He has reigned over this company for years now, and its stock is less than half of its highs. Meanwhile....hasn't he been paid a lot over the years to do this? lol. Rentcheck Inc.
Please goldy...get real. The republicans lost tens of billions over and over in Iraq with no bid contracts and no production and nothing to show for it. It was YOUR idols that lost all that money. Did you send them a thank you card?
"My federal taxes run @ 25% of my income, which is as high as anyone should have to pay the federal government out of their working wages (to answer your question);"
Interesting figure. That is less than 1/3 the maximum tax rate my parents endured for years and years until lowering taxes and increased military spending dumped the US into the debt toilet. Did you look at how the deficity grew under Reagan and yet the economy was well into recovery at the end of Carter's term, but it was painful, as Volker raised interest rates until the scam artist investors could not speculate on real estate any more. States were free to govern their citizens as long as they didn't abuse their citizens, something your state of Texas was notorious for doing for decades. Perhaps you are too young to remember when NOTHING lived in the Houston ship channel, because it was so polluted. Texas big oil said it was a state's right issue, but it took the northern state senators to override the polluting mentality of Texans to put in an EPA that said you cannot KILL your citizens for profit. Do you remember when Bay City blew up, because of a flash fire? You used to be able to ignite the water in some of the ship channels, and it was because of states rights. Things cost more in Hawaii, because they should cost more. Everything must be imported, and Hawaii has no natural resources to speak of....unlike Texas. You saw my heavy state tax bill. Zero. Hawaii can't compete economically with your state, because we are isolated...the most isolated set of islands on earth. That being said, I have been to Texas many many times, and I notice we get a lot of Texans visiting Hawaii for vacation, but not vice versa unless Hawaiians are going to see relatives. My years in Houston, Galveston, Port Arthur, Beaumont, and those other hot spots were enough.
"If life is so wonderful in Sweden, why on earth do you choose to live in the USA?"
I choose to live here in the USA because my family including children and grandchildren are here...There is NO other reason. I have visited more places than you can name, and there are many where quality of life is much better for their average citizen than it is in the United States of America. I have NO patriotism, because I consider it a form of idol worship. I certainly don't worship other countries either or have patriotism for them.
I will acknowledge positive things about other countries and they deserve credit where credit is due unlike your condescending comments to them or making the comment you did above. Were you one of those "love it or leave it" folks from the Nixon era? I am Christian, believe in the teachings of Christ, and if you can enlighten me, please show me where Jesus said to "love your country?" He did mandate loving your enemy, but I can't recall anything about loving country, but please enlighten me. As I stated, I am not in Sweden, because I don't do 6 month winters or extreme temperatures for long times if at all possible. As far as what their government does for their population, it far outdoes what our own system does here.
My post stated just how high my taxes were. Why don't you tell us what percentage people working should pay in taxes? My tax liability turned out to be 9.3%. Since you are worried so much about debt, perhaps you should consider increasing revenues. Many people work and their total income doesn't equal the cost of living no matter how frugal they become. We have plenty of people where I live working a full time job and living in their old station wagon. The purpose of government should be to take care of the needs of their citizenry. If the government is unwilling to do that, perhaps we should have no government, no schools except where wealthy people can build their own and hire their own personal tudors for their children, no road signs or traffic laws, no laws at all for that matter other than the law of the gun, no national parks, just perhaps 50 pieces of property in the US that belong to the 50th wealthiest families, and the remainder of the people can lick their boots, but at least will be paying no taxes. Who needs food safety laws, or a court system? Who needs zoning laws? I certainly don't hate the tea party, but many are libertarians that live in a dream world hating all forms of government, except folks like Rand Paul wants to be part of government.
How about taking a look at the Swedes!!! They certainly rank far far far above the US citizens in terms of being happy with their status in life. Maybe they just enjoy having better education, better health care, less crime, cleaner streets, more average personal wealth with far less personal debt, and far less violence and thinking that perhaps paying a little more to the government to help provide much of that isn't a bad trade off. Using that Henry Ford quote was stupid. The American Indian never though he could be happy by letting the government take care of him....he was forced by the government to live on reservations, give up all his land, and in return, the government would give him next to nothing and do it with no choice. I expected better of you scs.
It is hysterical how the tea party complains we are all overtaxed and the feds need to lower taxes. We are at over a 60 year low rate. No wonder the govt. is broke. I just got my taxes to file. I am an OAP...Old age pensioner that has both Social Security and pension from my career in the private sector. I haven't drawn on IRA's yet but will have to in a few years as mandated by 70-1/2 age requirement to begin draw down. Anyhow, my pension/social security and interest income totaled out at $77K for the year, and after the "heavy" taxation load mandated by the feds, after a few deductions, my total tax liability is $7200, which looks like a whopping 9.3% tax liability. No wonder the feds have no money. Also, after filing state, I have no state tax liability. Enjoy high taxes.
You are correct rogere in your comment regarding Jesus. Jesus was quite clear in Mathew regarding turning cheeks and loving one's enemy. Yes, it does go against human nature, but isn't that the calling of Jesus? God doesn't ask our opinions from the flesh, but only clearly states "if you love me, keep my commandments." He isn't looking for our opinions....just obedience. Didn't Jesus say, "You have heard from old an eye for an eye....BUT... In other words, the old law is void. You can't argue pacifism from a Jewish point of view, but if you actually acknowledge and believe that Jesus is God, and he commanded you to "love your enemy and pray for those who persecute you," hiding under the cloak of human nature doesn't apply. It was Jesus who said that "he who would lose his life for MY sake would gain it." I believe it was Stanley Hauerwas that said that Christians should be far more willing to die for Christ than die for their country.
Maybe you had failed to read what I posted to rje and read it with comprehension. From your own quote comes the following. "Both sides are responsible for massacres and looting that have forced nearly a quarter of the population from their homes and triggered a huge humanitarian crisis."
The reason I initially responded to rje, was because he strongly insinuated that this was a one way street with muslims attacking Christians, when from your OWN quote it clearly states that "BOTH" sides are responsible. Sorry you didn't pick that up.
Oh well.....it has been going on for years. Dilution, dilution dilution. No value, lost money, but the CEO, who came from car body repair business is still there taking loads of cash every year while the retail shareholders have become bag holders. Sad!!! Glad I left years ago. I was getting tired of furnishing new engines on yachts.
I see you failed to mention the slaughtering of Muslims in Bangui, Central African Republic and the slaughtering being carried out by "Christians". These are recent also. I wonder if Franklin Graham has made any comments on the Christian slaughter of Muslims. Christianity should require a definition and require following the teachings of Christ. Anything else is false Christianity.
Are you just trying to be funny lakeed? Why don't you just see how stupid your suggestion would be. Using block coefficient, a tanker of 900 ft in length with beam of 150' would have square footage on exposure on top of 135K sq. ft. A 120 watt solar panel is very close to 5' x 2' or 10 sq. ft total. Last I remember, it took about 746 watts to equal just 1 hp. This means if the entire square footage was covered, there would be 13500 panels, each producing 120 watts under perfect conditions. This would total out to 2500 hp, which is pathetic if you are talking about pushing a 130K ton ship around full of oil. I sailed on ships whose cargo pumps were 5000 hp, and the ship wasn't moving. Also, the battery requirement would be so heavy that there would be no room for cargo. There was a coastal tanker that ran out of Japan that was wind driven. You can forget solar ships for some time. Do the math.
There are loads of companies going to the every month dividend. I don't know how you have missed. ZPTAF, ENYTF, PGH, now QRE recently went,, AT, ANGYF, ERF, LSTMF..etc. etc. It is the up and coming trend. I think companies have started doing this thinking that perhaps it will curb some of the ex dividend plays that take place with companies that have fairly high percentage dividends and pay quarterly. This will curb shorting day before or day of ex div and also curb some of those that play the last couple of weeks of dividend run ups. When the dividend becomes monthly, there is much less attempt to time buying for the dividend and then dumping just before ex dividend. It has nothing to do with hyping and duping unsuspecting investors.
We sold place in France but are still here in Hawaii, suffering through cold weather...lol The Crimean situation is a bit of a mess, but there is no doubt the US, and CIA were meddling all the time in Ukraine. The sad thing, is those most opposed to Russia in Ukraine are radical nationalists, neo nazis, and chechens that are militant islamists. The US picks strange allies when confronting Russia or the former Soviet Union. We got in bed with Bin Laden and the mujahadeen in Afghanistan only to confront them a few years later as the Taliban. Reagan loved Saddam Hussein and Bush's buddy Rumsfeld helped them get chemical weapon technology only to change course a few years later. It never ends. I can't blame too much of this foreign policy mess on Obama, as it has been going on for years. Just kick back and enjoy the rest of your life.
Good to hear from you rogere. Yes...the Reagan years were really kind of silly. Reagan went into Grenada to "liberate" the American students at a university there. In other words, Reagan ignored sovereign borders and sent the military in, and the right wingers loved it. They just don't understand hypocrisy. Khrushchev actually donated Crimea to Ukraine, or it would be Russian anyway. Certainly, the government in charge in Kiev isn't in charge by a mandate and vote of the citizens of Ukraine. It was a violent uprising funded to a certain extent by American government and American private industry. I think a former ebay founder sent a million bucks to fund the dissidents. The sad thing is the nearly the first thing the new govt. did was to ban the Russian language as the official language. Of course you upset people like that. Russia likes to control Ukraine, because the natural gas pipelines to Europe run through Ukraine. It is a weird world we live in, but I hope Putin and Obama can keep cool heads. This isn't like Russia is invading Poland, Czechoslovakia, Romania, Hungary, Yugoslavia, etc. Putin likes to consolidate personal power, but like all humans, his days are limited, and his offspring aren't the next automatic leader as the Kim family is in North Korea.
Meanwhile, weather is good here in Hawaii.