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mgt479 (MIKE THUROW) says...

Because the people who are paying Capital Gains have already been taxed on the money they are investing. That money was taxed, in most cases, at a higher rate to begin with. Then when they take a risk - especially in this economic environment - and invest and make money, they have to pay even more tax. When do the taxes ever stop? Never. If you take whatever is left after Capital Gains tax, and invest it again, you pay more tax, and more tax, and more tax. Wealthy people can, and should, an do, pay more tax. Your argument is flawed. The wealthy pay as much or more on everything they earn through work. They continue to pay more on anything they risk or invest.

December 12, 2011 at 10:18 a.m. ( reply | | suggest removal )

RaylanGivens (HOLDEN BIGGINS) says...

I'm really beginning to think you and I are more alike than I thought we were. I am very sorry if I have offended you in the past.

February 1, 2012 at 9:20 p.m. ( reply | | suggest removal )

RaylanGivens (HOLDEN BIGGINS) says...

I am not from Palermo as you guessed; I am just a Mafia buff and a joker at heart. My wife thinks she is raising 4 boys instead of just 3; I think she is right

February 2, 2012 at 7:31 a.m. ( reply | | suggest removal )

Namsaev (ALLEN VEASMAN) says...

Global warming started at the peak of the last Ice Age and there were no SUVs, we were burning very little fossil fuels, and everything we ate we killed or raised without any genetic modification. And thank GOD it did. If we didn't have global warming Wall Street would be under several thousand feet of ice.
Relax Mother Nature will handle everything in her own time. She's taken a ball of hot gas and dust and made it a great place to live. She's managed to keep things going despite massive meteorite strikes, volcanic eruptions, tectonic plate shifts, and she'll take care of this too IF it's a real problem.
*G* The earth will survive global warming. But I don't think the US can survive another four years of Obama.

February 25, 2012 at 11:07 a.m. ( reply | | suggest removal )

JakeTidmore (ANNELIESE MAUS) says...

Thanks again for the kind note and for the sympathy and prayers. I hope that I find the strength and wisdom to handle all of this.

I will let you know when I return and what has happened in the interim between now and then.

Kindest regards -- Jake

March 12, 2012 at 11:28 a.m. ( reply | | suggest removal )

JakeTidmore (ANNELIESE MAUS) says...

Am back in Arkansas and want to once again thank you for your thoughts and concerns regarding my parents. My Mother is out of the hospital and the doctors say that the first diagnosis of C-Diff was wrong. After being treated for possible infection and dehydration and weight loss, she was released to a nursing home last week. She will remain there until her final moments. Her Alzheimers is so bad that she has trouble recognizing her own children (she can remember the names somewhat but doesn't know who anyone is).

My Dad is still quite weak and has problems with self-medication that disturb his sleep and cause other physical handicaps. On the positive side, a visit with the lawyer and financial advisor gave us a much needed positive outlook regarding his finances and meeting the costs of Mother's care.

The only uh-oh moment was when I got a speeding ticket in Diboll, Texas. The only break I got when I called was a 30-day extension to make the $183 payment. I immediately sent in my tax returns and hope that those refunds get here in time.

Again, thanks so very much.

Jake

March 21, 2012 at 6:35 p.m. ( reply | | suggest removal )

RaylanGivens (HOLDEN BIGGINS) says...

Reason,

I might argue that the most intelligent people are the ones who hold a mixture of conservative and liberal beliefs arising from well researched facts and a philosophy of compassion toward one's fellow man. My problem with the current crop of Republican "leadership" (and I use that term loosely) is that they seem to be lacking in compassion for the poor and middle classes. I have been impressed and enlightened by many of your thoughtful, well researched posts and also have noted that much of the commentary from some of the far right who post here seemed to be based on Tea Party talking points or just nonsense. However, not all conservative opinion is totally ludicrous or lacking in fact. Conservative thought on the value of the family, marriage, and wholesome values has much merit. Also, government could be smaller and more efficient. The conservatives, however, are just nuts when it comes to keeping taxes low on the extremely wealthy so that they can cut programs for the middle class and poor (especially education). Their trickle down policies will only widen the wealth disparity in this nation and create a larger underclass. Conservatives are correct that some welfare handouts have contributed to poverty by creating a class of people dependent upon handouts. We need to spend money on freer access to education, birth control, drug prevention, and jobs programs. (The issue upon which the conservatives seem most oblivious to facts is the environment. They pigheadedly insist that we have plenty of oil to last forever and that there is no global warming etc. no matter how much documentation they are given.) While I am severely disappointed in the current anti-intellectual bent of the Republican Party, I would not go so far to say that all conservative thought is rubbish and all liberal thought based upon intelligence and knowledge. I also note that this "study" cited by Brummett is lacking in facts and specifics

I wholeheartedly approve this message. I may disagree with you vehemently sometimes, and I am not good in masking my anger, but what you said here is how people need to think. Unless we turn the clocks back to the 90's we are never going to get anything done. I never voted for Clinton but I know now he was a great president because he could bring both sides together; I feel the same about Reagan. I just don't think we ever have good choices anymore; about the only one I have voted for lately I like is Mike Beebe. FYI-I do recycle religiously and give money AND time (which is more important) to those less fortunate. Unfortunately I do not give enough time but I am working on it and have taken my oldest son to help feed the poor before so maybe my kids turn out better than me.

April 10, 2012 at 11:02 p.m. ( reply | | suggest removal )

Packman (JOHN SMITH) says...

This may be a little unnerving, but we seem to have the same sense of humor - I deserved your masturbation/birth control comment. As to John Smith, think Mark Twain.

April 20, 2012 at 3:52 p.m. ( reply | | suggest removal )

djigoo (DONNY ELMSTAD) says...

Wait...TB! Of course. The De Jong threw me. Yep; tis I!

January 25, 2013 at 3:15 p.m. ( reply | | suggest removal )