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Comment Re:Doing Trump's work for him (Score 1) 428

Property taxes are assessed at the value if sold today at the time of the assessment. All improvements and other values including rental if any will be covered in that valuation.

You do not own anything if you are renting it. It is absurd to think otherwise. But the city or jurisdiction gets more by assessing based on the sale value. If they build a mall or upscale restaurant near it and the value increases, it will be reflected in the next assessment and the community benefits. Everything you are trying to accomplish is already accounted for.

Comment Re: Oh boy (Score 1) 317

Do you understand what "their" means?

The vast majority of people in the U.S. don't care about gay marriage one way or another. They see no valid reason to deny it like the subset of people I already mentioned. Don't confuse that with support. They simply didn't care enough to change the norm. It took court orders to change it. Every state but two lost court battles before changing their laws and then the recent supreme court case made it universal. None of that would have been necessary if they supported gay marriage. It would have already been legal.

Comment Re:Doing Trump's work for him (Score 1) 428

I'm positive you don't follow. You also cannot find a simple compound interest calculator either. $10 a week at 3% is closer to $25k.

And check those 2-3% checking accounts and you will find a minimum balance requirement that most paycheck to paycheck people will not be able to keep. But go ahead and live in your half the information world telling people how to live their lives and not figure out why they get pissed at you.

As for your college response, i have to ask if you actually read anything i said? It seems like you ignored all of it in order to push some point i already discounted. Perhaps that is why people get pissed at you.

I did not say going into debt was the problem. I said later in life, you have responsibilities other than just yourself and when you are already working two jobs to raise a family, it can be impossible to take the time to go to school. There are only 168 hours in a week. When 80 or more are taken up working, getting to work, and getting ready for work, you don't have much time left for school even if you happen to be lucky enough that classes are available when you are not at work. But go ahead and suggest their kids can starve or live on the street because you declared that they can quit a job and go into debt for school. While your at it, see if they were told to act pissed off when you declare they can better their life. Oh, and BTW . I worked through college back in the 90s when you still could. I was in debt to the tune of only $5k in student loans (because I wanted a motorcycle) when I graduated.

People can work their way outb of these situations but it just isn't as simple as you want to make it seem. People do compound their problems all the time. Often by the time they realize it and want to make a change, it is extremely more difficultto do. If you are single and in your 20s, it is a lot easier than someone with kids working two jobs paycheck to paycheck.

Comment Re:Doing Trump's work for him (Score 1) 428

Nonsense. If the value of land increases, it belongs to the current owner. The rental value has less impact than the use value. For instance farmland valued at commercial real estate values can make taxing costs more than production revenue. This is important because you can build a factory almost anywhere but you cannot go without food or the products agriculture supports.

Seeing how property taxes are generally a percentage of value, it is already accounted for in the assessment. The assessment happens anytime the property is sold, when it's zoning use is changed, or biannualy in my area whichever comes first.

The land is still paid for and not free. It is not important to distinguish these differences.

Comment Re:Doing Trump's work for him (Score 1) 428

Property taxes were one of the first taxes in the U.S. .over the years, even at lower values, more taxes than the current value of the land would have been paid. I'm not sure it is important to distinguish between the rental value in this regard. Government generally exempts itself from its own property taxes but they don't give land away any more.

Comment Re:Why healthcare is broken.. (Score 1) 428

The costs of health care in the U.S. is skewed in its reporting. It is accounted in several ways which doesn't represent the actual costs.

One way is to take the average costs calculated by the government and extrapolate that at the number of claims. This inflates the real costs being paid. The other way is to statically calculate procedures through reported insurance claims and compare that to the gross earnings of medical fields as applied to tax returns. There we have the same problem of costs to poor and unpaid bills being written off because showing a large write off qualifies them for lower tax rates.It essentially allows them to claim a non-profit rate when they are a for profit venture. This again skews the costs evaluations but are also surprisingly similar to the other methods.

Now I already explained how and why the costs are so much for uncovered patients. The total actually spent on health care does not add up to the amounts reported.

But does that translate to getting more value? Yes and no. In some areas of health care the answer would be yes. There are several MRI and other specialty equipment in more places and the wait to get access to one is lower. But in some places the wait to get to see you primary care doctor can be longer. You also have the issue in the uk where they will cease treatment on some elderly patients and put them prematurely on an end of life care plan to save resources or open bed space (a sort of soft euthanasia).

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