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Chart depicting taxes paid VS taxes received

09 June 2012 - 01:12 PM

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Just as the title says, chart of how much federal taxes are being paid vs how much federal taxes are being received broken down by state.

Huge variances, i.e. New Jersey is only receiving $0.61 for every $1.00 going to the federal government while New Mexico is receiving $2.03 for every $1.00 paid. Only 18 states are covering what they are consuming: NJ, NV, CT, NH, MN, IL, DE, CA, NY, CO, MA, WI, WA, MI, TX, FL, OR, & RI. Notably, many of the southern republican states are the worst offenders. Rhode Island is the only neutral state. Wealth redistribution at its finest.

Mitt Romney

19 May 2012 - 02:37 PM

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The Romney family Genealogy/History is recorded as the following:

“In 1885, President John Taylor advised Brother Romney to go to Mexico, to help establish settlements there. He was to first take with him only one of his families, the one with the fewest children. Hannah stayed in St. Johns, Arizona. In 1886, Brother Romney sent his eighteen-year-old son, Will, back from Mexico to bring Hannah to the colonies. She traveled alone with her children in a wagon from St. Johns, Arizona to the colonies of Mexico through Indian territory.”

Miles Romney lived in Mexico as a Mexican citizen for the next two decades and until his death in 1904. Miles is buried in Colonia Dublan, Chihuahua, Mexico.

This is where Gaskell Romney also became a Mexican citizen. He married his wife in Colonia Dublan.

Wikipedia states of the Colonia Dublan colony: “In 1888, George M. Brown of Provo, Utah made a deal with German-Mexican Lewis Huller for 73,000 acres (300 km2) of land north of what was then the Casas Grandes River. The colony, which was originally called Colonia Huller, was first settled by George Lake, a Mormon colonist, with many others following in the spring of 1889.[1] However, due to a problem with the deal between Brown and Huller, titles to the land could not be given to them. Instead, the colonists were forced to rent from the native population or make their own individual purchases. When it was founded, the nearest train station to the colony was Gallego, 110 miles (180 km) away. Since a large percentage of goods consumed by the colony had to be imported from the United States, prices were high. In 1897, a railroad was built from Ciudad Juárez to a point twelve miles (19 km) outside of Dublán. The railroad proved extremely valuable for the colony, as goods could be cheaply imported and exported.[2]
The community was also the birth place of Michigan Governor George W. Romney, father of 2012 Presidential candidate Mitt Romney.”

There is no doubt that George W. Romney is NOT a citizen of the United States. And there are no records showing George Romney’s father ever to have been re-patrioted. At least I can find no such record.

A Boston Globe News webpage states:”After fleeing the Mexican revolution, Mitt Romney's grandfather, Gaskell lost his home and possessions..."

As best as I can determine, Gaskell and this son, George came back to the US and renounced their Mexican citizenship. Once they did this all of their Mexican property and possessions were confiscated.

The big question is this…how did George and Gaskell Romney get their US Citizenship back if they still had it at all? If Gaskell (son) and Miles Park Romney (father) who were both Mexican citizens how could they transfer US Citizenship to George Romney? Mitt Romney, however, may be a birthright baby because he fell under the 14th Amendment (I doubt they were under the jurisdiction of the US) but it is absolutely clear that Mitt Romney is NOT a Natural Born Citizen unless he can prove that George Romney gained citizenship from naturalization prior to Mitt's birth in 1947. I have found no records showing this to be the case.

Looks like Paul's bid for the White House just got a little easier.

Europe's solution

24 December 2011 - 12:11 PM

After watching a video on the world economic situation the other day, I decided I'd look into what it will take to keep the European Union from imploding. I'm a fan of the ZeroHedge blog, so I had a doom and gloom outlook on the scenario. But after looking at the different groups and their intentions and funding it looks like they could get this glued together reasonably quickly. So let’s look at the different funds:

ECB- The ECB did their part this week by financing 489 billion euros to banks in the form of 3 year loans. This will take care of the bank liquidity crisis. Different countries are calling on the banks to use it to buy bonds from troubled governments, but the consensus from most of the reports was they will keep it as liquidity. So, for now, banks are taken care of.

EFSF-(European Financial Stability Facility)- The EFSF is a stability fund funded by selling bonds/debt and is backed by countries of the Euro-Zone. The fund is short term, and is set to be replaced by the ESM next year. The EFSF has a lending capacity of 440B Euros, but it could get cut to 293B Euros if France's AAA rating gets cut. This fund is used to buy government bonds and keep the yields reasonable. They have a balance of 120B Euros on their books so far.

ESM- (European Stability Mechanism)- The ESM is set to be the long term EFSF, it is meant to keep bond rates low while the countries go through austerity measures. Unlike the EFSF, it will be funded with money from the Euro-Zone countries, providing 500B Euros to buy bonds. Germany has said they may pay their full share (21.5B) in 2012 so it can deter speculators from driving bond prices up. The ESM is set to begin in mid-2012 but it hasn't been finalized. The next meeting is scheduled for March.

IMF- The description of what the IMF is doing is pretty vague from what I've read, mostly to the effect of “helping fend off a European financial crisis”. It seems like the IMF is already active in Europe, but what it needs is to receive a big boost to make up the final piece of the bailout puzzle. The deal to increase IMF funding to $755B US dollars was completed in 2010, but still hasn't been approved by the countries. From the article:

As of December 12, just 53 countries, holding 36 percent of total IMF quotas, had approved the increases. Approval by members holding about 70 percent of quotas is needed to implement the changes. Some countries require their legislatures to authorize the changes.

The measure still requires approval by the U.S. Congress, where Republicans are taking aim at any IMF move to bail out troubled euro zone countries, saying they don't want American funds involved.

The lawmakers are trying to snatch back a $100 billion line of credit the U.S. approved for an IMF crisis fund in 2009 at the height of the global financial crisis.

The US accounts for 17% of the IMF's voting share, so without US support the chances look grim. In addition, China's stipulation to contribute is the US contributing and Euro-Zone members finalizing the ESM and getting austerity measures in place. They have given the countries till October 2012 to finalize it.

So, I don't think it sounds guaranteed, but I don't think I'd call it unlikely. To me, the IMF sounds like the fund most up in the air, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Federal Reserve step in if the extra funds weren’t approved by congress.

Iowinian caucus goers

12 December 2011 - 01:04 PM

From the Iowa caucuses wiki page:

Republican Party process For the Republicans, the Iowa caucuses follow (and should not be confused with) the Ames Straw Poll in August of the preceding year. Out of the five Ames Straw Poll iterations, the winner of the Ames Straw Poll failed to win the Iowa caucuses twice, in 1987 and 2007. In the Republican caucuses, each voter officially casts his or her vote by secret ballot. Voters are presented blank sheets of paper with no candidate names on them.[6] After listening to some campaigning for each candidate by caucus participants, they write their choices down and the Republican Party of Iowa tabulates the results at each precinct and transmits them to the media.[7] In 2008, some precincts used a show of hands [8] or preprinted ballots.[9] The non-binding results are tabulated and reported to the state party, which releases the results to the media. Delegates from the precinct caucuses go on to the county conventions, which choose delegates to the district conventions, which in turn selects delegates to the Iowa State Convention. Thus, it is the Republican Iowa State Convention, not the precinct caucuses, which selects the ultimate delegates from Iowa to the Republican National Convention. All delegates are officially unbound from the results of the precinct caucus, although media organizations either estimate delegate numbers by estimating county convention results or simply divide them proportionally.

:confused: I can't comprehend how this works. I can understand until they start transmitting and tabulating. Who are the county and state delegates? Also, do you favor caucuses or primaries, and which route (caucus/primary) do you think people's votes carry the most weight? I think it sounds cool, having discussions to make sure people are making informed votes and learning some different points of view during the gathering, but I don't understand the whole process.

If you have a moment

02 December 2011 - 02:02 PM

Hey guys and gals, trying to learn some basic programming skills to see if CS is the right path for me. I've read through and altered the code many times, and referenced the book I checked out to see if I could figure it out, both to no avail. When I answer the question to #1 with any answer(yes, no, aasfd) it prints "Herman Cain is your man", "Michelle Bachmann is your lady", "Barack Obama is your man", "Rick Perry is your man" instead of following the sequence I'd like it to. I read through the section on "if", "else", and using multiple { } in the code, but I don't think I grasped it, and think this is where I am having trouble. If the problem pops out to you I'd sure appreciate the help. TIA

char main() { /*Selecting 2012 candidate*/ char cResponse1 = '0', cResponse2 = '0', cResponse3 = '0', cResponse4 = '0', cResponse5 = '0'; printf("Finding your 2012 candidate\n\n"); printf("Do you favor sexual predators?"); scanf("%c", &cResponse1); if (cResponse1 == 'yes', 'y') { printf("\nHerman Cain is your man"); } else printf("\nDo you favor lunatic Christians?"); scanf("%c", &cResponse2); if (cResponse2 == 'yes', 'y') { printf("\nMichelle Bachmann is your lady"); } else printf("\nDo you favor people who favor bankers?"); scanf("%c", &cResponse3); if (cResponse3 == 'yes', 'y') { printf("\nBarrack Obama is your man"); } else printf("\nDo you favor hillbillies who want to inject your daughter?"); scanf("%c", &cResponse4); if (cResponse4 == 'yes', 'y') { printf("\nRick Perry is your man"); } else printf("\nDo you favor sound money, peace, and prosperity?"); scanf("%c", &cResponse5); if (cResponse5 == 'yes', 'y') { printf("\nRon Paul is your man"); } else printf("\nStay home Novermber 2, 2012"); char myline[100]; std::cin.getline(myline,100); }