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Flying Squirrel

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I am the same DU member who formerly posted under the name FlyingSquirrel (no space). I killed this profile by changing both my password and email at a time when I felt I had developed an unhealthy addiction to the internet in general and DU in particular. Not sayin' I'm any better now ;-)

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It has been a source of personal pride for me that I put nobody on "Ignore"

But after seeing the PPR's lately, it seems apparent that Skinner has been taking into account the number of "star members ignoring" a DU'er when deciding to PPR them. If that's what it takes to get some of these long-time disruptors (or people who otherwise just seem to be on the wrong website) out of here, then that's what I'm gonna start doing.

There will always be a few left who can (and will) leave them off ignore and alert on their posts - and I thank those people for their service to DU. For my part, I'm going to start ignoring them.

Posted by Flying Squirrel | Wed Jan 30, 2013, 12:22 AM (35 replies)

Vague sense of futile rage while filing my tax return

The general population who works for an employer will pay 4.2% FICA and 1.45% Medicare this year (next year it goes back up to 6.2% unless Congress extends the break we've been getting for the past two years.)

Me? I pay 10.4% FICA and 2.90% Medicare because I'm self-employed. (Goes up to 12.4% FICA this year)

My Adjusted Gross Income for 2012 was $8,100 - whereas the Federal Poverty Level for my family of two was $15,130 for the year 2012.

So, regardless of the fact that I made just over HALF the FPL for myself and my daughter, I get to pay an additional $620 in taxes -- for programs they're doing their best to raise the eligibility age for and/or completely do away with, and make sure I never see a penny of my contributions returned to me.

This I already knew. But then I get a rude awakening to something I had paid little attention to thus far: The eligibility age for the Child Tax Credit.

It was bad enough that they reduced the Child Tax Credit from $1,000 to $800 - this credit has helped a lot of people like me. Then this year I discover that my daughter no longer qualifies because she turned 17 last year.

Oh, I'm sure the Federal Government had a really good reason for making the cut-off age be 17 instead of 18. She should have gotten a part-time job (in this economy?) I specifically forbade her from even trying to get a part time job because she has had a hard time passing all her classes as it is - she's had to make some up in summer school the past three years, and this year she is very close to not graduating unless she can make up for a failed English class. I think it's a bit more important for her to get a high school diploma than flip a few burgers to help out financially this year - it's her future I'm thinking about.

So there's another $745 that I had anticipated receiving, gone... another 9.2% of my overall income.

This, again, for a family of two making 53.5% of the Federal Poverty Level. That extra $1,365 would have really gone a long way for us.

But we really need to keep those tax breaks for the rich going, don't we?

Posted by Flying Squirrel | Mon Jan 28, 2013, 09:12 PM (9 replies)

OK, so let me get this straight. Harry doesn't have the votes

to make filibuster changes, so even after all his bluster about how he'll use the 'nuclear option' if McConnell won't accept a watered-down version, he doesn't hold a vote. (That should keep the Republicans shaking in their shoes next time he threatens them with, well, ANYTHING.)

Meanwhile, the Republicans don't have the votes to overturn Obamacare, but they hold numerous votes about it all the time, wasting taxpayer time and money.

What's wrong with this picture? Is there some reason he couldn't have held the vote to at least see how it might have turned out? Is there some reason he couldn't have gotten the votes on record? Oh, because we want to reserve the right to do the same thing if we're ever in the minority again? That's called PLAYING TO NOT LOSE. And it almost always results in the team that's doing it LOSING. Here's who's really losing: The American People! The filibuster was not meant to be used in this fashion, by either party. If our party cared about that, they wouldn't be trying to reserve the right for themselves. They'd just do what was right.

Well, wah. Now we can't get anything done that the public overwhelmingly supports because of those big bad Republicans. What else is new. I'm thoroughly disgusted and I'm done watching this game. Just not gonna watch anymore, it's too hard on my blood pressure to have my hopes raised and dashed by 'Give 'em hell Harry...or not!' any more.
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Thu Jan 24, 2013, 09:06 PM (3 replies)
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