Being a tax preparer I havve a terrible time getting people to understand that their battle cry shouldn't be "Tax the churches" as it would do nothing....”
Elsinor on Jun 3, 2014 at 22:15:03
“Yes, they don't get that churches typically don't produce "taxable income" within the meaning of the Internal Revenue Code, do not accumulate income that is distributable as "dividends" to the "owners", etc. Taxing them wouldn't accomplish much as you must actually have a tax base to levy on.”
“I'm "older" but can still clearly remember in high school in the late 60's where it seems that one of the administration's main concerns was how long girl's skirts and shorts were...funny thing was that it never crossed their minds to note that every "Spirit Day" and sporting event saw the cheerleaders wearing skirts that made what they were making a daily issue out of look positively modest!
“I'm retired, but thanks for your "concern"...tell me, does your post in any way relat to the story?”
tma2c on Jun 3, 2014 at 10:48:52
“I like retiremenmt myself. My post is a simple comment of what Elizbeth Warren is truely about. Since the majority of the posters seem to feel she is a good candidate for the White House, I could only surmise that;one, they are unemployeed, two, never had a job, or thrree, work for the government and have never been productive in their lives. I suggested a weekend at the EDC for them to unwind and feel peace within themselves if only for a few days. I will say nothing would make me happier than to see Senator Warren run against Ms. Clinton. I believe she is smarter, and not so greedy. She actually might be something good for this country. She will definately change it economically from what I have grown custom . Perhaps better. But for many who have built small and medium business's, she is dangerous.”
“Heck they are still trying to blane the prosecution of Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens on President Obama even though it was Bush appointees who prepared and presented the case BEFORE Obama was even President...”
“They don't pay income taxes, in many state they do pay others, such as property taxes...
It should be noted that NO non-profit organization from churches to political action committes pay income taxes, as they don't make a profit and income taxes are levied on profits there is nothing there to tax.
More to the point is the question of should donations to them be tax deductable!”
Elsinor on Jun 3, 2014 at 20:32:15
“That is the question. Except to the extent the funds are spent on actual charitable activities, such as a soup kitchen, the donations are not "charity" as that word in used in Standard English. The members are really "donating to themselves" as they are the ones attending the services, using the facilities, etc. Should you get a tax deduction for sending money to your non-profit country club that you attend?”
“I suspect that many of these items are created by taking a general law and applying it to make it seem specific...fro example the one regarding sex in a graveyard, as having sex in any public place is against the law, doubtless having it in the graveyard is...but I doubt they saw the need for a special law to say so.”
“Not exactly, while they may be enacted by the civil government, it's often at the behest of religious groups...foe example, one can't lobby for laws banning contraceptives as sinful (which the Catholic Church did right up until Griswold v. Conn. in 1965 overturned them) and then stand there and claim "It's none of our doing, blame the government"...”
May 31, 2014 at 08:33:34
“One of the little known secrets of the criminal "justice" system...in many states when running a persons record what you'll see after the arrest is "charge dismissed, deemed not arrested" which of course is total flapdoodle as those looking at the record will tend to think "well they got away with it, but I don't want to hire them"...if charges are dismissed the arrest should be removed, period, end of report!
This practice is right up there on my list of "trial by press release" abuses with the instant release of booking photos as a matter of "public record" (and EVERYONE looks guilty in a booking photo) before the DA has even decided to file charges...those photos can destroy the life of an innocent person...”
“Not so, sadly the courts so far are allowing the whittling away of what was held in Roe...their failure to face the fact that many of the actions of certain states are intended to place an unconstitutional "undue burden" on the exercise what was held to be a constitutional right is and continues to be in invitation to them...”
“Looks like a perfect situation for a class action suit or a suit by some state Attorney Generals...massive damage awards tend to get their attention.
Here in California, after a few winning suits that collected millions by the state Attorney General against unethical collection agencies and practices, it's amazing how fast they back off when you inform them that this and all future communications will be forwarded to the AG and the state Dept. of Consumer Affairs and complaints will be filed!”
“New Hampshire public offices pay little or nothing, and they have a lot of them, ( the 400 state legislators get $100 a year and no benefits, for example), serving is a real sacrifice, there's not a lot of candidates for many of them...”
“There are advantages and disadvantages to the way New Hampshire looks at public office and service, they pay very little or nothing to officeholders (for example state legislators get $100 a year, with no benefits) so serving is a real sacrifice not a career, and they elect people to a lot of positions, but not infrequently some rather "different" folks get in...
Any regular reader here knows that if it's a slow news day, we can count on seeing one outrageous statement or another from a member of the New Hampshire legislature's lower house.
They elect so many members, about one for every 3000 people, that if our Congress was elected on the same scale there would be 90,000 members of the House.
This individual is clearly one of the disadvantages...”
“The really sad part is that it's taking so long for action about these claims...and in some cases it's private parties having to do what the government should...
I'm "older" and have no trouble remembering the outright lies that folks like Geritol ("iron poor tired blood") and Carter's "little liver pills" used to sell products that were either useless or in fact harmful to those they targeted...”
“I don't like the man or his opinions, but it is my understanding that recording a private conversation without the knowledge and consent of both parties is a crime in California, why no investigation?
All of this is a godsend for his "I'm going to divorce him sometime" estranged wife....
There's more to the situation here than meets the eye...”
OptyMizm on May 12, 2014 at 15:27:43
“He allegedly knew and wanted to be recorded, but if not, he's a man of means who can pursue legal action against her. Right now, the court of public opinion and NBA are more concerned with what was exposed than how it was exposed.”
“Given that so many in the GOP go out of their way to make sure that blacks and Hispanics know that they are considered criminal suspects at best, I doubt that even passage of a bill will save the GOP from it's destiny to become a fading regional party with no chance of winning the White House again...
Let's remember that it's geographical quirks and gerrymandering that have allowed the GOP to manage to control the House, they lost the total national vote...”
amd02148 on May 12, 2014 at 23:11:59
SoquiliAsgaya on May 12, 2014 at 18:31:11
“Ya know, maybe the earth quake of the Washington Monument was a reason for a reason? The beautiful thing is the White Marble has been repaired, the Liberty Bell still is and the Statue of Liberty are symbols the NO REPUBLICS OR REPUBLICANS CAN DISEMBLE. If republicans had their way they would take the words liberty, liberal, liberism out of Websters Dictionary and replace it with republic of china, vietnam and scores of scores of other republics.”
paulodesouza67 on May 12, 2014 at 15:23:14
“It doesn't matter if they win the White House or not. As long as they preach to their base, they will keep their jobs, maybe win the Senate and then the spineless Democrats can kiss their agenda goodbye and ANY Democrat president will only be handed down Obama's gridlock with the house. By the way, he or she can also kiss the veto power goodbye as well.
Democrats have a huge part of the blame for the current status quo, they don't get involved enough in the midterms, don't fight hard enough for their ideals, don't counter the Republicans B.S. with the real facts when needed, etc...
It's time for a robust and coherent third independent party, to put some order in the nut house, which is Washington.”
“Even if alive, defending against charges of actions a quarter of a century ago would be a nightmare...in cases like this folks seem to want to require the defendant to prove innocence rather than the plaintiff prove guilt...but having to defend a dead man who can't speak in his own defense has to be super tough...”
May 6, 2014 at 14:59:12
“There you are...
The odd thing is that some doctors seem to want to make an annuity out of such problems...it wasn't until after 6 months of suffering, when I was passing air when urinating AND screaming at the GI doctor that he finally agreed to surgery...”