“The story neglects to mention that the DoJ study also says that less than 1% of firearms possessed by felons when they were arrested came from gun shows (0.8% to be specific).
That kind of shoots a huge hole in the argument that gun shows are a major problem. This is not new information, the DoJ has twice studied the source of crime guns and both times gun shows were negligible contributors to the problem.”
wesley baron on May 9, 2013 at 17:30:11
“Add to that online gun sales and person-to-person and we'll talk. Then add mentally ill, non-citizens, and people with violent crime so that you are getting the full effect of the whole law.
Hell, we'll talk now with JUST felons at gun shows, which is a SMALL fragment of those affected by background check legislation. That is roughly 240 people per year that were killed by convicted felons that wouldnt have gotten their weapon at a gun show.
So yes, I'd love to have 240 fewer funerals per year. Maybe I'd think differently if I was an undertaker.
Now please run the numbers for
Felons, domestic abusers, mentally ill individuals, fugitives, non-citizens, and illegal immigrants at all of the following places: gun shows, online stores (which can make up 40% of gun sales in this country, but no one knows because there is so little oversight).”
“The story includes a link to the DoJ study. Since it is based on the FBI Uniform Crime reports you can go to the FSI website and download data yourself if you like. It's all there for everyone to see.”
“Not necessarily. Prince George's County in true blue Maryland used their stimulus money to hire 1,000 teachers - from the Philippines! Once the stimulus money was spent, they could no longer afford to keep them.”
“If Barrett wins, what's to stop the Republicans from launching their own recall?”
Psychpro on Jun 4, 2012 at 16:07:50
“They can (and they did last year in the first Senate recall), but there's a schedule, and it won't allow another vote until the November elections, when anyone can run for the State House, recall or not. If you're talking about recalling the new governor, that will have to wait until next year.”
“I sincerely hope I never shoot anyone, but I'm quite happy to be a gun owner. In the years I owned a small business there were three times a young man pulled a knife on me to rob the store. The first time I was unarmed and gave no resistance - yet I wound up in the hospital anyway. The next two times the knives were greeted with a M1911A1. I never fired a shot - the first time I pulled the gun the kid turned and ran so fast I swear his sneakers burned rubber. Since he was leaving, I certainly wasn't going to shoot him in the back. The next time the (different) kid froze and was still standing there when the police arrived. I'm quite happy I never fired a shot, but I'm equally happy and totally unapologetic that I was armed.”
“401K plans are not a tax expenditure, the taxes are only deferred and must be paid when the employee takes money out.
More importantly, they certainly aren't anything that benefits the rich. The maximum amount that an employee can contribute is limited by law - it went up to $17,000 for 2012. While that's a lot of money to most Americans, do any of you think that it's anything other than decimal dust to the real rich? In addition, any increase in the value of your 401K is taxed at your normal income tax rates when you withdraw it. The rich invest in things that are taxed as long term capital gains, normally a much smaller number.
The rich don't have 401Ks - the middle class does.”
paganmist on Jan 14, 2012 at 10:14:35
“I don't think you realize something:
The amount that you personally put into your 401K has been inflated. The amount that you get back doesn't fit the amount that you pay in-- you're paying a bunch of extra fees so that the government will subsidize your 401K at a higher cost.
But do you see that government money? No. The fees you're paying, as well as the government extra, all goes to someone on Wall Street.
That is what the article is talking about. 401K subsidies benefit the wealthy far more than it benefits the people it's supposed to benefit. I mean, bogus fees AND our own tax dollars being taken out of our pocket. The system has been gamed. It's time these people found a LEGITIMATE way of making money, one that doesn't end up robbing us blind.
The U.S. used to be about hard work. Now it's about using tricks and loopholes to steal money from people who work hard and pay taxes.”
argent1 on Jan 14, 2012 at 10:06:15
“401ks are gingerbread men the vulchirs pick the eyes and buttons off of.”
“"The perception of class conflict has also intensified " Well. duh!
Obama and the Democratic party has been beating the class warfare drum continuously, so it's virtually impossible for anyone to not have that perception. All they have to do is read a newspaper, watch the talking heads on TV or visit the internet.”
RubyMontana on Jan 12, 2012 at 11:22:21
“True. And I have yet to hear the definition of "conflict".
Is it just the churning of envy inside some?
Is it real war?
Is it the decision to purchase more than others? Or save it?
Or is it an ambiguous term that seems to say so much but has no substance at all?”
“Read the link again. The 35 weapons linked to Virginia were crime guns, one or more of which were used for homicides. The article doesn't say how many.
More importantly, no where in the article does it state that ANY of the guns were traced to a gun show. In fact, the fact that they were traced back to Virginia at all makes it clear that the last recorded sale was done by a licensed dealer and would have included a background check. Typical anti-gun article, long on rhetoric, short on facts.”
“You might want to take the tax table for 1960, Ike's last year, and adjust it to 2011 dollars before you push too hard for returning to the past. The middle class paid a lot more taxes back then, And the bottom 50% didn't get away with virtually no taxes.”
“Democrats, emboldened by the belief that they can fool all of the people all of the time, have launched a campaign claiming the payroll tax cut is a great thing for the "middle class". Yeah, right.
My wife and I get a combined "raise" of over $4,000. A raise we didn't ask for and don't need, and one that greatly hurts the Social Security program. Meanwhile the people who really need the help today at the bottom of the pay scale get far less. And for what? We are nearing the end of a year's worth of tax cut that did nothing at all for the economy but did inflict another wound on Social Security.
Instead of a cut, the current limit on payroll taxes should be phased out by raising the cap at least 20% per year. Getting rid of the cap should fix Social Security for good if both parties would just stop using it as a piggy bank.”
“He said machine guns were not "easily" purchased. Yes, I can legally buy a machine gun. But it certainly isn't easy. There is a fixed pool of legal machine guns, since the sale of newly manufactured ones to civilians was banned in 1986. The law of supply and demand has made the availible ones very expensive. $25,000 or so for a Tommy gun, more like $40,000 for a decent Browning Automatic Rifle. Assuming I could convince the wife I needed a BAR more than she needs a new car all I have to do is:
Pay the dealer, get the local chief law enforcement officer to approve my application, send the application along with my photo and fingerprints to the BATFE and sit back a couple of months waiting for them to do a background check and approve the transfer. Not even close to easy.
PS: The Assault Weapons ban didn't have anything to do with machine guns.”
“What?? Not a single 98? You have multiple surplus bolt-action rifles, but no Gew98, no K98 from WWI or K98k from WWII? No lovingly sporterized 98 action turned into a modern rifle? Sad, very sad. Even worse, it would appear you need to count rimfire bricks to rise to the level of endangering society? Say it ain't so. Practically a charity case.”
“This whole payroll tax fiasco is a major contributor to my "pox on both your houses" attitude toward the 535 fools on the hill and Obama.
Social security is, and has been for some time, a leading topic of contention. Yet it is by far the biggest non-problem and easiest to fix. Yet Obama and his friends and enemies in Congress have managed to put it on a path of becoming a real problem by cutting Social Security funding and "making it up" by adding to the national debt.
For all the reasons cited by numerous pundits from both ends of the political spectrum, the payroll tax cut is a poor choice of stimulus. For people at the bottom end of the scale it's too small to help them as individuals while those of us who are fortunate enough to be above the cap get the maximum benefit but for the most part spend it.
Instead of a payroll tax cut, Obama should have asked Congress to phase out the cap completely. I've talked about this over the past few years with many of my friends and co-workers who, like my wife and myself, are over the cap. Every single one thought it is a good idea to phase out the cap to give SS a secure source of funding for the long term. We all live within our budgets at the beginning of the year and can get along just fine without a "bonus" in the Fall.”
jerryengelbach on Jan 2, 2012 at 11:23:18
IndyFem on Jan 2, 2012 at 11:01:57
“m1903...I have spoken with earners, such as yourself, that are above the Cap...and they say exactly what you do.
Fan and Fave!”
LisaViger on Jan 2, 2012 at 10:56:06
“Yes, there's not that much wrong with SS (or Medicare) and the few glitches are easy to fix. Which is why it makes you wonder why the topic is so contentious. I think it's obvious that both sides are wanting to get their hands on all that money ... and they'll do it via privatization. And Obama is helping that process along just as well as any republican would.”