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November 21

Why was freedom of movement one of the founding principles of the EU?

Why was freedom of movement one of the founding principles of the European Union? I can find lots of articles that take this as a given, but none that talk about the motivations that led to it being regarded as a fundamental principle. Does anyone have any pointers to such an exegesis? [more inside]
posted by pharm at 1:35 AM - 12 answers

November 18

May I re-enter the UK with a T2 visa and almost-expired US passport?

I have a tier 2 UK visa (valid for many more years), a biometric residence permit, and a US passport that expires in May (so, in < 6 months). If I visit the US in December, will I be able to re-enter the UK in January or will I get in trouble because my passport is expiring soon? I'm especially looking for recent personal anecdotes or links to government policies/helplines. Thanks!
posted by heterosoy at 12:39 AM - 11 answers

November 16

Should I Join the Democratic Socialists of America?

For the last month, I've been looking at the DSA as a political organization. I was impressed by their multi-tendency nature and their willingness to work within other parties (mostly the Democratic Party) in order to achieve goals. After their sudden surge in the Nov 7 election, I decided to check them out in person. I just went to a small local meeting in my area (about ten people) and saw what at least the locals are about. Now, I want to know, should I start paying dues and join them? [more inside]
posted by Lord Chancellor at 10:40 AM - 11 answers

November 14

Republican tax plan - channeling resistance

Last week's election victory was a welcome respite in the endless news nightmare, but the dread is returning when I read more news about the looming Republican tax plan vote. [more inside]
posted by hampanda at 9:51 PM - 2 answers

November 13

Corporate Income Tax: Who Pays?

Whenever a discussion of taxation comes up, Republicans and especially big L libertarians claim that corporate taxes are always necessarily paid by the purchaser of the product and therefore the only rational corporate tax rate is zero. However, applying a bit of thought uncovers some seemingly obvious contradictions with other parts of their economic mental model. I'd like some help figuring out the real arguments on either side rather than the superficial crap that seems to dominate. [more inside]
posted by wierdo at 9:23 PM - 18 answers

November 12

Is Christopher Alexander's A Pattern Language in the public domain?

After reading A Pattern Language, I noticed it was up on Things on the Internet Archive are generally in the public domain or are otherwise noted, but I also know that anyone can upload anything to it. Christopher Alexander is still alive, but is this somehow in the public domain? I'm hoping to do a project with it, and it would make it way easier if this really was in the public domain.
posted by ignignokt at 7:03 PM - 7 answers

How can I help unseat Paul Ryan?

My daughter lives in WI congressional district 1, where the current rep is Paul Ryan. I am going to be out there for the month of February, and and wondering about how I could help do some regime change. I had been planning on working while I was out there, but am unexpectedly retiring, and I would have time to do something useful during the daytime Who should I contact? Asking now because I will be out there Thanksgiving week and might make early contact then.
posted by MtDewd at 3:25 PM - 5 answers

Hurricane Sandy Cost Breakdown

Are there any figures on where the funds were spent for Sandy's repairs? i.e. cost of infrastructure repair. (tunnels, bridges, roads) Residential. Public (schools, hospitals)?
posted by ebesan at 11:00 AM - 1 answers

November 11

Collection agency coming after us for damages we paid in 2014

We rented a property in Vancouver BC in 2014 and damaged the carpet (hot glass smashing on the stove, an accident). As a result, of course when property inspection was done, the damage was noted and we were informed that our security deposit would be witheld ($900). Everything seemed sorted, the landlady went through our payments in the office with us and was happy. Then we got a letter from a debt collection agency stating that we owe a further $700. [more inside]
posted by everydayanewday at 1:06 PM - 7 answers

November 7

If it's not OK on the national level (politics and business mingling)

In my local election today we have someone running for a District position who also appears to be part owner of a business that specializes in business strategies for that district class. [more inside]
posted by Rufous-headed Towhee heehee at 3:57 PM - 2 answers

November 6

Walk me through the disability process? (U.S.)

It’s become apparent that I will not be able to work any time in the near future. How do I apply for disability? What things affect it? Who can I ask for help? I'm confused about my age related to the rules. Any tips or other things to think about? [more inside]
posted by SockWombat at 2:56 PM - 12 answers

Voting on school bonds

Tomorrow I'll be voting in Virginia, and though I know the people I want to vote for, there is also a school bond referendum that I need to consider. I'd appreciate some help understanding the pros and cons. [more inside]
posted by brilliantine at 5:23 AM - 4 answers

November 5

Do I have to pay back the vacation days I used before quitting?

My company says I owe them. Do I really? [more inside]
posted by lain at 8:32 PM - 15 answers

Advertising across the border. Canada and USA edition.

My partner has started a small print publication in the Pacific NW, and a Canadian company would like to advertise in it. She's concerned about the legality and tax implication of this. YANAL, but does anyone know about cross border print advertising? [more inside]
posted by juice boo at 6:19 PM - 2 answers

November 3

Claim forms and particulars of claim. England and Wales.

Can someone point me towards good FREE resources for drafting claim forms and particulars of claim for the English courts? [more inside]
posted by inner_frustration at 10:14 AM - 1 answers

November 2

Effect of Tax Changes on Refinance In-Progress

We're in the middle of a cash-out mortgage, and are looking for advice and/or explanation of the new rules for mortgage interest in the new congressional tax proposal. [more inside]
posted by mach at 2:18 PM - 1 answers

November 1

Expired vehicle registration

I got cited for expired registration on my car (just plain forgot about it). I now have it registered. The court date is Friday. That officer said that if I show the judge that the vehicle is now registered, that the judge will probably drop the charge. If he doesn't ... I noticed that the citation lists the vehicle as a Subaru. It is not a Subaru, it is an Audi. Would it be worth mentioning this technicality to the judge?
posted by falsedmitri at 7:19 PM - 8 answers

I now pronounce you and your health care legally illegal.

I'm in a legal domestic partnership (Wisconsin) with my favorite and best, and thanks to Scott Walker all state employees' domestic partners, including me, will be losing health insurance coverage effective Jan. 01, 2018. Me and mine are considering our options, including getting a marriage license to retain current benefits, and we have a couple of questions to resolve before we do anything. [more inside]
posted by mcbeth at 8:46 AM - 8 answers

October 31

Please help me design a US Government course

What do you wish you had learned in a US government course? [more inside]
posted by Neekee at 4:09 PM - 22 answers

October 29

How do I ask my landlord to build a handrail for my building?

How do I ask my landlord to build a handrail for my building? Temporarily disabled edition. [more inside]
posted by joeyjoejoejr at 8:13 PM - 12 answers

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