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Posts by LenS

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  • Lawyer: Norway suspect wanted anti-Muslim crusade

    07/24/2011 9:47:01 AM PDT · 72 of 103
    LenS to Pining_4_TX

    Well, since these are kids into Labor Party politics, they’re probably not super aggressive. Nor are they used to guns. So running away and/or hiding is a more natural reaction. And running away is a good survival instinct much of the time — it’s just that on a small island it’s not very effective. Also, that police uniform clearly confused everyone when it came to reacting.

    Finally, while it’s a small island, it’s got a lot of trees and a rocky shoreline. That would make it difficult to see what was going on from a distance, thus making it difficult for people to figure out exactly what was going on besides hearing shots and screams.

  • Lawyer: Norway suspect wanted anti-Muslim crusade

    07/24/2011 9:33:53 AM PDT · 66 of 103
    LenS to 1rudeboy

    That’s sad. That probably means there are kids and/or adults still unaccounted for. I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the victims died from drowning. I can’t imagine the water is very warm and even a bad swimmer will dive in to avoid getting shot in the head. Sad.

  • Death Toll Rises to 91 in Norway

    07/23/2011 7:21:44 AM PDT · 246 of 483
    LenS to johniegrad

    So the press helicopter is supposed to figure out that the “cop” is actually the killer, turn around, fly back to an airport, pick up a police/military sniper who just happens to be armed and ready, fly back to the island, reacquire the “cop” target (and not hitting any other cops that might also be there via boat), and take him out from the sky (the newly acquired sniper being an expert at shooting from a helicopter also). I’m sure that’s an easy task done in a minute or two. /sarcasm.

    Reactions always take time. And reactions to unexpected new events take longer. Look at 9/11, passengers on the fourth flight reacted to the new threat. But it still took them time to figure that out. And they had the knowledge of the earlier attacks to help them make that change. The half hour or ninety minutes it takes for people to adjust is a lot of time for a determined man to kill a lot of people.

  • Death Toll Rises to 91 in Norway

    07/23/2011 7:03:19 AM PDT · 230 of 483
    LenS to Elendur

    Big difference between OKC and now — the Internet. Back then, the information about making powerful bombs with fertilizer was only being used among Islamic terror groups. So McVeigh etal. had to actually go to the Phillipines and make contact with such people to learn the info. Now the info about fertilizer being helpful is common knowledge all over the many stories about OKC. And I’m guessing that the info on how to actually make it is available in many places on the web (I’m guessing it’s knowledge that can be found on the many Islamic terror web sites without much difficulty these days).

    Back then, a poorly written Anarchist’s Cookbook would probably be the main source for someone without official military training. These days, anyone with internet access could easily find the knowledge about bomb making.

  • Death Toll Rises to 91 in Norway

    07/23/2011 6:50:29 AM PDT · 221 of 483
    LenS to autumnraine

    Perhaps the bomb was merely a distraction for his main attack. So the real sick “fun” came from getting to kill kids trapped with nowhere to run. Thus, the timing was dictated not by the most effective time for the bomb blast but the most effective time to launch his assault on the island. Doing it then before the Minister arrived on the island with his normal security detail probably gave him the most time to “enjoy” his main goal -— the shooting spree. Judging from the witness descriptions and that one photo, this reminds me of Columbine where the killers were more into the one on one killing and the bombs are a side show.

    Though, from what I’ve read, Norway has very few cops per capita (less than half of even Sweden’s minimal level) and even the Royal family travels freely about with minimal security presence.

    If the above is true, then Norway caught a break in that a bomb that powerful could have killed hundreds more at a busier time of day.

  • Death Toll Rises to 91 in Norway

    07/23/2011 6:36:31 AM PDT · 207 of 483
    LenS to Loyal Sedition

    Over at Pajamas Media, it was pointed out that Norway has very few cops on a per capita basis. It was less than half of what Sweden has for example. So the bombs in Oslo would have made for a very effective diversion of official attention while he commences his shooting spree elsewhere. Norway is a country that’s still not even begun to come to grips with increasing criminal violence among Islamic immigrants let alone how to deal with and respond to actual large scale attacks like this one.

    The use of a cop uniform was diabolically effective. The following quote from an AP article today nails it —

    “Elise said she had just come out from an information meeting in a nearby building when she heard gunshots. She saw a police officer and thought she was safe, but then he started shooting.”

  • More than 80 killed at youth camp - Police (Norway)

    07/22/2011 11:45:55 PM PDT · 373 of 430
    LenS to Deo volente

    Islam is so violent that they’re constantly making threats against everyone (including each other) on a daily basis. It would probably be impossible for a non-Muslim maniac to commit an atrocity that wasn’t preceded by some Islamic threat against his chosen target. In other words, when something occurs all the time, everything else seems linked even when they’re not.

  • More than 80 killed at youth camp - Police (Norway)

    07/22/2011 9:43:49 PM PDT · 320 of 430
    LenS to montag813

    Norway has very few cops per capita. Parking a car bomb ahead of time and letting a timer do the job while you spend a few hours traveling to your next attack site wouldn’t be that difficult or risky. In fact, the car bomb(s) would serve as excellent distractions for the attack on the island as the attention of the nation’s police and emergency responders would be focused on Oslo.

  • More than 80 killed at youth camp - Police (Norway)

    07/22/2011 9:33:05 PM PDT · 316 of 430
    LenS to Charlespg

    Remember that this is a very tiny island. It’s not as if the kids could just run away in all directions as they could on the mainland. Swimming away takes much longer than running. It also means that there is no concealment or cover as you flee by water except by going underwater. And even a pistol can shoot farther than most people can breath underwater, let alone a rifle or assault weapon. Finally, if he was wearing a police uniform, then he’s got the element of surprise on top of that. A kid who didn’t see the initial attack but hears the gunshots is very likely to go towards the supposed policeman for protection.

    It reminds me of that South Korean mass murder case where a cop went house to house killing many as his uniform gave him an edge of surprise.

  • Pennsylvania Politicians Say State’s ($540 million) Surplus Should Be Put In Reserve ($3 billion)

    06/05/2011 4:15:04 PM PDT · 8 of 10
    LenS to midcop402

    At the local level, you need something like that just to cover rougher winters. One extra big snowstorm can cost a lot.

    Still, they need to cut more spending. If it isn’t infrastructure repairs or keeping prisons filled, then it needs to be cut.

  • Grieving mother's videotaped slaying stuns Mexico

    12/18/2010 7:53:01 PM PST · 18 of 109
    LenS to DownInFlames

    While the threats to our homeland are great, we are better prepared to fight back than ever before in our history. The constant fights and deployments since the first Gulf War have created a vast pool of experienced combat veterans to go with our vast technological edge. The surge in Iraq has also produced a force that can successfully fight an insurgent war and win hearts and minds. And that was in an inherently hostile and broken Islamic culture. Despite it’s flaws, Mexico is Christian and has people who desire better lives and have a work ethic. We would find willing allies in Mexico much easier than in Iraq where such cooperation and individual bravery goes against the culture.

    Our only real problem is our ruling elites lack of willpower to lead and not steal. And as the Tea Parties and the last election show, they’re running out of time. It’s just sad that the cowardice of the American and Mexican elites have allowed this problem to become on where tens of thousands (and probably hundreds of thousands more) have died and will die before peace and stability return.

  • How Bill Clinton Got His Sweet, Sweet Revenge on John Edwards

    09/27/2010 6:33:42 PM PDT · 36 of 47
    LenS to Popman
    "It would not surprise me at all if Bill Clinton himself runs in 2012"

    There are two people barred from running for President by the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution -- George W Bush and William J Clinton. It's impossible to hide the fact those two men have already won two elections to the office.

  • Cornyn Doesn't Sugarcoat O'Donnell (Bret Baier said NSRC WILL NOT support O’Donnell)

    09/14/2010 8:58:56 PM PDT · 260 of 349
    LenS to SideoutFred

    Castle would have lost to Coons. Why? Because he would have been the big spending incumbent in that race. Now Coons is the big spending insider. And he’s already making the mistake of going all negative and forgetting to give people a reason to vote for him, just like Castle. The elites of both parties really don’t seem to learn from each election. They just think that they didn’t do enough of what failed before.

    Coons also lacks charisma. And like Castle, he’s been facing cakewalks in his prior elections.

  • Cornyn Doesn't Sugarcoat O'Donnell (Bret Baier said NSRC WILL NOT support O’Donnell)

    09/14/2010 8:47:14 PM PDT · 254 of 349
    LenS to chilltherats

    Castle and his cronies have been squashing rivals for a long time. To get better challengers in Delaware requires Castle’s removal first. Then, just maybe, we can begin to build a pool of talent again within the DE GOP.

  • LIVE THREAD - DELAWARE PRIMARY ELECTION RETURNS

    09/14/2010 6:48:57 PM PDT · 717 of 1,288
    LenS to Sir Napsalot

    Oh, yes, Ting. His mailings and calls were heavy in the primary until he had safely edged O’Donnell and Protack in a three way race. Then he just disappeared. Which was his role as Castle’s man — squash the outsider conservatives and protect Castle’s buddy Carper.

  • LIVE THREAD - DELAWARE PRIMARY ELECTION RETURNS

    09/14/2010 6:33:57 PM PDT · 624 of 1,288
    LenS to GAgal

    No. This race became competitive way too late for that type of activity. Besides, the Castle is too close with the Dems in this state for the Dem Party to try that.

  • LIVE THREAD - DELAWARE PRIMARY ELECTION RETURNS

    09/14/2010 6:22:19 PM PDT · 520 of 1,288
    LenS to roses of sharon

    No. Governor Tom Carper’s secretary Anne Marie Fahey was murdered by her boyfriend Thomas Capano and dumped at sea. It was an interesting case in that they never found the body but they did find the cooler she’d been dumped in. Capano was from a prominent developer family.

  • LIVE THREAD - DELAWARE PRIMARY ELECTION RETURNS

    09/14/2010 6:17:37 PM PDT · 467 of 1,288
    LenS to CincyRichieRich

    Coons is the New Castle County Chief Executive. He got the job when the Feds prosecuted his predecessor. Interestingly, the predecessor beat the rap and tried to take back the job in the Dem primary, but his fear and power where gone.

    His main claim to fame as boss is that he spent the huge surplus his predecessor built up in just a few years. So he’s definitely vulnerable there. Coons has no charisma and like Castle, he really hasn’t been in any real tough races yet (the Castle GOP didn’t bother to run anyone against Coons in the last general election).

    Yeah, his predecessor was strange — a Democrat who treated his offices as personal property but never raised property taxes and kept spending increases down enough to have big surpluses.

  • LIVE THREAD - DELAWARE PRIMARY ELECTION RETURNS

    09/14/2010 6:04:07 PM PDT · 329 of 1,288
    LenS to Freddd

    I doubt he’d say anything different since his points seemed to be mainly about the November race.

    For all of Castle’s spending on mailings and calls, I’m guessing that the support from Limbaugh, Hannity and Levin in the last few days were vastly more effective in reaching GOP voters. Candidates really need to spend less money on mailings and work on other techniques for reaching voters.

  • LIVE THREAD - DELAWARE PRIMARY ELECTION RETURNS

    09/14/2010 6:00:06 PM PDT · 293 of 1,288
    LenS to cookcounty

    He never did give people a reason to vote for him. It was all about her. And that’s just insane for an incumbent. To be honest, I don’t believe that he is the stronger candidate against Coons, at least once we get close to November.

  • LIVE THREAD - DELAWARE PRIMARY ELECTION RETURNS

    09/14/2010 5:57:55 PM PDT · 284 of 1,288
    LenS to onyx

    For me, Rollins was the official GOP (aka Castle) candidate. So Urquhart became my choice as a way to send a message to the party.

  • LIVE THREAD - DELAWARE PRIMARY ELECTION RETURNS

    09/14/2010 5:52:53 PM PDT · 245 of 1,288
    LenS to Sir Napsalot

    It was fairly light when I voted just after six in Hockessin.

  • LIVE THREAD - DELAWARE PRIMARY ELECTION RETURNS

    09/14/2010 5:48:52 PM PDT · 218 of 1,288
    LenS to tpmintx

    That would be tough to do here. DE’s electronic voting machines tend to get results in quick so any late precincts really stick out. Plus, this race broke into a struggle real late so I doubt there was much time to “stockpile” absentees. Castle’s not used to having any competition so I doubt his people have the necessary experience that the officials in Gary had. Plus, there was a lot of official observers at my precinct tonight (outnumbering us voters by far). That was unusual and was probably due to having four different contested races (also unusual).

  • LIVE THREAD - DELAWARE PRIMARY ELECTION RETURNS

    09/14/2010 5:44:45 PM PDT · 194 of 1,288
    LenS to tennmountainman

    Too soon. The people that O’Donnell has tapped into, Tea Party and others, will need to stick around and get involved in taking over the party is happening in many other states. They don’t need to run everything, they just need to get a variety of views in there. The Dems could use a lot of that too since Biden, Carper and a few other political clans dominate them also.

  • LIVE THREAD - DELAWARE PRIMARY ELECTION RETURNS

    09/14/2010 5:40:00 PM PDT · 171 of 1,288
    LenS to Hoodat

    In Delaware, the state GOP is run for Mike Castle’s benefit. That’s all that matters.

  • LIVE THREAD - DELAWARE PRIMARY ELECTION RETURNS

    09/14/2010 5:38:44 PM PDT · 166 of 1,288
    LenS to Fishtalk

    I wouldn’t rate the Castle operation that high. They’ve been calling me and bombing my mailbox non-stop for days. However, every contact I’ve ever had with his people over the years was to repeatedly slam him and to remind them that I would be voting again for someone else. The only contact his campaign should have had with me was to remind me to vote next week. *g*

    Castle has made a career out of avoiding tough races. It’s easy to win when you have no opposition. Praising Castle for his winning election record is a bit like praising Kim Il-Sung for his.

  • Why Christine O'Donnell CAN win this November (Wave Election+Open Seat)

    09/10/2010 7:35:40 PM PDT · 66 of 66
    LenS to Brices Crossroads

    I don’t buy that Castle beats Coons easily. Castle’s perception of popularity is based on never facing a tough opponent. He became governor on DuPont’s success and popularity. He became Representative by basically switching off with Carper after his second term as Governor. He avoided running for the Senate until an open seat appeared. It’s easy to seem popular in a state where incumbency has been a huge advantage (especially cost wise) for so long.

    In a year favoring anti-govt. conservatives and challengers, Castle would face Coons as the virtual incumbent (especially to casual voters) and he’s just managed to tick of the committed conservative voters with this idiotic primary campaign.

    Heck, if the GOP takes the Congress, Coons could do less damage to my pocketbook as a Senator than if he continues to run New Castle County — property taxes bite me more than FIT at the moment. And I don’t trust Castle to stick with the GOP if the Senate is tied. He’s old enough that he could make a deal to step aside for Beau Biden in four years. Which would fit the incestuous nature of DE politics.

  • Gilbert attacks James in letter

    07/09/2010 5:42:36 PM PDT · 33 of 34
    LenS to LenS

    Wow. By choosing Miami over NYC, he saves $12.34 million over a five year $96 million contract. And that doesn’t include the savings on the rest of his income. He saves $5.69 million over staying in Cleveland and $10.32 million in avoiding the NJ Nets (from NY Post). No wonder rich people are abandoning NYC.

  • Gilbert attacks James in letter

    07/09/2010 5:16:09 PM PDT · 32 of 34
    LenS to alrea

    From a taxes standpoint, it makes sense to go to Miami since there’s no state income tax — only Orlando or the three Texas teams can compete there. At his income level, that adds up fast.

    From a marketing standpoint, he’s already an international figure, so any team would have been fine from a national or international perspective.

    So financially, it comes down to whether the local marketing opportunities in NYC or LA or Chicago could bring in enough revenue to overcome the impact of local taxes on his entire income. Probably not.

    Of course, he’s making this decision based on the easiest place to win (and perhaps the hotness of the babes in Miami).

  • Defense chief blames 'surprise attack' for ship sinking, calls it 'day of shame'

    05/04/2010 2:47:14 PM PDT · 6 of 13
    LenS to mcshot

    How do you move over ten million people in that region? It would be much cheaper to just start building neutron bombs and irradiate everything north of the DMZ to get all that artillery.

  • Ebert Gives Thumbs Down to Rush (Triple Barf)

    01/04/2010 2:35:46 PM PST · 58 of 66
    LenS to Da Coyote

    Ebert’s list for the decade was remarkably bad. He didn’t even pick good small films for his list.

  • Police Heroine Who Brought Down Fort Hood Gunman Lost Half Her Blood After Being Shot

    11/09/2009 2:20:26 PM PST · 250 of 260
    LenS to Atchafalaya

    But soldiers are taught to counterattack in ambushes. It’s been that way for decades. In fact, that sort of training is given to even the support units these days. In an Army filled with combat vets (from wars where ambushes are, after IED’s, the preferred mode of enemy attack), it is a bit surprising that he wasn’t rushed by the soldiers under attack. Kip Kinkel’s school attack didn’t become a Columbine exactly because several of the students did rush him, despite being unarmed.

    No matter, I’m sure we’ll learn more eventually about the timeline and physical aspects of the attack. And how good a shot the traitor was.

  • Where's Mitt Romney? [Is Romney Finished?]

    11/03/2009 4:21:16 PM PST · 52 of 75
    LenS to Steelfish

    That’s always Romney’s problem. He’s too cautious to be President.

  • Woman hit with car by Iraqi father dies

    11/02/2009 3:55:16 PM PST · 12 of 30
    LenS to popdonnelly

    Make that about 2500 years since Mohammed set back Arabic law by about 1200 years (and that was 1300 years ago).

  • Why there’s hope for Reid: Nevada isn’t South Dakota

    10/18/2009 5:55:42 PM PDT · 21 of 24
    LenS to freespirited

    Beating Daschle was harder since the economy was good. Reid faces a bad economy with his party in charge.

  • Harris poll puts Obama's approval at 45%

    10/18/2009 12:48:22 PM PDT · 31 of 34
    LenS to workerbee

    A big part of that 30% is going to be govt. workers for whom more federal spending is generally a good thing. Pure self interest keeps them backing even an Emperor with his new clothes.

  • A Protectionist Wave--Obama invites a rush of similar claims with his tariffs on Chinese tires

    09/12/2009 1:06:36 PM PDT · 48 of 57
    LenS to ex-snook

    Let’s repeat the mistakes of Herbert Hoover. And FDR. Great.

  • Africans must solve own problems

    08/30/2009 7:23:53 AM PDT · 5 of 39
    LenS to Gaffer

    Obama is the favorite son of a single big tribe in Kenya. That means the rest of Africa look upon him quite warily at best.

  • The healthcare mob mentality: Angry mobs shouldn't be dismissed, Americans concerned about cost

    08/09/2009 2:04:00 PM PDT · 10 of 24
    LenS to HiTech RedNeck

    We’d be better off keeping the illegal aliens and deporting everyone in Congress (with their families and staffs). Even a million illegal aliens committing crimes can’t do as much damage as Congress can.

  • PHOTOS: "Hitler's Stealth Fighter"

    06/27/2009 8:34:04 PM PDT · 56 of 132
    LenS to 2banana

    Isn’t that the truth. Ford trucks made possible the speed of Patton’s advances AND the Soviet offensives while the Germans still relied on horses to move supplies.

    Declaring war on the world’s greatest economic power who was at roughly 70% capacity before the war was suicidal. Thanks to the Great Depression, the US had a remarkable number of idle factories that could be ramped up into war production in months.

  • US to spend $1 billion on embassy expansions in Pakistan, Afghanistan

    06/09/2009 4:21:31 PM PDT · 5 of 13
    LenS to nickcarraway

    Instead of wasting this money, just do what should have been done on September 12, 2001 — destroy these two cesspools with nukes. It’s inevitable that they’ll eventually nuke us, so let’s just skip to the endgame and save the lives of millions of Americans.

  • A History of Violence

    06/07/2009 4:27:06 PM PDT · 14 of 36
    LenS to Houghton M.

    You’re missing his main point. The Nazis hid what they were doing. They knew that what they were doing would shock the world. Stalin didn’t publicize his actions either. North Korea doesn’t brag about it’s camps either. They know that their actions would appall the world so they hide it behind closed doors and propaganda to distract. Several centuries ago, they would have done it in the open and no one would have been shocked. Such cruelty was expected of the strong towards the vanquished and weak.

    Thanks to greater populations and modern technology, they can kill many more than in the past.

    Africa is a good example of a harsher past. Many of the tribes still have the attitudes of the past, so they have no shame in beating to death thousands (ala Rwanda). But even there you can see changes as many Africans resist such brutality. Remember, the Rwandan genocide was stopped by Rwandans themselves.

    Abortion? Do you think that unwanted pregnancies weren’t aborted in the past? If the right herbs weren’t available, then how many children were simply abandoned or exposed in the past? Today an abandoned newborn shocks us. But centuries ago, they were simply a fact of life.

    Even the Muslims with their barbaric faith, hide some of the worst aspects of their culture (the massive molestation of young boys) in the face of condemnation. Still, they do represent the most backwards and heinous of modern cultures.

  • GOP Rep. John McHugh tapped as Secretary of the Army

    06/02/2009 1:36:48 PM PDT · 24 of 28
    LenS to KeyLargo

    Well, of course, Patrick Murphy is a liberal. He’s a Democrat, not a Republican. Though, with that score, I guess it could be argued that for a Democrat, he’s almost conservative.

  • Two Dead in Shooting at Restaurant in Columbia County (Applebees in Northeast PA)

    05/23/2009 7:29:30 PM PDT · 22 of 34
    LenS to Born Conservative

    While I’m a Delawarean, I’ve friends up there and I’ve eaten there nearly a dozen times in recent years. Pity.

  • Blair hails Rwandan revival as 'inspiration to the world'

    05/10/2009 3:41:04 PM PDT · 6 of 6
    LenS to KarlInOhio

    I very much doubt that Western and Asian tourists care at all about the Hutu-Tutsi feud, or can even tell you the history of the tribes.

    One big difference. The Germans went along with the Nazis. Their genocide was stopped by outside conquest. The genocide in Rwanda was stopped by the Rwandan victims themselves. The Tutsi rebel army aided by the Hutu moderates did the job.

  • David Letterman Writer Boasts of Discrediting McCain, Obama 'Too Competent' to Joke About

    05/10/2009 2:56:24 PM PDT · 12 of 22
    LenS to Poison Pill

    Fallon isn’t competing with Letterman. He’s competing with Craig Ferguson (and and the second half of Kimmmel’s show).

    Of course, all of these shows tend to profitable for their networks. They’re cheap to produce and advertisers like them for their ability to reach younger demographics.

  • African tribe colonized world 70,000 years ago

    05/10/2009 2:39:41 PM PDT · 89 of 138
    LenS to Gay State Conservative

    Well, when you consider that generations for most of human history would be about 20 years, then this would mean that there was around 3,700 generations. That’s a lot of time for mutations and subdivisions into subgroups. Just look how fast the human population grew in the last few centuries.

    Once a new trait appears, if it’s advantageous (paler skin in colder regions) or just something new and exotic (blue eyes as a an example), it can be spread rather quickly.

    Besides, racial differences tend to be rather small — trivial variations in skin, eye and hair color, hair shape and skin around the eyes represent most of those differences.

  • Russian death squads ‘pulverise’ Chechens

    04/26/2009 9:16:35 PM PDT · 71 of 76
    LenS to bill1952

    Are we sure that they were really Islamic terrorists? Or was this just typical Russian military behavior? Just an another example of Russian soldiers raping and killing some young women. Just ask the old ladies of Eastern Europe about the Russian soldier. Their system of handling recruits is a self-perpetuating one that produces bullies and not soldiers. I’m betting that the only real information they got from her after “roughing her up” was the address for another group of pretty girls.

    And I’m not really impressed by how Putin’s thugs have dealt with the terrorists. After Beslan, his main response was to replace elected governors with ones appointed by him. And he was unable to put any competent troops in Beslan to handle the problem. He gained power initially in the wake of the apartment blasts — blasts where the only one’s ever caught on the scene where Russian govt. agents. And he keeps on selling the Islamic world military and nuclear hardware.

    It’s a pity we can’t let both sides in this war nuke each other.

  • Category 5 cyclone moves closer to mainland Australia..

    03/08/2009 7:51:27 PM PDT · 20 of 29
    LenS to TaraP

    From the forecast data, it sure looks like that this won’t hit the Australian mainland at all. It’s just going to skirt the coast a while as it heads out Southeast. Pity, some of that rain can’t be steered over the Melbourne area.

  • Obama Already Breaking His Promise On Tax Hikes

    02/26/2009 2:34:38 PM PST · 21 of 26
    LenS to colorado tanker

    Just losing the 10% bracket adds about $375 to everyone’s tax bill (5% of $7,500). For a single person (without kids), in the low 20’s, that probably represents more than a week’s take home pay.