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Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 825

by wonkavader (#48955819) Attached to: Obama Proposes One-Time Tax On $2 Trillion US Companies Hold Overseas

No, by this plan, it's not "In the first example, this administration says both." It's "In the first example, this administration says either, up to a total of 19%, with the foreign state having the right to collect first." The US will initially not be getting any of the money. All foreign states would be insane not to immediately raise taxes to 19%: their tax-haven clients will be paying that one way or the other and wouldn't care.

The point is not to tax the foreign money. It's to remove the ability of corporations to push their money to foreign countries to avoid taxes. If you push money to someplace with a 5% tax, you'll still owe 14% to the US. So why bother pushing the money anymore?

It doesn't repatriate the money already gone, but it stops the untaxed out-flow.

Comment: Re:Propose all he wants (Score 1) 825

by wonkavader (#48955753) Attached to: Obama Proposes One-Time Tax On $2 Trillion US Companies Hold Overseas

Hey, stop saying my president wasted seven years and is only proposing this and other things he should have proposed at least five years ago now that they have zero chance of passing!

That's my job!

Next you'll be saying that he only changed immigration policies five years too late after deporting more people that any other president in history and that his proposals are arguably less generous than George Bush's were, even though he knows his party desperately needs the support of Latinos who are not quite as stupid as some people think and who notice that this big change is kinda milque-toast.

Don't even think of saying he's basically a right-wing corporate shill who preaches a liberal world-view while enacting/enabling a right-wing agenda.

If you say he's either completely incompetant or trying to get Republicans elected, you are dangerously close to my turf, Buster!

Comment: Re:Not seeing the issue here (Score 4, Insightful) 209

by wonkavader (#48647809) Attached to: Judge: It's OK For Cops To Create Fake Instagram Accounts

Bingo. You're absolutely correct.

"I've got three witnesses that put you there, DNA evidence, and some video with someone wearing jeans and a white hoodie, just like you wear, though the face isn't visable. You'll get the death penalty. If you give me a confession, we can get it down to manslaughter. First offense. You'll probably just get probation. Here's some paper."

Yeah, police being able to lie is a great idea. I'm sure it benefits somebody. Other than the owners of for-profit prisons, I'm not sure who.

Comment: Re:Ban Disney movies (Score 3, Insightful) 584

by wonkavader (#48520409) Attached to: Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

This doesn't work.

The grandparents will show them to her when you've trusted them to babysit. And your relatives will send Christmas gifts all wrapped up and when your little girl open's 'em -- yep: Disney products. And she'll see them at her friends' houses... she'll come home singing some crap song from Frozen over and over.

Her baby-sitter will buy her a Barbie. Women in lots of ads she sees will have their necks lengthend with photoshop. Her school will sell her princess books just like the ones they stock their library with. Costco will aim 90% of the female children's halloween costumes at the princess segment, half of those will be marked Disney. Your daughter will drag you back to the costumes over and over looking for Disney princesses she's seen and beggining you to buy one while you want to just get some cheese and get out.

Because it's not just your daughter who's the target of this long-necked, big-eyed, princess bullshit -- everyone is. And that's why you do get concerned about it, because it's not just Disney telling her to be a pricess, it's EVERYONE.

It's really frustrating having some stranger on the street tell your daughter she's a princess, but it happens all the time. I suspect it's not socially acceptable to snarl back "you calling her a parasite?"

At 4 or 5, she has all the time in the world to decide what she wants to do and be and plenty of time to change her mind about things, but this crap isn't going to stop when she's 10 or 15 or 30 or 60, and her whole life she will be judged and praised or criticized by a nation of people who are hit with the same propaganda.

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