I’m no expert but I’m pretty sure the tax system is EXTREMELY broken in the US. I’m also pretty sure eliminating all of the current tax code and starting from scratch is the solution. I have no degree in this kind of stuff but that seems to be a reasonable approach to me.
I’d love to see the numbers if we went to a flat tax percentage for everyone and eliminated the loopholes and most of the write offs. I’m not saying there shouldn’t be any write offs or credits but those should only be reserved for people who actually need them like students and people making less than $X/year. At a certain point you can’t fix something with patches and you just need to start over. Our tax system is definitely already at that point. So hey, politicians, stop all this bullshit and start over already.
I’ve been thinking about my next phone a lot lately. In fact, tomorrow I qualify to upgrade. I fully plan to stay with Verizon of course and that means there’s really only 2 or 3 devices I’m interested in. I thought this was pretty well decided. I thought the DROID BIONIC was going to be it. The HTC Thunderbolt is quite nice too and I do like HTC Sense more than Moto’s Blur interface skin. I’m already an Android user and I do like the idea of Android a lot. Lately though, I find myself doubting that choice and I’m almost excited over the possibilities that could come from the iPhone 5.
I think it comes down to the designer in me wants an iPhone for its beautiful interface and apps that tend to follow standards to match that. On the other hand the geek in me wants to stay in the Android world for its more open platform and ability to use apps that don’t have to go through an approval process. I also like that there are less pay apps on Android. I’m really torn. I think I’ll wait to get a new phone until after I get back from Switzerland. Not really much reason to have it for a few weeks then not use it for 3 months. I figure in August I’ll have a better idea of what an iPhone 5 might be like and I could actually touch a DROID BIONIC by then too. I wish I could upgrade my phone every 6 months, or even a year. I hate having to make a 2 year commitment like this. I’ll probably by this one at Best Buy and use their buy back program so I can upgrade sooner.
Ezra Klein • Analyzing (demolishing is more like it) the merits of the Balanced Budget Amendment, which all 47 Senate Republicans have endorsed. The amendment would require 2/3 majorities in both chambers of Congress in order to enact any tax increases, and wouldn’t allow total spending per year to exceed 18% of GDP. Bruce Bartlett, former domestic policy advisor to Reagan, has said that the proposed amendment is “quite possibly the stupidest constitutional amendment I think I have ever seen,” and that it “looks like it was drafted by a couple of interns on the back of a napkin.” Ouch. source (via • follow)
I can’t help but think back to the article I read comparing Reagan and Obama and showing how close they actually were. Reagan was not what today’s Republicans want you to believe. Morons I tell ya, morons.