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Trying to correct the improper usage of the term assault rifle is like spitting in the wind - it serves no purpose. It has been improperly used by so many people for so long that it is now commonly understood, if not accepted. As stated above, it is common English usage.
Just like the term 'shrapnel' . No one has been wounded by shrapnel in over 100 years, unless they dug up a Civil War era shrapnel round. But when you read about a shrapnel wound, you know they really mean bomb fragment or shell fragment.
"The people whom have worked at Gulistan have not had a pay increase in the last 10 years"
Sorry, that is incorrect. The minimum wage was increased in 2007 to $6.15, in 2008 to $6.55 and in 2009 to $7.25. So minimum wage workers at Gulistan have gotten three pay increases in just the last 5 years.
" first, most who worked in the "mill" earned meager wages, with only a net income to put food on the table. No extra for retirement portfolios or 401k investments."
Food on the table probably also included smokes and beer. If you wanted to put a few dollars a week in a savings account, you would find the money.
After 40 years with the company, Mr Ring should certainly be well vested in the company retirement account, and after 40 years of saving, he should also have a comfortable nest egg saved in his own personal retirement savings, IRA or whatever.
If he is not lucky enough to get another job, both of these should carry him until he is eligible in three years to get payments from the third component of individual retirement, which is social security.
Aberdeen Cafe is empty again, maybe they could try their hands at the restaurant business and stay in Aberdeen.
"the officials they elect must either be idiots like them or opportunists who are good at manipulating idiots"
Hands in his pockets, wow that's important. Maybe he took his military etiquite instruction from the Air Force, after all, in the Army, your pockets are called 'air force gloves.'
And some more.
Here's some nostalgia for you.
You're right, iIncome Is Income: All income should be included when determining an individual's taxable income. So that should include social security payments, unemployment payments, disability payments, aid to families with dependent children, welfare and food stamp payments and earned income credit.
You are also right that there should be transparent Tax Burdens: Tax rules should be straightforward, with walls erected to preclude opportunities for special interest exceptions. This includes exemptions for churches, non-profit orgainzations, charities, charitible contributions and home mortgage deduction.
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