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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 archive.org. 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

October 27

How to run for the US House of Representatives - Texas edition

In 2016, my district was unopposed Republican in the election. I don't think there should be any unopposed Republicans in 2018. Questions inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:07 PM - 8 answers

Obama's filibuster-proof majority

For six months in 2009-2010, the Democrats controlled the White House and the House of Representatives, and the Democratic Caucus held a filibuster-proof 3/5th majority in the Senate. This was when the Affordable Care Act was passed with zero Republican votes, an event regarded as Obama's signature achievement. But looking back, it's clear that many other Democratic legislative priorities did not come up for a vote during this brief window of opportunity. [more inside]
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 12:29 PM - 17 answers

October 26

Spy unmasked by throwing out National Geographics?

Was there a spy in the U.S. whose fatal mistake was throwing out issues of National Geographic instead of keeping them in a growing yellow bookshelf row like red-blooded Americans did? Help me figure out whether I'm telling a tall tale. [more inside]
posted by NumberSix at 10:28 PM - 8 answers

October 24

Visa options for romantic partner of US citizen?

Hi AskMeFi, My partner (not spouse) is from an EU Nordic country, and we’re considering living in the US. What are our visa options since we aren’t married? Would registering as domestic partners improve our options? The only info I’ve found is on domestic partnership between two foreigners (while one is staying here long term). TIA!
posted by hot_tea at 8:44 AM - 15 answers

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