"For everyone to whom much is given, of him shall much be required." -- Luke 12:48
Raven - Moneybird's Black Magic Marker***
(Esprit's Power Play x Trumarc's Lean Cuisine)
Mick - Moneybird's Jumpin' Jack Flash***
(Clubmead's Road Warrior x Oakdale Whitewater Devil Dog)
Peerless - Moneybird's Sole Survivor
(Two River's Lucky Willie x Moneybird's Black Magic Marker)
"What a difference a week makes. This week I feel like a football coach. Last week I felt like Britney Spears' choreographer."
Coach Bob Green, Montana Tech
Looking only at the Reagan period, the rate pre-Reagan (1980) was $1316/year for someone with an income of $45,000. In 1988, that same person with the same income would have paid $2727/year, or an increase of 107%.
EDIT: I left out the Medicare tax, which is on top of Social Security and Disability and is currently 1.45%, which is reached under Reagan. At the beginning of Reagan's terms, it was 1.05%, for a 40% increase.
I love it...I watch you all lob bombs at each other, looking at the opposing opinion as fodder for your rebuttal. Do you honestly believe you will change any minds on this forum? Everyone here is already committed. No party is that good or that bad. I admire all of you for being informed...but holy cow...talk about closed minds!
The reason I commented here was because no matter what the topic, the thread goes back to the 'inept/evil' Dems or the equally 'inept/evil' Republicans.
This is my theory...I never expect to persuade anyone to see the world from my eyes. This does not mean you won't get an opinion from me...Lord knows, I have a lot of those. What I want is for folks to be informed...to read...to interact...to listen to more than a 10 second sound bite. It does not matter if you agree with me or not as long as you have thought it through. What drives me wild is people who vote or 'opine' based on what their parents did or said, what Larry King said, or Oprah, or their preacher/teacher, or their next door neighbour, or their horiscope.
If we could teach our kids nothing else, it should be to think critically and independently and to question anything that sounds too good to be true. Go for it.
I Hear and I Forget...I See and I Remember...I Do and I Understand
Medie: At last, a level-headed comment on POTUS Place. I'm pretty much middle-of-road politically, and am really tired of the minorities on BOTH the Left and Right who seem to see it as their duty to "educate" those of us in the majority on how to think and act. We in the middle need to stop being the "silent majority" and speak up. The apparent hatred I see coming from both the left and right wings against the opposing side really concerns me about this nation's future. When is the last time anyone remembers voting FOR a candidate rather than AGAINST a candidate, for president or otherwise?
Last edited by Marvin S; 10-31-2009 at 10:32 PM.
It is certain that the number of those who reason well in difficult matters is much smaller then the number of those who reason badly ........ reasoning is like running & unlike carrying, hence one Arab steed will outrun a hundred jackasses.
Everyone's friend is No One's friend
"Know in your heart that all things are possible. We couldn't conceive of a miracle if none ever happened." -Libby Fudim
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