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Romney's "Secret Video" and the Dem Politics of "Squirrel!"

South Side Of Chicago Wrote: Sep 19, 2012 12:33 AM
If you want the 47% to pay income taxes, you have 3 choices: 1. Impose a new tax on them (not popular in your circle) 2. Raise the minimum wage so that they enter a tax paying bracket (not popular in your circle) 3. Encourage more union and high paying public sector jobs that pay taxable wages (not popular in your circle) Sounds like all the solutions to this problem come from my team.
FletchforFreedom Wrote: Sep 19, 2012 12:25 PM
The problem with your "solutions" is that they are economically incompetent and don;t solve anything. The fact is that the minimum wage has never done anything but eliminate jobs and union and high paying public sector jobs come at the expense of higher paying unemcumbered private sector jobs. Yes, raising taxes on those who've been given a free pass is politically difficult. The other "options" are just stupid.
Sport-N-Wood Wrote: Sep 19, 2012 11:27 AM
Unions only take from the economy they have nothing to do with improving it except for the Union bosses who do nothing but steal from every one.
JOHN1464 Wrote: Sep 19, 2012 7:20 AM
Your team just devalued the dollar again through QE. Soon it will not matter who pays taxes because our money will be worthless.
same10 Wrote: Sep 19, 2012 4:08 PM
And our gas just went up close to $5.00 here, and we're a cheap state.
barry1817 Wrote: Sep 19, 2012 12:50 AM
So limited in scope of what can be done.

Cut taxes on corporations and encourage them to stay in the US and hire private sector.

Or forget it and just go to socialism and give the health care that they want, and just tax everyone what they do in those countries, and jack the gas costs up to those countries as well. That will show em.


Let's talk facts. According to the World Health Organization, the United States spent 15.2% of GDP on healthcare in 2008. This is the highest percentage in the world and heading to 20% in the next few years.

RHSimard Wrote: Sep 19, 2012 12:39 AM
4. Encourage private-sector jobs whose output contributes to the pool of goods and services available for purchase by the consumer, thus reducing prices relative to wages (the definition of prosperity), thus increasing both individual and corporate income while decreasing incentives for tax-sheltering either.

That's what comes from MY team.
South Side Of Chicago Wrote: Sep 19, 2012 1:01 AM
The goal of the private sector employer who hires the low skilled, low wage workers who make up a large portion of this 47% is to pay them as little as possible. This is contradictory to your plan. Further, many of these private sector job creators (Wal-mart, McDonald's, etc.) derive much of their profits from the spending of those on public assistance, only to turn around and pay low wages to their workers, who then need public assistance. This isn't progress.
RHSimard Wrote: Sep 19, 2012 1:13 AM
Labor is a commodity, like any other. Low skills translate to low incomes. The more you have to offer of what the labor market needs, the more you're likely to benefit, given an economy that has enough vigor to make of it, which we don't have now. You can play all the shell games you want with money (which is not the same as wealth); unless and until there is a vigorous production engine running, you're going to accomplish nothing but, at best, easing your class-warfare resentment.
glenbo02 Wrote: Sep 19, 2012 2:19 AM
Red Spot in a Blue State Wrote: Sep 19, 2012 6:58 AM
Really South Side? Really? I have a high school education and a cosmetology lisence. I looked around and decided I wanted more. I took ONE course in college, Microsoft Word. I took that knowlege and taught myself Excel. I'm an Excel whiz and now the "go to" person for everything Excel in my company. . MY private sector company pays me a good money. I own 2 houses and just put an offer in on a third. I wear used clothing and buy used cars. It's all about the decisions you make.
Stop with the "poor me! I'm a victim" mentality. NOBODY buys it. Furthermore, nobody cares.
I have less than zero sympathy for those who don't even try. You sit around and do deserve nothing
evie10 Wrote: Sep 19, 2012 8:21 AM
No one will deny you the right to pay for as many of those who live on public handouts (other than SS) as you wish. All we ask is that you quit spending our money for your feel-good programs.
rficara Wrote: Sep 19, 2012 12:24 PM
Reduce strangling regulations and stop double taxing foreign income.

FletchforFreedom Wrote: Sep 19, 2012 12:26 PM
Your problem is that your assessment is contradictory to reality. Wages are paid at the marginal utility of the worker (at which he generates a return for the employer) NOT "as little as possible". In fact, the free market has been the SOLE source of ever increasing incomes and prosperity.
same10 Wrote: Sep 19, 2012 4:02 PM
Didn't know Cosmetology paid that much.
Must rush out and learn how to do nails.
I buy used clothes and buy used bicycles.
Buy used everything but used food!
Guess my mistake was school after high school.
Democrats need to change their party mascot from the donkey to the squirrel. They divert the media's and the electorate's short attention spans with fleeting, fuzzy objects -- like the main canine character in the animated Pixar movie "Up," who was easily distracted from his main thoughts and serious duties by every last little moving trifle.

Embassy attacks? Quick, find a squirrel! Warnings ignored? Squirrel! American troops killed by long-plotting jihadis exploiting security weaknesses? Squirrel! First Amendment sabotage by White House officials in the name of political correctness? Squirrel! Chronic joblessness, high gas prices, exploding dependency? Squirrel! Squirrel! Squirrel!

As Election Day draws...