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Changes? They are a coming

Another voice

January 30, 2013

The news has been all over the place lately. We saw the official swearing in of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday, and then we got to see the public swearing in on Monday....

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MikeDavis

Feb-01-13 1:17 PM

I really do get peeved (a nicer word than the one I would usually use) about the fine folks making 10 million a year and paying 100 thousand. It isn't fair, I will agree with that. But what can we do to change it? The people elected to look out for our best interests are either friends with or in the pocket of those people. Both ends of the spectrum need to be fixed. But the sheer number of people paying nothing in tips the scales toward making everyone contribute at least some income to pay for it. I firmly believe in a hand up...always, a hand out...never.

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localresident

Feb-01-13 11:25 AM

"Coffee?????"

Personally, I like the single cups from my Keurig. The strong blends especially. The bold Donut Shop flavors are pretty good. I should try them with a doughnut some time.

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DarkStar

Feb-01-13 10:46 AM

"My God you peole must have nothing to do but sit in front of your computers and look for things to argue about. Some of the comments are thought-out and reasonable; others, a waste of time and space."

You mean like a comment complaining about people wasting their time posting comments?

Or a comment about a comment complaining about comments? lol!

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DarkStar

Feb-01-13 10:44 AM

MikeDavis,

Actually one reason, besides fairness, that I support a flat tax is the simple reality that the current code is so massive and convoluted is because of the very people that would have to fix it.

Does anyone really belive that Congress could "fix" the 16,000 page tax code and not make it worse?

For that reason alone I think we need to scrap the current tax code completely and start over, now I would prefer a flat tax, although a national sales tax could work as well.

The only stipulation I would put on either is that they should also include a balanced budget amendment so they can't continue to bankrupt future generations.

The idea is very simple, if you want to increase spending beyond what is brought in with taxes you have to raise taxes, and with a a flat tax or national sales tax it will effect most American's so the spending better be needed.

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AnnetteVickAsbill

Feb-01-13 10:41 AM

My God you peole must have nothing to do but sit in front of your computers and look for things to argue about. Some of the comments are thought-out and reasonable; others, a waste of time and space. Clean your house - take a shower or bath - send someone a nice handwritten note with good things said. Dont waste your lives arguing and insulting others. Coffee?????

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MikeDavis

Feb-01-13 9:54 AM

Judeye, I would like to see a flat tax, but I keep hearing the argument that it is unfair. I don't think it is unfair. What I do think is unfair is people paying zero in and getting a check from the IRS when they file a tax "return". That sounds a lot like wealth redistribution to me. Another thing is the billionaires complaining they aren't being taxed enough, what is stopping them from sending a check to their favorite uncle in what ever amount they feel is fair? We agree about people illegally dodging the taxes they owe. But why does it seem so hard to change a tax code when the Constitution can be tweaked as quickly as it recently has been? Is it because most of the members of congress are making so much money from the deals they are making? Deals that would result in you or I being charged with a crime? The system, if not broken, sure isn't running the way the American people want it.

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DarkStar

Feb-01-13 8:50 AM

It's actually sort of funny looking back and thinking of how often I would tear them down, clean and oil them, even when they hadn't be fired since I last cleaned them, but now here I sit hears later and I get annoyed if I've got to open my mouse to change the batteries. lol!

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DarkStar

Feb-01-13 8:50 AM

"DarkStar..thanks."

No problem Judeye.

To some extent you could sort of compare it to people with cars. Some want the nice shiny spotless car, and completely loose their mind if it gets the tiniest of nicks, while others perfer something with more "character" that can be used, abused, and even torn down and rebuilt.

When it came to firarms I prefer the latter, and military style rifles fit the bill as they are made to be used, abused, fire 10's of thousands of rounds and be torn down repeatly.

I used to spend more time tearing down my rifles and cleaning them they I ever did shooting them, although I shot them A TON!

Hey it kept me off the streets at night...... well at least some nights. lol!

It's actually sort of funny looking back and thinking of how often I would tear them down, clean and oil them, even when they hadn't be fired since I last cleaned them, but now here I sit hears later and I get annoyed if I've got to open my mouse to change the batteri

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DarkStar

Feb-01-13 8:34 AM

"Does anyone know is there a law that a gun has to be locked up when not in use? Are people ever charged if someone uses their gun because they forgot to lock it up? "

I believe there are some laws on things like that in some states, but I don't think NY is one of them, although depending on the circumstances I'm sure standard negligence laws could be applied.

I am torn on supporting laws like this for the simple reason, where exactly do we draw the line? For example, should parents be charged if their kids get their hands on, and ingest a poision, overdose on a medicine, gets injured knife, or burned playing with matches?

How about if someone's actions unintentionally cause a house fire, be it from cooking or having candles burning, a someone is killed, should they then be charged?

I'm a strong supporter of holding people accountable for their actions, but I also see that laws like that could very easily spiral out of control.

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judeye

Feb-01-13 8:25 AM

MikeDavis..amen.. on how people fail to even read a comment before they hit the agree or disagree button.

I have learned much here from many... particularly those I might not agree with. At least with good back and forth both sides can start to understand the reasons why the other side thinks the way they do. To me this is most important..not only here..but in our entire country. We are not enemies..we only have differences of opinion.

Hope everyone will take a moment to actually read a comment before just clicking away. Just might learn something.

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judeye

Feb-01-13 8:20 AM

DarkStar..thanks. I just was curious as to why someone would want a gun like this. My husband's grandfather used to collect guns. So I do know some reasons why some want guns that might not be that functional for everyday use (hunting etc)

Does anyone know is there a law that a gun has to be locked up when not in use? Are people ever charged if someone uses their gun because they forgot to lock it up?

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judeye

Feb-01-13 8:16 AM

womanonfire...people who are in this country illegally do not claim anything on their w2. In fact we make money off of them because they use fake ss numbers. Someone cannot get a ss card if in this country illegally.

It was also one of the things we had to document before we could help anyone even look for a job, resume, or training.

The only study ever conducted on the economic impact of illegals in our country found that we MAKE money on them. (look it up..it was conducted in Texas) As they do not get tax refunds, are not eligible for ss, and yet pay taxes such as sales tax.

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judeye

Feb-01-13 8:01 AM

MikeDavis..the super rich pay a lower tax rate than I do, living on social security. That is what is wrong.

It is not the numbers...it is the percentage..the rate of taxes that they pay. It is not fair that I pay a higher rate of for my taxes than those who have millions of dollars.

Like 25% of $20,000 = $5,000

14% of $100,000 = $14,000

Yes, they might pay more..but way less than most working folks do, and way less than what is fair.

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DarkStar

Feb-01-13 7:29 AM

"I'm not sure I like Gevalia Signature Blend as much as Royal Vinter, but it is a good medium dark blend. "

Meh.... personally I prefer my caffeine cold and carbonated. :)

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DarkStar

Feb-01-13 7:27 AM

"teach, exactly what is "Mike, like you would ever vote for Obama, even if he had the same platform as you" supposed to imply to me?"

And the race card to tossed into the mix.

Basically that line translates to "I can't argue with facts so I'll call you a racist instead."

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teacherteacher

Feb-01-13 6:50 AM

Your the one who likes to bring people down.

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MikeDavis

Jan-31-13 10:22 PM

teach, exactly what is "Mike, like you would ever vote for Obama, even if he had the same platform as you" supposed to imply to me? That in your little world the only way to make yourself feel better with your lack of communication skills, is to attempt to make me appear prejudice? I used to think you were just a sad person, but now I realize you are truly pathetic. Please don't ever speak directly to me again, thank you.

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Christopher

Jan-31-13 9:16 PM

I'm not sure I like Gevalia Signature Blend as much as Royal Vinter, but it is a good medium dark blend.

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teacherteacher

Jan-31-13 8:33 PM

Your making things up again

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teacherteacher

Jan-31-13 8:32 PM

Could you please quote the posting date and time I said I was a perfect speller?

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Christopher

Jan-31-13 8:09 PM

Gevalia coffee is amazing, especially their "Signature blend"!!

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Christopher

Jan-31-13 6:59 PM

teacherteacher, reasonable people, meaning those who actually have their own thoughts on various subjects, those who don't just parrot political dogma from whatever party they support, can agree on certain things even when they don't in the majority of cases. Most times I get accused of supporting all union issues all of the time. Your accusations are quite funny. In reality, I have always supported the general concept of Unions, and was an active and extremely effective Union rep for perhaps 25 years. Oh..and Mr. Perfect Speller, "your two of a kind"? You meant "you're", of course. Oops, that must have been a joke as well. I'm sorry.

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teacherteacher

Jan-31-13 5:20 PM

Paul must be a union-buster like mike.

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teacherteacher

Jan-31-13 5:19 PM

Mike, like you would ever vote for Obama, even if he had the same platform as you. And Paul thinking your two of a kind. Your as different as apples and oranges.

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Christopher

Jan-31-13 4:38 PM

MikeDavis..last post..right on the money!! A point I have tried to make many, many times.

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