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Comment: "taxes are write-off expenses" (Score 4, Informative) 98 98

I see this argument all the time about charitable contributions. "Yeah, sure he gave a million bucks, but it's just a tax write off..."

In what world are tax deductions 1 to 1 with tax liability? That's certainly not how the math ever works out on my taxes. $5k in deductions saves me less than $1k in taxes.

I'm not saying that the parent was right and that taxing services is enough incentive to hire your own people, but the idea that if you can write something off on your taxes means it's "free" is simply silly...

Comment: Non-readers love "real books" (Score 4, Funny) 261 261

My librarian wife and I are both pretty avid readers and we both use e-readers for vast majority of our reading. Inevitably someone will see us in the doctor office waiting room or some other place reading our ebooks and tell us how they prefer "real books". That's when I like to ask them what the last book they read was and chuckle to myself when they get that deer in the headlights look.

Comment: Re:"pro-boy biases" (Score 2) 493 493

1000 times this. In elementary schools boys are removed from the classroom at alarming rates for things like bringing the one ring to school, wearing an american flag t-shirt, eating pop tarts into the shape of a gun, pointing grilled cheese sandwiches etc. When boys act like boys their parents are told they need to be drugged into compliance. Elementary school classroom and teaching methods are tailor made for girls. Any gender bias in the classroom is certainly not "pro-boy".

Comment: So Obama, Paul, and Christie agree with each other (Score 1) 740 740

Interesting how Obama, Paul, and Christie have the same position yet they are represented so differently in the article (unless of course I'm missing where Obama has suggested making immunizations required by law somewhere.)

Comment: Re:Needless complexity or necessary evil? (Score 1) 413 413

Imagine the 2 largest cities in a state had 51% of the population. Those cities could and most likely would come together and simply siphon resources from the rural areas. They can just funnel all the funding for schools, police, roads to their cities to buy local votes and ignore everyone else.

At the national level the same can be said of states. In your scenerio all the people in the red area on this map wouldn't have a voice in government at all.

Comment: Re:Yes, let's tax the poor (Score 1) 619 619

Republicans should love it because it hurts the working poor and illegals disproportionately.

Where I'm from, flyover country, poor people are much more likely to drive 15-20 year old clunkers (dodge durango's, jeep cherokee's, and other big heavy vehicles seem to be super popular with the poor here), they also tend to have longer commutes due to fewer job opportunities and less mobility when it comes to housing.

We're not even talking about the indirect costs. When the price of fuel goes up everything is affected. People like me will easily absorb those costs while the people living paycheck to paycheck will suffer. I drive a 7 year old Honda Civic, and I'm lucky enough that I telework. The mechanic who changes my oil, the AC repair guy who spends a large part of his income on fuel for service calls, and the people who work in the restaurants where I eat and the stores where I shop will probably be forced to give something up.

Comment: Re:Yes, let's tax the poor (Score 1) 619 619

Sure, it will affect me like a bucket of water affects my swimming pool I guess. I'm not wealthy, not even close, but even if the cost of everything I buy was increased by the same 3% increase to the price of a gallon of gas my lifestyle wouldn't change in the slightest...

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