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sonicfilter

Fishers, IN

#878594 Mar 23, 2013
Led by Sen. Mike Enzi, Republicans Will Vote to Raise Taxes & Tax iTunes Downloads

Congressional Republicans led by Senator Mike Enzi of Wyoming and Democratic Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, are about to raise Americans’ taxes and set in place the foundation for states to be able to tax downloads from the internet, including from places like iTunes. Senators Durbin and Enzi are inserting an internet tax as an amendment to the Senate budget bill.

The tax sounds innocuous enough. The tax is hiding under legislation called the Marketplace Fairness Act. The Act purportedly just harmonizes state laws so internet sales are also taxed. After all, it is not fair that Amazon does not charge all its customers sales taxes. It puts them at a competitive advantage over mom and pop shops. Sounds good until you realize what’s actually going on with this latest scheme to peddle “fairness.”

One day I will have a scorecard for conservatives. And those Republicans who vote for the Marketplace Fairness Act in any form will be blackballed from that scorecard. Until then, I hope groups like Club for Growth and Heritage Action will score against it. It is a damnable piece of legislation whose backers are a who’s who of major corporations.

The staggering irony of the Marketplace Fairness Act is that it is written by states craving more money and massive corporations like Wal-Mart who want to hurt small businesses that have become successfully competitive against big retailers online. And in selling the Marketplace Fairness Act, these big businesses and governments have hired lobbyists to claim the law actually benefits small businesses. But the backers are a whose who of major corporations who have a history of using their connections in government to hurt small businesses that have figured out how to successfully compete against big businesses.

Even more shameful, these big businesses and state governments have been pouring money into conservative outfits and right-of-center lobbying outfits to try to convince conservatives that tapping a massive new revenue stream for states to balance budgets is somehow a conservative milestone.

Some of those supporting the Marketplace Fairness Act are good people with good intentions who believe the law is noble in purpose and buy the spin. But many are bought and paid for by the major corporations who have for too long rigged the system to their advantage by shutting out entrepreneurial competitors through the tax code and other laws.

Republicans who vote for the Marketplace Fairness Act, including Mike Enzi, should be, metaphorically speaking because it’d otherwise be illegal, flogged.

http://www.redstate.com/2013/03/20/led-by-sen...
sonicfilter

Fishers, IN

#878595 Mar 23, 2013
The Politics of Austerity and the Influence of the 1%

The deficit and debt have been the dominant issues of the first months of President Obama’s second term. Apart from the gun control debate provoked by horror in Newton, Connecticut, it sometimes seems as if the country’s governing class speaks of nothing else. Although Republicans have recently engaged in self-criticism for excessive interest in budget, the fiscal fixation is bipartisan. The fact that the deficit has actually shrunk under the Obama Administration is a current Democratic talking point.

But who actually cares about federal spending and borrowing? According to the political scientists Benjamin I. Page and Larry Bartels, fiscal matters are the special obsession of the 1%. In a piece for the L.A. Times, Page and Bartels present evidence that the rich have a distinctive austerity agenda centered on deficit and debt reduction, while the broad public care more about jobs and protecting entitlements. They go on to suggest, based on a substantial body of research, that politicians tend to respond to concerns of the economic elite rather than their own constituents.

In addition to its growing scientific basis, this argument is consistent with the idea that extreme inequality of wealth is a threat to democracy. I’m generally sympathetic to that view. But I’m not sure that interest in fiscal issues is a good test case.

To begin with, there are plenty of reasons that politicians might prefer to talk about the deficit and the debt than about unemployment. The most important is that it’s pretty easy to develop a fiscal plan, while no one actually knows how to encourage mass hiring or restore vigorous economic growth. Politicians are generally reluctant to admit that anything beyond their understanding or control. Talking about the deficit, then, is a way of maintaining the illusion that the fate of the economy will be determined in Washington.

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/the-po...

Since: Sep 10

Location hidden

#878596 Mar 23, 2013
You have very stupid ideas about freedoms.

Freedom carries responsibilities. You're clueless.

There is no unlimited freedom.

Not freedom of speech or any other right is unlimited.

Same with firearms. You can't own a bazooka, RPG, Tank, or hundreds of other weapons.

All freedoms have limits.

Try shouting "FIRE" in a public place, like a restaurant or movie theater.

You'll be arrested for it.

As for the rest, you argue like a 14 year old with no idea of what freedom means.

Proof of your dementia taking you back to your childhood in the coal fields.
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
Wrong. The owners have surrendered a portion of their property rights in applying for and accepting a license. They are no longer free to substitute their own desires for state law. The "authorities" (the cops) have no right to order you to do anything for declining to provide ID unless you are "of youthful appearance" as dictated by the state.
Galt thinks EasyEed is a big government liberal who marches to the tune of the nanny state.
NJ raider 1

Elizabeth, NJ

#878597 Mar 23, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
<quoted text>
Government Spends More on Corporate Welfare Subsidies than Social Welfare Programs
http://thinkbynumbers.org/government-spending...
I explained this yesterday, but thanks for the link. They say we are the ones that make excuses, but as we see just like in relationships, he/she who accuses are usually guilty & just trying to take the heat off themselves. Tho I've encountered racism thru out my life, I've never come across such ignorance, thank God! I'm from Jersey. Up here this type of stuff will land one in prison for life! The ignorant are coming out in numbers. I can feel it in the air, fear is thick! They feel that change that Barack Obama preached about. 2014 is right around the corner & we'll hold a majority in all branches of govt, then Barack can implement his"socialist" ideology!

“Amor patriae.”

Since: Feb 08

Eastern Oregon

#878598 Mar 23, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
<quoted text>
Government Spends More on Corporate Welfare Subsidies than Social Welfare Programs
http://thinkbynumbers.org/government-spending...
Only creative book keeping and statist liberals would call a tax break a debit. Of course, if one assumes all money belongs to the government, before and after taxation, then one could theoretically conclude anything less than a complete confiscation of currency on April 15, would be a loss of potential income. It also assumes any money left in circulation after April 15, is due to the goodness and beneficence of the government. Two kinds of people see things this way; politicians who dream of complete control and the dregs who live off them.
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#878599 Mar 23, 2013
Nuculur option wrote:
In your home of PA, the State runs the liquor stores!!
And you say WA is a police State??
You get more stupid by the day.
The Aricept is not working. You're sinking deeper into dementia.
<quoted text>
He's 80 years old, why ask him for an ID? That's absurd to me. That doesn't happen here, ok regarding under 21, but otherwise, it is like harrassment. I'm with Galt on this.
In addition, why should the drinking age be 21 but you can go into the military at 18? Too many laws and too many ways for police to harrass the populace; i.e. seatbelt laws and red light cameras. Screams of police state. Papers please.
TSM

El Paso, TX

#878600 Mar 23, 2013
After four years the Senate finally passed a Budget!! Their budget doesn’t balance the budget, so my question is how many Americans can spend their way to Prosperity?
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#878601 Mar 23, 2013
NJ raider 1 wrote:
<quoted text> I explained this yesterday, but thanks for the link. They say we are the ones that make excuses, but as we see just like in relationships, he/she who accuses are usually guilty & just trying to take the heat off themselves. Tho I've encountered racism thru out my life, I've never come across such ignorance, thank God! I'm from Jersey. Up here this type of stuff will land one in prison for life! The ignorant are coming out in numbers. I can feel it in the air, fear is thick! They feel that change that Barack Obama preached about. 2014 is right around the corner & we'll hold a majority in all branches of govt, then Barack can implement his"socialist" ideology!
The anonymity of the internet makes these losers feel like tigers.
One does not usually encounter this type of ignorance in polite company, however, Fox and the myriad of other rightwing radio and tv programming brings out the worst in them. Listen to Glen Beck for just a few minutes and you'll feel like you're having palpitations, so imagine a mentally unbalanced person listening to them, Limbaugh, Beck, O'Reilly etc. they come on here and repeat them like good little dittoheads and even proudly proclaim that they are dittoheads! What a bunch of fools.
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#878602 Mar 23, 2013
TSM wrote:
After four years the Senate finally passed a Budget!! Their budget doesn’t balance the budget, so my question is how many Americans can spend their way to Prosperity?
Ok Einstein,
Tell us when the last time a budget was balanced?

Austerity does not lead to prosperity, but you're too dumb to get it.
lily waxman raton fl

Pompano Beach, FL

#878603 Mar 23, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
<quoted text>
The anonymity of the internet makes these losers feel like tigers.
One does not usually encounter this type of ignorance in polite company, however, Fox and the myriad of other rightwing radio and tv programming brings out the worst in them. Listen to Glen Beck for just a few minutes and you'll feel like you're having palpitations, so imagine a mentally unbalanced person listening to them, Limbaugh, Beck, O'Reilly etc. they come on here and repeat them like good little dittoheads and even proudly proclaim that they are dittoheads! What a bunch of fools.
Tiger lily

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#878604 Mar 23, 2013
Nuculur option wrote:
The Topix Gods appear to have it in for you.
You're the only one complaining of having your posts modified or deleted.
They're trying to tell you something. Pay attention. Do us all a favor.
Same with Nobraina. He had some nasty anti-muslim posts yesterday, but they were taken down.
<quoted text>
No the missed words and letters comes from this antique pc I'm using. Might be time to break down and buy a new one.
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#878605 Mar 23, 2013
Lincoln wrote:
<quoted text>
teabaggers whine all day long as they have been thrown under the bus by the republicans
I asked Carol if she knew about the Welfare Reform Act signed by Bill Clinton. She never answered. The act made TANF Temporary Assistance to Needy Families a program wherein a person has to work and take job training to help people back on to their feet.
It reduced the number of people on assistance.

I think they're probably lumping all social programs together, like SSI, which is for disabled elderly, and medicaid, medicare etc. If they'd do their homework, they'd realize that most assistance goes to children. Shall we be a nation that lets children and elderly and the disabled, go hungry and homeless?
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#878606 Mar 23, 2013
Nuculur option wrote:
You have very stupid ideas about freedoms.
Freedom carries responsibilities. You're clueless.
There is no unlimited freedom.
Not freedom of speech or any other right is unlimited.
Same with firearms. You can't own a bazooka, RPG, Tank, or hundreds of other weapons.
All freedoms have limits.
Try shouting "FIRE" in a public place, like a restaurant or movie theater.
You'll be arrested for it.
As for the rest, you argue like a 14 year old with no idea of what freedom means.
Proof of your dementia taking you back to your childhood in the coal fields.
<quoted text>
I am against police roadblocks and police having too much power to pull people over randomly.
Lincoln

United States

#878607 Mar 23, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
<quoted text>
He's 80 years old, why ask him for an ID? That's absurd to me. That doesn't happen here, ok regarding under 21, but otherwise, it is like harrassment. I'm with Galt on this.
In addition, why should the drinking age be 21 but you can go into the military at 18? Too many laws and too many ways for police to harrass the populace; i.e. seatbelt laws and red light cameras. Screams of police state. Papers please.
Republicans backed off shutting down the government.

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#878608 Mar 23, 2013
mdbuilder wrote:
<quoted text>
Only creative book keeping and statist liberals would call a tax break a debit. Of course, if one assumes all money belongs to the government, before and after taxation, then one could theoretically conclude anything less than a complete confiscation of currency on April 15, would be a loss of potential income. It also assumes any money left in circulation after April 15, is due to the goodness and beneficence of the government. Two kinds of people see things this way; politicians who dream of complete control and the dregs who live off them.

I figured that was where she was heading. Only in libtardville does letting people and business kept more of the money they earn equal a subsidy.
Waxman

Windsor, CT

#878609 Mar 23, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
<quoted text>
Ok Einstein,
Tell us when the last time a budget was balanced?
Austerity does not lead to prosperity, but you're too dumb to get it.
Ok Einstein, nine states can do it. Notice any blue ones that are infested with people like you?

North Dakota, Iowa, West Virginia, Wyoming, Montana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Florida

Oh, Florida is purple, voted for Bush in 2000.

LOL!
Waxman

Windsor, CT

#878610 Mar 23, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
<quoted text>
I asked Carol if she knew about the Welfare Reform Act signed by Bill Clinton. She never answered. The act made TANF Temporary Assistance to Needy Families a program wherein a person has to work and take job training to help people back on to their feet.
It reduced the number of people on assistance.
I think they're probably lumping all social programs together, like SSI, which is for disabled elderly, and medicaid, medicare etc. If they'd do their homework, they'd realize that most assistance goes to children. Shall we be a nation that lets children and elderly and the disabled, go hungry and homeless?
What is it with your obsession with Carol?
lily waxman raton fl

Pompano Beach, FL

#878611 Mar 23, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
<quoted text>
I am against police roadblocks and police having too much power to pull people over randomly.
lily inebriation fright

Since: Sep 10

Location hidden

#878612 Mar 23, 2013
That's just stupid, Lily.

We're talking about a drug that kills people at an alarming rate.

Both directly and indirectly.

It's not a 'papers please' issue at all, so try and be more intelligent about it.

'Papers please' is the demanding of ID for no valid reason.

Checking folks age in a bar is a whole different issue.

MADD has a lot to do with these laws, do you have any idea how many Americans die from alcohol related causes??

More than commit suicide with guns. DUH

You can go into a bar, get drunk and kill other people, including yourself.

I hardly think the same is true of voting booths.

You're mixing metaphors.
lily boca raton fl wrote:
<quoted text>
He's 80 years old, why ask him for an ID? That's absurd to me. That doesn't happen here, ok regarding under 21, but otherwise, it is like harrassment. I'm with Galt on this.
In addition, why should the drinking age be 21 but you can go into the military at 18? Too many laws and too many ways for police to harrass the populace; i.e. seatbelt laws and red light cameras. Screams of police state. Papers please.

Since: Sep 10

Location hidden

#878613 Mar 23, 2013
You spend your day with your sockpuppets attacking Lily, and you're stupid enough to ask Lily such a question??

You've got so many obsessions, it's pitiful.

Lily is not your morally depraved wife.

Quit confusing the two. Get your wife help, so she doesn't make a fool of herself and get arrested at Cabela's again.
Waxman wrote:
<quoted text>
What is it with your obsession with Carol?

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