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1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Squirrel has passed over the Rainbow Bridge....... (Message 1444508)
Posted 285 days ago by Profile Michael Buckingham
So sorry for your loss.
2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : John Clark (Message 1441547)
Posted 294 days ago by Profile Michael Buckingham
Tim asked me to pass his condolences...
3) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Weather forecasts II (Message 1441546)
Posted 294 days ago by Profile Michael Buckingham
Suppose to have some snow flakes fall, it's windy, cold and pretending like it will snow.

4) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Goodbye (Message 1441545)
Posted 294 days ago by Profile Michael Buckingham


We can aggregate the Hello and Goodbye thread and voila, we have the Aloha thread...;))


^^ TRUTH
5) Message boards : Cafe SETI : John Clark (Message 1441246)
Posted 294 days ago by Profile Michael Buckingham
May he rest peacefully with his wife, Sheila.

Sad day..
6) Message boards : Politics : The USA shuts down (Message 1433807)
Posted 311 days ago by Profile Michael Buckingham
I'm not convinced that it will push anyone over the edge.

Michael, this is a matter of definitions, if a person is on the margin then they are on the edge. Do you deny that a margin exists?


I'm going to play semantics with you, I'm not convinced that it will push anyone over the edge.
7) Message boards : Politics : The USA shuts down (Message 1433787)
Posted 311 days ago by Profile Michael Buckingham
The flat tax I am referring to is income tax, not sales tax.

Michael, since it is acknowledged that a flat tax will push the person on the margin over the edge, do you think that is a good idea?


I'm not convinced that it will push anyone over the edge.
8) Message boards : Politics : The USA shuts down (Message 1433764)
Posted 311 days ago by Profile Michael Buckingham
Since a person in a low income bracket spends all they make those on the margin are then pushed over the edge and are now below the margin.

Adjective: progressive
3. (of taxes) adjusted so that the rate increases as the amount of income increases

Adjective: regressive
1. (of taxes) adjusted so that the rate decreases as the amount of income increases.

By this, flat can not be regressive, nor can it be progressive.

I do know that the above definition from the dictionary is not what is generally meant when talking about a change in tax policy, which is why I asked for the meaning to be ascribed before we start with the invectives.

incorrect. A regressive tax is one that affects a persons wealth less as they earn more. The easy example is the carpenter that makes $1000 and pays $90.90 for a hammer that has a 10% sales tax. he pays $100 of his money. he pays 1% of his wages in taxes a guy making $10,000 will pay about 0.1% of his wages. You can see that the guy making less money pays a higher percentage of his wages in tax.

The state of Texas has this form of taxation(no Income Tax) 8.25% in most areas and it is quite backward and if the economy tanks so does the tax revenue.
The state of Deleware has no sales tax but has a mild income tax (usually less than 4% on average)that quite easily pays for everything the state needs.


The flat tax I am referring to is income tax, not sales tax.
9) Message boards : Cafe SETI : VIRUS WARNING (Message 1433106)
Posted 312 days ago by Profile Michael Buckingham
And keep the backup off site as well. If your office burns down, no backup.




^^ This.
10) Message boards : Politics : The USA shuts down (Message 1432862)
Posted 312 days ago by Profile Michael Buckingham
I fully support a flat tax rate, no deductions...THAT would make it fair.

An economic argument against a flat tax rate is that it is regressive.



How so?
11) Message boards : Politics : The USA shuts down (Message 1432843)
Posted 312 days ago by Profile Michael Buckingham
For any trickledownsupplyside economics to work the tax reduction given to the wealthy(and it is given to them exclusively) must also be accompanied by job grown by those receiving the benefits. DOn't create jobs you don't get tax relief. pretty simple honestly. This prevents what we currently have with the offshore accounts and hiding money.


It's not really they have a "reduction" in tax, it's that there are plenty of deductions they can take advantage of that the average person cannot.

You can raise the tax rate on the wealthy to 90% but without removing those deductions (read = loopholes) their effective tax rate is still less than the common tax payer.

I fully support a flat tax rate, no deductions...THAT would make it fair.
12) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Weather forecasts (Message 1432835)
Posted 312 days ago by Profile Michael Buckingham
I woke up this morning and it was 37F outside...I am not ready for this...although it does mean it's hunting season..so that's a huge plus...
13) Message boards : Politics : Snowden....... (Message 1431215)
Posted 316 days ago by Profile Michael Buckingham
I do wish people would decide what they want.

Do you want the government to detect those that are in your country but wish you harm or do you want another 9/11?


Actually, that's the tricky tight rope most Americans want the Government to follow..most Americans acknowledge the need for intelligence gathering for national security purposes, as long as it isn't over bearing and infringing on our civil liberties.
14) Message boards : Politics : The USA shuts down (Message 1430118)
Posted 319 days ago by Profile Michael Buckingham
I'm out for the weekend...everyone be safe and enjoy your weekend.
15) Message boards : Politics : Is Marijuana the safest drug ever? (Message 1430116)
Posted 319 days ago by Profile Michael Buckingham
Thank you Michael. I am only a guest here, so I can't vote. I could always go home, but then again, I never voted there either.
Hate me for it, but I sleep better at night.
The last nightmare I had, was when I was 6.


The war on drugs in America is actually big business. They've demonized weed to the point where tens of billions of dollars is used to prop up the anti-weed industry. Entire ecosystems feeding off each other creating this huge waste.


Think about it..in America local police agencies get huge funds to help combat the weed "problem"...more equipment is purchased (manufacturers dream), more people are hired, privatized prisons get paid...the list goes on and on. I could sit here for an hour typing that out...

If you stopped fighting weed, billions would be pulled out of the economy, people would lose jobs, prisons would close..the horror.

It's all about the almighty $$...and has absofrigging nothing to do with saving lives. Keeping weed illegal is a booming business. Keeping people scared to death of it helps raise money, help politicians get elected.

It's all about the money...and nothing else.

+1
Michael, It's obvious we don't disagree on everything. The drug cartels and law enforcement form an evil symbiosis.

Neither side wants legalisation as they both have too much to lose.

T.A.


Agree, perhaps an oversight of mine, I forgot to include the drug dealers. They would lose money as well...the only reason they make tons of money is because their product is illegal..if you make it legal and tax it, the drug dealers profit margin goes away.
16) Message boards : Politics : Windows8: The Beginning of The End? Or... Win9 v soon!? (Message 1430114)
Posted 319 days ago by Profile Michael Buckingham
If Microsoft made toasters...

Every time you bought a loaf of bread, you would have to buy a toaster. You wouldn't have to take the toaster, but you'd still have to pay for it anyway. Toaster'95 would weigh 15000 pounds (hence requiring a reinforced steel countertop), draw enough electricity to power a small city, take up 95% of the space in your kitchen, would claim to be the first toaster that lets you control how light or dark you want your toast to be, and would secretly interrogate your other appliances to find out who made them. Everyone would hate Microsoft toasters, but nonetheless would buy them since most of the good bread only works with their toasters.



^^ this :)
17) Message boards : Politics : The USA shuts down (Message 1430112)
Posted 319 days ago by Profile Michael Buckingham
Cutting taxes increases the amount of money spent in the open market, the economy reacts by growing.

Our economy is driven by growth, not sustainment.

Hee Hee

How far in your cheek was your tongue as you typed that one ? Wasn't that the reasoning behind the Bush tax cuts ? And look how well they worked.....

More people in work at decent wages will accomplish more than straight tax cuts.

Edit: I suppose you still believe in the "trickle down effect" too ?

T.A.


You have lots to learn.

Oh and for the record, I beleive we need to raise taxes NOW and pay off our debt. At the same time, we need to SERIOUSLY reduce expenditures.

EDIT Again: Trickle down never works when we tax and spend ourselves into oblivian...
18) Message boards : Politics : Is Marijuana the safest drug ever? (Message 1430111)
Posted 319 days ago by Profile Michael Buckingham
Thank you Michael. I am only a guest here, so I can't vote. I could always go home, but then again, I never voted there either.
Hate me for it, but I sleep better at night.
The last nightmare I had, was when I was 6.


The war on drugs in America is actually big business. They've demonized weed to the point where tens of billions of dollars is used to prop up the anti-weed industry. Entire ecosystems feeding off each other creating this huge waste.


Think about it..in America local police agencies get huge funds to help combat the weed "problem"...more equipment is purchased (manufacturers dream), more people are hired, privatized prisons get paid...the list goes on and on. I could sit here for an hour typing that out...

If you stopped fighting weed, billions would be pulled out of the economy, people would lose jobs, prisons would close..the horror.

It's all about the almighty $$...and has absofrigging nothing to do with saving lives. Keeping weed illegal is a booming business. Keeping people scared to death of it helps raise money, help politicians get elected.

It's all about the money...and nothing else.
19) Message boards : Politics : The USA shuts down (Message 1430102)
Posted 319 days ago by Profile Michael Buckingham
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20) Message boards : Politics : The USA shuts down (Message 1430101)
Posted 319 days ago by Profile Michael Buckingham
Isn't a countries worth viewed as debt vs GDP. So how is the US GDP going in relation to debt?......

A major part of the answer is to get more people in work at decent wages, thereby increasing tax revenue.

Cutting of government expenditure is only part of the answer, revenue has to be raised as well. Yet those whose policy is "slash and burn" also want to cut taxes.

I just don't understand.

T.A.


Cutting taxes increases the amount of money spent in the open market, the economy reacts by growing.

Our economy is driven by growth, not sustainment.


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