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Seattle, WA

#44658 Dec 13, 2012
Democrats Find Out What's in ObamaCare and Don't Like It.

Senate Democrats who helped pass ObamaCare are finally seeing what is in it and aren't really so sure the massive tax increases mandated in the legislation will be good for their constituents, especially when it comes to the medical device tax which is set to further increase on January 1.

With some of their most influential constituent groups facing onerous tax increases that are slated to help fund the law’s mandates and regulations, Senators like Al Franken (D-MN), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Patty Murray (D-WA), John Kerry (D-MA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and others -- all of whom voted in favor of the law -- are aiming to delay or outright repeal parts of ObamaCare.

As I've written before, one of the most devasting taxes long-term is the medical device tax. Medical device development requires highly specialized education and an expensive degree in bio-medical engineering. Now that medical device companies are already cutting jobs because of ObamaCare costs, many students will no longer find it worth spending money on an expensive education only to have their investment not pay off. In the future, this will cause a shortage of medical device engineers which will further snowball into an overall decay of medical device innovation, leaving Americans and the world will have fewer life saving devices.

A bipartisan outcry has been raised over the device tax, and for good reason. The tax was enacted to help fund the $1.76 trillion in new spending authorized under Obamacare, and it will actively undermine production of and improvement on medical devices which are crucial to patient outcomes.

The device tax is a tax on gross receipts (sales, essentially) instead of a tax on profits, so the tax will be imposed even if a company sells its products at a loss. This one detail ensures that the 2.3% tax is deceptively large: the medical device industry’s tax burden is expected to double because of the Taxmageddon increase; some companies (such as Zoll, which manufactures defibrillators) will see their profit margins shaved by up to 40%.

A recent study found that investment in medical research and development will fall by $2 billion per year because of the device tax—and that is a cautious estimate. R&D dollars drive innovation and innovation lowers costs, so the tax’s adverse effect on investment will keep expensive medical devices from becoming affordable and widely available in the future.

More immediately, the device tax will gouge health consumers for essential products. Taxes on companies often end up hitting consumers as higher prices, and the device tax is no different. The actuary for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services made it plain that Obamacare’s “fees and the [device] tax would generally be passed through to health consumers in the form of higher drug and device prices and higher insurance premiums.” In other words, patients – many in dire need of care – may find crucial medical products out of their reach as a result of the 2.3% tax.

Whatever costs cannot be passed along to patients will be absorbed by the medical device companies, which will lead businesses to cut jobs as they tread water to stay afloat. One study found that, depending on the elasticity of the tax, the medical device industry will be forced to fire between 14,500 and 47,100 workers—up to 10% of the workforce.

Katie Pavlich
News Editor, Townhall
Dan the Man

Shippensburg, PA

#44659 Dec 13, 2012
Pathetic wrote:
Almost 45,000 posts...
Do any of you people work, or do anything but play games with each other on topix all day?
Retards all...on both sides.
It's a hobby. I spend less time here in a week than most people spend watching football.
Dan the Man

Shippensburg, PA

#44660 Dec 13, 2012
Ted wrote:
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How clueless ARE you, danny BOY?
Repeatedly, incessantly, and unendingly stating, as you do, "I never lie" is all the proof required to confirm that you ARE a liar.
EVERYone lies to varying degrees, BOY. You deny that you lie to ANY degree. Therefore, you ARE a liar.
Keep denying it to keep proving it, BOY.
!LOL! You sociopathic idiot.
danny BOY: racist, plagiarist, pathological liar.
You must fantasize that the repetition itself will transform your false accusation into the truth.
Aspherical

Washington, DC

#44662 Dec 13, 2012
Seriously wrote:
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This shit your making up is true?!
He got free Healthcare until the unions came in...hahahaha
Was this in the 50's?

Free healthcare..just when he was spotted with pigs flying out his ass.

Then the bad unions took it away...booohoo

Sounds like a Freddy the Freeloader story to me.
Ted

Johnstown, PA

#44664 Dec 13, 2012
Dan the Man wrote:
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It's a hobby. I spend less time here in a week than most people spend watching football.
!LOL!

"I spend less time here in a week than most people spend watching football."

ANOTHER dannyBOY lie, as anyone reading this or the Chambersburg thread can confirm for themselves.

BOY, you'll lie about ANYthing!

danny BOY: racist, plagiarist, pathological liar.
Ted

Johnstown, PA

#44667 Dec 13, 2012
Dan the Man wrote:
<quoted text>
You must fantasize that the repetition itself will transform your false accusation into the truth.
Previously, danny BOY, when you stated "I never lie" and I questioned the veracity of such a ridiculous statement, you doubled-down by saying that neither you nor your wife lie!

EVER.

Not only is it impossible to make such a claim for ANY other person, making such a statement is itself another lie, BOY. LOL!

Such grandiose, unbelievable statements are evidence enough, BOY, to convince sane, ethical people that you are a shameless, incorrigible liar.

danny BOY: racist, plagiarist, pathological liar.
Dan the Man

Shippensburg, PA

#44668 Dec 13, 2012
Ted wrote:
<quoted text>
!LOL!
"I spend less time here in a week than most people spend watching football."
ANOTHER dannyBOY lie, as anyone reading this or the Chambersburg thread can confirm for themselves.
BOY, you'll lie about ANYthing!
danny BOY: racist, plagiarist, pathological liar.
I'm self-employed. Much of my work is on the computer. I take breaks between tasks and look at Topix. Add it all up and it's certainly less time than people spend watching football.
Dan the Man

Shippensburg, PA

#44669 Dec 13, 2012
Ted wrote:
<quoted text>
Previously, danny BOY, when you stated "I never lie" and I questioned the veracity of such a ridiculous statement, you doubled-down by saying that neither you nor your wife lie!
EVER.
Not only is it impossible to make such a claim for ANY other person, making such a statement is itself another lie, BOY. LOL!
Such grandiose, unbelievable statements are evidence enough, BOY, to convince sane, ethical people that you are a shameless, incorrigible liar.
danny BOY: racist, plagiarist, pathological liar.
Just because you can't imagine living life without telling lies doesn't mean that people don't do it.

Lying and truth-telling are a choice. You've obviously made the choice to lie. I don't do that. Sorry if my choice makes you feel bad about yourself and your poor moral character.
Ted

Johnstown, PA

#44670 Dec 13, 2012
Dan the Man wrote:
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Just because you can't imagine living life without telling lies doesn't mean that people don't do it.
Lying and truth-telling are a choice. You've obviously made the choice to lie. I don't do that. Sorry if my choice makes you feel bad about yourself and your poor moral character.
Actually, danny BOY, it's unlikely anyone alive today has not or does not--to varying degrees--lie.

That you, BOY, claim you and your wife ARE the exceptions indicates the depth of your narcissistic sociopathy.

Your vehement, uncompromising assertion is all the evidence required to confirm that you ARE a liar, BOY.

Thanks for making it so easy to flush out your ethical hypocrisy.

danny BOY: racist, plagiarist, pathological liar.
Dan the Man

Shippensburg, PA

#44671 Dec 13, 2012
Ted wrote:
<quoted text>
Actually, danny BOY, it's unlikely anyone alive today has not or does not--to varying degrees--lie.
That you, BOY, claim you and your wife ARE the exceptions indicates the depth of your narcissistic sociopathy.
Your vehement, uncompromising assertion is all the evidence required to confirm that you ARE a liar, BOY.
Thanks for making it so easy to flush out your ethical hypocrisy.
danny BOY: racist, plagiarist, pathological liar.
"It's unlikely"? Hmmm, if something is "unlikely" what does that mean?

Does it mean that it does happen?

Of course!

So a claim that I'm lying when I say it happens is, by your own admission, a false accusation.

It's a sad commentary on the world that people consistently telling the truth is an aberration, but I can tell you that it does happen. Obviously not in your life, but some of us live by a moral code.
Ted

Johnstown, PA

#44672 Dec 13, 2012
Dan the Man wrote:
<quoted text>
"It's unlikely"? Hmmm, if something is "unlikely" what does that mean?
Does it mean that it does happen?
Of course!
So a claim that I'm lying when I say it happens is, by your own admission, a false accusation.
It's a sad commentary on the world that people consistently telling the truth is an aberration, but I can tell you that it does happen. Obviously not in your life, but some of us live by a moral code.
!LOL!

You are absolutely certifiable, BOY!

No, danny BOY, I used the word "unlikely" for the possibility that the Second Coming is here on earth.

"Unlikely" means that unless you ARE the Messiah then you and your wife are liars--like all 7+ billion humans.

Is THAT your deepest affliction, BOY? A Messiah Complex? That's it, isn't it BOY! You harbor secret, delusional fantasies that YOU are the perfect Second Coming!

OMG you are a fascinating narcissistic sociopath, danny BOY!

Some may live by a 'moral code', BOY, but it certainly isn't you, an unapologetic liar.

danny BOY: racist, plagiarist, pathological liar.
Dan the Man

Shippensburg, PA

#44673 Dec 13, 2012
Ted wrote:
<quoted text>
!LOL!
You are absolutely certifiable, BOY!
No, danny BOY, I used the word "unlikely" for the possibility that the Second Coming is here on earth.
"Unlikely" means that unless you ARE the Messiah then you and your wife are liars--like all 7+ billion humans.
Is THAT your deepest affliction, BOY? A Messiah Complex? That's it, isn't it BOY! You harbor secret, delusional fantasies that YOU are the perfect Second Coming!
OMG you are a fascinating narcissistic sociopath, danny BOY!
Some may live by a 'moral code', BOY, but it certainly isn't you, an unapologetic liar.
danny BOY: racist, plagiarist, pathological liar.
You must fantasize that the repetition itself will transform your false accusation into the truth.
Dan the Man

Shippensburg, PA

#44674 Dec 13, 2012
The Republicans are in a bad place

By Carter Eskew

We can't all be popular with everyone, but the Republican brand is on the verge of being popular with no one. A recent Wall Street Journal-NBC poll found that when people were asked to use a word or phrase to describe today's Republican Party, 65 percent of responses were negative and just 17 percent positive. Democrats were split at 35 percent positive, 37 percent negative.

If the Republican brand were a businesses that sold things, it would soon be out of business, unless, of course, it was a monopoly like an oil company. This simple poll result suggests the Republicans' problem is much more profound than revealed in the post-mortems of the recent election. Where might Republicans look for a more thorough diagnosis and course of treatment?

The answer comes from an unlikely source: President Obama's campaign pollster, Joel Benenson. Yesterday, he delivered by far the best analysis of the current state of the Republicans Party, and it rings devastatingly and comprehensively true: Republicans have a "tolerance" problem. Whether on gay rights, immigration, global warming or women's health issues, Republicans have sent repeated and off-putting messages. Benenson's is a unified theory of the problem, and he suggested, correctly, that it won't be solved piecemeal.

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The GOP lost because people don't vote for mean-spirited dicks.

And since their drubbing last month, what has the GOP done?

They've doubled down on being mean-spirited dicks.

They recently spit in the face of disabled people by voting against measures that would make it easier for the disabled to live all around the world.

This week they screwed over working class Americans by making it harder for them to earn a decent living.

And their main plan to balance the budget seems to be denying affordable healthcare to the poor and disabled.

I say - keep it up wingnuts. You're just ensuring a permanent Democratic majority in this country. LOL!
Dan the Man

Shippensburg, PA

#44675 Dec 13, 2012
Sixty-five percent of Americans say the Nov. 6 results gave Obama a “mandate” on his proposal to raise tax rates on income over $250,000 and “to get it done.” Forty-five percent of Republicans agree.

The election “was basically a referendum that wealthy people could and would pay more,” said poll respondent Jim Johnson, 66, of Littleton, Colorado, a retired telecommunications executive and a Republican who voted for Mitt Romney.“It was perfectly clear. That was Obama’s stance throughout the election.”

Poll respondent Gerald Watts, 75, of Lake Quivira, Kansas, a retired engineer and another Republican who voted for Romney, read the election results the same way.

“Every time we listened to him on TV, he’d start talking about raising taxes on the rich—every news conference, every time he went up in front of a group,” said Watts.“He didn’t want to talk about anything else.”

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Obama is trying to do what we elected him to do. Why is the GOP standing in they way of the will of the voters? Why are they giving the finger to the American people? Do they WANT to be a permanent minority party?
Marisa

Chambersburg, PA

#44678 Dec 13, 2012
Dan the Man wrote:
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I'm self-employed. Much of my work is on the computer. I take breaks between tasks and look at Topix. Add it all up and it's certainly less time than people spend watching football.
So now you're self employed? What happened to the restaurant.....unless it's an online restaurant! LOL!! What happened to your office co workers that love it when you win the arguements? What happened to your job as a counselor? And what about all those apartments that you own? You sure go thru the jobs. Could it be that in reality you don't have a job? You 're actually supported by the American taxpayer? One reason you love Obama so much? You can continue to live on taxpayer handouts. That actually makes more sense.

I honestly don't see how you could do quality self employed work on the computer while you are preoccupied with topix. I certainly wouldn't hire someone that goes to topix between tasks. There seems to be more
"breaks" then actual "tasks". Again...it's all bull.

Unlike you, I don't keep files on posters, so I have no desire and better things to do then go searching for your restaurant job, etc. Those that have been around long enough know what I am saying is the truth.
And that you are full of it.
Dan the Man

Shippensburg, PA

#44680 Dec 13, 2012
Marisa wrote:
<quoted text>So now you're self employed? What happened to the restaurant.....unless it's an online restaurant! LOL!! What happened to your office co workers that love it when you win the arguements? What happened to your job as a counselor? And what about all those apartments that you own? You sure go thru the jobs. Could it be that in reality you don't have a job? You 're actually supported by the American taxpayer? One reason you love Obama so much? You can continue to live on taxpayer handouts. That actually makes more sense.
I honestly don't see how you could do quality self employed work on the computer while you are preoccupied with topix. I certainly wouldn't hire someone that goes to topix between tasks. There seems to be more
"breaks" then actual "tasks". Again...it's all bull.
Unlike you, I don't keep files on posters, so I have no desire and better things to do then go searching for your restaurant job, etc. Those that have been around long enough know what I am saying is the truth.
And that you are full of it.
LOL! You're one very confused little dipshit. Are you still drinking, because your memory has clearly been damaged.

Or is this more of your flawless intuition? LMAO!
Marisa wrote:
This is just my observation, not scientific.
I remember in 2008 and seeing a lot of Obama bumper stickers.
I sensed Obama was going to win. I was right.

I'm not seeing that this time around. In fact, I have seen quite a lot of Romney yard signs, nothing for Obama.

My sense is Romney is going to win.

My intuition has never failed me.
Marisa

Chambersburg, PA

#44683 Dec 13, 2012
Dan the Man wrote:
<quoted text>
LOL! You're one very confused little dipshit. Are you still drinking, because your memory has clearly been damaged.
Or is this more of your flawless intuition? LMAO!
<quoted text>
OH!! Still getting that "thrill" up your leg, I see.. Guess what? The election is over. I think it's funny how you changed the subject and had to pull up "old files" on me. You're neglecting your clients now aren't you? Or do you have an EXTRA LONG break?

In other words......
wah, wah, wah, wah, wah, wah, said the cry baby!
Marisa

Chambersburg, PA

#44684 Dec 13, 2012
TaxNoMore wrote:
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What happened to the restaurant.....unless it's an online restaurant!
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ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha, ha,ha,ha
ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha, ha,ha,ha
ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha, ha,ha,ha
That was great!
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You think it could be
Gourmet fruit cake,
Gourmet fudge,
Gourmet popcorn
Gourmet beef jerky
.
.
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I think he's a Walter Mitty K-4 substitute school teacher.
To the point.........He's a typical lazy, unemployed hands out liberal!
Marisa

Chambersburg, PA

#44687 Dec 13, 2012
Dan the Man wrote:
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I posted this challenge 8 months ago.
http://www.topix.com/forum/city/chambersburg-...
Has anyone found one yet?
No?
I wonder why? LOL!
More Dan the man files! Spooky!
Marisa

Chambersburg, PA

#44688 Dec 13, 2012
Dan the Man wrote:
<quoted text>
It's a hobby. I spend less time here in a week than most people spend watching football.
Football is not on for 12 months. So how do you explain the rest of your 24/7 topix obsession? Basketball?

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