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.....Pretty sure any systemic cheating scandals in recent decades that have actually had an impact on the results, have actually come from the right. . .
It's very clearly equal opportunity cheating on both sides, unless one is biased for one party or the other.
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Sure, carrot and stick, the fines can pay for the rewards.

But there is effectively no cheating issue, that's 99.99% of the tme just a propaganda talking point by those seeking to suppress the poor and minorities from voting.

Pretty sure any systemic cheating scandals in recent decades that have actually had an impact on the results, have actually come from the right. . .
Why mess up a thread?
Lack of control?
Opportunity..manufactured?
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I wonder how many realize it took a constitutional amendment to give the federal government the right to assess a permanent income tax. Most canít even answer basic civics questions, but are still allowed to vote.

I say all ballot boxes should be electronic. You cast your votes and are then presented with 5 basic civics questions. If you donít get 4 right, your vote doesnít count.
Yes could just have been ignored but theoretically is not a "partisan politics" issue at all.

More like, do you have enough faith in humanity to believe in a true democracy?

Or do you trust the wealthy elites enough to think a government serving the interests of their oligarchy, ends up serving mankind and the general "public interest" better?
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That derail started here.
Yes could just have been ignored but theoretically is not a "partisan politics" issue at all.

More like, do you have enough faith in humanity to believe in a true democracy?

Or do you trust the wealthy elites enough to think a government serving the interests of their oligarchy, ends up serving mankind and the general "public interest" better?
Can't be coincidental that you edited off the smiley at the end, which was clearly relevant to the post.

Try rereading the point as the need to insure we have an informed electorate. Being informed is not synonymous with being wealthy, nor elite.


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Yes it would be great if high quality public education were universally provided - IOW uniformly - in all school districts regardless of the income / wealth / tax rates of the local residents.

Funding levels being dependent on local property taxes of course makes that impossible, poorer districts need double or triple the funding per student compared to the kids of the wealthy.

But that's not how things work in the U.S.

Wealthier kids get a much higher level of education than the regular folk 99% of the time.

And even then, in the public system at a standard far below many if not most other developed countries. Some of which make privately funded education illegal, so those with the real power have an incentive to care about the public system.

So that we would get an efficient, evidence-based government focused on the actual public interest, rather than perpetuating ever-increasing inequality and concentration of wealth and power into fewer hands every generation.

And it isn't just about education funding levels either, teaching should be a much higher status profession than finance, attract better quality graduates than being a lawyer etc, it should pay just as well as medicine. . .

And yes, the purpose of having very well-educated population across the board, is not economic, but just to have a well-educated, very politically active electorate across all income / wealth levels, very high level playing field, high opportunities for social mobility, not multiple generations of privilege ensured by a wealthy ancestor.

Our failure in providing that should be a national emergency, just like even fulltime working families not making a comfortable living, kids going hungry, the homeless / housing affordability crisis, rising mental health, drug dependence and suicide rates, all in the by-far richest nation on earth.

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Re: Best Eastern Seaboard State for Sales Tax

The OP just wants to know where to register his boat inexpensively, not educate his kids.
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Kerry could not "get away with it" unless you consider not committing a crime to begin with as getting away with it. What he did was perfectly legal, he purchased and moored the yacht in RI. Kerry voluntarily wrote a check to MA just to shut people up.
I hadn't heard about the Kerry thing until today, but this sounds about right. He bought the boat in RI and kept it in RI. It was only in MA briefly. This looks more like tax avoidance than tax evasion. It wasn't the department of revenue that went after him and caused him to pay the taxes, it was the media that went after him.

John Kerry Takes on Water Over Yacht Controversy
Kerry Agrees to Pay Massachusetts Tax on Yacht Docked in Rhode Island

As a Richy McRichpants politician he has to take appearances into account almost as much as tax law.




Anyway, all this tax talk makes me love Minnesota. No sales tax on private boat sales, boats only need to be registered every three years, and the registration fee for boats over 40' is only $106.60. It is a bit of a bummer that our water is solid five months out of the year...
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The first article says he avoided a $500,000 tax bill.... who wouldn't? That sounds insane actually... what was the purchase price of the boat?

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Iirc, it was a custom build in NZ
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