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Wednesday roundup

Headlines that don't merit their own entry


Sting operation targets sex trafficking in downtown Lewiston

Notice that sex isn't against the law, only paying for sex.

My sinister battle with Brett Kavanaugh over the truth



Fed's Powell sees 'remarkably positive outlook' for economy that may be 'too good to be true'

There are some major issues that hardly anyone is talking about. Trump's "successes" have always relied first on appearances rather than reality.

Trump Can Now Text Every Single Citizen Directly—It Starts This Week and You Cannot Opt Out

A lot depends on how it is used, but this is a Remarkably Bad Idea. I'm pretty sure it won't be for just “emergencies.”

"They Are Worried About Panic": China Blocks Bad Economic News As Economy Slumps



After Budget Cuts, the IRS’ Work Against Tax Cheats Is Facing “Collapse”



The Era of Near-Zero Interest Rates Is Over



Shocker from The Guardian: Save us the smugness over 2018’s heatwaves, environmentalists



Americans Spent More On Taxes Than Clothing And Food Combined In 2017



This Is Not Free Trade, Not Even Close



Brazil Considers Scaling Back Its Gun Control



Uranium One: FBI Refuses To Release Three-Dozen Secret Memos Involving Clintons, Russia And Obama

I suspect that Trump is looking for the best moment to order the FBI to do it anyway.

Mom Suing after Cop Seen Smiling, Giving Thumbs Up Holding Her Dead Son’s Arm in Leaked Photo


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NeoNote — Taxes, spying, deductions, and economies

Did I ever mention how the income tax isn't designed to produce revenue, but to spy as needed on American citizens?

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Nine percent

Years ago I came up with a crazy tax scheme that was so nutty it might work. Here's the revised version.

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Crazy tax scheme

I do have a crazy scheme for taxes. Give the Federal government a national sales tax but keep the total of any taxes to no more than ten percent. Give states ten percent of ALL Federal taxes collected within the states and the Federal government ten percent of ALL OTHER taxes collected. That makes them both mutually dependent and eager to audit the other guy's books. And it keeps the individual taxpayer citizen out of the mess.
     — NeoWayland
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NeoNote — Economics and Trump

It's not about how much money government has, it's about how much money government takes from people.

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“Stossel: The Great American Tax Ripoff”

“Tax Day gets a lot of attention, but John Stossel says that attention is misleading, because the April 17th deadline is only for income tax. That's just a fraction of the taxes Americans pay.”

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Income taxes

Income taxes are the fine one pays for the crime of being useful and productive.
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Friday roundup

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Contraception

I'm really not trying to be difficult here. But I have a hard time seeing how contraception for consensual sex should be on the public dime. How can that be a right when not everyone benefits and taxes are collected by force to pay for it?
     — NeoWayland
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Thursday roundup

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NeoNotes — Let people make their own choices

Just pointing out again that if you don't like government power, maybe the real answer is taking the power away from government.

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Will we be allowed

If we can't question the science, then will we be allowed to question the new regulations, taxes, and fees?
     — NeoWayland, from crux № 12 — climate change
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Cutting taxes only makes the problem worse

Cutting taxes only makes the problem worse unless they cut spending.

Personally I don't think Congress should get paid unless they bring spending in under income. I'm also in favor of liens against their homes and seizing their bank accounts.
     — NeoWayland

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Thursday roundup

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The AlterNet Tea Party article

Demonstrating that certain modern liberals don't understand economics

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Measure your freedom

Thoughts before election day

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Tuesday roundup

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Thursday roundup

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“Penn Jillette on Libertarianism, Taxes, Trump, Clinton and Weed”

“Take a deep breath, you're in for a ride. Here is Penn Jillette on Libertarianism, taxes, Trump, Clinton, Sanders, Gary Johnson, sex, drugs and Kurt Cobain.”

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Cash means freedom

“The End of Cash; The End of Freedom”

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Itemized deductions

Itemized deductions are extortion. Government takes your money. You beg for it back. Government might give it to you.

If you are especially nice and if you do as you are told.
     — NeoWayland

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Standard deduction

If there is a “standard deduction,” then by definition taxes are too high.
     — NeoWayland

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Difference

What is the difference between pickpocketing and taxes?

Taxes are legal.
     — NeoWayland
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NeoNotes — Deserved to be heroes

For length reasons, this entry appears on it's own page.

“We let generations be victims when they deserved to be heroes.”

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from crux № 10 — the system

We've been taught that government is supposed to govern and control the other guy.

That's the guy who is the problem.

Not us. Never us. It's not our fault.

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“Scrooge McDuck and Money”

Animated classic from 1967 shows the evolution and role of money in society. Money is only useful if it circulates.

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The real reason behind Prohibition

Nothing to do with morality and everything to do with vote pandering

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Going after the cash

Follow the money

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Tyranny of the 16th

Repeal the Sixteenth Amendment

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from crux № 23 — Uniformly

We say that the United States relies on the uniform rule of law. Then we look for loopholes.

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