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  1. MangeyMoose GoComics Pro Member commented on Signe Wilkinson 4 days ago

    I just read in the Boston Globe (about 5pm, Thursday) about a former Marine showing a 9-year-old girl how to shoot with an Uzi. He was licensed, at a legitimate firing range, and the girl’s parents were videoing her “performance”. The Uzi kicked back and killed her instructor.

    What were her parents thinking?

  2. MangeyMoose GoComics Pro Member commented on Chip Bok 4 days ago

    Echo: I’m about to leave for the long weekend. I am determined to find some reference to show you (I have read about it in the papers before.) While looking just now, I did find an interesting article in US NEWS, April 4, 2012, by David Brodwin.
    As follows:

    “American history supports these economists’ conclusions. The economy took off dramatically in the 1960s when top marginal rates were slashed from the 90 percent level. But when taxes were cut sharply from relatively modest levels early in President George W. Bush’s term, no growth resulted.

    The real issue lies in understanding the huge gap between the “nominal rate” (the list price) and the “real rate” (the tax rate that most companies actually pay.) These two rates diverge widely. The nominal federal tax rate on the largest corporations is now 35 percent. State taxes, on average, bump this to 39.2 percent. This nominal rate ranks as the highest among developed countries.

    However, no major company really pays the nominal rateā€”just as no one walks into a car dealership expecting to pay sticker price. Big companies enjoy a huge buffet of credits, shelters, deductions, and other preferences that reduce their rate to an average of 13 percent. Many profitable companies pay no federal income tax at all. Regardless of our nominal rate, our real corporate tax rate is among the lowest. Further cuts cannot stimulate growth.

    Moreover, cutting corporate tax rates would create two new problems. First, further reductions in federal budgets would directly undermine America’s competitiveness. (After 20-plus years of tax cuts, there’s little “fat” left to excise.) For example, federal belt-tightening has led states to slash support for higher education. College tuition has skyrocketed, far outpacing family income. Today’s college students struggle to get the education they need to hold well-paying technical jobs, and many must take on massive debt to pay their tuition.

    The second problem: The corporate income tax does not affect all businesses equally. Large corporations pay much lower tax rates than small businesses, because they can exploit loopholes and establish offshore operations. However, small businesses provide more new private sector jobs, and function as the main employers in many parts of the country. Further, the tax code shields old industries at the expense of new more innovative sectors, and it protects industries that burden the rest of society. Why should we subsidize oil rather than renewable energy? Why should we subsidize corn syrup that promotes obesity and drives up healthcare costs?

    The problem with the corporate tax code is not what many think. Frankly, we can change the nominal tax rate to practically anything. It doesn’t matter since hardly any corporations pay the nominal rate. What matters is this: Bring up the real tax rate (what companies actually pay) to support needed investments in productivity and competitiveness. Stop penalizing small business. And, end the gimmicks and loopholes that encourage investment in damaging business practices and obsolete industries."

    I’ll find you an Obama reference next week!
    Enjoy your weekend!

  3. MangeyMoose GoComics Pro Member commented on Henry Payne 4 days ago

    Careful, Henry. Don’t insult one of the few peoples left who are still reasonably friendly to us.

  4. MangeyMoose GoComics Pro Member commented on Signe Wilkinson 4 days ago

    At least Barney didn’t shoot the cat down! (Besides, Aunt Bea would have walloped him with her handbag if he did!)

  5. MangeyMoose GoComics Pro Member commented on Nick Anderson 4 days ago

    Well said. VERY well said!

  6. MangeyMoose GoComics Pro Member commented on Chip Bok 4 days ago

    Chip, even in his first term, Obama has been nagging a deaf congress to do SOMETHING about the corporate tax structure. Has ANYONE called for any action, perhaps a committee to sit down with corporate reps and take a look at the whole picture and make some recommendations? Not just about keeping U.S. business here, but to lure many others back?

    (And don’t let just the corporate execs write the new laws, as is the Republican wont. CONGRESSMEN, those who WE elected to make the decisions, should do so!)

  7. MangeyMoose GoComics Pro Member commented on Clay Jones 4 days ago

    Yeah, I saw “Police Academy” years ago.

  8. MangeyMoose GoComics Pro Member commented on Gary Markstein 4 days ago

    The way things are headed in this country,having a heavily-armed police force will be of great use to a few.

  9. MangeyMoose GoComics Pro Member commented on Glenn McCoy 4 days ago

    I would like to hear that congress will introduce, and pass legislation that any U.S. corporation that plops it’s paper headquarters in another country, that ALL executive officers relocate to that country, and lose U.S. citizenship.

  10. MangeyMoose GoComics Pro Member commented on Glenn McCoy 4 days ago

    Can you ever comment without such insolence and negativity?