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

by iceperson (#48479109) Attached to: Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election
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

by iceperson (#47276259) Attached to: 2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase
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: Not really (Score 1) 182

by iceperson (#46993825) Attached to: Oil Man Proposes Increase In Oklahoma Oil-and-Gas Tax
Kaiser users his charities as a tax write off and then funnels money back into his for profit businesses from them.This guy spent much of the 80's-90's "buying" dead and dying companies so that he could use their losses to offset his gains and pay zero taxes on his profits.

Comment: Re:mystery ailments (Score 1) 146

by iceperson (#46848557) Attached to: Texas Family Awarded $2.9 Million In Fracking Lawsuit
There are 60 or so chemical elements found in every person on the planet, almost all of which can be "toxic". The 5 'symptoms' listed are all pretty common. I would bet you'd be hard pressed to find a household that hasn't had someone with 1 or all of them at some point in any given 12 month period...

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