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  • mrussel1mrussel1 Posts: 20,751
    static111 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    CM189191 said:

    I'm sorry, I think it's terrible for people to think positively of the French Revolution, even just a little bit.  The fact that a popular left wing rag is called Jacobin is shameful.  
    What revolutions do you think are ok?
    The American Revolution, as an example, where the point wasn't to execute citizens, rather to fight soldiers.  

    Do you think it's perfectly acceptable to execute citizens, men, women and children?  And if you studied the French Revolution, you'll know that the reign of terror quickly spread to the same peasants and bourgeoisie who led the initial bloodshed.  See Robespierre, Maximilien.  

  • CM189191CM189191 Minneapolis via ChicagoPosts: 6,123
    mrussel1 said:
    static111 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    CM189191 said:

    I'm sorry, I think it's terrible for people to think positively of the French Revolution, even just a little bit.  The fact that a popular left wing rag is called Jacobin is shameful.  
    What revolutions do you think are ok?
    The American Revolution, as an example, where the point wasn't to execute citizens, rather to fight soldiers.  

    Do you think it's perfectly acceptable to execute citizens, men, women and children?  And if you studied the French Revolution, you'll know that the reign of terror quickly spread to the same peasants and bourgeoisie who led the initial bloodshed.  See Robespierre, Maximilien.  


    peasants and bourgeoisie who led the initial bloodshed:

    A car drives into protesters in Charlottesville Virginia One person was killed and more were injured




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  • mrussel1mrussel1 Posts: 20,751
    CM189191 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    static111 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    CM189191 said:

    I'm sorry, I think it's terrible for people to think positively of the French Revolution, even just a little bit.  The fact that a popular left wing rag is called Jacobin is shameful.  
    What revolutions do you think are ok?
    The American Revolution, as an example, where the point wasn't to execute citizens, rather to fight soldiers.  

    Do you think it's perfectly acceptable to execute citizens, men, women and children?  And if you studied the French Revolution, you'll know that the reign of terror quickly spread to the same peasants and bourgeoisie who led the initial bloodshed.  See Robespierre, Maximilien.  


    peasants and bourgeoisie who led the initial bloodshed:

    A car drives into protesters in Charlottesville Virginia One person was killed and more were injured




    Um okay, non-sequitur.  What are you saying then, because of these douchebags we should start executing other citizens?  I'm not following the logic. 
  • static111static111 Posts: 2,355
    mrussel1 said:
    static111 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    CM189191 said:

    I'm sorry, I think it's terrible for people to think positively of the French Revolution, even just a little bit.  The fact that a popular left wing rag is called Jacobin is shameful.  
    What revolutions do you think are ok?
    The American Revolution, as an example, where the point wasn't to execute citizens, rather to fight soldiers.  

    Do you think it's perfectly acceptable to execute citizens, men, women and children?  And if you studied the French Revolution, you'll know that the reign of terror quickly spread to the same peasants and bourgeoisie who led the initial bloodshed.  See Robespierre, Maximilien.  

    In the absence of legal recourse of taking advantage of other citizens of a lower class once other means have been satisfactorily exhausted I wholeheartedly would support a violent overthrow and reorganization.
  • mrussel1mrussel1 Posts: 20,751
    static111 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    static111 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    CM189191 said:

    I'm sorry, I think it's terrible for people to think positively of the French Revolution, even just a little bit.  The fact that a popular left wing rag is called Jacobin is shameful.  
    What revolutions do you think are ok?
    The American Revolution, as an example, where the point wasn't to execute citizens, rather to fight soldiers.  

    Do you think it's perfectly acceptable to execute citizens, men, women and children?  And if you studied the French Revolution, you'll know that the reign of terror quickly spread to the same peasants and bourgeoisie who led the initial bloodshed.  See Robespierre, Maximilien.  

    In the absence of legal recourse of taking advantage of other citizens of a lower class once other means have been satisfactorily exhausted I wholeheartedly would support a violent overthrow and reorganization.
    I don't believe in murder as a means of economic readjustment.  I think that's shameful, frankly.  
  • CM189191CM189191 Minneapolis via ChicagoPosts: 6,123
    mrussel1 said:
    CM189191 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    static111 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    CM189191 said:

    I'm sorry, I think it's terrible for people to think positively of the French Revolution, even just a little bit.  The fact that a popular left wing rag is called Jacobin is shameful.  
    What revolutions do you think are ok?
    The American Revolution, as an example, where the point wasn't to execute citizens, rather to fight soldiers.  

    Do you think it's perfectly acceptable to execute citizens, men, women and children?  And if you studied the French Revolution, you'll know that the reign of terror quickly spread to the same peasants and bourgeoisie who led the initial bloodshed.  See Robespierre, Maximilien.  


    peasants and bourgeoisie who led the initial bloodshed:

    A car drives into protesters in Charlottesville Virginia One person was killed and more were injured




    Um okay, non-sequitur.  What are you saying then, because of these douchebags we should start executing other citizens?  I'm not following the logic. 

    Citizens are already being executed.  It's already started.  
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  • mrussel1mrussel1 Posts: 20,751
    CM189191 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    CM189191 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    static111 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    CM189191 said:

    I'm sorry, I think it's terrible for people to think positively of the French Revolution, even just a little bit.  The fact that a popular left wing rag is called Jacobin is shameful.  
    What revolutions do you think are ok?
    The American Revolution, as an example, where the point wasn't to execute citizens, rather to fight soldiers.  

    Do you think it's perfectly acceptable to execute citizens, men, women and children?  And if you studied the French Revolution, you'll know that the reign of terror quickly spread to the same peasants and bourgeoisie who led the initial bloodshed.  See Robespierre, Maximilien.  


    peasants and bourgeoisie who led the initial bloodshed:

    A car drives into protesters in Charlottesville Virginia One person was killed and more were injured




    Um okay, non-sequitur.  What are you saying then, because of these douchebags we should start executing other citizens?  I'm not following the logic. 

    Citizens are already being executed.  It's already started.  
    So you're all about that?  Eye for eye?  Are they being executed like in a Soviet Gulag?  Is it more like a Nazi deathcamp?  Or are we seeing it in the public square like the French Revolution? Where does it start, where does it stop?  Are you actually thinking through what you are supporting here, because this feels like a Breitbart conversation.  
  • mrussel1 said:
    CM189191 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    CM189191 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    static111 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    CM189191 said:

    I'm sorry, I think it's terrible for people to think positively of the French Revolution, even just a little bit.  The fact that a popular left wing rag is called Jacobin is shameful.  
    What revolutions do you think are ok?
    The American Revolution, as an example, where the point wasn't to execute citizens, rather to fight soldiers.  

    Do you think it's perfectly acceptable to execute citizens, men, women and children?  And if you studied the French Revolution, you'll know that the reign of terror quickly spread to the same peasants and bourgeoisie who led the initial bloodshed.  See Robespierre, Maximilien.  


    peasants and bourgeoisie who led the initial bloodshed:

    A car drives into protesters in Charlottesville Virginia One person was killed and more were injured




    Um okay, non-sequitur.  What are you saying then, because of these douchebags we should start executing other citizens?  I'm not following the logic. 

    Citizens are already being executed.  It's already started.  
    So you're all about that?  Eye for eye?  Are they being executed like in a Soviet Gulag?  Is it more like a Nazi deathcamp?  Or are we seeing it in the public square like the French Revolution? Where does it start, where does it stop?  Are you actually thinking through what you are supporting here, because this feels like a Breitbart conversation.  
    Much more like an Obama FEMA camp or death panel.
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  • mrussel1mrussel1 Posts: 20,751
    mrussel1 said:
    CM189191 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    CM189191 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    static111 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    CM189191 said:

    I'm sorry, I think it's terrible for people to think positively of the French Revolution, even just a little bit.  The fact that a popular left wing rag is called Jacobin is shameful.  
    What revolutions do you think are ok?
    The American Revolution, as an example, where the point wasn't to execute citizens, rather to fight soldiers.  

    Do you think it's perfectly acceptable to execute citizens, men, women and children?  And if you studied the French Revolution, you'll know that the reign of terror quickly spread to the same peasants and bourgeoisie who led the initial bloodshed.  See Robespierre, Maximilien.  


    peasants and bourgeoisie who led the initial bloodshed:

    A car drives into protesters in Charlottesville Virginia One person was killed and more were injured




    Um okay, non-sequitur.  What are you saying then, because of these douchebags we should start executing other citizens?  I'm not following the logic. 

    Citizens are already being executed.  It's already started.  
    So you're all about that?  Eye for eye?  Are they being executed like in a Soviet Gulag?  Is it more like a Nazi deathcamp?  Or are we seeing it in the public square like the French Revolution? Where does it start, where does it stop?  Are you actually thinking through what you are supporting here, because this feels like a Breitbart conversation.  
    Much more like an Obama FEMA camp or death panel.
    Jade Helm actually murdered thousands...so there's that. 
  • mrussel1 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    CM189191 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    CM189191 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    static111 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    CM189191 said:

    I'm sorry, I think it's terrible for people to think positively of the French Revolution, even just a little bit.  The fact that a popular left wing rag is called Jacobin is shameful.  
    What revolutions do you think are ok?
    The American Revolution, as an example, where the point wasn't to execute citizens, rather to fight soldiers.  

    Do you think it's perfectly acceptable to execute citizens, men, women and children?  And if you studied the French Revolution, you'll know that the reign of terror quickly spread to the same peasants and bourgeoisie who led the initial bloodshed.  See Robespierre, Maximilien.  


    peasants and bourgeoisie who led the initial bloodshed:

    A car drives into protesters in Charlottesville Virginia One person was killed and more were injured




    Um okay, non-sequitur.  What are you saying then, because of these douchebags we should start executing other citizens?  I'm not following the logic. 

    Citizens are already being executed.  It's already started.  
    So you're all about that?  Eye for eye?  Are they being executed like in a Soviet Gulag?  Is it more like a Nazi deathcamp?  Or are we seeing it in the public square like the French Revolution? Where does it start, where does it stop?  Are you actually thinking through what you are supporting here, because this feels like a Breitbart conversation.  
    Much more like an Obama FEMA camp or death panel.
    Jade Helm actually murdered thousands...so there's that. 
    In all those Underground, interconnected abandoned Wal Marts, right? That’s why there’s no bodies.
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  • mrussel1mrussel1 Posts: 20,751
    mrussel1 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    CM189191 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    CM189191 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    static111 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    CM189191 said:

    I'm sorry, I think it's terrible for people to think positively of the French Revolution, even just a little bit.  The fact that a popular left wing rag is called Jacobin is shameful.  
    What revolutions do you think are ok?
    The American Revolution, as an example, where the point wasn't to execute citizens, rather to fight soldiers.  

    Do you think it's perfectly acceptable to execute citizens, men, women and children?  And if you studied the French Revolution, you'll know that the reign of terror quickly spread to the same peasants and bourgeoisie who led the initial bloodshed.  See Robespierre, Maximilien.  


    peasants and bourgeoisie who led the initial bloodshed:

    A car drives into protesters in Charlottesville Virginia One person was killed and more were injured




    Um okay, non-sequitur.  What are you saying then, because of these douchebags we should start executing other citizens?  I'm not following the logic. 

    Citizens are already being executed.  It's already started.  
    So you're all about that?  Eye for eye?  Are they being executed like in a Soviet Gulag?  Is it more like a Nazi deathcamp?  Or are we seeing it in the public square like the French Revolution? Where does it start, where does it stop?  Are you actually thinking through what you are supporting here, because this feels like a Breitbart conversation.  
    Much more like an Obama FEMA camp or death panel.
    Jade Helm actually murdered thousands...so there's that. 
    In all those Underground, interconnected abandoned Wal Marts, right? That’s why there’s no bodies.
    Many people are saying...
  • static111static111 Posts: 2,355
    edited September 2020
    Many people are saying that trump paid $750 more than Amazon in taxes, but that’s just smart business.
    Post edited by static111 on
  • static111static111 Posts: 2,355
    static111 said:
    Many people are saying that trump paid $750 more than Amazon in taxes, but that’s just smart business.
    Good for the stockholders too
  • mrussel1mrussel1 Posts: 20,751
    static111 said:
    static111 said:
    Many people are saying that trump paid $750 more than Amazon in taxes, but that’s just smart business.
    Good for the stockholders too
    I don't defend either.  But remember, with Trump we are talking about his personal income taxes, not how much a particular business paid.  These are two separate things.  And in neither case do I think Bezos or Trump should be executed. 
  • Gern BlanstenGern Blansten Your Mom'sPosts: 11,544
    mrussel1 said:
    static111 said:
    static111 said:
    Many people are saying that trump paid $750 more than Amazon in taxes, but that’s just smart business.
    Good for the stockholders too
    I don't defend either.  But remember, with Trump we are talking about his personal income taxes, not how much a particular business paid.  These are two separate things.  And in neither case do I think Bezos or Trump should be executed. 
    Most of his businesses are LLCs though...so the net income/loss ends up on his personal return.

    The point I have been making is that a good businessman would not have consistent losses like that.  Depreciation can be manipulated to lessen losses as well as increase losses.  To drive yourself into losses only means that you lost your ass.  There is no deep planning in losing your ass.
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  • CM189191CM189191 Minneapolis via ChicagoPosts: 6,123
    mrussel1 said:
    CM189191 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    CM189191 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    static111 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    CM189191 said:

    I'm sorry, I think it's terrible for people to think positively of the French Revolution, even just a little bit.  The fact that a popular left wing rag is called Jacobin is shameful.  
    What revolutions do you think are ok?
    The American Revolution, as an example, where the point wasn't to execute citizens, rather to fight soldiers.  

    Do you think it's perfectly acceptable to execute citizens, men, women and children?  And if you studied the French Revolution, you'll know that the reign of terror quickly spread to the same peasants and bourgeoisie who led the initial bloodshed.  See Robespierre, Maximilien.  


    peasants and bourgeoisie who led the initial bloodshed:

    A car drives into protesters in Charlottesville Virginia One person was killed and more were injured




    Um okay, non-sequitur.  What are you saying then, because of these douchebags we should start executing other citizens?  I'm not following the logic. 

    Citizens are already being executed.  It's already started.  
    So you're all about that?  Eye for eye?  Are they being executed like in a Soviet Gulag?  Is it more like a Nazi deathcamp?  Or are we seeing it in the public square like the French Revolution? Where does it start, where does it stop?  Are you actually thinking through what you are supporting here, because this feels like a Breitbart conversation.  

    It's already started.  

    Voting has failed us
    The courts have failed us
    The police have failed us
    Peaceful protesting has failed us

    Now it's just a matter of who gets to decide where and when it stops.  





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    "Yet where does this anarchy exist? Where did it ever exist, except in the single instance of Massachusetts? And can history produce an instance of a rebellion so honorably conducted? I say nothing of it’s motives. They were founded in ignorance, not wickedness.

    "God forbid we should ever be 20. years without such a rebellion. The people can not be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions it is a lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty.

    "We have had 13. states independent 11. years. There has been one rebellion. That comes to one rebellion in a century and a half for each state. What country before ever existed a century and half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve it’s liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?

    "Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure."
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  • static111static111 Posts: 2,355
    mrussel1 said:
    static111 said:
    static111 said:
    Many people are saying that trump paid $750 more than Amazon in taxes, but that’s just smart business.
    Good for the stockholders too
    I don't defend either.  But remember, with Trump we are talking about his personal income taxes, not how much a particular business paid.  These are two separate things.  And in neither case do I think Bezos or Trump should be executed. 
    To me it makes a case that the tax code is a bigger problem than Trump only paying $750.  Obviously Trump tipped the scale more in favor of the ultra wealthy, but it didn’t start with him.  Which is why this story will go away,  too many moneyed interests and high net worth people have too much to lose by focusing a microscope on tax codes and loopholes that benefit the rich.
  • Gern BlanstenGern Blansten Your Mom'sPosts: 11,544
    static111 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    static111 said:
    static111 said:
    Many people are saying that trump paid $750 more than Amazon in taxes, but that’s just smart business.
    Good for the stockholders too
    I don't defend either.  But remember, with Trump we are talking about his personal income taxes, not how much a particular business paid.  These are two separate things.  And in neither case do I think Bezos or Trump should be executed. 
    To me it makes a case that the tax code is a bigger problem than Trump only paying $750.  Obviously Trump tipped the scale more in favor of the ultra wealthy, but it didn’t start with him.  Which is why this story will go away,  too many moneyed interests and high net worth people have too much to lose by focusing a microscope on tax codes and loopholes that benefit the rich.
    or....the losses are somewhat legit and he just sucks at making money


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  • mrussel1mrussel1 Posts: 20,751
    CM189191 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    CM189191 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    CM189191 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    static111 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    CM189191 said:

    I'm sorry, I think it's terrible for people to think positively of the French Revolution, even just a little bit.  The fact that a popular left wing rag is called Jacobin is shameful.  
    What revolutions do you think are ok?
    The American Revolution, as an example, where the point wasn't to execute citizens, rather to fight soldiers.  

    Do you think it's perfectly acceptable to execute citizens, men, women and children?  And if you studied the French Revolution, you'll know that the reign of terror quickly spread to the same peasants and bourgeoisie who led the initial bloodshed.  See Robespierre, Maximilien.  


    peasants and bourgeoisie who led the initial bloodshed:

    A car drives into protesters in Charlottesville Virginia One person was killed and more were injured




    Um okay, non-sequitur.  What are you saying then, because of these douchebags we should start executing other citizens?  I'm not following the logic. 

    Citizens are already being executed.  It's already started.  
    So you're all about that?  Eye for eye?  Are they being executed like in a Soviet Gulag?  Is it more like a Nazi deathcamp?  Or are we seeing it in the public square like the French Revolution? Where does it start, where does it stop?  Are you actually thinking through what you are supporting here, because this feels like a Breitbart conversation.  

    It's already started.  

    Voting has failed us
    The courts have failed us
    The police have failed us
    Peaceful protesting has failed us

    Now it's just a matter of who gets to decide where and when it stops.  





    "Wonderful is the effect of impudent and persevering lying. The British ministry have so long hired their gazetteers to repeat and model into every form lies about our being in anarchy, that the world has at length believed them, the English nation has believed them, the ministers themselves have come to believe them, and what is more wonderful, we have believed them ourselves.

    "Yet where does this anarchy exist? Where did it ever exist, except in the single instance of Massachusetts? And can history produce an instance of a rebellion so honorably conducted? I say nothing of it’s motives. They were founded in ignorance, not wickedness.

    "God forbid we should ever be 20. years without such a rebellion. The people can not be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions it is a lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty.

    "We have had 13. states independent 11. years. There has been one rebellion. That comes to one rebellion in a century and a half for each state. What country before ever existed a century and half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve it’s liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?

    "Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure."
    That's fucking crazy talk.  If you think that's the future, you would be wise to head to Canada right now.  If I thought that, I would be gone.  
  • mrussel1mrussel1 Posts: 20,751
    mrussel1 said:
    static111 said:
    static111 said:
    Many people are saying that trump paid $750 more than Amazon in taxes, but that’s just smart business.
    Good for the stockholders too
    I don't defend either.  But remember, with Trump we are talking about his personal income taxes, not how much a particular business paid.  These are two separate things.  And in neither case do I think Bezos or Trump should be executed. 
    Most of his businesses are LLCs though...so the net income/loss ends up on his personal return.

    The point I have been making is that a good businessman would not have consistent losses like that.  Depreciation can be manipulated to lessen losses as well as increase losses.  To drive yourself into losses only means that you lost your ass.  There is no deep planning in losing your ass.
    Yes I know.  And I agree with the broader point about him being a terrible businessman, and the foolishness of the personal guarantees he seems to have made.  I'm drawing a distinction between Amazon and Trump industries. 
  • CM189191CM189191 Minneapolis via ChicagoPosts: 6,123
    mrussel1 said:
    CM189191 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    CM189191 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    CM189191 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    static111 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    CM189191 said:

    I'm sorry, I think it's terrible for people to think positively of the French Revolution, even just a little bit.  The fact that a popular left wing rag is called Jacobin is shameful.  
    What revolutions do you think are ok?
    The American Revolution, as an example, where the point wasn't to execute citizens, rather to fight soldiers.  

    Do you think it's perfectly acceptable to execute citizens, men, women and children?  And if you studied the French Revolution, you'll know that the reign of terror quickly spread to the same peasants and bourgeoisie who led the initial bloodshed.  See Robespierre, Maximilien.  


    peasants and bourgeoisie who led the initial bloodshed:

    A car drives into protesters in Charlottesville Virginia One person was killed and more were injured




    Um okay, non-sequitur.  What are you saying then, because of these douchebags we should start executing other citizens?  I'm not following the logic. 

    Citizens are already being executed.  It's already started.  
    So you're all about that?  Eye for eye?  Are they being executed like in a Soviet Gulag?  Is it more like a Nazi deathcamp?  Or are we seeing it in the public square like the French Revolution? Where does it start, where does it stop?  Are you actually thinking through what you are supporting here, because this feels like a Breitbart conversation.  

    It's already started.  

    Voting has failed us
    The courts have failed us
    The police have failed us
    Peaceful protesting has failed us

    Now it's just a matter of who gets to decide where and when it stops.  





    "Wonderful is the effect of impudent and persevering lying. The British ministry have so long hired their gazetteers to repeat and model into every form lies about our being in anarchy, that the world has at length believed them, the English nation has believed them, the ministers themselves have come to believe them, and what is more wonderful, we have believed them ourselves.

    "Yet where does this anarchy exist? Where did it ever exist, except in the single instance of Massachusetts? And can history produce an instance of a rebellion so honorably conducted? I say nothing of it’s motives. They were founded in ignorance, not wickedness.

    "God forbid we should ever be 20. years without such a rebellion. The people can not be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions it is a lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty.

    "We have had 13. states independent 11. years. There has been one rebellion. That comes to one rebellion in a century and a half for each state. What country before ever existed a century and half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve it’s liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?

    "Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure."
    That's fucking crazy talk.  If you think that's the future, you would be wise to head to Canada right now.  If I thought that, I would be gone.  

    I don't think that's future. 

    It's happening now. 

    Right before our eyes.
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  • mrussel1mrussel1 Posts: 20,751
    CM189191 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    CM189191 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    CM189191 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    CM189191 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    static111 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    CM189191 said:

    I'm sorry, I think it's terrible for people to think positively of the French Revolution, even just a little bit.  The fact that a popular left wing rag is called Jacobin is shameful.  
    What revolutions do you think are ok?
    The American Revolution, as an example, where the point wasn't to execute citizens, rather to fight soldiers.  

    Do you think it's perfectly acceptable to execute citizens, men, women and children?  And if you studied the French Revolution, you'll know that the reign of terror quickly spread to the same peasants and bourgeoisie who led the initial bloodshed.  See Robespierre, Maximilien.  


    peasants and bourgeoisie who led the initial bloodshed:

    A car drives into protesters in Charlottesville Virginia One person was killed and more were injured




    Um okay, non-sequitur.  What are you saying then, because of these douchebags we should start executing other citizens?  I'm not following the logic. 

    Citizens are already being executed.  It's already started.  
    So you're all about that?  Eye for eye?  Are they being executed like in a Soviet Gulag?  Is it more like a Nazi deathcamp?  Or are we seeing it in the public square like the French Revolution? Where does it start, where does it stop?  Are you actually thinking through what you are supporting here, because this feels like a Breitbart conversation.  

    It's already started.  

    Voting has failed us
    The courts have failed us
    The police have failed us
    Peaceful protesting has failed us

    Now it's just a matter of who gets to decide where and when it stops.  





    "Wonderful is the effect of impudent and persevering lying. The British ministry have so long hired their gazetteers to repeat and model into every form lies about our being in anarchy, that the world has at length believed them, the English nation has believed them, the ministers themselves have come to believe them, and what is more wonderful, we have believed them ourselves.

    "Yet where does this anarchy exist? Where did it ever exist, except in the single instance of Massachusetts? And can history produce an instance of a rebellion so honorably conducted? I say nothing of it’s motives. They were founded in ignorance, not wickedness.

    "God forbid we should ever be 20. years without such a rebellion. The people can not be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions it is a lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty.

    "We have had 13. states independent 11. years. There has been one rebellion. That comes to one rebellion in a century and a half for each state. What country before ever existed a century and half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve it’s liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?

    "Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure."
    That's fucking crazy talk.  If you think that's the future, you would be wise to head to Canada right now.  If I thought that, I would be gone.  

    I don't think that's future. 

    It's happening now. 

    Right before our eyes.
    What are these examples of government executing citizens? And don't use police brutality because that's been happening for 200 years. 
  • CM189191CM189191 Minneapolis via ChicagoPosts: 6,123
    mrussel1 said:
    CM189191 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    CM189191 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    CM189191 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    CM189191 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    static111 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    CM189191 said:

    I'm sorry, I think it's terrible for people to think positively of the French Revolution, even just a little bit.  The fact that a popular left wing rag is called Jacobin is shameful.  
    What revolutions do you think are ok?
    The American Revolution, as an example, where the point wasn't to execute citizens, rather to fight soldiers.  

    Do you think it's perfectly acceptable to execute citizens, men, women and children?  And if you studied the French Revolution, you'll know that the reign of terror quickly spread to the same peasants and bourgeoisie who led the initial bloodshed.  See Robespierre, Maximilien.  


    peasants and bourgeoisie who led the initial bloodshed:

    A car drives into protesters in Charlottesville Virginia One person was killed and more were injured




    Um okay, non-sequitur.  What are you saying then, because of these douchebags we should start executing other citizens?  I'm not following the logic. 

    Citizens are already being executed.  It's already started.  
    So you're all about that?  Eye for eye?  Are they being executed like in a Soviet Gulag?  Is it more like a Nazi deathcamp?  Or are we seeing it in the public square like the French Revolution? Where does it start, where does it stop?  Are you actually thinking through what you are supporting here, because this feels like a Breitbart conversation.  

    It's already started.  

    Voting has failed us
    The courts have failed us
    The police have failed us
    Peaceful protesting has failed us

    Now it's just a matter of who gets to decide where and when it stops.  





    "Wonderful is the effect of impudent and persevering lying. The British ministry have so long hired their gazetteers to repeat and model into every form lies about our being in anarchy, that the world has at length believed them, the English nation has believed them, the ministers themselves have come to believe them, and what is more wonderful, we have believed them ourselves.

    "Yet where does this anarchy exist? Where did it ever exist, except in the single instance of Massachusetts? And can history produce an instance of a rebellion so honorably conducted? I say nothing of it’s motives. They were founded in ignorance, not wickedness.

    "God forbid we should ever be 20. years without such a rebellion. The people can not be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions it is a lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty.

    "We have had 13. states independent 11. years. There has been one rebellion. That comes to one rebellion in a century and a half for each state. What country before ever existed a century and half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve it’s liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?

    "Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure."
    That's fucking crazy talk.  If you think that's the future, you would be wise to head to Canada right now.  If I thought that, I would be gone.  

    I don't think that's future. 

    It's happening now. 

    Right before our eyes.
    What are these examples of government executing citizens? And don't use police brutality because that's been happening for 200 years. 
    Enjoy Canada
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  • mrussel1mrussel1 Posts: 20,751
    CM189191 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    CM189191 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    CM189191 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    CM189191 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    CM189191 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    static111 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    CM189191 said:

    I'm sorry, I think it's terrible for people to think positively of the French Revolution, even just a little bit.  The fact that a popular left wing rag is called Jacobin is shameful.  
    What revolutions do you think are ok?
    The American Revolution, as an example, where the point wasn't to execute citizens, rather to fight soldiers.  

    Do you think it's perfectly acceptable to execute citizens, men, women and children?  And if you studied the French Revolution, you'll know that the reign of terror quickly spread to the same peasants and bourgeoisie who led the initial bloodshed.  See Robespierre, Maximilien.  


    peasants and bourgeoisie who led the initial bloodshed:

    A car drives into protesters in Charlottesville Virginia One person was killed and more were injured




    Um okay, non-sequitur.  What are you saying then, because of these douchebags we should start executing other citizens?  I'm not following the logic. 

    Citizens are already being executed.  It's already started.  
    So you're all about that?  Eye for eye?  Are they being executed like in a Soviet Gulag?  Is it more like a Nazi deathcamp?  Or are we seeing it in the public square like the French Revolution? Where does it start, where does it stop?  Are you actually thinking through what you are supporting here, because this feels like a Breitbart conversation.  

    It's already started.  

    Voting has failed us
    The courts have failed us
    The police have failed us
    Peaceful protesting has failed us

    Now it's just a matter of who gets to decide where and when it stops.  





    "Wonderful is the effect of impudent and persevering lying. The British ministry have so long hired their gazetteers to repeat and model into every form lies about our being in anarchy, that the world has at length believed them, the English nation has believed them, the ministers themselves have come to believe them, and what is more wonderful, we have believed them ourselves.

    "Yet where does this anarchy exist? Where did it ever exist, except in the single instance of Massachusetts? And can history produce an instance of a rebellion so honorably conducted? I say nothing of it’s motives. They were founded in ignorance, not wickedness.

    "God forbid we should ever be 20. years without such a rebellion. The people can not be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions it is a lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty.

    "We have had 13. states independent 11. years. There has been one rebellion. That comes to one rebellion in a century and a half for each state. What country before ever existed a century and half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve it’s liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?

    "Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure."
    That's fucking crazy talk.  If you think that's the future, you would be wise to head to Canada right now.  If I thought that, I would be gone.  

    I don't think that's future. 

    It's happening now. 

    Right before our eyes.
    What are these examples of government executing citizens? And don't use police brutality because that's been happening for 200 years. 
    Enjoy Canada
    Uh huh
  • Gern BlanstenGern Blansten Your Mom'sPosts: 11,544
    CM189191 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    CM189191 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    CM189191 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    CM189191 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    static111 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    CM189191 said:

    I'm sorry, I think it's terrible for people to think positively of the French Revolution, even just a little bit.  The fact that a popular left wing rag is called Jacobin is shameful.  
    What revolutions do you think are ok?
    The American Revolution, as an example, where the point wasn't to execute citizens, rather to fight soldiers.  

    Do you think it's perfectly acceptable to execute citizens, men, women and children?  And if you studied the French Revolution, you'll know that the reign of terror quickly spread to the same peasants and bourgeoisie who led the initial bloodshed.  See Robespierre, Maximilien.  


    peasants and bourgeoisie who led the initial bloodshed:

    A car drives into protesters in Charlottesville Virginia One person was killed and more were injured




    Um okay, non-sequitur.  What are you saying then, because of these douchebags we should start executing other citizens?  I'm not following the logic. 

    Citizens are already being executed.  It's already started.  
    So you're all about that?  Eye for eye?  Are they being executed like in a Soviet Gulag?  Is it more like a Nazi deathcamp?  Or are we seeing it in the public square like the French Revolution? Where does it start, where does it stop?  Are you actually thinking through what you are supporting here, because this feels like a Breitbart conversation.  

    It's already started.  

    Voting has failed us
    The courts have failed us
    The police have failed us
    Peaceful protesting has failed us

    Now it's just a matter of who gets to decide where and when it stops.  





    "Wonderful is the effect of impudent and persevering lying. The British ministry have so long hired their gazetteers to repeat and model into every form lies about our being in anarchy, that the world has at length believed them, the English nation has believed them, the ministers themselves have come to believe them, and what is more wonderful, we have believed them ourselves.

    "Yet where does this anarchy exist? Where did it ever exist, except in the single instance of Massachusetts? And can history produce an instance of a rebellion so honorably conducted? I say nothing of it’s motives. They were founded in ignorance, not wickedness.

    "God forbid we should ever be 20. years without such a rebellion. The people can not be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions it is a lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty.

    "We have had 13. states independent 11. years. There has been one rebellion. That comes to one rebellion in a century and a half for each state. What country before ever existed a century and half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve it’s liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?

    "Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure."
    That's fucking crazy talk.  If you think that's the future, you would be wise to head to Canada right now.  If I thought that, I would be gone.  

    I don't think that's future. 

    It's happening now. 

    Right before our eyes.
    your hero tRump is allowing this to happen?  Blasphemy!! 
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  • static111 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    static111 said:
    static111 said:
    Many people are saying that trump paid $750 more than Amazon in taxes, but that’s just smart business.
    Good for the stockholders too
    I don't defend either.  But remember, with Trump we are talking about his personal income taxes, not how much a particular business paid.  These are two separate things.  And in neither case do I think Bezos or Trump should be executed. 
    To me it makes a case that the tax code is a bigger problem than Trump only paying $750.  Obviously Trump tipped the scale more in favor of the ultra wealthy, but it didn’t start with him.  Which is why this story will go away,  too many moneyed interests and high net worth people have too much to lose by focusing a microscope on tax codes and loopholes that benefit the rich.
    My favorite defense from a trumper former co-worker is "Who wrote the tax codes??? Biden was in congress for 47 years!!!! Trump is just taking advantage of it".  He also goes on and on about "term limits for congress".

    But when I asked him if he ever voted against Chuck Grassley or his new senator Lindsey Graham since they've spent 45 & 25 years respectively in congress.....he gets quiet.  Blame the people that write the tax codes when people cheat but it's always the other guy's rep or senator that's the problem!!!
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  • Gern BlanstenGern Blansten Your Mom'sPosts: 11,544
    edited March 27
    static111 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    static111 said:
    static111 said:
    Many people are saying that trump paid $750 more than Amazon in taxes, but that’s just smart business.
    Good for the stockholders too
    I don't defend either.  But remember, with Trump we are talking about his personal income taxes, not how much a particular business paid.  These are two separate things.  And in neither case do I think Bezos or Trump should be executed. 
    To me it makes a case that the tax code is a bigger problem than Trump only paying $750.  Obviously Trump tipped the scale more in favor of the ultra wealthy, but it didn’t start with him.  Which is why this story will go away,  too many moneyed interests and high net worth people have too much to lose by focusing a microscope on tax codes and loopholes that benefit the rich.
    My favorite defense from a trumper former co-worker is "Who wrote the tax codes??? Biden was in congress for 47 years!!!! Trump is just taking advantage of it".  He also goes on and on about "term limits for congress".

    But when I asked him if he ever voted against Chuck Grassley or his new senator Lindsey Graham since they've spent 45 & 25 years respectively in congress.....he gets quiet.  Blame the people that write the tax codes when people cheat but it's always the other guy's rep or senator that's the problem!!!
    And the tax code is just a method of reporting....he still lost money...that he is able to take "depreciation" is beside the point because depreciation just represents expensing property.  Yes, sometimes you can take more expense than you have actually paid cash for (i.e. you buy a piece of equipment for $100K and write the whole thing off at once even though you bought it with borrowed money) but over time depreciation just represents cash paid.

    I remember Bill Maher talking about how you could tell tRump didn't have any money because of the shit he would put his name on.  Water, vodka, steak, TrumpU, etc.  He needs cash from whatever source he can get it because the banks are choking him.  And I'll never forget him suggesting that he could still do The Apprentice from the WH.  He fucking needs the money.

    My point being...it isn't the tax code...he doesn't make any fucking money
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  • static111 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    static111 said:
    static111 said:
    Many people are saying that trump paid $750 more than Amazon in taxes, but that’s just smart business.
    Good for the stockholders too
    I don't defend either.  But remember, with Trump we are talking about his personal income taxes, not how much a particular business paid.  These are two separate things.  And in neither case do I think Bezos or Trump should be executed. 
    To me it makes a case that the tax code is a bigger problem than Trump only paying $750.  Obviously Trump tipped the scale more in favor of the ultra wealthy, but it didn’t start with him.  Which is why this story will go away,  too many moneyed interests and high net worth people have too much to lose by focusing a microscope on tax codes and loopholes that benefit the rich.
    My favorite defense from a trumper former co-worker is "Who wrote the tax codes??? Biden was in congress for 47 years!!!! Trump is just taking advantage of it".  He also goes on and on about "term limits for congress".

    But when I asked him if he ever voted against Chuck Grassley or his new senator Lindsey Graham since they've spent 45 & 25 years respectively in congress.....he gets quiet.  Blame the people that write the tax codes when people cheat but it's always the other guy's rep or senator that's the problem!!!
    And the tax code is just a method of reporting....he still lost money...that he is able to take "depreciation" is beside the point because depreciation just represents expensing property.  Yes, sometimes you can take more expense than you have actually paid cash for (i.e. you buy a piece of equipment for $100K and write the whole thing off at once even though you bought it with borrowed money) but over time depreciation just represents cash paid.

    I remember Bill Maher talking about how you could tell tRump didn't have any money because of the shit he would put his name on.  Water, vodka, steak, TrumpU, etc.  He needs cash from whatever source he can get it because the banks are chocking him.  And I'll never forget him suggesting that he could still do The Apprentice from the WH.  He fucking needs the money.

    My point being...it isn't the tax code...he doesn't make any fucking money
    He loses more than he makes, way more. The Team Trump Treason organization is a Ponzi scheme and it’s going to come tumbling down. Bernie Madoff kept his afloat for 25 years. Seems about right.
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  • Halifax2TheMaxHalifax2TheMax Posts: 27,287

    We don't need tax reform, naaaaaaaaah, what we really need is a tax cut for the wealthy 1%.


    The richest 1 percent dodge taxes on more than one-fifth of their income, study shows

    Those at the very top of the income spectrum deny the U.S. government roughly $175 billion a year in revenue, researchers estimate.

    The richest Americans are hiding more than 20 percent of their earnings from the Internal Revenue Service, according to a comprehensive new estimate of tax evasion, with the top 1 percent of earners accounting for more than a third of all unpaid federal taxes.

    That’s costing the federal government roughly $175 billion a year in revenue, according to the findings by a team of economists from academia and the IRS.

    The data come as Senate Democrats consider raising taxes on the ultrawealthy to reduce inequality and fund their legislative priorities. President Biden, in a sharp reversal from his predecessor, has signaled that he wants to raise taxes on the wealthy, corporations and estates.

    The researchers say that years of IRS funding cuts, combined with the increased sophistication of tax evasion tactics available to the rich, have made shirking tax obligations easier than ever. And they say that these estimates probably understate the true extent of tax evasion at the top of the income spectrum.

    To catch tax cheats and measure evasion, the IRS randomly audits returns. But such reviews turn up very little evidence of evasion among the extremely wealthy, in part because the rich use sophisticated accounting techniques that are difficult to trace, like offshore tax shelters, pass-through businesses and complex conservation easements.

    The IRS attempts to correct for this through a number of statistical methods. But the new study finds that even the IRS’s standard corrections underestimate the true extent of tax evasion among the rich.

    The researchers were able to demonstrate this after the IRS and Justice Department initiated a crackdown on tax evasion in 2008. That effort led to the creation of the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program, which allowed taxpayers to disclose previously hidden offshore assets and pay a penalty in exchange for immunity from prosecution. According to the IRS, tens of thousands of taxpayers took advantage of the program before it shut down in 2018.

    Hundreds of those taxpayers, as it turns out, had also been randomly audited before the creation of the program. The researchers matched those audits with the subsequent disclosures, and found that IRS auditors missed the offshore assets roughly 93 percent of the time.

    These riches sheltered overseas, moreover, were concentrated almost exclusively among the very top earners.

    The study also uncovered evidence of widespread underreporting of income among proprietors of pass-through businesses, whose revenue are taxed on their owners’ returns. “Up to 35% of the income earned at the top is not comprehensively examined in the context of random audits,” the authors found.

    Factoring in underreporting from overseas tax shelters and pass-through businesses alone, the authors produced an estimate of the true distribution of tax evasion in the United States. Taxpayers in the bottom half of the income spectrum evade taxes on around 7 percent of their income. Among the top fifth of taxpayers, however, avoidance rises to around 10 percent.

    But evasion peaks among the richest 5 percent, who have an income of at least $200,000 and who, as a cohort, capture more than one-third of total national earnings. Taxpayers in this group hide more than 20 percent of their income from tax collectors.

    In total, nearly $1 out of every $12 earned in the United States is sheltered from federal income taxes because of the sophisticated evasion techniques of people earning more than $200,000 a year.

    “The IRS needs a lot more resources from Congress,” said Daniel Reck, a lead author of the study, via email. He said the agency should “invest in more comprehensive examination strategies, involving audits of individuals, pass-through businesses, and other private entities (charities, trusts, etc.). It needs to hire and train large numbers of experts to conduct those more comprehensive examinations.”

    “They can absolutely do all of this, but budget cuts have severely curtailed their ability to do it,” he added.

    Since 2010, total funding for the IRS fell by about 20 percent, according to recent congressional testimony by IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig. The number of enforcement staff employed by the agency fell 30 percent over the same period.

    Those staffing cuts have, in turn, driven a sharp drop in audit rates, especially for wealthy taxpayers. In the mid-2010s, close to 30 percent of the returns of the richest 0.01 percent of taxpayers — those earning at least $10 million a year — were typically audited. By 2019, that number had fallen to well under 10 percent.

    Steven Rosenthal, a tax policy expert at the Urban Institute who was not involved with the research, cautioned that tax return data from the pre-offshore crackdown era may be limited in terms of what it can tell us about evasion today.

    “Since the 2000s, the IRS effectively shut down offshore accounts by aggressive enforcement, reporting, etc.,” he said via email. “And I do not see why we would expect taxpayers who used offshore accounts in the 2000s to migrate to other unlawful activity.”

    But, Reck countered, “it would be a big mistake to claim that offshore evasion is virtually nonexistent in 2021.” To prove his case, he points to whistleblower reports claiming large banks continued to help wealthy clients stash money offshore after the crackdown, a 2018 Treasury Department report criticizing the IRS for not pursuing offshore evasion aggressively enough, and the 2020 federal indictment of billionaire software executive Robert Brockman on tax evasion charges involving offshore holdings.

    “People might have a harder time simply stashing wealth in Switzerland now, but they can still create complex networks of offshore and US entities and adopt ludicrously aggressive tax positions, like Brockman did,” Reck said.

    Rosenthal also noted that the distinction between legal tax avoidance and illegal tax evasion gets extremely muddy at the top of the income spectrum, where billionaires like Donald Trump employ teams of lawyers and accountants to push the limits of what the tax code allows — in Trump’s case, allowing him to pay just $750 in 2017 on millions of dollars in income.

    “Lowering your tax bill from many complicated structures is not clearly unlawful,” he said. “The IRS might win or lose in court,” or they might simply opt for a settlement somewhere in the middle.

    “Hiring more agents would help,” he added. But, “the solution to this avoidance at the top end is write better tax rules.”

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  • Gern BlanstenGern Blansten Your Mom'sPosts: 11,544
    I had a client call me yesterday asking for help on the 2nd round of PPP loans.  He's got like $2mil in real estate and lives in a $2mil home and is applying for more free money.

    It doesn't make sense. 

    Don't get me wrong...if I qualified I would get it.  My beef is that it doesn't make sense to give more money to rich people for no fucking reason.
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