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  • Why Ted Cruz’s VAT really is a VAT

    04/15/2016 10:56:53 PM PDT · by Hanna548 · 253 replies
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | 01/15/16 | James Pethokoukis
    Make no mistake here. Cruz is proposing a VAT add-on to the existing personal income tax system.
  • Who of the Candidates Has Fairest Tax Plan of All?

    02/05/2016 9:22:38 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 28 replies
    Townhall ^ | Feb 6, 2016 | Stephen Moore
    With the first real votes being cast in the presidential race Monday, this is an opportune moment to do some last-minute comparison shopping on the candidates' tax reform plans. On this issue there's a lot to cheer about. All the Republican candidates have crafted plans that would slash tax rates for everyone and most would vastly simplify the thousands of pages of IRS tax code. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul have endorsed flat-tax plans that, for full disclosure, were designed by Arthur Laffer and myself. These plans have drawn some criticism from the Right of late, though these attacks are...
  • Top court hears appeal on American activist’s death

    05/21/2014 7:59:16 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 46 replies
    Almost two years after a Haifa court ruled that Israel was not negligent in the 2003 death of American activist Rachel Corrie during a protest against IDF operations in the Gaza Strip, the Supreme Court heard her family’s appeal of the verdict Wednesday afternoon. Speaking before the hearing in Jerusalem, Craig Corrie, the activist’s father, said the lower court’s ruling had given the army “immunity and impunity.” “I think that’s very dangerous,” he said. “I hope the Israeli high court will change the findings, but if they don’t, I hope the world and the world press will bring it into...
  • Do you pay your "fair share" of taxes?

    09/22/2012 3:31:32 PM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Money Web ^ | 9/15/12 | Jasson Urbach
    Do you pay your "fair share" of taxes?Author: Jasson Urbach, Free Market Foundation 15 September 2012 23:29 Nobel Prize winning economist, Joseph Stiglitz, remarked that American Presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, ought to pay his ‘fair share of taxes’. However, Mitt Romney, like most other high income earners across the globe, acts rationally – just as most of us do – in the sense that they try to reduce their total tax burden by avoiding whatever taxes they can; behaviour that is well within the laws created by government and perfectly legal. Any insinuation that high income earners do not pay...
  • Why Gingrich's Tax Plan Beats Romney's -Newt's flat tax would do a lot more to attract capital,

    01/30/2012 10:06:02 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    WSJ ^ | 1/31/12 | editor
    If we judge both leading contenders in the Republican primary, Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney, by what they've done in life and by what they propose to do if elected, either one could be an excellent president. But when it comes to the election's core issue—restoring a healthy economy—the key is a good tax plan and the ability to implement it. Mr. Gingrich has a significantly better plan than does Mr. Romney, and he has twice before been instrumental in implementing a successful tax plan on a national level—once when he served in Congress as a Reagan supporter in the...
  • Rick Perry's Tax Plan is Great

    10/25/2011 1:05:59 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 75 replies · 1+ views
    Rush ^ | October 25, 2011 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Rick Perry announced his tax plan today, which I'll go on record as saying I, El Rushbo, think is great. It's fabulous. I like it. And the left is coming unhinged. We have just two examples. First from Debbie "Blabbermouth" Schultz, who was on MSNBC today, interviewed by the anchor Thomas Roberts, who said, "What is your reaction when you hear how Rick Perry is talking about President Obama and the fact that he says he's only given big government schemes that have failed the American people?" SCHULTZ: My reaction to Rick Perry's new-old plan is that...
  • 9-9-9 need help

    10/19/2011 7:13:01 PM PDT · by OL Hickory · 39 replies
    info requested ^ | today | me
    Sorry the vanity, but I need help understanding the 999 plan. Since every thing I read tells me a national sales tax is really a VAT tax..can the plan be changed to a national sales tax on corporations only? Then add into law it can only be increased with a 2/3 majority. I am in no way an economist but I think 27% total tax is still way lower than what business is paying now...And in theory this would be something even the left would have to get behind..They asked for the rich to pay their share and this (in...
  • Design Your Own Flat Income Tax!

    09/30/2011 9:44:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | September 30, 2011 | Political Calculations
    What if you were in charge of reforming the U.S. individual income tax? Would you consider ditching today's excessively complex tax code in favor of something much, much simpler? Something like a flat income tax, perhaps? If so, you've come to the right place! Our latest tool puts you in the driver's seat for determining how the nation's, and your own, fortunes would fare under such a system! In the tool right here, all you need to do is enter the percentage income tax rate that would apply to all Americans, from Warren Buffett on down to his pool of...
  • Suspected looter and his mother are the first to be punished with eviction

    08/12/2011 7:37:01 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 63 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1:52 AM on 13th August 2011 | By Jack Doyle
    A suspected looter in this week’s riots and his mother are being thrown out of their council home. In the first case of its kind, Daniel Sartain-Clarke, 18, and his mother have been served with an eviction notice as council bosses seek to turf them out of their £225,000 taxpayer-subsidised flat. Sartain-Clarke is charged with violent disorder and attempting to steal electronic goods from the Currys store at Clapham Junction, South London, on Monday night.
  • I can actually solve America's problem (this is a Vanity but no joke)

    03/10/2011 10:42:44 AM PST · by Scythian · 74 replies
    I have been thinking about what is driving our country closer and closer to the brink of civil war. One that is surely coming and the left is violently ratcheting it up each day, but this has been coming for generations. The left says big business is taking advantage of the workers; executives make gazillions while the worker (blue and white collar) is often left with very little. Also, businesses themselves are often exempt from paying any taxes. There is some truth in this. The right says at least half of the people in the country don't even pay taxes...
  • Obama Weighs a Broad Tax Overhaul (simplifying income taxes for corporations and individuals)

    12/10/2010 9:23:15 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    New York Times ^ | 12/10/2010 | Jackie Calmes
    WASHINGTON — President Obama is considering whether to push early next year for an overhaul of the income tax code to lower rates and raise revenues in what would be his first major effort to begin addressing the long-term growth of the national debt. While administration officials cautioned on Thursday that no decisions have been made and that any debate in Congress could take years, Mr. Obama has directed his economic team and Treasury Department analysts to review options for closing loopholes and simplifying income taxes for corporations and individuals, though the study of the corporate tax system is farther...
  • Wholesale prices fall as output flat

    11/16/2010 4:07:54 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 11/16/10 | Lucia Mutikani
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Core U.S. producer prices recorded their largest fall in more than four years in October and industrial output was flat, underlining concerns at the Federal Reserve about low inflation amid moderate growth. Economists said the data supported the U.S. central bank's November 3 decision to ease monetary policy further even though the 0.6 percent drop in the core Producer Price Index largely reflected the annual introduction of new motor vehicle models. Stripping out the sharp declines in vehicle prices, core producer prices -- which exclude volatile food and energy costs -- would have risen by 0.2 percent,...
  • Replace the Income Tax

    10/26/2010 10:10:11 AM PDT · by taxcontrol · 10 replies
    self ^ | Oct 26th 2010 | Taxcontrol
    I would like to start a discussion about tax systems and propose an alternative to the current tax system. But before I go into the proposal, allow me to state that the current mess we are in is NOT a result of the tax system or the amount of tax we collect. Rather the problem is spending but this thread is not designed to address that issue. Proposal- Ammend the Constitution to abolish the income tax and authorize Congress to raise monies by one of the following: Useage fees - such as entrance fees for national parks Inport taxes Export...
  • Romanian Companies Mull Over Moving to Bulgaria (Bulgaria has a 10% flat tax)

    07/28/2010 12:47:32 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 12 replies · 2+ views ^ | July 28, 2010 |
    Romanian companies have announced their intentions of moving their businesses to Bulgaria due to the tax policies in Bucharest, the Romanian “Ziarull Financiar” reports. “The new measures, taken on a daily basis by the government, do not surprise me. I want to move Interagro's headquarters to Bulgaria in September. We will translate all documents in Bulgarian by then and we will look for a new building. I would rather pay the 10% flat tax and all the other taxes to the Bulgarian state and pay only land and property taxes here,” said Ioan Niculae, owner of "Interagro", the third biggest...
  • Corrie's sister to Haaretz: U.S. encouraged family to sue Israel

    03/12/2010 8:53:14 AM PST · by Nachum · 82 replies · 1,279+ views
    haaretz ^ | 3/12/10 | Akiva Eldar
    This is Sarah Corrie Simpson's first visit to Israel. Her younger sister, Rachel Corrie, was killed by an Israel Defense Forces bulldozer in Gaza in 2003, at the age of 23. Now, the family is suing the state in the Haifa District Court. "I'm glad the day is finally here, that the eyewitnesses are having a chance to talk in a court of law," she said in an interview with Haaretz on Thursday. "It's been seven long years." The witnesses, who include Rachel's colleagues in the left-wing International Solidarity Movement, say Rachel climbed atop a mount of dirt to be...
  • Rachel Corrie, Snuff Film Star for the International Solidarity Movement

    03/11/2010 12:10:53 PM PST · by Winged Hussar · 28 replies · 1,356+ views
    Israpundit ^ | 3/08/10 | Bill Levinson
    International Solidarity Movement's highest priority was to take pictures of her death WANTED: Young, attractive, idealistic female college student to star in a movie about Zionazi oppression of the downtrodden Palestinian people. Acting skills are not particularly important because "if some of these foreign volunteers get shot or even killed, then the international media will sit up and take notice" (George Rishmawi, International Solidarity Movement leader). We cannot prove that the International Solidarity Movement actually recruited Rachel Corrie with the intention of making her the star in a snuff film but, when the opportunity to do so arose, the ISM...
  • Parents demand answers from Israel in bulldozer death

    03/10/2010 6:29:51 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 90 replies · 1,922+ views ^ | March 10, 2010 | By Paula Hancocks
    Jerusalem (CNN) -- A 23-year-old American activist stands in front of an Israeli bulldozer in Gaza. The bulldozer drives over her, crushing her to death. These are the facts. Rachel Corrie, along with colleagues from the International Solidarity Movement, was trying to prevent Israel from bulldozing homes in Rafah, close to the Egyptian border. Her activism cost her her life in March 2003. A colleague said at the time, "Many times the bulldozer came up to us and buried us with dirt, but they always stopped." Corrie's parents want to know the truth about their daughter's death, whether the killing...
  • Tire change stops Suffolk burglar (Store owner shoots tire)

    12/20/2009 4:51:55 PM PST · by csvset · 6 replies · 804+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | December 20, 2009 | Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer
    SUFFOLK An indiscreet tire change may have been a burglar’s undoing Friday night, according to police. At first, it looked like he’d make a clean getaway. An attempt to burglarize Butler’s Store, on Godwin Boulevard, had been unsuccessful. The store’s owner, John Butler, said he heard an intruder try to kick in the door and had chased him away, but the intruder managed to drive off and, better yet, escape unharmed. “I coulda dropped him,” said Butler, who’d come running out of his store with a 9 mm in his hands. He and his wife live in an apartment in...
  • Any dog owners here ever own a "Flat Coat Retriever"?

    11/30/2009 9:06:14 AM PST · by Nachum · 82 replies · 2,247+ views
    DOGS-CENTRAL ^ | 11/30/09 | NACHUM
    After we rescued a beautiful black haired dog from our local animal shelter, we were were told it was "half Labrador Retriever and half "Golden Retriever". I happened to be watching a dog show video on and lo and behold, there was our dog. They called it a " Black Flat Coat Retriever". We googled the breed and sure enough, the pictures left no room for doubt, that was our dog. Now that we are 99% sure that is the breed, a lot of the behaviors of the dog make sense. It is an extremely high energy dog. As...
  • Woman Trying To Smash Penny Hit By Train

    09/19/2009 4:39:51 AM PDT · by kingattax · 42 replies · 1,428+ views
    WCPO ^ | 9-18-09 | Neil Relyea
    A woman trying to smash a penny on the tracks was hit by a train Thursday night. Emergency crews rushed to the scene at River Road and Idaho Street in Sedamsville just after 8 p.m. They say the woman in her 20s suffered a minor head injury and was walking around when crews arrived. She was taken to the hospital for observation.
  • Students stabbed and set alight (London)

    07/03/2008 10:34:39 PM PDT · by csvset · 45 replies · 266+ views
    BBC ^ | 3 July 2008 | BBC
    Students stabbed and set alight Two French research students found stabbed to death following a flat fire had been tied up and suffered horrific, excessive injuries, police have said. The bodies of Laurent Bonomo and Gabriel Ferez, both 23, were found in a ground-floor flat in New Cross, south-east London, on Sunday night. They had suffered a total of 243 stab wounds to the head, neck and chest before being set alight. The biochemistry students had been studying at Imperial College, London. Det Ch Insp Mick Duthie said he had no idea why the students were killed. Fiancee's tribute Speaking...
  • Worldwide Trend toward Flat Taxes Should Guide Congress, Nation's Largest Taxpayer Group Says

    02/02/2008 11:54:59 AM PST · by xcamel · 40 replies · 356+ views
    NTU ^ | 01/07/2008 | Peter J. Sepp, Natasha Altamirano
    (Alexandria, VA) -- As House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel (D-NY) plans another push this year for an overhaul of the Tax Code, lawmakers should abandon Rangel's multi-rate proposal and follow the worldwide movement toward a simple flat tax system, according to the 362,000-member National Taxpayers Union (NTU). In the mid-20th century, Hong Kong was the only country with a flat -- and proportional -- national personal income tax rate. Since then, 17 other countries have followed suit and introduced flat taxes, according to the World Taxpayers Associations (WTA), a coalition of 60 taxpayer-advocacy groups -- including NTU...
  • 9th Circuit refuses to reinstate lawsuit by Corrie family

    09/17/2007 3:35:18 PM PDT · by Bean Counter · 37 replies · 117+ views
    Seattle Times & AP ^ | 17 September 2007
    <p>A federal appeals court panel has refused to reinstate a lawsuit brought against Caterpillar Inc. by the family of a 23-year-old peace activist crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer.</p>
  • CA: Border police initiative falls flat (for 2nd time.. Thanks for trying, Ray Haynes.)

    08/09/2006 10:04:31 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 245+ views
    Daily Bulletin ^ | 8/9/06 | Mason Stockstill
    An initiative to create a statewide border police force failed in its second effort to get on the ballot and appears to be headed for California's political dustbin. The Border Police Initiative fell far short of the 373,816 signatures needed to make it on the November ballot, according to the California Secretary of State's Office -- short by 373,816 signatures. "The counties did not submit any petitions for verification," said Nghia Nguyen, a spokeswoman for Secretary of State Bruce McPherson. The proposal was the brainchild of Assemblyman Ray Haynes, R-Temecula, who launched a signature-gathering effort last year. Haynes, who did...
  • (Vanity) Political Limerick 03-07-2006

    04/06/2006 11:31:51 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 231+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 03-06-2006 | grey_whiskers
    See for example this thread and this thread first. In Colorado the High Schools make US flags against the rules! The same folks who hired Jay Bennish (inspired!) are publically shown to be Fools!
  • Participate in this poll: Fair Tax vs. Flat Tax

    03/31/2006 6:42:48 AM PST · by 84rules · 62 replies · 939+ views ^ | March, 2006 |
    Whether you are for the FairTax or Flat Tax, go ahead and cast your vote. As of this writing, with over 9700 votes in, the FairTax is leading the Flat Tax 43% to 11%. 43% are not not supporting either one. 2% will support either one.
  • Father Imprisoned Four Girls In Flat To 'Teach Them Islam'

    01/06/2006 6:10:45 PM PST · by blam · 45 replies · 1,147+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1-7-2006 | Henry Samuel
    Father imprisoned four girls in flat to 'teach them Islam' By Henry Samuel in Paris (Filed: 07/01/2006) A Moroccan father of four girls who imprisoned his wife and children in their flat "in the name of Islam" received a 10-month suspended sentence and was stripped of his parental rights yesterday. The unidentified 45-year-old was found guilty of breaking French law on compulsory schooling for children over the age of six, which applies to three of the four girls - aged four, 10, 13 and 14. The man, from the town of Romans-sur-Isère in the Drôme region, said he had refused...
  • Health, mortgage deductions eyed (National Retail Sales Tax dumped)

    10/11/2005 1:38:22 PM PDT · by SierraWasp · 220 replies · 3,134+ views (by Dow Jones) ^ | 10/11/2005 | William L. Watts
    Health, mortgage deductions eyed Advisory panel won't urge national retail sales taxBy William L. Watts, MarketWatch Last Update: 3:54 PM ET Oct. 11, 2005 WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) - A presidential tax-reform panel on Tuesday indicated it was ready to urge changes in the tax treatment of healthcare benefits and mortgage interest deductions when it issues its final report in the next few weeks. Details are yet to be worked out, but members broadly agreed at the panel's penultimate public meeting to explore the possibility of putting a limit on the amount of healthcare benefits that employers would be able to provide...
  • Tax Reform: An Incredible Opportunity for Congress and America - (superb argument!)

    04/16/2005 8:37:33 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 45 replies · 954+ views
    CHRONWATCH.COM ^ | APRIL 16, 2005 | Frank Salvato
    It is a rare thing when the American people can get excited about a piece of federal legislation that involves taxes. Normally, our elected officials are trying very hard to figure out how to sugarcoat yet another tax increase so they can supplement their habit of funding things like museums for ground hogs and rodeos and tropical biospheres in the farm belt. But a bill sponsored by US Representative John Linder offers a “once in a lifetime” opportunity for our lawmakers to not only do what is right by the American people, but do something that makes them look good...
  • Eastern Europe embraces flat tax

    02/22/2005 12:53:10 PM PST · by Radix · 14 replies · 764+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | February 22, 2005 | Brian Whitmore, Globe Correspondent
    PRAGUE -- Flat-tax fever is sweeping Central and Eastern Europe. As the Bush administration looks abroad to places like Chile for new models to revamp Social Security, many former Soviet bloc countries are adopting an idea for income tax reform that American conservatives have pushed since the Reagan era, but which has never been attempted in the United States.
  • APT: A Tiny, Flat Transaction Tax - Far Better for the Nation than the National Sales Tax

    12/05/2004 9:03:22 PM PST · by APT Project Director · 419 replies · 4,202+ views ^ | 11/1/04 | Edgar L Feige, PhD
    AUTOMATED PAYMENT TRANSACTION (APT) TAX Taxation technology for the 21st century Dr. Edgar L. Feige, Professor Emeritus of Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the originator of the APT Tax concept, has just produced new estimates suggesting that a broad-based transaction tax as low as six tenths of one percent could replace the entire Federal and State 2005 budget revenue requirements of the United States of America. The APT concept is elegant in its simplicity - potentially replacing the entire federal and state tax system - including income, corporate profits, excise and estate taxes - in favor of a...
  • U.S. Administrator Imposes Flat Tax System on Iraq - Old story, but relevant

    12/01/2004 9:49:55 AM PST · by Paloma_55 · 4 replies · 342+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Nov 2, 2003 | Dana Milbank and Walter Pincus
    The flat tax, long a dream of economic conservatives, is finally getting its day -- not in the United States, but in Iraq. It took L. Paul Bremer, the U.S. administrator in Baghdad, no more than a stroke of the pen Sept. 15 to accomplish what eluded the likes of publisher Steve Forbes, Reps. Jack Kemp (R-N.Y.) and Richard K. Armey (R-Tex.), and Sen. Phil Gramm (R-Tex.) over the course of a decade and two presidential campaigns. "The highest individual and corporate income tax rates for 2004 and subsequent years shall not exceed 15 percent," Bremer wrote in Coalition Provisional...
  • A Flatter and Fairer Tax Code

    11/19/2004 6:37:03 AM PST · by ConservativeBamaFan · 184 replies · 1,505+ views Commentary ^ | November 19, 2004 | Ed Feulner
    As President Bush rebuilds his cabinet, we can expect to hear many in the media and on Capitol Hill claim the president lacks a mandate for his nominees and his policies. That's nonsense. The president earned more than 59 million votes -- about 3.5 million more than John Kerry -- in large part by making a convincing case for several clear-cut policy goals, including Social Security reform, a muscular foreign policy and, critically, fixing the tax system. "The American people deserve and our economic future demands a simpler, fairer, pro-growth system," President Bush announced in his acceptance speech at the...
  • Stunned Dems, jubilant GOP look for lessons (Pelosi's election prediction falls flat)

    11/03/2004 7:12:05 PM PST · by Libloather · 32 replies · 1,830+ views
    Hill News ^ | 11/04/04 | Peter Savodnik
    Stunned Dems, jubilant GOP look for lessons By Peter Savodnik November 4, 2004 Americans want gutsy, unwavering leadership on the war on terrorism, judges who won’t make laws, energy independence and a government that cuts taxes and spends less of their money. Above all, they want a president and a Congress that will lead the world and not be led by world opinion. Those were some of the lessons an emboldened Republican Party took away from Tuesday night’s election results, as the GOP held on to the White House for another four years and padded its House and Senate majorities....
  • Kerry camp plans for hard road ahead - Advisers strategize to boost his 'likability'

    09/20/2004 1:11:03 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies · 712+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | September 20, 2004 | Patrick Healy,
    ......Yet behind the Democratic presidential nominee's public confidence of victory in November, his advisers harbor concerns that not enough voters are comfortable with Kerry personally or enthusiastic about his ideas, a critical mass they long felt the senator needed to achieve by now to knock off an incumbent president. ......Kerry now refers to Iraq as "the president's most catastrophic choice," and with today's speech at New York University he plans to continue hammering "the failure of Bush's policy in Iraq and his lack of credibility as a world leader," Kerry communications strategist Joe Lockhart said yesterday. In a coordinated attack,...

    08/14/2004 10:58:52 AM PDT · by forest · 102 replies · 3,035+ views
    Fiedor Report On the News #312 ^ | 8-14-04 | Doug Fiedor
    Last week, Juliet Eilperin reported in the Washington Post(1) that "House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) would like to abolish the Internal Revenue Service and replace the current tax system with either a flat tax, a national sales tax or a value-added tax." As reported, Hastert suggests that a new tax system would increase productivity and "double the economy" over the next 15 years. "All of a sudden, the problem of what future generations owe in Social Security and Medicare won't seem so daunting anymore," The Post reports Hastert wrote. "People ask me if I'm really calling for the elimination...
  • Terror Mastermind Lived In Flat Under Heathrow Approach (Khan)

    08/07/2004 5:34:09 PM PDT · by blam · 4 replies · 1,402+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-8-2004 | Daniel Foggo/Massoud Ansari
    Terror mastermind lived in flat under Heathrow approach By Daniel Foggo and Massoud Ansari (Filed: 08/08/2004) An al-Qaeda "communications chief" who is believed to have been co-ordinating a plot to bomb Heathrow spent three weeks living near the airport late last year, the Telegraph can reveal. Mohammed Naeem Noor Khan, 25, who is under arrest in Pakistan, lived in a ground floor flat in Reading, Berkshire. The address, on Wensley Road near the centre of town, lies below a western approach flight path to the airport. Mohammed Naeem Noor Khan: reconnaissance He lived there with his grandmother, Batool Begum, and...
  • Caterpillar's First-Quarter Profit More Than Tripled on Strong Sales (paging Rachel Corrie!)

    04/22/2004 8:12:06 PM PDT · by Redbob · 15 replies · 206+ views
    Wall Street Journal (Subscription) ^ | 4-22-04 | MICHAEL MCHUGH
    <p>CHICAGO -- Caterpillar Inc.'s first-quarter profit more than tripled due to strong sales of mining and construction equipment, causing the industry leader to dramatically increase its profit and sales guidance for the year.</p> <p>Caterpillar's results reflect the upsurge in earnings by many manufacturing and machinery companies in the first quarter. Volume and orders have been up throughout the sector.</p>
  • Flatten It, Already - Our tax code is grossly unfair.

    04/16/2004 6:45:33 AM PDT · by Remember_Salamis · 72 replies · 186+ views
    National Review Online ^ | April 16th, 2004 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Flatten It, Already Our tax code is grossly unfair. By Daniel J. Mitchell America’s complicated tax system needs a complete overhaul, not minor fixes. The large role that system plays in many of the political dramas dominating the daily headlines shows why. Republicans and Democrats, for instance, are fighting over the “outsourcing” of jobs to foreign countries. But instead of sniping at each other, they should look at the corporate tax system. Our 35 percent corporate tax rate is one of the highest worldwide — higher even than the rate in socialist countries such as France and Sweden. Should we...
  • Police find militant video in Madrid flat

    04/08/2004 3:16:20 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 112+ views
    Financial Times ^ | April 08 2004 | Reuters
    MADRID (Reuters) - Police have found a video in the rubble of a building blown up by suspected Islamic militants giving Spain an ultimatum of one week to pull out troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, news agency Europa press has reported. A group of Islamic militants blew themselves up in the building last weekend when cornered by police, and had been believed to be planning more attacks this weekend after a series of train bombs on March 11 killed 191 people. Interior Ministry officials were not immediately available to comment. The report on Thursday said the video showed three heavily...
  • As Tax Deadline Approaches, Isakson Renews Call for Fundamental Reform

    04/06/2004 8:00:30 AM PDT · by Veritas_est · 10 replies · 149+ views
    As Tax Deadline Approaches, Isakson Renews Call for Fundamental Reform Atlanta, GA- With less than two weeks to go until this year's April 15th tax filing deadline, U.S. Representative and Senate candidate Johnny Isakson renewed his call for fundamental tax reform of the U.S. tax system. "Year after year, Congress makes numerous amendments to the tax code. With each set of amendments, the code gets more complicated, confusing and counterproductive. It is past time for Congress to debate and enact real, fundamental reform of the tax system," said Isakson. "The current tax system is broken beyond repair. There are several...
  • A year of silence since Rachel Corrie died [Barf Alert; Rachel Corrie’s cousin spews lies]

    03/05/2004 12:35:22 AM PST · by yonif · 108 replies · 735+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | Wednesday, March 3, 2004 | Elizabeth Corrie
    ATLANTA, Georgia Only a year ago, the month of March would have held the same positive associations for me as it has for many - the beginning of the end of winter, the promise of springtime and even summer. This year, and for every year for the rest of my life, the approach of March will mean something else entirely - the anniversary of the brutal death of my cousin, Rachel Corrie. On March 16, 2003, an Israeli soldier and his commander ran over Rachel with a nine-ton Caterpillar bulldozer while she stood - unarmed, clearly visible in her orange...
  • A 'tribute' to Rachel Corrie

    03/01/2004 2:18:59 PM PST · by yonif · 74 replies · 1,519+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Mar. 1, 2004 | RUHAMA SHATTAN
    March 16 is the first anniversary of Rachel Corrie's death. I want to thank Corrie for the explosives that flow freely from Egypt to Gaza, via the smuggling tunnels under the Gaza homes that she died defending. Perhaps it was these explosives that in the year since her martyrdom – oops, death – have been strapped around suicide bombers to blow up city buses and restaurants in Israeli cities, particularly in Jerusalem, killing men, women, and schoolchildren (two of them classmates of my daughter and her friend in the February 22, 2004 bombing), and leaving hundreds more widows, orphans, and...
  • 'Intel Inside' Comes To Flat Panel TVs

    01/09/2004 7:40:57 AM PST · by blam · 53 replies · 345+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 1-4-2004 | Celeste Biever
    'Intel inside' comes to flat panel TVs 14:05 09 January 04 news service Computer chip giant Intel is to enter the consumer electronics market for the first time with a chip specifically designed to power cheaper, better flat-panel TV displays. Intel’s CEO Paul Otellini told the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Thursday that his company’s new liquid-crystal-on-silicon (LCOS) chips would yield displays priced below $2000 and provide crisper images than rival technologies. These include the digital light processors (DLP) pioneered by Texas Instruments - those displays sell for between $3000 and $6000. Philips, Sony, Mitsubishi and Toshiba...
  • Rachel Corrie Returns (Barf Alert)

    09/30/2003 8:50:50 PM PDT · by PeaceCorpsGuy · 116 replies · 502+ views
    AP ^ | September 30, 2003 | Lara Sukhtian
    Corries Reject Israeli Claims about Rachel's Death -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tuesday, September 30 2003 @ 02:41 PM EDT Cindy Corrie, left, and Craig Corrie, the parents of American International Solidarity Movement activist Rachel Corrie answer questions at a news conference in Jerusalem Monday, Sept. 29, 2003. "The Israeli military conducted an 'internal investigation' and said the bulldozer driver could not see Corrie because of the size of the bulldozer and its limited view .." By Lara Sukhtian JERUSALEM (AP) - Parents of an American activist killed earlier this year in Gaza by an Israeli army bulldozer called Monday for an independent U.S....
  • Israeli soldiers exonerated in death of Rachel Corrie

    06/26/2003 6:47:08 PM PDT · by OriginalV · 64 replies · 262+ views
    The Olympian ^ | 25 Jun 03 | WENDY CULVERWELL
    <p>The Israeli military has exonerated soldiers involved in the March death of Rachel Corrie, 23, the Olympia woman crushed beneath an armored bulldozer as she protested home demolitions in Rafah in the Gaza Strip. The military prosecutor concluded the bulldozer's crew could not have seen or heard Corrie, the Associated Press reported Thursday. That contradicts eyewitness accounts that Corrie was in the bulldozer driver's line of site when she was buried under a wave of dirt and rocks.</p>
  • Ancient Egypt ~ Link with Australia

    07/21/2002 4:01:35 PM PDT · by vannrox · 54 replies · 15,665+ views
    Crystal Links ^ | FR Post 7-22-02 | An Article by Paul White - 1996
    Ancient Egypt ~ Link with Australia An Article by Paul White - 1996 After 5,000 years Australia's Amazing Hieroglyphs still struggle for recognition ! Egyptian hieroglyphs found in New South Wales: The hieroglyphs tell the tale of early Egyptian explorers, injured and stranded, in ancient Australia. The discovery centres around a most unusual set of rock carvings found in the National Park forest of the Hunter Valley, 100 km north of Sydney. The enigmatic carvings have been part of the local folklore of the area for nearly a century with reports of people who sighted them as far back...
  • Live in a Former Toilet -- Only $200,000

    06/01/2002 1:29:45 AM PDT · by petuniasevan · 2 replies · 301+ views
    Live in a Former Toilet -- Only $200,000 May 30, 2002 12:06 pm EST LONDON, May 30 (Reuters) - A former Edwardian public toilet in south London, measuring just four meters square, is to be converted into a two-story "duplex apartment" and will be worth 135,000 pounds ($200,000), say estate agents Acorns in Lewisham. "I don't think the fact that it was a loo will put people off," said an Acorns spokesman of the convenience, at 17 Devonshire Road, on the busy South Circular road. "It is very convenient as it is opposite Forest Hill station," added the spokesman....
  • Mirror, mirror on the wall, which is the fairest tax of all?

    03/13/2002 2:00:45 AM PST · by The Raven · 18 replies · 343+ views
    Quoth the Raven | Mar 13, 2002 | The Raven
    I pay a wide variety of taxes. I think my local quot;taxquot; for fire protection is the quot;fairest.quot; My water bill, for example, is simplistically the cost of the service to the town, divided by the number of users (households). If the household paid for water based on the cost of service to the town divided by the town's income.....each household would pay based on their income - not their water usage - and thus be regressive. Federal income taxes are horribly regressive and tax productivity. Even a flat income tax is regressive. Sales taxes and FICA are regressive. Take...