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libertydies30 126 posts  |  Last Activity: May 30, 2015 10:36 AM Member since: Jul 5, 2010
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  • Reply to

    50 Cows for Obama's Daughter

    by ron.green48 May 26, 2015 5:33 PM
    libertydies30 libertydies30 May 30, 2015 10:36 AM Flag

    Hardly. He is far better liked and respected than the last clown. Look at the coalitions he has been able to form even with the Chinese and the Russians.

  • Reply to

    50 Cows for Obama's Daughter

    by ron.green48 May 26, 2015 5:33 PM
    libertydies30 libertydies30 May 30, 2015 10:33 AM Flag

    No one thought yours were worth that? Jealous?

  • libertydies30 libertydies30 May 30, 2015 10:32 AM Flag

    Sounds like they are much more enlightened than fox. At least they can tell news from propaganda and stick to the truth better.

  • libertydies30 by libertydies30 May 30, 2015 10:24 AM Flag

    LA, NJ, WI, and Kansas all in trouble. _" Richard M. Skinner, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute, writes in a recent blog post. Even though tax policy generally doesn't inspire voters to storm the ballot boxes, Skinner continues, where a candidate stands on the issue will "determine what becomes law."

    "There's about a 50-50 chance that the next president will be a Republican" he writes. "Almost certainly a Republican president would be accompanied by a Republican Congress, which will be highly motivated to pass the new GOP president's agenda. Tax cuts can be enacted by reconciliation, as George W. Bush did in 2001, so they cannot be blocked by a Democratic filibuster."

    But Baker and other analysts say Kansas' five-year experiment with Laffer's theories has been a disaster by most measures. The Sunflower State lags behind its peers in job creation, tax revenue is far short of expectations and its bond and credit ratings have been downgraded, mostly because rating agencies say the tax breaks are unsustainable and the promised economic growth almost never happens.

    "I think it's curious. [GOP leaders] just refuse to look at the evidence," he says, citing the work of former Congressional Budget Office chief Douglas Elmendorf, whom congressional-majority Republicans fired late last year, purportedly for questioning Laffer-curve economics. GOP lawmakers wanted him to score federal spending cuts as stimulating the economy instead of negatively affecting future budgets.

    "Doug when he was head of CBO was trying to be an honest economist," Baker says. "But I don't think any economist can criticize [Laffer] from the right."

  • libertydies30 libertydies30 May 29, 2015 3:50 PM Flag

    Immigrant population is less than when he took office.

  • libertydies30 libertydies30 May 29, 2015 8:14 AM Flag

    Then it shouldn't be a big deal to raise it should it.

  • libertydies30 by libertydies30 May 29, 2015 8:12 AM Flag

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Kansas legislators must trim state spending, the Senate's top leader said Wednesday, after the chamber rejected a plan for raising taxes to close a projected budget shortfall.

    The Senate voted 30-1 against giving first-round approval to a bill to raise sales, tobacco and gasoline taxes and to suspend for two years a 2012 tax break for business owners and farmers that is one of Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's biggest economic initiatives.

    "Clearly, we need to do some additional cutting in order to get out of here," said Senate President Susan Wagle, a Wichita Republican.

    The Senate's daylong debate exposed multiple divisions among its Republican supermajority over closing a $406 million budget deficit projected for the fiscal year beginning July 1. Wagle, a Wichita Republican, and Majority Leader Terry Bruce, a Nickerson Republican, disagree over preserving the tax break for business owners and farmers.

    Half a dozen conservative GOP senators signaled that they won't support any tax increase, and Republicans don't expect to get any help from the eight Democrats in the 40-member chamber.

    House and Senate negotiators finished work last week on a proposed $15.5 billion state budget for the next fiscal year, but tax increases would be necessary to meet the state constitution's mandate that it balance. Wagle said they'll have to rethink spending recommendations, but she wasn't specific.

    The budget problems arose after Brownback successfully pushed lawmakers to cut personal income taxes in 2012 and 2013 to stimulate the economy. The state reduced income tax rates, dropped its top rate 29 percent, and exempted the profits of 281,000 business owners and 53,000 farmers altogether.

  • Reply to

    King county unemployment rate plummets

    by libertydies30 May 28, 2015 5:24 PM
    libertydies30 libertydies30 May 28, 2015 10:52 PM Flag

    Why do these right wingers hate good news so much? Oh yeah that's right, we have a black president. Nothing good is allowed to happen. Any good news has to be a lie as far as they are concerned.

  • Reply to

    King county unemployment rate plummets

    by libertydies30 May 28, 2015 5:24 PM
    libertydies30 libertydies30 May 28, 2015 10:48 PM Flag

    3.3% unemployment with a 15 dollar minimum wage. the bottom is twice as high as the federal bottom.

  • If Seattle businesses are closing up shop in response to our $15 minimum wage, you wouldn’t know it from our falling unemployment rate:

    "King County’s unemployment rate reach[ed] a low not seen since April 2008, data released Tuesday by the state Employment Security Department show.

    King County’s unemployment rate in April was 3.3 percent, compared to 4 percent in March and 4.1 percent in April 2014.

    Okay, monthly unemployment data is not seasonally adjusted, so the rate will surely rise in May and June as college and high school graduates join the workforce (like it does every year). And of course, it will take years—maybe even a couple decades—to fully suss out the employment effect (if any) of Seattle’s phased-in $15 minimum wage.

    But again, if employers are cutting back on hiring in anticipation of rising labor costs—like $15 critics insist a rationally self-interested employer would—you wouldn’t know it from our falling unemployment rate.

    But, you know, one #$%$ chain pizza place closed, so screw the data."

  • libertydies30 by libertydies30 May 28, 2015 4:07 PM Flag

    Climate Progress:

    “Look, first of all, the climate is changing,” Bush said. “I don’t think the science is clear what percentage is man-made and what percentage is natural. It’s convoluted. And for the people to say the science is decided on, this is just really arrogant, to be honest with you.”

    Actually, it’s pretty easy to understand scientists’ best estimate of what fraction of recent warming is man-made — all of it. Jeb Bush asserts this issue is “convoluted,” but in fact it is so widely accepted that every major government in the world — including China, Russia, and Saudi Arabia — signed off on that finding almost two years ago.

    I’m speaking of the findings of the IPCC’s 2013 Summary for Policymakers Fifth Assessment of the scientific literature. A key IPCC conclusion was that scientists are 95 to 100 percent certain humans are responsible for most of the added warming since 1950. They further explain that “the best estimate of the human-induced contribution to warming is similar to the observed warming over this period.”

    To repeat, the best estimate is that humans are responsible for all of the warming we have suffered since 1950. Again, every major government in the world signed off on this finding, just like every other line in the Summary.

    As for degree of certainty, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society, explained last year, “The science linking human activities to climate change is analogous to the science linking smoking to lung and cardiovascular diseases.” I guess for Jeb the question of whether smoking is bad for your health is “convoluted” — and it’s “just really arrogant” for the Surgeon General and other medical professionals “to say the science is decided on.”

  • Reply to

    If you really want to thank a Vet

    by ron.green48 May 25, 2015 1:41 AM
    libertydies30 libertydies30 May 26, 2015 3:22 PM Flag

    George senior was the last vet. his son was worse than a draft dodger and would have had a dishonorable discharge if not for his fathers position.

  • Reply to

    THE FED needs to cut interest rates here

    by ressrh May 26, 2015 12:22 PM
    libertydies30 libertydies30 May 26, 2015 3:17 PM Flag

    ????? The discount rate is .75 and the FED fund rate is .25

  • The Antarctic ozone hole would have been 40% bigger by now if ozone-depleting chemicals had not been banned in the 1980s, according to research.

    Models also show that at certain times, a large hole would have opened up at the other end of the globe.

    The Arctic hole would have been large enough to affect northern Europe, including the UK, scientists say.

    The Montreal Protocol is regarded as one of the most important global treaties in history.

    The protocol provides a lesson for the future and we must hope that the coming climate change talks show the same foresight
    Dr Jonathan Shanklin, British Antarctic Survey

    It was signed in 1987 after the discovery of a hole in the ozone layer above the Antarctic, the part of the upper atmosphere where ozone is found in high concentrations.

    Ozone absorbs ultraviolet radiation, preventing most of it from reaching the ground.

    Concerted international action led to the signing in Montreal of a UN agreement which phased out ozone-depleting chemicals, including chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) - once widely used in fridges and spray cans.

    The new research, led by scientists at the University of Leeds, simulated what the ozone hole would have been like today if nothing had been done

  • Reply to

    If you really want to thank a vet

    by libertydies30 May 24, 2015 10:57 PM
    libertydies30 libertydies30 May 25, 2015 5:33 PM Flag

    For less than two years and you expected Obama to do eeverything on the democrat agenda without bringing the republicans along? Obama tried to work with the GOP which was a big mistake that cost him two years.

  • Reply to

    Growth in Kansas

    by jhitcher2011 May 17, 2015 4:46 PM
    libertydies30 libertydies30 May 25, 2015 4:20 PM Flag

    What are you smoking? "BTC REPORTS: 2015 Budget Undermines North Carolina's Competitiveness.

    By Tazra Mitchell, Cedric Johnson & Alexandra Forter Sirota
    Budget & Tax Center
    September 2014

    The 2015 state budget, passed by the NC General Assembly and signed by Governor McCrory, undermines North Carolina’s competitive position in the 21st century global economy. Lawmakers failed to provide a high-quality education for all children, protect natural resources, support community-based economic development, or provide adequate health and human services to North Carolina residents. By neglecting to make such investments, state leaders are hampering the recovery of struggling communities and failing to build a foundation for an economy that works for all. These shortcomings in the budget are another reminder that the state cannot afford the growing cost of the 2013 tax plan, which drained resources for schools and other basic services to mainly benefit high-income households.

  • Reply to

    Growth in Kansas

    by jhitcher2011 May 17, 2015 4:46 PM
    libertydies30 libertydies30 May 25, 2015 4:12 PM Flag

    Not KC center for economic growth Hitch. The Kansas center for economic growth.

  • Reply to

    Growth in Kansas

    by jhitcher2011 May 17, 2015 4:46 PM
    libertydies30 libertydies30 May 25, 2015 4:10 PM Flag

    Wichita State University's Center for Economic Development and Business Research . A Liberal left wing blub? Come on Hitch that cut and past of yours is a right wing blogger with an agenda . Maybe Kansas city is doing well but the rest of the state is still lagging and the state is out of money. You had to search a lot to find a blogger who would make the claims you posted.

  • Reply to

    Libertylies being that

    by againzevoter May 23, 2015 10:06 AM
    libertydies30 libertydies30 May 24, 2015 11:17 PM Flag

    No one has a serious discussion with you little z. Yes, John Kerry who was much maligned by a right wing hate group served honorably was decorated more than once just as the others mentioned before he became a politician. He didn't avoid combat buy having his father get him in a guard unit or escape with a lot of educational deferments. He volunteered, and served doing his job as he was asked to do it whether he agreed or not.

  • Reply to

    If you really want to thank a vet

    by libertydies30 May 24, 2015 10:57 PM
    libertydies30 libertydies30 May 24, 2015 11:10 PM Flag

    Ask a vet about it little Z. It isn't great but it is far better than it was. There is only so much Obama can do by executive order, Major funding has to go through congress.

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