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Sen. Paul: Give Caterpillar award for tax strategy
Mail ^ | 04-01-2014 | Associated Press

Posted on 04/02/2014 4:16:21 AM PDT by PaulCruz2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. executives defended a tax strategy Tuesday that has saved the manufacturing giant billions in U.S. taxes. They got support from Republican senators, including one who said the company deserves an award.

Caterpillar has avoided paying $2.4 billion in U.S. taxes since 2000 by shifting profits to a wholly-controlled affiliate in Switzerland, according to a report released by Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich. Levin chairs the Senate investigations subcommittee. On Tuesday, Levin grilled Caterpillar executives and their accountants at a hearing on the company's tax strategy.

"Caterpillar is an American success story that produces iconic industrial machines," Levin said. "But it is also a member of the corporate profit-shifting club that has transferred billions of dollars offshore to avoid paying U.S. taxes."

Julie Lagacy, a Caterpillar vice president, was adamant that the Peoria, Ill.-based manufacturer follows all tax laws. "We pay everything we owe," she told the subcommittee. Caterpillar got support from Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who questioned why the subcommittee was even holding the hearing.

"I think rather than having an inquisition, we should probably bring Caterpillar here and give them an award," Paul said. "You know, they've been in business for over 100 years. It's not easy to stay in business."

Paul said Caterpillar and its accountants have an obligation to shareholders to minimize their taxes. "It is a requirement that you try to minimize your costs. So rather than chastising Caterpillar we should be complimenting them," Paul said.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Israel; Politics/Elections; US: Illinois; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: carllevin; caterpillar; illinois; israel; julielagacy; michigan; paul; randpaul; switzerland; taxes
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1 posted on 04/02/2014 4:16:22 AM PDT by PaulCruz2016
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To: PaulCruz2016

democrats hate success. Especially when you’re successful at keeping their hands out of your pockets


2 posted on 04/02/2014 4:26:41 AM PDT by John O (God Save America (Please))
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To: PaulCruz2016

If I were emperor, I’d have Cat building a factory in Detroit by their own choice.


3 posted on 04/02/2014 4:33:39 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: PaulCruz2016

The community organizers are out in force in the projects this morning. They are urging the urban black community to boycott the evil Caterpillar corporation


4 posted on 04/02/2014 4:35:44 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: John O

Caterpillar was one of the couple of companies to come out and say they were going to stop funding the Boy Scouts if the Boy Scouts did not go gay

Sen Paul is trying to appeal to the pro gay lobby without saying it?


5 posted on 04/02/2014 4:37:22 AM PDT by stanne
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To: cripplecreek

“I’d have Cat building a factory in Detroit by their own choice.”

Cities exist because of the mutual availability of labor and employers. Detroit has run off all the employers with bad tax policy, which in the national picture has also run numerous US companies abroad. But the labor side of the equation is a motivated good quality work force. I don’t think that exists in Detroit. What is left are the takers. The makers left long ago. Those who would happily take the jobs are not qualified to do them. For example, literacy in Detroit is at third world levels.


6 posted on 04/02/2014 4:39:29 AM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: PaulCruz2016

Any entity that can reduce it’s taxes by going offshore should do so. Corporations and individuals do not exist primarily to fund government despite what the turd in the white house, his accomplices in government, and his parasitic voters and supporters think.


7 posted on 04/02/2014 4:46:56 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: Gen.Blather
I don’t think that exists in Detroit.

It does.
8 posted on 04/02/2014 4:51:11 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: from occupied ga

The phrase off shore is not really applicable. There are many many corporations with operations scattered across the world.

They have staffs that operate seamlessly where ever located. The country of origin is not as important as it was during the mercantile age because owners and operations are truly global.

Caterpillar, Siemens, Toyota, General Motors, Nestle are examples


9 posted on 04/02/2014 4:53:08 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: PaulCruz2016
Levin has introduced legislation to restrict the ability of U.S.-based corporations to shift profits overseas to avoid U.S. taxes. But the bill has stalled in the Senate.

these companies are just asking the question,"Why are taxes here so high?" This is not unprecedented. Companies have moved operations and headquarters out of high tax states like New York and California without even a whimper from liberals because they are still in the U.S. Moving companies and headquarters off shore is just the next logical move and "logic" drives liberals wild!

10 posted on 04/02/2014 4:55:13 AM PDT by immadashell (The inmates are running the asylum.)
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To: PaulCruz2016
Levin has introduced legislation to restrict the ability of U.S.-based corporations to shift profits overseas to avoid U.S. taxes. But the bill has stalled in the Senate.

these companies are just asking the question,"Why are taxes here so high?" This is not unprecedented. Companies have moved operations and headquarters out of high tax states like New York and California without even a whimper from liberals because they are still in the U.S. Moving companies and headquarters off shore is just the next logical move and "logic" drives liberals wild!

11 posted on 04/02/2014 4:55:14 AM PDT by immadashell (The inmates are running the asylum.)
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To: stanne
Sen Paul is trying to appeal to the pro gay lobby without saying it?

Doubtful, but let's go ahead and trash him anyways.

12 posted on 04/02/2014 4:57:40 AM PDT by Drew68
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To: Gen.Blather
The makers left long ago.

Not all of them. I believe Detroit engines are still made there.

13 posted on 04/02/2014 5:01:44 AM PDT by SeeSharp
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To: Drew68

Let’s do. Unless someone can tell me why he is considered a conservative.


14 posted on 04/02/2014 5:03:06 AM PDT by stanne
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To: bert
The phrase off shore is not really applicable

I see you either decided to pick a nit or you didn't understand my point. Let me make it clearer in case you didn't understand. Any time a corporation can save taxes (which are an expense for which NOTHING of value is received) by geographic shuffling they should do it.

15 posted on 04/02/2014 5:04:48 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: cripplecreek

It’s situations like the one with Cat that show why we should eliminate the corporate tax. It would be a huge financial windfall for this country from the point of investment and jobs. Corporations have the capability to avoid the tax. If they will avoid it, eliminate it.

The fallacy is believing that those who write tax law will outwit those who have the greatest incentive to avoid it.


16 posted on 04/02/2014 5:05:47 AM PDT by meatloaf (Impeach Obama. That's my New Year's resolution.)
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To: PaulCruz2016

> “Caterpillar is an American success story that produces iconic industrial machines,” Levin said. “But it is also a member of the corporate profit-shifting club that has transferred billions of dollars offshore to avoid paying U.S. taxes.”

Well Monsieur Levin, you could repatriate the 30 trillion dollars that US Corporations have moved offshore, increase US corporate global competitiveness by at least 20%, create a renaissance in US manufacturing on US soil, bring tens of millions of jobs back to the USA, boost GDP by 10% in one year, vastly increase government tax revenues and cut taxes enormously by enacting the most supported tax reform in Congress for the past 7 years that is brilliant, American inspired and innovated and that is inline with the original foundings of our US Constitution.

It’s all in HR 25, popularly known as the ‘FairTax’ legislation.

READ NOW:
http://www.fairtax.org/site/PageServer?pagename=FAQs


17 posted on 04/02/2014 5:07:11 AM PDT by Hostage (ARTICLE V)
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To: PaulCruz2016

No doubt Carl Levin and the rest of the idiot Democrats are pissed because they get their greedy hands on all of that money. He and his party are the biggest reasons our manufacturing sector is all but gone in this country.


18 posted on 04/02/2014 5:16:26 AM PDT by dowcaet
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To: meatloaf

The financial strategy laid out by Rand Paul for Detroit and other economically depressed areas included tax free repatriation and an economic free zone at the borders without taxation.

Its something that needs to go nationwide but Detroit would be a good test bed for proving it.


19 posted on 04/02/2014 5:24:41 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

I presume you mean by making it easy enough to do it.


20 posted on 04/02/2014 5:34:08 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: meatloaf

It would put a bunch of bureaucrats out of business though.


21 posted on 04/02/2014 5:35:35 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: John O

Yep.


22 posted on 04/02/2014 5:37:35 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: PaulCruz2016
RE :””Caterpillar is an American success story that produces iconic industrial machines,” Levin said. “But it is also a member of the corporate profit-shifting club that has transferred billions of dollars offshore to avoid paying U.S. taxes.”
Julie Lagacy, a Caterpillar vice president, was adamant that the Peoria, Ill.-based manufacturer follows all tax laws. “We pay everything we owe,” she told the subcommittee. Caterpillar got support from Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who questioned why the subcommittee was even holding the hearing.
“I think rather than having an inquisition, we should probably bring Caterpillar here and give them an award,” Paul said. “You know, they've been in business for over 100 years. It's not easy to stay in business.”
Paul said Caterpillar and its accountants have an obligation to shareholders to minimize their taxes. “It is a requirement that you try to minimize your costs. So rather than chastising Caterpillar we should be complimenting them,” Paul said”

Making $$$ is immoral unless it comes from the government/taxpayers. That is what those Dems in Senate believe.

23 posted on 04/02/2014 5:40:59 AM PDT by sickoflibs (Obama : 'You can keep your doctor if you want. I never tell a lie ')
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To: sickoflibs
Making $$$ is immoral unless it comes from the government/taxpayers. That is what those Dems in Senate believe.

About as good a way to put it as anything. Somehow that kind of money is supposed to be virtuous in a way that free enterprise earnings are not!

Or to put it another way: If it's not a CAT it's a lapdog.

24 posted on 04/02/2014 5:46:09 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: immadashell

Bingo! Make it tax competitive and businesses would be back.

Sen. Paul is right. Business has a fiduciary responsibility to shareholders as well. Dem’s want to tax them into oblivion. Business finds a legal means to reduce costs.

Fix the tax structure. For all of us.


25 posted on 04/02/2014 5:49:01 AM PDT by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: Gondring

What people do, here, is get very nasty when they say, “he’s a conservative because he’s a conservative, and if you people would stop pointing out the vacuousness of his character, we could save the country, so get out of the way”

But the very question, and I’ll cut and paste it, is not answered.

‘...can tell me why he is considered a conservative.’


26 posted on 04/02/2014 5:50:07 AM PDT by stanne
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To: sickoflibs

And yeah, sick, I’m sick of libs too, when they espouse such garbage.

The kind of being a brother’s keeper that the Lord wants is not called welfare at all! It is called P-R-I-V-A-T-E C-H-A-R-I-T-Y (our modern statist libs need it spelled out). Cat does a LOT of that. It isn’t just meowing.

And it can do more of it because it isn’t giving it to bureaucrats to take their hunk off the top before it ever goes to any needy parties.


27 posted on 04/02/2014 5:50:18 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: stanne

Because Paul dares to look at a story of economic success and affirm it in spite of CAT’s excursion into other folly, he’s ipso facto evil and liberal. That’s the only way I can see what you say as meaning.

You know the old adage that when you’re up to your neck in alligators, it’s hard to remember that the objective was to drain the swamp?

Well Paul is saying damn the alligators, let us drain the swamp. That will also take care of the alligators, not so coincidentally. They won’t like it when the former swamp becomes dry.

Paul is the WISE conservative. The one who actually believes in bringing back the foundations rather than rearranging the Titanic’s deck chairs.


28 posted on 04/02/2014 5:54:28 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: cripplecreek
I agree. Detroit, if state and local politics could be bent to face reality, would be the ideal place and Caterpillar could make it a proving ground for the success of the concept/strategy and their success in business. Win-win all around.

From a distance, it looks like everything is in place for that mutual success but the politics.

Hopefully, marxism has died there along with everything it killed and a Detroit and American renaissance could rise from marxism's ashes.

Where better for that to happen than Detroit?

29 posted on 04/02/2014 5:55:36 AM PDT by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck; PaulCruz2016; Cringing Negativism Network; NFHale
RE :”About as good a way to put it as anything. Somehow that kind of money is supposed to be virtuous in a way that free enterprise earnings are not! “

To expand on libs beliefs on this(call it MSNBC 101):

$$$ made through private enterprise by private voluntary exchanges is immoral because they only care about making $$$ and so they don't pay their workers their fair share, and also they take advantage of consumers (us Americans) who cant be trusted to make their own decisions. And even if some of us can make good decisions that's not fair either.

Only the government who takes their and our $$$ though forced compulsion can be moral, but only if the right people are in charge, Obama, Hillary, Pelosi, Reid, Liz Warren....
because they will put fairness first.

So when they cant close businesses they must mandate them to slow death, so its fair.

30 posted on 04/02/2014 6:00:13 AM PDT by sickoflibs (Obama : 'You can keep your doctor if you want. I never tell a lie ')
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To: sickoflibs

It’s become a racket.

I briefly worked on a government project. I got kicked out because I was over-eager. Imagine giving the tax payers their money’s worth. What blasphemy.


31 posted on 04/02/2014 6:03:37 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
RE :”I briefly worked on a government project. I got kicked out because I was over-eager. Imagine giving the tax payers their money’s worth”

The purpose of those jobs is to stimulate the economy, not to provide a useful product or service.

32 posted on 04/02/2014 6:05:45 AM PDT by sickoflibs (Obama : 'You can keep your doctor if you want. I never tell a lie ')
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To: sickoflibs

I guess I’m a hopeless idealist.


33 posted on 04/02/2014 6:07:01 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: stanne
Labels don't mean as much these days as perhaps they once did. To answer your question, it would be helpful to define terms.

What does the word "conservative" mean to you and what characteristics are required for you to label a person as a "conservative"?

From the interviews I've heard, such as yesterday on Sean Hannity, he calls himself a "Constitutional conservative" and agreed with Hannity's self label of "Reagan conservative" and would accept that label as well.

Looking at Rand Paul's actions so far, to me "Constitutional conservative" fits better than the "libertarian" label others want to tag him with.

Just my humble opinion.

34 posted on 04/02/2014 6:10:26 AM PDT by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I’d like to have someone explain how Rand Paul is a conservative. I’m trying to see it, no one is helping me.

Some comment he made yesterday is supposed to do it

A comment made about a company which is helping, with their capital, to destroy a major cultural institution?

No


35 posted on 04/02/2014 6:13:00 AM PDT by stanne
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To: HiTech RedNeck; NFHale

If the government rewarded workers for producing, we might end up back where white males got all the rewards, and that wasn’t fair.

That was white privilege.

The government rewards for fairness not results as it has few constraints on cost or consumer satisfaction as businesses do.

It can do the right thing.


36 posted on 04/02/2014 6:13:45 AM PDT by sickoflibs (Obama : 'You can keep your doctor if you want. I never tell a lie ')
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To: John O

Notice how mad the get when someone finds a way to “opt out” of their schemes as well.

Just tell your favorite lib acquaintance that you never intend to become part of Obamacare, and that you have strategies to avoid joining or paying the finetax/taxfine.

They get maaaa aaaad.


37 posted on 04/02/2014 6:15:18 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

It’s time they started contributing to the GDP rather than working as parasites.


38 posted on 04/02/2014 6:17:03 AM PDT by meatloaf (Impeach Obama. That's my New Year's resolution.)
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To: stanne

I guess you’d have to define “conservative” before we can compare Rand Paul to that standard.

I’d say Paul was a “minarchist”.
That not only means that the gov’t stays out of your wallet,
but also stays out of enforcing the moral direction of the country.

(I believe that the gov’t DOES have a role in the latter, BTW)


39 posted on 04/02/2014 6:17:24 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: stanne

Businesses are getting led like sheeple into this disaster and it is widespread.

But one could cogently argue that with the small kind of government Paul wants, it wouldn’t be daring to institute novelties like this. And with the opportunity gone, so would be the temptation for short sighted business moves like this.

Anyhow can’t you get the point that it’s not about their having a spotless halo. It’s about doing the best for their stockholders. The more scarlet letters you snottily apply, the more permanent enemies you make.


40 posted on 04/02/2014 6:17:42 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: sickoflibs

“white privilege” = actually receiving and enjoying the rewards for working your ass off.


41 posted on 04/02/2014 6:18:21 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: MrB

A “minarchy” is the only kind of government that we can have any hope of actually holding accountable.

Also, it won’t innovate. It won’t tell everybody ELSE that they have to “honor ‘gay marriage’”. That is not about minimum involvement in morality. That is about TWISTED involvement in morality, which turns an old “thou shalt not” not into a “we don’t care if” but into a “thou shalt.”


42 posted on 04/02/2014 6:22:52 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: PaulCruz2016

This is why I love FR, despite it’s faults. I can basically read a headline then skip to the comments and get so much more insight than by reading the actual article. Yes, I’m serious.


43 posted on 04/02/2014 6:23:36 AM PDT by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: PaulCruz2016

Why should CAT pay any taxes at all? Don’t their shareholders pay enough on dividends and gains, and their employees on their wages?


44 posted on 04/02/2014 6:26:35 AM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Lose to Cruz - 2016!)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Our country was and would be successful again if we returned to law based on what is biblical.

I hear the “libertarians” shouting all the time that we shouldn’t oppose “gay marriage” because the government should have no involvement in marriage at all.

I disagree on at least two levels. The government does have a role in promoting a stable society, and marriage and families are the cornerstone.

The second level is that they are not just “allowing” this travesty, but FORCING EVERYONE TO RECOGNIZE AND PARTICIPATE in this farce.


45 posted on 04/02/2014 6:27:09 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: MrB

We should oppose having a government that would ever dare to force others to recognize a “gay marriage.”

The bible principle about not trusting in princes has been QUITE forgotten, as is the admonition about not “lightly healing the wound.”

Want to remove the temptation for a government to force “gay marriage”? Make that government fit in a phone booth.


46 posted on 04/02/2014 6:31:26 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: thefactor

Of course you often pick up knee-jerks, not actual reasoned analysis.


47 posted on 04/02/2014 6:32:08 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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Taxation in Switzerland
http://www.ocra.com/solutions/taxation_switzerland.asp?gclid=CNTg_br-wb0CFbFFMgodACoAcw


48 posted on 04/02/2014 7:14:29 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Obama is now making Jimmy Carter look like Attila the Hun. /focus/news/3138768/posts)
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To: sickoflibs; HiTech RedNeck

“white privilege” = code for “Suitably Neutered White Male”

Protecting my people, my heritage, my culture, and my traditions is called “self-preservation”.


49 posted on 04/02/2014 7:41:55 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: stanne

Rand Paul on the issues:

The solution to the government’s fiscal crisis must begin by cutting spending in all areas, particularly in those areas that can be better run at the state or local level. Every year since being in the Senate, I’ve introduced a comprehensive budget that balances within 5 years. The purpose is not only to show that it can be done, but it also demonstrates that when the size of government is reduced through reform, resources can be more efficiently prioritized without relying on tax increases.

I do not support any proposed gun control law which would limit the right to gun ownership by those who are responsible, law-abiding citizens.

I am 100% pro-life. I believe life begins at conception and that abortion takes the life of an innocent human being. It is the duty of our government to protect this life as a right guaranteed under the Constitution. For this reason, I introduced S. 583, the Life at Conception Act on March 14, 2013. This bill would extend the Constitutional protection of life to the unborn from the time of conception.

I want to work in the Senate to secure our border immediately. In addition, I support the creation of a border fence and increased border patrol capabilities.

I believe that the primary Constitutional function of the federal government is national defense, bar none. I believe that when we must go to war, we must have a Congressional declaration of war as the Constitution mandates, and we fight to win. And we must fight only under U.S. command and not the UN.

My 2014 budget proposal, A Clear Vision to Revitalize America, would accelerate domestic resource development on public lands. For two generations, it has been the policy of the United States government to deny its citizens access to the energy resources they own. Either these public land holdings need to be sold off to the states to manage, or the government should unlock its massive mineral wealth by fostering a process of efficient, safe and effective energy development.

I am working to reassert the rights and privileges of the 50 states and over 300 million Americans. The Federal Government must return to its constitutionally enumerated powers and restore our inalienable rights

I also seek to prevent the Department of Education from regulating private and homeschooling options and will fight to keep the Federal Government’s hands out of these promising alternatives to conventional public education.

It is time to put an end to the profession of “career politician,” and impose limits on how many times a member is allowed to seek re-election.

http://www.paul.senate.gov/?p=issues


50 posted on 04/02/2014 7:45:47 AM PDT by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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