Everything We Know About the American Heartland

We are three lawyers in Austin, Texas talking about the American Heartland and what we know about the American Heartland.

Everything We Know about Tax Cuts and Twitter

December 6, 2017

Show Notes

In this short episode, Ruchit admits on the record that he is a fan of Richard Milhous Nixon. But we don’t discuss this at all.

Tax Bill

Mitch is happy

Supreme Court Predictions

Class v. United States:

  • Ruchit: 9-0 Class
  • AJ: 9-0 Class
  • TJ: 9-0 Class


TJ: Map of FBI planes conducting survellience. * Ars Technicaa: FBI would rather prosecutors drop cases than disclose stingray details

AJ: Cards Against Humanity Saves America.

Ruchit: waitbutwhy.com.

After Show

Jon Tester manhandles 479-page tax bill.


Everything We Know about the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau

December 1, 2017

Show Notes

Mulvaney brings donuts to his first day of work at the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau.

NYTimes Normalizes Nazis

A voice of hate in America’s Heartland.

Consumer Finance Protection Bureau

The CFPB is established by the Dodd-Frank bill.

Article II of the Constitution says:

[The President] shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate ... shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.


TJ: BMJ, Drinking coffee is ‘more likely to benefit health than to harm it’ for a range of health outcomes via ScienceDaily.com.

Ruchit wants to buy a house in British Columbia.

AJ: Miss Yeah, the greatest YouTuber of all time.


Everything We Know about Taxes

November 21, 2017

Show Notes

In this episode, we try to bore our listeners to death by discussing taxes.

Tax Deductions

Cardin would exempt the first $100,000 of income for couples from income tax ($50,000 for singles, $75,000 for single parents), meaning that the vast majority of people would no longer pay income taxes. He’d consolidate rates to three — 15, 25, and 28 percent — and cut the corporate tax to 17 percent. That’s a lower top individual rate, and a lower corporate rate, than the Senate is proposing. To pay for it, he’d introduce a value-added tax, the kind of consumption tax used in most other rich countries, and add a rebate so that poor people don’t see their taxes go up.

From Vox:

Tax distribution in 2027

Why is this Happening?


An outdated citizenship rule is bringing down Australia’s parliament.


TJ: The Longevity Illustrator and the U.S. Life Tables published by the CDC.


Ruchit: Pretty cool infographic on every tax cut and increase.


Everything We Know about the Virginia Elections

November 13, 2017

Show Notes

Virginia had elections that went for the Democrats. In this episode, we talk about that.

Health Insurance


Supreme Court

Jesner v. Arab Bank:

  • AJ: 8-1 Arab Bank
  • Ruchit: 6-3 Arab Bank
  • Tom: 5-4 Jesner


Ruchit hawks LuLuLemon shorts, like he’s done in many many previous episodes.

AJ: Irv Refkin, Brash Accidental Spy in World War II, Dies at 96.

TJ: Texas Tribune, How Renting Furniture in Texas can land you in jail?


Everything We Know about ICE

November 3, 2017

Show Notes