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Comment: Re:I'm all for abolishing the IRS (Score 1) 314

by magarity (#49381479) Attached to: Sign Up At Before Crooks Do It For You

in the fair tax book which explains the proposed system, they explain that the initial rate is designed to be revenue neutral. adjustments that you suggest are for future revisions.
some degree of debt/deficit is not automatically bad. debt/deficit is degrees of bad depending on what it's spent on and what % of revenue it represents. current levels are bad but automatically precluding any would be bad in its own way.

Comment: Re:I'm all for abolishing the IRS (Score 1) 314

by magarity (#49373383) Attached to: Sign Up At Before Crooks Do It For You

Taxing "profit" ? Surely you jest...

How about a "consumption tax" that exempted food, clothing and medical expenses? Everything else would be subject to a sales tax.

Because as soon as you have an exemption, politics will put severe pressure to add more excemptions. This is why the Fair Tax plan just gives everyone a rebate based on typical low income consumption of essentials but sales taxes everything.

Comment: Re:No they don't (Score 2) 218

by magarity (#49371083) Attached to: Chinese Scientists Plan Solar Power Station In Space

You know what makes even more sense than that? Putting solar panels on fucking rooftops or on the ground.

It's a vicious circle; Have you not seen the pictures from Beijing? There isn't much solar energy getting through the existing smog for panels to cut down on the coal power to cut down on the smog....

Comment: Re:Bashir of course! (Score 1) 191

by magarity (#49332027) Attached to: Your favorite Julian?

There should have been a flag officer in charge of the sector based at the station, and the station was woefully under-equipped when the show started

Except the locals who owned it weren't a member state for most of the series; they just contracted out station management to starfleet. What flag officer wants to be the space equivalent of a local franchise Securitas manager?

Comment: Re:Let me guess (Score 1) 224

by magarity (#49328237) Attached to: $1B TSA Behavioral Screening Program Slammed As "Junk Science"

A billion dollar program to tell screeners that the Arab guy or black guy who is shaking like a leaf, mumbling "allah-ackbar" over-and-over under his breath, and wants to check a huge bag should maybe be singled out for additional screening.

This is why the ACLU is involved. To imply Arab guys mumbling "allah-ackbar" with one way tickets might need extra screening is clearly just racism.

If you think the system is working, ask someone who's waiting for a prompt.