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:Doriginally posted by Marye:
Still, profile pictures give away political leanings, and personalities in a more direct fashion, don't you think?
Shos, want to join us in NZ if it turns out to be true?Originally posted by shostakovich:
Want to really “wind up” the “Bush haters”? Point out to them that Jeb Bush might run for president in 2008………just a thought
OUCH!!! Haggis, you really know how to hurt a guy.
I always wondered why that restriction on presidential terms was passed AFTER FDR, who, as far as I can gather, was one of the most popular presidents the U.S. ever had. Thanks for the info.Originally posted by Haggis:
FDR’s presidency is probably as close as the U.S. came to losing control of "government by the people" since Washington was offered a Monarchy or the Generals decided to take over after Lincoln’s assassination. He came very close to following through with his threat to increase the size of the Supreme Court; something I can’t believe our current President would suggest nor would the people accept it; and believe me, when FDR threaten to do that, he had the support of the American public. It’s not for nothing FDR was the sole reason the 22nd Amendment was passed!
Thank you for your comments concerning taxation in NZ. That proves that simply passing restrictive and complicated tax laws mean people will try to get around them. Failing that, they normally move somewhere else where the tax laws are more favorable to them. I’m not familiar with NZ tax levels, but if they’re anything like England or Sweden, they are probably so high that most Americans would be shocked.(Subsequent research reflects that NZ’s tax rate is around 40%?? Is that right? At what amount of income does that kick in?)
For instance Including local taxes, Sweden's top marginal rate of income tax is almost 60%, and (worse still) becomes payable at an income of SKr209,200 ($28,000). In contrast, America's top federal tax rate of 40% does not bite until over $260,000. No wonder many talented scientists and engineers have been leaving Sweden.
I'm not sure how you'd get on applying for a teaching job unless you were prepared to live somewhere other than Auckland.Originally posted by piqaboo:
Dai, what does it cost to get an immigration visa to NZ? For a british citizen? For a yank? Any work in biotech out there or should I get my teaching credential?
” I don't know what U.S. rates are, or U.K. ones either. Suffice to say that no matter what they are, I'm still surprised the U.S. rich pay them.”
CHOIR?!! I am a soloist, sir! (That is, of course, unless it's a good-paying choir job.)Originally posted by dai bread:
Originally posted by operatenor:
[b] Hi DB,
Any room for imported tenors in NZ?
” The attacks were in retaliation for our heavy handed influence in the Middle East, not because of our civilization of infidels, not because our women don't wear burkhas, not because of our music, not even because of our dependence on their oil (and the shift in tradition the wealth from that has caused), but because of our meddling”
” Since the Swedish case came to light, it has been revealed that many other countries carried out sterilisation programmes, based on eugenics ideas linked to the Nazis. They include Austria, France, Finland, Norway and Switzerland.”
The Tuskegee syphilis "experiment", release of flu and other viruses over cities to determine contagion and transmission patterns, eugenics american-style (including forcible sterilization of those with lower than normal IQs, or those thought to be retarded, perhaps because they were immigrants who didnt speak English, only "gibberish").extracted from post by Haggis: Socialist states get up to all kinds of mischief that could not happen in the U.S.
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