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An example. Business man takes his buddies to an extravagant lunch/dinner for nebulous business purposes. Big dollar night and the tab comes to $1600 or so. Per tax code rules, this deduction is written down by 50% because you received value for the services leaving a $800 deduction. Assuming a 35% tax rate that represents $280 in taxes not collected.
That same amount would feed a family of 4 for a month but you think that the business deduction is a better use of public dollars than gubbamint handout programs that help feed the poor. Yes, I call that expense a rich mans Gubbamint Subsidy. Would I take advantage of that tax write off in my business? Yes, absolutely no doubt about it. Should and how the tax code should be changed is beyond this forum.
Regardless, the current tax code is a ticklish beast for sure and it is absolutely loaded with exemptions/deductions for those with enough $$$ to take advantage of them. Those same well to do people would like you to believe that the exemptions are more important than the programs that help those without quite so much.
I have never taken a dime from a Gov't "handout" program.
"Never in my life have I taken one thin dime from any gubbamint program." I call BS on this statement!
After just posting that you have structured your income in such a way to pay 0% Federal and State taxes, I would argue that you take advantage of "gubbamint programs" each and every time you file a tax return forcing the rest of us to pay just a little extra.
Scott brings up a very valid concern in that everyone would like the ability to teach their children right from wrong and the ability to recognize a slippery slope. When a gummi bear is a gummi bear is a gummi bear, once it is out of the protective packaging and/or laying on the table at their friends house there is no way for that child or anyone else to make an informed decision. I think this is a valid criticism.
I like the cannon idea! If you get the trajectory just right, the guests could be landed right on Rudy's Run and skip the whole Gondola ride. Great marketing, awesome video, high adventure. This idea has money written all over it. When do we get started?
Jerry, I guarantee that if you look into the expenditures of State/Local Government in Hawaii you will find taxpayer dollars everywhere. From advertising and tourism promotions to beach access, expanded airports, bus lines and cruise line docking areas you will find major taxpayer dollar amounts funding the amenities you enjoyed on your vacation.
Would you regulate alcohol to the potency of beer/wine? Studies are finding that the edible market is far preferable for the "Medical" aspects in terms of pain treatment, siezures etc. Following your logic, the distillation of hard liquor should be outlawed with only beer/wine legal.
I agree with the calls for stronger regulation in this area, but the benefits clearly outweigh the risks. Ask anyone that has experienced the miracle cure of CBD for their child with seizures. How many of you have a bottle of hard liquor in the cupboard that is not locked away from the kiddos? How about those prescription pills, are they locked in the gun safe or in your unlocked medicine cabinet? Common sense rules need to be applied when you have young ones in the household. You would not leave your loaded weapon laying on the kitchen table, so why in the heck would you leave strong drugs where the kids have access to them?
Jerry, The record is not at all clear about their smoking habits. It is believed that Madison in particular did not partake but the record for Jefferson is less clear. However, Washington left detailed notes about removing the male plants to prevent seeding and on which strains were of increased potency. Removing the male plants has nothing to do with the fiber harvested from hemp and is only done to increase the strength of the female flower(bud). These notes are strong evidence of uses other than rope and fabric. To be clear, there is no hard/clear evidence one way or the other.
I would nominate GWB as the worst president of my lifetime followed very closely by Carter for completely different reasons. They could easily flip places depending on the specific topic. However, in my opinion, it takes a very long time for history to decide these things, and there have not been enough years go by to truly measure of them yet. It takes time for the politics of the day to fade and allow a balanced judgement. Quite possibly the passing of that entire generation so the political beliefs and emotion of the day can take their proper place in history.
How about George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. Would those qualify as "real" presidents Jerry. Records show that each and every one of them participated in the growing of both Hemp and Marajuana.
"She said a male student told her he found a bag of candy while getting onto the school bus. Six female students recognized what the candy actually was, and they wanted it. The rest of the edibles went to someone else."
Where is the distribution crime here? Are you guilty of a crime because you picked up a baggie of unknown candy and let someone else have it? Unless the article is seriously deficient in reporting(Pilot????) no money changed hands, no intent to redistribute, and no purchase by the student who merely found something on the bus. Seems like a serious over reach to charge this student with distribution, but without more facts (PILOT??????)
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