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"Anyone see a pattern here?"
I see a reflection of the people who live here and what they value. At the end of the day it is all a balance/debate between what we want and what we need.
Actually I blame US citizens, as we should be holding government and the wealthy accountable. The tea party and the occupy wall st crew probably have more in common than they realize and should join forces or at least collaborate to clean up our political system. Those bailouts were the direct result of wealthy lobbyist, it had nothing to do with Joe six pack's view on the situation. If bank's failed, who were the ones set to really lose out? Political influence is coming from the lobbyist, the P.A.Cs, those with money and influence. Don't kid yourself into thinking who is currently calling the shots in Washington.
Forced birth control and drug testing, well that's a different approach to the problem of poverty. Maybe we can restrict certain people to ghettos as well and take away their right to vote? Don't oversimplify why people are in the situations they are or what they may or may not have the capacity to do.
As to tax evasion, guess how much Google corporate tax rate is? Yes, you can take your bank accounts to another country.
People with money will and can find way's to reduce or eliminate their tax liability as well as influence the system to maintain their wealth and power. The other 99% don't have time or money to watch them.
The majority is getting screwed by the concentration of money and power in that 1% of the population. Our economic and political system will never be fair when that 1% is so deeply connected to political system and able to influence decision making. Follow the money in politics and it is not leading back to folks in the projects living off of food stamps. And those are not the people benefiting from million dollar contracts to Halliburton to occupy foreign countries.
A further thought on the issue would be that tax rates on that top bracket are claimed to be so high, but how much money is really payed out by the wealthy when you consider the loopholes and subsidies that lower the actual amount of money they pay into the system?
To your statement of 51% people not paying taxes, I call #NOTAFACTUALSTATEMENT. At least 10% are senior citizens no longer working, another 10% are unemployed, and the rest are making money and likely paying other taxes like payroll, which would go to medicare, social security, etc. The issue is that we have gotten carried away with tax credits. One great subsidy in the system that probably reduces many people's tax liability to zero - Mortgage insurance deductions. Child Credits?
How many deductions are you claiming each year sled?
"to all...I've been working with State Reps to get the "Biker License" thing underway. The law will change, but until it does, this "toddler" will continue to cry "foul"."
YVB, since you are putting the time in to craft new government regulations on the use of bicycles can you answer a few questions?
1) Would mountain bikers getting to/from trails need a license to ride a mountain bike?
2) What would the tax/reg fees be based on and how much total revenue would that generate? Assuming the registration on a $20,000 car cost $150 how much would be raised on bikes that will mostly be less than $1000. Give me a hard number/percentage that would be a reasonable tax/fee on bikes.
3)Would the cost of administrating bicycle registrations be covered by whatever the total in registration fees raised are? Would any additional funds raised make roads my bicycle friendly?
4) Would young children riding to school or in their neighborhoods need to pay taxes/license/registration? I have 5 plus kids bikes, does each one need to pay a registration fee? How about my snow bike?
5)If you came from out of town would you need a license to ride a bike in Routt County or is your proposal national/state? What if tourists coming from Canada bring bikes? Will they have to seek registration from the state before they can operate they 10 speeds on our roads?
6) Is a bicycle a vehicle, but a roller skier on that same road being equally negligent not a vehicle?
"a bunch of low cost housing with juck cars parked out front"
Umm, If anything it would become another gated Marabou community, not low cost housing. It would be great to know what kind of dollars property owners are getting for wells like these? Drill baby drill, so I can get rich!
"I need my car. I am dependent on my car. I can’t do my job without my car."
This may be less true than you think - try carpooling, try the bus system, ride a bike, etc. And why do you need to chauffer your son to school everyday? No school bus in your area? No friends for him to catch a ride with?
You can drive you car less and in the end it will save you a lot of money on top of lessening the traffic jams created when everyone drives their children to and from school every day... And your car will thank you for letting it rest at home a few days a week.
"It would appear to be much less than the local MMJ businesses."
I am not sure about that, let's compare the sales dollars for the five bike shops in town to that of the MMJ pharmacies. And while we might be a world class MMJ destination, I don't see what the MMJ folks add to our summer tourism offerings?
Agree with above comments - We do need an initiative to improve Steamboat cycling and many gains have been seen this year, but let's do it in a way that keeps it one part of the many great aspects of summer in Steamboat and let's not give ourselves such a silly name until we have earned it.
I suspect the cyclist that are attracted are not coming just for the "world class" cycling, they are coming because there are many great non-cycling activities for them and their families/friends. While some great cycling events in town may draw people in, we are far from being a destination for the general cycling public.
Sounds like monthly debit card fees are going to become the norm, another example of paying the real cost to use something instead of passing it off to someone else(in this case small businesses). Our "free markets" are based on hidden/shifted costs to society, but in the end we all pay more.
Think about Mcdonald's model of stripping away as many costs as possible to create the cheapest product in the marketplace. The burger might cost $1, but you can be sure we are all paying for it through corn subsidies, higher obesity and more health care expenses. Or another example would be Walmart sourcing all of it's products from China in order to pass the costs off to the Chinese people with low wages and environmental destruction. The "marketplace" could care less who has to pay later down the line.
Just like debit card fees, paying the real cost of a plastic bag is fair. If enough people in town find plastic bags to be a nuisance and an recognize an environmental cost(they never go away and can be found blowing all over town), then the consumers should pay the real cost in the marketplace.
"IF I HIT A ROGUE CYCLIST I AM AT FAULT"
sedgemo, I disagree with this statement. Unless you are drunk, if you hit a cyclist you most likely will get a slap on the wrist and maybe a small dent in your car. There is a law that states a vehicle must give cyclists three feet to pass, want to guess how many times that has been applied? If you get hit on a bike, you are lucky if the driver even stops....
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