Thursday, 12 October 2017

What make the health insurance market sacrosanct?  
Why can't people buy auto insurance across state lines that cost less?

Tonight's live music acts will be mostly male-only. What's holding women back?
absolutely outrageous!  
People should be required to listen to woman musicians whether they want to or not.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Unilever Apologizes for Dove Ad
Look, I am really busy today, so if you could just go and offend yourself, it would really help me out.

EPA to Withdraw Power Plant Rules
What? You think some guys in the power industry will use plants they know are polluting?
Nah, The people who run our power plants have more integrity than that!
They would never pollute just to make a buck, would they

Can’t be bothered to make stock? Here are the ways to keep cooking simple
Of course, she''s right.. Life is to short to do anything of real value.
As Calvin said to Hobbes: "Microwave for 3 and a half minutes, who's got that sort of time."

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Senate Republicans Signal Support for ‘Dreamers,’ With Conditions
"Immigrant activists oppose that, with Dreamer groups saying they don’t want legalization if it puts their parents into greater jeopardy."
     Tough!  This is about you and the unenviable position your parents have put you in.  We do not want to protect people who think they should not have to obey our laws.  We are happy to have them in greater jeopardy of being required to obey our laws.

House Republicans Say Legislation on Gun Silencers Unlikely to Move Ahead 
I can't believe it! Certainly everyone knows that a silenced weapon is only for protection?
Why would Congress not want us to be protected as our 2nd amendment rights say we should?
If you have a permit to carry, only a silencer can let you get away from law enforcement.
         Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) said Tuesday: “The investigation has not even been completed, and I think it’s premature to be discussing legislative solutions, if there are any.”
Why would we want to ban bump-stocks: we want people to be able to shoot more rapidly.   It helps them hunting, since they couldn't hit anything with just 5 single shots.  It is premature to discuss anything that curtails our ability to have a face-off with police officers

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Las Vegas - Lange's thought for the day
      Could we please have a moratorium on all of those tweeting or posting that “if the crowd at Las Vegas had been armed, there would have been fewer killed.”
       I’d also like a moratorium on posts that say “guns are for protection” and other silly memes.    Our right to bear arms has to do with the desire to talk a big game and look cool.  Full  stop.   Nothing particularly wrong with that, as long as you know that is what it is.  I get pretty disgusted with people who pretend that it is something else.
     Only in America does the right to bear arms have special provisions to make sure that nut cases can get guns.  This includes the right to assault rifles with 30 round magazine, for the guys and girls who couldn’t hit a barn from the inside with only 5 shots, and the right to Teflon rounds that can kill our police officers.

US is NOT the most taxed country in the world.
    You started this chain by saying the US has the highest tax in the world.  It doesn’t, not by a long shot.  Many more people live with higher tax burdens than we do.   Nor are the rates of tax historically high in America.  America’s had far higher taxes in its years of maximum prosperity (50s-70s).
     All of this whining about taxes has to do with the idle rich wanting to amass a larger shares of the national wealth.   I can guarantee you that there will be a bust following the Trump  boom, due to his borrowing money to fund his deficits.   Let’s hope it is not as large as the last one that Bush Jr saddled us with.    

Government Tax Take as a percent of GDP, just to mention OECD countries: All of Scandinavia, Switzerland, Austria, Netherlands, Belgium, France Germany; Spain, Portugal and Greece. I could add in Cyprus, Slovenia, Swaziland, Canada, Australia, Botswana, Malta, etc. All of these countries take far more than we do in federal, state and local taxes.
    Taxes per capita in the United States totalled $13,482, ranking 16th out of 29 countries for which data were available for 2013. The five with the highest per-capita amounts were Luxembourg, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland, with amounts ranging from $23,000 to $48,000.
     We do have a top corporate of 35%, which the Republicans are about to sensibly reduce to 20%, but the devil will be in the detail. (How many of the deductions, which make Americas effective corporate tax rate about 19%, will go?)

They will also, in a sop to their betters, give the wealthy a mighty tax break, funded by borrowing from the Chinese. Still, that’s understandable, since almost all of Congress are wealthy and DJT has said: look out for your own self.

Tax rates as percent of GDP

Monday, 2 October 2017

This Lawyer Works Pro Bono To Help Undocumented Families
Good for him. Why should undocumented people have to obey our laws. 
They should only obey those laws they don't find inconvenient. Makes for a good citizen.

Trump Administration Officials Defend GOP Tax Plan
The middle class could use a break, but repealing inheritance tax and the alternative minimum tax will not give them that break, it will ONLY benefit the rich.

17 Things never to say to a veggie
Why not eat naturally.
Maybe they ought to move back there.

Why not eat naturally.

Friday, 29 September 2017

Other than the Estate Tax and the Alternative minimum Tax, which are designed for Trump's fortune. and will benefit only the wealthy.   Still, in the best democracy that money can buy, you have to have something to placate your donors

Sexism has no place in British culture and these students knew they were violating local cultural values.   I trust there will be a fine?
London School of Economics concedes annual event is ‘likely to fall foul of the Equality Act'
Sexism has no place in British culture.  These students knew they were violating local cultural values and breaking the law. I trust there will be a fine?

Labour MP Emma Dent Coad Launches Fresh Attack On Royal Family And Says Grenfell Survivors Have Been ‘Abandoned
Yes, they have, mostly by you. You were a K&C councillor since 2004; why didn't you do something for them? You were a member of the board for TMO (who had responsibility for Grendfell Towers); why didn't you do something for them? You are currently the Parliamentarian for Grendfell Towers; why don't you do something for them? (And taking both Councilor and Parliamentary salaries, so it hasn't hurt you much.)
    Why do you think that swiping at Royals will get anything done for Grendfell Towers? 
    Or do you just want the publicity?

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Trump outlines plans for massive tax cuts as he seeks to revive stalled legislative agenda
20% for business is good, as is no deductions for state and local income tax.  Estate and Alternate Minimum Tax is just borrowing money to give the rich a tax break  - all unearned

Disabled people have to apply for 60% more jobs than non-disabled people before finding one
That sounds about right - what I would expect to happen.
 Hard for the disabled, but at least they know it and can take plans to deal with it.

Trump ‘Not Happy’ With Tom Price As House Opens Probe Into Private Plane Travel
Drain the Swamp
Tom Price pent $400,000 on private planes since May, Scoot Pruitt has taken 10 trips to his home in three months, Mnuchin asked the tax peyer to fund his honeymoon and Trump has spent more in one year than Obama did in eigh