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  • Taxing Sales under the FairTax – What Rate Works?

    10/19/2006 5:11:50 PM PDT · by pigdog · 1,119 replies · 9,029+ views
    Boston University ^ | September 2006 | Laurence J. Kotlikoff et al
    As specified in Congressional bill H.R. 25/S. 25, the FairTax is a proposal to replace the federal personal income tax, corporate income tax, payroll (FICA) tax, capital gains, alternative minimum, self-employment, and estate and gifts taxes with a single-rate federal retail sales tax. The FairTax also provides a prebate to each household based on its demographic composition. The prebate is set to ensure that households pay no taxes net on spending up to the poverty level. Bill Gale (2005) and the President’s Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform (2005) suggest that the effective (tax inclusive) tax rate needed to implement...
  • Sons of Confederate Veterans disowns George Allen

    09/29/2006 10:09:22 AM PDT · by van_erwin · 477 replies · 5,484+ views
    The Daily Press ^ | September 28, 2006, | Hugh Lessig
    The Sons of Confederate Veterans are demanding that Sen. George Allen apologize for apologizing. Allen has tried to mend fences with minorities over his use of the word "macaca," a racially-charged word, in part by saying he has regretted his infatuation with the Confederate flag. That touched off an angry response Thursday from two leaders of the 4,000-member Confederate group, who said Allen has turned his back on them. "We feel he's using our flag to wipe the muck from his shoes that he's now stepped in," said Frank Earnest of Virginia Beach, state division commander of the group.
  • High-tech 'pot factories' popping up in suburban homes

    09/23/2006 1:23:52 PM PDT · by World_Events · 397 replies · 5,797+ views
    SF Gate ^ | 9/23/06 | Don Thompson
    Leon Nunn stepped out his front door one recent afternoon only to be waved back by a squadron of drug agents using a battering ram on a neighbor's home. The half-million dollar home in the quiet subdivision was stuffed with high-grade marijuana, plants covering nearly every square foot. The bust is one example of a phenomenon that has come to light recently in subdivisions around the state's capital. Marijuana growers with suspected ties to Asian organized crime have been buying suburban homes — many in newer developments — because of the anonymity the drug dealers believe the neighborhoods afford. They...
  • A Battlefield for Tax Reform - Vanity

    09/17/2006 8:03:05 AM PDT · by Principled · 347 replies · 2,227+ views
    vanity | 9/17/06 | Principled
    A Battlefield for Tax Reform There are a few significant battlefields in the war for tax reform. One of them is Free Republic. What makes the Free Republic battlefield significant is that the debate is at the cutting edge. The debate on Free Republic is the most current and most knowledgeable. It is a year ahead of other significant battlefields (radio talk shows, political town-hall meetings, conversations among neighbors and coworkers.) The trend on Free Republic with respect to tax reform is going to show up in the real world. Free Republic is a tiny segment of the world, albeit...
  • The Science of Medical Marijuana Prohibition (Op-Ed)

    06/15/2006 4:53:24 PM PDT · by Wolfie · 496 replies · 3,519+ views
    Frontiers of Freedom ^ | June 15, 2006 | Kenneth Michael White
    The Science of Medical Marijuana Prohibition USA -- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently opined that smoked marijuana has no scientifically accepted medical uses. The FDA received much criticism for this decision because in 1999 the Federal Government’s own scientists concluded that even in smoked form marijuana has medical uses. At the heart of the debate about medical marijuana is the question of science. But what, exactly, is science? Since modern civilization bases itself on a belief in the ability of science to solve any and all problems (human or otherwise), prudent people are obligated to at least try...
  • Government Goons Murder Puppies!The drug war goes to the dogs.

    04/05/2006 12:57:02 PM PDT · by JTN · 251 replies · 5,695+ views
    Reason ^ | April 2006 | Radley Balko
    In the course of researching paramilitary drug raids, I’ve found some pretty disturbing stuff. There was a case where a SWAT officer stepped on a baby’s head while looking for drugs in a drop ceiling. There was one where an 11-year-old boy was shot at point-blank range. Police have broken down doors, screamed obscenities, and held innocent people at gunpoint only to discover that what they thought were marijuana plants were really sunflowers, hibiscus, ragweed, tomatoes, or elderberry bushes. (It’s happened with all five.) Yet among hundreds of botched raids, the ones that get me most worked up are the...
  • President Bush has blundered badly with the nomination of Harriet Miers. (Udated)

    10/16/2005 12:08:21 PM PDT · by Westpole · 198 replies · 2,969+ views
    October 16, 2005 | Westpole
    President Bush has blundered badly with the nomination of Harriet Miers. It isn't just the profound split within the Republican Party that is damaging. The presidency itself is weakened because his judgment is now doubted within his own camp. The Democrats always doubted his judgment, indeed his intellect. Now the same doubts are being expressed on the right. What is it about this nomination that can so undermine the presidency? The main problem with Ms. Miers nomination can be summed up simply - she is a "weak sister". People respect bold action even when they don't agree with it. The...