This is still a terrible measure, because bible-belt Southerners average close to 7%, while New Englanders average under 3% (source [philanthropy.com]).
It's also a terrible measure because giving to a church is not always the same as giving to a charity. Not saying that all churches aren't charities, just that some spend quite a lot less on charitable works than some other charities.
"Lush" is a standard common usage word that is neither copyrightable, nor trademarkable.
Not very familiar with trademarks, huh?
You're referencing a character who first appeared on the Simpsons in the 90s... before SAP software as a class even existed.
What? ERP systems have been around since the 70s... SAP released R/2 in '79. If you're talking about R/3 (when they introduced server-client architecture), it was released in 1992.
Today, you usually know who's calling before you answer. It may be appropriate to take a call if it's more important than the meeting. If you're in sales, a call from a major customer is probably more important than a meeting.
Sure, but not in the meeting. Excuse yourself, and explain it's an extremely important customer call that absolutely cannot wait.
And even if this is the case, you're still being rude... just with an excuse. The call may be more important to you, but the other people in the meeting? You're wasting their time.
If you've blocked out time for a meeting, don't take calls during that time. It's rude and unprofessional.
Note: This is for orgs that have effective meetings. If your meetings are generally unproductive, it may be a different story...
Sure they are, but that doesn't stop 90% of people from filing on time, or at least filing for the automatic extension. For that matter, nearly every church in the country manages to do the same.
Actually, churches are an exception. Churches that have been granted 501(c)3 status as a church under 170(b)(1)(A)(i) are not required to file information returns with the IRS. They get special treatment.
Taking a two-decade-old trend is not cherry-picking.
It can be cherrypicking when there are cyclical trends whose period is longer than 20 years.
It was a feeble attempt at a joke, playing on the multiple meanings of "pass". I guess it wasn't obvious enough.
Hammurabi, benevolent as he may have been, didn't have to "pass" anything. He simply decreed it.
Assumption 1: Hammurabi was personally responsible for all laws under his reign
Assumption 2: Taxes singling out specific types of businesses are shit.
Reasonable Conclusion: Hammurabi did, indeed, "pass" that tax specifically targeting breweries.
This is not a good way for anyone to approach and address arguments, or have any kind of informed discussion
Also, per the second reference, the top 10% of the US pays more than 60% of the TOTAL tax income.
So? They control 77% of wealth in the US, and it's going up. Source: http://www2.ucsc.edu/whorulesamerica/power/wealth.html
Unless we want wealth (and ultimately, political power) to ultimately concentrate in the top few percent of people, we need to maintain a progressive tax rate to maintain any semblance of democratic society.
Capital gains, when applied to stock market gains, means that a company's worth has increased by making more money, on which the company has been taxed.
That is not necessarily the case. There are innumerable examples of companies whose stock price has gone up even though there has not been a comparable increase taxable corporate income. Stock price depends on a lot of factors, and taxed profits are but one small part.
If you were limiting discussion to dividend income, I could see your point, although I disagree with it... but it is clear from what you wrote that dividends are not what you're talking about.
If you think that a large percentage of urban development isn't subsidized as much if not more than rural development, you're either naive or stupid.
Are you saying that rural areas subsidize development in urban areas?
Or are you simply stating that urban areas subsidize their own development, which would hardly be relevant to the argument?
I think you'll find that when it comes to conflicts between people who produce food, and wealthy concentrations of people and power,
But... in the US... the people who produce the food ARE a place where wealth and power is concentrated. We romanticize the small family farm, but that's not where most of our food comes from.