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post #9586 of 37428
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Originally Posted by The Noodles View Post
 

Can someone explain to me this? 

I pay income tax on my earnings (a hefty %). 

Then with that after tax money, I have to pay sales tax when I eat at restaurants or buy stuff at stores.

Also with that after tax money, I have to pay real estate tax and personal property tax (car). 

 

...and don't even get me started on Social Security. I'll never get a penny of it but I am paying for it.

 

Here's what ticks me off even more.

I have a friend, bless his soul, who gets food stamp credit cards, money for his baby (food & diapers). 

What's maddening is that he and his employer has agreed to pay everything off the books (in cash - illegal) and he gets to report an income well below what he gets in cash. 

Doesn't pay income tax, doesn't pay social, etc. 

Just a big effing crack in the system and people are probably abusing the heck out of this!

 

About 60% of your federal tax burden (and by this I include income, social security, FICA, etc. since there's no sensible reason to distinguish between them) goes towards what is called non-discretionary spending: social security, medicare, medicaid, interest on the national debt.  Aside from interest, the bulk supports the elderly.  Medicaid, of course, supports the poor, but it's the smallest of these programs and also one of the more humane things we do.  Also, you're not "paying into" social security. You're supporting current beneficiaries, again, mainly older people.  

 

Of the remaining 40% of federal spending, 25pp's goes to the military. One can, of course (and I do), question the wisdom of this, but it's hardly social welfare. So, only 15% of federal spending is non-defense, non-discretionary spending.  This covers the full range of government activities from building roads to NASA to the Commerce Department and so on.  There's really not a lot in there for freeloaders.

 

On a state level, you live in Virginia, so your marginal income rates are pretty low.  Your real estate and personal property taxes are assessed on a local level (presumably Fairfax or Arlington) and go mainly to support your local schools, which are very highly rated and contribute to inflating the value of your house, making you a direct beneficiary even if you don't have kids.

 

There's loads to gripe about in the US tax system, but for me its mainly its complexity and insufficient progressivity.  By any global comparison the effective rates are rather low. (says the guy, btw, who is moving to zero-income-tax Dubai tomorrow)

post #9587 of 37428
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Originally Posted by mimo View Post
 

 

And like Archibald said, it's not exactly a smart choice - nor even a pleasant lifestyle for that matter.  It's just a good provocative news story to get the Rep vote out. :)

 

Back to the subject of titles, I am singularly unqualified in that sense, but I find it baffling that people put these things on their business cards.  On a CV, sure, the front page talks loudest so putting your PhD or MBA or whatever next to your name at the top, has some kind of sense I suppose.  But do I really give a shit whether the guy I've just met to talk business is a Master of the Arts, of a subject and provenance undefined?  That's not information, that's small talk!

 

(mimo, MBE)

 

(which is even sillier)

 

Can we start calling you Sir Mimo? :)

post #9588 of 37428
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Originally Posted by jssdc View Post
 

 

Can we start calling you Sir Nemo Mimo:)

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post #9589 of 37428
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Originally Posted by kulata View Post

You don't need it then. But it is awesome!!!! biggrin.gif

i dont "need" much of anything, but at present i only have one navy SC (another to be made soon) both solid. this would be a great addition. im 99% sure ima kop.
post #9590 of 37428

You might still get it slightly cheaper at Bloomingdale's in NYC. From another thread some jackets in SF discounted to 800 then half of that off apparently. It's not $290 though.

post #9591 of 37428

Formosans, how wide is that lapel? 4 inches? 3.5 inches is a sweet spot for me; 3 inches I'll tolerate (I'm guessing the Eidos Tipo is 3.25). Is the wide lapel a Napoli characteristic, so a fairly constant feature of that tailoring?

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Originally Posted by The Noodles View Post
 

Real estate taxes, property taxes, state income tax, donations to church, and interest on mortgage are the ones that I can think of that you can claim. But what sales tax are you talking about?

 

The point is, I feel like the law abiding middle class is being raped and pillaged while others who don't give a rat's arse get all this free money from the gov't. By the way, that friend laughs at me when he talks about all the free gov't money he gets by saying you're funding this! :censored: 

 

If you're going to be angry about taxes, be angry about corporate tax levels and loopholes that exist therein. Corporations can be 'people' and still not have to pay taxes.


They're closer in stature to your friend on food stamps to the poor that need the benefits.

post #9593 of 37428
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Originally Posted by TweedyProf View Post

You might still get it slightly cheaper at Bloomingdale's in NYC. From another thread some jackets in SF discounted to 800 then half of that off apparently. It's not $290 though.

Idk, the price they are offering me is plenty fair, Im not about to run around calling stores to see who has it a little better. Unless someone has a link of course. smile.gif
post #9594 of 37428
Bloomingdales doesn't have that jacket. I don't think they have anything you'd be interested in, Stitchy.
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Yeah, I am going to kop. Final answer. You owe me money for this MF!!
post #9596 of 37428

What did you see at the Bloomingdale's MF?

post #9597 of 37428
Monkeyface Monkeyface, what do you see?

I see an Eidos jacket looking at me.
post #9598 of 37428

Greg just posted this. Compare and contrast

 

 

The exercise is Tipo versus Lorenzo which as Greg pointed out are pretty different.

post #9599 of 37428

How wide are Formosa lapels? My coworker's comment on it was, "It is as wide as a landing strip for a 747."

post #9600 of 37428
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Originally Posted by The Noodles View Post
 

How wide are Formosa lapels? My coworker's comment on it was, "It is as wide as a landing strip for a 747."


Dude you own one, measure it. I have to say, it gives me pause. I'm guessing 4 inches?

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