Why is the government trying to dictate behavior and morals beyond what the constitution already provides?
The salaries and benefits are significantly above any private sector job for like work. Anyone wanting to know what they get for their $ should quietly do their own checking. Efficiency and improvement is a foreign language to some government operations. I wonder why civil servants comp should keep up with or exceed inflation when the rest of the country is not?
All teachers should not be armed. Unless you have been in a shoot or be shot situation you may not be as qualified to opine on this issue as you think..No rehearsal or "do overs" in those situations. There are no retakes and slow motion views like journalist do when they tell us exactly what should have been done. Select teachers and other school employees with strict criteria and extensive training....BTW pay them better also.
Most teachers would be more like Mayberry's Barney Fife instead of Rambo. They need to be defended from some students behavior.
Charter schools perform better. We can't afford more security officers the money was spent on a 15% salary increase in the super's $167,000 salary.
ml post from her fav publication the NYT...
With the exception of the Senate, where voters from states with small populations have vastly more power than those from, say, California or Texas, the rest of the American political system is committed to the bedrock principle of “one person one vote.”
It is still one vote per person. The smaller population states don't have more power than larger states, be thankful someone had the foresight to see the need for this balance to keep those smaller states from being dictated to by the larger. The house does not have such balance. I agree ML it is nobodies business who I voter for, it is a secret ballot for good reason. However, I believe everyone has the right to know by individual name who donated how much to who.
It is very doable but the incumbents of either party want to fix the government for sale process.
If that figure is close, and if tax-exempt organizations were taxed as businesses, it could potentially bring in $2-4 trillion a year into the Treasury, unless such organizations were to actually be able to justify that they have valid expenses and actually delivered funds out to recipients.
Thanks for the information alprova. Whatever the final amount it would do a lot toward balancing the budget unless congress just used it to justify more spending.
While that is true, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a ruling that opened the door to competition that will drive the cost down tremendously for Genetic DNA testing. It is predicted to fall into the low $100's by the time ObamaCare kicks in.
The Supreme Court ruling sounds good but there will be much less R&D with no patent rights enabling the recovery of the cost of developing a genetic diagnostic and treatment process. I think it may have been Abraham Lincoln that said the "patent is the greatest invention of all inventions" or something to that effect. I don't like paying the high initial cost but patents provide the incentive for those willing to take risk.
Exemptions and mandates are going to cost tax payers dearly in addition to higher than predicted health care premiums. An example of a costly mandate reported by CNBC is that under Obamacare, genetic counseling and testing must be provided without patient cost-sharing for women whose family history indicates high risk. Angelina Jolie's genetic testing cost over $3,000. She chose double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery which was most likely paid by her insurance. She chose surgery over monitoring after genetic testing indicated she had a high probability rating.
alprova explains why AARP is a tax exempt entity....
"If so why?"
Their published materials are designed to educate their members to matters that concern them. Yes, they touch on politics and contribute heavily when the issue involves older Americans.
Thus, over the past decade, they have contributed more than a billion dollars, 90% of it at the state level, to lobby for passage of legislation that it feels is positive towards seniors.
These are to me good reason not to be tax exempt. The more I learn about who is tax exempt and why the more irritated I get.
Obama wants me and others to pay more taxes while by default am already and will be adding to my support of those exempt entities whether I agree with their objectives or not.
Those who support religious groups being exempt may have second thoughts when they realize that Mosque and their clergy are exempt also. I would not be surprised to learn the KKK is exempt as well.
Anyone have any idea what the dollar value is of the tax exemptions of all those exempt organizations and individuals, in other words how much in taxes would have been paid on their revenue?
IT IS PAST TIME FOR SWEEPING TAX REFORM WITHOUT BIAS OR FAVOR TO ANY INDIVIDUAL OR GROUP OF INDIVIDUALS.
I can't see any justification for any tax exemptions. However, if they are to be they should certainly not be granted to any tax exempt organization that participates in politics or contributes to a political party or cause or spends any money to affect the voting results. Is AARP exempt? If so why? How many lobbyist or lawyers are employed to gain government support by exempt organizations?