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.
Amazingly how quickly the bunch of free wheeling individuals have set up a ruling party, an intelligence service "documenting" the disruptive elements and a people's militia. They claim to be the 99%, as popular as Stalin in an election, so crushing dissent is justified.
If only I had a Lambeg Drum I would be down there beating the fuck out of it 24/7 shouting "No Surrender" and seeing how they like it.
There should be laws limiting working hours! Not fair for some people to work too hard! Sheesh. Dairy farmers in MA have already been working for 4 hours when these socialist people are just waking up for their free breakfasts.
Apparently, Mr. Hewitt thinks we're incapable of using a search engine. A search for "corporate tax rate by state" immediately pulls up this site.
From Mr. Hewitt's column:
"California taxes are high and hit employers and employees hard."
But not as high as Nevada's, someone neglected to note.
"California also has a high corporate tax rate of 8.84%."
Well, that's just awful! And if he singled it out like that, then it's probably the highest in the nation, right? Otherwise, why would he single it out?
But New Jersey, of course, is cool:
"Even in high-tax New Jersey, the top bracket..."
So, New Jersey is cool and California is very, very bad.
Now, back to that high California corporate tax rate of 8.84%, from the above link:
Maine = high of 8.93% New Jersey = 9.0%
Illinois = 9.5%
Minnesota = 9.8%
Dist. of Columbia = 9.975%
Pennsylvania = 9.99%
And just below California are the rest of Maggie's neighbors:
Connecticut = 7.5%
Massachusetts = 8.25%
New Hampshire = 8.5%
Vermont = high of 8.5%
But to continue with the rest of Mr. Hewitt's ardent screed:
"The state's legal environment is a mess, too."
Well, that's just awful! What a corrupt state! An example, please?
"A so-called consumer rights law allows trial lawyers to sue firms for minor violations of California's complex labor and environmental regulations."
"Using an obscure provision of California labor law that requires stores to have enough seats for all employees, trial attorneys have filed about 100 lawsuits, claiming damages of up to $100 per employee, against chain retailers."
Oh. Trial attorneys. Like that has something to do with the state of California?
In other words, another day, another hit piece as the right-wing propaganda machine attempts to indoctrinate its readers with the anti-California meme. At least, those readers without search engines nearby. Good try, though, Mr. Hewitt. Better luck next time.
And you can bet there'll be one.
"Barone: Cult of Global Warming Is Losing Influence"
Mr. Barone needs to start paying attention to the headlines. My morning post is the complete opposite of the above article. AGW is not only running rampant, but it's entered a whole new phase of late. We'll let the readers decide.
Well, for my money, any and all derision aimed at California is well deserved. Electing Governor Moonbeam should be enough to convince you.
Remember back in the '60s when the meme was "all things move East from California"?
It's still true. A majority of the liberalism you see today is the direct result of the liberalization of California and Californian politics. Solar power? Check. Wind farms? Check. Environmental movement? Check. Rich limousine liberals running for office (Feinstein, Boxer, Pelosi, Harmon and the list goes on and on)? Check. Wealthy local, state and national politicians steering large government contracts to husbands and relatives? Check. Out of proportion importance to national elections? Check. Out of control state legislature imposing increasingly impractical rules and regulations to govern everything from diapers to car exhausts? Check. Direct influence on national rules and regulations governing everything from diapers to car exhausts? Check.
The simple truth is this - California is a completely different country with a completely different culture that happens to be directly connected to the US. It is my opinion that if California was cut off from the US and formed an island of its own, we'd be much better off.
Wealthy local, state and national politicians steering large government contracts to husbands and relatives? Check.
California may have that disease, but if they did they caught it from Illinois. We sure didn't catch it from California and if I had the time I'd love to compare the two states. Hell, here in Illinois I'm not sure you even have to be alive to get state contracts.
I was struck by this when I read about Norcia. ...exotic Assisi, and all of the cult of St Francis
I've always wondered why the followers of St. Francis, and Benedict (Benedictine Monks) or Dominic (Dominican Order) for that matter, are considered "cults". I've talked to my Uncle who is a Jesuit and a medieval scholar (taught at Notre Dame and Holy Cross) about it, but I still don't understand it.
Just a passing comment - not looking for a discussion or anything. :>)
Both of my new son-in-law's grandfathers were among those Red Army soldiers. Both were field-grade officers, both won the high combat-hero medal (the name escapes at the moment, but the graphic is featured in Russia's victory-in-WWII parades) against the Hitler armies, and both are now US citizens, having immigrated in their 60s. I wish they would write books. Tried to get dad to write down his WWII adventures. He always promised he would, but never did, and then one day it was too late.
"cult" is one of those words that has different meanings in different contexts.
The google definition of "cult" illustrates clearly both the meaning intended above and the understanding that one might have from learning the word in the context of the popular press.