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      Yesterday, 10:50 PM   #573
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This is a big story around these parts (NYC) obviously. I have to say I love how Bozo handled this one! Amazon said.. ya know what... fuck this shit. We don't need this crap where we're going to be villainized by local politicians.

I also am somewhat happy to see Amazon gtfo of Long Island City (North-western Queens NYC for non-locals). They portrayed themselves as setting up a second headquarters, but then they decided on two "second" headquarters. Feels like a shell game. How does Amazon pick two different locations as their second headquarters?
Sounds like the politicians talked themselves out of a lot of jobs.
They did... but there's a reason why Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio didn't trumpet this deal when it was signed initially. It's not a deal to be proud of. Long Island City, while very industrial; is valuable real estate. Its very close to Manhattan. I'm not sure we need to deliver massive tax incentives to get someone to develop this neighborhood.
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She is right in the form that money is being donated, but the support for Israel is there because we believe they have the right to defend themselves and have the right to exist. They are our ally.

She is making it seem like the only reason we side with Israel is because someone is paying for it.
Go educate yourself more.
You make it sound like Israel is the victim. They are the bully in that region.
Politicians here get their lobby money.
Our government send a lot more money to Israel.
Don't get the facts wrong. US wants Israel as an ally because of their strategic geographic positioning in that region.

Right to exist. Yeah, right. Like Ethiopia (you know, that shit hole country, doesn't have the right to exist?

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Ok that makes sense.
No. It does not make any sense.
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Go educate yourself more.
You make it sound like Israel is the victim. They are the bully in that region.
Politicians here get their lobby money.
Our government send a lot more money to Israel.
Don't get the facts wrong. US wants Israel as an ally because of their strategic geographic positioning in that region.

Right to exist. Yeah, right. Like Ethiopia (you know, that shit hole country, doesn't have the right to exist?


No. It does not make any sense.

The crazy is strong with this one...

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Not just water wings. Buck Rogers water wings.



1) Tax is a complicated matter, yet it shouldn't be. A modified flat tax (i.e. the Neil Boortz fair tax) would be a huge improvement.

2) Taxes should be used to fund the minimal amount of government needed and that is all. Taxes should not be used to attempt to create 'fairness' in society or to induce morality (cigarette taxes, etc).

3) In general, the lower the taxes, the less drain on society and the increased ability for citizens to create their own paths to wealth.

4) Over the long run, the government never helps the poor. Anything the government does for the poor eventually makes them worse. The best thing the government could do for the poor would be to get out of the way.

5) I have a decent amount of knowledge on these types of subjects, based on my education and what I do for a living.

6) Of course my statement was an oversimplification. This is an internet chat forum about BMW's - not a policy directive for political affairs. The comment I made was just and sound. I don't need to re-write a dissertation to prove a general point.
I think what most people lack of understanding is that Socialism and Communism are both economic systems AND governmental systems. Capitalism is an economic system that only requires a form of government that allows the governed to act freely under natural law. There are many variations of representative government's where capitalism prospers. Socalisim and Communism operate in defiance of natural law, which is why both forms fail.

Apparently Boston University fails to teach such basic concepts, or AOC missed those classes making rooftop dancing videos.
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The crazy is strong with this one...
https://www.cfr.org/backgrounder/how...ts-foreign-aid
More than two hundred countries receive U.S. aid. It disproportionately goes to a few, however, with the top five all receiving over $1 billion per year as of 2016: Iraq ($5.3 billion), Afghanistan ($5.1 billion), Israel ($3.1 billion), Egypt ($1.2 billion), and Jordan ($1.2 billion).

There.
He could build 3 stupid walls by taping only the military aid to other countries.

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1) Tax is a complicated matter, yet it shouldn't be. A modified flat tax (i.e. the Neil Boortz fair tax) would be a huge improvement.
It's an interesting idea, but if a flat tax makes sense then why is it that it has not been implemented? Is it because it is not as simple as it seems? I am not a tax accountant so I'll let someone else make the call.

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2) Taxes should be used to fund the minimal amount of government needed and that is all. Taxes should not be used to attempt to create 'fairness' in society or to induce morality (cigarette taxes, etc).
I agree that tax should not be used for "morality" purpose such as a mean to distribute income, but I think it's a lot more complicated than just a mean to fund the government. Because we have the FED. Most money used to fund the government actually comes from the FED through debt in the form of bonds. And since we are spending a lot more than we collect in tax, tax is more than tax for lack of a better phrasing. It's even more complicated when the government prints money to finance its spending which is just another form of a hidden tax. And this form of tax is somewhat regressive since this form of tax is levied on every single American even the unborn!
I've been complaining about QE but if you're being cynical about it, it's like a form of nuclear arm race. If the other guys do it, you do it too. What does it mean? It means everybody needs to get off their a$$ and good bye to retirement.

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3) In general, the lower the taxes, the less drain on society and the increased ability for citizens to create their own paths to wealth.
Good luck with that. The FED will ensure that your a$$ ... err I mean your wealth is theirs. That's why if you hold cash, you're dead figuratively speaking of course. That's why stocks are just too overvalued. I mean where else would you park your money? George Bush once said about the terrorists that he would "smoke them out". I guess that's how the FED sees our money.

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4) Over the long run, the government never helps the poor. Anything the government does for the poor eventually makes them worse. The best thing the government could do for the poor would be to get out of the way.
I agree to a certain degree. I believe in a safety nets for those who may have gone through a tough patch.

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5) I have a decent amount of knowledge on these types of subjects, based on my education and what I do for a living.
So do I

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6) Of course my statement was an oversimplification. This is an internet chat forum about BMW's - not a policy directive for political affairs. The comment I made was just and sound. I don't need to re-write a dissertation to prove a general point.
Sometimes oversimplification is not a bad thing.
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https://www.cfr.org/backgrounder/how...ts-foreign-aid
More than two hundred countries receive U.S. aid. It disproportionately goes to a few, however, with the top five all receiving over $1 billion per year as of 2016: Iraq ($5.3 billion), Afghanistan ($5.1 billion), Israel ($3.1 billion), Egypt ($1.2 billion), and Jordan ($1.2 billion).

There.
He could build 3 stupid walls by taping only the military aid to other countries.
Hmm - you were saying that we only care about Israel because the give us money to care, yet you show that we give them an enormous amount of aid, but not as much as the rest of the top five, which - wait for it - are all Muslim countries.

I honestly have no idea what you are on about.




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It's an interesting idea, but if a flat tax makes sense then why is it that it has not been implemented? Is it because it is not as simple as it seems? I am not a tax accountant so I'll let someone else make the call.
You seem quite bright, so I assume you are being pedantic. Surely you know why it hasn't been enacted yet? This is a gimmie.



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it's a lot more complicated than just a mean to fund the government. Because we have the FED. Most money used to fund the government actually comes from the FED through debt in the form of bonds. And since we are spending a lot more than we collect in tax, tax is more than tax for lack of a better phrasing. It's even more complicated when the government prints money to finance its spending which is just another form of a hidden tax. And this form of tax is somewhat regressive since this form of tax is levied on every single American even the unborn!
I've been complaining about QE but if you're being cynical about it, it's like a form of nuclear arm race. If the other guys do it, you do it too. What does it mean? It means everybody needs to get off their a$$ and good bye to retirement.


Good luck with that. The FED will ensure that your a$$ ... err I mean your wealth is theirs. That's why if you hold cash, you're dead figuratively speaking of course. That's why stocks are just too overvalued. I mean where else would you park your money? George Bush once said about the terrorists that he would "smoke them out". I guess that's how the FED sees our money.


I agree to a certain degree. I believe in a safety nets for those who may have gone through a tough patch.


So do I
Not sure what point you are trying to make about going on about the Fed. The Fed isn't some scary monster in the closet. In addition, I was specifically referencing the Income Tax, not all the other embedded taxes in our lives, which you seem to be referring to in your Fed diatribe.

You really don't know what I do for a living, do you?
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The Fed isn't some scary monster in the closet.
I can only hope.

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In addition, I was specifically referencing the Income Tax, not all the other embedded taxes in our lives, which you seem to be referring to in your Fed diatribe.
That's why I was saying tax may be too complicated. It's not just income tax. It's sales tax, corporate tax... Let's say if a corporation to make a product which you have to purchase raw materials. How would you levy tax on that? And this is just one specific example. So a simple flat income tax still leaves a large part of other "taxes" that may not be easily implemented with just a flat tax.

And in relation to corporate tax, you have equipment depreciation deduction which is just another way to lighten your tax load.

I mention the FED because it is also another form of tax and even if you have a flat income tax, the FED by mean of printing money is another form of tax (on top of your income tax) that is not "flat" but in some sense a regressive type.



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Hmm - you were saying that we only care about Israel because the give us money to care, yet you show that we give them an enormous amount of aid, but not as much as the rest of the top five, which - wait for it - are all Muslim countries.

I honestly have no idea what you are on about.
https://www.1addicts.com/forums/show...&postcount=575
Which part of "Our government send a lot more money to Israel." you didn't understand?

If you didn't understand what I said, you didn't understand Omar's twit and the "fake" cry that followed.
I don't understand a lot of things... it's OK not to put your opinion on everything.
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Which part of "Our government send a lot more money to Israel." you didn't understand?

If you didn't understand what I said, you didn't understand Omar's twit and the "fake" cry that followed.
I don't understand a lot of things... it's OK not to put your opinion on everything.
This.....this is a strange post. Especially the "Omar" part.
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This.....this is a strange post. Especially the "Omar" part.
Yeah - hence why I stopped responding to the absurdity. The tin foil hats get in the way of folks like that hearing reality knocking.

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