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  • Cats could be banned in a New Zealand town. ‘It’s like a police state,’ resident says

    08/30/2018 2:04:00 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 46 replies
    www.miamiherald.com ^ | By Josh Magness
    “It’s like a police state.” That is Nico Jarvis’ complaint after the New Zealand government announced a plan to eventually ban all cats in her village of Omaui, according to the Otago Daily Times. Ali Meade, biosecurity operations manager for Environment Southland, said the proposed plan would prevent people from purchasing any new cats — and require owners to neuter, register and microchip any current felines they have at home, the newspaper reported. The ban is needed because Omaui has nature reserves, Meade reportedly told Newshub, and the cats are “preying on native birds” and “all sorts of things.” New...
  • 'Medicare for all' could save businesses trillions of dollars [Fake News Goes Full Retard]

    08/06/2018 12:56:49 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 33 replies
    finance yahoo ^ | 8/6/18 | Rick "John McCain wrote the foreward for my first book" Newman
    Sen. Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for all” plan has gained traction among some mainstream Democrats, including possible presidential contenders... New analysis...found that single-payer health care for all Americans would cost at least $32.6 trillion during the first decade...but it’s worth keeping in mind that a Sanders-style single-payer system would transfer all health care spending to the federal government. “I’m scoring the federal cost here, and it’s enormous,” Blahous told Yahoo Finance. “The other side of the coin is businesses, individuals, states and others are not going to be paying these costs. They’re going to be given to the federal government.” ...total...
  • Feds Collect Record Individual Income Taxes Through June; Still Run $607B Deficit

    07/13/2018 10:42:22 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 16 replies
    www.cnsnews.com ^ | July 12, 2018 | 10:48 PM EDT | By Terence P. Jeffrey
    The federal government collected a record $1,305,490,000,000 in individual income taxes through the first nine months of fiscal 2018 (October 2017 through June 2018), according to the Monthly Treasury Statement released today. Despite the record individual income tax collections, the federal government still ran a deficit of $607,099,000,000 over those same nine months, according to the Treasury statement. The approximately $1,305,490,000,000 in individual income taxes that the Treasury collected in October through June of this fiscal year was $71,815,310,000 more (in constant June 2018 dollars) than the $1,233,674,690,000 (in constant June 2018 dollars) in individual income taxes that the Treasury...
  • With no one looking, state lawmakers just passed another new tax (New York)

    07/01/2018 5:39:52 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 33 replies
    nypost.com ^ | July 1, 2018
    State lawmakers proved it again last month: Watch them closely or they’ll get you good. That’s what they did when they passed a new bereavement-leave bill at the 11th hour as the legislative session ended. The bill would force employers to offer workers 10 — yes, 10 — weeks of time off with pay whenever a family member dies. That may sound nice, but the cost would be paid by the worker himself, via a 0.126 percent payroll deduction. Via a new tax, that is.
  • What Happens When Social Security's Trust Funds Run Out?

    06/24/2018 11:52:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    Motley Fool ^ | 06/22/2018 | Maurie Backman
    If you read the latest Social Security Trustees Report, you're aware that the program's combined trust funds are expected to run dry in 2034. And clearly, that's not great news. But before you start panicking about your benefits, it's important that you understand the implications of those trust funds running out.Social Security won't go broke The most important thing you should know about Social Security's trust funds is that they're not the program's primary source of funding. Rather, the bulk of the revenue that Social Security takes in comes from payroll taxes. Now for the first time in multiple decades,...
  • CFPB chief Mick Mulvaney disbands consumer protection board

    06/06/2018 11:35:30 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    CBS "News" ^ | June 6, 2018
    The Trump administration is disbanding a panel of experts focused on protecting consumers from financial abuse. Members of the panel, called the Consumer Advisory Board, say Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Acting Director Mick Mulvaney has dissolved the group, which includes consumer advocates, financial industry representatives, community leaders and others. As head of the CFPB, Mulvaney has moved to eliminate or blunt a number of financial regulations, including rules for payday lending, pre-paid cards, mortgages and student loans, while also curbing its industry oversight.
  • Budget battle brews as Trump threatens another shutdown [oh noes]

    05/27/2018 1:45:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 27, 2018 1:09 PM | Andrew Taylor
    President Donald Trump has warned Congress that he will never sign another foot-tall, $1 trillion-plus government-wide spending bill like the one he did in March. His message to lawmakers in both parties: Get your act together before the next budget lands on my desk. After a brief government shutdown earlier this year, Democrats and Republicans now agree on the need for budgeting day-to-day operations of government by the old-fashioned way. That means weeks of open debate and amendments that empower rank-and-file lawmakers, rather than concentrating power in the hands of a few leaders meeting in secret. But Capitol Hill’s dysfunction...
  • They're still lying and calling us anti-government. But we are Tea Partiers, and we love government

    05/16/2018 3:19:05 PM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 12 replies
    If you love the United States Constitution, then by definition you love government. That's what the Constitution does. It creates a government. What we as Tea Partiers do not love is progressivism or any other movement and/or ideology that seeks to pervert the Constitution and build government that will control every aspect of our lives. Loving government doesn't mean loving big government. We do not love big out of control bloated disrespectful government. But anti-government means anarchy, and Tea Partiers are not anarchists. Anarchists do not love the United States Constitution. This is ground where we cannot under any circumstances...
  • California Newborn DNA Database Shocks Parents

    05/14/2018 10:00:59 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    CBS Sacramento ^ | May 14, 2018
    SACRAMENTO - DNA is back in the spotlight, cracking cold cases. But questions are being raised after the state spent decades collecting the DNA of infants without parents realizing it. California has been collecting newborn blood samples since 1983. Many parents were shocked to hear their children’s blood is being stored in a state database, and possibly even sold to outside researchers. Pricking the toes newborns, to test their blood for certain disorders. The remaining blood becomes “property of the state,” and could be shared with outside researchers. “I feel like that’s something that should have been discussed with us,...
  • Give millennials £10k to ease generation gap, think tank says

    05/08/2018 6:21:14 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    Sky News ^ | May 8, 2018 | By Ed Conway, Economics editor
    Every 25-year-old in the country should be given a £10,000 Government grant in an effort to solve the yawning economic gap between the generations, a prominent think tank has proposed. The proposal for a Citizen's Inheritance, to be funded by a revamped, tougher version of inheritance tax, is one of a number of policies proposed by the Resolution Foundation at the end of a two-year study into intergenerational inequality. The report from the think tank's Intergenerational Commission, backed by business lobby group the CBI and trade union group the TUC, warns that today's thirty-somethings are the first generation to see...
  • Breast cancer screening failure 'shortened' up to 270 lives [single-payer]

    05/02/2018 6:10:07 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    Sky News ^ | May 2, 2018 | By Sanya Burgess
    Up to 270 women may have had their "lives shortened" after the NHS failed to invite them to breast screenings, the Health Secretary has said. Jeremy Hunt made the announcement as he said the government will order an independent review into NHS breast cancer screening after hundreds of thousands of women were not invited for screening. Some of the women have since developed cancer. Making a statement to the Commons, Health secretary Jeremy Hunt said there could be 135 and 270 women who "had their lives shortened as a result", adding it was "unlikely to be more than this range...
  • The Democratic Push for a 'Public Option on Steroids'

    04/26/2018 7:16:36 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | April 26, 2018 | by Ronald Brownstein
    After beating back the repeated Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Democrats, for the first time in years, are taking the offense on health care. While the flashiest proposal—for an entirely government-run system—remains a distant aspiration, Democrats are again looking for new ways to expand Washington’s role in shaping the health-care system. Their ideas include new plans to expand coverage, restrain drug prices, and create a public competitor to private health-insurance companies. Encouraging all of these efforts are polls showing that support for the ACA clearly increased during the long legislative struggle over its future. “People are increasingly...
  • Why a 'federal jobs guarantee' is gaining steam with Democrats

    04/26/2018 7:10:15 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 53 replies
    CNN ^ | April 26, 2018 | Analysis by Gregory Krieg
    Emboldened by a base thirsty for bold new initiatives, ambitious Democrats have spent large chunks of the Trump era building and working out how to sell a slate of unapologetically progressive policy programs. Now, as the 2020 presidential primaries come into sight, yet another new front is emerging. Over the last two weeks, a growing roster of potential candidates for the Democratic nomination have stated or affirmed their support for some form of legislation that would guarantee a job to every American. The party's left flank has, for decades, sought to advance universal solutions to perennial problems. Since President Donald...
  • Fighting Sex Traffickers – FOSTA Laws and Freedoms

    04/15/2018 7:06:50 AM PDT · by davikkm · 9 replies
    IWB ^ | Mark Angelides
    President Trump has signed into law two bills that are hugely contentious not just for the Left/Right divide, but also for Conservatives and Libertarians. The FOSTA and SESTA bills seek to eliminate the options for child sex traffickers having a “safe space” to connect with other deviants, but the bills also have wider ramifications on internet freedoms. The Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA), and Stop Enabling Sex-Trafficking Act (SESTA) are being as widely criticized as they are applauded. Some of the argument for and against are spurious at best, but from each side, there is also something that has...
  • New Jersey Lawmakers Finally Pass Nuclear Subsidy Bill

    04/12/2018 9:38:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    New York Observer ^ | 04/12/18 8:01 pm | Christian Hetrick
    After months of behind-the-scenes lobbying, multiple marathon hearings and several revisions to the legislation, New Jersey lawmakers finally approved a controversial bill on Thursday to bail out the state’s nuclear power plants. The bill (S2313/A3724) cleared the state Senate by a 29 to 7 vote and passed the Assembly 60 to 10 with one abstention. It now goes to Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk. The measure would effectively impose a surcharge on ratepayers to prop up nuclear power plants owned by Public Service Electric & Gas—the state’s largest energy company—if a state board determines the plants need financial assistance. A typical...
  • Ambitious California bill would put the state in charge of prices in the healthcare market (tr)

    04/09/2018 12:30:31 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 43 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | April 9, 2018 | By MELANIE MASON
    In one of the most aggressive efforts in the nation to curb soaring healthcare spending, a new California measure would put the state in charge of setting prices for hospital stays, doctor's visits and most other medical services covered by commercial insurers. The bill, backed by labor unions and consumer groups, is certain to rouse fierce opposition from physicians and hospitals, setting the stage for a brawl between some of the Capitol's top lobbying heavyweights. Proponents also face friction on the left from advocates of single-payer healthcare, who espouse an alternate vision of how to overhaul the state's healthcare. Despite...
  • So many people are leaving the Bay Area, a U-Haul shortage is jacking up prices

    04/06/2018 2:15:16 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 73 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 15, 2018 | By Michelle Robertson
    Rent a moving truck from Las Vegas to San Jose and you'll pay about $100. In the opposite direction, the same truck will cost you 16 times that, or nearly $2,000. What accounts for the difference? The simple laws of supply and demand, says economist Mark J. Perry. With so many people leaving the Bay Area, there are not enough rental trucks to go around. Perry, a University of Michigan professor, published his findings in a new study with public policy think tank American Enterprise Institute (AEI). CBS News reported recently that operators of a San Jose U-Haul business have...
  • Driving takes toll on climate. Seattle aims to do same to downtown cars

    04/04/2018 9:33:17 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 42 replies
    KUOW News and Information ^ | April 4, 2018 | by John Ryan
    Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan has unveiled a dozen initiatives aimed at tackling the city's persistent carbon problem. Congestion pricing, also known as tolls, tops the list. Any tolling system on cars entering downtown would help fund expanded transit service and more electric-vehicle charging stations in underserved neighborhoods, according to the mayor's office. The measures are intended to help Seattle turn a corner on its spotty record on greenhouse gas emissions. Seattle officials have long claimed to be national leaders on climate change by slashing the city's carbon dioxide emissions, even as the growing city's emissions have stubbornly hovered around 6...
  • What's Wrong in Washington (and America)

    04/03/2018 9:31:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 3, 2018 | Cal Thomas
    KEY LARGO, Florida -- At dinner with friends, I was asked what is wrong with Washington. The question presumes a standard by which "wrong" can be defined. I am frequently asked this question by people who do not live in "the swamp." They don't behave like Washington politicians. If a disagreement arises in their personal or professional life, they discuss it and usually compromise and work things out. Only in Washington, they note, does this rarely happen, and when it does it makes headlines. The most obvious answer to the question I am asked -- often before the appetizer arrives...
  • Another time bomb for Chicago taxpayers

    03/28/2018 6:41:01 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 11 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 3/27/2018 | Chicago Tribune Editorial Board
    Maybe you think the worst is over for Chicago Public Schools: Springfield sprang for millions in budget and pension relief last year. Time to lean back and sip an icy beverage. Sorry to interrupt this reverie, but there are 1 billion reasons that you’re wrong. That is, the Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund is short another $1 billion, according to the fund’s consultants.(snip) Why is this happening? Because of new estimates that reduce expected investment returns over the next decades by a half-percentage point, from 7.75 percent annually to 7.25 percent. Even a relatively small tweak creates a big hole. Hence,...