We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I cannot believe the Brits take this sort of thing lying down. What's the matter with them? How did our bold ancestors become so limp? Is it the food? They are becoming an embarassment to their descendents by behaving as if they have no penises.
... last week, Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer came to Washington to announce what Microsoft would do if Obama’s multinational tax policy is enacted.
“It makes U.S. jobs more expensive,” Ballmer said, “We’re better off taking lots of people and moving them out of the U.S.” If Microsoft, perhaps our most competitive company, has to abandon the U.S. in order to continue to thrive, who exactly is going to stay?
At issue is Obama’s policy to end the deferral of multinational taxation.
The U.S. now has about the highest combined corporate tax rate, second only to Japan among industrialized countries. That rate is so high that U.S. firms have an enormous disadvantage versus competitors. The average corporate tax rate for the major developed countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in 2008 was about 27 percent, more than 10 percentage points lower than the U.S. rate.
It's not just the Feds raising taxes on business. Oregon just passed a billion dollar tax hike on business and high-earners (more than $125k). Noteworthy in regard to the income tax hike is the income tax free state of Washington just across the river. Do they think rich folks don't have the gumption to move a few miles?
The government class seems hell-bent on fiscal destruction, while voting themselves generous raises all the while.
Oh crap, I did it again! I failed to moderate. Dang it. I hope a potential Republican voter does not read my angry words and construe the Republican movement to be a tiny tent party all about stingy handouts.
...and oops to Thud- I was not trying to reply to your note... but can you send some British pricks over here to moderate these commies, uh, I mean progressives, into sense for us?
My comments on health care were posted in the earlier section on the subject. (Please feel free to comment as it is the key domestic debate of our lifetimes.)
DB is right. Patients want someone who knows them. This is accomplished by having the same doctor on both an in and out patient basis.
My question is this. Is there any statistical data comparing the accuracy of diagnoses and relative efficiency of the two models? Intuitively, I would think that a doctor that [b]knows[b/] his patient well would be better equipped on both counts - although that does assume some degree of equality in knowledge and skill.
What's with this woman? "They raped me respectfully?" What pernicious rubbish! Rape is a crime of brutality, revenge and violence. Nowhere in that is there room for "respect," not even self-respect on the part of the rapist. And it is a sometimes fatal attack on the woman's dignity and sense of self. Either this is the biggest case of Stockholm syndrome I've come across in many years, or the woman is being forced by fear of death to lie about it.
As far as Obama's speech on D-day is concerned, he covered himself with ignominy in his pussyfooting comment that the American soldiers did not behave dishonorably on D-Day. They were heroes, you rampaging egotist! Heroes! Once again Mr. Fifty-seven States is betraying his abysmal ignorance about the country he is supposed to be heading. I wish he had been landed from an LST in a withering hail of fire from the cliffs above and had to fight his way to the top of the cliffs. Maybe he would at last have some of the beginnings of wisdom now.
Is it when the police conduct a systematic campaign of false arrests in order to gather information on people who might commit a crime?
They forget to mention that the police have been legally compelled to get rid of such 'evidence' although there is no real factual evidence that proves they keep this stuff for the reason stated in the first place. Probably the blog converned whipping up a storm to keep the indignation flowing. But are you seriously trying to suggest "surreptitious sampling,” as it is known both in the US and UK does not happen in the US.
It's embarrassing when US blogs cannot begin to hide their contempt for Britain when the same shit goes on in their own back yards.