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Question: if the IRS audits me, can I show up without any paperwork save one piece which is a prepared statement insisting that I have done nothing wrong and then when asked to show my returns continually invoke my 5th amendment rights? And after a period of time of this, can I then say "at this point what difference does it make?" Yeah, I thought not.
RJeremy, While I agree that Guy has a tendency to over-focus on polls, you cannot state predictions and then claim that they are "facts." That is simply not possible. Perhaps you should type www.dictionary.com into your browser and search "fact" for it's definition.
Scrap, I grew up in the Buffalo area, went to college in the Southern Tier, and my kids were born in the Finger Lakes region. I moved out of NY a few years ago now but my family are all still there. What I can say is that the old stereotypes are true. NYC and Long Island detemine everything in NY. A decent Republican candidate could win everything north of Westchester County but it just doesn't end up being enough to make up for the City and LI. Just my take...but unless they are carved out of NY, what you see now is what you're going to get.
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Fed Offices in DC Closed 25% of the Time

Mike T2 Wrote: Feb 19, 2014 3:18 PM
Heather, Is it really such a bad thing that they have worked so little? I would have to say that quite honestly the fewer days these people show up to work, the better off I am. But perhaps we should adjust their compensation packages to better reflect the hours worked...they can keep their hourly wage, just reduce their salaries to reflect actual hours worked. How's that?
Alive, I would agree that with some less violent offenders, this is probably a good suggestion. Though I would think some will simply cry "chain gang!" and say it's unacceptable. Unfortunately there are some who are so bad, the only thing that should happen is tht they should be given a hammer and a pile of large rocks. At that point they should be told "make that pile of large rocks into a pile of small rocks."
Rick, I'm certainly no expert but I think that one answer to your question of why it's so expensive is actually relatively simple. Bureacracy. Whether insurance comes from a private company or the government, it does NOT improve the quality of healthcare nor does it increase the number of doctors/hospitals available to see you. It DOES, however, create a massive amount of paperwork for doctors/hospitals. Just think about the last time you were at the doctor. Mine is an office with 2 doctors and I believe 1 PA....there's also a nurse and then there is a receptionist plus 2 more people to deal with paperwork. If you want to exclude the receptionist, there are 4 qualified "healthcare workers" and 2 paper pushers. Both of whom require salaries and benefits. Add in malpractice insurance and lawyers and you're on your way to realizing why it's so expensive.
I was never much of a deer hunter (never saw a thing the years I went) but spent quite a few summer evenings woodchuck hunting so maybe I'm a bit off here. I have always thought that sonar rigs really took the sport out of fishing. Is the use of drones for hunting big game really any different than that? Doesn't it take the sport out of it?
Here's a question: where are the shareholders in all of this? Given the ratings that this show has generated it must be providing a fairly substantial portion of A&E's revenue. With the announcement that the family won't do the show without Phil, shouldn't the shareholders be speaking out against the suspension? Isn't there a fiduciary responsibilty to the shareholders for the network executives to consider? Or does the gay agenda matter more, even to the shareholders?
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An Old 'New' Program

Mike T2 Wrote: Nov 05, 2013 4:19 PM
I believe that this was the plot-line for an episode of The Simpsons. The local MENSA group (of which Lisa had just become a member) decided to take over the town and run it. With disastrous results. The older episodes of that show certainly did contain some very intelligent humor....
Quite frankly I think that Mr. Goldberg is missing the most important piece here. Heads Obama wins, tails we lose. If they fix the problems, Obamacare stays and he is known forevermore as the man who got it passed. If it makes the insurance industry insolvent, he (and the rest of the Democrat party) walk to the nearest microphone and begin to demand single-payer government health insurance. Which means he gets what he truly wants even sooner. The only way for this to end well is full, complete, and total repeal. And then a move to make health insurance like auto/homeowner/life insurance. I call up my State Farm guy and buy what I need when I need it. Why is that so difficult?
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