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  • The stupid party and the evil party

    02/27/2012 10:40:22 AM PST · 1 of 5
    det dweller too
    The basic purpose of Conservatives is FREEDOM! These people want freedom for themselves and their friends and family. They want to be able to work, earn a living, raise a family, and build a life. They agree to fund the legitimate functions of government to protect their freedom, but believe they deserve to keep most of the fruits of their labor. They agree to have enough laws to keep criminals from exploiting them, but bristle at laws trying to manipulate their own behavior. They also learn very early that a key necessity for freedom is personal responsibility, for without that freedom quickly disappears.

    The basic purpose if liberalism is CONTROL! A key deficiency in liberalism is an immature sense of personal responsibility. Liberalism starts in childhood where everyone is immature on responsibility and liberalism sounds great! Liberals devise social programs with great benefits that are wildly popular but are financially unstable and discourage personal responsibility.

    The liberal will soon get the idea that something is needed in the area of responsibility or their popular programs will blow up. However, they believe responsibility is something which must be placed on others to get those people to behave correctly. A liberal's two favorite words are "mandatory" and "forbidden".

    The totally opposite purposes of these two groups continue to grow and fester until they eventually become the evil party and the stupid party. As the young liberal becomes more aware, they realize that the controls they believe are necessary for their popular programs will be very unpopular with the general population, so they devise ways to have it look like the conservatives are doing it. The liberals then attract the attention of the conservatives to the problem and get them to see that the controls will fix the problem. Naive conservative agree that the controls are needed and Viola! That completes the circle.

    The classic example of this is Social Security. Everyone is forced to join it. The funding and payout schedules are patterned after a classic pyramid scheme, which would be illegal if anyone besides the government proposed it. When republicans point out that the trust fund would run dry in several years, democrats and the media scream that republicans are trying to take away granny’s social security check. Faced with this onslaught, the repubs cave, and agree to raise FICA taxes to extend the trust fund a few more years.

    So the liberals are called the evil party because they sponsor unworkable programs and are trying to exercise hidden control of the populace. The liberals eventually can’t deny that their popular programs are destructive, but those programs keep them in power. They want the controls, but they maneuver to blame shift so they can avoid the responsibility. The conservatives are the stupid party because they keep falling into the clever traps set by the liberals; accepting false premises, trying to deny the false charges, and looking like they are guilty. Well they are not guilty of evil but they are certainly guilty of stupidity.

    Go back and argue for freedom and don’t get pushed off it. Stay on offense. Say the other side is the "mandatory" party. Don’t agree that controls are needed on social programs; that accepts the premise of the unstable programs. Point out that these programs and controls are destructive because they eventually blow up financially and they also destroy people’s integrity. At least then you will stop stepping in the same old traps.

  • Scientists invent device to stop Global Warming

    07/16/2007 7:53:31 PM PDT · 65 of 95
    det dweller too to Thalos
    Rizing levels of CO2 is the EFFECT of global warming, it is not the CAUSE!
  • Two doctors held over bomb attacks

    07/03/2007 3:23:34 PM PDT · 63 of 64
    det dweller too to Delacon

    Does anyone know what kind of Doctors these guys are?

  • Why Free Trade Works for America

    04/22/2007 10:11:07 AM PDT · 19 of 58
    det dweller too to 1rudeboy
    The problem with "free trade" is that it isn't free. somebody pays! And right now the people paying are American citizens with domestically based businesses. Their businesses have a between 25% and 50% cost embedded in their business by our income tax system. It's like two people in a race, one person has to carry another 30% of his weight in a knapsack while the first only has to carry a tee shirt.

    If you want fair trade as well as the mentioned advantages of free trade, change the taxing point from income to products. A product brought to market here will have the same tax in it regardless of its point of origin. People making products domestically will then be able to compete with foreign sources. Also, removing the yoke of income tax from our collective necks will free up billions currently wasted in the costs of forecasting, calculating, recording, collecting, tracking, managing, policing and disbursing income taxes.

  • Laws Limit Options When a Student Is Mentally Ill

    04/22/2007 9:36:29 AM PDT · 11 of 28
    det dweller too to Clintonfatigued

    I guess the only option left is to let law abiding, decent people to have the right to defend themselves. That would mean that we don’t allow large killing zones, also called gun free zones to be created by the politically correct and functionally stupid.

  • John Stossel: The Global Warming Myth?

    04/20/2007 8:15:04 PM PDT · 55 of 81
    det dweller too to M203M4
    aarrghhh!!! Reading those quotes from those "intellectuals" makes me feel like I just took a stupid pill, a really big one, probably as a suppository.

    Let us take a moment to consider that these " intellectuals" are just barking dogs.

    There! that is much better!

  • Justice Department names interim U.S. attorneys for San Diego, SF

    02/15/2007 6:47:12 PM PST · 3 of 5
    det dweller too to NormsRevenge
    As I remember, Clinton hosed all the AGs immediately after he was sworn in. Bush should have done this six years ago with no excuses or justifications.
  • The following should be said by someone in Missouri

    10/30/2006 2:44:07 PM PST · 1 of 8
    det dweller too
    We need to get off of how much an actor moved in a campaign ad and get to the heart of the issue, which is the state playing God with human life.
  • H1-B visas cap for 2007 reached

    06/03/2006 10:06:48 PM PDT · 12 of 46
    det dweller too to Tired of Taxes

    Yes, that is no longer true that engineering is a worthwhile career in the US.. The money people have destroyed it. I have 2 engineering degrees and today that won't get you anywhere. Today I can get a contract position in no time that will last at least 3 months and pay about what I made in 1992.

  • H1-B visas cap for 2007 reached

    06/03/2006 9:52:12 PM PDT · 9 of 46
    det dweller too to Tired of Taxes

    Amen. Currently the pay rate for an engineering position in India is about $15,000/yr. Of course the cost of living is also about 1/3 of the average US urban location. Is it any wonder those visas fill up as fast as they appear.

  • Replace our economy crippling federal taxes

    04/09/2006 10:09:03 AM PDT · 8 of 38
    det dweller too to robertpaulsen
    "Taking 50% of my income or 50% of what I spend amounts to the same thing"

    You miss the big picture. you are sitting here where income taxes are imbedded in the cost of everything made HERE but nothing made elsewhere. You get frustrated that the finished imported products sold in Walmart cost less that what it would cost to buy the raw materials here. There are two partys in the global market that supplies Walmart, domestic that pays all the taxes and imports that don't. You will slowly die of starvation unless that imbalance can be changed.

  • Smart Kids Found to Undergo Delayed Brain Development

    04/08/2006 11:26:47 PM PDT · 9 of 14
    det dweller too to voletti

    This may be anecdotal, but the dumbest person I ever knew as a child had an absolutely huge head, and unless he kept extra laundry or snacks in there, he also had a huge brain. He died in high school in a drowning accident. He was at a popular beach with lots of people around but no life guard, There was no energency or any warning, he just drowned.

  • Jazeera Bill

    11/23/2005 9:06:24 PM PST · 2 of 3
    det dweller too to pickrell

    Very Cute. Good satire.

  • Rice denies being Woodward's source

    11/20/2005 8:58:24 PM PST · 30 of 33
    det dweller too to i_dont_chat
    "I believe it was Mark Felt who told Woodward."

    Hey, maybe it was Joe Wilson. That would certainly make Woodward reluctant to discuss the matter: their entire liberal fantasy would disolve. This might be fun to watch.

  • Congress Bars Schools From Requiring ADHD Drug Treatment (just the House, not the do nothing Senate)

    11/20/2005 8:35:50 PM PST · 20 of 43
    det dweller too to petitfour
    "I agree with the notion that school administrators should not force children to take meds. I just don't want the feds to be enforcing this."

    Well, what I see the feds doing is restraining the SCHOOLs from forcing a drugging of children on the parents. These parents can still choose to let their kids take those drugs if they think it is needed.

  • Would Miers have Voted to Overturn Roe?

    10/27/2005 3:17:51 PM PDT · 43 of 58
    det dweller too to counterpunch
    Your post is well researched, carefully presented, throughly documented, and about as useful as yesterdays toiletpaper.

    She is history!

  • Chief Justice William Rehnquist just died!

    09/03/2005 9:32:47 PM PDT · 915 of 1,274
    det dweller too to NormsRevenge
    Schumer may have a heart attack!

    Just drive an ambulance by him, That'll resuscitate him in no time.

    No wait,, That's John edwards. ;)

    Right, for Schumer you just need a TV camera and microphone... and be prepared to duck!

  • What a storm!

    06/06/2005 8:54:59 PM PDT · 13 of 18
    det dweller too to Dan from Michigan
    Dan, remember that old Michgan aphorism:
    "If you don't like the weather, wait five minutes."
  • On Taxes, Stability and Boiling Frogs

    04/02/2005 9:51:47 PM PST · 10 of 12
    det dweller too to WilliamofCarmichael
    "It costs a lot for a worker here to support his family";
    Very true; and the reason it costs so much is because of the fixed costs in everything which is driven in by the income taxes. Here's how it works.
    Worker "A" works at a factory making widgets. The widgets sell for $10 each and are popular and sell well. Politicians come along and say "we have a budget crisis and we need to increase taxes, but we will only tax the rich, not you workers." The workers think "OK, no problem to me" and vote to raise taxes. The workers go along with their jobs without any tax increase OK, but they notice that the widgets are suddenly drifting up in price... $14...$16...$18 and on. Also the price of Gas and groceries and clothes and rent and utilities and appliances is up sharply. Now the paycheck that the worker could live on adequately was not enough. The popularity of the widgets starts to drop due to higher prices and the fact that everyone else's budget is being squeezed. Work drops off at the factory as the sales of widgets drop. The company says that because of the financial pressures, everyone will have to take a 10% pay-cut or they will go bankrupt. The workers and everyone else is angry, but they all grudgingly go along. Then somebody starts importing widgets from China at $10 each and their sales start to go up again, except it also is accompanied with layoff notices at the factory.

    The cruel irony is that the worker voting to screw the rich with taxes only screwed himself out of a job.

    Please note that the start of the trouble was the tax increase which started a chain reaction through the economy. The politicians spend our tax money to get elected and they will not stop. The double whammy is that the sham of taxing only the rich hits the middle and lower classes even harder, just a few days later as the higher costs move through the economy. Then the triple whammy hits when a production source not within our borders supplies goods without the embedded tax costs. That is when the death spiral of our economy begins. The untaxed competition pushes wages down and the taxes [and regulation and lawsuits] push the cost of everything up. This is a classic "Must have/Can't have" game. We cannot win this game, the only smart move is not to play it.

  • On Taxes, Stability and Boiling Frogs

    04/02/2005 2:53:51 PM PST · 8 of 12
    det dweller too to WilliamofCarmichael

    Well if you put the tax burden on the product and not where it came from, the overseas production will not have the huge cost advantage it enjoys now. Jobs will follow the money and most will stay here, and many more will return. Its called free enterprise.

  • On Taxes, Stability and Boiling Frogs

    04/02/2005 11:23:13 AM PST · 1 of 12
    det dweller too
  • Michael Schiavo in Hell (a play in one paragraph)

    04/01/2005 9:02:48 PM PST · 23 of 48
    det dweller too to Dixielander
    There's a new Carnack the Magnificent quip:

    May the ACLU control your feeding tube.

  • Recent articles in Scientific American have talked about traveling faster than light.

    03/22/2005 3:37:00 AM PST · 81 of 89
    det dweller too to Trityn; Crazieman; Capitalism2003

    Well, there have been many experiments with the earth and sun. It has been proven that the earth tracts to the actual location of the sun, or about 2 degrees ahead of the apparent location that we see as the sun. I remember reading on some website a few years ago that if there were any significant lag in the planetary reaction, that the planets would spiral out of their locations. Think about it! Have some ball orbit a center point and then move the force acting on the ball so that it is pointing a few degrees off the center point. what happens to the path of the ball?

  • Recent articles in Scientific American have talked about traveling faster than light.

    03/20/2005 9:05:08 PM PST · 33 of 89
    det dweller too to KevinDavis
    Well, I can give you something right now that travels much much faster than light, in fact it appears to have infinite speed; Gravity.

    The planets react to the instantaneous position of other planets even though the time for light to travel between them may be hours, days, weeks or months. If there was a lag in the reaction because of the light speed, many planet orbits would fly apart in spirals. Funny, nobody make a fuss about this because it has always been this way.

  • (Vanity) If it's between McCain or Giuliani, who will you choose?

    01/27/2005 8:16:09 PM PST · 64 of 202
    det dweller too to Patriot814
    Giuliani is genuine while McCain is f*cking nuts! I personally think the viet cong got to McCain at the Hanoi Hotel so I will give him that much space, but he should NEVER be allowed in any position of responsibility.

    N E V E R ! ! !

  • Abu Graib and legal drugs, a question

    01/26/2005 9:27:47 PM PST · 1 of 1
    det dweller too
  • Lawsuit Winners Lose the Tax Battle

    01/26/2005 9:10:37 PM PST · 30 of 32
    det dweller too to YOUGOTIT
    Where did it say the lawyer was to pay taxes on his fee? All I read was that the winner was to pay tax on the total amount.

    Well, I can see how the IRS can twist it that way. If you won a lawsuit for a $ Million and $ 500K in legal fees, the IRS is saying you got $1.5 Mil and you in turn paid the lawyer $500K.

    That is the theory, but the actual way it works is the lawyer gets the money, subtracts their fee and sends/gives the remainder to the plaintiff. Now how about if the ENTIRE amount was able to the lawyer, and then just the result sent to the plaintiff, which is all he ever sees anyway, is also taxable to him. Wow! that would be a shock.

  • Lawsuit Winners Lose the Tax Battle

    01/26/2005 9:50:52 AM PST · 1 of 32
    det dweller too


    For the Record
    Earlier versions of this story, which also ran in today's newspaper, incorrectly stated that the ruling will affect cases involving auto accidents and medical malpractice. Federal tax law exempts compensation for such "personal injuries." The ruling is likely to affect taxes on money won in lawsuits that result in punitive damages or for claims such as defamation.


    To cover the cost of fighting lawsuits — which can drag out for years — lawyers often require clients to agree from the beginning to pay them as much as 40% of any judgment obtained.

    But under the court's ruling, all of the final award will be considered as income to the plaintiff — even though he may receive 60% of that amount.

    "It is a fundamental rule of taxation that income is to be taxed to the person who earns it, even when it is paid at the person's direction to someone else," the Justice Department and the IRS told the high court.

    In a unanimous decision, the justices reversed the rulings of two lower courts, including the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which had held that plaintiffs should pay taxes on the amounts they received after subtracting lawyers' fees.

    John W. Banks, fired from his post with the California Department of Education, sued the agency for discrimination. Shortly after the trial began, the two sides settled and the department paid Banks $464,000. His lawyer received $150,000 of it.

    However, the IRS said Banks owed income taxes on the entire $464,000, and the Supreme Court agreed in the case of Internal Revenue Service vs. Banks.

    In many instances, a plaintiff can take the legal fees as an itemized deduction on his tax form. However, those itemized deductions gradually fade for high-income earners. In addition, as the court noted, taxpayers subject to the alternative minimum tax — the special levy created to make sure wealthy filers could not evade taxation by claiming lots of deductions and credits — are not allowed any miscellaneous itemized deductions.

    Beyond that, some lawsuits that drag on for years result in a judge awarding legal fees that far exceed the amount won by the plaintiff. For example, Illinois police Officer Cynthia Spina sued her employer for sex discrimination and harassment and was awarded $300,000 in damages. But a judge awarded her lawyer $1 million in legal fees. The IRS insisted that the total amount of $1.3 million was taxable income to Spina, and she ended up "losing every penny of the award," the court was told in one brief.

    In his opinion for the court, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy acknowledged the ruling could "lead to the perverse result that the plaintiff loses money by winning the suit."

    Congress can change the tax laws, and while this case was pending, lawmakers did exempt from a taxpayer's gross income "attorney fees and courts costs" that arose from "a claim of unlawful discrimination."

    Lawmakers said they wanted to shield from taxes legal fees that arose from federal civil rights and job discrimination claims.

    In cases involving auto accidents and medical malpractice. federal tax law exempts compensation for such "personal injuries." The ruling, however, is likely to affect taxes on money won in lawsuits that result in punitive damages or for claims such as defamation.

    Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist did not vote in the decision.

     

     

  • Blog Creation, Readership Rises in 2004

    01/02/2005 9:19:18 PM PST · 3 of 7
    det dweller too to crushelits
    I'm gonna ask the dumb question of the night. Is Freerepublic a blog?

    Is it a super blog?

    Is it a blog of blogs or Blog2?

    Curious minds want to know.

  • The Republican Dictionary: Part 3

    12/30/2004 9:33:30 PM PST · 26 of 42
    det dweller too to cfhBAMA

    Katrina is just pissed because she lost her KGB subsidy when the ol' Evil Empire fell.

  • William F. Buckley, Jr.: What Did Goldwater Mean?

    12/12/2004 3:41:54 PM PST · 11 of 46
    det dweller too to wagglebee
    If I remember, Goldwater started having a "relationship" with a young and attractive woman, don't remember names. I think he fell prey to one of the oldest traps known to man; a woman. Back in my earlier days the slang expression was "pussywhipped". Perhaps that is a little strong, but it is descriptive.
  • Report: Raytheon 'heat beam' weapon ready for Iraq

    12/05/2004 3:39:53 PM PST · 45 of 88
    det dweller too to blink182prj
    Heal said the military version would cost about $1 million, and the U.S. military could require many

    Ah, how many M16s can you get for $1 million?

  • Next step on CBS forgery-Gate, Time to kill McCain-Feingold (The Bill)

    09/20/2004 7:10:36 PM PDT · 11 of 11
    det dweller too to RS
    So you would prefer that the SwiftVets were not allowed to do what they are doing ?

    The swift vets shouldn't and wouldn't have to play games and kiss someones ring to get their message out. Without this stupid law they wouldn't have to ask permission of some bureaucrat to tell the truth

  • Next step on CBS forgery-Gate, Time to kill McCain-Feingold (The Bill)

    09/20/2004 5:50:36 PM PDT · 1 of 11
    det dweller too
  • Chris Matthews Continues Slide Toward Bottom

    09/12/2004 6:28:03 PM PDT · 31 of 103
    det dweller too to woofie
    How far up does he have to go to get to the bottom?

    Well, I heard he was spotted last weekend at home depot looking at ladders.

    ba-da-bing!

  • Robert McNamara to Wed

    09/08/2004 4:59:34 PM PDT · 6 of 55
    det dweller too to det dweller too

    I thought this guy was worm food long ago. It's amazing how the whole Vietnam thingy is returning, like a hemmoroid! This is one guy responsible for more names on that black memorial wall than [nearly, because I may be off] anyone else, other than maybe Ho Chi Minh

  • Robert McNamara to Wed

    09/08/2004 4:52:24 PM PDT · 1 of 55
    det dweller too
    ...one Vietnam veteran posted a bitter Internet attack, blaming McNamara for misleading President Johnson about the Gulf of Tonkin crisis....[fiancee writing] I am sure however, that you agree with me that McNamara at least had the courage to write books and make a movie (for which he was not paid) to explain the whole story."
  • Income taxes - The fool's game

    08/31/2004 2:25:48 PM PDT · 70 of 73
    det dweller too to Your Nightmare
    Excuse me for jumping in, but income taxes are hidden because they are not dependent on an event like a salees tax is, they accumulate over the entire year. The business also knows the taxes must be paid before the workers or shareholders get anything. the pricing of any sales must account for this tax revenue. So even if the workers are at 0% income tax, the products their company produces has a large part of the cost going to the hidden tax. If he is an American worker making widgets, he may find the widgets are cheaper coming from overseas. Then his company gives him a delima. They must cut costs to compete with china's widgets and so that benefit package he was counting on will be eliminated, if he is lucky. If not lucky, maybe his job goes away. And the politicians and union leaders all blame it on the evil and greedy company owners

    This hidden tax business is a bitch!

  • Income taxes - The fool's game

    08/30/2004 9:03:45 PM PDT · 51 of 73
    det dweller too to Badray
    First off I gotta say Rudy just gave a hell of a speech!!!
    Next, your point that the NRST has been in the game for 10 years and is further down the road of acceptance is absolutely true.

    But you say that the different rates possible in the excise tax open it up to political gimmicry. Then you tell me that selling a used car is not covered in the NRST. Well if I buy a used car now I have to pay state sales tax on it, so the lack of it in the NRST is also a form of gimmicry .

    What I am trying to do is take a good idea and refine it. I can certainly live with a NRST, if you can get it passed. My problem is in watching the political monkey-business, that the democrats have gotten so strident and so radical that I think they will literally do anything to keep this from passing. The fight with them on this will be a drain.

    Finally you question on the final rate, I have another study I prepared where I discuss that the fixed cost in our domestically produced products from the income tax is high enough that when we start pulling that out, that it will offset most if not all of the price increase in either the NRST or excise tax replacement.

    I just think the excise tax is a refinement of the NRST that improves some significant weaknesses. But either way I'm OK. What I can't live with is the current system that is burying my kids in a shitty system where decent jobs are becomming as rare as virgins in a whore house.

  • Income taxes - The fool's game

    08/30/2004 6:35:57 PM PDT · 48 of 73
    det dweller too to Badray
    The truth is not hidden from anyone. For example, a few years back Ross Perot proposed a 50¢/gal federal gas tax [excise] and all hell broke loose. People know the tax is there and how much it would cost them. There is just a whole lot of advantages for an excise tax over a sales tax besides the "in your face" zing factor:

    1. Its simpler. You would be collecting the tax from a small number of distributors or wholesalers instead of a very large number of small and medium size businesses That would drop the cost of administering it way down.

    2. It would be far less intrusive. With a NRST every small businessman may be subject to audits. Also as individuals, if you sell your car or have a garage sale you may get a visit or a call by the IRS. With an excise tax, the tax is paid once at the distributor. That would also allow the IRS to get smaller. And therefore the tax is less "on business" than a sales tax.

    3. It is flexible. A NRST would have ONE rate for everything. With an excise tax, as we do today, you can have different rates based on the comodity, high on sin taxes like liquor and cigarettes and low on produce and food.

  • Income taxes - The fool's game

    08/30/2004 4:01:40 PM PDT · 45 of 73
    det dweller too to pollwatcher; CSM; ancient_geezer; kevkrom; Principled; Badray; Libertarianize the GOP
    Two points:

    1)
    Every advantage you list about the NRST can also apply to a national excise tax; the excise tax would be even easier to administer since it could be paid at the distribution point instead of thousands of cash registers. We do excise taxes on cigarettes and liquor and gasoline now and it is not hard to handle. The excise tax also doesn't zing you each time you purchase something by showing you the before and after costs on the receipt. Many here think that is a good idea, but you do NOT persuade people by zinging them. The reasoned arguments can get some people to reluctantly go along. People will know that an excise tax is being included in the price, but it will just not zing them.

    2)
    The original point in the article is that the current income taxes are hidden in our domestic business costs so that the average citizen doesn't realize he is paying them each time he purchases something, even if he pays 0% income taxes directly. The reason the politicians have been able topush them up so high, currently over $2 trillion and growing, is because it is so well hid. I think the first step in changing to either the NRST or an excise tax is to make the case to joe six-pack that he is currently paying the tax with his purchases and lately with his job because the switch to imports hits the lower wage people first.

  • Income taxes - The fool's game

    08/29/2004 9:55:51 PM PDT · 11 of 73
    det dweller too to Libertarianize the GOP
    I think you are right. I am looking down the road to how we get it DONE. In my younger days I was drawn to the challenge of a good debate, now I just want a place where my kids can grow up to be free and not beholden to any government programs. Right now I don't think that place exists anymore.

    You have a good night. I gotta 5AM wakeup to go back to the daily grind.

  • Income taxes - The fool's game

    08/29/2004 9:36:51 PM PDT · 9 of 73
    det dweller too to Libertarianize the GOP
    Well, what will happen, grasshopper, is that the government, dems and pubbies alike, will ignore it and ignore you and know that you will eventually fade away. What you need to do is find a way to hit a nerve in the greater population. And the only way you will get traction is to not freak out half the population with rubbing the sales tax markup in their faces.

    Look at the swift boat vets. Kerry tried to ignore them, but they struck a big nerve and eventually Kerry had to confront the problem they created. He still is dodging the issues, but he is having a hard time because they are hanging on their simple truths and not being drawn into a big fight that they would lose.

  • Income taxes - The fool's game

    08/29/2004 9:17:36 PM PDT · 7 of 73
    det dweller too to Libertarianize the GOP
    You may like the fight, but you may not want the result as much as I do, because with that approach all you will have is the issue. Perhaps that is what you want. It's like democrats and social security, they have NO intention of ever actually FIXING anything, because then they lose their issue. They also never want to fix the income tax problems because they will lose their class envy button which is worth at least 20 points in any election
  • Income taxes - The fool's game

    08/29/2004 8:47:21 PM PDT · 5 of 73
    det dweller too to Libertarianize the GOP
    Yes, I have heard of the national sales tax idea, and I am NOT proposing it because it is too big a change in responsibility levels.

    The trouble I see with sales tax is that it rubs the tax in the face of each purchasing consumer at the point of purchase. There are people who will see that the taxes go to pay for our infrastructure and that is the price we pay for a civil society, but there is a very large group who will not see that, They will focus on the added charge to the bill in front of them and they will freak. they are typically democrats BTW.

    An excise tax, on the other hand, we have had for over 200 years and is a much more digestable tax for the average citizen. Everyone knows at some level that there are large taxes on liquor, but nobody has the fact that the liquor bottle they are buying for $20 has about $18 in taxes in it. People have gotten used to the tax, they don't object too loudly to it and life goes on.

    If you want to focus on a sales tax as the method, it will work and everything said in that video is true, except that it will never get beyond a pep rally of republicans, because the democrats will kill it every time.

    I just want to be practical, and maybe see motion towards this concept before the parasitic losses to taxes destroys my kids America.

  • Income taxes - The fool's game

    08/29/2004 7:17:59 PM PDT · 1 of 73
    det dweller too
    On the eve of the last convention this year, This is a POV on the economic topic that neither side is addressing, and that is a shame.
  • Kerry's Lost Opportunity

    08/26/2004 3:44:26 PM PDT · 3 of 20
    det dweller too to neverdem

    I heard yesterday that Kerry had his own "AWOL while in the reserves" problem. As I understand, sometime after he returned from Vietnam, he went on active reserve status for his last year in the Navy. He was supposed to go to monthly meetings and do 17 days of training. He didnt show up for ANY meetings or training, He also has an extra zinger to his absentees in that this was the time that he went to Paris France to meet with the Viet Cong whom we were then at war with. People have been shot for doing something like that instead of just being embarrassed, so John should be greatful.

  • Blackball (Republicans plan to boycott MSNBC's Hardball and Chris Matthews during the RNC)

    08/25/2004 8:38:38 PM PDT · 79 of 84
    det dweller too to tobyhill
    wrote: Put him in the Janitor's closet with no windows and a 40 watt lightbulb.

    why a 40 watt lightbulb? how about cancelling the light and adding a potbellly pig that just finished 5 Lb of refried beans. Oh and lock the door from the outside, envronmental contamination and all. {;->

  • Does Kerry have a memorial?

    08/24/2004 4:46:59 PM PDT · 1 of 12
    det dweller too
  • "Swift Boat Veterans For Truth" Pledge Challenge

    08/24/2004 3:04:23 PM PDT · 57 of 69
    det dweller too to Lunatic Fringe
    OK here ya go. I sent this yesterday

    ----- Original Message ----- From:
    To:
    Sent: Monday, August 23, 2004 10:21 PM
    Subject: Donation to Swift Boat Veterans for Truth

    > From:admin@swiftvets.com
    >
    > Thank you for contributing to the support of Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.
    > This email is your receipt for your contribution of $25.00