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squaredance

"Mystified" are we? Let me help. We have discarded the rule of law. We have tossed aside the Constitutions. We are now ruled by diktat.

You own nothing but what the State says you do.

Our cowardly, effeminate "business leaders" and the GOP "leadership" cannot stand up to feeble little tin pot commie martinet like Sebelius.

There, does that help?

They should take that hideous beotch to court.

This will go on an on.

She has no constitutional authority for any of this.

What a nation of effeminate nancy-boys.

30 years ago she would have been laughed out of office and the people who appointed her would go out the door with her.

Danube of Thought

Shove it, Squaredance--you're a hysterical bore.

I should think any insurer who takes them on will immediately adjust premiums upward to cover the added "risk." Everyone else will pay, and over time they'll get the message: people with pre-existing conditions belong in a high-risk pool (CA has one; I was insured under it for a time). The premiums in such pools are substantially higher, but there is no reason on earth that they shouldn't be.

Rick Ballard

I wonder how long it will take insurers to prepare the Sibelius Surcharge (25% should be sufficient until actuarial assumptions can be validated) and apply it to bills? Sibelius is making it clear that state insurance commissioners no longer play any part in rate setting so insurers should avail themselves of the opportunity to make a little hay in the sunshine.

Billy D

"And I am still mystified as to how the HHS can write rules that turn the legislation sideways"

No problem, that just means the next administration in 2012 (or sooner) can change those same "rules" without the need for any new legislation. Sure you pre-existing folks can be covered, but it is going to cost you the total amount of the treatment anyway.

She took a non-existent loophole.

Hey, she's a tax cheat, too.
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Pops

What some don't appear to understand is that large corporations LOVE liberals, they love big government - its a great client. It spends huge sums of money expecting very little return and has a never ending credit card.

It would be great to have one rich client with one set of low expectations. The insurance companies get to blame the Government and the government get to blame the insurance companies while they both spend your money. Its all a game.

The insurance companies don't care, they are going to pass the added costs on to all of us. You think Bill Gates cares what his personnel tax rate is?

Its his consumers (midle class consumers) that pay that bill

RichatUF

Sure glad that Specter and Schumer made such a fuss about Bush's signing statements. Now we've gone from an administration putting in writing how they will enforce the law to an administration making up the law as they go along.

stevesturm

And do keep in mind - since the insurers will be able to raise rates, they won't be paying for ...
That's news? Insurers don't pay for anything, they simply collect money from one group of people and pay it out on behalf of a potentially different group, collecting a small percentage fee for doing the paperwork. I still don't understand why the Obamacare opponents weren't more explicit (they did some but nowhere near enough) with the charge that all of the alleged generosity of Obamacare wasn't coming out of the pockets of evil corporations, but out of our pockets in the form of higher premiums. Millions upon millions of people who don't have pre-existing conditions and who aren't incurring medical expenses in excess of the lifetime caps and who haven't lost the safety blanket of employer provided health insurance all get to pay higher premiums, co-pays and deductibles all so the Democrats can feel good about themselves. I don't begrudge liberals wanting to feel good, I just wish they wouldn't use my money to do so.

ae

HHS already does this overseas.

TruthBTold

Easy peasy then, just buy minimum health coverage, or pay the government fine and then when your child or you get sick, sign up for insurance. That should run the insurance companies out of business as they have to raise their rates for everyone responsible enough to buy insurance ahead of time. Then we can have government run healthcare. It'll be great, just like it is in Canada, Britain, France, where everybody who can ( 80% ) buy private insurance while paying for the government run stuff as well.

MrPete

A friend just got his medical insurance premium adjustment. He was already pained by last year's cost: $1500 a month for him and his wife.

His new rate: $2400 a month.

Lots of factors going into that, but I don't think this is going to be very unusual...

Sara (Pal2Pal)

Could I get an interpretation on this section of the HC bill. Some are saying it is the beginning of the creation of Obama's private army, the health police. What say any of you?

SEC. 430. ESTABLISHING A READY RESERVE CORPS.

Section 203 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 204) is amended to read as follows:

SEC. 203. COMMISSIONED CORPS AND READY RESERVE CORPS.

(a) ESTABLISHMENT.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—There shall be in the Service a commissioned Regular Corps and a Ready Reserve Corps for service in time of national emergency.

(2) REQUIREMENT.—All commissioned officers shall be citizens of the United States and shall be appointed without regard to the civil-service laws and compensated without regard to the Classification Act of 1923, as amended.

(3) APPOINTMENT.—Commissioned officers of the Ready Reserve Corps shall be appointed by the President and commissioned officers of the Regular Corps shall be appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate.

(4) ACTIVE DUTY.—Commissioned officers of the Ready Reserve Corps shall at all times be subject to call to active duty by the Surgeon General, including active duty for the purpose of training.

(5) WARRANT OFFICERS.—Warrant officers may be appointed to the Service for the purpose of providing support to the health and delivery systems maintained by the Service and any warrant officer appointed to the Service shall be considered for purposes of this Act and title 37, United States Code, to be a commissioned officer within the Commissioned Corps of the Service.

(b) ASSIMILATING RESERVE CORP OFFICERS INTO THE REGULAR CORPS.—Effective on the date of enactment of the Affordable Health Choices Act, all individuals classified as officers in the Reserve Corps under this section (as such section existed on the day before the date of enactment of such Act) and serving on active duty shall be deemed to be commissioned officers of the Regular Corps.

(c) PURPOSE AND USE OF READY RESERVE.—

(1) PURPOSE.—The purpose of the Ready Reserve Corps is to fulfill the need to have additional Commissioned Corps personnel available on short notice (similar to the uniformed service’s reserve program) to assist regular Commissioned Corps personnel to meet both routine public health and emergency response missions.

(2) USES.—The Ready Reserve Corps shall—

(A) participate in routine training to meet the general and specific needs of the Commissioned Corps;

(B) be available and ready for involuntary calls to active duty during national emergencies and public health crises, similar to the uniformed service reserve personnel;

(C) be available for backfilling critical positions left vacant during deployment of active duty Commissioned Corps members, as well as for deployment to respond to public health emergencies, both foreign and domestic; and

(D) be available for service assignment in isolated, hardship, and medically underserved communities (as defined in section 399SS) to improve access to health services.

(d) FUNDING.—For the purpose of carrying out the duties and responsibilities of the Commissioned Corps under this section, there are authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary to the Office of the Surgeon General for each of fiscal years 2010 through 2014. Funds appropriated under this subsection shall be used for recruitment and training of Commissioned Corps Officers.

Pofarmer

Well, sara, supposedly we already have a "Health care corps" or something to that effect. The Surgeon General is the head of it. This throws an awful lot of money at it, and takes it beyond it's original purpose and scope, I do believe.

sylvia

"In that sense, this preserves the Democratic Party role as the party of random wealth transfers. "

OMG. Okay let's remember this is a free country. We can CHOOSE to share risk.

There is no religious law that says their can be no risk sharing whatsoever so that the sainted rich are not bothered by one penny more than they need to be. Let's be practical, not worhsip at some weird altar for the rich.

Just remember, the rich might not always be rich. They might be one pyramid scheme away from being poor. Or the rich might have some beloved close relatives or wayward children who are not rich. Thus the rich can also choose to emerge themselves in a shared risk pool in case they are not always rich. It's just being practical for themselves.

This Glen Beck/Tea Party rich worshiping has got to be calmed down.

And if that rich guy ends up paying less, than so be it. It's the price to pay for having an orderly system. Some will pay less and some might pay more, but that's the breaks.

sylvia

Then and Than - always easy to get mixed up.

Pofarmer

We can CHOOSE to share risk. +

I'm not CHOOSING to share anything, I'm being FORCED?

See the difference.

Oh, and I'm not anything close to rich,but, you can guarantee that I'm a little further away with this legislation.

What in the Hell is wrong with you people?

hit and run

Then and Than - always easy to get mixed up.

There and Their,too:

There is no religious law that says their can be no risk sharing whatsoever

Happens to the best of us.

bgates

Why not insist that movie production and other media companies subsidize health care for children? Say, for every matinee ticket a child under 12 gets $20,000 of medical attention. Granted, the movie companies didn't go into business to hand out vastly more money to the deserving poor than they're taking in, but neither did the insurance companies, and - to their great credit, I'm sure - it seems to bother the movie/tv/newspaper crowd more.

Stephanie says Obama sux

Just remember, the rich might not always be rich.

Why do the takers always assume the rich were born rich and are only one "pyramid scheme" away from being poor (implying that it is only through those schemes that they were rich to begin with) rather than they were born poor and became rich and have already satisfied the takers obsession with everyone occupying every end of the economic scale at some point in life?

Danube of Thought

Mistake number one--and it is always, without exception, made--is to equate a certain annual income in a given year with being "rich."

A couple who made $300,000 last year are by no means certain to be rich in any meaningful sense of the term, and may be far from it. Yet this administration, and the legion of serfs it commands, believes that anything over $250,000 in any year must necessarily have been ill-gotten, and is available as a piggy bank for the welfare state.

If you live in CA or a number of other states, when your income reaches $250,000 from there on out you're working for half pay. It doesn't take an economist to tell you how this plays out in the long term.

Stephanie says Obama sux

Hey Sylvia, I've an idea

Why don't we have the government start a ledger from birth for each citizen, calculate your costs to society (healthcare, housing, food, safety, infrastructure), record the amount in a ledger and citizens can work til they pay their burdens off?

Everyone starts off knowing how much they owe (everyone born in a certain year owe x), can decide how fast/hard to work to pay their debts to society and has their basic needs taken care of. A clean ledger and you are free to do as you will...

Sound good to you?

bgates

the rich might not always be rich

If they're not politically connected, they'll be lucky to be solvent three years from now.

Ignatz

--Some are saying it is the beginning of the creation of Obama's private army, the health police. What say any of you?--

I say it is actually called the Ready Reserve Corpse.
And they scoffed at Sarah when she said there would be death panels.

Ann says Obama Sucks!

Oh, We Have Come A Long Way Baby. Remember that slogan?

Democrat Health Care Bill Is Sexist and Anti-mom

Someone call "The View" ASAP:

The new HCR has:

A Tampon tax
A Tanning bed tax
A Breast Pump tax
A Band aid tax
A Vaporizer tax
A Varicose vein tax
A Diaphragm tax
A Condom tax
A freaking Epidural tax

Come on Pelosi, tell us again about your "Being a woman is no longer a pre-existing condition" you ...

Stephanie says Obama sux

A Tampon Tax?

Keep your laws out of my vajay-jay!

A Breast Pump tax?

Taxpayers are not a Cash Cow!

A Condom Tax?

Democrats - charging taxpayers for the rape kit!

Dave B

There's a part of me that can't wait until all these ardent supporters of this Health Care Bill get a nice dose of reality and a big slap in the face. They're so naive it probably hasn't occurred to them that the writers of the bill and Congressional "leaders" exempted themselves. Wait till all the "rich" (which includes small businesses struggling every day to survive) start laying off employees. Wait till these employers dump everybody into the government program and they have to pay fees and taxes they thought were only reserved for the "rich." I hope every time they wait in line for care, struggle to find a doctor for their child or aging parent that they think back at their comments against us "adults" that know better.

sylvia

"I'm not CHOOSING to share anything, I'm being FORCED? "

That's the price of living in a democracy, the majority rules, the minority is often forced to go along with it. If the country votes in Dems who everyone knows is going to enact healthcare, then the country chooses, and you gotta go along.

sylvia

"I hope every time they wait in line for care, struggle to find a doctor for their child or aging parent that they think back at their comments against us "adults" that know better. "

Well I hope you all learn your lesson when the sky has not fallen and the earth hasn't plunged into the sun. People aren't dropped arbitrarily and disabled children don't reach lfetime maxes and are dropped. What a horrible world!

I mean the worst that could happen is we turn out like Europe, not like Hades, and Europe is not that bad a place. And we aren't even going as far as Europe. So these doomsday predictions that we are plunging into haelthcare Hades are obviously brainwashing stemmng from the health insurance industry and middle class American ignorance of the world.

sylvia

testing

hit and run

DoT:
Yet this administration, and the legion of serfs it commands, believes that anything over $250,000 in any year must necessarily have been ill-gotten, and is available as a piggy bank for the welfare state.

Only they don't really believe it. Or at least President Obama doesn't really believe it. Or perhaps more specifically, President Obama doesn't believe that making over $300,000 constituted his family being rich several years ago -- he and Michelle both regaled us with stories of how horrible it was that they couldn't pay off their college loans until after "Dreams From My Father" and "The Audacity of Hope" pushed their income over the $1M mark*.

Interesting,in a way,to see the college tuition fix included in the health care bill.

But they do have the legion of serfs suckered into believing it.

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*And even then,Michelle whined about how expensive fresh fruit is and the rising costs ($20,000 a year!) of extracurriculars for her girls.

sylvia

"believes that anything over $250,000 in any year must necessarily have been ill-gotten"

There is an old Sicilian saying, 'behind every great fortune is a great crime'. I think it is partially true.

sylvia

"A couple who made $300,000 last year are by no means certain to be rich in any meaningful sense of the term, and may be far from it."

Yes. They are rich. Period.

qrstuv

Po (in response to Sylvia): "What in the Hell is wrong with you people?"

I'm coming to think that there is something really wrong with the moral code of these folks. They cannot see the difference between choice and force. They cannot see the difference between one life and two. They recognize no freedoms other than sex.

Most of all (to me, anyway), they cannot see how treating an adult like an adolescent takes away something critical--it takes away who you are and leaves you constrained and unable to find what you're really made of.

That "progressives" would steal this from me and my fellow Americans has me angrier than I can ever recall being.

Janet

The WaPo has a picture today from 1957 Little Rock...this the the MSM meme. I guess they had to use a 1957 picture because there wasn't a 2009/2010 picture that fit the narrative.
The enemy is the MSM.

Jane

Hey guys, I'm getting ready for the radio and I'm trying to remember how many COngression staffers there are - was it 200,000? Anyone remember?

qrstuv

I thought in the tens of thousands, Jane.

2000 making 6 figures.

Ranger

That's the price of living in a democracy, the majority rules, the minority is often forced to go along with it. If the country votes in Dems who everyone knows is going to enact healthcare, then the country chooses, and you gotta go along.

Posted by: sylvia | March 30, 2010 at 06:59 AM

I guess you missed the whole 'constitution as a protection for the minority agianst the tyrany of the majority' thing.

Oh, and as I recall, Obama ran specificly on opposing the individual mandate (those of us here knew he was lying through his teeth of course). Sounds to me like we as a country voted against the mandate, yet we still have it. Not very democratic.

Now, having won an elecetion opposing both the individual mandate and a tax on healthcare premiums as income, we have a law that imposes an individual mandate and a tax on health insurnace premiums. And as the deficit explodes, don't think that tax on premiums will remain applicable to just "gold plated" plans.

Jane

qrstuv,

That's the part I remember - it's the total I can't recall.

Captain Hate

I don't think it's that large, Jane

Members of the House of Representatives may hire up to 18 permanent employees for their congressional and district offices. In the Member office, located in one of three Congressional Office Buildings, there is a distinct hierarchy in the office. The diagram to the right lists the titles of each position and the authority of each position.

Senators do not have a limit on the amount staff they can hire. As the diagram shows a Senator's office, housed in one of three Senate Office Buildings, operates in the same manner as an office in the House of Representatives

Ranger

There is an old Sicilian saying, 'behind every great fortune is a great crime'. I think it is partially true.

Posted by: sylvia | March 30, 2010 at 07:35 AM

Ah yes, wealth in and off itself, even modest wealth, is evidence of a crime. You sound just like Soviets in the early 20s when they were busy trying people and stipping them of their civil liberties for crimes such as owning a workshop or a mill before the revolution.

Old Lurker

24,000 according to C-Span, Jane.

2,000 make > $100,000

Old Lurker

Wasted energy, Ranger. Totally wasted.

Porchlight

There is an old Sicilian saying, 'behind every great fortune is a great crime'. I think it is partially true.

Posted by: sylvia | March 30, 2010 at 07:35 AM

I really despise this kind of thinking. Who creates the jobs, sylvia, the poor or the rich?

Captain Hate

Btw, has anybody recently had a major problem with Firefox? Even since I agreed to upgrade to whatever POS version they're now running, the damn thing doesn't even open without crashing. It may well be my ancient computer is part of the problem (or the entire problem) but I'm now running an old IE based yahoo browser in its place.

Old Lurker

You too, Porch. Wasted breath.

Shouldn't you be having a baby?

Jane

Thanks guys.

I agree about Porch. Have you cleaned behind the refrigerator yet?

Janet

My Firefox does seem to crash more Captain Hate....esp. if I have more than one thread going and I scroll fast. This injustice reminds me of 1957 Little Rock.....

Captain Hate

LUN for an article I read in the dead-tree version of the WSJ this morning that features the latest in Pat Buchanan's Jew hating, in this case just making shit up regarding stuff Petraeus purportedly said which was "personally and forcefully" denied. Why does any publication or reputable network (which obviously doesn't include MessNBC) give this nut a forum?

Captain Hate

Btw, when I link a WSJ article, is everybody able to read it? I keep forgetting that I'm a subscriber and have access to everything which others may not...

Jane

Hey I woke up very early and watched "Way too Early" and a few minutes of "morning Joe" and the big issue for Willy and Mikah was:

Does the press give disparate treatment to democrats and republicans.

All the guys from politico thought it couldn't possibly be true, and the rest of the morons didn't think it mattered, but she continued to bring it up.

Laura Ingraham made that point on the Today show - several people told me about that. So maybe the press is wising up a little.

Okay I take that back, but it was interesting.

The Dollar Store

Per Sylvia, FDR forcing all Japanese-Americans into internment camps = "I won".

Ever hear of the tyranny of the majority, Sylvia? The Founding Fathers did, thank goodness.

Rick Ballard

OL,

Take a look at this Bloomberg cheer leading with special attention to "California took in 3.9 percent more since December than projected in January, Controller John Chiang said this month." and then take a look at reality.

Apparently, beating a crappy projection is cause for celebration - even though the reality is a 3% decline in tax receipts.

We ought to see if we can rent Orwell - these days he's spinning fast enough to be a power source.

bio mom

NRO has a link to Laura's Today show piece. She knows how to forcefully get her points across and ignore being interrupted in the limited time she gets. We need more forceful speakers like that. Lauer seemed a little flustered.

Danube of Thought

I think it is partially true.

I'm sure you do. You're an abject fool.

narciso the harpoon

That column is not behind a subscription wall, Noonan often is, thank heavens for small favors. I had Firefox crash on Sunday
for a while, was exposed to Al Asad 'wisdom'
till I brought killfile back

Captain Hate

NRO has a link to Laura's Today show piece. She knows how to forcefully get her points across and ignore being interrupted in the limited time she gets. We need more forceful speakers like that. Lauer seemed a little flustered.

Poor Matty was still picking sand out of his mangina before lobbing softballs and kisses to Preznit MomJeans this morning.

Thanks narciso. Poor Nooner; lost credibility is almost impossible to reclaim

Danube of Thought

I made this point on another thread yesterday. Alan Reynolds makes it much more thoroughly in toay's WSJ:

Punitive tax rates on high-income individuals do not increase revenue. Successful people are not docile sheep just waiting to be shorn.

From past experience, these are just a few of the ways that taxpayers will react to the Obama administration's tax plans:

• Professionals and companies who currently file under the individual income tax as partnerships, LLCs or Subchapter S corporations would form C-corporations to shelter income, because the corporate tax rate would then be lower with fewer arbitrary limits on deductions for costs of earning income.

• Investors who jumped into dividend-paying stocks after 2003 when the tax rate fell to 15% would dump many of those shares in favor of tax-free municipal bonds if the dividend tax went up to 23.8% as planned.

• Faced with a 23.8% capital gains tax, high-income investors would avoid realizing gains in taxable accounts unless they had offsetting losses.

• Faced with a rapid phase-out of deductions and exemptions for reported income above $250,000, any two-earner family in a high-tax state could keep their income below that pain threshold by increasing 401(k) contributions, switching investments into tax-free bond funds, and avoiding the realization of capital gains.

• Faced with numerous tax penalties on added income in general, many two-earner couples would become one-earner couples, early retirement would become far more popular, executives would substitute perks for taxable paychecks, physicians would play more golf, etc.

In short, the evidence is clear that when marginal tax rates go up, the amount of reported incomes goes down. Economists call that "the elasticity of taxable income" (ETI), and measure it by examining income tax returns before and after marginal tax rates claimed a bigger slice of income reported to the IRS.

Danube of Thought

Here's the Reynolds column.

Jane

Okay, I'm sure I am stating the obvious, but the new democrat strategy is to stop the Tea parties from growing. That's why all this talk of inciting violence etc. They are afraid the Tea partys will grow to a point where they cannot ignore them, so if they make people think that violence happens there, they will not bother to get off their couches.

That's not a very heavy lift for the left as people constantly look for excuses not to do anything.

So if you haven't gone to a Tea Party, go to one on April 15th, and encourage everyone you know to do the same.

Danube of Thought

Remarkable numbers from Gallup on the healthcare bill. Short version: people don't believe what their president is telling them.

SunnyDay

Individual insurance premiums will go up as the contracts renew. Too bad the group premiums don't change until January. They would guarantee a change in control of congress and more support for the repeal of this nonsense.

JM Hanes

sylvia:

"If the country votes in Dems who everyone knows is going to enact healthcare, then the country chooses, and you gotta go along."

I look forward to your endorsement of Repeal and Replace, should the Republicans take back Congress.

Janet

Totally agree Jane. Since most Tea Partiers have never gone to a protest, and are just nice middle Americans.
I felt discouraged after the March 16th gathering....only 500 or so people and the media only showed the LaRouche gang and some silly acting young people. Who wants to be part of that?
But the Kill the Bill Rally on the 20th was a kicker....and the Searchlight Rally was huge.
So keep coming...patriotic...stand up for what is right!

Clarice

Sunny,apparently 300 major corporations report to Congress that they see significant layoffs and disincentives to hire unless Obamcare is significantly revised in a hurry.I also expect insurers will notify employers early of the high expected cost hikes and they will start notifying employees that because they can be fined on top of these much higher premiums if anyone opts for a subsidy, they will be entirely on their own in Obamaland care. It's cheaper to pay the fine.

cathyf

DoT, for those people who like numerical examples (ok, maybe we are an *ahem* elite group) this one is particularly striking.

Consider Sweden, which has a 90% tax on income. Take the hypothetical Swedish doctor, who has a house, and the house needs to be painted. So, she has 2 options:

1) Earn $100,000 (well, of course the equivalent in kroner). Pay $90,000 in taxes, and pay $10,000 to the painter. Painter pays $9,000 in taxes, and ends up getting paid $1000 net for painting the house.

2) Doctor works less and paints the house herself. Government gets $99,000 less in tax revenue. Doctor's patients get $100,000 less medical care.

In fact, Swedish doctors work the fewest hours per year of any western country.

Ranger

Too bad the group premiums don't change until January. They would guarantee a change in control of congress and more support for the repeal of this nonsense.

Posted by: SunnyDay | March 30, 2010 at 10:23 AM

That may not be a bad thing. If public opinion stays generally where it is now, the Republicans will retake the house. The significant rise in premiums in January 2011 will just re-enforce the need to take firm control of the Senate and remove Obama in 2012.

SunnyDay

Clarice - good to hear. We really need for people to find out fast just how bad it's going to be if this is allowed to continue.

cathyf

Most places I have been have open enrollment for their health care plans in October or November, because all the paperwork needs to be done up and filed in time for the end of the year. Which will make all of the cancellations of policies, huge premium hikes, cuts to coverage, etc. very explicit in September and October, just in time for the elections.

Ranger

Just an observation here about the dangerous path the media and the Dems are taking with this 'Tea Partiers are violent racists' meme. It actually incites the far lefties much more than anyone on the right. People forget that the incident that sparked the cycle of violence in Bosnia wasn't a Serb attack on Muslims, but a Muslim attack on a Serbian wedding. If we ever do trip into a cycle of political violence here, it will probably be sparked by a left wing wacko attack on a peaceful Tea Party gathering.

Porchlight

Have you cleaned behind the refrigerator yet?

Not yet because I'm terribly lazy. But, I have been eyeing my piles of junk much more aggressively in the last few days. :) Have a big housecleaning scheduled for Saturday, with help from a friend.

It's true that responding to sylvia is a complete waste of time. Somehow every once in awhile I find my fingers typing and I hit post before I realize what I'm doing.

bgates

Interesting comments (and votes on the comments) here, on what is a surprisingly anodyne AP blurb about Obama's opposition to the Tea Party.

Go vote up the sane comments. You'll have plenty of company.

Oh, yeah, and the early rising when the worm is outside the bud.

The crime, sylvia, is going to bed early.
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cathyf

Well, porch, being in this stage of pregnancy gives you an excuse. Responding to sylvia is the bloggish equivalent of cleaning behind the fridge!

So I skim to see what you're up to.

I like sylvia for her speculations. The ratiocination after the speculating is what drives me nuts.
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Captain Hate

It's true that responding to sylvia is a complete waste of time.

Complete might be a little strong; it enables you to brush up on talking points you might encounter elsewhere and have a prompt and concise answer available.

Danube of Thought

Consider Sweden, which has a 90% tax on income.

I did some brief searching, and it appears Sweden's rate is under 50%. In fact, I'm pretty sure that a resident of CA or NY (among others) pays a higher total income tax rate than Swedes do. But the point is nevertheless valid, and it's valid here too.

Danube of Thought

A letter-writer to Powerline yesterday offered a theory as to why there is no enforcement mechanism for the individual mandate, and it makes sense to me. The letter, posted on a thread entitled "Non-enforcement: A Feature Not A Bug" is still up (scroll down a bit).

DrJ

DoT,

Don't forget the VAT, which in Sweden is 25% IIRC.

centralcal

Sure, Porchlight, I bet you scheduled that house cleaning hoping you would be in hospital on Saturday. Then friends and family would want everything to be spiffy for you when you and baby returned home.

(That's what I would do.)

centralcal

BTW: Happy Passover to Clarice and all other Jewish commenters.

Porchlight

Ah, centralcal, that is my fondest wish! That would be so wonderful. Not likely, but you never know...

Janet

Ranger @ 10:54 is exactly right too. Patriotic Moms and Pops, kids, middle America and a lot of retire military. If some loon attacks or hurts some nice old couple, I know strong patriots are gonna step in to help.
The tenor at the 4 Tea Parties I have been to is patriotic camaraderie. Nice people that can't believe they are having to come to a Tea Party to get their representatives to listen.

Danube of Thought

Don't forget the VAT, which in Sweden is 25% IIRC.

Good point. But in CA, in addition to the 10% top marginal income tax rate, there's a sales tax that I believe is now 7 3/4%.

Ignatz

According to Wikipedia Sweden has a 30% municipal income tax with a 20-25% state tax on high incomes. But it also has a payroll tax of 32%.
Interestingly their taxes are headed in the opposite direction of ours and have been for some time.
I rememeber reading a story in Forbes about the new supply side generation taking over not long ago.
Frickin Sweden has a more right wing, freedom loving government than we do now. Nice.

Ignatz

--there's a sales tax that I believe is now 7 3/4%--

Unless they changed the law it depends on where you're at in CA, DoT.
Municipalities can add their own surcharge so it's over 8% in some places.

Bill in AZ

"Ranger @ 10:54 is exactly right too."

Zero has been provoking us ever since he took office. The auto takeover, the constant shredding of our Constitution, the in your face attitude, deathcare, etc. He and Rahm are scratching their heads or whatever it is they scratch when they go into deep thinker face trying to figure out what the hell is wrong with us, why we haven't reacted with violence and guns - so they can take them away. Their only frame of reference for how folks should react is fellow lefties who go to violence in 2 steps when things don't go their way:

1) Wait for the lone electron traveling in the vast wasteland of drug addled synapses to actually strike a functioning one and come up with names to call us.
2) Violence.

Keep your powder dry. This is deliberate and it isn't time.

DrJ

Unless they changed the law it depends on where you're at in CA

I was shocked recently to find that Alameda county (Berkeley and Oakland, among others) has a 10% sales tax. Ouch!

centralcal

Yep, Ignatz - 8.975% here in neck of the semi-arid desert.

Oh, I know it is being linked everywhere, but for Janet, Jane and anyone, a few pictures paint a thousand words.

They say you are defined by the company you keep.

Porchlight

Ignatz, seems like that's happening all over Europe. They're waking up just as we're going to sleep.

narciso the harpoon

One is struck in this LUN, who would be more likely to have a propensity for violence, and
frankly who could one realistically want to be part of, next question

sylvia

"I really despise this kind of thinking. Who creates the jobs, sylvia, the poor or the rich? "

Well sometimes they are poor and then they become rich after they create the jobs. In fact, much innovation was done by poor guys who were strivers. First generation immmigrants for example in times past. Often times the children of the rich that I know are drug taking spoiled brats.

So I don't hate the rich. I like the rich. But I don't worship the rich like it's some religion. The rich are people like you and me. And they have to pay just like everyone else. We shouldn't have some rich exempt tax, just to reward people for being rich and to show them how much we appreciate their richness.

sylvia

testing

sylvia

"I look forward to your endorsement of Repeal and Replace, should the Republicans take back Congress."


Hey I've been going along with the current system for years and you didn't hear me whining about it. And I will again if it's repealed. That's life.

Janet

Yeah centralcal, that is a great article. Now how to get it viewed on the 6 o'clock news for everyone to see?
The MSM is the enemy.

centralcal

Janet, don't know how to get it on the 6 o'clock news, but we can spread the link around the internet and hope those we send to do the same.

Yes - the media, by and large, is corrupt and is our enemy. More and more folks are learning that. I wish it would happen faster, as you do. That is why I keep up the drum beat to everyone I know.

Ignatz

--We shouldn't have some rich exempt tax, just to reward people for being rich and to show them how much we appreciate their richness.--

Yes, I know this is a waste of time people, but sylvia you do know we have a progressive tax system already in place right?
And that the top percentage of earners already pay an inordinately large share of income taxes, right?
And that every time marginal rates are cut for the top earners their share of tax receipts rises as they engage in more economic activity and shelter less income, right?
So what precisely is this "rich exempt tax" you speak of?

Sue

"If the country votes in Dems who everyone knows is going to enact healthcare, then the country chooses, and you gotta go along."

Does it matter that what was enacted looks absolutely nothing like what they promised while campaigning? Or should we just go along because the words "healthcare" are included?

Ranger

And they have to pay just like everyone else. We shouldn't have some rich exempt tax, just to reward people for being rich and to show them how much we appreciate their richness.

Posted by: sylvia | March 30, 2010 at 12:01 PM

Hmmm... and could you identify such a "rich exempt tax" in the current tax code? Given that the top 10% of earners pay over 50% of the taxes in this country, you really need to explain what "rich exempt tax" you're refering to here.

It would also be interesting to see how you square:

There is an old Sicilian saying, 'behind every great fortune is a great crime'. I think it is partially true.

with:

So I don't hate the rich. I like the rich. But I don't worship the rich like it's some religion. The rich are people like you and me.

Oh, and as to:

Hey I've been going along with the current system for years and you didn't hear me whining about it. And I will again if it's repealed. That's life.

You've done nothing but whine and complain about the system that existed before last week for your entire time here.

Danube of Thought

testing

Groan...

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