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  • The Reason Common Sense is Becoming More Burdensome in America

    05/24/2013 4:22:22 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 4 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 5-24-13 | The Looking Spoon
    A friend on Facebook shared an image from the "Being Liberal" page (no link, they don't deserve it) with a similar quote, and the irony was just too much, so I gave it a proper remake.
  • Is Obama's "BALANCED APPROACH" identical to "TAX AND SPEND" from the past?

    02/21/2013 8:47:36 PM PST · by Graewoulf · 5 replies
    Graewoulf | February 21, 2013 | Graewoulf
    Spendaholic Hussein Obama has conned the Left-Wing Congressional RINOS into believing that increasing taxes and agreeing to a smaller rate of increased Federal Spending is "Fair." Hence, we have "sequestration" which will reduce the rate of increase in increased Federal spending by 2.4 % which will be restored by the 2.8 % increase in worker payroll taxation, and an increased tax burden on those who pay the worker payrolls. Will Sobber-of-The-House Boehner, Can't-Do Cantor, or Romney-RINO Ryan call out Obama's "Balanced Approach" as nothing more than the failed "Tax and Spend" policy that got the National Debt in trouble in...
  • Solar power plants burden the counties that host them

    11/25/2012 8:38:44 AM PST · by thecodont · 21 replies
    Los Angeles Times / LATimes.com ^ | November 25, 2012 | By Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times
    When it comes to attracting business to California's eastern deserts, Inyo County is none too choosy. Since the 19th century the sparsely populated county has worked to attract industries shunned by others, including gold, tungsten and salt mining. The message: Your business may be messy, but if you plan to hire our residents, the welcome mat is out. So the county grew giddy last year as it began to consider hosting a huge, clean industry. BrightSource Energy, developer of the proposed $2.7-billion Hidden Hills solar power plant 230 miles northeast of Los Angeles, promised a bounty of jobs and a...
  • Obama’s Burden Of Proof – Dick Morris: TV Lunch Alert!

    09/03/2012 6:35:57 PM PDT · by Signalman · 1 replies
    Dick Morris ^ | 9/3/2012 | Dick Morris
    Dear Friend, In this video commentary, I discuss how the Republican Convention makes it even harder for Obama’s negative attacks to stick. Tune in!
  • MSNBC: Obama graded harder because he's black (Dog-Whistle Racism From MSNBC?)

    04/24/2012 6:46:12 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 67 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4-21-11 | Joel Gehrke
    MSNBC hosts agreed this weekend that white voters hold President Obama to a higher standard than his white predecessors because he is black. "[Obama] now has a specific record of governing," MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry said today on her show. "A record that, I contend, because of his race will be held to a much higher standard than it would have been for a white incumbent. Those white voters who found what they were looking for in 2008 will not necessarily be so enthusiastic in 2012." Alex Wagner, host of MSNBC's NOW, agreed. "I think race absolutely has to do with...
  • Cambridge University first to charge £9,000 fees - unless your family's poor

    02/08/2011 10:06:02 PM PST · by Niuhuru · 6 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5:20 AM on 9th February 2011 | Kate Loveys
    Cambridge has become the first university to announce that it will charge maximum tuition fees of £9,000 a year. But it will give hefty discounts to poorer students, which means the middle classes will bear the brunt of the move. MPs voted in December to raise tuition fees to £6,000 per year from 2012, with universities allowed to charge £9,000 in exceptional circumstances.
  • Michelle Obama’s Burden and the Obamas’ Hard Hearts

    09/16/2010 6:54:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | 9/16/10 | Melissa Clouthier
    It's tough being the wife of the most powerful man in the world, just ask Michelle Obama. Carla Bruni, who seemed to reveal her distaste for the First Lady in previous pictures, reveals Michelle's whiny comments in her recent book [Aside: why is a sitting world leader's spouse writing a tell-all? What tawdriness.] Anyway, here's what was allegedly said: Michelle Obama thinks being America's First Lady is ‘hell', Carla Bruni reveals today in a wildly indiscreet book.
  • Your share of the state debt (Here’s your state’s burden per capita

    07/30/2010 9:55:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 07/30/2010 | Tami Luhby
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- The states are broke, and like many consumers, they're borrowing big time to get out of their fiscal binds. The amount of debt that states are carrying spiked 10.3% last year to $460 billion, according to Moody's Investors Service. The debt is paid for through taxes and fees, making residents ultimately responsible. The median personal share of this burden jumped to $936, from $865 in 2008. And it's likely that states will turn to the bond markets even more this year as federal stimulus money dwindles, experts said. After all, officials face an additional $12...
  • 47% of households pay no federal income tax

    04/07/2010 1:08:45 PM PDT · by Steve495 · 30 replies · 1,135+ views
    Radio Vice Online ^ | April 7, 2010 | Steve McGough
    Is the Associated Press just realizing this fact? I wrote about this in 2008 and Rush Limbaugh has had the information on his home page forever. We really are spreading the wealth around when it comes to the federal tax burden in the United States. Read the full post...
  • Dan Walters: California politicos bewail rising burden of debt

    12/15/2009 7:45:10 AM PST · by SmithL · 9 replies · 522+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 12/15/9 | Dan Walters
    Capitol politicians bemoaning the size and cost of the state's bonded debt is something like drunkards arguing over hangover remedies. Members of the Assembly Budget Committee, most of whom voted for tens of billions of dollars in new bonds, including $11-plus billion in new water bonds, convened Monday to worry publicly about how the debts will be repaid from a state budget awash in red ink. "We need to figure out how much borrowing we can realistically and sustainably afford," committee chair Noreen Evans said, terming bond costs "the Pac-Man eating up the general fund." Evans was one of the...
  • Tax burden may cause businesses to quit UK

    08/31/2009 6:13:53 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies · 477+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 9/1/2009 | Graham Ruddick
    More than one-in-ten British businesses are seriously considering a move abroad because of the Government's "punitive" tax regime, a damning new survey claims.
  • Thoughts On What We Carry

    08/21/2009 12:23:07 PM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 3 replies · 322+ views
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 08/21/2009 | Griff Martin
    I have a canteen sitting on a bookshelf in my office. It is a reminder of what I carry with me each and every day. The canteen belongs to a friend. I have seen him use it on several occasions and always thought it was a rather smart item to possess. There have been moments when he and I were somewhere outside and the canteen that he carried held the only available water source – our life source; thus a smart item to carry around. This weekend, I was with a friend who I deeply admire. Her spirituality is real...
  • Uncle Sam -- Our Great Owner and "Mass'ah"

    08/13/2009 1:48:08 PM PDT · by Pellegrino · 5 replies · 445+ views
    CNSNews ^ | August 13, 2009 | Adam Brickley
    Washington (CNSNews.com) – A taxpayer watchdog group marked “Cost of Government Day” Wednesday – the day when the average American has earned enough gross income to pay his or her share of the spending and regulatory burden imposed by government at the federal, state, and local level. * * * * Of the 224 days required to pay off one’s share of the cost of government in 2009, 111 of those days account for federal spending, 49 days account for state and local spending, and another 65 are needed to pay for regulations imposed by all levels of government.
  • RNC chief: Gay marriage will burden small business

    05/16/2009 9:49:22 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies · 859+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/16/09 | Russ Bynum - ap
    SAVANNAH, Ga. – Republicans can reach a broader base by recasting gay marriage as an issue that could dent pocketbooks as small businesses spend more on health care and other benefits, GOP Chairman Michael Steele said Saturday. Steele said that was just an example of how the party can retool its message to appeal to young voters and minorities without sacrificing core conservative principles. Steele said he used the argument weeks ago while chatting on a flight with a college student who described herself as fiscally conservative but socially liberal on issues like gay marriage. ... As Steele talked about...
  • 'The World Shouldn't Have to Bear the Burden for America's Lapses'

    09/23/2008 1:47:39 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 27 replies · 207+ views
    Spiegel ^ | 9/23/08 | Corinna Kreiler
    The US government is buying bad debt for $700 billion. Now Washington is asking other countries to jump in and help, too, but the Germans are bowing out. Believing that the rescue package sends the wrong signal, experts from the country's leading economics think tanks argue it's the right call.It's not a call for assistance; it's a scream for help. US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson is asking other countries to help buy up bad US debt. The US government is putting up $700 billion in taxpayer money in the hopes that the measure might restore stability in the financial system....
  • Burden-Sharing Urged as NATO Focuses on Afghanistan, Other Missions

    10/24/2007 10:47:07 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 28+ views
    NOORDWIJK, Netherlands, Oct. 24, 2007 – Dutch Defense Minister Eimert van Middelkoop joined NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer here today in opening a two-day ministerial conference, attended by U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, in which they reminded members of the importance of sharing the NATO’s responsibilities in Afghanistan and elsewhere around the world. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates attends the NATO-Atlantic Council conference in Noordwijk, Netherlands, Oct. 24, 2007. Photo by Cherie A. Thurlby   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Van Middelkoop, who is hosting the two-day meeting, acknowledged that some NATO members have been carrying...
  • Lesbian Couple Sue IVF Doctor for Cost of Raising Twin

    09/23/2007 7:53:34 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 62 replies · 259+ views
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | September 20, 2007 | Meg Jalsevac
    Lesbian Couple Sue IVF Doctor for Cost of Raising Twin Couple wanted only one child and find they are "overwhelmed" raising two children By Meg Jalsevac AUSTRALIA, September 20, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A lesbian couple in Australia have taken the first 'wrongful birth' lawsuit in Australian legislative history to court. The two women, who have three year old twin daughters, are suing Canberra obstetrician, Robert Armellin, for 'wrongful birth' after he supervised the implantation of two embryos instead of one into the birth mother during the in-vitro fertilization procedure. The women, who cannot be named because of a court order,...
  • UK: Families facing record tax burden

    12/23/2006 8:50:47 AM PST · by kiriath_jearim · 7 replies · 647+ views
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12/23/06 | Edmund Conway
    Families are being squeezed harder than ever before by higher taxes, according to figures which lay bare just how much the Government is now taking from households. The income tax burden has soared to its highest level since records began two decades ago, dramatically eroding the amount of money left in people's pockets, figures released by the Office for National Statistics say. British households have experienced the biggest increase in taxes across the western world since Labour came to power, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has revealed. The result is that hard-working families have even less money left...
  • Judge issues restraining order Ga. ID law (requiring proof like photo ID is unconstitutional burden)

    07/07/2006 10:46:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 958+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/7/06 | Shannon McCaffrey - ap
    ATLANTA - With less than two weeks to go before the July 18 primary, a judge Friday issued a restraining order blocking Georgia's voter ID law, saying that requiring photos as proof of identity is an unconstitutional burden. Superior Court Judge Melvin Westmoreland said in a sharply worded written ruling that the Legislature doesn't have the authority to enforce the law and an amendment to the state Constitution would be required instead. The law, he said, "unduly burdens the fundamental right to vote rather than regulate it." The law requires that every voter who casts a ballot in person provide...
  • Harris seen by some as burden [Senate race in FL]

    04/27/2006 10:19:34 AM PDT · by george wythe · 160 replies · 1,710+ views
    Herald Tribune ^ | Apr 27 2006
    Analysts say she has lost once-fervent supporters and could hurt the party. There is growing concern among Republicans that Katherine Harris not only can't beat Sen. Bill Nelson this November, but she could drag other Republicans down with her. Harris continues to be dogged by her ties to a corrupt defense contractor, and poll numbers that show she's dropped 24 points since she announced her candidacy. [snip]A recent poll conducted by a Republican polling firm that used to be aligned with Harris tested Florida House Speaker Allan Bense's name against hers. No one has claimed responsibility for funding the poll....
  • CA: State piling tax burden on individuals

    04/16/2006 11:04:54 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 528+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 4/16/06 | Steve Geissinger
    SACRAMENTO — As Californians hit the tax deadline, an independent think tank is handing voters political ammunition in an election year — the burden of funding state services has shifted from corporate to personal income taxpayers in the past two decades. And Democratic Treasurer Phil Angelides — the only gubernatorial candidate talking about closing corporate tax loopholes and taxing the wealthy — has sunk to underdog status in the polls. "New, increased and expanded corporate tax breaks and the 1996 corporate rate reduction are responsible for the decline in the share of state revenues provided by the corporate income tax,"...
  • CA: Court: State did not meet burden under Clean Air Act

    02/22/2006 10:34:05 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 274+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/22/06 | AP - Sacramento
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - California violated the Clean Air Act when it decided nine years ago that no regulations were necessary to cut smog-forming compounds in farm and commercial pesticides, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton's decision means that lawyers for environmental groups and the state will meet to discuss possible remedies for the pollution. Lawyers for both groups have been ordered to file briefs in 20 days. "The bottom line is that the state should have had regulations in place to have a 20 percent reduction of these emissions in five basins by this year," said...
  • States take burden of border security (Feds fiddle&diddle&posture while border leaks and leaks)

    02/11/2006 11:33:33 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 594+ views
    Daily Bulletin ^ | 2/11/06 | Kenneth Todd Ruiz
    While Congress holds hearings on the security of the U.S.-Mexico border, states along that uneasy divide are looking for ways to take matters into their own hands. Even though a ballot initiative to create a border police force in California failed to qualify for the June election, its backers hope their cause is bolstered by similar movements in other states. "Although I still think it's the feds that should be doing it, but the Bush administration doesn't seem to want to do anything," said Andy Ramirez, executive director of Chino-based Friends of the Border Patrol. "We need something ... be...
  • Census Bureau ranks Minnesota tax burden as 4th in the U.S

    02/09/2006 4:12:03 PM PST · by Rakkasan1 · 6 replies · 482+ views
    duluth news spitoon ^ | 2-9-06 | ap
    MINNEAPOLIS - The U.S. Census Bureau reports that overall taxes in Minnesota are high, but the taxman has a light touch on smokes, gambling and booze. The state has the fourth heaviest tax burden in the United States, but so-called sin taxes are less than the national average. The overall ranking is because incomes are higher in Minnesotan than most other states and because Minnesota relies more heavily on a progressive state income tax. Nan Madden of the nonprofit Minnesota Budget Project says it's no surprise that sin taxes are lower-than-average. She says when the national economy slowed down in...
  • San Diego's burden - City pays 80% of general fund to employees

    12/16/2005 9:02:42 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 1,104+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 12/16/05 | Editorial
    If you are among those who cling to the politically fashionable view that San Diego's financial troubles are due to the simple fact that our taxes are too low, think again. A special watchdog report by Union-Tribune staff writer Steve Schmidt and research analyst Danielle Cervantes documents a very different explanation – one that the city's powerful public employee unions don't want told. The real truth is, for years San Diego has been run more for the benefit of its unionized work force than for the benefit of taxpayers. Consider these fundamental facts: In Los Angeles, a city with a...
  • Artist died 'handcuffed to tree'

    09/21/2005 1:04:06 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 38 replies · 860+ views
    BBC ^ | 20 September 2005
    A schizophrenic artist who died after handcuffing himself to a tree after throwing away the key, may have tried to free himself, an inquest has heard. The skeleton of Richard Sumner - 47 when he went missing three years ago - was found in a remote area of Clocaenog Forest, Denbighshire, in April 2005. Mr Sumner, from Crosby, Merseyside, may have changed his mind about killing himself but could not reach the keys, the Denbigh inquest was told. The coroner recorded an open verdict. Mr Sumner, at one time a scenic artist for opera productions at Glyndebourne, had suffered from...
  • America Supports You: Group Eases Financial Burden for Patients, Families

    07/25/2005 5:53:03 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 523+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | July 25, 2005 | Rudi Williams
    WASHINGTON, July 24, 2005 – A group based here at Walter Reed Army Medical Center here has stepped forward to help families of wounded servicemembers with expenses to stay in the area while their loved ones recover in this high-cost area. Out of concern for the overwhelming number of family members of war-wounded servicemembers showing up at the hospital's doorstep needing financial assistance, the Walter Reed command asked the Walter Reed Society to help. "So on March 19, 2004, we created the Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom Family Support Fund," said retired Army Sgt. Maj. Daniel J. Bullis, the society's...
  • THE COSTS OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION TO CALIFORNIANS

    02/08/2005 2:55:55 AM PST · by Robert Drobot · 158 replies · 6,283+ views
    Analysis of the latest Census data indicates that California's illegal immigrant population is costing the state's taxpayers more than $10.5 billion per year for education, medical care and incarceration. Even if the estimated tax contributions of illegal immigrant workers are subtracted, net outlays still amount to nearly $9 billion per year. The annual fiscal burden from those three areas of state expenditures amounts to about $1,183 per household headed by a native-born resident. This analysis looks specifically at the costs to the state for education, health care and incarceration resulting from illegal immigration. These three are the largest cost areas,...
  • NEW HAMPSHIRE INTRODUCES RESOLUTION TO GET US OUT OF UN (Claims U.N. violates State's rights.)

    01/16/2005 8:22:51 AM PST · by Happy2BMe · 122 replies · 5,381+ views
    2005 SESSION 05-0002 05/01 HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 1 A RESOLUTION urging Congress to withdraw the United States from the United Nations. SPONSORS: Rep. Albert, Straf 1; Rep. Matthew Quandt, Rock 13; Rep. Hawkins, Hills 18; Rep. Buhlman, Hills 27; Rep. Headd, Rock 3; Sen. Boyce, Dist 4; Sen. Roberge, Dist 9 COMMITTEE: State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs ANALYSIS This resolution urges Congress to withdraw the United States from the United Nations. 05-0002 05/01 STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Five A RESOLUTION urging Congress to withdraw the United States from the United Nations. Whereas, the...
  • U.S. Falls out of the Index of Economic Freedom's Top 10

    01/06/2005 12:18:36 PM PST · by Robert Drobot · 54 replies · 1,567+ views
    AccountingWEB.com ^ | 06 Jan 2005 | Editors
    AccountingWEB.com - Jan-6-2005 - For the first time ever, the U.S. does not rank among the world's 10 freest economies in the Index of Economic Freedom, published annually by The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal. The U.S.' score in the 2005 Index did not change from 2004. But improvements in the economies of Chile, Australia and Iceland enabled all three to surpass the U. S., leaving it in a tie for 12th with Switzerland and out of the top 10 for the first time in the 11-year history of the Index.
  • PLEASE! STOP POSTING SAME MESSAGE ON ALL BOARDS!

    08/16/2002 7:39:49 AM PDT · by Merchant Seaman · 726 replies · 30,137+ views
    Annoyed Reader
    The purpose of FreeRepublic.com's multiple message boards is to limit the topics for each board to particular topics. Posting the same message on all the boards defeats the purpose of multiple-boards for special topics. It is very annoying to see the same message on every bulletin board. PLEASE! DO THE READERS A FAVOR. STOP CROSS-POSTING YOUR MESSAGES!
  • WSJ: Teresa's Fair Share -- How a mega-millionaire pays a lower rate than the middle class

    10/18/2004 5:16:24 AM PDT · by OESY · 34 replies · 1,780+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 18, 2004 | Editorial
    The Kerry campaign finally released Teresa Heinz Kerry's 2003 tax return, or rather two pages of it, late last Friday, and the story got buried next to the hardware-store ads.... ...In 2003, Mrs. Kerry -- or Teresa Heinz, as she declared herself on her IRS 1040 form -- earned $5.07 million, hardly a surprising income for someone estimated to be worth nearly $1 billion. The news is that $2.78 million of that income came in the form of tax-exempt interest from what the Kerry campaign's press release attributed to investments in "state, municipal and public entity bonds." ...On her remaining...
  • Rising Federal Taxes for the Rich: The Rich Now Pay a Far Bigger Share Under Bush Tax Cut!

    10/16/2004 12:46:30 PM PDT · by xzins · 7 replies · 870+ views
    NCPA ^ | Bruce Bartlett
    ***Snip***** Progressivity and the Tax Burden Our tax system, however, is highly progressive, meaning that as one’s income rises, a higher proportion of that income is taxed. Thus, those in the highest tax brackets contribute more to the overall tax burden even though there are far more people in lower tax brackets. For example:1 According to data from the IRS, the bottom 50 percent of income earners pay approximately 4 percent of income taxes. The top 25 percent of income earners pay nearly 83 percent of the income tax burden, and the top 10 percent pay 65 percent. The top...
  • Washington still tops Northwest in state and local tax burden

    10/01/2004 7:54:48 AM PDT · by truth49 · 13 replies · 598+ views
    Evergreen Freedom Foundation ^ | 10-1-04 | Jason Mercier
    Despite a commendable drop in Washington's state and local tax burden, state taxpayers are still lifting the heaviest tax burden in the Northwest. According to a recent Department of Revenue (DOR) report, Washington's state and local tax burden has dropped to levels not seen since the 1980's. While progress has been made due mainly to citizen tax-reduction initiatives, Washington currently ranks higher than its neighbors in Idaho and Oregon in terms of state and local tax burden. TABLE Washingtonians pay the highest gas tax burden in the Northwest and third highest nationally (approximately seven cents more per gallon than the...
  • HONEYMOON WON'T HAPPEN FOR KERRY WITH ALLIES

    09/30/2004 3:07:39 PM PDT · by jdluntjr · 13 replies · 599+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | Monday, September 27, 2004 | John Vinocur IHT
    Politicus: Kerry-friendly Europe still has its own ideas John Vinocur IHT Monday, September 27, 2004 No German and French troops for Kerry ...But last week, just after Kerry's major speech on the war last week in which he insisted that the United States "must make Iraq the world's responsibility" and that others "should share the burden," Schröder's sense of courtesy collided with reality and he drove a spike into the notion. He told reporters, "We won't send any German soldiers to Iraq, and that's where it's going to remain." As for the Democrat, Süddeutsche (German newspaper) said Kerry "is suggesting...
  • Letter from a Marine in Iraq

    09/28/2004 5:43:07 PM PDT · by valleygal · 132 replies · 2,746+ views
    e-mail | Sept. 26, 2004 | Sharon Jacko
    Sharon gave me permission to post this with her name. Hello to all. Sorry I haven’t written in the last couple of days. Much going on here. I would, however, like to share something with you today. I am a firm believer that God sends us messages when we need them most. It can be in the form of a nod from someone passing you on the street, someone smiling at you when you are down, or in the written word from a page in a book, a message on a billboard, or the spoken word. The messages can be...
  • Japan: Aging Yakuza...Growing Pension Burden Pushes Up The Cut

    08/28/2004 7:59:14 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies · 510+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 08/27/04 | Choi Heub
    /begin my translationAging Yakuza...Growing Pension Burden Pushes Up The Cut Choi Heub 08/27/04 In the Japanese organized crime syndicates known as Yakuza, many of their members are aging, which increased their pension burden on the organization. As a result, the organizations are forced to demand more cut from their members, Yomiuri Shimbun reported on Aug. 27. At Yamaguchi-mi, the largest organization, the average age of 'second organization' unit boss (note: similar to a Capo in Mafia) is now 62, which prompted the organization to send the urgent calls for securing enough funds for their pension. It has pushed up, by...
  • PG&E bailout puts burden on consumers - Judge approves plan -- state has final say

    12/13/2003 11:24:33 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 309+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | 12/13/03 | Bob Egelko - SF Chronicle
    <p>A plan that would lift Pacific Gas and Electric Co. out of 2 1/2 years of bankruptcy and require consumers to bear most of the utility's $12 billion-plus debt load won approval Friday from a bankruptcy judge, leaving its fate to state utility regulators.</p>
  • Who Wants This Tax Burden Again?

    10/15/2003 10:23:51 AM PDT · by bigsky · 9 replies · 215+ views
    Human Events ^ | October 15, 2003 | Chris Field
    The repeal of the Bush tax cuts has been a common mantra from the Democratic Party, especially from the nine liberals running for president. Some are calling for a full repeal of all tax relief, while others are hoping to see large portions of the relief reversed, particularly that which benefits higher income earners. Just this week, Sen. Joe Lieberman proposed to hike taxes on the wealthy to levels even higher than before the passage of the tax cuts. The truth is they opposed the tax relief from the beginning – well-before it was ever passed. If the hopes of...
  • Quebec puts tax before nationhood

    04/19/2003 5:28:02 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 20 replies · 7,353+ views
    Scotland on Sunday ^ | April 20, 2003 | JOHN BATCHELOR
    THEY represented hope for separatist movements across the world, but the stunning defeat of the Parti Quebecois in elections this week appears to have finished off its campaign for independence. After nearly a decade in power in the largely French-speaking Canadian province, voters dramatically dumped the party in favour of the Jean Charest’s federalist Liberal party and his promise of tax-cuts. The Liberals won 76 seats in the provincial legislature, compared with just 45 for the centre-left Parti Quebecois (PQ). The extent of the victory was underlined by a major shift in voting patterns, with large numbers of French-speaking voters...
  • It's time for allies to shoulder more of defense burden

    02/15/2003 10:57:33 AM PST · by knighthawk · 15 replies · 167+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | Februari 15 2003 | THOMAS ROESER
    More than 50 years ago, the United States hosted a great internal debate about our responsibilities to deter world aggression. The issue was NATO, which pledged all member nations to come to the aid of one who was attacked. Republican Sen. Robert Taft said it would be an incitement to future wars. He was wrong. We joined NATO and became the point of its spear to ward off aggression. It proved a solid bulwark against the possibility of Red tanks pushing through Germany on the way to France. NATO proved indispensable for warding off aggression. But that was then. Now...
  • AN ACT Relating to creating the tax-me-more account (WA State)

    02/06/2003 4:07:40 PM PST · by Eala · 28 replies · 468+ views
    The Washington State Legislature ^ | February, 2003 | Senators Benton, Swecker, Oke, Esser and Hewitt
    "AN ACT Relating to creating the tax-me-more account; adding a new section to chapter 82.32 RCW; and creating a new section. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON: NEW SECTION. Sec. Recognizing there are individuals who believe they are undertaxed and that advocate a greater tax burden for Washingtonians, it is hereby the declared policy of this state to provide such individuals with the opportunity to contribute more of their income to state government and to this end there is hereby created in the state treasury the "tax-me-more account." Any person who believes they are undertaxed...
  • Maine:Fewer Somalis migrate to Lewiston in letter's aftermath

    02/02/2003 1:40:00 PM PST · by SheLion · 35 replies · 1,169+ views
    Boston Harold.com ^ | 2 February 2003 | Kevin Wack
    <p>LEWISTON, Maine (AP) Since last fall, when Mayor Larry Raymond made waves by discouraging further Somali migration to the city, a key development has been obscured in the ensuing racially charged maelstrom of protest, counter-protest and international attention.</p> <p>The mayor got his wish: large numbers of Somalis have stopped coming to Lewiston.</p>
  • Loan debt, burden hit worse now - Student liabilities triple over decade

    01/28/2003 12:53:56 PM PST · by vannrox · 10 replies · 710+ views
    NY Times via the Houston Chronicle ^ | Jan. 28, 2003, 8:51AM | By GREG WINTER
    HoustonChronicle.com -- http://www.HoustonChronicle.com | Section: Business Jan. 28, 2003, 8:51AM Loan debt, burden hit worse now Student liabilities triple over decade By GREG WINTER New York Times Every so often, when the phones grow quiet and the copiers still, Margot E. Miles glances at the lawyers devouring cases around her and thinks: "I could do that. I would love to do that." A smile overtakes her as she envisions life as a lawyer -- fighting injustice, changing the world -- until the prickly reminder of having $25,000 in undergraduate loans wipes it away. Dreams can wait. As for the need to...
  • The high tax burden in Maine

    09/27/2002 6:17:57 AM PDT · by SheLion · 13 replies · 334+ views
    Bangor Daily News ^ | 27 September 2002 | Jonathan A. Speros
    In each of the last six years, Maine has earned a distinction that will not make state residents proud: the highest state and local tax burden of any state in the United States. According to the Tax Foundation (a widely respected nonpartisan educational organization founded in 1937),the amount of state and local taxes collected as a percentage of income is higher in Maine than any other state in the nation. In fact, for the past 30 years, Maine has consistently had a higher state and local tax burden than the United States average. Furthermore, since 1995, Maine’s disparity from...