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.
Now, if we could just get execs to cough more R&D investment so profs and other inventors would not be relying on tax-victim funding via NSF, NIH, etc.
I have a dream!
September 19, 2014 at 11:54 a.m.
So, it's OK if a company folds for financial reasons and dumps dozens or thousands of employees, but if they don't cater to corrupt sheis ters whims they must be punished! They must be forced to continue an unprofitable line of products and services long beyond the time it is financially unfeasible. Because, as we all know, government thugs' whims are much more important than reality.
September 11, 2014 at 2:06 p.m.
Some of those RN figures seem a little low. Working in a county jail or even child behavioral problem facility ought to include a bit of hazard premium, and require more oversight than such workers elsewhere.
There seems to be a lot missing.
What are the per capita figures for numbers of county employees over the last few decades (i.e. county employees/county population)?
More important, what are the individuals in each category, department, office, agency and occupation actually doing? Some might deserve more, while others probably deserve less, but without more info, who can tell? But then, maybe that's the intent in the figures that are released... to keep the public in the dark while disingenuously pretending to be "open".
September 7, 2014 at 2:36 p.m.
Yes, people should be discouraged from initiating force and fraud.
September 7, 2014 at 2:25 p.m.
There were instant messages in 1975, on plasma-screen terminals. There were several e-mail protocols in the 1970s and 1980s before gateways were developed to interconnect them. lynx preceded the HTML "web" browser (at least in some places; it was clumsy and required creation of massive indexes for every page every time it was modified, but made the info accessible). network news-groups preceded the Balkanized, free-speech-squelching web-based discussions.
Yes, things have changed. Studies have shown that eBooks are bad to read, reduce mental focus and memory, discourage making mental connections, involve struggles with format and lighting, but they're very cheap to produce.
Privacy is nearly non-existant; your phones, your network postings and e-mail messages (but not the governments' in a total inversion of law), your movements, how you drive... are tracked and recorded for later blackmail or persecution. Material is cheap to copy and spread, so respect for intellectual property and invention is down. People don't own, they rent... on credit, and corrupt governments swoop in to take whatever you possess and slowly take out of use the "antique" tools which allowed some privacy and independence.
Reporters aren't taught to question, and are actively discouraged from questioning these days (and what with deadlines in the seconds it's somewhat understandable). But some of it is publishers and idiotorial boreds trying to "guide" the public debate for their own purposes. Gone are the intrepid, hard-questioning Lois Lanes, Jimmy Olsens and Clark Kents who had a broad base of "liberal education" with which to approach different kinds of news.
August 8, 2014 at 12:13 p.m.