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Posted on May 19 at 1:12 a.m.
Part of the reason so many Americans don’t pay federal income taxes is that Republicans have passed a series of very large tax cuts that wiped out the income-tax liability for many Americans. That’s why, when you look at graphs of the percent of Americans who don’t pay income taxes, you see huge jumps after Ronald Reagan’s 1986 tax reform and George W. Bush’s 2001 and 2003 tax cuts. So whenever you hear that half of Americans don’t pay federal income taxes, remember: Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush helped build that. (You also see a jump after the financial crisis begins in 2008, but we can expect that to be mostly temporary.)
22% of people who pay no or little in taxes are the elderly who have spent a lifetime of paying taxes. And many of the remainder have been moved off paying taxes because of huge tax cuts by Republicans. HAHAHAHAH And now they are whining about it. HAHAHAHAH. And they don't understand that they are whining about what they did. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH.
On Housing Experiment Makes Debut
Posted on May 19 at 12:58 a.m.
Botany - could you tell me who makes up the 47%?? Bet you cannot.
Posted on May 17 at 12:24 a.m.
The best solution then is to raise the income of low-income employees so that they can afford to rent/own in Santa Barbara. As for Santa Barbara getting poorer, houses were far more affordable in the 70s and 80s for people doing the same kind of work then as they are doing now. What has happened is that real estate values have tripled and salaries have flat-lined. So how could Santa Barbara be poorer when home prices/equities are higher? (Homes underwater were bought just before the real estate crash.) There are people in this town - well educated - who have written off ever being able to afford a home in this town. I have read that in this very publication. These are not slackers. Nothing I have read in this discussion so far takes this into account or has a solution. The synopsis is that any attempts to address the problem are "socialist", "government intrusion" - HIGHLY ironic when it was government intrusion relaxing banking rules that allowed Wall Street to run amok, and the solution was to privatize the profits and socialize the losses (taxpayers bail out the banks) - and nobody has gone to jail for the fraud and deceit. Funny how "socialism" is decried for the poor but not for the rich. I would take the objections seriously if there were any parity at all - but banks/rich have benefited the most in this recovery and the poor are still struggling to make ends meet. I have heard that there are trillions of dollars in off-shore accounts on money that has either evaded taxes or on which very low rates have been paid. Robber Barons indeed.
Posted on May 13 at 7:40 p.m.
Because so many destructive fires (Zaca) have been caused by careless actions - these media events are CRITICAL in waking people up to the potential for utter disaster that can result from small actions such as tossing a cigarette out of the window.
On County Fire Chief: 'We Could Be in for a Rough Summer'
Posted on May 13 at 12:03 p.m.
Here is a post about salaries. If "Fire" salaries are an issue, here is something to really get everyone's goat, and thousands of pages of ink will never change it.
Posted on May 13 at 11:57 a.m.
I was not talking about salaries. I was talking about the threat of fire - as in "High Fire". If you can find a discussion of salaries in my last post, then you have a point.
Posted on May 13 at 8:44 a.m.
Good Lord Priceless - we have had our first spring wildfire ever, and you call "High Fire" a racket. This year has had one of lowest rainfalls - the wildflower display this year was pathetic, and grasses have turned brown far sooner than they should. I think you need some remedial plant and water level education.
Posted on May 10 at 7:40 p.m.
Carbon Dioxide hit 400ppm. It is now hotter than at any time in the last 4000 years of mankind on the planet.
Posted on May 9 at 2:43 p.m.
What a lot of false equivalencies. Take two of them away - jobs and housing, because they do not factor into anything. This is only about the properties in which people live.
Case 1: sued because of mold. I know of a cancer patient who was told by his doctor to get out of their current home because it had mold.
Case 2: Has anyone sued Pini? Do they have a case?
What was your question again? And just because they have housing, does that mean they should not complain if it were rotting and rat-infested?
On Jury Reaches Verdict in Mold Lawsuit
Posted on May 2 at 10:28 a.m.
foofighter - using your logic, I could call the Aspen Institute a Libertarian institute because David H. Koch is on the board. And what does Obama have to do with this? Or do you just like to conflate and slant anything and everything?
Also,most people can separate the quality of education from board members who do not teach.
Well, done City College! Keep it up.
On Kings and Queens of the Hill
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