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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]
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.
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.
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)?
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]
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]
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]
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]
My company says I owe them. Do I really? [more inside]
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]
Can someone point me towards good FREE resources for drafting claim forms and particulars of claim for the English courts? [more inside]
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]
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?
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]
What do you wish you had learned in a US government course? [more inside]
How do I ask my landlord to build a handrail for my building? Temporarily disabled edition. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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!