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    This is a battle between competing business...

    This is a battle between competing business interests, with regulators caught in the middle. The cell phone companies -- and all the applications they enable ("Meta," say) will probably win - with...
  2. Bill D. has it mostly right. We'll just have to...

    Bill D. has it mostly right. We'll just have to stop buying beer and other taxable items at grocery stores . . .

    California Food Tax: Is Food Taxable in California? - TaxJar
  3. Back to the OP's question - when someone like...

    Back to the OP's question - when someone like Amazon collects state tax, they send it back to the respective states they collected it from. Apparently it's supposed to go back to the smallest...
  4. They end up wasting money because they are...

    They end up wasting money because they are greedy, self-serving, or incompetent. See the examples above. If you imagine there aren't any greedy, self-serving, or incompetent people running or...
  5. You're the one doing the imagining here. Were...

    You're the one doing the imagining here. Were you interested: factual sources are readily available to show the total tax rate (local, state, Fed, VAT, etc.) in various countries.

    Check them...
  6. You must not know much about business. I would...

    You must not know much about business.

    I would agree that government wastes a bunch of money. Much of this is because we've let it become captive to special interests. It seems that recent...
  7. It's certainly true that lots of jobs can be done...

    It's certainly true that lots of jobs can be done either by private or publicly organized companies. It's also most certainly not true that private companies motivated to earn the highest...
  8. You didn't answer the question. There are a...

    You didn't answer the question. There are a couple hundred countries in the world. Which one -- whether democratically elected, ruled by despots or kings -- manages to provide "fair wages for the...
  9. What country, anywhere in the world, do you...

    What country, anywhere in the world, do you imagine has a total taxation rate of 10%? As in "10% and income and that is it." Can you even find one where you'd like to live under 25%?

    Hey, I'd...
  10. Probably not, Bill. If you're rich, you use...

    Probably not, Bill.

    If you're rich, you use the US government to educate your workers, build roads to bring materials in and ship goods out, and use the courts to enforce contracts. You may...
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    More than just autos - all manner of stuff from...

    More than just autos - all manner of stuff from appliances to golf carts and satellite systems. We met maybe 45 years ago when we were both speakers at a "Manufacturing Leadership Summit" and a...
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    Fair enough that Sandy is getting on in age -...

    Fair enough that Sandy is getting on in age - he's about 20 years past the time when most people retire. That said, he's been a huge asset to manufacturing in this country. He's a brilliant...
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    113 Rockwell C? Curious - how does that happen...

    113 Rockwell C? Curious - how does that happen and how is even measured?
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    They might also have been destined for use on a...

    They might also have been destined for use on a turret lathe.
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    If you go the add-drywall route, you might check...

    If you go the add-drywall route, you might check architectural details for the best details. Ideally a second wall -- completely sealed along the lines "barbter" outlined -- would be spaced apart...
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    Depending upon where you live, owning your space...

    Depending upon where you live, owning your space can be one of the best deals you'll make in a lifetime of work. Lots of reasons why this might not be for you, but worth thinking about.

    If we...
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    Trump and his follower's comparisons, not mine. ...

    Trump and his follower's comparisons, not mine. "Wow" would be right.
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    Most of what you wrote makes sense, at least to...

    Most of what you wrote makes sense, at least to me.

    It's Trump as a "moral compass" for so much of the religious right that puzzles me -- and apparently you on the Q front.. The Church I grew up...
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    Because it sounded a bit hypocritical? Sort of...

    Because it sounded a bit hypocritical? Sort of like holding fast to Ten Commandments and imagining a guy who's broken most of them should be the moral compass for a country?

    You started by...
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    Your 616th post in this thread, Bill. A...

    Your 616th post in this thread, Bill.

    A thread Big B apparently started as a salt lick for "Trump cult members" -- and you apparently imagine is named "How many ways can I kiss Trump's ample...
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    Yep, God's Eleventh Commandment, lost to scribes....

    Yep, God's Eleventh Commandment, lost to scribes. Heaven forbid we'd be asked to report stolen property, even at the Pearly Gates . . .

    I'm still wondering, though, about the GPS coordinates...
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    You and EG seem to have the same concern. You...

    You and EG seem to have the same concern. You want me to spell out where that path leads.

    If we go down the populist wanna-be dictator route, I think we end up screwing ourselves. The real...
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    Here's one possibility. With a narcissistic...

    Here's one possibility.

    With a narcissistic populist demagogue, inciting us-versus-them hatred, using Orwellian big lies to subvert truth, trashing our supposed-to-be independent civil service,...
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    I get the point about health decisions. But the...

    I get the point about health decisions. But the Founders most surely anticipated interactions between individuals and their government.

    There's that national Post Office and those national...
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    Yep, here's another one of Candace Owen's "spot...

    Yep, here's another one of Candace Owen's "spot on" quotes:

    "Whenever we say "nationalism" the first thing people think about, at least in America, is Hitler. You know, [Hitler] was a national ...
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