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Are you taxed too much?

April 25, 2013

Now that you have completed your federal income tax return — and you have, we hope, because it is due to be filed April 15 — you have a few moments to reflect on taxes in general....

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Anderson

May-02-13 3:25 PM

Sorry, Jamesf, but all our textile and clothing workers are now mostly dead (after retirement in Florida), and we would all be pretty cold - not to say quite immodest - were it not for textile and clothing manufacturs abroad. Worse than that, my new Maytag, I found, was assemble in Korea! But I did try to follow your advice; even drive US-made (assembled?) Ford and GM cars.

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jamesf

Apr-29-13 8:48 PM

The building in Bangladesh that collapsed and killed over 100 people housed co's. that make the cheap crap everyone wants and the average worker took home on average a whopping $9.50 a week. Think about that the next time you go to Wal Mart or anyware else for the low prices.

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Anderson

Apr-27-13 7:27 PM

Those of us old enough remember when Wal-Mart took the lead in promoting American-made goods and their American producers, ColB, but it found that was like holding back the tide. It's largely the unskilled industrial unions using temporary labor monopolies and political clout - granted by the Wagner Act - to secure wage increases beyond those justified by increases in labor productivity that pushed prices of things they made out of the market for workers not equally advantaged, especially those in the small cities and towns and the rural areas Wal-Mart primarily served during its earlier years.

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Anderson

Apr-27-13 7:23 PM

Those of us old enough remember when Wal-Mart took the lead in promoting American-made goods and their American producers, ColB, but it found that was like holding back the tide. It's largely the unskilled industrial unions using temporary labor monopolies and political clout - granted by the Wagner Act - to secure wage increases beyond those justified by increases in labor productivity that pushed prices up and the products they made out of the market for workers not so advantaged, especially those in small cities and towns that Wal-Mart primarily served during its earlier years.

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jamesf

Apr-27-13 6:37 PM

Its hard for a Co. to pay a "living wage" when everyone wants below living wage produced products.

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jamesf

Apr-27-13 6:34 PM

Why would you not buy the made in the U.S. product? Did it cost too much?

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jamesf

Apr-27-13 6:30 PM

Col, do you buy the cheap China crap or the same, more expensive product made in the USA? How can you pay a living wage when everyone wants cheap garbage? Have you EVER been shopping and looked at an item you wanted to buy but said "I wont pay that"?

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Colonelbanters

Apr-27-13 2:34 AM

Well then, tell the Republican CEOs to start paying a living wage so people don't need the assistance. Wal Mart tells their employees to vote Republican then makes sure those same employees don't get enough hours or enough per hour with the calculated intentions that the government pick up the tab for assistance to over 2 million employees of just one company!

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Anderson

Apr-26-13 11:19 PM

Nonsense, ColB; the US has been moving left economically with a vengeance ever since FDR's New Deal. Successive administrations and congresses have used the progressive income tax (sought by Democrats, progressives and Populists as early as 1894 and finally permitted under the 16th Amendment in 1913), federal borrowing and Wilson's Federal Reserve System to manipulate the US economy with the deleterious results so evident today. As FDR himself once said in a lucid moment: "The lessons of history, confirmed by the evidence immediately before me, show conclusively that continued dependence upon relief [i.e. welfare] induces a spiritual and moral disintegration fundamentally destructive to the national fiber...a narcotic, a subtle destroyer of the human spirit...It is a violation of the traditions of America." We now have just such corruptive welfare, but on steroids.

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Colonelbanters

Apr-26-13 2:25 AM

You have that a little conveniently backwards Anderson. Our country has been sliding further and further to the right for at least the last 30 years, if not longer. The simple fact that most people agree that Reagan would be too liberal for today's GOP ought to be a red flag if anything.

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Anderson

Apr-25-13 9:37 PM

Nothing substantive to add as usual, Brucee. And, yes, we are still the most powerful country economically and militarily although I must admit that progressive liberalism has pushed us to the very edge of economic disaster, which Obama and an increasingly leftist Democrat Party are doing their very best to ensure that we not escape it. My views are not, however, based on books but on observations that younger people can only come to know by reading books. You should try it sometime; it would be a great antidote to ignorance and ideology.

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Brucee

Apr-25-13 1:29 PM

just stopped by to check on andy and see what bs he is up to now. It just will never change, andy the US is no longer the most powerful country in the world, your books are outdated O'boy, retire and take your books with u please.

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Anderson

Apr-25-13 10:49 AM

Pure legerdemain. Inquisitor. While the rest of the world long since has gone to consumption taxes as the main source of public revenue with via Value Added Taxes, i.e. sales/use taxes, which do not exempt even the poorest citizen from paying anywhere from an average of more than 15% up to 25% on things like appliances, clothing, cars and amusement, we have an economic ignoramus in the White House who thinks that 1) we can exempt half the population from income taxes and 2) corporate and other business taxes are not reflected in the prices that the consumer ultimately pays.

You're too smart a guy to cling to that old mantra, ColB; do read "Empire" and "Civilization" to understand better how the modern world evolved and the demands that globalization have put on us as the world's most powerful country, both economically and militarily. Head-in-the-sand policies simply will not cut it.

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inquisitor

Apr-25-13 8:29 AM

The US taxes its citizens less than any industrialized country in the world.

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Colonelbanters

Apr-25-13 2:41 AM

I think we waste too much of our taxes on unnecessary things such as wars & occupations just to make billions for the corporations who lobbied for them. Without government money from those taxes, Fort Dodge wouldn't exist at the level it does now. Think about it.

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