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  1. The Dream Act isn't a "handout." It merely extends in state tuition status to these students. Most of these kids have been here since they were young children. We have already planned for their participation in our education system. Idea of the Day: Senate Should Move Forward with the DREAM Act http://www.nilc.org/immlawpolicy/DREAM/dream-bills-summary-2010-09-20.pdf These requirements are pretty tough. Many of our "native born" kids could not meet these standards. I think we will be healthier as a society if we take steps towards rational immigration reform.
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    Who would really cut your taxes?

    yvw.... Frankly I think small businesses are hurt by regressive taxation strategies as tax burdens are shoved down onto the backs of the middle class by regressive sales/property taxes there is less disposable income available to feed the demand that small businesses need to thrive. Progressive taxation feeds the demand side more effectively....
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    Who would really cut your taxes?

    when i spoke of the very top i am talking about the fortunate 400 (defined as the top 1% of the economy) not your individual situation. at a macro level the fortunate 400 control around 40% of the wealth of the us. as i was pointing out progressive taxation provides incentive for productive investment. as a process it rewards active investment behaviors over passive investment behaviors. frankly i think small businesses are hurt by regressive taxation strategies as tax burdens are shoved down onto the backs of the middle class by regressive sales/property taxes there is less disposable income available to feed the demand that small businesses need to thrive. http://www.alternet.org/economy/60217/?page=entire i respect your decision to open a business. (your retirement savings were not chicken feed in any sense of the word. ) businesses are generally started because people believe that they will receive a greater long term reward for that behavior over another behavior. i sincerely hope that you and your husband succeed in your endeavors.
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    Who would really cut your taxes?

    that's probably a compelling narrative for bachmann -- big government taxes the little guys. we first fact-checked similar claims during the 2008 election, when samuel joseph wurzelbacher, aka joe the plumber, worried he'd get a tax increase under obama's plan if he bought a company that took in around $250,000 a year. it wasn't true then, and it isn't true now. here's why: plumbers -- or any other small business owner -- get to deduct their business expenses, so they'd have to be bringing in more than $250,000 in gross sales. the tax laws allow small business owners to deduct all kinds of business expenses: employees' pay, supplies, a car or truck, fuel costs, advertising, association dues, utilities, shop repairs, and the list goes on. (for more details, read chapter 8 of the tax guide for small business published by the irs.) http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2010/nov/17/michele-bachmann/michele-bachmann-250000-gross-sales-tax-increase/ http://www.irs.gov/publications/p334/ch08.html i think what gets lost in the noise about progressive taxation is this simple behavioral incentive. progressive taxation tends to encourage innovation through the very real phenomenon of encouraging business investment. (these activities are all in essence deductible. tax cuts at the very top encourage hoarding. (we had a real life experiment around this very issue. jobs boomed during the clinton era simply because money was actively invested. bush tax cuts yielded negative job growth and declining incomes for the middle class.) iow progressive taxation makes productive investment "cheaper" than hoarding behaviors and thus incentivizes economic performance.
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    Why Bristol Palin Is Still on 'Dancing With the Stars'

    Personally I'm not angry. If anything I believe that the arc of history is long but it bends towards justice. (with apologies to MLK JR.) I think the difference between Medias feminism statement and the light bulb comment is that having the choice as an individual about living as an individual is important. While driving inefficient vehicles, using more electricity etc literally affects thousands of people downstream from your decision as an individual about your energy usage. We (as individuals) don't have the right to harm the interests of others through wasteful usage of energy. To tie this to the thread I am not a DWT fan and have never willingly watched a minute of the program. (Although when the more talented dancer is eliminated it certainly caused me to ????)
  6. The Dream act IMO is a "hold harmless" bill. I find it difficult to criticize a 20 something undocumented immigrant who was carried into the US as a baby or very young child. Most of these kids did not choose to come here illegally. They were brought by their parents. (Can you really say a child raised here since 2 or 3 isn't an American when they have no conscious memory of their parents homeland?) As to college costs I agree that we as a society are not keeping our contract with the young to keep higher education affordable and accessible. Opposition to the Dream Act by the corporatists is rooted (IMO) in their desire to keep a permanent underclass of low wage workers to suppress wages for all americans. We can't afford to waste any talent. (These kids have already been educated in the public schools at our expense. Their participation in higher ed has already been planned for since the day they entered kindergarten by the various state departments of education.) When Immigration reform is passed I anticipate that these kids will be given a fast track to legal residency because they did not knowingly or willingly violate any immigration laws to get here. (Many don't even know that they are undocumented until after they are in high school.)
  7. If President Obama did this it would be the equivalent of unilateral disarmament. (Or bringing a knife to a gunfight....) Since they (as I understand it) both work for Fox as "commentators" their oped should be a "consider the source" article. Daily Kos: President Obama Must Resign! and other bedtime stories to scare the children with Dean Baker's response to 'Should Obama quit after one term?' - The Arena | POLITICO.COM David Biespiel's response to 'Should Obama quit after one term?' - The Arena | POLITICO.COM Theda Skocpol's response to 'Should Obama quit after one term?' - The Arena | POLITICO.COM
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    Who would really cut your taxes?

    how we paid for the tax cuts for the uber rich: social security crisis? not if wealthy pay their way / the christian science monitor - csmonitor.com iow the middle class has loaned trillions of dollars to the hoi polloi. its time that they paid us back.
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    Who would really cut your taxes?

    Proportionate to income and relative wealth the uber rich pay a lower average tax rate than the middle/working class.
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    Who would really cut your taxes?

    It isn't the GOP. GOP plan to extend tax cuts for rich adds $36 billion to deficit, panel finds Up to about 200,000/year (which represents the vast majority of American families) the Democratic plan yields a larger tax break for families. See atrios for another perspective.....
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    2 billion dollars and 3000 staffers.

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/sectorsaviation/SpiceJet-to-buy-30-Boeing-aircraft-for-2-7-billion/622842/H1-Article1-622793.aspx 50,000 jobs created with one presidential visit to a foreign nation.
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    2 billion dollars and 3000 staffers.

    Actually there is an economic benefit to the trip. See: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/11/6/124939/357 53,000 jobs will be created in aerospace as a result of this trip. Real tangible benefits will accrue to the country after this trip.
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    2 billion dollars and 3000 staffers.

    Debunked at http://mediamatters.org/research/201011050024
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    Any Nurses registered as a Libertarian?

    Actually I am rather a "left" libertarian. Very live and let live. Absolutely opposed to authoritarian politicians or the tyranny of the corporatocracy.
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