesses slightly more than McCain. I am part of a small business of many in America which makes their tax proposals on business so important to me. I feel strongly that small business is a major make up of America and promoting small businesses will help America flourish again and push innovation to keep America strong.

Whether it’s Obama or McCain their proposals will surely help Americans financially. Either way both candidates need to cut government spending and live up their proposals. I am personally favoring the Obama and Biden ticket with their tax proposals that look to focus more on the middle and lower class and small business.

10/11/2008 Comments (1)

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