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Comment Re:Okay... and? (Score 1) 316

So, it's wrong to put the burden of proof upon the taxpayer as to what they owe?

Absolutely, if the government claims you owe money, they damn well better provide the documents. Your banks and employers send it all in every month. They are the ones who should do all the paperwork. That's one of the things my taxes should pay for. Internal Revenue Service, not litigators.

They do tell you how much you owe. But, if you wish to pay less, it's your responsibility to do so, not theirs. The bureaucracy is already too big, we don't need more of them to do your work. Yes, they have all the data you indicated. What they don't necessarily have is access to all the data and reasons you deserve deductions.

Now, I personally think we all pay too much, and get too little, but if you're one of those who think all taxes are evil, well I can't help you.

Comment Re:tax by transaction (Score 1) 316

I'm not sure where you live, but that's incorrect here.
States that tax groceries (rate if not fully taxed): Alabama, Arkansas (3%), Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois (1%), Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri (1.225%), Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee (5.5%), Utah (1.75%), Virginia (1.5% + 1% local option tax), and West Virginia (5%).

Comment Re:Sigh (Score 1) 276

Just my $.02, but this is the most insightful post here.

The definition of the word gamer in the summary is seriously lacking. There's a big difference between someone who spends fifteen minutes playing Solitaire, or Candy Crush, and someone else who's spending twenty hours a week raiding WoW. That said, for the companies who make the products, it's all about who they can pull the most Benjamins from.

And just back to the definition. I have a mother-in-law, so spends about 30min/week playing Solitare, and aunt who is on Simpsons Tapped Out every other day, and my mom who likes the occasional slot machine. All of these ladies are in their 60-70s, and I'd probably be frowned at if I were to tell them that they were "gamers".

Comment Re:Why such paranoia ? (Score 1) 299

If video is recoverable then the bricking process is defective.

IANAL, but it would seem to me that all you would need is one instance of them wiping video evidence to make it's way through the courts, for that practice to be banned. ..."Yes, your honor, several of us took video of these officers beating down that poor defenseless grandmother. Then one of them got on the radio, and we noticed that all of our phones went dead."

Comment Re:Easy, India or China (Score 0, Troll) 303

So why has every environmental initiative in the past 40 years been pushed by the Democrats and resisted by the Republicans?
You mean like this one?
Odd. I didn't know Bush was a Democrat.

What about this one?
Where are the Democrats pushing this bill and Republicans opposing it?

And although I'm stepping outside your 40-year limit, who created the Environmental Protection Agency in the first place? I'll give you a hint:

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