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Name: Steve
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GOP Party Chairman Really Doesn't Want To Talk About Abolishing The IRS (also John Birch Society)

from: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1251394227

GOP Party Chairman Really Doesn't Want To Talk About Abolishing The IRS
Posted: 02/03/2015 5:56 pm EST Updated: 28 minutes ago

WASHINGTON -- It's prominently featured on the Republican Party's website, with its own page and even a petition for the cause: "Stand With The GOP And Fight To Abolish the IRS."

But on Tuesday, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus dodged question after question about whether he thinks the tax agency should be eliminated and if the position laid out on his party's website -- one that's been used to rally the tea party and raise money -- is official GOP policy.

"I think clearly people need a simplified tax code, a flatter code," Priebus told one reporter, when asked if he supports abolishing the IRS. "We need to obviously follow Paul Ryan's lead of balancing the budget and getting control of our debt problems."

When the reporter asked again, the GOP Party chairman didn't even try to answer.

"Listen, I'm coming out here to do one quick thing here," he said, trailing off. "I'm already late...."


Labor unions: what reforms are needed, IF ANY ?

Note: Before you chastise me, please know that I am an ardent supporter of unions. Unions protect working people and have benefited this country over the years. Are any reforms needed, or are all necessary laws/regulations already in place ? I am ignorant on this topic, so I'm going to sit back and read. Thank you kindly in advance.

After 7 - Can't Stop (1990), loving it

When will brain-computer interface become available to everyone ?


ETA: If you consider this toy BCI, it's already here: http://www.necomimi.com/

Why do the Republicans hate labor unions so much ?

Is it simply because labor unions demand better working conditions, decent benefits and higher/fair pay ? Is it because labor unions pose a threat to unlimited profits (which is a good thing, IMHO) ? Haven't some Republicans ever been IN a labor union that actually looked out for them ? Are all Republicans so stupid and short-sighted that they can't stand paying union dues in exchange for the long and short-term benefits ?

I've never been in a union, sadly (my profession desperately needed one), but even I see the value in unions. Thank you in advance.

Update on Otter browser (old-school Opera clone)


It's in its 4th beta now, and it's vastly improved. I'd daresay you could use it for your everyday browsing now.

Planned features to be implemented

1.0.01 - first stable release (2015-06-01) (from link above)

So, has everyone at DU in the Northeast dug out completely ?

I heard parts of Long Island got 30" and parts of MA got maybe almost 3 feet ???

*****BOG POST*****Obama Mocks Republican Party: ‘Starting To Sound Pretty Democratic’



Philadelphia, Pa. (CBS DC) – President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney rekindled their 2012 presidential campaign barbs Thursday, with Obama taking broad shots at the GOP and saying their party platform is “starting to sound pretty Democratic.”

Speaking to the House Democratic caucus in Philadelphia Thursday night, Obama exhorted a rallying cry for Democratic Party policies while taking shots at the Republicans – who hold a 58-seat majority in the House and 54-seat majority in the Senate.

Obama said Republicans are just now realizing that the richest 1 percent of Americans are succeeding while a growing number of Americans are falling into poverty.

“Even though their policies haven’t quite caught up, their rhetoric is starting to sound pretty Democratic,” Obama said of Republicans at the House Democratic retreat. “I consider imitation the highest form of flattery.”

He added that Democratic policies have been successful where Republican positions have failed

My thoughts about Manhattan, from a periodic visitor

1- Been to Manhattan in 1964, 1978, 1984, 1989, 1996, 2006 and just a few days ago.

2- I absolutely love the place. Too pricey to live there, though. Big shoebox sized condo = $230,000, no thanks. Don't want to be a renter. Not interested in living in NJ, CT, Brooklyn, etc. (sorry for mistype, conveyed totally wrong impression, wow!)

3- Everyone was great. Even the sedan driver who charged me way too much for a round trip to Jersey City was quite pleasant.

4- I kept getting lost, no sun to orient me. Meh, it was ok. Lost = walked wrong direction for ONE block, so it wasn't that bad. Next time I'll know tips for orienting myself without the sun.

5- Next time I'm flying, no more 20 hours of driving, ugh.

6- I'll go again next year, maybe.

7- Next time I'm paying the money for cabs, to heck with walking!

eta: It sounds like next time, I need to make Brooklyn and/or another borough my destination instead of too-pricey Manhattan.

I'm in Manhattan on vacation ask me anything

My apologies to our lovely New Yorkers who hate all this snow!
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