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Dr. F.

Trad climber
SoCal
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 10, 2014 - 05:02pm PT
Well done Bookworm
You actually responded to my response

I will look into your concerns and get back to ya
Dr. F.

Trad climber
SoCal
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 10, 2014 - 05:04pm PT
So extending the ObamaCare mandate for Small Businesses and Corporations is bad!
Is that your complaint?
I thought you guys would want an extension.. gosh it's so hard to figure out what you will complain about next.


apogee

climber
Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Feb 10, 2014 - 05:24pm PT
"waterboarding bad, drone killing good

wiretapping americans bad, assassinating americans good:"



Man, it's so hard to keep track of who we're talking about...all these POTUS's are pretty much alike these days, aren't they?
Dr. F.

Trad climber
SoCal
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 10, 2014 - 05:44pm PT
"waterboarding bad, drone killing good

wiretapping americans bad, assassinating americans good:"
Those are some classic talking points you have there.

You run with that, let me know how it works out for ya
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Feb 10, 2014 - 06:03pm PT
Bookworm...so much to say and so little time...
bookworm

Social climber
Falls Church, VA
Feb 11, 2014 - 10:12am PT
perfect.

the last day to sign up for barrycare for coverage that begins march 1?

feb 15...the same day barry is shutting down the barrycare website for maintenance

http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/197997-healthcaregov-to-be-down-for-maintenance-on

yes, i've enjoyed the schadenfreude but the incompetence is getting scary...i'm afraid there are far more people like f out there
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Feb 11, 2014 - 10:18am PT
So extending the ObamaCare mandate for Small Businesses and Corporations is bad!
Is that your complaint?
I thought you guys would want an extension.. gosh it's so hard to figure out what you will complain about next.

Wouldn't it be more accurate the ask what the Democrats want, since they shut down the government rather than allow a one-year extensions of the mandates of the Affordable [sic] Care Act?

John
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Feb 11, 2014 - 10:22am PT


"Wouldn't it be more accurate the ask what the Democrats want"...


Pretty sure they'd like to have intelligent opponents...

TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Feb 12, 2014 - 07:17pm PT
dirtbag

climber
Feb 12, 2014 - 07:22pm PT
Yes, helping people in need is such enslavement.


TGT, you are one selfish dude.
apogee

climber
Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Feb 12, 2014 - 07:32pm PT
Well, at least he doesn't rat on other ST'ers.
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Feb 12, 2014 - 07:36pm PT
dirtbag

climber
Feb 12, 2014 - 07:38pm PT
Wow, that's deep....^^^^^
apogee

climber
Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Feb 12, 2014 - 07:39pm PT
If you don't read the words, the boobs are kinda nice.
dirtbag

climber
Feb 12, 2014 - 07:42pm PT
Yeah, that's its only merit.
Dr. F.

Trad climber
SoCal
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 12, 2014 - 07:43pm PT
since they shut down the government rather than allow a one-year extensions of the mandates of the Affordable [sic] Care Act?

John
They did what now?
John, you're way off your game here

The Republicans shut down the government because they would not agree to the terms of the Budget.
And they presented the Dems with an ultimatum, defund ObamaCare or we don't approve (and vote for) the budget continuing resolution.
No vote meant, no budget, meant Gov. Shutdown.

Since They refused to vote for the continuing resolution, they shut down the Gov.,
Obama had nothing to do with it, nor did talk of an extension play any part.

It was 100% due to their demand to defund ObamaCare, which they laid it out as a ultimatum which could never be enabled, since it had nothing to do with the budget, with was nothing more than a far right wing Demand for undemocratic concessions with absolutely no valid legal leverage.

Give me what I want or I will shut down the whole sha bang..
Dr. F.

Trad climber
SoCal
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 12, 2014 - 08:03pm PT


How Entitlements for the Rich Cheat the Rest of Us

by Paul Buchheit
Published on Monday, February 10, 2014 by Common Dreams
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/02/10-0


The word 'entitlement' is ambiguous. For working people it means "earned benefits." For the rich, the concept of entitlement is compatible with the Merriam-Webster definition: "The feeling or belief that you deserve to be given something (such as special privileges)." Recent studies agree, concluding that higher social class is associated with increased entitlement and narcissism.

The sense of entitlement among the very rich is understandable, for it helps them to justify the massive redistribution of wealth that has occurred over the past 65 years, especially in the past 30 years. National investment in infrastructure, technology, and security has made America a rich country. The financial industry has used our publicly-developed communications technology to generate trillions of dollars in new earnings, while national security protects their interests. The major beneficiaries have convinced themselves they did it on their own. They believe they're entitled to it all.

Their entitlements can be summarized into four categories, each of which reveals clear advantages that the very rich take for granted.

1. Income: Mocking Our 'Progressive' Tax System

Americans who earn millions of dollars a year feel entitled to the same maximum tax rate as those making about $400,000 a year. Progressive taxation stops at that point. In fact, it reverses itself, with the highest earners paying lower tax rates. The richest 10% pay about 20 percent in federal taxes, and it goes down from there, with the richest 400 paying less than 20 percent. When all taxes are included (payroll, sales, state and local), the super-rich pay about the same percentage as America's middle and upper-middle classes.

Corporations feel entitled to lower taxes, too, having cut their income tax rate in half in just ten years. The companies that have benefited the most from public research have become skilled tax avoiders.

Some corporate CEOs feel entitled to total freedom from taxes, employing a noble-sounding strategy of a $1 per year salary to avoid federal income taxes. It allows them to defer all capital gains taxes on their stock holdings, which can be used, if cash is needed, as collateral for low-interest loans.

2. Wealth: Trillions in Financial Gains, Zero Tax

America has gained $16 trillion in financial wealth over the past five years, with 80-90 percent of that gain going to the richest 10%, for many of whom productive labor may have been limited to checking their online portfolios. America is gaining in wealth because of technological infrastructure and a deregulated financial industry that uses the technology to capture most of those gains.

There is no tax on all that wealth. Capital gains can be deferred indefinitely, and then another entitlement comes into play: the lower capital gains rate, purportedly meant to stimulate new business investment, but in large part failing to do that. The nation's wealth needs to be distributed more equitably among productive citizens, ideally by allowing everyone to share in the capital of companies that use our nationally developed technologies.

3. Financial Transactions: Trillions in Speculative Purchases, Zero Tax

As Forbes notes, the hundreds of trillions of dollars of speculative financial transactions constitute "a massive financial accident waiting to happen, yet again."

We pay a sales tax of up to 10 percent on boots and mittens for the kids, But not a penny of sales tax is paid on U.S. financial transactions, which may be valued as high as three quadrillion dollars annually, or over three thousand times the deficit. No sales tax is paid despite the high-risk nature of "flash trading" that can lose entire pension funds in a few seconds.

The trading industry feels entitled to tax-free purchases, claiming that even a tiny sales tax will decrease liquidity, or slow the economy, or constitute a sin tax. Yet it's an easily administered tax that has been imposed in some of the freest economies in the world.

4. Subsidies: Alms for the Rich

About two-thirds of nearly $1 trillion in individual "tax expenditures" (deductions, exemptions, exclusions, credits, capital gains, and loopholes) goes to the top quintile of taxpayers.

At the corporate level, tens of billions of dollars go in subsidies to the fossil fuel, fishing, and agricultural industries. Fossil fuel subsidies may be much, much more. The IMF reports U.S. fossil fuel subsidies of $502 billion, and according to Grist, even this is an underestimate.

Cheated

There's more. A regressive payroll tax, an almost nonexistent estate tax, the lower capital gains rate on carried interest for investment managers, trillions socked away in tax havens -- all involve tax avoidance by wealthy Americans who feel entitled to their privileged positions.

Entitlements for the rich mean cuts in safety net programs for children, women, retirees, and low-income families. They threaten Social Security. They redirect money from infrastructure repair, education, and job creation.

And the more the super-rich take from us, the greater their belief that they're entitled to the wealth we all helped to create.
dirtbag

climber
Feb 12, 2014 - 08:42pm PT
Funny how TGT's little video clip doesn't whine about enslavement to those moochers.
clinker

Trad climber
California
Feb 12, 2014 - 08:48pm PT
Does the combination of liking boobs and acting like a little bitch mean that person is a lesbian? Regardless of political viewpoints.
bookworm

Social climber
Falls Church, VA
Feb 13, 2014 - 04:46pm PT
romance, liberal style?

abortions for valentine's day:

https://twitter.com/CecileRichards/status/432926677841084416


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