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A fair tax implies removing the social engineering aspects of Congressional power - Congress Critters be greatly diminished if they couldn't bribe people to act through tax credits or be bribed by business interests. What also makes sense is stop being partners with businesses- taxes are based on profits. Taxing gross revenue (between half & 1%) would force all businesses to pay something, lower planning, accounting & legal costs and, if laws re perqs were changed, allow IRS to concentrate on personal income. Businesses could spend what they needed to and concentrate on business instead of tax factors. Why should the government suffer because a business converts profits into losses through international accounting transactions?
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Hollywood Anoints Obama Supreme Leader

Ed52 Wrote: Jul 25, 2014 1:22 PM
In answer to your question about the 40%: 1. A large number of people do not feel the right to vote requires any effort to determine facts and consider effects. 2. Our public schools are not teaching analytical thinking and most colleges are not making up for it. 3. In a system that robs Peter to pay Paul the Democrats have found it easy to create Pauls. The Republicans want to promote the development of Peters. Both Pauls and Peters can vote.
Words have objective, absolute meaning?!? A ridiculous concept. Our beloved Fearless Leaders have built their careers on the use of broad labels, phrases and words that are used in the hope that the hearer will interpret them with assumptions that are not valid but allow the hearer to feel good and believe the speaker agrees with him/her. Words like "diversity", "fairness", "affordable", "change", "inequity", "greedy", "poverty", "middle class", and "rich" have been very useful, none have an objective, common definition in the modern world. How can you expect the current crop of Fearless Leaders to govern if mere words on a piece of paper are allowed to be anything other than subjective guidelines, alterable to most conveniently fit the priorities within an ever changing, evolving environment?
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Here Come the Indian Mascot Killers

Ed52 Wrote: Jul 25, 2014 1:05 PM
Recommended noble animals to be used to replace Native American team names: Raccoons Coon Hounds Gorillas Chimpanzees Monkeys Black Mambas Gila Monsters Bullfrogs Brown Bats
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Here Come the Indian Mascot Killers

Ed52 Wrote: Jul 25, 2014 12:53 PM
Even numbers can offend the perpetually indignant: 666, 13, 69 ...
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No, Inverters Aren't 'Deserters'

Ed52 Wrote: Jul 24, 2014 11:41 AM
If they continue to use Atlas Shrugged as a guidebook/master plan they will.
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No, Inverters Aren't 'Deserters'

Ed52 Wrote: Jul 24, 2014 11:39 AM
I'd modify the above by taxing businesses on gross - 0.5% on first million, 1% on the rest and change tax laws re benefits and perqs and shift tax to individuals. Businesses do benefit from government administration beyond loopholes. Predictable expense, lowers accounting and legal expenses, decisions based on business not tax considerations, dividends no longer double taxed directly. Government no longer a partner in sharing losses, every business pays and tax revenue increases.
Politicians use science as window dressing when convenient and see no reason to understand it beyond a superficial awareness of its existence. And they increase this hypocrisy by expecting science and technology to solve whatever problems they create as they push forward their agendas. Most of the time the scientists have succeeded but limits exist to the frustration of the politicians: Safely transport deadly nuclear waste and store it in a secure stable environment for at least 25,000 years. Create an individual household vehicle that has the fuel efficiency of the equivalent of 100 mpg and is sturdy enough to protect all 5 passengers in severe collision with a truck. Develop new technologies to solve all the perceived world problems like energy, food and water; the new methods must have zero negative effect, real or imagined, on the environment or anything that lives in it. Once that is done, after lunch, develop anti-gravity and build a time machine, shouldn't be hard, both have been written about for 100 years or more.
The politically correct, powerful, (albeit cowardly) elitists have become fraidy cats, creating protected classes of perpetually indignant loudmouths. Any facade of integrity crumbles as they become intimidated by bullies (often before the bullies say anything). They also rely on the majority, the average citizens, being generally too polite and gentile to stop buying their product, much less bully them.
The old saying "We don't have courts of justice - we have courts of law", is increasingly changing to "...we have courts of mutable regulations fraught with whimsey, convenience and expediency." A great way to run a country but only if you happen to be the leader.
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