Drew Rodgers

I live in Norway with my wife, Inger, and our cat T.J. Maxx and teach International Business Communications at Oslo University College School of Business.

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Trump’s Tax Plan

Published on Saturday 7. October 2017

According to a Telfair Research opinion poll only those who believe in Breibart News, the tooth fairy, the Easter bunny and Santa Claus believe that the plan will help the middle and working classes. If you fall into that category, here’s some information you should consider.

1.The poorest 20% would receive a tax break of between 0.2% and 0.5%. The middle class consisting of the 20% to 80% of the population, would receive somewhere 0.8%-1,9% depending on their income.The upper 1% would receive a 10% to 16% tax break. Trump himself, based on the one tax returns available, would save $38 million.
2. It would add $7 trillion to the national debt which would increase interest rates on housing, cars etc.
3. It would not result in more jobs as corporate leaders take the money and save and invest in the stock market. Trickle down economics is dead. The only time corporate leaders increase production is when demand increases. Trump will do nothing, like raise the minimum wage, to increase demand.
4. It will hurt families with school age children as they will lose the personal deduction for each child.
5. Guess where the cuts will be to make up for the $7 trillion? Social security, Medicaid, Medicare, Head Start and a whole list of programs from which the working and middle classes benefit.

Score one for me

Published on Saturday 29. July 2017

On April 3 in my blog “Surprised?,” I predicted that Reince Priebus would be the first member of the White House staff to be fired. And yesterday, it happened. I also said that this was a sign that the ship was going down. One of my next blogs will be “Score Two for Me” when the ship goes down. If there is any doubt, just listen to Trump’s new communications director, Anthony Scaramucci’s, description of Steven Bannon:“I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own cock.” Talk about a White House in the process of imploding! Stay tuned.

It’s now August 18th and Steve Bannnon is on the way out and the implosion continues. With so many people (rodent?) leaving the ship, and they only do that when it is about to sink, how long can it stay afloat?
How about a contest where you send in your guess for the date of the total implosion of the Trump administration? Send it to drew.rodgers43@gmail.com

Political Blues

Published on Tuesday 23. May 2017

I have recorded  political blues which literally speak for themselves.

Trump Train Blues

Medicaid Blues

Rat’s Ass Blues-mp3

Surprised?

Published on Monday 3. April 2017

If anyone is surprised at the chaos and conflicts in Washington, you simply did not read the tea leaves. With a president who is thin-skinned, vindictive, authoritarian and detached from reality (3 million illegal votes for Hillary and wire tapping), then who’s surprised. What might be a bit more surprising is the polarization in the Republican party. What they did to the Democrats for six years, they are now doing to themselves. Can we expect four more years of gridlock? But the biggest story is yet to unfold. Will Russiagate be a replay of Watergate. When heads start rolling, and Reince Priebus’s one might be the first one (remember John Dean?) then the ship may be going down. Stay tuned.

A Respite in Difficult Times

Published on Saturday 14. January 2017

I have been blogging a lot recently due to recent events. It can get a bit heavy so I thought maybe a respite is due. You can scroll down to “The Spirit” and other music. My latino friends say that especially the soundcloud numbers give them “feliz” and maybe they will do the same for you. My novel, “John, Waldo and Henrietta” may not have exactly the same impact, but people who have read it say that it made them think about ideas that they hadn’t considered before. Enjoy.