RANT: Edwards backs mandatory “care”

Sunday, September 2, 2007

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070902/ap_on_el_pr/edwards_2

Edwards backs mandatory preventive care
By AMY LORENTZEN, Associated Press Writer 2 hours, 2 minutes ago

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TIPTON, Iowa – Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards said on Sunday that his universal health care proposal would require that Americans go to the doctor for preventive care.

“It requires that everybody be covered. It requires that everybody get preventive care,” he told a crowd sitting in lawn chairs in front of the Cedar County Courthouse. “If you are going to be in the system, you can’t choose not to go to the doctor for 20 years. You have to go in and be checked and make sure that you are OK.”

He noted, for example, that women would be required to have regular mammograms in an effort to find and treat “the first trace of problem.” Edwards and his wife, Elizabeth, announced earlier this year that her breast cancer had returned and spread.

Edwards said his mandatory health care plan would cover preventive, chronic and long-term health care. The plan would include mental health care as well as dental and vision coverage for all Americans.

“The whole idea is a continuum of care, basically from birth to death,” he said.

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OK Citizen, bend over for your required proctology exam.

I thought Hillarycare was bad enough. Then, come Edwardscare that makes her look “moderate”. This might be enough to to send the patriots to the slit trenches.

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MONEY: Tax deductions against home loans

Sunday, September 2, 2007

FROM LINKEDIN ANSWERS:

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RE: Tax deductions against home loans (mortgage)
From:Lubna Kably
Senior Manager at Ernst & Young
International tax consultant and newspaper columnist
India
RE: Tax deductions against home loans (mortgage)

In India there is a tax deduction available against home loans up to a certain limit. Interest payments above this do not get the tax relief.

In US, there is move to introduce a legislation to remove the mortgage interest deduction on huge houses (more than 3,000 sq feet). This of course stems from the fact that large houses lead to higher energy consumption and gas emissions and this tax policy is seen as a “green policy”.

What is your view on tax sops against housing loans.

1) Should there be a ceiling limit against the interest payable
2) Should there be a ceiling limit in terms of square meters of property
3) Should the entire interest payment be allowed tax free?

I also have an additional question for LI members from the US. Am I right in assuming that at present the entire interest payment is tax deductible?

Thanks in advance. Your comments will help me in writing my next newspaper column.

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On 9/1/07 11:41 AM, John Reinke wrote:
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Taxes are nothing more than theft! How the gang calculates it and asking opinions about the that theft are akin to a mugger asking you if you want to be hit with a pipe or a bat. That being said, unless one is willing to resist, you have to go along with the gag!

You should NOT assume that mortgage interest is ALWAYS deductible in the US. Two things jump to mind: Alternative Minimum Tax where deductions phase out AND refinancing situation where deductibility is limited. Also, in 2008, we’re going to the polls to elect a President. Only one of the candidates Ron Paul can be seen as pro-freedom.

In doing any financial planning, I’d suggest an team approach is needed — lawyer, accountant, and financial investment adviser. They should be three separate people because you need diversity of viewpoints. (I’ve seen some conflicts of interest when you accountant sells investments or the lawyer does accounting.)

Count your change and use your fingers. Where money is concerned, strange things happen.

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RESPONSE:

Hi John

Thanks so much for your reply and interesting insights.

Have a great weekend.

Best
Lubna

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Reinke replied:

Well, I’ll assume “interesting” is a polite way of saying “what a nut job”. :-) Thanks OK. I’ve been called much worse to my face. But as a firm believer in the non-aggression principle of the libertarian movement (i.e., I foreswear the first use of force to attain my goals. To be free, I grant to all the liberties I wish to have myself.), I think you should be free to think whatever you like. When you do write that article, please send me a like. I’ll put it on my blog. I can only guaranty you one extra reader, but you might be surprised how many people read my blog. (I average about 150 per day.) I guess there are a lot of visitor who wants to see a raving loon. :-) Best wishes.

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Lubna Kably wrote:

Hi John

Will def send you the link. This will be published end Sept. What is your email id?

And no, it was not a “nutty answer”. The bit about AMT is interesting. In India, fortunately, Minimum Alternative Tax, which works on the same basis is applicable only to corporate entities and not individuals – fortunately.

Thanks
Lubna

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Reinke replied:

Here’s that email address: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Hey, you all are lucky not to have an individual AMT. One of the tax resister’s popular arguments here is that in order for the Income Tax to be Constitutional that it only applies to “corporate entities”, not “sovereign individuals”. It’s hard to say which sets off people more: the income tax or the property taxes. The politicians do a fine job of “sticking it” to us. The really funny thing is that the biggest most-damaging tax is the largely unrecognized “inflation tax”. People are stupid. The politicians, abetted by the big media and the gooferment skoolz, “tax” every dollar by the unrestricted creation of more dollars. And, people just don’t understand it. That’s the sad part. And, it’s a “global tax”. That is the yearly monetary inflation impacts everyone who holds a dollar; not just the people in the US. Amazing how people don’t get it.

L8R,
fjohn

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PRODUCTIVITY: Some trash bags as a travel aid

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Lesson Learned: Carry some trash bags as a travel aid.

In my recent trek, we wound up some distance from the ice machine. If I had some grocery bags, I could have put one in my pocket and, upon returning to my floor, used it to bring ice back to the room. But, no I never thought of that, so I’d have to go to the room and trek back to the ice machine right by the elevator. That was at least five wasted trips.

In packing to go home, some big garbage bags would have been handy for the dirty clothes.

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GUNS: “Slow action” not the root cause

Sunday, September 2, 2007

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=070830073724.ve9qnajc&show_article=1

Slow action faulted in Virginia Tech massacre
Aug 30 03:37 AM US/Eastern

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Virginia Tech was too slow to inform staff and students about a shooting incident in April that rapidly spiralled into the bloodiest campus massacre in US history, an investigation concluded Wednesday.

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Sorry, but the root cause was disarming those who wanted to defend themselves. They would have been in a position to defend the others.

Numbers I’ve read that about 10% of any large group will be armed if allowed to be.

(Based on my readings. I remember the Church break in story where the congregation of thirty people had three CCW holder in the crowd. And, the story where the down cop was protected by one armed bystander of about ten. It feels like its about 10% although on a raw number basis from permit issued versus the entire population in a subset indicates it could be higher.)

So of that class of thirty students where the bulk of the killing occurred, it would not be unreasonable to expect that there might be as many as three potential defenders. And, the gallant teacher that was killed! Surely he might have had a weapon given his life experience.

So, liberal disarm the population and then are astonished when bad things happen.

Imagine if one of those good kids was a “law breaker”. Imagine if he said “<insert favorite bad word here> it! I’m not going to be a sheep!”. Imagine the expression of surprise on the bad guys face if he had to face return fire! Assuming that our two lawbreakers were in that situation, who might be the better shot?

When they arrested our sheep dog for carrying an illegal weapon, who on the jury would say “no you should have died with the other 29”?

And, we wonder why the bumper stickers say “Better judged by 12 than carried by 6”.

So these delusional bureaucrats will blame “slow action” when the real problem was disarmament. Let’s sprinkle some sheep dogs in the flock of sheep and give the wolves a little surprise. If the bad guys are as cowardly as research tells us, we’ll see a huge drop in violet crime. There’s no profit in it. Guess wrong and you’re dead!

From an earlier blog post:

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I particularly like unlimited concealed carry. If the criminal regards the general public as sheep to be shorn, then let’s sprinkle in a few “sheepdogs” with big teeth in the flock.

Guess which gay to bash? Buzz, wrong, you picked a Pink Pistol and you’re dead!

Guess which woman to bash? Buzz, wrong, you picked a Paxton Quigly and you’re dead!

Guess which brown person to bash? Buzz, wrong, you picked a Massad Ayoob and you’re dead!

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Overlay that strategy on the VT shootings and we might have a much better out come.

Remember another bumpersticker — dial 911 and die!

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PRODUCTIVITY: Yet another entry from the Ebenezer Scrooge School of Overseer Management

Sunday, September 2, 2007

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/31/nyregion/31vacation.html?em&ex=1188878400&en=85d48b525e1ab1fe&ei=5087%0A

At I.B.M., a Vacation Anytime, or Maybe None
By KEN BELSON
Published: August 31, 2007

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Some workplace experts say such continued blurring of the boundaries between work and play can overtax employees and lead to health problems, particularly at companies where there is an expectation that everyone is always on call.

“If leadership never takes time off, people will be skeptical whether they can,” said Kim Stattner of Hewitt Associates, a human resources consultant. “There is the potential for a domino effect.”

Frances Schneider, who retired from an I.B.M. sales division last year, after 34 years, said one thing never changed; there was not one year in which she took all her allotted time off.

“It wasn’t seven days a week, but people ended up putting in longer hours because of all the flexibility, without really thinking about it,” Ms. Schneider said. “Although you had this wonderful freedom to take days when you want, you really couldn’t. I.B.M. tends to be a group of workaholics.”

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(1) Leadership turns an expense (i.e., someone has to pay for the time not producing widgets) into a “benefit”. If you’re “entitled” to three weeks vacation but can not take it, then do you really have such a benefit?

(2) If a company’s leadership announce that vacations were being cut from three to two, then all manner of strife would break out. There are the Federal Labor Standards Act and innumerable state laws, and maybe even local diktats. SO in essence, the company is getting unpaid labor.

(3) White collar workers are so scared for “their jobs” that they can’t object. The team players that don’t go along with the gag, will be let go for “poor performance”. In the world of knowledge workers, standards of good and bad are very subjective.

(4) Leadership may be learning that people can drive themselves harder than any slave master’s overseer. At that point, there is very little difference between being in one’s own business and working for the man. The only difference may be in the individual’s perception of being on a big team and their self confidence in their abilities.

(5) What about fraud? There are banks with policies that mandate vacations. Some even specify end of quarter time periods. So that the “loyal employee who never takes a vacation” can’t cover an ongoing fraud.

Interesting how things silently change. Is our own productivity used to our detriment?

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RANT: The gooferment doesn’t need your help; just your money

Sunday, September 2, 2007

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20070901/D8RCVPCG0.html

Feds to Restrict Volunteers at Disasters
Sep 1, 7:56 PM (ET)
By DEVLIN BARRETT

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In an effort to provide better control and coordination, the federal government is launching an ambitious ID program for rescue workers to keep everyday people from swarming to a disaster scene. A prototype of the new first responder identification card is already being issued to fire and police personnel in the Washington, D.C., area.

Proponents say the system will get professionals on scene quicker and keep untrained volunteers from making tough work more difficult.

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency came up with the idea after the World Trade Center attack and Hurricane Katrina in 2005, when countless Americans rushed to help – unasked, undirected, and sometimes unwanted.

Many of those volunteers angrily dispute the notion they were a burden. They insist that in many instances they were able to deliver respirators, hard hats, and protective boots to workers when no one else seemed able.

Ground zero volunteer Rhonda Shearer and her daughter launched a fast-moving supply system that bypassed regular channels, often infuriating city officials.

Even as she delivered box trucks packed with supplies over months of recovery work, she increasingly ended up in a cat-and-mouse game with New York City’s police and emergency management agency.

Shearer, 53, said the experience convinced her that agencies are ill-equipped to handle major disasters – but don’t want outsiders pointing out their failings.

Similar frustrations arose after Katrina, when people were shocked that the government struggled to take basic supplies such as water to the worst areas.

“They’re more worried about keeping volunteers out than doing an analysis of what really went wrong,” Shearer said. “Independent citizens need to be involved, where we have no ax to grind or cross to bear. But we will tell the truth, and we will tell what we see and bear witness to the incompetence.”

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What a bunch of “barbara streisand”! Go tell it to anyone who will listen.

It’s all about control. And, looking good. And, the “authorities” did so well at Katrina, the WTC site, and the countless other disasters.

Wake up! It’s a police state. All for your own safety of course.

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