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Comment Re:They are not government employees (Score 4, Insightful) 470

Personally I think we've given up too much of our freedoms now.

What about my freedom to use the medical practitioner of my choice? What about my freedom to partake in the medical procedures of my (and my Doctor's) choice? Why do you get to decide what "freedoms" I get to exercise?

Why is it that the people who most loudly shout about defending "freedom", are the ones that want to control who I marry, which bathroom I use, and which god I pray to?

Comment Re:Conflict of interest (Score 1) 258

I like your idea of giving the fines to the people, I'd rather see fines eliminated, they unfairly punish lower income people -- $150 fine to a corporate lawyer is pocket change, to a fast food worker it means not being able to pay rent. Replace it with community service. Get caught speeding, do 10 hours community service. Get caught excessive speeding, do 25 hours community service.

This has the bonus of costing the city / county / state money to supervise the community service and they will then direct the cops to only ticket people who are violating traffic laws AND are endangering the public.

Comment It's called Obstruction (Score 1) 301

The problem with your plan is it would be obstruction. You are destroying information the government has requested you provide obstructing their investigation. If you wipe the phone prior to the government requesting it you've done nothing wrong.

If you're concerned about the government accessing your cell phone or computer while you cross the border, wipe it and restore it at your destination.

Comment Re:Okay - that was quick. (Score 2, Interesting) 895

The Democrats lost, as they have been losing for several years, because they've ignored a large segment of the population who rightfully feel like the Democrats don't care about them.

Despite what the Stock Market or other "stats" may show, many, many people (and areas) in the US are not doing well financially and the Democrats have ignored their plight. The Democrats ignore the issues important to many of the people in the 'Red' states and when they do notice them, chastise the people for having them.

So it's not surprising they voted against the Democrats and for someone who actually talked to them and to their concerns. The fact that it was all bull is besides the point. The Democrats are going to continue to fail until they can understand why a very large portion of the US hates them and then does something to change that opinion.

Comment Re:Maybe this judge didn't think things through. (Score 3, Informative) 91

Kinda like the U.S. policy that U.S. citizens have to pay U.S. taxes on income earned abroad could hypothetically cause a U.S. citizen to owe more than 100% in taxes

No it can't. You claim a Foreign Tax Credit for any income tax paid to a foreign government and it's deducted from your tax payable in the US. For example if your US tax rate was 35% and your foreign tax rate was 30%, you would pay 30% to the foreign government and then 5% (35% - 30%) to the US government.

See: IRS Publication 514 https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pd...

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