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Posts by juno67

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  • Ore. lawmaker says teachers should be allowed guns

    12/16/2012 8:08:21 AM PST · 14 of 23
    juno67 to Bernard

    “And do we really want the spectacle of armed teachers walking picket lines or negotiating contracts?”

    Good point, and also, do we really want armed teachers demanding that we have our homework ready to hand in?

  • After Newtown shooting, it’s time to have that ‘national conversation on guns’ (Codrea)

    12/16/2012 8:02:31 AM PST · 67 of 74
    juno67 to FlingWingFlyer

    “It’s time for SCOTUS to get off its @$$ and “decide” that the Second Amendment is an individual right guaranteed to EVERY AMERICAN and that it doesn’t have anything to do with hunting or the National Guard. Enough beating around the bush.”

    The Second amendment speaks of an individual’s right to keep and bear arms. Are you saying that you believe that all individuals have a right to keep and bear all arms, with no limitations whatsoever, so long as they can afford them?

  • 28 Dead, Including 20 Children, After Shooting Rampage At Sandy Hook School In Newtown

    12/16/2012 7:24:42 AM PST · 1,407 of 1,486
    juno67 to Jedidah

    Can’t argue with you about where we are as a society, but at the same time, I don’t believe in making it easy for a sicko to do great harm. We don’t sell RPG’s at the 7-11’s, nor do I think many people believe we should. There have to be some limits on the degree of dangerousness of weapons that we allow the general public to possess. That’s what I think the coming debate will be about.

  • 28 Dead, Including 20 Children, After Shooting Rampage At Sandy Hook School In Newtown

    12/16/2012 7:19:31 AM PST · 1,406 of 1,486
    juno67 to Darksheare

    Why? You want, you ask them.

  • 28 Dead, Including 20 Children, After Shooting Rampage At Sandy Hook School In Newtown

    12/15/2012 8:57:15 AM PST · 1,384 of 1,486
    juno67 to Jedidah

    “1) Do you really think someone bent on murder won’t go outside this “rights” to obtain a weapon?

    2) Would you prefer he enter the school with a 5-gallon can of gasoline and a box of matches?

    Evil is evil, and there’s always a method”

    So would you sell a fully automatic rifle to someone listed as a suspected terrorist by the FBI and CIA?

  • 28 Dead, Including 20 Children, After Shooting Rampage At Sandy Hook School In Newtown

    12/15/2012 8:47:17 AM PST · 1,383 of 1,486
    juno67 to Rome2000

    “Every day, African American criminals massacre at least a score of our fellow citizens of all races .

    Don’t see him shedding any tears over that.”

    Yes, seems like every day I read about some African American going to an elementary school and killing 20 kids, aged six years old. And Obama never sheds a tear...Whoops, wait a second! Actually, I can’t remember the last time this happened. What are you talking about?

  • U.S. Terrorism Agency to Tap a Vast Database of Citizens (Big Brother lives)

    12/14/2012 8:23:41 AM PST · 61 of 63
    juno67 to TonyInOhio

    “Welcome to 1984. You’ll learn to love Big Brother, too.”

    This started with the “Patriot” Act, which gave the government unprecedented powers to look into the private affairs of American. It, along with the administration’s claim of a right to indefinitely detain anyone suspected of supporting terrorism, with no right to a trial or even to know the specifics of the charges, was embraced by the country at large.

    Surprisingly, most “conservatives” supported this abrogation of our rights, reasoning that the Constitution, and specifically the Bill of Rights, was not a “suicide pact”, and that the dangers of terrorism were such that we should forget about our rights. This is but a continuation of that long, sad period.

  • Obama to attend PSY performance despite protests (Not a surprise...)

    12/14/2012 8:14:34 AM PST · 51 of 51
    juno67 to BunnySlippers

    It wasn’t a song. It was a comment to the effect that those US troops who were torturing Iraqis should be killed.

  • Obama to attend PSY performance despite protests (Not a surprise...)

    12/14/2012 8:14:22 AM PST · 50 of 51
    juno67 to BunnySlippers

    It wasn’t a song. It was a comment to the effect that those US troops who were torturing Iraqis should be killed.

  • Obama to attend PSY performance despite protests (Not a surprise...)

    12/10/2012 9:49:35 PM PST · 47 of 51
    juno67 to BunnySlippers

    What 2004 anti-American song?

  • Obama to attend PSY performance despite protests (Not a surprise...)

    12/10/2012 9:49:35 PM PST · 46 of 51
    juno67 to BunnySlippers

    What 2004 anti-American song?

  • Obama to attend PSY performance despite protests (Not a surprise...)

    12/10/2012 9:07:37 AM PST · 45 of 51
    juno67 to Sarah Barracuda

    Must be a lot of Americans that like this guy. His video for “Gangnam Style” just passed Justin Beieber’s as the most watched video ever on Youtube. A fun video, don’t you think?

  • The rich will pay more taxes, Boehner says

    12/06/2012 1:10:49 AM PST · 132 of 136
    juno67 to irish_links

    “..The “rich” already DO pay more taxes. A LOT more, in fact....”

    I think what people don’t like is rich people paying a lower tax rate than middle class people. The average tax rate for the 400 richest families in the US in 2011 was 19%, which is lower than what a wager earner making $100,000 a year pays. Hard to explain why this ia fair.

  • White House Offers New Fiscal Plan, Prodding G.O.P.

    12/03/2012 10:25:52 PM PST · 37 of 37
    juno67 to GeronL
    “There are zero spending cuts under this proposal.”

    Right now, neither party has come out with any plan for serious spending cuts. Both are playing politics. I say now is the time for conservatives to come out with a new “CONTRACT FOR AMERICA” much like the conservatives did under Gingrich and propose specific cuts to put the nation on the path to a balanced budget. Here are a few:

    1. Cut the defense budget by $250 billion a year, so that it is no larger than the combined defense spending of China, Russia, England, Germany and Japan all added together. After all, we have the world's most effective nuclear arsenal and two very large oceans between us and any hostile nations. We could make do.

    2. Eliminate farm subsidies. Let's get away from Soviet style agriculture and go back to capitalism. Save tens of billions.

    3. End the crony capitalist medical system we have where an adult citizen cannot buy the medication he needs without getting someone certified by the AMA to give him a license to buy it. This is ridiculous. Most of the world lets its citizens buy 98% of necessary meds at their local pharmacy, without a script. The pharmacist uses his knowledge as an adviser. Go to a doctor if you like, but this would put an end to people having to run to the emergency room and run up a fantastic bill (which the citizenry has to pay) just to get some basic medication. This would also cut down doctor's visits by 50%. Plus, build twice as many medical schools as we have now and introduce (the horror of this word to doctors) COMPETITION to the medical system. Right now the AMA (?!!!) limits the number of medical schools and thus doctors we can have. Finally, put a limit on the extent of services available under Medicare. A person living on social security doesn't get to live like a millionaire, why should he have the same medical care under Medicare as a millionaire. Grow up and stop shrieking about “death panels.” Government has limitations. You don't want them, earn some money, don't go begging from the general public.

    4. No retirement benefits to be paid by the government to any able bodied person until they reach 65. Doesn't matter whether they worked for the post office, the legislature, the armed forces....You wait like the rest of us. Why are we talking about raising the retirement age for Social Security because it is starting to run a deficit and not all the other government retirement programs, which are not funded at all?

  • Obama’s Now Borrowed More Than All Presidents from Washington to W

    12/03/2012 11:45:05 AM PST · 66 of 67
    juno67 to csmusaret

    How convenient for us to blame Obama for the huge deficits of the last four years, as though we had nothing to do with it. I see the deficit chart here, which is very interesting and tells part of the story, but I don’t see a spending chart or a revenue chart. What i have heard is that spending has increased under O about the same as under Bush, but that revenues have fallen mightily. In any event, we seem to be forgetting that O is not a dictator, and that congress has to vote for our nation’s spending each year. It’s convenient to have a bogeyman, but everyone is looking at the wrong one. The real bogeyman is ALL OF US. We demand enormous benefits from our government, freebies, massive military far beyond any major group of countries combined, massive government pensions of all kinds, unlimited medical care, highways, electricity, wars, AND WE REFUSE TO PAY FOR IT. The surest way to get elected in America for the last thirty years of so, or probably longer, has been to promise “free” benefits from the government that you don’t even have to pay more taxes to get. Even better, someone hit on the idea a while back of convincing people that they could get these increased benefits AND a tax cut at the same time, if we just voted for the right politician, because after all, the budget would balance itself anyway. Never mind that it never did. We fed our hearts on fantasy, and we are reaping the whirlwind.

  • Mexico's President-Elect Praises Obama on Immigration: 'We Fully Support Your Proposal'

    11/27/2012 8:38:32 PM PST · 29 of 56
    juno67 to A_perfect_lady

    They love their mothers.

  • King: Petraeus Said CIA's Talking Points Were Edited to Play Down Terrorism

    11/17/2012 6:28:15 PM PST · 18 of 25
    juno67 to joethedrummer

    “How STUPID must these folks be to think that in this day and age of technology, that they can just ‘hide’ acts of terrorism from the American people???”

    What I still don’t understand is why they would want to.

  • Scandal Probe Ensnares Commander of U.S., NATO Troops in Afghanistan

    11/14/2012 12:30:31 AM PST · 243 of 243
    juno67 to 444Flyer

    ” When Beer Leader got re-elected, and knowing the truth about Benghazi spells i-m-p-e-a-c-h-m-e-n-t for him, perhaps someone ‘recommended’ Patreaus fess up to a fake affair...or else?”

    That doesn’t ring true for a couple of reasons. First, considering his personal history, General Patreaus doesn’t strike me as the kind of man to bow down to anyone for anything. Secondly, if you were trying to blackmail him into suppressing information, you wouldn’t first destroy his reputation. You would tell him, “Look, you don’t play ball with us, we’ll reveal (or create) this affair you had.” Now, having already destroyed his career and perhaps his marriage, what do you threaten him with to keep him from singing? The level of threats available to keep him quiet has diminished considerably.

  • Scandal Probe Ensnares Commander of U.S., NATO Troops in Afghanistan

    11/13/2012 9:09:57 AM PST · 201 of 243
    juno67 to Jeff Head

    ” Sounds more and more like a honey trap and smells more and more like someone setting it up. Is it foreign enemies...or domestice ones?”

    What is surprising is that two of our top military leaders could be compromised so easily. I mean, these two are not exactly femme fatales. Are our senior military guys really so sexually frustrated that they’ll risk their careers for flings with these women? Perhaps the CIA should hire some hot babes with proper clearance to service our top servicemen discretely.

  • Obama wins Fla., topping Romney in final tally

    11/10/2012 11:38:59 AM PST · 70 of 145
    juno67 to Amish with an attitude

    “The only positive is that when the collapse comes and we go the way of Greece, the guy most responsible for it will still occupy the White House.”

    We won’t go the way of Greece. Greece doesn’t have it own currency. It has to pay its bills in euros.

    We can always pay our bills, just rev up the printing presses.

  • MSNBC: CIA Director Petraeus Resigns; Cites Extra-Marital Affair

    11/10/2012 12:00:26 AM PST · 666 of 682
    juno67 to Blonde

    “Maybe he was pushing for releasing the truth of Bengahzi...”

    I admit I may be a little slow, but I have yet to undersand why it would have been to Obama’s advantage to lie about the terrorist attack in Bengahzi. It didn’t hurt Bush’s popularity when the two largest buildings in NYC were demolished by terrorists. Why would it have hurt Obama’s popularity to acknowledge that terrorists attacked the embassy? In fact, when it became known it was a terrorist attack, it did not hurt him.

  • Elections are over... time to celebrate? -a note to my Obama-lovin' children

    11/08/2012 1:12:23 AM PST · 13 of 32
    juno67 to whiterhino

    “Obama added 1/3rd of our national debt in a 3.5 years with no plan to stop spending.”

    Let’s take a little responsibiity here. Ultimately, it’s Congress that passes the budget each year, and determines government spending and deficits, not the president. And Congress keeps spending more than it takes in because WE want it to. Because we want all the benefits without paying the bills.

    We’ve been on a spending spree for at least 30 years, and only for the smallest fraction of that time did we actually take in enough revenue to pay for it. When we realized that we promptly gave ourselves a tax cut and increased our spending too, of course. Congress keeps behaving outrageously because we only will elect people to Congress who tell us that we don’t have to pay our bills, that we can spend all we want and cut our taxes too. We believe in magic, and will continue to believe until the wheels come off.

  • Elections are over... time to celebrate? -a note to my Obama-lovin' children

    11/08/2012 1:01:36 AM PST · 11 of 32
    juno67 to Terry Mross

    “These people voted for him knowing exactly what they’re going to get. Just filling their gas tank should have told them.”

    Price of oil dropped $4 yesterday, after O’s re-election. Funny thing, that. Seems Wall Street has a different idea about what makes oil go up and down.

  • Supreme Court to take up UT admission case [may strike down racial and ethnic considerations)

    10/08/2012 10:46:22 AM PDT · 21 of 36
    juno67 to Cincinatus' Wife

    Seems like the folks who believe in states’ rights have forgotten about them as far as this issue is concerned. Does a state have no right to set its own criterion without being second guessed by the federal government?

  • Who Destroyed the Economy? The Case Against the Baby Boomers

    10/08/2012 10:38:16 AM PDT · 69 of 102
    juno67 to Tenacious 1

    “... only 75% of the stated benefits that I have earned will be available in 2025 as a result of unfunded liabilities.”

    I haven’t seen the Statement that you are talking about, but I suspect that what it means is that the missing 25%, which was an excess paid over the last twenty years or so, has not been saved as a fund to cover the baby boomer’s coming shortfall (as was the plan devised under Alan Greenspans’s supervision in the 80’s), but has been spent to cover past excesses of our government. In this sense, the Statement is correct. However, if you take into consideration the total amount paid in, I think you will find that it balances with the amount paid out for another twenty years. The problem was not social security itself, but the government’s overspending in general.

  • Who Destroyed the Economy? The Case Against the Baby Boomers

    10/08/2012 9:09:28 AM PDT · 32 of 102
    juno67 to 9YearLurker

    “The Greatest Generation was all for the too-good-to-be-true transfer of wealth that was the SS/Medicare Ponzi scheme.”

    Social security is fully funded for the next twenty years or so. It has paid hundreds of billions in excess for the last twenty years, since Reagan raised the contributions to “save” the program. It is not a Ponzi scheme. Medicare is a problem because medical costs have risen far faster than anyone could reasonably have anticipated. Still, if you eliminated both programs, and the payroll taxes that fund them, the government would continue to run a massive deficit. The problem is not that SS/Medicare is a Ponzi scheme—it’s the the whole of government is a Ponzi scheme. We’ve been promised we can have what we want (most recently, two wars in the Middle East and free prescription drugs for seniors) without having to pay for them. And who keeps voting for the politicians that promise us that we can have more from the government and cut our taxes as well? We do. No one wants to do the math.

  • Jobless claims fall to two-month low last week

    09/27/2012 10:19:52 AM PDT · 18 of 23
    juno67 to SeekAndFind

    No way Obama can win with the economy this bad.

  • Romney cites his healthcare law as proof of his compassion

    09/27/2012 3:29:36 AM PDT · 156 of 162
    juno67 to Baynative

    “The point that is often missed and never reported on by the Obamedia is that Romney stresses that the Mass HC plan was a state decision and that any other attempts to insure people through taxation should also be a state decision.”

    So you don’t have any objection to Obamacare other than it should have been done by the states instead of the federal government?

  • Mitt Romney Paid More Taxes Than Required, Raising Rate to 14.1 Percent

    09/22/2012 7:31:49 AM PDT · 56 of 61
    juno67 to yoe


    It is rumored that he wrote some books.

  • Mitt Romney Paid More Taxes Than Required, Raising Rate to 14.1 Percent

    09/22/2012 7:28:57 AM PDT · 55 of 61
    juno67 to Alberta's Child

    “No offense, but your entire post illustrates exactly what is wrong with even many conservatives when it comes to tax policy. This fixation on how much someone paid in taxes as a percentage of their income is large-scale, institutional envy at its root. Even a “flat tax” as it is popularly known today is unjust at its core.
    Let’s use a simple example of a flat tax rate of 20% on all income with no deductions. If I earn $1M I pay $200,000 in taxes on that income. If you earn $50,000 you pay $5,000 in taxes on your income. Now let’s suppose I live next door to you, have a similar house, have a similar family in terms of household size, and use public amenities such as streets and parks to the same extent that you do. What rationale is there for me to be carrying a tax burden that is forty times your tax burden?”

    I quote you at length because I thought your example was a good one. Why should a million dollar earner pay more in taxes than the guy next door who earns $50,000? Both of you have three kids, and a mortgage (okay, maybe the rich guy doesn’t have a mortgage). Why should the rich guy pay more? I should think it couldn’t be more clear—the neighbor earning $50,000 with three kids is making about enough to get by. Hard for him to pay more than $5,000, Whereas the rich guy has $800,000 left over after he pays $200,000 in taxes. Not exactly tough to get by on that. I think many if not most rich people reccognize this and realize the fairness of higher tax rates on higher incomes.

    As far as envy being the root of my beliefs in what is fair, when I was a top 1% earner in the 80’s and 90’s, I paid my 35% or so in taxes each year and was happy to do it. I remembered I was making about four times as much as my employees, and they worked hard for me. I didn’t mind paying more in taxes. I felt very fortunate.

  • Mitt Romney Paid More Taxes Than Required, Raising Rate to 14.1 Percent

    09/22/2012 7:13:48 AM PDT · 54 of 61
    juno67 to Kickass Conservative

    “Are you advocating that there should be no difference in Taxation for Capital Gains and Earned Income?

    I think Ronald Reagan got it about right in his Tax Reform Act of 1986 when he set the capital gains rate at 28%.

    “Capital Gains Income comes from risk based Investments using Capital that has already been Taxed. Earned Income is not a Risk based investment.”

    I can’t think of anything you can do with your money that doesn’t have an element of risk. I may be missing something, but it seems to me that the main incentive to invest one’s money in stocks or real estate is not the tax treatment, it’s the potential gains. You don’t get to be rich like Donald Trump or Mitt Romney by putting your money in the bank. Earning millions of dollars is the incentive that drives the tycoons. Do you think Trump didn’t do any real estate deals or Warren Buffett got out of the stock market while the capital gains rate was 28%?

    Besides, this preferential treatment for capital gains sometimes makes no sense at all. Why should the US government give a highly preferential tax treatment to me if instead of earning a living by working, I invest money in Chinese stocks or Brazilian real estate and make a fortune? How does that help America? Is that more worthy than making a living being a welder on a Texas drilling rig?

    I’m starting to think that Warren Buffett had it right when he said that there is a class war going on, and the rich are winning. I mean, think about it, how much of Romney’s and Obama’s campaign funds come from ordinary Americans? Politicians pay attention to who gets them elected. You can see the results in our tax laws. The 400 highest earning families in America are paying taxes at the lowest rate now (about 18%) than at any time since the IRS started keeping track 20 years ago. If we eliminate taxes on capital gains that will go down even more.

  • Mitt Romney Paid More Taxes Than Required, Raising Rate to 14.1 Percent

    09/22/2012 1:15:25 AM PDT · 45 of 61
    juno67 to Ingtar

    “It was mostly capital gains taxes.”

    So Romney paid 14% on an income of 13.5 million bucks. Somehow that doesn’t seem right. During my peak earning years in the 80’s and 90’s I was paying about one third of my income to Uncle Sam, and I wasn’t making near what Romney is raking in.

    And I keep hearing that we need to eliminate taxes on capital gains entirely, which would reduce Romney’s tax rate down to near zero.

    I remember when it was a radical idea to have a flat tax so that the rich did not pay a higher tax rate than the middle class. Now that seems they deserve to be taxed less.

  • Outnumbered: Presidential Voters Exceeded Full-time Workers by 14 Million

    09/20/2012 1:33:34 AM PDT · 27 of 27
    juno67 to justlurking

    You’re right, of course. A bit of sloppy writing and thinking on my part.


    09/19/2012 9:41:17 AM PDT · 78 of 105
    juno67 to traditional1

    “Selectively edited, most-likely, for MAXIMUM Obamabot effect, and taken out of context in an illegal taping of his remarks.”

    I had the feeling that a lot of people agreed with his remarks. What would you think would have been a proper context to make them more agreeable?


    09/19/2012 9:16:48 AM PDT · 74 of 105
    juno67 to tanknetter

    “People should also start drawing an analogy between this and the missing 18 1/2 minutes in the Nixon Watergate tapes.”

    The difference is that the sentiment was that Nixon didn’t want us to hear what was omitted from the Watergate tapes, because it was criminal, whereas here, it would be (what?) exculpatory?

  • Outnumbered: Presidential Voters Exceeded Full-time Workers by 14 Million

    09/19/2012 8:49:23 AM PDT · 8 of 27
    juno67 to Kaslin

    “Income taxes” is a term of art used by the IRS. It refers to a specific type of tax on income. It is not the only federal tax on income. Almost everyone who works pays payroll taxes, which are a flat 15.3% of income. There is no exemption for low earners, only for high earners. Those who earn above about 120,000 don’t have to pay any more above that level.

    Payroll taxes represent 40% of all taxes collected by the federal government. These taxes are not sequestered-—they pay for all the expenses of government, just like income taxes. So it is not fair to say that people who don’t pay “income taxes” are not paying a fair share of the nation’s tax burden.

  • Romney sticks by 'victims' comments, but calls them 'off the cuff'

    09/19/2012 8:36:26 AM PDT · 72 of 79
    juno67 to kingattax; The Sons of Liberty

    “respectfully, .you certainly are way off base with your comment...retirees on SS were not the subject or included in Romney’s statement.. why would you think that ?”

    Because I listened to what he said:

    “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right? There are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what. And I mean the President starts off with 49, 49…he starts off with a huge number. These are people who pay no income tax. Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax. So our message of lower taxes doesn’t connect. So he’ll be out there talking about tax cuts for the rich. I mean, that’s what they sell every four years.”

    “And so my job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives. What I have to is convince the five to ten percent in the center that are independents...”

    He starts off talking about the 47% of Americans who are with Obama, and then later explains who these 47% are-—the 47% of Americans who don’t pay income taxes. In Romney’s mind, if you don’t pay income taxes, you believe you are a victim and will vote for Obama no matter what. That’s what he said. And social security is an entitlement.

    I’m starting to think that he wants to be president so that he can give himself and his pals another tax cut. Paying 13% in taxes is too much for him. Eliminate capital gains and he’ll be down under 5%, which is only fair in his mind. Also eliminate estate taxes so each of his five sons can afford to run for president as well.

    When are we going to have a real conservative representing the Republicans?

  • CNBC And Yahoo Finance Readers REALLY Liked Mitt Romney's Comments

    09/18/2012 3:44:28 PM PDT · 27 of 35
    juno67 to The Sons of Liberty

    “Logically, you have to ask yourself - “What can you offer someone with no ambition, who doesn’t want to work and has no intention of paying taxes?”. Mitt was 100% correct in believing he wouldn’t get that constituency’s vote - that’s 0bama’s “Core Constituency”!

    Now it seems like everyone here is jumping on us retirees who are living on our savings and social security. I had never realized we were held in such contempt.

  • Romney sticks by 'victims' comments, but calls them 'off the cuff'

    09/18/2012 3:33:07 PM PDT · 63 of 79
    juno67 to kingattax

    “Romney can seal the deal and win by standing strong and doubling down on this golden opportunity. Self-reliance vs govt reliance is a WINNING issue.”

    So all of us retirees living on our savings and our social security “believe we are victims” entitled to government support? Romney says he thinks so little of us that he is certain that he will never be able “to convince us to take personal responsbility and care fcr our lives.” Kind of harsh.

    If he follows his VP’s advice and eliminates taxes on capital gains, then he will cut his own income taxes down perilously close to zero, and he’ll be in the same boat with us worthless retirees.

  • Live Thread: Romney to Speak to Press Tonight About '47% Video' Comments

    09/17/2012 11:43:15 PM PDT · 396 of 507
    juno67 to dragnet2

    “Would it not make more sense to dramatically reduce the size of government and radically cut government spending, cutting government programs at all levels, giving even the wealthy a break?”

    Absolutel. And this time let’s not make our usual mistake of putting the cart before the horse and giving ourselves a tax break before we cut spending.

  • Live Thread: Romney to Speak to Press Tonight About '47% Video' Comments

    09/17/2012 11:15:32 PM PDT · 391 of 507
    juno67 to dragnet2

    “47% is a lot of people, and I’d bet at least half of those simply do not make enough working to pay fed taxes.”

    “Income taxes” is a bit of a deceptive term. Everybody who makes an income in America pays federal taxes-—in the form of payroll taxes. Payroll taxes start on the first dollar earned. There is no exemption until you get above the maximum earnings level of about $120,000, and it is a flat rate of about 15.3% (if an employee, 50% is given directly to the government by your employer). Over 40% of federal taxes on income come from payroll taxes. Most Americans pay more in payroll taxes than income taxes.

    And anyone who imagines that those payroll taxes are being segregated so that they only go for Social Security and Medicare is living in LaLa land. They are used to pay the government’s bills just like any other tax money.

  • Taxes and the Economy: An EconomicAnalysis of the Top Tax Rates Since 1945

    09/17/2012 10:56:43 PM PDT · 9 of 10
    juno67 to justlurking

    Looks like the only ones who benefit from cutting the taxes on the richest Americans are the richest Americans.

  • Crude oil ought to be $150 per barrel: Iran

    09/17/2012 12:38:39 AM PDT · 10 of 12
    juno67 to Wyrd bið ful aræd

    “But even if it were true that Iran is trying to develop nuclear capabilities for peaceful reasons, what is the point? With all the oil they’re sitting on, they don’t need any other kind of energy — the fossil fuel they have will last them forever.”

    Why use it themselves when they can sell it for $120 a barrel?

  • On Libya Three Decades Ago – Obama Should Remember Reagan’s Resolve

    09/16/2012 8:30:59 AM PDT · 12 of 14
    juno67 to cripplecreek

    Good point.


    09/15/2012 2:21:59 AM PDT · 160 of 160
    juno67 to 444Flyer

    “I know that Islam is a blood thirsty ideology looking for any excuse to appease the lust to murder.”

    Makes you wonder, doesn’t it, why our government decided to fight two wars in Muslim countries to transform them into Western-style democracies. Talk about a gigantic waste of precious lives and over a trillion dollars. Talk about governing with your head in the sand.


    09/14/2012 1:42:37 PM PDT · 158 of 160
    juno67 to 444Flyer

    “Whose defending the actual film? Our founders were willing to die for freedom and the freedom of speech bought for you and I.”

    Hey, I believe in freedom of speech as much as you. I’m not saying he should or even can be prosecuted. I’m saying he acted with the knowledge and intent that this film would create a conflagration, and it did. He had the freedom under our constitution to put American lives in jeopardy, and he did.

    You act as though he had no responsibility, as though there was no way for him to anticipate what would happen. Surely you are not that naive. A man who publishes the names of those who killed Osama bin Laden is also protected, but do we applaud him for doing so, knowing that there may well be retaliation against those people who were named?


    09/14/2012 1:55:56 AM PDT · 149 of 160
    juno67 to Truthteller80

    “Very soon now THE LORD will return and the pagans and heretics will suffer eternal punishment!”

    As you know, people have been saying this for 2,000 years.

    Anyway, I don’t have anything against pagans and heritics. I’ve met some truly excellent people who were pagans and heretics.

    Myself, I wish THE LORD would return and banish hatred and bigotry. That’s the kind of LORD I believe in.


    09/14/2012 1:50:21 AM PDT · 148 of 160
    juno67 to GeronL

    I think the article said the Associated Press ID’d him.


    09/14/2012 1:50:13 AM PDT · 147 of 160
    juno67 to GeronL

    I think the article said the Associated Press ID’d him.


    09/14/2012 1:49:08 AM PDT · 146 of 160
    juno67 to Behind Liberal Lines

    I don’t consider this fellow any kind of a hero. He made an infantile film designed to enrage equally infantile idiots and he succeeded and it led to the death of several Americans. Should he be proud of this? Should we?

    I say, you want to pour gasoline on a fire, you go over there and stand where the fire is.