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The Case For Killing The Filibuster

Desert Denizen Wrote: Feb 14, 2015 10:28 PM
Just return the filibuster to what it originally was: Stand up and talk until you can no longer stand. Only issues that really matter would get this kind of treatment. The Senate has gotten lazy in its old age.
If you want to change the tone of government in this country, eliminate withholding. Require folks to pay estimated taxes quarterly like so many small business do. Make sure that one of the quarterly payments falls on October 31st. This would change the nation!
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Desert Denizen Wrote: Dec 30, 2014 5:49 PM
You do realize that TriQuint and RF Microdevices are merging and will be call Quorvo?
In 1984, Ronald Reagan reformed the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) replacing it with the Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS). This move changed from a defined benefit system under CSRS to a partly employee funded system under FERS. It also started raising the retirement age from 55 for CSRS to a rising age starting at 56 1/2. Federal employees were also required to prop up the Social Security System with this reform.
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A One-Man Revolution

Desert Denizen Wrote: Dec 24, 2014 11:00 PM
It's time to call Obama's "presidential memoranda" for what they are: fatwas for the progressivist religion.
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Crocodile Tears for the IRS

Desert Denizen Wrote: Dec 23, 2014 12:26 AM
No NO NO NO! I would want it to be a constantly irritating surprise what the tax costs you. At the checkout I want the clerk to say to you "That's 55 cents plus 18 cents VAT". It gets real fun with big ticket items: "That's $1000 plus $200 VAT."
1. In a war situation, the crew will certainly be a lot more attentive. Also, North Korea is about the same size as Ohio and it is thataway. 2. Decoys and MIRVs are hard to implement. Most of the targets for this system will not have these countermeasures. 3. Again in a war situation, the crew will be attentive. Their lives depend on it. 4. A target is a target, radar signature is only one discriminant. 5. A test only budgets for one missile. In war, the ship will fire until the threat is eliminated.
I wouldn't blame them for not knowing who Joe Biden is. This administration has been trying to keep him hidden for the last 6 years. To prevent the spread of "foot in mouth" disease. In fact the Obama's best defense against impeachment are the following three words: President Joe Biden
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Poverty Causes Crime?

Desert Denizen Wrote: Nov 20, 2014 12:11 AM
The wooly thinking here is appalling. "More than one in five American children fall below a RELATIVE poverty line..." (Emphasis mine) Even if all their material needs are cared for, they are still in poverty. This measurement makes poverty a moving target that can never be hit. Even if everyone in the country suddenly made 10 times what they do now, the same number of children would still be in poverty by the UNICEF measure. That is insane!
Not true! One pregnant human being is one pregnant with a human being. Once you have, of your own free will, had sex producing another human being, you then have the responsibility of caring for that human being. No violation of rights there. Do you consider the child to be sole property of the woman? Does the father have no rights? Lots of poor philosophizing here.
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