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April 17, 2010

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joanie

I bought my first Bellingham Herald in 2010 last weekend and there's nothing left of it. I asked the checkout person, what happened? She said the Skagit Valley Herald was covering most of the hard news.

So, where's the rest of the story, Michael?

Julia

God Bless Dr. Bill!

He is the seeker of truth in our corrupt political landscape.

sparky

Hey, I bet that guy in yellow is the "teacher in Beaverton"!

That sign is hilarious!

joanie

Is that a man?

KS

If the sign looks stupid, it is probably an infiltrator - a hungry carnivore in this case -heheheh

So, where's the rest of the story, Michael?

Posted by: joanie | April 17, 2010 at 11:05 PM

That is the story - hello ? If you want more, see the Daily Onion.

joanie

If that's the case, why are they stunned, oh wise one? Do you rightwingers stun easily? Poor babies.

chuck says joanie is a liar. (because she lies)

I liked the McRib. McD's really needs to bring it back.

joanie

Oh that's right. "Fear" is your side's modus operandi. McRibs infiltrate and destroy brain cells...

joanie

Okay. I prefer Dairy Queen's quarter-pound bacon-cheeseburger with a side of peanut-buster parfait..

Puget Sound

ph(J)oanie, you name the mcdonald's and i can get up collection to sponsor your eating all the mcribs you want. no one in the world deserves a bag full of mcribs then you. and if a mcd's is not close at hand, go to KFC and get that 'double down thingie' aka the 'what me worry? sandwhich...

sam kinnison had a funny bit about the mcrib being more appropriately named the 'mc-stroke' sandwhich.

Puget Sound

Hey, I bet that guy in yellow is the "teacher in Beaverton"!

That sign is hilarious!

Posted by: sparky | April 17, 2010 at 11:21 PM

i actually like the sign as harmless political theater. but that is different than going in and trying to paint a group you disagree with as racist.
btw, how is that school teacher doing?

KS

If that's the case, why are they stunned, oh wise one? Do you rightwingers stun easily? Poor babies.

Posted by: joanie | April 17, 2010 at 11:44 PM

So, you are playing the fear card. Following your logic, how do you know the photographer & editors for that paper were rightwing in the first place- (they are probably liberal like a vast majority are). You and your ilk want to shield the real truth because they know that if the truth were known about mainstream Democrat agenda, a majority of American would despise them, including a good number of registered Democrat voters.

KS

Fear you say ? Why are the Dimocrat operatives trying to infiltrate these Tea Parties in the first place ?
Because they are afraid of the rising tide of the opposition. which will waylay their agenda after the elections.

If you want a Value-added Tax, like Europe, then move to France (which will likely be an Islamic Republic in 20-30 years, given the projected change in demographics). The EU countries have a VAT of about 19% - twice the current state sales tax on top of that. Take your VAT and shove it were the sun don't shine !

joanie

Why? To teach them. Of course.

Value added? I'd love a value added. Kind of regressive, however. We also need tariffs like the Chinese have to retain manufacturing and maintain employed people here.

Not everyone can work for the government like you and me.

Puget Sound

ks
if we get rid of the current irs code i am very open to looking at different types of tax systems.
end the loopholes. of course, given the current regime of pelosi et al it will be like Obama Care. they will provide loopholes for the favored to avoid the worst aspects such as allowing the unions to not have to pay the associated higher costs on so called 'cadillac plans.'

KS

Joanie is ignoring some significant facts about the VAT - she just thinks it would be cool to be like France (where she will be moving soon hopefully).
What she is clueless to is that the VAT will emerge like a state income tax would here - a meager amount that would morph into a significantly larger amount to feed growing guvmint entitlement programs and open the door for a welfare/nanny state and increased corruption. This will be on top of increasing taxes that will kick in next year. That is statism in full force.

Tariffs are open for discussion, but it will take more that that, such as lower taxes to retrieve and keep manufacturing here. I'd like a flat tax, something to simplify the tax code and be more efficient at raising revenue.

joanie

A state income tax? Now that's a good idea! Especially since I can deduct it from my federal income tax. What's wrong with keeping the money in WA state?

You're dependent upon it. So am I.

That's a good idea, klueless.

Fatso

I hope they get their way. The McRib is delicious.

tigsnort

"If that's the case, why are they stunned, oh wise one? Do you rightwingers stun easily? Poor babies."

They are stunned because the sign is coherent and reasonable.

KS

A state income tax? Now that's a good idea! Especially since I can deduct it from my federal income tax. What's wrong with keeping the money in WA state?

You're dependent upon it. So am I.

Posted by: joanie |

Ph(J)oanie - You may be able to deduct the state income tax from the Federal Tax but it only reduces it a fractional amount. The fact is that Federal + State Income Tax (Oregon) is a bit more than Federal Income Tax + State Sales Tax (WA). Get out of utopia and focus on the real world.

I have a better idea, shrink State Government by not hiring (without cutting positions) for the next say 5 years and the spending will decrease anywhere from 10-20% at the end of 5 years. Apparently you are afraid of being independent and self-sufficiency, which I am not. You not only want dependency, you are advocating co-dependency on Guvmint.

Puget Sound

shish, no one tell ph(J)oanie that it's been legal to deduct WA Sales Tax from the Fed Inc Tax for years. LMAO

(It is suppose to sunset this next year but it will likely be reinstated.)

Dori

Sorry, puget, but you're wrong. When the income tax was reformed under the direction of Oregon's senator-who was later shamed into retirement, he allowed a state income tax deduction (for Oregon) but denied the sales tax deduction.

It was reinstated two years ago - maybe three. We went several years without a deduction.

As for KS? Please don't hire anyone new but keep me employed, please. That doesn't sound much like self-sufficiency to me.

Bill

Geez...will all you people stop with the off topic VAT, state income tax stuff and keep your eye on the ball here.

Ignore us at your own peril, but we will be heard. The McRib WILL be brought back as soon as the mainstream media wises up to our message.

Puget Sound

the sales tax deduction was allowed in 2004 if memory serves. you are correct that we in WA state went a number of years unable to get the federal tax deduction. but i am fairly sure it was 2004 when we got it reenstated.

funny thing about the VAT vs the current system. George Will had a great article about it.

I'll take VAT if they first remove the current system.

Under the current system, "The top 1 percent of earners provide 40 percent of that tax's receipts; the top 5 percent provide 61 percent; the bottom 50 percent provide 3 percent. So the tax makes a substantial majority complacent about government's growth."

KS

As for KS? Please don't hire anyone new but keep me employed, please. That doesn't sound much like self-sufficiency to me.
Posted by: Dori | April 18, 2010 at 07:04 PM

Would you rather grow government 20% over the next 5 years and continue with the status quo ? Or would you rather cut government as well as not hire replacements ?

I am for smaller and more efficient government which is conducive to self-sufficiency, so what are you for ?

Fatso

You guys are missing the point - I would happily pay taxes on a McRib.

KS

Joanie is in the minority - a vast majority of Americans want smaller Federal Government.


The Federal Government is too large and has too much power. Much of what they are doing can be resolved locally with less red tape - seems like a no-brainer and that includes the McRib


KS

The above was an AP story; here is another link for it;

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_government_distrust

I hate taxes

Why just state government? Let's cut back on city government too. Way too many engineers. I want much smaller city government because I don't think we need most of the people employed by the city.

Coiler

Yes VG--I think cities in Pierce county need to cut back on engineers.

chuck says joanie is a liar (because she lies)

One inane picture of some clown having fun with the adults in Bellingham and we get all of this!
How fun.
State and federal governments have grown by leaps and bounds these past ten years. That shit has to stop.
We also need to get the "prevailing wage" clause removed from government contracts. That would save the tax payers (the 53% snicker-snicker) a large fortune in wasted money.

the "good choices" guy

i drive a new Jaguar , make over 100k salary and live in a gated community because I've made good choices in my life. Joanie and Sparky , Andrew, and the rest of the libs here all have made poor choices in life, hence their bitterness over my success.

KS

And while we're at it, cut back on the teachers - make the standards higher. Way too many teachers who indoctrinate impressionable sculls filled with mush - let's give them a litmus test.

Lets also abolish the Department of Education, overhaul all of the state Departments of education. the Federal Government needs to be leaner and more efficient.

sparky

skulls...

Julia

God Bless Dr. Bill!

The naive Obama Administration has an impotent Iran policy and shame on them for abandoning the Space Program.

We value the welfare recepient much more than the leading breakthrough scientist.

The decline of America accelerates.

chuck says joanie is a liar (because she lies)

Look on the bright side. It will take a few more years for him to drive America to a competitive stance with his native Kenya.

joanie

So speaketh the one who would rather stay home on the government dole than take a lower wage job.

What the world needs now. . . is more RV salesman. Overpaid ones at that.

joanie

So speaketh the one who would rather stay home on the government dole than take a lower wage job.

What the world needs now. . . is more RV salesman. Overpaid ones at that.

Puget Sound

well, if we get the economy humming to the point we got RVs flying out the door we should all be so lucky. you sure seem to take delight at putting people down who have lost their jobs albeit chucks, ryder, or anyone else you disagree with at times. it makes one suspect that you are touched in the head. but not to worry we have found a spot for you:

the one class ph(J)oanie would be well qualified to attend and yes, randy and malloy can be played all day long on podcast...


Puget Sound

(try this) the page was removed.

well, if we get the economy humming to the point we got RVs flying out the door we should all be so lucky. you sure seem to take delight at putting people down who have lost their jobs albeit chucks, ryder, or anyone else you disagree with at times. it makes one suspect that you are touched in the head. but not to worry we have found a spot for you:


the one class ph(J)oanie would be well qualified to attend and yes, play randy or malloy on podcast all day long. lots of crazed 'hot talk'

Rich

leave it to Mc Donalds to make a better rib than God

Bill

"The decline of America accelerates."

The only thing that can stop it is bringing back the McRib.

Bagley Wrong

Bring back the McRib, "Arrested Development," and the white majority, and all would be well in America.

KS

Joanie - You stated in another post that Obama is too much of a compromiser for you. Alrighty then...

How about Trotsky - was he hard left enough (i.e enough of a non-compromiser) for ya ? Inquiring minds are awaiting your response.

joanie

See, klueless, that's why few people talk to you guys about politics. You argue nonsense.

Obama is a black man

The tea party members are true hard working Americans genuinely troubled for the future of our children and grandchildren.

I'm not sure how all you folks handle your personal finances but the corrupt US government just doesn't get it. Plus to add on a monstrous health care bill is insane. Luckily it will be repealed and the Dems will be voted away.

This perpetual disaster of an economy will guarantees an Obama/Murray/Cantwell loss.

joanie

Hahahaha No partisanship with you, huh, OIBM?

Bagley Wrong

How can a full-grown man keep going to tea parties??? Tea parties are for 5 year old girls, little old ladies and British twits. Bad branding.
Lets have a work party or a political party or a war party and kick some serious ass?

KS

Not arguing here, Ph(J)oanie - just asking you for clarification. Why are you ashamed to admit your ideology and running away from it - from who you are ?

Once again, its not a trick question. You have stated in another post that Obama is too much of a compromiser for you. That says that he is not far enough left for you.

Q: How about Trotsky - was he hard left enough (i.e enough of a non-compromiser) for ya ?

KS

that's why few people talk to you guys about politics. You argue nonsense.

Posted by: joanie | April

Exsqueeze me - pot meet kettle. You talk politics in a vast majority of the time you are on here.

What you don't do is support your discussion with verifiable facts instead you are adept at cherry picking stuff out of context & its more about ridiculing opposing views in your echo chamber and feelings over facts.

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