This is an oversight committee that is specifically created to study this topic; there's no "spillage" here, they're fully entitled to access to any and all documents directly pertaining to the issue, which those were.
Many states themselves have grown up in size significantly since then. One would argue that a unitary state the size of California or Texas is already too big for properly functioning democracy.
Nevermind that the article actually points out that less money is paid out in social welfare programs than at any time since before the Reagan administration
Can you please point at where it says that? I don't see any mentions of Reagan in the article...
By the way, taxing the rich won't cut it -- taxing 100% of the rich's income would gain you an additional $500 billion a year (assuming they continue to work for free, good luck with that and keeping their salaries pointlessly high). This is still hundreds of billions a year short.
Is that personal income taxation?
How about capital gains?
The entire argument about "passing the tax along" is bullshit. By the same logic, personal income tax is "passed along" to corporations, as people purchase less. It's disingenuous to focus on one particular link in the circular wealth transfer that is a functioning economy, and claim that taxing at that particular link is somehow unfair, while taxing all the others are fair.
As for "getting back at them rich", we just need to start taxing capital gains same as regular income (or better yet, more - it's only fair that "sweat of the brow" earnings are taxed less than collecting rent).
So, which of those key players are in the newly formed government?
Let's see. Out of 19 ministers, 3 are from Tyahnybok's "Svoboda". scoring such important spheres as agriculture and ecology. Really, the only serious position that they have is that of vice prime minister. The majority of the rest are from "Batkivshchyna", which is a mainstream European-oriented liberal party, and then there are a few independents straight from Maidan. Yarosh's "Right Sector" didn't get any spots at all (and they said that they aren't seeking them), and the only way they are involved in the new government is by having a representative on the country's National Security and Defense Council.
So, which "far right government" are we talking about, again?
Oh, and while we are at it, speaking of "Right Sector" and Yarosh. Are you aware of the fact that they have explicitly came out in support of Russians and Russian-speaking Ukrainians who supported Maidan? Do you know that on the website of Tryzub (the organization that Yarosh leads, and one of the members of the Right Sector coalition), they list fascism and Nazism alongside with communism in the list of their "ideologies harmful to Ukrainian nation"?
Here is an official interview that one of the Right Sector's high-ranked members gave to BBC (in Russian) - does he sound like a crazy far right extremist to you there when he speaks about human rights and democratic freedoms, broadening freedom of speech and of gathering, or about their plan for Crimea which includes proportional representation of languages in accordance with the demographics (i.e. 60% Russian, 20% Ukrainian, 20% Tatar and others), or about nationality being primarily and ethnicity being of no importance?
The 'spontaneous' rebellion also enjoyed NATO bombardment of Gaddafi's motorcade when he was attempting to flee to Egypt. It was a propped up coup. Worse of all they used Al-Qaeda and the bozos who usually destabilize South Algeria in the coup and gave them weapons.
I do think that the rebellion was spontaneous enough. There's no denying that Western countries heavily backed the rebels, including aerial support and spec ops teams on the ground though. Or that many rebel factions were hardline Islamist, and some aligned with al-Qaeda.
That is going to bite Europe in the ass eventually. Especially because South Algeria is the *other* source of natural gas into Europe other than Russia via pipeline.
Well, they're building a pipeline to Azerbaijan (which doesn't go through Russia) for a reason. And then there's also Turkmenistan. And then there's shale gas, of which, ironically, Ukraine of all countries is likely to have a boatload of (and shale formations are in western parts of the country).
Also, Iran, which would be quite willing to export gas to Europe, except for that whole sanctions thing. It will be interesting how the perspective on Iran might suddenly change now, though.
I would be more in favor of H1-B immigration if it allows the immigrants to be on the same playing field. But it's not. And for some perverted reason they actually have better job security than American workers.
Um, except they do not. Keep in mind that if they are fired, they have like a month to find a new job before they get booted out of the country.
That one was actually explainable.
The equivalent of what we are seeing in Crimea, OTOH, is if Libyan insurgents were also sporting flecktarn camo, and carrying MG4 and G28 in addition to G36. Oh, and riding around on Boxers with black-red-yellow stripes painted on them.
He is outright lying (not the first time). Anyone who saw the available video material and who understands Russian well enough to follow the conversations can reach only one conclusion here, since the soldiers in question are readily admitting that they're from Russia on numerous occasions. This is without even getting into how they're equipped (forget the uniforms; if they're hastily organized self-defense units, where'd they get AS Val from?)
Yes, I do realize that. The problem is that Russian has two distinct words denoting Russian ethnicity/self-identification ("russkiy") and citizenship ("rossiyanin") which does not exist in English. The soldiers in the videos use the word that denotes citizenship. Not to mention various other slip ups (some have even named the place of origin where their units are normally stationed; heck, there was one guy from Pskov VDV who was openly wearing a cap with it inscribed!).
Anyway, at this point, believing that tens of thousands of troops, all dressed in brand spanking new Russian digital camo (which was only adopted a few years before and not used by any other ex-Soviet republic), carrying the best gear that Russian army has at its disposal (Pecheneg, AS Val etc), and riding around on BTRs with Russian flag colors on the tips of their exhausts, are some kind of "spontaneously organized local self defense force" requires going so far beyond Occam's razor that it's not even funny. Anyone who seriously believes that there are no Russian troops in Crimea is either not familiar with the facts, or plainly retarded, or is intentionally misrepresenting the issue.
When I look at the American immigration debate, this topic practically never gets up. It's 95% about illegals (and even then most people think "Mexicans"), and 5% about outsourcing and H1Bs. The legal immigration track is not discussed at all.
So no, you as a nation have not decided it. It's not even the politicians that have decided it for you. It's the bureaucrats.
Whether you want it to be easy or hard is another matter, but the barriers should at least be sensible - i.e. they should select people for some meaningful positive traits, or discriminate against some meaningful negative traits. Randomly denying applications because the immigration officer had a headache is not useful to anyone.
Increase supply of labor and it becomes worthless, and you have no customers for those products labor produces.
Do you think those extra people just work 24/7, and don't eat, don't need a place to live and a car to drive etc?
More people means more customers, not just a larger labor force.
Criminal past? Again, citations? I find this kinda interesting.
If you know Russian, you may find this of interest. In general, searching for aksenov+goblin+seylem will yield more info.
Tatars were already a minority there when they were deported, actually. They used to be about 20-25% compared to today's 10-15%.
The reason why Russians are a majority in Crimea is because it was steadily settled by Russians ever since Russia took it away from the Ottoman Empire under Catherine.