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    ATF operation Fast and Furious

    Congressional Report Slams ATF's 'Fast And Furious' Operation : The Two-Way : NPR The Fast And The Spurious | Personal Liberty Digest[P11419976]&rrid=394815418 I am surprised I have not heard much about this in the news. Admittedly I haven't been watching much news lately and when I do tune in it's our local channel or CNN. It sounds like the responsibility trail will probably end at the director of the ATF.
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    Polygamist pedophile in critical condition

    If he thinks his cell is hot, there is much greater heat in store for him. I'm happy to let him starve himself. Why waste an extra penny?
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    The Economy

    It does seem more reasonable to me that Warren Bufffet, a businessman, came up with the idea than our President. I don't doubt that Warren would have notified the President of his plans, just to build more political capital. Warren Buffet doing the President's bidding is like the tail wagging the dog.
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    Happy Birthday, Elvis!

    Sometimes it's staffers, sometimes it's being too speedy, for me the funniest was fatigue based. I was near the end of my shift and had two pts. I started giving report on my 48yr M pt who'd had a hysterectomy. The nurse said "What?". I replied,"Oh, right, they didn't find a uterus so they fixed his ventral hernia instead." :o
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    Intelligent? Liberal? Interesting research

    I've had a pair of Birks, my wife loves them. I prefer my Teva's. They're comfortable, wear well, and don't have leather so they stand up to wet conditions well.
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    Intelligent? Liberal? Interesting research

    I do agree they will probably tweak the current system. By changing the system I meant dumping our current 1000 page plus system of multiple tiers with thousands of credits, deductions, exemptions, and adopting a clean flat tax or the fair tax proposal. I do hope they eliminate the special capital gains tax rates (the reason why Warren Buffet pays low taxes) but when they start talking specifics they'll probably all agree those are needed to support industrial expansion and help the economy. I saw the article posted about Ryan and the perks he tried to get instituted in the past. I think most of them failed but the fact he tried will haunt him just as the president's previous opposition to raising the debt limit raised it's head this year.
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    Intelligent? Liberal? Interesting research

    It seems to me that progressives are against a flat tax or the fairtax. I really think both major parties are against changing from our current tax system that allows them to pay off donors with special tax breaks.
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    Intelligent? Liberal? Interesting research

    Tntrn, I see your point. However, I am tired of how we all get pigeon holed based on our voter registration so I don't get too worked up on discrepancies. I've looked for the azhiker96 party that matches my beliefs 100% but haven't found it. So I've had to settle for a party that promotes what I think is most important. It's a prioritization thing. I'm sure there are Republicans who support alternative energy just as there are Democrats who believe that border security is important. It was fun to tease him a little on the gas guzzlers though. :lol2:
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    Intelligent? Liberal? Interesting research

    We have a "Be kind to pets" specialty plate on our Accord which helps us find it in the sea of silver Accords. I got tired of maintaining bumper stickers about a decade ago. They get degraded by the weather and soon look pretty shabby. The one sticker I had the most compliments on said "Support your local muggers with anti-gun laws".
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    Intelligent? Liberal? Interesting research

    Ah, you might see a sweet corvette or huge Expedition and think a conservative drives those gas guzzlers. But you might be wrong. I used to work with a guy who was very progressive and voted a straight Democratic ticket every election. He drove the corvette but sometimes drove his wife's (also liberal) Expedition. I asked him once how he reconciled his vehicle choice with his politics. He smiled and said he did enough other things to make up for it.
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    The Austerity Thread

    I agree with you Tweety. It will take increased revenues and decreased spending to get the US financial house in order. Revenues alone cannot fix our deficit but there are things which can be fixed on that side. If we don't address the growth in spending now then eventually we'll be forced to address it. It will be a lot more painful if we wait until it's too big to ignore. We could improve revenues by resuming Gulf oil production but there are risks on both sides of that equation. Here's A Real Stimulus Plan - Restoring Oil And Gas Production In The Gulf Of Mexico Would Add 230,000 Jobs - Forbes
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    The Austerity Thread

    Likewise Boeing, Ratheon, McDonnell Douglas, and a number of other large military contractors depend on defense spending. Cut defense spending and there will be job losses in that industry. There seems to be a flip side to every coin. Cuba, Mr. Moore's darling, is finding that depending on government jobs alone is a poor way to run an economy. They are trying to get the private economy restarted. Human Rights in Cuba: Is Cuba Going Capitalist?
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    The Economy

    Hopefully people would replace with cars that get better MPG and change their habits. We have two cars that get 22 to 27 MPG. It depends on whether I'm driving (27mpg) or my DW who has a heavier foot. :lol2:
  14. I just wanted to have some fun counting the ways our elected officials lie to us. For example: (1) If there is a planned tax increase of $400 million and they adjust it to be an increase of $300 million, they proudly talk about the $100 million tax cut we'll be getting. (2) Tax credits and deductions are not called tax breaks, they are "tax expenditures". (3) The social security trust fund is not a vault packed full of money, it's a stack of government securities where the funds were loaned and spent on federal operations. They are as sound as the dollar! (4) Debt is reported in different ways depending on the needed slant. Sometimes it's dollars, sometimes as percentage of GDP. When I owe $10000 on a loan I don't care that it's only x% of my gross production or that it represents $220 in 1954 dollars. I live in the now. That's all I can think of offhand. I know if I turned on CSPAN or watched any news station I could add to the list pretty quickly. Any other favorites out there?
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    How do they lie, let me count the ways.

    Nice, it reinforces the old saw "How do you know when a politician is lying? His lips are moving."
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    The Austerity Thread

    There could be a way to get some meaningful tax reform. I must admit, the last paragraph made me laugh. :yeah: One shot on taxes: Don’t blow it, Democrats - The Washington Post The gist of the story is this: I think both parties have the opportunity to use the Bush tax cuts as a lever. The question is which party will figure it out first.
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    The Austerity Thread

    I think they've finally found some common ground.:lol2: Super Committee Should Be Transparent, Republican Senators Say Pelosi Calls For Super Congress Transparency ETA: Of course I know it's just a way for those who are not on the committee to try to keep their fingers in the pie. It's still nice to see Pelosi agreeing with Republicans on something.
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    The Economy

    Sounds like Michigan is making some needed reforms which will still help struggling students while cutting off those who come from rich families and don't really need the help.
  19. Yes, it's strange that even when we run surpluses the government continues to borrow more money. Maybe that's some of the fuzzy math left over from the Reagan years. I wish the Tea party was about eliminating the deficit and paying down the debt but they seem to just be about decreasing taxes. We need a party that will champion a balanced budget amendment unless we want to just keep piling it onto our kids and grandkids. The amount of money required to service the debt keeps rising. Think of what we could do with that $400 billion per year.
  20. You are correct. The national debt increased under his watch as it has with the other recent presidents. Government - Historical Debt Outstanding - Annual 1950 - 1999 Government - Historical Debt Outstanding - Annual 2000 - 2010
  21. Tweety, Clinton came up in an article that said he had an $800 billion surplus his last year. I don't know why paying down the debt is confused with paying off the debt. It seems like a simple concept. If I have extra money and make an extra $200 payment on a credit card, the balance will drop. It won't pay it off, but the balance would go down. Our national debt has increased every year of my voting life. If there was ever a surplus it wasn't used to decrease the national debt.
  22. From the link: "A deficit occurs when the government takes in less money than it spends in a given year. The debt is the total amount the government owes at any given time. So the debt goes up in any given year by the amount of the deficit, or it decreases by the amount of any surplus. The debt the government owes to the public decreased for a while under Clinton, but the debt was by no means erased." There are a couple of things to note in this explanation. First, when there is a surplus the amount of the debt will decrease. I agree with that. However, our national debt did not decrease during the Clinton years. The last sentence is specific about public debt so that it excludes intergovernmental and other debts. I don't care if the government shifts debts around. I care about the total debt. When my wife and I rolled our credit card debt into a consolidation loan the debt didn't disappear. It was just moved to a different bucket. Our total debt stayed the same.
  23. I'm not really impressed with this article, I can't trust the numbers in it. From the article. "Leonhardt observed that since 2000, the year that Bill Clinton bequeathed George Bush with an $800 billion surplus" That sounds like there was a surplus of $800 billion in 2000. However, from their source it says, "The story of today’s deficits starts in January 2001, as President Bill Clinton was leaving office. The Congressional Budget Office estimated then that the government would run an average annual surplus of more than $800 billion a year from 2009 to 2012." So it was a 2001 estimate of a 2009 surplus, not a surplus from 2000. BTW, if Clinton did run a budget surplus any year of his office what did he do with it? It wasn't used to pay down the debt which has increased every year since I've been a voter. It's more likely it was Washington fun with numbers where a smaller increase in spending than planned is called a spending cut and continuing current tax rates is called a tax cut. Destroying the myth of the Clinton surpluses. | The Silent Majority Granted, we came closer to balancing the budget under President Clinton than anyone before or since. I will give him credit for that.
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    The Economy

    ten signs the double-dip recession has begun - 24/7 wall st.
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    The Economy

    I don't worry about families who qualify for help, trying to better themselves. I do worry about people and corporations who rip off the government including those who took $17 Billion in undeserved unemployment compensation last year. Unemployment Payments Fraud Worth $17B Per Year
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