Oct 8, 2013 at 19:49:16
“You clearly know nothing about Switzerland. It's one of, if not the most Conservative country in Europe. VERY low taxes, no minimum wage, sound currency, compulsory military service for men... should I keep going? Ever take a look at their immigration/citizenship policies?”
“It's sad how many people on HuffPo will all of sudden discredit this guy based on who he voted for. Is that all anyone cares about anymore? Republican vs Democrat vs Libertarian vs. GreenParty? How about we give people credit for doing the right thing...”
lbc-clb on Jun 10, 2013 at 21:10:03
“Tell us again, how does one go about discrediting an individual who has already assumed he/she has the authorization to release classified U.S. information to another country, then runs off to a communist country (China) and gives press conferences? Hasn't such a person, already discredited him/herself?”
finebalance on Jun 10, 2013 at 20:44:48
“His actions were purely political. Which discredits his "concern" for the country. He knew about this a long time ago, just like Congress. It was just his opportunity to "pile on" to the Obama hysteria that's going on in the republican party.”
rbud on Jun 10, 2013 at 20:37:34
“He's discredited because of his motives, regardless of political party, although I discounted him from the beginning. In this case, his motives were not noble, philosophical or constitutional at all. His concern was never for the welfare of America. His motives were political. He didn't do the right thing, regardless of why, but at least people will offer him some sympathy for a noble cause. No such cause exist. Fry him.”
tony baggio on Jun 10, 2013 at 20:36:03
“why did he wait 5 years?”
Hootch on Jun 10, 2013 at 20:33:22
“But that would require independent judgment, which is just so out of fashion.”
“No, you're getting it all wrong. Multinationals generate revenue all around the world, as well as costs. Profitability in each country/state is calculated for internal use (Performance, Strategy, etc) but one strategy is to allocate their costs into higher-tax areas, or into subsidiaries in higher tax areas, because PROFIT (total revenue - total costs) is what is taxed. Then they will log the profit in lower-tax countries. Basically, companies don't want to account for their profit in the USA because our corporate taxes are very high (yes, they actually are) relative to a lot of Europe and Asia.
Obviously, this was a terrible oversimplification of the process, but basically companies can account for costs, revenues in various ways, and move money around into subsidiaries and shell companies to avoid losing billions of dollars in taxes.
What you have to understand is that these companies make millions or billions of dollars in every country on earth, and employ people in dozens of countries, so they really don't feel a strong sense of obligation to their "home" country, nearly as much as they do their shareholders. Shareholders always win.”
dickdata on May 21, 2013 at 17:09:54
“The TAX RATE doesn't matter - it's the effective tax rate that count, and our effective corporate tax rate is about 14%. I understand how the allocation of costs occurs, but I still don't see why we should let them bring their profits back from low-tax countries to be distributed to shareholders at a low tax rate. Your solution seems to be to throw up our hands and let the corporations do whatever they want.”
“"In the first half of fiscal year 2012, our U.S. operations have generated almost $5 billion in federal and state income taxes, including income taxes withheld on employee stock gains, making us among the top payers of U.S. income tax."
-- Official Statement from Apple, Inc. and 100% more true than what you said.
“The deaths aren't really a result of racing as much they are due to breeding.
Thoroughbreds are bred to win races, and unfortunately that means you have these muscular, 1,200-lb horses with bone frames that can't handle the additional body mass when things go wrong.
Horses are meant to run -- they really are, but thoroughbreds aren't like other horses. The comparison can be made to all the popular designer dogs that are known for major health problems and outrageously high cancer rates. Animal breeding always causes problems. Kinda sad.”
JAF54 on May 5, 2013 at 13:45:59
“Thank-you for the information. We learn something everyday. Faved!”
“"Negros can't take care of themselves" -- was a common justification for slavery.
Remember: All state-sponsored oppression and violent revolutions in human history were built over the course of several decades. In the short-term, what seem like small, insignificant compromises of civil rights and moral integrity, will accumulate into something bigger and more sinister in the long-run. I hope New Yorkers are ashamed they elected this man, who holds himself so high above us.”
“The Libertarian Party and Green Party need to rally and support each other to make a difference, otherwise we're gonna be stuck in the endless two-party spiral.
Don't agree with Jill Stein on several issues -- but I do on the most important ones. I would vote for her over Obama or Romney any day of the week. Publicity stunt or not, her and Gary Johnson should have been included in the debates. Fight on Jill!”
People don't realize that the vast majority of these mentally-handicapped people working below minimum-wage are unemployable by normal standards, and that Goodwill is actually doing a nice thing by giving them a job to do. It's not forced labor. A lot of these handicapped people are incredibly grateful to be able to participate in the workforce in any capacity.”
Nancy Peloquin on May 21, 2013 at 07:30:59
“And they don't deserve to be treated fairly because they don't deserve it, is that what you're saying?”
“Google "Rational Choice Theory"; it's just a core, underlying assumption of most economic modeling. Not really important at all. Also, "EVERY scientific study"? You're hilarious.
By the way, libertarianism isn't a complete political theory, it's simply an ethical constraint on such a theory. There are left-libertarians, right-libertarians, green-libertarians, anarcho-libertarians, etc. But it's okay, your ignorance and hatred is expected. When Bush was President, we were vilified by the right and associated with the left because of our pro-civil liberty, anti-war beliefs. Now that Obama is President and Economics is the hot topic, we're vilified by the left and often called "pot smoking Republicans" because of our free-market ideals.”