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  1. meetinthemiddle commented on Stuart Carlson 5 days ago

    That’s unfair to Israel. They’re the one country in the region that would make it impossible for any other to step up. It was the same in Gulf I; we paid them to stay on the side-lines. It’s no reflection on their willingness that we don’t want them in a coalition (and never have)

  2. meetinthemiddle commented on Stuart Carlson 25 days ago

    I know with American ex-pats that the U.S. still bills for any tax over and above what was paid elsewhere, not in addition to. For example if you are an American ex-pat and you go to work in, say, Belgium, the Belgian personal tax rate is higher than the U.S. so you don’t owe tax. If you go live somewhere with a lower tax rate than the U.S. then you’d owe the difference. I think it works that way when you work in one state and live in another with state taxes.

  3. meetinthemiddle commented on Stuart Carlson 26 days ago

    THe U.S. corporate tax rate is 39% before deductions and loopholes, which is higher than most countries. I’ve heard a stat that BK was paying an effective tax rate of 27.2% with is less than a percent more than Canada’s (26.3%). So inverting will save them less than 1%.

  4. meetinthemiddle commented on Tom Toles about 1 month ago

    The witnesses will never be able to tell you what happened when Brown had his head in the car window. Only the cop could, and given the outcome his perspective might be suspect. I doubt there’ll be any answer that satisfies anyone unless there’s dashcam / audio involved.

  5. meetinthemiddle commented on Tom Toles about 1 month ago

    One of the failures with “shovel ready projects” 5 years ago is that not having the money ready to do the actual project, states and localities didn’t want to spend the money on architects and civil engineers to plan the projects. Takes more than a 1-time dump of cash; it takes a concerted effort.
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    And with the increasing fuel efficiency in cars, the gas tax may no longer be the most effective way to raise infrastructure cash. I’ve heard some states are considering “Prius taxes” to tax people for not buying more gas.

  6. meetinthemiddle commented on Tom Toles about 1 month ago

    Ummm… Why are you citing a bill that died in committee and is not law? And wouldn’t have applied retroactively since our laws can’t? According to wikipedia, 78% of W’s signing statements stated objections to or intent to ignore portions of the laws he was signing. The signing statement for McCain’ watered-down anti-torture bill essentially said “doesn’t apply to me”. So seems like W did a lot more to undermine the congress

  7. meetinthemiddle commented on Tom Toles about 1 month ago

    As I understand it, there are a number of things. First, a number of the pharma companies don’t like their names associated with human death penalties, so more and more of them are refusing to sell the cocktails. AZ won’t even say what they gave the last guy. Second, MDs take the hippocratic oath to do no harm, so a lot of doctors won’t oversee the process (unlike vets who have no such restriction). As with firing squads, I believe there’s sometimes a double or triple blind measure so that the guards involved don’t know who actually killed the prisoner, so that adds complication. And lastly the personnel that administer the injections are not always well trained. A bad phlebotomist, for example can go through the vein. They may not inject things in the right order or rate. As Truist said, a long drop hanging would be more foolproof and efficient.

  8. meetinthemiddle commented on Matt Davies 2 months ago

    Israel always relies on the “I’ll hurt you more”-style deterrence. The problem is that it plays into Hamas’ hand, as it helps radicalize more and more of the Palestinean population.

  9. meetinthemiddle commented on Stuart Carlson 2 months ago

    You’ve never gotten a warning?

  10. meetinthemiddle commented on Tom the Dancing Bug 2 months ago

    Actually, it’s the wants to be wealthy that provide most of the jobs, as we’re told that most businesses are small businesses and that, in aggregate, they provide most of the jobs. So I guess the answer to your question would be yes.