Pretty good... but these days I have to wonder whether any congress-critter's legislation drafting and voting will match his public statements.
January 30, 2015 at 9:19 a.m.
(sarc) Yes, by golly! Striving mightily to add more millions of unemployed US citizen STEM workers to the unemployment and welfare lines! Oh brave new world. (/sarc)
December 30, 2014 at 6:56 p.m.
Just what the world does not need, another cross-border bodyshop, to give cheap, poor-quality service.
December 9, 2014 at 11:02 a.m.
But are they selecting for the best "data processors", the best software developers, or simply people who are more apt to enjoy such events?
IBM is interested in finding cheap, young, pliant labor with flexible ethics. They've lagged the software and hardware quality curve since at least 1968.
November 20, 2014 at 11:37 a.m.
Tax and regulatory creep warning: Every "reform" increases the burden and numbers burdened.
And when people block one avenue of worsening, the pols and bureaubums increase their power through every crack and loop-hole they can manage to insert or hallucinate.
Back in the mid-1800s Ohio did not have state and local income extortions, just a small property/wealth tax amounting to no more than $1-$2 for the vast number of ordinary working people. Local volunteers were still building churches and schools and community centers with their own hands and resources, and the political indoctrinators and the like hadn't taken over for nearly another century (between 1930s and 1960s).
In the part of Ohio where I lived, they did not have city income extortion until about 1970, and it wasn't long after that the state government grabbed for power and others' earnings.
Here's a reform! Require the local, county, state and federal governments to live within OUR means.
November 14, 2014 at 12:11 p.m.
That would be too high; it would cause a tariff war, with each country jacking up its own tariffs up in retaliation. This is what happened with the Smoot-Hawley tariff of the 1930s.
I seem to recall reading around 2004 that the average tariff the USA charges as being between 2% and 8%, while the average other countries charge on USA-made goods at up over 45%.
I'd rather see something more like Herman Cain's 9-9-9 proposal (not exactly his, but a little like it), with a 9% normal tariff to import to the USA, a 9% total personal income extortion (federal+state+local, not 9% local + 9% state + 9% federal). That doesn't include dumping penalties, though. Even with dumping, though, there's some good economic reason to not retaliate, but simply take the less expensive goods and make use of them to boost our own well-being.
I have read that before 1917, most of the federal government's revenues came from import tariffs, and that, before 1912, the rest was made up by a tax on the states, proportional to the population of each.
October 13, 2014 at 8:34 p.m.
Wow! A blast from the past. This is exactly how the old political machines operated a century ago. Herd voters into wards, each of which was internally homogeneous, but each different from the others, a boss/"ward healer" in each to grant favors and wield power, set up plum jobs for friends and harass political enemies.
Who do you think is going to be the Dems' new Boss Tweed?
October 8, 2014 at 7:08 p.m.
Relatives used to have a Ford tractor built in the 1930s; OK but you just had to know their limitations.
"Mr. Speaker, retirement tax, income tax, property tax, excise tax, sales tax, beer tax, tobacco tax, cable tax, telephone tax, gasoline tax, hotel tax, surtaxes, taxes on taxes, and, don't forget when you die, inheritance tax. But also how about tolls, user fees, service charges, licenses, transfers... Mr. Speaker, Patricia Mendoza heckled the president; she got audited. Kent Brown sued the rirst lady; he got audited. The National Center for Public Policy criticized the White House; they got audited. Billy Dale got the White House mad; he got audited. Paula Jones refused a cash settlement; she got audited. If that is not enough to tax your disgust, Shelly Davis, the author of _Unbridled Power_, who testified about IRS abuses before the senate, got a notice in the mail yesterday; she is being audited. Unbelievable. After all this, an IRS spokesman said, coincidence, all coincidence..." --- James Traficant 1995-07-20 and 1997-10-08 (see also: James Traficant 1995-07-21 Congressional Record page H7383 and thereabouts)
October 6, 2014 at 6:16 p.m.
Nice. Of course, if we really had a STEM talent shortage, Moy would be fully employed as an electrical engineer... along with millions of other US citizen STEM pros whose talent and knowledge are being wasted.
September 22, 2014 at 1:21 p.m.
I've just been reading about the history of political machines and political bosses -- Tammany Hall and that sort of thing -- and reflecting on what the Founders (both Federalists and Anti-Federalists) wrote.
In some cities, 100-120 years ago, there was a struggle between the bosses, who relied on trading favors among usually very local, generally more homogeneous constituencies, on the one side. On the other side, the most prominent business executives, who claimed to be "reformers" and pushed for fewer, larger districts, or at-large commissions and councils and boards that they could more easily dominate.
Perhaps there should be a 15 or 20 or 25 ward model, so that the "little people" would have more say in city matters. They would be more manageable and more responsive to the needs (yes, and whims) of their neighbors.
September 19, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.