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Grand Rapids, MI

Debt Ceiling - Grand Rapids, MI

Suppose I should clarify... Between property taxes, state taxes, and federal taxes (medicare, ss, income, et al), my wife and I pay over 33% of our gross income in for the privilege of owning a home and living in this country. We only make collectively about 65K a year. Since my wife is a business owner, we have been dealing with much lower income from her end of things since the "slowdown " of business. She didn't get a bailout. She didn't ask for one, but she also felt it was better to do it on her own than try to rely on the government to fix her business cash flow issue. She's making it, and in the long run her business will be stronger for it. But the thing is, her small business doesn't benefit from all of the lobbying and the loopholes that have been put in place for the giant corporations. Those same giant corporations that cut their workforce, outsourced their positions, and are relying in fewer people to do the same amount of work now, effectively cutting their own payrolls but still getting the same production out of their workforce. Either close the loopholes for large corporations that allow them to pocket the profits on the backs of their overworked people, or incentivize hiring to the point where it is more beneficial for them to add employees than it is to take the profits. All of the bailout money went out, and the feds say that it mostly came back in. Where did it go afterward?  (Jul 21, 2011 | post #46)

Grand Rapids, MI

Debt Ceiling - Grand Rapids, MI

As I am not rich and have been paying what feels like more than my fair share, yes.  (Jul 21, 2011 | post #45)

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Best IPA?

Yeah, right. Tui is an amber lager that pretends to be an IPA. To add to this, the brewery is actually owned by Heinekken. Your 4% ABV swill hs put to shame by any number of the IPAs, double IPAs, and Imperial IPAs in my refrigerator right now. Try, if you can get your hands on, Clipper City Brewing's The Big DIPA from the Heavy Seas collection. Smooth and better than 10% ABV.  (Mar 18, 2010 | post #45)

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Evolution is wrong

I've had that happen to a lot of them recently. Many of them that hadn't even been added to in months. I think it's a Topix conspiracy!  (Jan 20, 2010 | post #3901)

Grand Rapids, MI

Dems Hate Good Schools

It's all part of the point that the left feels that they know what is best for us, even if we are against it. Personally, I feel the voucher program is a good thing for our schools and for our kids. Competition for funding would cause one of 2 things to happen. The first would be that the schools improve to attract the vouchers. The second would be that the schools go out of business. If a school can't improve to attract students then it deserves to die. If a car company can't build cars that people want then it deserves to die to. The problem is for schools and car companies, both have put out inferior products for so long that it will be difficult for both of them to change the public's perception of the quality of their products before they do die.  (Jan 2, 2010 | post #62)

Wyoming, MI

Blue Cross Rips Off MI

Good evening. The access to, availability of, and costs associated with health care HAVE been left to the public- and that may just be the problem. Just how much longer do we let the free market rule when it comes to our health care dollars? Is it fair that a member of a family getting seriously ill and requiring hospitalization (not even the main breadwinner, at that) can force a family to the brink of and even over the brink of bankruptcy? Not spouting some party line here, by the way. My family is at the brink, though thankfully not past it due to a condition requiring hospitalization on several occasions.  (Nov 9, 2009 | post #31)

Grand Rapids, MI

WZZM13 - Gang Activity in Grand Rapids; Parents say Enoug...

Nice comeback. Did you think that up allllll by your little self? Simpleton. Now, get back on your short bus so you can lick the windows. Don't forget your helmet to protect what few brains you have left!  (Oct 14, 2009 | post #328)

Grand Rapids, MI

Granholm and Teachers Union Pave the Way for Tax Hikes

Actually, I did understand what you were saying. What I am saying is that the poor usually don't pay any income tax- so this wouldn't help them at all. Taxing the very food we eat would hurt them- this would result in shifting the burden even more firmly onto their shoulders. Tax the food- why not tax the air? I would prefer restructuring the taxes as well, and would completely support raising the state sales tax in return for elimination of the income tax. But you need to leave food alone. It's a basic necessity.  (Oct 11, 2009 | post #45)

Grand Rapids, MI

Granholm and Teachers Union Pave the Way for Tax Hikes

So you tax food to prevent people from using their Bridge card on junk food. Don't forget that this is a tax on all food, so even if they bought good food with their Bridge card, it would still cost more. Then what? Granholm has to raise taxes to pay for the taxes on the food for the Bridge card recipients? Why not free up the tax regulations for employer so they can afford to hire more people? Maybe a credit that encourages them to hire people that are receiving government assistance? Wouldn't this get them off the Bridge card (saving money) and turn them into taxpayers (adding to tax revenue)? No more short term fixes. The idea of raising taxes to fund the programs to aid the people that can't or just won't work a job makes the economic hole deeper and makes the walls that surround it higher. Continuing to raise taxes and not giving the people on government assistance a reason to get off assistance drags us further away from the goal of self-reliance and self-support then ever before! Think about it. If you are in a deep hole and you come across a knotted rope hanging into the hole, are you going to climb out of the hole or are you going to stay in that hole because no one will build an elevator to lift you out? It's the people that aren't willing to try to help themselves that drag the state down. The problem here is that the democrats are acting the part of the enabling parent, continuing to spoon-feed those people so they never find a reason to do anything different. Why work hard when everything is handed to you? No. I'm sorry. I don't have any trouble with my tax dollars going to help those that truly need it. But those that are capable of providing for themselves should be forced to do so.  (Oct 8, 2009 | post #40)

Grand Rapids, MI

School Kids Sing For Health Care Reform On Set Of CNN

May there always be sunshine... http://www.youtube .com/watch?v=TJw9s Kg4Z_0&feature =video_response  (Oct 7, 2009 | post #3)

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