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United States Decentralization Indicators Uptick . by Alice B. Clagett

Written and published on 2 September 2021

Dear Ones,

The technique outlined in this webpage for talking with a real IRS agent works …

Link: “How to Speak Directly to an IRS Agent,” by TaxSlayer Pro … https://support.taxslayerpro.com/hc/en-us/articles/1260807635769-How-to-speak-directly-to-an-IRS-agent?fbclid=IwAR0YxdrIsFBFMpYBPqU96aDOJFBFM7AnhepCJmk9G1paSqCmWJCoJlGOWpU ..

… but I had to sit down and call, time after time, to get to an open line. What the person with whom I spoke said is that 2020 tax returns are still being processed. That is a 4-month delay from the usual processing time. She said it has to do with understaffing because of COVID.

That might be the partial cause; but in addition I feel that, if the IRS budget was strained by lack of income from 2020 tax returns (say, because taxpayers made less than the IRS projected based on prior years) then the IRS might have needed to hold back on 2020 tax refunds till the date of the third estimated tax payment for 2021. That is 15 September 2021, about 2 weeks from now.

My hunch is that influx of cash in the next few weeks might make it possible for the IRS to honor its commitment to send us our 2020 tax refunds.

In addition I have found USPS mail delivery in some American small towns (Durango and Upper Marlboro in my case) to be unreliable since about 2014. The US Postal Inspector is apparently unable to set things aright.

Three barometers of the American way of life are taxes, mail delivery, and the right to own real estate. As two of these are faltering in a way that seems from my stance to be unprecedented, my hunch is the United States may be undergoing a ‘sea change’ similar to that experienced by the USSR when it decentralized in December 1991.

In 2019 I wrote an article addressing the issue what we might anticipate here in the US were such a process to occur, in case you would like to take a look …

Link: “What If: Will the United States Become Less Centralized?” … https://awakeningwithplanetearth.com/what-if-the-united-states-became-less-federal-and-more-regional-in-government-by-alice-b-clagett/ ..

To that blog I added the following today …

REGIONAL PACTS NOW IN PLACE

In the event of decentralization here in the United States, I feel the United States might expect to enjoy three power blocks along geographic lines of the three COVID pacts now in place amongst states in the Eastern States, the Midwest, and the Western States …

The Eastern States Multistate Council to do with COVID consists of the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island …

Link: “Eastern States Multi-State Council,” in English Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_States_Multi-state_Council ..

As well, there is the Midwest Governors Regional Pact” to do with COVID. This consists of the states of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin …

Link: “Midwest Governors Regional Pact,” in English Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midwest_Governors_Regional_Pact ..

There is also, to do with COVID, a Western States Pact involves the states of California, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington …

Link: “Western States Pact and Possible Decentralization of the United States,” in English Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_States_Pact#:~:text=The%20Western%20States%20Pact%20is,to%20the%20COVID%2D19%20pandemic. ..

Here is the map of the power blocks for these pacts, which, I feel, may well be expanded to assure continuity of taxation, mail delivery services, securance of real property rights, and local military defense, in the event of decentralization of the United States …

Image: “U.S. States Forming Pacts to Reopen the Economy (Coronavirus Pandemic),” by JayCoop, in Wikimedia Commons, 27 April 2020 … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:U.S._states_forming_pacts_to_reopen_the_economy_(coronavirus_pandemic).svg … CC BY-SA 4.0 International

Image: “U.S. States Forming Pacts to Reopen the Economy (Coronavirus Pandemic),” by JayCoop, in Wikimedia Commons, 27 April 2020 … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:U.S._states_forming_pacts_to_reopen_the_economy_(coronavirus_pandemic).svg … CC BY-SA 4.0 International

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See also … Link: “Western States Pact and Possible Decentralization of the United States,” by Alice B. Clagett, written and published on 2 June 2020 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-is3 ..

Alice Clagett

–from Link: “United States Decentralization Indicators Uptick,” by Alice B. Clagett, written and published on 2 September 2021 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-p0a ..

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Has Our President Committed a Crime? . by Alice B. Clagett

Written and published on 7 January 2021

Dear Ones,

In every storm there is a silver lining, as the old saying goes. In these stormy times, I feel it is good to spot that silver lining, and know that though there may be darkness all around, still good may come of it.

For instance, it is clear from the changed votes in the Capitol building yesterday that the riot in Washington, DC, yesterday was not altogether a bad thing. When push came to shove, our representatives set aside bipartisan concerns and chose to stand for our democratic way of life. I pray this spirit of cooperation amongst our political parties may continue in the coming year.

On another note, as it seemed to me from the news last night that our president might be construed as perpetrating sedition, or inciting to riot, or attempting to obstruct our government’s due process, or maybe even intending to establish a dictatorship, as some, I guess, surmise, I read up on sedition today …

Link: “Sedition,” in Findlaw … https://criminal.findlaw.com/criminal-charges/sedition.html ..

If our president were to be accused of sedition after stepping down, then what would happen to him, I wondered. I just now read that sedition is a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. On the other hand, I read that no United States president has ever gone to prison. As well, the history of sedition acts in America seems to be bound up with protection of our presidents from scandal …

Link: “Alien and Sedition Acts,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alien_and_Sedition_Acts ..

If I were in the boat of figuring out what to do about a president accused of any of the above, I would likely consider peace and harmony in our nation as a top priority. Our president has been very popular; to attack him might raise waves of social unrest in America, do you not feel it to be so?

Not that our president is Christ, but taking the example of Christ, to martyr such a popular person might increase public sentiment in favor of overthrowing our government. That is why, to my way of thinking, martyrdom is not at all a good idea.

Rather, let us look to peaceful days, a strengthening job market, and increasingly profitable enterprise as the salubrious effects of COVID vaccination reverberate through our economy in the new year.

Alice Clagett

See also … Link: ” 2021 Storming of the United States Capitol,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2021_storming_of_the_United_States_Capitol ..

This article is also featured in my blog “Awakening with Planet Earth.”

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The Pragmatic Prophet: Google Apocalypse?

Written and published on 25 September 2020 by Alice B. Clagett

Dear Ones,

THE PRAGMATIC PROPHET SAYS: Could be the East Coast internet will become separate from that of the West Coast, if United States federal government decentralization continues as I predict. It might be good to get financial records offline and onto a flash drive or onto CDs, in case the national versions of Google and HR Block online should begin to fail.

As well, I figure if I plan my day around non-internet activities, then Google outages may not be too important to me.

Link: “Google Services Go Down in Some Parts of the U.S.,” by Daisuke Wakabayashi and Michael Levenson, 24 September 2020 … in the New York Times … https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/24/technology/google-service ..

–from Link: “The Pragmatic Prophet: Google Apocalypse?” by Alice B. Clagett, written and published on 25 September 2020 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-kch ..

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Shop Till You Drop Dead of COVID? Here Is What the Pragmatic Prophet Says!

Image: “A Corner Shop in Boston, Massachusetts,” by Elvis Batiz, 15 June 2012 … in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Boston_corner_shop.jpg … CC BY 2.0

The ‘word from on high’ is: HVAC in retail stores across Los Angeles may be causing customers to catch COVID-19.

I urgently ask Mayor Garcetti and Governor Newsom to mandate that California retailers sanitize the air filters in their HVAC systems daily.

I urge that President Trump propose similar measures to managers of high-rise buildings nationwide, with emphasis on New York and New Jersey.

Written and published on 29 July 2020, by Alice B. Clagett, the Pragmatic Prophet

–reposted from Link: “Shop Till You Drop Dead of COVID? Here Is What the Pragmatic Prophet Says!” Written and published on 29 July 2020, by Alice B. Clagett, the Pragmatic Prophet … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-jjr ..

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COVID-19 and the USA: Is the Death Count Higher or Lower Than Expected?

Written and published on 8 July 2020 by Alice B. Clagett

Image: “Scared Girl,” by Victor Bezrukov, 27 January 2007, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Scared_Girl.jpg … CC BY 2.0

Image: “Scared Girl,” by Victor Bezrukov, 27 January 2007, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Scared_Girl.jpg … CC BY 2.0

Dear Ones,

Given the press on the state of COVID-19 in California since the Fourth of July, I checked whether the greater picture for the pandemic in California, and in the United States overall, is grim or reasonable. Here is what I found out …

There is a question whether deaths due to COVID-19 are being misclassified on the high side in the United States currently, similar to the issue they were being misclassified on the low side in March 2020, at the beginning of the pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are aware of this issue, but cannot yet quantitate it, as there are state-by-state issues regarding standardization of statistical reporting.

Thus it seems reasonable to look at overall deaths in the United States overall, since the beginning of the pandemic in February 2020, and also state-by-state. That way we can ascertain whether overall deaths (including COVID-19, flu, pneumonia, and every other cause of death) are higher or lower than expected.

I turned to the CDC for the data. They say deaths in the United States, from whatever causes, are 4 percent greater than expected deaths for the period from 1 February to 4 July 2020. Ball-parking that, we might reasonably assume deaths from COVID-19 to have contributed most of that excess. That is the approach to the data taken as a given by the press and by all levels of  government in the United States, from city government, to state government, to government at the national level.

On the other hand, it could be that there is a range of numbers within which expected deaths are tallied, Taking that range into account, it is possible, from a multiple year perspective, that COVID-19 may not have contributed at all to this year’s excess deaths. It could be we are on the far end of the expectable range of deaths in 2020, and in the coming years there will be less deaths than expectable. In other words, excess expectable deaths this year might not be due to COVID-19 at all. That is the contrarian approach to the data.

From the stance of personal health and safety, it might be good to know which states have the highest numbers of deaths greater than expected since February of this year. We could take a look at deaths due to COVID or whatever other causes; that would be a figure beyond debate.

I see from the below chart that some states have had a notably higher percent of expected deaths than the United States in general, during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. These are Arizona (108%), Colorado (109%), District of Columbia (115%), Illinois (115%), Louisiana (107%), Maryland (116%), Massachusetts (123%), Michigan (112%), Minnesota (105%),  New Jersey (142%), New York (124%), New York City (203%), and Rhode Island (106%).

From this list the standouts in terms of having deaths greater than expected, from highest to lowest, are New York City (203%), New Jersey (142%), New York (124%), Massachusetts (123%), Maryland (116%), District of Columbia (115%), Illinois (115%), and Michigan (112%).

This table has the data in it …

Image: “United States Deaths from 2/1/2020 to 7/4/2020 as Percent of Expected Deaths, State by State,” from Link: “Daily Updates of Totals by Week and State: Provisional Death Counts for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) … https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid19/index.htm … See: Table 2. Deaths Involving Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Pneumonia, and Influenza Reported to NCHS by Jurisdiction of Occurrence, United States, Week Ending 2/1/2020 to 7/4/2020 … public domain.

Image: “United States Deaths from 2/1/2020 to 7/4/2020 as Percent of Expected Deaths, State by State,” from Link: “Daily Updates of Totals by Week and State: Provisional Death Counts for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) … https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid19/index.htm … See: Table 2. Deaths Involving Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Pneumonia, and Influenza Reported to NCHS by Jurisdiction of Occurrence, United States, Week Ending 2/1/2020 to 7/4/2020 … public domain.

In case the chart is too small to read, the data can be found here …

Link: “Daily Updates of Totals by Week and State: Provisional Death Counts for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) … https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid19/index.htm … See: Table 2. Deaths Involving Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Pneumonia, and Influenza Reported to NCHS by Jurisdiction of Occurrence, United States, Week Ending 2/1/2020 to 7/4/2020

–Alice Clagett

–reposted from Link: “COVID-19 and the USA: Is the Death Count Higher or Lower Than Expected?” . by Alice B. Clagett, written and published on 8 July 2020 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-j5B ..

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Western States Pact . by Alice B. Clagett

Awakening with Planet Earth

Written and published on 2 June 2020

  • FORMATION OF THE WESTERN STATES PACT
  • POSSIBLE DECENTRALIZATION OF THE UNITED STATES INTO LOOSELY FEDERALLY RULED ECONOMIC REGIONS IN YEARS TO COME
    • Decentralization Stressors
      • COVID-19, AIDS, and Less Federal Revenues
      • The Price of Water and the Potential Need to Grow Crops
  • COVID-19 LOCKDOWNS VERSUS THE COMMON GOOD

Dear Ones,

FORMATION OF THE WESTERN STATES PACT

As you may know, a Western States Pact has been formed in response to the COVID-19 issue. To date, the states involved are Washington, Oregon, California, Colorado, and Nevada …

Link: “Colorado & Nevada Join California, Oregon & Washington in Western States Pact,” 27 April 2020 … https://www.gov.ca.gov/2020/04/27/colorado-nevada-join-california-oregon-washington-in-western-states-pact/ ..

This is a power block or united front asking for financial help from the federal government in response to the impact of COVID-19 on their states’ economies.

POSSIBLE DECENTRALIZATION OF THE UNITED STATES INTO LOOSELY FEDERALLY RULED ECONOMIC REGIONS…

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