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Using the Law to Stop the IRS

Ed52 Wrote: Dec 22, 2014 10:46 AM
1. Tax evasion is illegal; tax avoidance is a national sport and a high priority activity of large corporations and lawyers hired by the very wealthy. 2. The rules of the tax game are defined by Congress. 3. The rules are too complicated for any Congress Critter to understand. This leads to IRS explanations that are also impossible to refute or definitively prove. 4. It is much easier to blame those playing by the rules than to fix the rules. 5. Because of #3 changing anything in the rules usually results in creating new opportunities to avoid taxes. 6. Scrapping the whole thing in favor of a simpler system greatly reduces the social engineering power enjoyed by Congress Critters. Therefore, #4 reigns supreme as the first (only) step to be taken, repeat as required.
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No Longer a Republican

Ed52 Wrote: Dec 22, 2014 10:40 AM
When you live in desperate fear of losing the best job you'll ever have you will always find reasons to go along to get along. At one level what the Republican party should become is the Democrat party of Kennedy or Truman, acquiring the "Ask not ..." philosophy.
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The 20-year Demise of a Blue State

Ed52 Wrote: Dec 22, 2014 10:35 AM
The migratory effects are best ascribed to a nanny-state virus common among liberals, especially politicians and bureaucrats. When rational people move to a better run state they should be aware that some migrants bring the nanny-state virus with them and it infects the politicians, particularly the newly elected ones. The virus creates a sense of self importance and omnipotence in knowing what is best for everybody. It starts with demanding sidewalks & street lights and progresses to restricting everybody from doing things the infected would never want to do. This virus, in its various forms, can be observed more closely in the concentrated setting of just about any co-op or condominium board.
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Black Abortions Matter

Ed52 Wrote: Dec 18, 2014 8:32 AM
Anther un-PC, undesirable discussion that might make the oppressed aware of the actual oppressors. Cultural attitudes, customs and liberal progressive programs seem to have resulted in the stifling of an entire race. At the time of the Emancipation Proclamation Blacks made up 12.5% of the population - 1 in 8. Even with Madison Grant's "one-drop" rule the relative population has not increased in 150 years. It would not be PC (so it is neither necessary nor desirable) to discuss the reasons and factors for what would otherwise be an outrageous condition; the group members may start thinking of themselves as individuals, become aware, and start acting and voting in their own interests.
Americans are a tolerant people but tolerance has to be exercised by all, not just one side. Those who revel in self-righteous, perpetual indignation refuse to recognize that (a) Freedom Of Religion is not equivalent to Freedom From Religion and (b) despite rumors to the contrary, there is no Freedom From Discomfort, Insult and Offense. Freedom of Speech means both Freedom to Offend and Freedom to Ignore. At some point those in power have got to stop being "reasonable". Freedom and tolerance works only when the populace enjoys mutual freedom and tolerance. It is not a good idea to tolerate those who wish to remove freedom and tolerance from the social structure. There are absolutes and we have to stop being bullied by those perpetually indignant members of a “minority” when they express offense over being exposed to things they don't like or are banned by their religion (including fervent atheism). Just because they get the vapors over an image, or even a suggestion, of X does mean that all public references or images of X have to be removed from their sight.
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Ph.D.'s and other False Gods

Ed52 Wrote: Dec 16, 2014 12:22 PM
Thank you for presenting "Thou Shalt not Murder" as opposed to "Thou Shalt not Kill". That mistranslation has caused unquantifiable and seemingly unending suffering, angst and sacrifice.
Only government and quasi-government, full of people with ultimate authority and little long-term responsibility for spending other people's money, could continue to operate using defined benefit plans. Every other viable entity, including desperate non-profits, is run by realists appreciating the business survival reasons for defined contribution plans.
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20 Things Liberalism Is….

Ed52 Wrote: Dec 16, 2014 9:31 AM
... demanding tolerance and acceptance while believing (a) it's a great idea to tolerate/accept/support/revere those who wish to remove freedom and tolerance from the social structure and (b) the self-righteous indignant intolerance of an individual trumps the desires of those who follow social traditions and community norms including tolerating their neighbors' ethnic/religious displays. ... the incapability of recognizing any parallel or hypocrisy when simultaneously supporting "zero tolerance" policies and "anti-bullying" programs while expounding on how education prepares students for leadership, decision making and adulthood. "Zero tolerance" requires meek, unthinking compliance to a subjective standards enforced by bullies; "anti-bullying" requires both resisting the actions of a bully and enlisting others to join in that resistance.
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The College Rape Club

Ed52 Wrote: Dec 11, 2014 8:17 PM
The ogling & long looks are discourteous and rude - another lack of recognition of individual responsibility.
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Women Be Armed: The Government Won't Help You

Ed52 Wrote: Dec 11, 2014 12:31 PM
The keeping of the peace, policing, is incumbent upon all citizens, not just those of us who are paid to enforce the law. That is one of the very foundations of our system of self governance. When we all lived in true, interactive, lively neighborhoods this statement was so obvious no one bothered to say it, we just lived by it. The sense of community and neighborhood ,with an unspoken but understood standard of acceptable behavior, has gradually diminished over the decades. The slogan for all emergency services should be "When seconds count, we're just minutes away." It might make more people willing to help themselves and others when they can.
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