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Comment: Re:Let me get this right (Score 1) 838

by Zan Lynx (#48161119) Attached to: Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

To ask how that tax has been recast as the murder of all that's American (think of the family farms!!!! what family farms?)

So because the tax system has succeeded in destroying most of America's family farms it's OK now because there aren't any left? Huh?

I think it's ridiculous that most of the family farms left have had to incorporate, hire accountanting firms and use all the sneaky tricks just to stay in business and keep their land. The estate tax burden is a lot less on 1/6th of a farm when a stockholder dies and it's easier to get loans to cover it.

Also beware of statistics because some sources like to say family farms have vanished and all that's left is corporate farming. Are they counting family owned corporations as family or corporate?

Comment: Re:Let me get this right (Score 2) 838

by Zan Lynx (#48160965) Attached to: Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Does income inequality actually matter though?

If Person A makes a million dollars a year but lives exactly the same lifestyle as Person B who makes $100,000 a year, does it matter?

It seems to me that no one would know or CARE if Person A has $100 million in investments and bank accounts if he lives just like everyone else.

So it is really more of a lifestyle inequality that makes people upset.

Comment: Re:Let me get this right (Score 2) 838

by Zan Lynx (#48160893) Attached to: Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Deductions are important for anyone who is in business. If businesses (from one person muffin bakers, to 1,000 people factories) cannot deduct business expenses then that leads directly into heavy pressure to vertically integrate by buying suppliers and sellers. Until the only businesses that can compete are the Exxons and Conacos who own the oil rigs, the refineries, the pipelines, the trucks and the gas stations.

Otherwise each sale between business entities incurrs a 10% flat tax.

Comment: Re:Hai! (Score 1) 111

by Tumbleweed (#48040169) Attached to: Japan's Shinkansen Bullet Trains Celebrate 50th Anniversary

Hai does not exactly mean yes in Japanese. It _can_ mean yes, but it more often is just an acknowledgment that someone is listening to you. You may hear a phrase like, "Hai, ." This doesn't mean, it's difficult but yes, this is actually their polite way of saying 'no', because saying no outright is considered rude. When they mean 'yes', they will often just make a sound like 'uhn'.

Be careful of literal translations. :)

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