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The Dog Ate Our Country

Osiris43 Wrote: Jun 15, 2014 8:47 PM
Of course the IRS is lying...their e-mail servers should have several years' of backups. It would demonstrate incredible incompetence on the part of the IRS Information Technology department if backups were not available..
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The Left's Phantom Wars

Osiris43 Wrote: May 08, 2014 9:57 PM
Even under a totalitarian regime, equal results are not possible because the rulers will carve out exceptions for themselves.
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A Lethal Injection of Reality

Osiris43 Wrote: May 08, 2014 9:41 PM
How about carrying out executions using confiscated heroin? It would be relatively painless, maybe even a little enjoyable, the drug would be free and it would be effective.
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Sacramento's Subsidy Kings

Osiris43 Wrote: Mar 02, 2014 11:33 AM
The City of Sacramento's politicos have never been satisfied with shafting only city residents. They have periodically floated the idea of taxing the citizens of Sacramento County *and* those of the contiguous counties that touch Sacramento County based on the absurd notion that sports facilities like the proposed arena benefit the entire region. Look for that to resurface when the inevitable cost overruns occur.
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A Comma Dean of Errors

Osiris43 Wrote: Feb 17, 2014 12:11 PM
In the second sentence of the last paragraph, should "read" be pronounced as "reed" or "red?" In my preceding question, should the question mark be inside or outside the last quotation mark?
Something else interesting about ObamaCare that I don't believe has been discussed much: Even for those whose ObamaCare premiums are "free" due to low income may have to come up with huge deductibles before the insurance kicks in. How will they do that if their income is too low to even pay premiums?
Re: October Insurance Cancellation Notices Don't count on that. Recall October 2012, when defense contractors were preparing to send out layoff notices due to budget delays and looming defense cuts and the Obama administration used coercion, orders and threats to delay them until after the election. Consider December, 2013, when Obama ordered extensions for registering and paying for ObamaCare insurance. Expect the same in the fall of 2014 regarding insurance cancellations.
I seem to recall that 30 or 40 years ago, most federal budgets were passed department-by-department. I believe it was when Democrats controlled Congress and the president was Reagan (or maybe it was Nixon) the DEMOCRATS decided to create an omnibus budget based on their theory that the president wouldn't dare veto a budget that was full of Democrat pork if he'd also be vetoing defense and health/human services. As I recall, most of the press at that time declared that was a mistake that would lead to budget crises, as indeed it has. And now the Democrats are angry that the GOP House has effectively proposed going back to department-by-department budgeting. Of course, there has been no real budget since Obama took office, but who's counting?
There's a large hole in Ann's idea...Many of the loons who committed mass murder didn't buy their own weapons. Even if medical professionals reported all cases of suspected violently mentally persons, the law Ann proposes would not have kept weapons out of the hands of those who used weapons purchased by sane, law-abiding family members or friends. Would Ann also require registration of all family members and acquaintances and prohibiting their ownership of firearms as well? How far would that extend?
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Shopping Around for a Better Life

Osiris43 Wrote: Jan 25, 2013 12:14 PM
Comment re states without income taxes. Government taxes come in 3 basic varieties: income, sales or property. States that don't have income taxes substitute relatively high property taxes and/or sales taxes instead. Property taxes, mostly based on real-estate ownership, are effectively wealth taxes. Sales taxes, perhaps the simplest to administer and most difficult to evade, are often characterized as regressive. All tax laws end up riddled with arcane, constantly-changing rules on exemptions, exceptions, exclusions, etc. and that's what the real problem is. So what's the most equitable tax poison?
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