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  • Web Security for Dummies - free eBook

    What's web security? Should I get this book? Does it come in paperback for my iPad?

  • Will there be a Build conference 2012?

    On Microsoft's campus... This is where they take you on a tour of Microsoft Research and you come mumbling a mantra about Sinofsky. Smiley

  • US Treasury Secretary < TARP

    , Proton2 wrote

    Canadian corporate tax rate 15%, US total corporate tax rate 39.26%.

     Canadian unemployment 7.2%, US 8.3%



    So that's why GE paid 0% in taxes in 2010? You need to include the loopholes, tax breaks, subsidies, bailouts, and other breaks business have receive over these last 30 years of Republican scare tactics.

  • US Treasury Secretary < TARP

    , spivonious wrote


    I look at graduated tax brackets as redistributing wealth. It discourages hard work by punishing those who make more money. My father was in a strange position for a few years as he was straddling two tax brackets. If he made more money, he would actually take home less. That's a broken system.

    A flat tax rate still has the wealthy paying in more money. Take away all deductions and credits, set the rate at 10% and charge it to everyone. I guarantee that you'd bring in more revenue than with the current system.

    So if a wealthy guy is paying 15% now with current loopholes then paying 10% would bring in more because? Oh my bad I forgot about the poor who were paying nothing and now have to pay 10% of their meager incomes. I see how that works. Yeah you're right you would bring in more money; f' the poor people, they're lazy anyway. Perplexed

    Those whose net grows and now can capture more of the fish (money) need to pay more for that opportunity. If we were to follow the "reward" idea then any profitable company should be "rewarded" by having to pay no taxes. Even if it were scaled based on profitability that just creates even more of an environment for fraud (you know pump & dump) as the more money you fraudulently make the less you have to pay in taxes.

    There will never be a perfect system where corner cases like you father's (and my own when getting a "raise" was the opposite in one case.) will be addressed. No system is perfect nor can account for the infinite number of variables that can apply to a person.

  • US Treasury Secretary < TARP

    @spivonious: I also agree with much of what you said (well done BTW) but I do take issue with "Redistributing wealth is not included." "Wealth redistribution" is a nice catch phrase the wealthy like to use to negate their responsibility to pay for the opportunity our economy (build off the backs of the middle & lower classes) provides them (i.e. to cast their massive financial nets into our economic ocean and pull out a boatload of money). It's not about redistributing wealth; it's about paying for opportunity. The bigger the net the bigger the fee.

  • US Treasury Secretary < TARP

    @JohnAskew: +1

  • US Treasury Secretary < TARP


    Since you are so keen on providing solely the simpleton Republican view... I agree there is no reason to continue to waste my time on someone who is beyond hope or help.

  • US Treasury Secretary < TARP

    , dahat wrote


    I suspect you were not paying attention to the specifics of the financial meltdown... many parts of which were a direct result of government influence and regulation.

    Really? I wasn't paying attention? Well I'm glad you were.

    IMO it was government influence on the behest of big corp and the wealthy that leveraged weak regulations to gain advantage. Those that failed got bailouts. So the solution is to reduce regulations? That would sure cut down on the need for campaign contributions by big corp but would also create chaos as big corp would leverage our economy into the ground. Gone are the days when big corp and the wealthy understood that their has to be a balance, that they just can't loot everything. With the S&L scandal of the 90's, Enron, and now the most recent financial meltdown reduction in regulation will only create more of these meltdowns more frequently. Sure you get big money out of politics but you end up with an economic disaster.


    You are actually supporting what I said... when you have a large and powerful government, there is more incentive to try to influence it... and those with more resources are likely to have more influence.

    See above.

    Again... is the answer eliminating the money... or eliminating the incentive?

    So no lock on the door is better than a defective lock? If "eliminating the incentive" means "no regulation" than that's exactly what you mean.


    Again... fix the system... of course much of what you say is what Ronald Reagan would call an  "alien and discredited theory":

    LOL. It's the Regan era that ushered in this whole era of "trickle-down economics". His followers were the ones who at every economic meltdown, recessions, or other excuse would cry for breaks for big corp. Decade after decade they whittled down effective taxes (including loopholes) for big corp and the wealthy to all-time lows. These "job creators" have had 30 years to show us how trickle-down economics are supposed to benefit us but instead has proven that the divide between the rich & poor will only get larger and the middle class will continue to diminish. And if you believe them it's all because of lazy people looking for handouts.

  • US Treasury Secretary < TARP

    , dahat wrote


    The issue is not with contributions, or even corporate contributions... the issue is the amount of power that government (at all levels) has today... run by elected officials whose only qualification to dictate how you live your life, what products you will buy, what industries will succeed and which will fail... is that they were able to get just enough people to vote for them.

    I disagree. The growing divide between the rich & poor and the erosion of the middle class isn't because government is too controlling -- it's the opposite. How is it that we have financial meltdown after financial meltdown? It's because those with "big voices" (big corp, wealthy) dictate the laws that govern us. They are the bread & butter for politicians on each side of the isle. In the end we end up with deregulation and compromised legislation that results in big corp and the wealthy legally gaming the system. The only thing that is dictating our lives is the media whether it be "reality" TV or Fox "News".

  • The long road to the Start Screen

    @AndyC: I showed her the mouse corners trick later to which she declared I am not allowed to upgrade her laptop to Windows 8. Let's face it: all of the keyboard shortcuts and mouse tricks in the world isn't going to help Joe-user on the desktop. It's a geek's wet dream that people who are accustomed to the desktop on W7 will find the new keyboard shortcuts and mouse tricks "better". On a tablet sure it's fine but not on a desktop PC. 

    Perhaps it's ok to admit that for some or perhaps many W8 isn't going to feel like an upgrade to the W7 desktop they have today.