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.
Yes, dogs should, ideally, be well-fed, exercised, de-fleaed, de-wormed... people should live in "sanitary" homes (which you leave undefined), and illegal aliens should be stopped at the borders and deported and returned.
Perhaps, the dog-owners could be assisted by wealthier animal fanatics, and illegal alien fans could send aid to the illegal aliens in over-turning their oppressive governments... all peacefully and voluntarily.
July 31, 2014 at 8:46 a.m.
Ah, a fun, genteel discussion, for a change.
Let's see, WHTaft... Teddy Bozovelt... Wilson... Hubert Hoover... FDR... Truman... Eisenhower... JFK...(shortened for space limits)
LBJ: Medicare, Medicaid, the evil society undermined families, undermined coinage with coppernickel Johnson Slugs, and set back race relations.
Nixon: appeased Red China, undermined coinage and currency, idiotic price controls.
Ford was no paragon, though I don't recall the specifics just now.
Carter: totally fumbled the economy and foreign relations, continued inflation, and set the first trigger for the destruction of the S&Ls.
Reagan: signed the second triggler for the destruction of the S&Ls, failed to eliminate Dept. of Educationism and Dept. of Energy; wimped out on taming Medicare, Medicaid and the Socialist Insecurity Abomination; 1986 amnesty for illegal aliens, rule 1706, and accompanying measures to reduce US citizens' privacy and liberty.
GHWBush: read my lips extortion increase, "assault" rifle import ban, Ruby Ridge.
Clintoon: Mt. Carmel/Waco massacre, ClintonDoesn'tCare, sexual assaults, vastly increased guest-worker visas 10 months after stock market crash and during tech wash-out and Y2K bust as job markets were worsening, several amnesties for illegal aliens.
Shrub: fumbled detecton of terrorists, unpatriotic act, pushed for even more guest-work visas while job markets were still in the dumps (but only got a couple smaller, more under the table increases).
cousin OhhBummer!: Fast and Furious, ObummerDoesn'tCare with its assaults on everyone's privacy, Benghazi, abuses by IRS and obstruction of justice, NSA egregious snooping on US citizens (they're supposed to spy on foreign governments and operatives), never accessible to the public when he should be and always appearing for photo ops and golfing and fund-raisers when more important issues need immediate attention, the Gates fiasco and other race obsessions including refusal to prosecute New Black Panthers, other attempts at election fraud and obstruction, trade of deserter for 5 terrorist chieftains (might be 1 excuse for that), Keystone XL, war against coal, CO2 hysteria, opposition to free and honest markets within the USA, aid to Hamas and Syrian terrorists, opposition to cutting unconstitutional spending and balancing federal government, shutting down parks in an old old gambit which back-fired amongst everyone but the leftist media, opposition to immigration reform and support of immigration law perversion, belligerent refusal to faithfully carry out the current constitutional immigration laws, continuing efforts to worsen US job markets through taxes and regulations, crippling of US military, appeasement of Putin and Red China and North Korea and Iran, crony socialism run rampant...
Yes, we've had a lot of low-quality presidents (even GWashington made a mistake with the whiskey tax, a mistake which he later repented), but cousin Obummer is the worst.
July 25, 2014 at 9:49 a.m.