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The California 'Mordida'

Dot462 Wrote: Mar 07, 2013 2:30 PM
NV is not that far. Persuade the grandkids' parents to move out with you. My husband and I did that -- moved up to Reno along with my mom and daughter and her husband, sold two houses in CA for way more than we paid and bought houses for way less in NV. Depends on what work your kids do, but there is opportunity elsewhere in low tax areas.
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The California 'Mordida'

Dot462 Wrote: Mar 07, 2013 2:27 PM
It's not a choice between living in CA or living in TX. There are other states with good climates, maybe not as good as Redwood City (climate best by government test), but since I left there in 1995 I've enjoyed the four-seasons climate of Reno, NV, and would never move back to CA. Of course, I couldn't afford to live there unless I was a lot poorer or richer than I am. Unfortunately, CA will be the residence of choice for either the very rich who don't care about taxes or the poor who exist on govt handouts. People with middle incomes can't live there any more. I enjoy an even better view of the eastern Sierra than you do of the western side.
If any female can meet the requirements for the combat position, go for it. If any woman can meet the requirements for SEALs or Delta Force, go for it. It's fine to open up positions to women but we must be sure they meet all the requirements of that position. No lowering of standards such as was done with female applicants for firefighter and police officer. If men have to register for the draft, then women should, also, since there wouldn't be equality if women couldn't be drafted.
It's true that a lot of information sharing with regard to medical records requires patient consent or a subpoena (or, in the case of mental health information, a court order), but remember that Obama's goal is to have an electronic medical record within five years of passing the ACA and that record would be able to be accessed nationwide. Of course, that's probably impossible since there's no national standard for the EMR and many of these current programs don't talk to each other. There's already a court decision (Tarasoff) which requires psychiatric professionals to report to law enforcement if a patient threatens others and that particular information doesn't need patient consent.
Remember, it had to pass before we could find out what was in it. Practically every other paragraph said "shall be written by the Secretary of HHS." Nobody could know what was in it. Currently, there are 13,000 new regulations written under the ACA. Physicians are already required to ask Medicare recipients about their lifestyle -- smoking, exercise, advance directives. It would be a logical extension to ask about gun ownership. Of course, all you have to do is lie if asked about this. The doctor has no way of checking.
Right now, Nevada is doing pretty well without an income tax, although of course revenues from sales taxes went down during the recession and revenue from property taxes took a hit. A consumption tax would be a good thing -- resembling a flat tax. Unfortunately, the NV legislature goes into session next week for one of its 120-day sessions every two years (we're saved from them most of the time) and there's a push to reverse the sunsetting of several taxes that are due to expire this year. And, the teacher's union has been pushing for a business margins tax which would take effect on GROSS income, so that a company that was unprofitable would still have to pay the tax.
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Dishonest Educators

Dot462 Wrote: Jan 09, 2013 12:43 PM
Interesting Frontline report on public TV last night about Michelle Rhee and her time as chancellor of the D.C. schools. Apparently, there was alleged a lot of erasing going on with the standardized tests. Investigation did not seem to prove anything, There were wild upswings in achievement levels year-to-year. Frontline did not tell me what happened to the scores after Rhee was ejected (along with the mayor who had hired her). From what I saw on this program, the students were mainly unmanageable, not following directions, listening to Ipod during class, dressing like hoodlums. I hope Rhee is successful in her new endeavor.
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A Man's Home Is His Subsidy

Dot462 Wrote: Jan 09, 2013 12:31 PM
This proves, as all subsidies prove, that if you pay people to do something, you will get what you pay for. If you pay people to stay in subsidized housing, they will diligently work to maintain that subsidy. John is right, as usual, that such subsidies sap incentive (although the example of the woman who developed a website shows she could turn her innovation to something profitable). Most people get other subsidies besides Section 8, so their incentive is to maintain that and not work or take work under the table (off the books).
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What Does 'Right to Work' Really Mean?

Dot462 Wrote: Jan 02, 2013 9:45 PM
Under right-to-work, employment is at will. That is, the employer can terminate somebody for any reason and the employee can quit for any reason. If the termination violate the employee's civil rights (discrimination because of sex, age, ethnicity, race, etc), then the employee can seek remedy in court. People have been let go for engaging in union activities on employer time and on employer property without permission.
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What Does 'Right to Work' Really Mean?

Dot462 Wrote: Jan 02, 2013 9:39 PM
Once a union has gained bargaining rights, they can negotiate a contract which says that a new employee must join the union within a certain time period, or be a nonmember under "agency shop." If the contract negotiated says dues are deducted from the employee's wages and remitted to the union, that is because the union has negotiated certain benefits and wages and if employees were not to join the union they would be "free riders." Private business owners can hire whomever they want. If they want union employees, they can hire them. That's how it works in Nevada, a right-to-work state. An employee doesn't have to be a union member to be hired.
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A Hundred Percent of Nothing

Dot462 Wrote: Dec 19, 2012 4:18 PM
Like several posters here, I'm glad I'm old so maybe I won't live to see the destruction of this country due to the same policies that destroyed Detroit. When Dr. Williams and Dr. Sowell are gone, who's going to take their place? Mr. Obama could learn so much from Dr. Williams' book Race and Economics, but he doesn't read that sort of thing, I'm sure.
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