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The Fair Tax

John148 Wrote: Jan 16, 2014 7:48 AM
Spending last year was about 3.5 trillion. The Fair Tax doesn't just fund discretionary spending. It also funds Social Security, Medicare, etc. Those taxes (the payroll taxes) go away too.
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The Fair Tax

John148 Wrote: Jan 15, 2014 9:14 AM
You mean besides sparking a trade war and raising the cost of living considerably?
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The Fair Tax

John148 Wrote: Jan 15, 2014 8:19 AM
I think it was a simple one word mistake. It was probably meant to have been "There are two approaches to taxing *consumption*." instead of "There are two approaches to taxing *income*."
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The Fair Tax

John148 Wrote: Jan 15, 2014 8:15 AM
Actually, I've listened to them and read the books Linder-Boortz put out. They don't hide that. The "working" rich who spend their money making money would likely make out like bandits but that does have some benefit to the lower and middle class. This creates jobs and the plan removes a lot of the incentives for making those investments, creating those jobs, and otherwise hiding that wealth overseas. The "idle" rich who spend their money on luxury items and parties will be taxed at the same percentage and "pay the same amount of taxes to buy a pair of shoes" (assuming they buy the same pair of shoes at Walmart, I guess) but their *effective* tax rate will be higher -- closer to the 23% than someone who has most of their taxation funded by the prebate. Tell me that's how it works now. Also, the present tax code is something like 76,000 pages. Tell me how that isn't chock full of items that favor the wealthy who paid for the Congresscritters' election campaigns.
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Free Edward Snowden -- Really?

John148 Wrote: Jan 05, 2014 9:35 AM
If Snowden had "gone through channels" about what he knew, the *best* thing that would have happened to him was he would have been removed as a contractor and the whole thing buried. Other possibilities get more sinister. The director of the NSA *lied under oath* to Congress about some of what was happening. Who in their right minds thinks going through channels would have accomplished anything and who in their right minds thinks its OK for the NSA to be gathering huge amounts of data on American citizens without cause? You can learn a lot about a person and their habits through metadata. The fact that the NSA is gathering that information on *everyone* should chill people to the bone.
His only saving grace is that is colleagues from *both* parties in Congress have as bad or worse numbers than he does.
I don't think we are there yet but I think utlimately, possibly within the next century, something like that might have to happen. Automation is going to proceed and become cost effective to the point that the number of available jobs will be far, far less than the number of people for them.
I don't think that's an acceptable option. That principal should be FIRED.
The fact that it is a government school is what makes it so wrong. If a private school wanted to do that, I would still think it was wrong and stupid but their right. She should sue that school and not settle for anything less than dismissal of the principal.
I'm shocked, *shocked* that any country would ever attempt or be prepared to attempt to spy on the leaders of another country. (OK, maybe I'm not)
This has my vote!
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