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I just wish that Americans would understand that corporations don't "pay" taxes. Ever. They simply collect taxes for the government. The sales tax at least, is honest. While Wal Mart nominally "pays" the sales tax on all of its sales, the tax gets passed on to its customers and shows up right there on the receipt. Income taxes don't show up on the receipt, but they are also paid by customers. Every penny a corporation earns comes out of the pockets of its customers. Trying to raise taxes on "the rich" is like trying to empty the deep end of a swimming pool. This country would be so much better off if the voters would learn one simple lesson: If it sounds too good to be true, it is.
"Ezra Klein is Still an Idiot..." Is that like "Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead"?
So many things you have to be afraid of if you are a lefty. Global warming, vaccines that cause autism, genetically modified food, incandescent light bulbs, plastic (or is it paper) grocery bags, DDT, 32 oz sodas, the extinction of some subvarient of an endangered snail species, jackbooted Republican thugs violating your civil liberties, and (OMG!) third hand smoke in Central Park. What, with them being so scared all the time, no wonder they have no time to learn the actual facts.
The headline of this article pretty much sums up the Democratic Party platform for the next 30 years.
I appreciated the reference to Holden Caulfield. While I recognize that, in the pantheon of truly awful, destructive books, Catcher in the Rye doesn't come close to, say, Silent Spring, there is still a message that Holden Caulfield should hear: "You are not unhappy because you are so special and sensitive that people don't understand you. You are unhappy because you are young and stupid. You are not special. You are the same as every other teenager, and the best thing you can do for yourself is try to grow up."
We live in a country where the government employs high school drop outs to grope our children's genitals before they can get on a plane. It is obvious that we are not going to stand up against the government about ANYTHING - not in any numbers, at least. By the time the government actually IS killing Americans with drones, nobody will be saying anything about it.
"Preventing crazy people from buying guns is hard. The ACLU will sue..." Someone will sue, but it won't be the ACLU. The ACLU's copy of the Constitution doesn't include the 2nd Amendment. Or the 10th or the Free Exercise clause, etc. The ACLU doesn't care about civil liberties. It cares about pushing the lefty agenda, including gun control.
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How High is High Enough on Taxes?

Eppur Si Wrote: Mar 05, 2013 9:38 AM
Our side needs to educate the voters about one simple, well-established economic principle: The person who "pays" the taxes is not necessarily the person who bears the cost of the taxes! Businesses "pay" a sales tax on every sale, but that tax gets passed right through to the consumer. You can see it right there on your receipt. Income taxes don't show on your sales receipt, but they are in there nonetheless. The so-called "rich," meaning businesses and the people who run them, get every penny of their money from their customers. Every penny of those taxes comes, ultimately, from consumers.
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The Republican Obsession

Eppur Si Wrote: Feb 05, 2013 11:05 AM
Sorry about saying Iran instead of Iraq. Not easy to correct a typo here.
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The Republican Obsession

Eppur Si Wrote: Feb 05, 2013 11:04 AM
The U.S. fought wars in Iraq to free Kuwait and protect Saudi Arabia. Iraq posed no threat to Israel. The only thing Israel got out of it was scud missiles falling on its civilians during the first gulf war. But, you know, you go ahead and blame the Jews. I mean, what the heck, why not? Everyone else does it.
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