Thanks. Really. (Part 2)

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I’ve written about my next mentor often.  (Here’s but one example– with another great story about Cary.)  He was but one half of the management team that took a chance to hire me.  A soon-to-be 14 y old kid.  And, let me basically take over their baby.  (As you can see, Cary became a mentor about the time I was losing touch with Ms. Katzman.  I’d been really lucky to have a continuous mentor relationship for nigh 16 years, by the time this one ends.)

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Thanks! Really. (Part 1)

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I don’t generally celebrate (American) Thanksgiving.  My Thanksgiving is more in line of how and when the Pilgrims created the holiday.  That was a version of Sukot,  the harvest festival. More akin to Canadian Thanksgiving, which coincides with my holiday.  (Think about it.  What harvest would you reap in late November?)

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Back Door Man…

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I’m sure you’ve heard that the Senate version of the (creatively named) Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is now going to attack PPACA (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act), affectionately (sic) known as Obamacare. But, if you don’t truly understand the intracacies of the bill, it will be difficult to discern how NOT collecting the tax penalty on those who don’t enroll in a health care plan can be used to reduce the deficit incurred by the behemoth of a bill.  (Sorry for all those negatives- but that’s the true concept.)

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Getting high?

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Hypertension. That’s a word more of us are going to have rolling across our lips.

Because according to the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, half of us are so afflicted. We have high blood pressure- and I’m not talking about old farts like me, but ALL of us. Appropriately, these new findings and guidelines were published in the journal called Hypertension.

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And, now for the Senate Side

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So, what does the Senate version of this bill (HR-1) do?  By and large, the Senate bill matches HR-1.  But, there are some significant differences.  It’s not clear which house will prevail in their interpretation of the various changes (or that the Senate version passes at all).  But, again,  tax planning is critical-  we need to know what may happen.  We need to discern what changes this Senate version- if it passes- will have in conference, when the House and Senate work out the differences in their versions.

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