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IRS Still Not Getting the Message

Ed52 Wrote: Oct 19, 2014 1:55 PM
Just another example of the serious need for adults to run government operations. Preferably adults who accept responsibility and duty in the same way as exemplified by elected town highway superintendents - repairing and maintaining everything at acceptable levels while staying within budget and not overly inconveniencing the residents. Failing at that results in a loss of incumbency.
The notices stopped in 2011. Too bad, USPS really needed the money.
Too bad they're not saying Truman Democrat - but then they would be today's Republicans.
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Where Are the Angry White Folks?

Ed52 Wrote: Oct 17, 2014 11:48 AM
Racist? I would vote for Condaleezza Rice or Ben Carson rather than any white liberal. What does that make those who wouldn't?
There is an increasing awareness that SS is a huge Ponzi scheme that is crumbling because people are living linger. When SS started (when just about everybody smoked) the life expectancy of men was 62 with benefits starting at age 65. The life expectancy of minorities brought the average down to 62 but it was expected that only a small percentage of participants would receive over10 years of benefits. The lack of vesting/ownership is a prime factor that has forestalled failure: A person who dies at age 64 years, 11 months loses all claim to benefits after working 44 years at an average of 50K/yr and causing to have over 270K paid into the SS fund, half of which was after tax money. In private hands the $270K would have at least doubled, probably tripled, and could be passed on to heirs. The method of payment distracts from the realization that an individual's payments are made with after tax money, the real cost to an individual is higher than the stated 6.2% deduction.
You get paid that much for posting this drivel?
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The President Who Cried Wolf

Ed52 Wrote: Oct 17, 2014 11:20 AM
1. With the transitions from the smoke-filled rooms to the primary process the skills required to become the candidate and win the presidency differ so much from the skills required to be president that it is difficult for a reasonable, capable, competent and experienced manager to do to all. The potentially "good" presidents hire consultants to cope with the campaigning part because the candidate's skills lie in the presidential duties part. 2. Also, a "good" president is purposely surrounded by smart, analytic, objective advisers. There are many advantages to using full, open discussion with exhaustive analysis/arguments, plumbing the depths of the issues and imaging the “unintended” consequences of proposed solutions. Primary advantages are (a) a reasonable chance of accurately analyzing situations and preparing for future scenarios, (b) a sound basis for thinking that your solution to a problem is purposeful (addressing the problem, not the symptoms) and might work; and (c) awareness and anticipation minimizes embarrassing surprises.
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Who's Afraid of 'Rocky Mountain Heist'?

Ed52 Wrote: Oct 17, 2014 11:11 AM
Where's the popular outrage? Without a sense of community and an involved populace willing to break out of their social media shells we seem to be doomed to a government of bullies and thugs who amass power and wealth while doing things for our own good. Voting matters; so does thinking.
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Young Adults Getting Squeezed Out of Jobs

Ed52 Wrote: Oct 16, 2014 11:22 AM
Local manufacturers have openings for level workers. Many applicants don't pass the drug tests.
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Yes, We’re Living in the Age of Insanity

Ed52 Wrote: Oct 16, 2014 11:20 AM
By deciding that all questions are posed in an environment of subjective reality devoid of absolutes and permeated with wishing and hoping there can be neither blame nor responsibility assigned - except, of course, when ideology justifies hypocrisy as in Reid attacking the Koch brothers while defending Adelson. Both academicians and politicians treat the public as if they have no memory, knowledge or independent thought. Rational debate and argument is just too hard -- it not only requires logic, rhetorical skills and a sound knowledge of objective facts it requires an audience willing to listen and think. It also may result in inconveniencing a politically correct voting bloc. Acting on feelings and mental constructs is much more comfortable and satisfying and anyone granting validity to both sides of a question has already lost.
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Bibbidy-Bobbidy-Boo

Ed52 Wrote: Oct 16, 2014 11:07 AM
The Dems are trying to refute Lincoln's adage about fooling people. It's becoming increasingly more difficult.
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