Agreed. First person to touch the crater gets naming rights. I think we can all agree on that.
That's assuming those 3 letter agencies don't have pictures of every single congressman on the hill in bed with every prostitute in Singapore. Given the assets of the NSA/CIA how long would it take you to invent blackmail on any particular congressman? I'm pretty sure I'd be done in about 10min.
They pay more by percentage or by dollar amount than you can I combined. This idea they the rich are under taxed is ridiculous. The question is, are we OVER taxing them enough. Do we want to take their rate to 75%?
I believe that you would refer to the tax breaks they get... and claim they are getting a free ride. But the government doesn't just give free money even to the rich. Tax breaks, loopholes, and every other evil trick the rich use to avoid taxes exist because our federal government wants to manipulate how they spend their money.
"Invest (spend) your money and we'll not tax you on it" The governments getting you to increase cash in the market, they will make more money taxing what other people do with it as it passes from hand to hand...
"Put your money in the bank and not only will we tax the interest but we'll deflate the value of the dollar so your money will lose value every day that it's there!" The government can only tax your money once if you don't spend it. So they make it a doosy. They want your money out in the marketplace.
"We'll give you free sewer and water if you put your plant here!" The government then collects income taxes from the 100 employees you just hired and makes 10x the cost of the water and sewer.
So now those businesses have incentive to try and manipulate government. If the governments goals are in-line with that businesses strategy the tax breaks and loopholes are a boon. You want to put the plant in Chicago, so you want them to start courting you and offering you tax breaks... So you start lobbying, donating to campaigns...
Do you see where this leads? All the corporate boot licking they do is precisely because they try to manipulate the markets. If the government taxed at a flat rate... maybe different for individuals and corporations, but none-the-less, if it got out of the business of manipulating corporations. Corporations would not longer have a need to try to manipulate the government.
Progressive taxation corrupts both the Corporations that are taxed as well as the government doing the taxing.
Ah, no. The vast majority of people get back far more in social security payments than they ever payed into it. It's the same ponzi scheme pensions relied on (except pensions require the corporation to grow forever rather than the population of the country) and why they to are failing. The only way our social programs can work is if the population of the united states continues to grow at the rate it did in the first half of this century, forever. Currently it is not, and that is why we have a problem. It's very simple math... if you think the US population will increase at a constant rate forever, then our social safety nets are good and there is no problem. If you think our population will go into decline, or even if you just think it will fluctuate back and forth, then our social programs are doomed and they will inevitably bankrupt us.
No we are not being unfair to Feinstein.
Right, but shouting "TOLD YOU SO" so loud that everyone gets distracted while the NSA slips out the back isn't in our best interest either. Let's focus on the real problem here... Politicians being Politicians is the least of our problems.
Exactly, if the phones encrypted they're going to have to wipe it to use it. Ok, yea, if the NSA gets the phone, I'm sure they could guess the password eventually, but I doubt you're a political dissident or whatever. You could also get one of many programs that let you remotely control or locate your phone. Yes, if they turn it off you're not going to find it but at least you have a decent chance. The number of criminals that are smart enough to plan for such things are few and far between.
They just transfer the info to England and viola, They're no longer retaining it.
The problem with government agencies that work in secret is that they can make any justification they want, for any activity they want and there's no way anyone will know.
It currently appears that the NSA is operating under the belief that:
A. Their mission is righteous. They are the good guys.
B. The law and constitution are another obstacle, like any other piece of hardware or software they have to deal with. As with all obstacles they probe them for weakness and exploit those weaknesses in as much secret as possible.
C. They are not looking forward... who will the next director of the agency? President? Congress? They are not considering what will happen when the powers they have given themselves are under the control of a different generation.
There are STILL party lines. I work for a phone company, they are fairly common on farms. (Think of the elderly parents still living in the farmhouse and the kids living in a new house on the same lot, running the farm and taking car of their parents.
But the problem with Chicago is the causes of violent crime are fairly obvious and relatively easily remedied, but local politics are so horrible the governments in almost total gridlock. Combine that with rampant corruption, that's willful and obvious and you have a real problem.
What's a pension and where do I get one?
It wasn't even remotely Google. It's a different company entirely.
Close, but you're kind of going into the area of "after" is declared "Settled" which most would take to mean we're 100% sure... which is not possible. I take it to mean we're 99.99% or whatever sure this is true. We're so sure, if you want to present evidence against it, it better be pretty darn good evidence.
Because none of the other cases resulted in reporters getting into a car chase with an elderly Japanese man?
Yea, but it's not worth being in court over. Usually these things work in the same way I got my "Speeding on the sidewalk" ticket...
So I was a Pizza delivery driver in college. I had a special permit to park on the "service" roads that lead to the front of the dorms. Well, the local police decided for some reason that 1 dorm was off limits. I was given a ticket despite my permit. The DA wanted me to settle for $50 but I'm a man of principle. In the end, they added a charge of "Speeding on a sidewalk" which I lost in court because sidewalks have a 5mph speed limit (how the hell you're supposed to know that I'm not sure) So I won the parking bit... I had a permit... but the DA refused to lose so I got the other ticket and lost on that. Mt defence in court was "I had no idea if I was breaking the limit, my speedometer starts at 15" which didn't go over well with the judge.
I'm sure they went to this guy, tried to give him some minor ticket to "teach him a lesson" and make a point... he refused, and something that should have been relatively minor turned into a full blow case like mine.
Actually... remember his "Shovel Ready projects"? How much you want to bet road construction is up this year due to those stimulus programs? I know the main clover leaf near me is getting torn up this year due to stimulus so at least that bit is Obamas fault.
Ok, what do I win?