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  1. Well to be fair, the credit has been in existence for years. You just get it spread out ahead of time instead of waiting for it in a lump sum. Most people view taxes paid and tax refunds as the same thing. When they file taxes, you can bet, the masses will be upset at what their tax guy tells them. Doesn't matter that they got the money ahead of time. Trump's tax plan did the same thing, higher paychecks, lower refunds and people complained that he raised their taxes. The child credits will be worse since they are larger amounts. You think Biden's approval rating is low now, just wait...
  2. Democrats: Inflation is because we've been pumping money into the economy for years. Democrats solution: Continue to pump money into the economy.
  3. I think Biden has already discussed making the payments permanent.
  4. I wonder what the ripple effects will be long-term for the prepayments. I know a boatload of people who love tax season because they get refund checks. With the prepayments, I would think that most of those people will either breakeven or owe money now.
  5. I beg to differ. You can still collect unemployment, they just stopped the extra benefits on top. But instead of extra unemployment benefits they are now pre-paying child tax credits. Here in Philly you can also get $300 a month for transportation because of bus driver shortages (not sure if that's per child). Then you have programs like TANF, SNAP, CHIP and MA that provide food stamps and cash grants and reduce housing and utilities. You see it's not just about direct cash payments to people, the government subsidizing a whole host of things that you lose once you start working again because it's based on income levels.
  6. Is inflation an issue in other countries? I posted some links above that showed that other countries aren't having the same inflationary issues we are. When you pay people to stay home, don't be surprised when you have labor shortages.
  7. I'm surprised that you think the justice system is unfair because the guy you paid did a better job than the guy you didn't pay. You never even consider other elements at play, just money.
  8. My first impression is the PD probably had a large case load of much more serious offenses and if the DA is only asking for a 4-year probation plea why spend a bunch of time and resources you already don't have to try and get the charges dropped when he might have other clients who are facing years in jail.
  9. Under 18, last I saw was around 350 deaths. Maybe it was 450, I forget.
  10. My free view ran out. LOL. Here's a chart for CPI. See if this works. https://countryeconomy.com/cpi
  11. Which countries have not seen an increase in inflation similar to the US To answer: France, China, UK, Japan, Germany, Euro Zone (Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Spain, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Finland, Greece, Slovenia, Cyprus, Malta, Slovakia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania). https://www.statista.com/statistics/1034154/monthly-inflation-rates-developed-emerging-countries/
  12. You should read the book "White Guilt" by Shelby Steele. It's about how damaging Affirmative Action has been for the black community and how white people will go out of their way to prove they aren't racist because people will pull the "race card" just to get their way. Really interesting book. FYI. Steele is a black man who grew up during the Civil Rights movement and has worked with guys like Jesse Jackson/Al Sharpton for the advancement of colored people. His perspective on race changed where early on he was an angry black man who felt racism oppressed him. Once he changed his mindset he realized that racism didn't prevent him from achieving anything in his life.
  13. Blame on both sides. The Dems added provisions to the Bill that they knew Senate Republicans would oppose instead of just refunding the Bill in its current form. https://caffeinatedthoughts.com/2019/11/ernst-is-right-to-oppose-house-version-of-the-violence-against-women-act/
  14. I doubt there is going to be a Federal mandate. Just the threat of one is enough to get enough companies to fall require vaccinations. I can clarify my earlier position if you'd like. When the Government issues a rule/law/EO whatever, there are almost always competing rights at play. A court then needs to determine which rights control. So in the article I attached, they talk about Jacobson. Jacobson weighed the privacy rights of the individual with the safety rights of the public and that Court found that "in every well ordered society charged with the duty of conserving the safety of its members the rights of the individual in respect of his liberty may at times, under the pressure of great dangers, be subjected to such restraint, to be enforced by reasonable regulations, as the safety of the general public may demand".
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