In German GroKo talks, not much love for Europe

first_img“The expectation of some in Brussels that it could start raining money is a bit unrealistic,” Wolff said.So when will Berlin address the grander visions of a more tightly integrated Europe with common budgets, an empowered parliament and executive?If the Germans have a say, maybe never.“It’s waiting for Godot,” Guérot said. Also On POLITICO Ger-pocalypse now? By Matthew Karnitschnig In heartland, German Social Democrats reject new deal with Merkel By Emily Schultheis Instead, they focused on picayune domestic issues. As a consequence, some observers argue another GroKo would lack the mandate to pursue an ambitious reform course. “They’ve been lying to the public about the reality in Europe for the past five years,” Guérot said. “As a result, when it comes to these big questions, Germany is in no position to make decisions.”“The expectation of some in Brussels that it could start raining money is a bit unrealistic” — Guntram WolffIf another GroKo is formed, the most Europe can probably hope for is incremental progress in reforming the eurozone, Bruegel’s Wolff said.Berlin has signaled it would be willing to embrace deposit insurance as part of the broader banking union over the long term. Germany also favors transforming the eurozone’s bailout fund into a proper European institution that could play a role in monitoring members’ economies.Those may not be the kind of blockbuster changes some are calling for, but they are not insignificant and would in the long run likely have popular German support because the economic arguments are compelling.The GroKo parties have also signaled that they would be willing to invest more in Europe and contribute larger sums to the EU budget, a necessity once the U.K. exits. The question is how much. If all goes according to plan, the thinking goes, Germany’s two biggest parties will have agreed to remarry by the end of the weekend, bringing Europe a big step closer to a new dawn, as Berlin seizes the initiative on European reform to lead the Continent forward.European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker sounded positively Trumpian after reading the German blueprint | Peter Klaunzer/EPAWith austerity king Wolfgang Schäuble out of the way, German Chancellor Angela Merkel eyeing her legacy and über-Europhile Martin Schulz trying to leave his own mark, what could go wrong?A lot.“I don’t understand where the hype comes from,” said Ulrike Guérot, founder of the European Democracy Lab think tank and a professor of European politics at Austria’s Donau Universität. “It’s wishful thinking to expect a coalition that so far has been at one another’s throats will come together suddenly on a substantial European agenda.”Indeed, Europe’s GroKo expectations appear to be based on little more than vague hope.When Merkel, a Christian Democrat, and Social Democrat leader Schulz declared last month that they had inked a framework for a “grand coalition” (GroKo in Berlin-speak), Europe looked like the big winner. The dirty little secret of German politics is that the population doesn’t really care that much. Europe has become a rhetorical prop — everyone is for it, at least in the abstract.In a survey last month of Germans’ views of the most pressing political issues, the question of fixing Europe didn’t even register.That may be because many Germans don’t think the EU is broken. Germany, with its strong economy and perpetual export surpluses, is the prime beneficiary of European integration.While most in the country welcome measures to strengthen the EU’s external borders and other efforts aimed at keeping migrants at bay, they have less time for proposals such as one for a Europe-wide bank deposit insurance. Reforms that could put German treasure at risk remain politically difficult, even outside conservative circles.The repercussions of the euro crisis may have convinced Europe’s elites that closer integration in the eurozone is the only way forward, but the bailouts in Greece and periphery countries have only deepened the German public’s skepticism.That, critics say, is because Germany’s political leadership has dodged the debate. BERLIN — Europe is in GroKo fever.European politicians, intellectuals, think tankers and business leaders have all hailed the hoped-for rebirth of Germany’s “grand coalition” as a game-changer for the EU in recent days.“La GroKo allemande,” a headline in France’s Libération declared, is “the chance for Macron’s Europe.”center_img During last fall’s general election campaign, the subject of Europe’s future was hardly mentioned. Even the SPD’s Schulz, who spent most of his career in Brussels, paid only lip service to the issue.Far from being a sign of common purpose, the GroKo partners’ platitudes about Europe may hint at something else: division | Clemens Bilan/EPAWhen asked why Europe was not more of a factor in the campaign, a senior adviser to Merkel told POLITICO, “This isn’t a European Parliament election.” The underlying message was clear: Europe doesn’t win votes.A reminder of that reality came during the SPD’s special convention in Bonn last month. Schulz, in an effort win over delegates to support a new grand coalition, told his audience that “Europe was waiting for Germany.”“If we don’t put Europe on a new course now, Europe is going to lose support,” he said, adding that it was imperative for Germany to lock arms now with France to take the EU forward.The speech was a dud. When Schulz told delegates that French President Emmanuel Macron had called him the day before to express his support for the GroKo, many in the audience snickered.The reason for such skepticism, even among pro-European Social Democrats, might be that it’s too little, too late. If Germany’s political leaders were serious about European reform, they would have had to engage in a broad public debate during the campaign about the options on the table, political analysts say. The German duo even devoted the first chapter of their preliminary agreement to the EU, under the headine: “A new beginning for Europe.”In Brussels, the document was greeted with excitement. After months of nervous waiting, it finally looked like Berlin was on track to pick up the baton of European reform.Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker sounded positively Trumpian after reading the German blueprint. “This is a very significant, positive, constructive, future-oriented, results-oriented contribution to Europe’s policy debate,” he said.German observers were more circumspect.“I don’t think the paper reflects the sentiment amongst the German population,” said Guntram Wolff, director of Bruegel, a Brussels-based think tank. He cautioned that the paper was “so vague that one can read whatever one wants into it.”On close inspection, the GroKo’s big plans for Europe look to be little more than warmed-over boilerplate cut and pasted from ceremonial addresses past — long on earnest pathos but short on specifics. “For Germany, a strong united Europe is the best guarantor for a bright future in peace, freedom and prosperity,” reads a typical passage.Far from being a sign of common purpose, the GroKo partners’ platitudes about Europe may hint at something else: division.Merkel might be convinced that Europe requires a major overhaul, but backbenchers in her conservative bloc, especially the Bavarian Christian Social Union, are more skeptical. They are particularly wary of any steps that could bolster the far-right Alternative for Germany, a party that was born out of frustration over the German government’s willingness to bail out Greece.That might explain why Merkel’s conservatives and the Social Democrats have largely avoided the subject of Europe as they enter the final phase of their coalition talks. Issues such as migration, workers’ rights and health care have dominated the discussions.The underlying message was clear: Europe doesn’t win votes.Party leaders on both sides seem to have little appetite to open a debate on a eurozone budget, finance minister or any of the other reform proposals that have been floating around the EU in recent months.last_img read more

Phishball: The Ultimate Fantasy Betting Game For Phish

first_imgUPDATE [1/1]: After last night’s tremendous NYE performance, here are the standings for the cash game:CliphordBalls: 10Esquandolas: 7bernfiremon: 6Mahon: 6hendergm: 6spiralight: 6antelopekath: 6gladglide: 6linzyinz: 6bobmysterious: 6thechad: 6…DaveatL4LM: 3Winning picks from night 1:CliphordBalls: 555, Reba, Martian Monster, Ghost, Harry Hood, Silent in the Morning, Crosseyed and Painless, Golden Age, After Midnight, Mound, Possum, Tweezer Reprise (1st, 1st, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd, 3rd, Cover, Cover, Bustout, Bustout, Encore, Encore)Not so winning picks from Dave @ L4LM:Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan, Moma Dance, Limb By Limb, David Bowie, Light, You Enjoy Myself, Shine a Light, Golden Age, Sabotage, Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday, Tweezer Reprise, Show of Life. (1st, 1st, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd, 3rd, Cover, Cover, Bustout, Bustout, Encore, Encore)GOOD LUCK TONIGHT![Setlist below via]Set 1: Sample in a Jar, The Wedge, 555, Heavy Things, Wolfman’s Brother, Halfway to the Moon, Bouncing Around the Room, Kill Devil Falls, Train Song, Waiting All Night, Axilla, A Song I Heard the Ocean SingSet 2: Birds of a Feather, Ghost > Theme From the Bottom -> Cities > Chalk Dust Torture, Martian MonsterSet 3: Dem Bones[1] > Auld Lang Syne > The Dogs > Tweezer > Simple > Limb By Limb, Bug > Backwards Down the Number Line, The Horse > Silent in the Morning > JuliusEncore: Golgi Apparatus > Tweezer Reprise****Are you a pro at predicting what songs Phish will play? Think you know the band better than everyone else?Introducing Phishball, the new, addicting fantasy Phish pick’em game. With Phishball, you’re able to select two songs for certain categories, and accumulate points throughout any Phish show/run of shows. Phishballers can choose from categories like: first set, second set, third set (on NYE!), covers, encores, and bustouts. Correct picks are worth two points, with a pick in the wrong place worth only one, and bustouts are five points each!Phishball can be played with friends, or with the group at large. For those who want to make things interesting, there is an option to pay-to-play, with payouts to the highest 2 scores over the NYE run (60%/20%) and each nights top scorer (5% each). There are also single-day paid options, as well as a totally free, just for fun option, to get more comfortable with the game. And, as an added bonus, the winner of the free play option will receive a pair of lawn tickets to any of Phish’s summer tour shows!Phishball was created by @phishballer in 2010, as an extension of a game played with pen and paper on Phish tour in the 90’s. It’s certainly a fun way for Phish phans to interact with the shows! The game is in its initial phases, with further updates planned for 2015, but check it out and good luck!Have fun Phishballin’! -David Melamed (@DMelamz)last_img read more

CARICOM extends sympathy to Japan as it recovers from Typhoon Hagibis

first_img Oct 6, 2020 Oct 7, 2020 CARICOM SG congratulates re-elected Premier of Bermuda Sep 25, 2020 CARPHA: Leading the Caribbean’s COVID-19 Response – VIDEO Oct 7, 2020 CARICOM and UNEP extend cooperation on environment center_img You may be interested in… The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has extended its sympathy to the Government and People of Japan as they recover from the ravages of Typhoon Hagibis. The powerful typhoon hit Japan earlier this month leaving more than 80 deaths and causing widespread damage. CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, in a message of condolence to the Prime Minister of Japan H.E. Shinzo Abe, said the Community sympathized with  “those who lost loved ones due to the deadly storm which was the worst to hit the Kanto Region in more than 60 years.” Standards, Quality Still Important “It is our hope that the injured would make a full and speedy recovery and that those who are missing are accounted for.” the Secretary-General added. He noted that “the considerable damage done by this Super Typhoon to property and infrastructure, underlines the threat posed by the increased intensity of storms, an alarming aspect of climate change.” “The Community is confident that the resilience and determination of the Japanese people will allow the society to recover from this disaster as those affected rebuild their lives and the areas of the country devastated by the Typhoon are restored,” the Secretary-General stated. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… CARICOM fully engaged in assisting recovery and rebuilding post Matthew – Secretary-GeneralCARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has expressed sadness with the loss of lives, homes and  property during the passage of hurricane Matthew, and he gave the assurance that CARICOM is fully engaged in assisting affected countries with their recovery and  rebuilding efforts. Haiti was the most seriously affected CARICOM Member…October 8, 2016In “Barbados”CARICOM joins Japan in mourning flood deathsThe Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has expressed deepest condolences to the Government and People of Japan in the face of the tragic loss of life, widespread destruction and continuing suffering wrought by torrential rains and floods in Central and Western Japan. “The Caribbean Community conveys its heartfelt sympathies to the families…July 15, 2018In “CARICOM”Major Financial Institutions willing to reassess development financing policyInternational Financial Institutions (IFIs) including the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) are now willing to reassess the policy of GDP per capita attached to concessionary development financing. [su_pullquote align=”right”]“There is an urgency to rebuild. There is an urgency to rebuild better and an urgency to rebuild smarter,…October 23, 2017In “Anguilla”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

Losing . . . The Bigger Story

first_imgIf you cover golf long enough, you’re bound to cover an event where the player who loses is a bigger story than the player who wins. As I prepare to cover my 125th major championship, The Open Championship at Carnoustie, I can’t help remembering what occurred in 1999. The loser was, and still is, a much bigger story than the player who won.Please join me on a trip back in time to July 18, 1999 . . .Early in the week, a friend introduced me to a colorful player from France by the name of Jean van de Velde. I was instantly impressed both with his swing and his flair. Betting on golf is legal in Scotland, so after our chat on the range, I made a 50-pound wager on van de Velde to win at huge odds. Going into the fourth and final round van de Velde led by five strokes over Justin Leonard and Craig Parry, by eight over Greg Norman, and by seven over Tiger Woods.Members of the media seemed to be divided into two camps. Some of my media pals were trying to buy a portion of my wager on van de Velde, while others were looking to bet with me that van de Velde would not win. So, what do you think I did? I refused to sell any portion of my ticket, plus took on more wagers that van de Velde was indeed going to win. Yes, as the story unfolds, you’ll see that made me a loser on both counts!As the fourth and final round unfolded, everything was going right for the Frenchmen. Additional media from France were dispatched to cover firsthand this breakthrough for French golf, as it had been 92 years since the last Frenchman, Amaud Massy, had put his name on the Claret Jug.To say that I was already planning how I was going to spend my pending windfall would be highly accurate. As Jean van de Velde stood on the last hole, he was in possession of a three-shot lead. Media members who wagered with me against van de Velde were already streaming into my radio booth to pay off. I made a big mistake by taking their money before it was over. To this day, I regret doing that.One hole to go leading by three strokes, I swear to this day that the engraver had already started carving Jean van de Velde onto the Claret Jug. Then, the unthinkable started to happen and unfolded like a really bad nightmare.Van de Velde, bursting with confidence, opted to use a driver on the 18th tee, when, with a three-stroke edge, using an iron would have been a far more prudent option. His lack of judgment by not playing safe would prove to be his undoing as he found his ball in a terrible lie off the tee. And then, to make matters worse, instead of just chipping back into the fairway, he threw caution to the wind and decided to go for the green and the unthinkable continued to happen. His second shot flared way right, hit a railing on the grandstand, and bounced back into the water. The resulting triple bogey meant he at least managed to get into a three-way playoff with Justin Leonard and Paul Lawrie.Paul Lawrie will always be known as the 1999 Champion Golfer of the Year and has notched his place in the history books for his 10-shot comeback resulting in victory, but Jean van de Velde was still the star of the story.Jean van de Velde and I both learned valuable lessons from that July 18, 1999 Open Championship. Van de Velde will never again hit driver on the last hole when leading by three and for me, I learned never except a wager that might have to be paid back. Sharelast_img read more

Sunday blog: The ever-expanding $20 trillion debt

first_imgCommentary by Robert Escandon, Sumner Newscow — So here we are waiting for the unveiling of yet another new tax structure.  Listening to the politicians, on both sides, is like reading an Alice in Wonderland novel.  Consider the National Debt that has been steadily climbing for years until now it is approaching $20 trillion.  So, just how big is $20 trillion? It’s a number so very big that we can’t comprehend it.  The graphic above is a representation (every little cube) of normal sized pallets loaded tightly with $100 dollar bills).  Thinking another way, every man, woman and child in the U.S. now is in debt to around $62,500.Robert EscandonThis is money America has borrowed over the years and will have to pay back to the world economy.  If we ever default on our debt the whole world banking and financing system would crumble.  It is a precarious position which has been left to fester by successive administrations.The problem has existed for years but was accelerated by President Reagan in his tax cutting stimulus.  He lifted America out of recession and made Americans feel good about themselves and their country but it was paid for by borrowed money.  It was not the organic growth from, within, that it has been touted to be.  His trickle-down economics was really just a distribution of massive sums of borrowed money. Trickle-down economics, when not supported by organic growth,  simply doesn’t work.And yet, here we are with another proposed tax plan, which relies on growth brought about (principally) by tax cuts for the wealthy and for corporations.  Politicians speak with an assurance, bordering on insanity, that all we have to do is cut taxes and, magically, the corporations will start investing in growing their businesses and creating extra employment.  The argument holds that these corporations will now be flush with money and will therefore feel philanthropic to their employees and give them raises.Reagan’s similar plan ended up increasing our debt to the world.  On the surface, it looked like success but deep below the surface was a cancer of increasing debt.  And, in Reagan’s time, automation was very limited compared with now.  Then, growth really was dependent on hiring more labor.  Now, any corporations experiencing less taxation will simply spend their extra money on automation and enhanced dividend payments to investors.Trickle-down economics appears attractive at an academic level, but has been amply proven not to work.  We even have an example on our own doorstep where Gov. Brownback fully implemented Trickle-down economics, which has been a disaster.  Yet still, it is held up as a cure with words recently uttered by the President, “Temporary debt increases will be more than compensated by economic growth.”  I’m astounded by their unwavering assurance in making such utterances when plenty of accessible economic history clearly shows it doesn’t work! It is spoken of almost as a guarantee —- “Drop taxes and we will all prosper like never before.”   We live in a different age of automation and artificial intelligence.  Reaganomics wouldn’t work in today’s computer driven world.  Why is that not obvious?———Robert Escandon is a former Wellington High School math teacher and a professor at Cowley College. He was born and raised in Great Britain. He periodically submits columns to Sumner Newscow.   Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Thank you for your input. +7 Vote up Vote down localguy · 140 weeks ago To this day I’m always surprised how much praise President Reagan receives for his trickle down economics that did nothing but widen the gap between the middle and upper class? It grew at an accelerated rate that this country had never seen before in its history. The recent Tax cut that is awaiting its final changes and approval on capitol hill is nothing more than the Republicans who control all 3 branches of government appeasing the billionaires that funded and supported their campaigns for re-election. The middle class will never reap any benefits from trickle down economics. It just doesn’t work, and history proves this very point. The gap will only widen once again to a point that the middle class won’t even know or recall what the upper class is or once was. Unfortunately our representatives on capitol hill do not have the middle class’s best interest in mind when passing legislation. They value their seat to such a high degree that sadly this will never change until term limits are placed on both the house and senate…… Report Reply 0 replies · active 140 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down John Munro · 140 weeks ago Well Robert, every now and then you come up with a topic that I can relate to, something I feel that is worth discussion. Today is one of those days. Your assessment and figures about the economic situation here in the states is probably spot on, but with so much of the real world hidden from the general public, I wouldn’t be surprised if it wasn’t a whole lot worse than you outlined. This is not just a problem with the USA, virtually every country in the world is in the same boat, some obviously worse than others. We have the whole of Europe that is probably worse off than we are here, not to mention China and the rest of Asia, including Russia. Even the middle east, which is currently flush with oil revenues, is having budget problems. I don’t want to even think about all the problems Africa has, and then of course South America. All of these different regions and countries are having budget problems and have leveraged them-selves so far into debt that there is no possible way that it will ever be paid. There just isn’t that much available resources to do it. So this brings up a number of interesting questions: Just how is the world going to provide the the 7 or so billion people? Were talking about not just food, but also habitat. What is going to happen when some of the natural resources we have start running out? Everything demands a certain amount of energy in order to work, how are the people of the world going to generate this energy? Of course, some sort of a financial collapse is just around the corner, and depending on where it starts, and how much of the worlds banking system gets caught up in it could very well determine a lot of the answers to the above questions, at least on a temporary basis. Wars, some of them huge, have started in situations like this. A fact to never forget: Global central banking and it’s hostage governments will do whatever it takes to keep the con rolling. . Report Reply 2 replies · active 140 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Eric Lacey · 140 weeks ago Ok Escandon tell us what your superman solution is,Im pretty sure that the 8 years OBUMMER was in there you sure didn’t see the stock market at levels they are now and you might take a look at unemployment to?As a small business owner I’m taxed at a 38% tax rate under the current left wing liberal tax system,Now you tell me what you think is fair about that to pay that rate and also juggle the daily up and downs of a small business?Also after loosing a loved one and getting to pay the 40% inheritance tax tell me how that would strike you?What happens when the working man throws in the towel because the tax burden is so high he cant operate anymore?You can take your left wing views and shove it where the sun doesn’t shine!And yes I’m not afraid to post my name! Report Reply 6 replies · active 140 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down Larry · 140 weeks ago Well as far as the new bill that hasn’t completely passed and signed yet, and everyone admits they don’t know what all is in the bill, but the really like to tell you what they think is in it. I talked to my CPA and of course he couldn’t tell me how the tax cut will totally effect me, but from what he had heard and actually done some reading and research on it, told me that I would benefit pretty well from it. Of course anything is subject to change. Now am and retired and totally part of the middle class. So before you complain either way, I would suggest that you see how it will effect you before you support or not on this bill. I will say that the only tax plan I have every seen in my 67 years on this earth from democrats is to raise taxes that benefit no one except the politician. Merry Christmas and God Bless everyone. Report Reply 0 replies · active 140 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down EnoughIsEnough · 140 weeks ago Funny how everyone bashes Brownback’s economic policies, but never says anything about the $503.6-million that Kansas taxpayers have paid for the cost of illegal immigration. And, that is thanks to the obama administration’s lax immigration/border policies.… Report Reply 0 replies · active 140 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Sorry liberal · 140 weeks ago Where was your editorial about the skyrocketing pace of national debt growth under the Obama regime? Why don’t you address out of control government spending? Well, that would be because the liberals don’t get votes unless they’re taking from the producers and giving to the non-productive . If the top 10% of wage earners are paying 90% of the taxes then why shouldn’t they get a tax break and why should American corporations be at a global disadvantage to compete with the highest corporate tax rate in the industrialized world? You’re factually inaccurate that Reagan policies didn’t work when we had 19% prime interest rate under Carter as well as double digit inflation and double digit unemployment. Reagan’s tax reforms ushered in the greatest prolonged period of economic non-wartime growth in this country’s history. If he wasn’t successful then how the heck did he carry 49 out of the 50 states when he was re elected? The deficit increased under Reagan only because the Democrat congress demanded huge spending increases and otherwise forced government shutdowns that are always the Republicans’ fault whether they are in congress or the presidency, according to the praetorian guard media. Why can’t you at least come up with something original – or at least factual – as opposed to the liberal talking points, just like your bullcrap on global warming ? Report Reply 1 reply · active 140 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Ed Larson · 140 weeks ago Typical BS from a school teacher. If Mr. Escandon from England ever ran a real business producing real products he would understand what a heavy load taxes are on a business. But since his paycheck has always been from funds TAKEN from producers of products he just doesn’t understand. So he babbles the same talking points that Owebama used while he doubled the debt from 9 trillion to over 19 trillion in his 8 years in office. I am proud to have played a very small roll in the election of Ronald Reagan to the office of President twice. I was also active in 1976 when we almost took Gerald Ford off of the ticket. In my opinion, next to Jesus Christ, Ronald Reagan was the greatest man to ever walk the face of the earth! He brought greatness back to our nation and world wide respect to the United States of America. God Bless Ronald Reagan and to He11 with Marxist foreigners like Escandon! Report Reply 3 replies · active 140 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 140 weeks ago I thought this was kind of interesting. I googled “who is to blame for the U.S. deficit” and came up with this. Not sure if it is a Conservative or Liberal blog but the author points out that Obama racked up a $6.3 trillion budget, George W Bush had a 3.4 trillion, Reagan was at 1.43 trillion and George H. Bush had 1.03 trillion. I think when it comes to the deficit, there is plenty of blame on both sides of the political aisle.… Report Reply 4 replies · active 140 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Dave · 140 weeks ago Mr Escandon, lets not forget that two trillion that the GOA can’t find that the DOD lost. But thats another story. I’m afraid you have fallen on deaf ears mostly. I have come to the conclusion that the government, Republicans and Democrats, don’t plan on paying the debt off. Why should they? They got the right hating the left and the left hating the right and their donors are shoving the gains in their pockets. Well thats how they preach. but behind doors they just keep writing hot checks. Even nowadays the right leaders say “if we don’t do it they will cut our money flow off”. Same on the left. The politicians don’t care, they have their Sugar Daddies to answer to. So who is at fault here, the left, the right. I will pick both, it’s a tie. Dumb leading the dumb, but not as stupid as the ones that don’t vote. The voters listen and believe all their BS. I expect more from the people I vote for and the first thing is to be honest. Until both sides get together and demand more from the people they send to represent them, then they deserve what they are getting. You want to pay the debt off, the powers to be need to pass a “Debt Tax” and no one is exempt. Throw in another “Inheritance Tax” except this is collected at one’s death and that goes to pay off the National Debt. 50% off the top of ones estate would be a start. They borrowed and used the debt, they can pay for it before they get cold. Pay the debt off and I would bet that when some old drunk politician says, “Deficits don’t matter” peoples ears will perk up. Report Reply 0 replies · active 140 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down Thirsty · 140 weeks ago Obama doubled the debt that it took 240 years and 43 other presidents combined to accumulate. He welcomed in illegals, terrorists and turned a blind eye on the average American. The tax cuts to corporations should only be allowed if they are creating jobs. For me personally I will receive a 3% reduction in taxes and my standard deduction will be doubled so I will in fact have more money in my pocket every month. Legalizing marijuana in Kansas would have allowed Brownback’s experiment to work. Instead of cutting the LLC tax 100% they should have just initiated a flat annual tax of $500 to operate. 330,000 businesses would pay $500 annually and it would generate 165 million in tax revenue which helps the state and helps the business owners. Marijuana would have brought that tax revenue gains up more than 200 million a year as well making the state be in the green budget wise. Report Reply 2 replies · active 140 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! 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