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Rich vs poor; Republican vs Democrat November 24, 2017

Posted by hslu in Congress, 美國, Economics.
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A lousy $202 tax saving if a single person makes $25,000 a year. It goes up to $4,289 when his or her salary is $175,000 a year.

Source: Business Insider

What is a government? December 9, 2014

Posted by hslu in Congress, Obama, Politics.
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The United States federal government means different things to different people:

Obama &            Power and control
Politicians          Re-election

Government      Iron rice bowl 鐵飯碗 &
employees         fat pensions

Government      Revolving door to
officials and      private jobs
managers          after retirement

Political              Access to government
donors                contracts and grants.      .                           ambassador to Togo

47%                   Entitlements, handouts
Middle class      Pay taxes all your life

US citizens        Big brother is watching

Illegal                 Amnesty, green cards
Immigrants       Medicare for parents
.                          Food stamps for kids

Insane Compensations to US Politicians June 25, 2014

Posted by hslu in Congress, Obama, Politics, Taxes.
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According to a Congressional Research Service report published in April 2014, many politicians are getting paid handsomely by American taxpayers:

Bill Clinton —  $944,000 in 2014. $16 millions since 2001.

GW Bush — $1.28 million in 2014. Telephone bill: $102,000. $135,000 on furniture, computers, office supplies, etc.

Obama: $1.4 billion every year.

–  The Obamas have the “biggest staff in history at the highest wages ever”.

–  Obama staff: 469. 226 make more than $100,000/year.

–  At least one projectionist at the WH 24 hours a day in case someone wants to watch a movie.

–  A “dog handler” makes $102,000/year to take care the dog. He goes where the dog goes.

–  Obamas frequently made separate vacations instead of going together.

Retired federal employees — ~150,000 getting paid at least $100,000/yr pensions for life.

US Senators — $4 million/yr just for “personal” and “office” expenses.

How can I pay as little tax as possible?

Endless Fees and Charges on Flights October 6, 2011

Posted by hslu in Economics, Food, Islam, Taxes, Travel.
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We have been making a few domestic and international flights in recent months and there are two more coming in three to four weeks.

One thing I have noticed when I booked our flights was that the fees associated with our flights were outrageous. They acted like extra taxes to the flight public and companies who have to cope with these extra charges whether they like it or not.

Simply put: these fees and charges  make traveling so much more expensive. Among the fees are security related charges thanks to Muslim terrorists. And what’s sad about them  is that they do not make the United States stronger.

Here are some fees and charges I was able to find out:

  • Passenger Facility Charges: Up to $18.00 to enhance safety, security, or capacity.
  • September 11th Security Fee: $2.50 per segment.
  • Foreign country Departure and Arrival Charges:  This tax can be up to $200.
  • U.S. International Departure Tax: $16.10
  • U.S. International Arrival Tax:
  1. Arrival tax: $16.10
  2.  US Customs fee: $5.50
  3. Immigration fee: $7.00
  4. Animal and Plant Health Inspection fee: $5.00.
  • Shipping & Handling Fees: $25 for paper tickets.
  • Service Fee: For the usage of travel sites when book a flight.
  • Itinerary Changes/Cancellations fees: $200 to $300

You see, even before your vacation begins, you have to shell out as much as $300 to make am international flight. If for whatever reason you have to make a change to your flight, that’s another $300.

Wow! This is ridiculousness!

On top of that, flight attendants and counter agents of many airline companies; AA and United are among the worst, treat their economy class travelers like a herd of sheep. There was no smile. There was no service. There was no politeness. They also serve the same kind of &%#*@ on international flights like they do on domestic flights.

For that enjoyment, you have to pay up to $300 fees and charges on top of the regular ticket prices.

This is so not fair and the traveling public can do nothing about it but to take it on the chin every time they have to fly to some where.

More Porks are coming! More Porks are coming! December 10, 2010

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The Democrats are doing their best to add more Porks to the tax deal in order to buy out those senators and congressmen who are not happy with Obama.

$800 billion?

No way.

How about $1.2 trillion after all the sweet heart deals and behind the door arm twisting buyouts.

No way to pay for it? No problem. We’ll just borrow them from the China, Japan and Germany.

We have the press, don’t we?

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