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Comment: Re:you are a Republican (Score 1) 578

by lgw (#46763813) Attached to: IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

Huh, what? You're talking about the first bill Obama signed into law? The GOP is reliably management-vs-labor, to be sure (after all, organized labor is a key element of the Dem constituency, so at least the parties are representing their constituents by their sides there), but how did they kill it?

I did think you were trying to construe the "people can pay for their own birth control" as a women's rights issue, since that's recently in the news - OK, I guessed wrong. So what are you on about?

(BTW, I do wish there was a party I was aligned with, but I just want a small government party, and there's no such animal any more).

Comment: Re:The Real Breakthrough - non auto-maker Maps (Score 1) 120

by lgw (#46762457) Attached to: How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

Car makers have been constantly pushing very over-priced terrible in-car GPS systems for a while,

I'll have you know my car has a very over-priced mediocre in-car GPS system! Actually, its flaw is no good interface to set a destination address (voice recognition and arbitrary proper nouns is just a bad combination in general). I really want a way to attach a keyboard, or to pull an address from my phone contacts list in some sane and reliable way.

One thing I really wish would happen would be to have the car industry be also mandated to provide third-party access to all of the screens that will be mandated in cars soon because of the back-up cameras... that could lead to a real renaissance in what smart-phones can do for you in-car.

There's real potential there, but I want it to work both ways: the car should accept any screen though some standard interface (2-way HDMI maybe?). The built-in screens will have terrible resolution, no doubt, but it seems like a good part for an aftermarket upgrade.

Comment: Re:huh? (Score 1) 308

by lgw (#46762033) Attached to: Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

Well, they show suggestions for what you might watch next when you finish whatever you're streaming. But Netflix also has original content now, so it's hard to see suggesting those shows as anything but ads.

I'm sure their catalog continues to shrink (not that it's really Netflix's fault, they studios they license this stuff from seem to have an inflated idea of what 30 year old sitcoms are worth), but they're pretty good at new releases.

The worst part is, the DVD catalog is shrinking too. I loved Netflix for their deep back-catalog, but they're slowly becoming Redbox.
 

Comment: Re:name the issue and be shown otherwise (Score 1) 578

by lgw (#46761869) Attached to: IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

Abortion is a difficult moral issue, and it's fine that we're divided as a nation on it. I don't have a problem with the parties on this one.

No one is against women's rights (though I could name a president that pays the women working for him 78% of what he pays the men).

Is anyone advocating creationism at the federal level? For sure both parties are to blame for the crazy common core math nonsense now spreading (it's the new new math, the same "whole word reading" mistake all over again).

Both parties advocate tax breaks for their supporters.

The Left seems to strongly oppose free speech these days. Justice Breyer was just joined by 3 more in a dissenting opinion that free speech was not an individual right. That right - a left-leaning bloc in the SCOTUS is anti-free-speech now.

No one on either side is serious about reducing spending, because soon all that will be left to cut are social programs, and no one has the courage to go there. This will end in tears.

Comment: Re:Think of all those poor accountants! (Score 1) 354

by lgw (#46761737) Attached to: Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

Short term capital gains are taxed as income, and thus progressive.

Long term capital gains depend on total income in a complex way, but the gains have a 0% bracket for those with low income (and gains, combined), a 15% bracket for most, a 20% bracket, and a 3.8% (I think) surcharge at ~200k.

Remember, there are no deductions on the capital gains, but a $10k+ standard deduction on the income tax. Long term works out a bit cheaper tax-wise than income because that's the incentive to invest long term, but it's not a huge difference. You don't pay more than 15% total tax on income until you pass around $50k, if you're single and have no deductions.

If your income is sub-median, you're not paying more than 15% overall on your income taxes.

Comment: Re:Becoming Canadian (Score 1) 354

by lgw (#46761149) Attached to: Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

All those stocks traded in the secondary market? They create the market for IPOs. They establish the playing field for new businesses. When one sort of business gets high P/Es relative to the others, that sort of business is more likely to get new competitors.

Here's a better question - why not just a flat tax?

Taxes exist to fund the government, not for some social agenda (that we'll never agree on anyway). Tax all income, dividends, and capital gains at X%, and be done with it. You might be surprised how low X% is, when there are no loopholes.

Comment: Re:huh? (Score 1) 308

by lgw (#46761073) Attached to: Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

I can tolerate the ads Netflix runs now, where during the closing credits you'll see some image pimping some original Netflix content, with the credits pushed to one corner, and something to watch next in the other. That's just barely non-intrusive enough for me. But I bet they go farther and ruin it.

Comment: Re:wrong...this is definitely the GOP (Score 1) 578

by lgw (#46760195) Attached to: IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

Wow, do you do stretches and warm-ups before such mental contortionism, or are you just naturally limber.

BTW, you might consider how negotiations work: each side must have something the other finds valuable, and must be willing to withhold that thing until compromise is reached.

Now if you just said "The congress is wrong on virtually all the issues b/c they operate for funding from donors, not to be competent legislators" you'd be onto something, rather than a partisan hack.

Comment: Re:Over 18 (Score 1) 578

by lgw (#46760157) Attached to: IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

judge would literally have to abandon all pretense of interpreting rights and other complex laws and simply state, "BECAUSE I SAY SO!"

So, someone like Roberts then. "The law says dozens of times this is not a tax, and the law originated in the Senate, not the House, so it can't be a tax law, but nevertheless it's a tax BECAUSE I SAY SO!". That ship has sailed.

Comment: Re:Over 18 (Score 1) 578

by lgw (#46760127) Attached to: IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

There is no "come into inheritance" (wait, where do you live?) Debts are settled against he estate. If there's anything left, assets are divided amongst inheritors. There's this whole complex probate process. Occasionally, an inheritor will choose to take an asset with debts attached (such as a house with a mortgage), sometimes even one with clearly negative net worth, perhaps for sentimental reasons. But there no "all assets and debts pass from person A to person B" - primogeniture hasn't been a thing for centuries.

But the important thing about probate is that it's time-bound - while assets may be "in probate" for some time, when its done its done, and no further claims can be made.

A slow pup is a lazy dog. -- Willard Espy, "An Almanac of Words at Play"

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