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Comment: Re: Solution: Decouple wired buisness from company (Score 1) 255

Well, I don't use google docs. But it would seem to be similar 'openess', as far as files from strangers online go.

If I did use google docs, I don't know that I would want to give access to it to every other stranger online either.

I had uploaded it to another file sharing site, that had it as a simple download, but that isn't active now, and I didn't have the time to do that again before posting. The site I listed still has the file active.

Comment: Re:Solution: Decouple wired buisness from company (Score 1) 255

After repeatedly having the same reaction to these situations, I made a spreadsheet that compares the populations and sizes of US states and European countries. The first sheet is population, second is land area in square miles, and the third is population density per square mile. It also has columns on each page showing which countries are in the European Union, and which use the Euro as their currency.

Here is a link to it. They will send a link to your email address. Use it as you wish.

http://www.filehosting.org/fil...

Comment: Re:People attacking the IRS here are dumb (Score 1) 253

by I'm New Around Here (#48876591) Attached to: IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

for every dollar spent on the IRS, government takes in 5-7 dollars.

Just because it collects the revenue does not mean it generates the revenue. You need to demonstrate that reducing the IRS's budget will, in fact, mean that people pay fewer taxes, which is a specious argument.

Also, dywolf, you say that as if it is the government's job to take money from private citizens. Some of us believe it takes too many dollars from citizens already. So your argument fails on two counts.

Comment: Re:Let's hope (Score 2) 253

by I'm New Around Here (#48876325) Attached to: IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

EXACTLY. As long as the tax code is ridiculously complicated, we're going to need ridiculously complicated bureaucracy and IT systems to manage and enforce that complexity. Let's see how well our new GOP overlords in Congress manage to legislate an actual reduction in tax code complexity, now that they have the gavel all to themselves in both the house and the senate.

Let's not bring the cart before the horse. If you want an IRS that can run on a shoestring budget, make a shoestring tax code that I can print on my home inkjet printer -- THE WHOLE CODE -- in under 5 minutes.

Otherwise, shut the fuck up and fund the IRS so they can do what they are required to do by law.

I posted my plan above, but I'll copy it here for your perusal:

I think there should be one one federal income tax rate, and only one exemption. Make the rate whatever you want it to be, I don't care.

The one exemption will be the amount equal to 5 times the level of poverty for a person or family, at the location they live. Use the federal Cost of Living Allowance to factor the difference between poverty levels in California and Arkansas.

Anyone who reasonably believes their income for the year will fall below that level (five times their local poverty level for their family size), does not even have to have income tax removed from their paycheck. They still have FICA amount removed, but not the rest. Since they don't have any taxes removed, and they are under the exemption, they also don't have to file for a refund in the spring.

For those above that income level, they pay accordingly on the overage, with the correct percentage removed either each time for obvious cases, or once the limit is reached for the close cases. Cases of births, deaths, loss of job, etc will be worked out individually as needed.

Again, this covers Federal income tax. The states are free to do whatever they choose.

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End of above post.

The main points that would be needed to add would be
A) Income from investments, particularly when they are paid in lieu of a large salary such as Warren Buffet has popularized.
B) Business owners filling as individuals, deducting cost of business items (quick fix, incorporate or pay the tax).
C) Corporate taxes. But I bet I could reduced them to a single line of (Revenue - Expenses = Net). Not saying it's optimal, but it will print in under five minutes.
D) Individuals can form groups without having to ask permission from the government. Period.

That's all I got. Feel free to fine tune it and submit the bill to the House of Representatives.

Comment: Re:One has to wonder (Score 2) 253

by I'm New Around Here (#48876131) Attached to: IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

I think there should be one one federal income tax rate, and only one exemption. Make the rate whatever you want it to be, I don't care.

The one exemption will be the amount equal to 5 times the level of poverty for a person or family, at the location they live. Use the federal Cost of Living Allowance to factor the difference between poverty levels in California and Arkansas.

Anyone who reasonably believes their income for the year will fall below that level (five times their local poverty level for their family size), does not even have to have income tax removed from their paycheck. They still have FICA amount removed, but not the rest. Since they don't have any taxes removed, and they are under the exemption, they also don't have to file for a refund in the spring.

For those above that income level, they pay accordingly on the overage, with the correct percentage removed either each time for obvious cases, or once the limit is reached for the close cases. Cases of births, deaths, loss of job, etc will be worked out individually as needed.

Again, this covers Federal income tax. The states are free to do whatever they choose.

Comment: Re:One has to wonder (Score 1, Insightful) 253

by I'm New Around Here (#48875937) Attached to: IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

There is plenty more digging to do, especially given the stalling by the administration.

This is the most important piece to remember.

If the Bush administration had done this, the press would be crawling all over it to "expose the corruption" of the White House. And rightly so. But since Obama is at the top of the heap now, they ignore it and call it a false story. The hypocrisy of the situation is sickening.

Comment: Re:Dupe (Score 2) 840

Another problem is that the battery is also much closer to the ground, so if you drive through high water after a rain, your batter gets wet. My mom had one of those cars, and that did happen.

As for replacing it without taking off the tire, sure if you have a garage with a lift. Try doing that 'hard-left' trick with the car up on a jack in the parking lot.

Also, one of my customers had a friend who had that engine blocking the oil filter insanity. That didn't go so well either.

Today's scientific question is: What in the world is electricity? And where does it go after it leaves the toaster? -- Dave Barry, "What is Electricity?"

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