“As a NC resident I feel we are headed back in the direction of "Vote No Jesse Helms". He was against repealing many of the outdated sex laws that were on the books when he was in office. Most of these laws were being broken by consenting adults anyway. I remember in one cartoon that had Jesse peering through a couples bedroom window making sure they were only doing it using the missionary position. Some of the parents and siblings that I know that have gay kids refuse to acknowledge their sexuality. They may suspect it but brush off any mention of the fact. In fact one family member refuses to admit that his daughter is gay even though she has several female companions. I have heard him on several occasions go on a rant about the gay community taking over in front of her.”
“We shut our small business down in 1987. Had been around since about 1917. With deregulation and company mergers it caused many of our type to shut down. Taxes and regulations were never a problem with us. I would rather have clean air and water that have smog and undrinkable water.”
Gigi Jacobs on Sep 3, 2011 at 23:33:28
“Thank you. F&F.
I've always said that regulations are the roads for free enterprise to drive on. Without stop lights and roads, we'd all be driving over one another. Deregulation kills capitalism. My small shop is facing the same problems as yours.
Small businesses need to come forward and tell the public the truth.
Sounds like you have empathy for those around you. For those of us that care about our fellow man, we welcome regulations.”
“Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. From my understanding this was created to pay retirees if their employer was unable to provide pensions to their retirees. In March 09 I read where the fund was almost broke from being heavily invested in stocks when it had always been conservatively invested. In late May or early June of 09 ABC News Charlie Gibson had a clip about the fund being in trouble. That was the first and only thing I have seen on the news.
If SS was invested by the masses what would happen to their money?
Director Charles E.F. Millard previously a Managing Director with Lehman Brothers
Sec of Labor Elaine Chao married to Sen. Mitch McConnell
Sec of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez former CEO of Kellog
Sec of Treasury Henry Paulson former Chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs.”
“The only way we will ever have affordable health care in the USA is to break the system.
When the masses lose their insurance due to high cost or unable to get insurance because of preexisting conditions will things change. The people will stop going to the Dr.s which will in turn reduce admissions to the hospitals which after a while break them financially which is the only thing they understand. If Medicaid goes away you will see the assisted living and nursing homes either reduce their outrageous rates or close down. We are at a crossroads with the TP/GOP/DEM parties. If the de-regulators get their way we will all be lucky to live in a normal world in the near future.”
usmcqtco on Aug 12, 2011 at 18:16:53
“The only way we will ever have affordable medical care in the USA is to get the government out of it.”
“Saw last night where Carlos Slim lost several billion dollars. This got me to looking into the world's wealthiest people. There are 1140 people that have 4,491,200,000,000.00 dollars. This is only the ones that have at least 1 billion dollars. Carlos Slim is tops with 74B, Bill Gates 56B, On down the list is the Walton Family (WalMart) Jim Walton 21.3B, Alice Walton 21.2B, S Robson Walton 21B, Bill Frist former senator's family 3.6B.”
“Let's hope they end SS, Medicare, Medicaid, and unemployment ins.as we know them. I am turning 55 in a couple days so I am already planning on not retiring. I hope to see these programs that so many rely on become extinct. Until the masses in this country realize that they have been had by both parties nothing will be straightened out. When the masses take to the streets with pitchforks(crash the economy by not buying anything not necessary) the super rich, sports figures, and politicians will finally realize how their golden calf has been financed. If I become real sick I in the next few years I have told my family not to do anything heroic. I would rather be dead than in a shell of country that this is becoming.”
“My advisor moved part of my 401k to another company in Sept 2005. In April 2006 I was sent a 1099 for the transfer as though I took the money out. In July '07 I was threatened by the IRS for payment. After being put on the garnishment list I paid the bill by selling over half of my cattle herd. After 4 yrs of arguing with the companies involved and the IRS, in Oct 2010 I was finally awarded my tax money back. I have talked to the Sec of State, Atty Gen, SEC, and several other agencies with no one knowing who is actually making these guys accountable for my losses. This is the letter that accompanied the corrected 1099.
Dear Mr. C***********
We recently received your letter for the above referenced contract. The distribution on 9/20/2005
was coded as a taxable withdrawal, as transfer paperwork or a Letter of Acceptance was never provided by P*******. However, in October of 2005, we received incoming transfer paperwork from P****** that referenced the same account number that our distribution listed. Therefore, to resolve this issue, we have updated our records and enclosed the updated '05 1099R reflecting the correct distribution.
On behalf of K***** please accept our apology for any inconvenience this matter may have caused you.
“I forgot to include this in my last post about leaving PM. I had many people at work and at church tell me after I had decided to leave the company that I was basically wrong. I was not thinking about nor caring about my family. Their thinking was that the money was so good that you had to just forget what you do and how you affect other peoples lives.”
“American's have lost their moral compass when it comes to money. I worked for Philip Morris a Fortune 100 company. I saw what cigarettes were doing and continue to do to my wife and others. When someone would be in the news talking about how smoking hurt them it would bother me tremendously. I finally left 10 years ago while earning over $25/hr. and never felt better about anything. I will never make that kind of money again but I refuse to prostitute myself again. They thought they owned you and yet they preached "Family Values". I was fortunate that my daughter didn't start school until after I left since you couldn't get enough time off to attend any school function, even with the mandatory time that the gov instituted . Money to them could buy anything and everything, no excuses for being late or absent.
I for one read up on companies and their policies now so if I don't agree I try to find an alternative. As for the Koch's you have to be very careful since they own so many brands and sub-brands of paper products.”
french queen13 on Jul 16, 2011 at 04:35:04
“Bravo! Well done and good luck to you.”
Jay from Ottawa on Jul 15, 2011 at 12:06:07
Doing the right thing is rarely easy and often comes with personal sacrifices. Most people aren't ready to do that, so we can all count our lucky starts that some of us are willing to make personal sacrifices for what's right. If we could all do that, the world would instantly be a much better place.”
“Folks in the business I am in I hear all of the horror tales of swipe fees. When it cost more to process the card than there is profit in the product something has to break. We are already seeing gas prices 10 cents higher when paying with cards than with cash. One guy who owns a small oil company that delivers heating oil to homes told me that they paid in fees to the bank more than they cleared in 2009. He told of another company that paid a greater percentage to the bank than they did. Heard last week that a small sporting goods store was charging 10-20 dollars more when purchasing guns or other high end goods with cards. Farm supply's are not letting farmers pay with debit cards over a couple of hundred dollars. Maybe we will get to a cash based society once again when we see the actual cost being posted by the merchants.
Maybe one day the banks will disapear.”
“Back in the late 40's DOW brought out 2-4-D and since has it in varying different formulations. When I was in college in the 70's Round-Up was the chemical we did our project on for the process of development through marketing. During this class the prof. brought out an old film that DOW had produced and it showed some man drinking 2-4-D straight from a glass proclaiming how safe it was. Since then the studies have shown that it is not safe. We never ever used protection from the chemicals back then. The only time I ever remember any of our guys using anything was when they were spraying or dusting cotton. Their labels had skull and crossbones on them, I wonder how many people were poisoned doing these practice and didn't know it”
ErnestineBass on Jun 24, 2011 at 11:43:22
“Unless I'm mistaken, one of the main components of 2-4-D was dioxin.”
“Do any of you actually own a small business? I see the outrageous fees charged to the stores each day in my line of work. I see people buying a bottle of water or a soft drink using a debit card. If the general public could see what these guys have to pay maybe they would think before using their card. I talked with one owner and he said that each wipe fee was 35 cents. He took pay at the pump out after a couple of years of losing money. Seems that the banks were making a ton of money while he was on the losing end. His margin on a gallon of gas was 3 cents and to break even on the sale of gas he would have to sell 11.666 gallons of gas. Anything under that amount he was losing money. One owner told me that they paid more out to the bank than they made in 2009 before they required a minimum amount.”
McKMN on Jun 8, 2011 at 01:31:37
“And they are supposed to be the job creators while paying these fees?”
GoldwaterKid on Jun 8, 2011 at 01:12:33
“And, that is part of educating people, that cash is the power....for everyone.”
“As for kids working in the fields, blame the fast food industry explosion in the late 1970's and 1980's. Until the fast food giants appeared, none of the produce or dairies farms around me had problems getting good help during the summer. They paid more and it was cooler than in the fields. The kids lost their work ethic and those kids are now parents of the kids who do not know how to work. My daughter is growing about 3/4 acre of produce to market this summer. Her friends come over all the time now but have said as the crops grow they will not be over until this fall. They depend on mama and /or daddy to give them their money since the job market has dried up. Maybe if the economy keeps under performing people young and old will find that farm work is not bad after all. As I told my daughter you have to hustle some days and on other days you can take it easy. If they work at an inside job it is the same everyday rain or shine. Also job satisfaction has taken a back seat to money satisfaction.”
“Lady at church complains about the price of gas, says the Guvmint needs to do something. Said that all subsidies should be taken away. All for free trade and capitalism but stresses again that gas is too high. Even after those comments she said she couldn't wait until 2012 when the republicans take over the WH, Senate and keep the house.”
Olethea on May 18, 2011 at 07:33:13
“These companies need to pay their fair share of taxes, period.
Collectively the top oil companies paid less taxes than any of us as INDIVIDUALS did. We're doing our share, why can't they do theirs?”
artfish on May 18, 2011 at 07:32:36
“Lock her in a room and make her watch "Capitalism: A Love Story"”
“Well here in NC we have wonderful State Sen. Andrew Brock. He has written a bill to force the unemployed to do volunteer work to receive benefits. One person wrote into the Salisbury Post today explaining all of the hidden cost in this bill,
"While many nonprofits have a great need for volunteers, most require those volunteers to be motivated and trained, to be scheduled and supervised, and, in some cases, to be equipped. Many now require a background check. All of those requirements translate to spending money, money that most nonprofits are currently short on largely due to a decline in giving — that due to the recession and unemployment.
What happens if the numbers of unemployed are greater than the number of positions available? Who is responsible if a “volunteer” gets hurt on the job? How does a “volunteer” receiving unemployment benefits pay for child care and fuel".
This guy floated a bill a couple of weeks ago for 6 million dollars for security for the legislative building. I might have agreed to securing the building, but within this bill was a covered walkway between the legislative building and the legislative office building. He said that it would be nice not being cold then hot then cold in the summer or the reverse in winter. I guess it would also keep Pretty Boy's hair from getting wet too.This is from a guy that has never had a real job except working in a political office after college.”
hstdem on May 16, 2011 at 21:00:23
“Talk about working off the government dole.”
Robert Terry on May 16, 2011 at 20:55:15
“Really he has never had a job except for working in a political office after college. Guess he will be running for President, that is about the same as working as a community orginizer isn't it. Oh it might give you a little more experience so he might not qualify for the Dems. president.”
tiredtaxpayer123 on May 16, 2011 at 20:45:01
“I live in NC too ...not sure who voted these wack-pods into office. It's embarrassing, I may have to move.”
billhodges on May 16, 2011 at 20:42:09
“Sounds like a personal problem! Stop with all of the reasons not to do something and let the state get the people out working while they are drawing UE payments. Pick up trash on the roadside if nothing else.”
“On NPR's Here and Now Yesterday 5/11 Robin had a guest talking about manure. They were talking about the high prices of fertilizer and the coming shortage of potash, phosphate, and the high cost of natural gas which is used to make nitrogen.”
Texasrepublic on May 12, 2011 at 22:17:39
“Id like to see how they get enough manure transported to all those farms at just the right time to meet their planting requirements.”
Just as the transnational agribusiness giants would have done with such a potentially lucrative breakthrough, Ronald and U.C. Davis filed their discovery with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, thus ensuring that this genetic key to Xanthomonas immunity would become their intellectual property. Soon thereafter, Monsanto and Pioneer had negotiated an option to license the gene and it looked as though Xa21-enhanced seeds would quickly enter the marketplace. But as the U.C. Davis Office of Technology Transfer haggled over the terms for returning the Xa21 gene to the International Rice Research Institute, Monsanto and Pioneer lost interest, and the commercial development of a potentially marvelous technology was frustrated. Disease resistance, it turned out, did not have the same attraction for multinationals as it did for Pamela Ronald, perhaps because Monsanto and Pioneer were already enjoying windfall profits from more lucrative agri-tech innovations, such as “Roundup Ready” crops.”
We still live on a small family with 100 acres. Since the 1980's we have received less than $2000 in payments from the USDA. All of this money was for assistance in buying hay when we went through severe droughts. I have a neighbor who is running a small dairy and he has received less than $5,000 in the same time period even though he was operating on a 1-2 dollar loss per hundred weight of raw milk. All this while the stores were increasing their prices. The way the farm program is set up you need to be working at least 1,000 acres. A so called family farm in the south is less than 400 acres. So you see the majority of the subsides go to the corporate farms. As I look around our place there are 3 farmers working about 6-7 thousand acres and two of them actually owns over 150 acres. I think one of them only owns about 50 acres. As these guys do get some money it is only a small fraction of the amount that is is given to the big mid-western and western farms. Check out the Environmental Working Group by name, state, counties and then check out the owners. I bet you will see absentee owners.”
ABACADABRA RABBIT on May 12, 2011 at 22:08:48
“Thank you for your response. I grow permanent tree crops.
I am saying we should give more to the small farmers. Food prices are going through the roof. If you mess with big Ag, those prices will go way up and we will lose more jobs.
We should stop spending so much on bombs and spend more on small farms. I just don't think messing with companies that feed the majority of America at this point. There are plenty of other programs to cut.
“Stop using credit and debit cards now. The consumers have been taken for a ride that is costing the merchants untold money. In my line of work I come into contact with local oil companies, convience stores, service stations and hear their stories about the card charges first hand. Most debit cards charge a flat fee for their use up to a certain amount then a percentage on the balance. Credit cards charge a percentage of the sale. I saw one sale of a gallon of gas cost the store 32 cents. The debit card fee was 35 cents and his markup on the gas was 3 cents. He lost the 32 cents and pulled out the pay at the pump readers. Cards like Discover, the stores get hit with a transaction fee plus the 5% rebate that the customer receives. After finding out this little known secret I am down to 2 cards and no debit card. In July 2010 there is a law going into effect that all debit transactions must be triple encrypted to prevent ID theft. Any card reader must be equiped with new technology including ounter sales and POS (point of sale) gas pumps. This is costing the stores money to install. For a gas pump it is running from $800 -$4000/dispenser. Guess who the final payer is You and I because this cost ahs to be passed on to someone.”
cornelison on Dec 15, 2009 at 23:55:45
“Check out my comment above. I have free debit card use with my bank. Easier to compare my receipts, less spending but the stores won't give you a discount if you pay cash.”
“I am so glad the IRS sees fit to give Citigroup a tax break. You see I have been fighting with the IRS for almost 3yrs over a 1099 that was turned in wrongly in 2005. The IRS and the state has clipped me for almost seven thousand dollars. I was given a tax advocate in the summer but that has become a joke. I talked with another advocate today and was assured that the issue would be resolved. After reading this I guess Citigroup needs the money more than I do.”
“Flipping, day trading, becoming a star athlete, reality star = EASY MONEY. The work ethic has changed forever in America. The point I was trying to make in the earlier post was that the money troubles you have are sometimes beyond your control and actually caused by corporations and the government policies. I have been fighting the IRS for 2yrs over a 1099 that was turned in that should not even been issued in the first place. They have hit me for over $6,000. They got their money but keep asking for more information each time they give me a date for it to be cleared up. Their last call suggested that I hire a lawyer.”
Chipher on Dec 6, 2009 at 01:57:11
“...every town has an IRS ombudsperson. The same thing happened to us over a difference of opinion of $300 and after six months of increasing threats of penalties and $1000s in tax seizure, I found out about the ombudsperson program and called. They give you a cell phone contact, then send in your version and the IRS response, they look at it, call you for suggestions and comments, then arbitrate the case. I won. The IRS ombudsperson asked if there was anything else they could do for me. I asked for a handkerchief, because, (sniff) man, I love you man (sniff)...”
“As I said earlier I have received a total of $400 in over 35 yrs of farming.
I am just stating facts. What incentive is there for a child to continue farming when you don't get a fair price to cover your expenses. Support you local farmers and farmer markets. Keep money out of the corporations.”
oldngrumpy on Dec 5, 2009 at 12:09:49
“I'm with you all the way. My reply was for BurtonOerney.
If most people knew how wasteful and corrupt the corporate food supply system is they would boycott most major brand products. I buy local produce and meat from a farmer's market and try to buy organic when it is available.”
usna73 on Dec 5, 2009 at 10:58:01
“You are correct and noble. Your denigrators are confusing you with the argi-biz-corp charlatans.
We as a nation could feed oursleves with supports ONLY aimed at family farms, co-ops and farmer market intiatives.
When will we ever return to the common sense of hard work, truly free markets and regulation which foucses on curbing usury, manipulation and deceit. We can do this and still not employ "moral hazard." It is what made America great in the first place.”
bbrecht on Dec 5, 2009 at 10:34:17
“With you 100%, we cannot survive without farmers.”
“I am over 50 and this is the first money I ever received from the Gov. and unlike the banks we cannot control the weather nor the markets. The banks created the mess and got bailed out. Maybe if we had a total farming disaster across the US you might even get to go to bed hungry like some of the people that I helped at the local food bank this morning. The US agriculture is as close to a free market as you will get here. The commodities are still controlled by speculators so a free market is really not the right word to use. If there was enough money for a small family farm to make it I would be full time. In fact because I am not a full time farmer I was not allowed to take the procedes from the sale of the cows and spread the tax over 4 yrs. Had I been full time I could have done this and bought a more cows without paying any tax. My tax on the cows was 25% so the Gov is really keeping me up.
The average US beef farmer is in their 70's and the average grain farmer is in their 60's.
The farm publications are predicting that we will need 70% more food by 2050. They worry that we will not have teachers necessary to teach the younger folks.”
Chipher on Dec 6, 2009 at 02:30:22
“...you can't explain farming to a non-farmer, don't worry, those of us who have farmed totally understand what you're going through...”
“His reasoning was that if you hold down food and energy cost it would allow us to buy more and raise the bar higher than any other country. Look at what this over consumerism has brought to us. The houses kept getting bigger and bigger and when the bubble bust we're broke. I travel all over the state and it amazes me that the small mill houses are still standing and right across the city lake are houses that it would take 6 or 8 of the mill houses to equal it. I have heard numerous times that those big houses are basically empty of furniture. I guess it takes all of their money to service the mortgage.”
nopilikia on Dec 4, 2009 at 23:25:45
“Yep, America fell for the banks ad's that your home was a ATM machine. When actually it's always been a place to keep the rain off your head.”