The American Civil War was a war over many things, and it was a diplomatic coup for Lincoln to manage to present it as a war against slavery, cutting potential European support for the South. Secession was primarily about slavery.
The Philippines had cost a lot to pacify, but that was in the past. Their defense was costly, but it was part of US geopolitics. The US wanted to maintain a forward fleet base in Manila Bay no matter what. The Philippines were let go because they were ready. I don't know enough about Cuba to say, but I don't remember its annexation as being a war aim.
The reason he compared it to Nazi Germany is that it bears a striking similarity. Large power army occupies area, holds plebiscite, gets a very high percentage of the vote for annexation. It immediately reminded me of the Anschluss.
If Putin wants to not get compared with Hitler, all he has to do is not act like Hitler. Seems simple to me.
Not necessarily. The government might pay money to a minor child by sending it to the parent or guardian, and might make an overpayment. Apparently, that's the principle here. It sucks to have money taken from you because of something you never actually saw that happened 40 years ago, but it still can be your debt.
Moreover, I don't remember the Democrats having 2/3 of both chambers, and that's what it takes to override a veto.
And you'd be hit by underpayment penalties. Income tax is intended to be, well, a tax on income, and you get income throughout the year. If you don't withhold enough and don't pay enough estimated tax, you're paying more.
Yes, but if you withhold at least 80% of final tax liability for the last year you don't get hit for underpayment. So, figure what you owed last year, multiply it by
The other nice thing about a flat tax is that the rich get to pay it. Right now, my wife and I are in the highest bracket for Federal taxes, with our individual incomes near but not over the FICA cap, and negligible income from anything other than working for a living.
except for the
Come to think of it, I recall that there was a case last year in Nevada over exactly that, I wonder how that went?
Nope; they're not going to jail you for destroying evidence that you had no reason to believe might be evidence. Of course, having destroyed the records, it's going to be harder to convince the judge and/or jury you had them in the first place, and they said what you claim they said.
They are not there to protect you, never have been never will be.
As a species, we're going to survive any new series of pandemics, or other global disaster that doesn't just wipe out the planet. We've got genetic diversity and a lot of neat tools, including rational thought. We're not at risk of extinction given a standard extinction event. In such an event, what's going to determine survival is not basic health, but wealth. What we would be selecting for in event of plague is availability of good medical care in a major crisis. What we would be selecting for in a climatic disaster is structurally sound houses, the ability to move somewhere else, resources to counter the effects (like air conditioning), stuff like that.
("Fiscally optimal" meaning the amount where the marginal cost of building another parking space (MC) equals the marginal revenue from building it (MR).)
Surely that calculation would include the externalized cost of more competition for on-street parking the developer would be imposing on the neighbors... right?
Yeah, I thought not.
I never used Cfront that much; I'm taking the the compiler designation from Stroustrup's "Design and Evolution" book. I never used PRO*C (my main experience with interfacing is OCI and OCCI), but in the case of Cfront you'd have to parse to determine which parts of C code you could let through. What would be a function call in C could be a member function call in C++, perhaps a virtual function call, and maybe it could be passed through and maybe not. Operator overloading meant that every expression had to be parsed by Cfront. If you're taking source code, parsing it, and producing somewhat different target code based on the parse, I'm going to call it a compiler.
except it's a butterfly dropping dead from the lack of breathable air.