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Comment: Re:Automating taxes (Score 1) 415

by superdave80 (#46772629) Attached to: Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

Wait, first you say that the deductions are to make taxes 'fair'. But then you turn around and claim that the deductions are for 'improving society as a whole'? Well, which is it? I suspect you just like paying less taxes, and don't really care one whit about the justification for it.

I also loved this zinger:

I paid for it out of my own pocket, so you didn't subsidize it at all.

When you deduct your education bill from your taxes, how do you think that loss of taxes is made up?

Those who are selfish and do nothing to improve society end up keeping the most money, ultimately leaving the government to support all of the society's charity needs.

That is THEIR decision. If they want to be assholes about not giving out money, so be it. If the only reason you are making charitable contributions is to reduce your tax bill, then how charitable are you REALLY being? Again, I think you just like paying less taxes than the guy next to you.

Now, lest you think I'm just picking on education expenses, I don't agree with ANY of the deductions given to people for their expenses (child care, health care, mortgage interest, etc.), which include some that I benefit from. I want them all gone so that the tax code is simplified, and we stop using it for giveaways and trying to push people to do a certain thing (buying solar, electric cars, etc).

Comment: Re:Automating taxes (Score 2) 415

by superdave80 (#46759563) Attached to: Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

The whole point of those deductions is (ostensibly) to make taxes more fair, ...

Ha, ha. No. The whole point of deductions is to buy sway with voters. In fact the whole point of the US tax code is NOT to help collect taxes. It is to give a way goodies to the proper special interest groups.

If the government wanted more 'fair' taxes, they could simply adjust tax rates higher or lower based solely on income. Why should I subsidize your decision to go to grad school?

Comment: Well, duh... (Score 4, Insightful) 299

Janet Napolitano, the Secretary of the U.S. Homeland Security Department from 2009 to 2013, admitted that she didn't use email 'because she just didn't think it was useful

No, she knew how every email was scanned, so there was no way in hell she was going to use plain ol' email. She is just using the "I'm old so I don't use computer stuff" excuse to cover the real reason.

Comment: Re:Dangerous... (Score 1) 399

by superdave80 (#46086453) Attached to: California Students, Parents Sue Over Teacher Firing, Tenure Rules

... it was because the so-called supervisors didn't want to follow the steps outlined to get ride of a poor worker - it was easier to transfer that loser around to different departments.

I think you just made the point about how difficult it can be to fire unionized employees. I don't think you really meant to, but thanks anyways.

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