Originally posted by bagari
Also, though they may not admit it, many people around the world have a bit of envy toward the US. I certainly don't expect anyone to admit it here, but it can be seen in many anti-American posts.
The most basic component of freedom of expression is the right of freedom of speech. The right to freedom of speech allows individuals to express themselves without interference or constraint by the government. The Supreme Court requires the government to provide substantial justification for the interference with the right of free speech where it attempts to regulate the content of the speech. A less stringent test is applied for content-neutral legislation. The Supreme Court has also recognized that the government may prohibit some speech that may cause a breach of the peace or cause violence. For more on unprotected and less protected categories of speech see advocacy of illegal action, fighting words, commercial speech and obscenity.
Originally posted by Duzey
Originally posted by endisnighe
Here is the thing, as of right now, I pay in the neighborhood of 50% of my earnings to the government.
What is your rate?
The highest rate would be for someone making over 125,000 per annum and it would be between 39% and 48%. Mind you, we have progressive taxation so you would only pay those percentage on any amount over the 125K.
In my province you pay roughly 25% on the first 35K, 22% on the second 35K, up to a max rate of 35% on any amount over 100K.
Then there are provincial sales taxes ranging from 0% to 8% and a federal consumption tax of 7%.
Originally posted by poet1b
reply to post by FiatLux
A little feeding of the ego is good. There is nothing wrong with a little bragging. That is why they pass out medals and trophies. That is the reason people compete.
Originally posted by Darkrunner
Not to be insulting or anything, but I really hate when people outside of the United States feel compelled to chime in on internal American affairs. Over on the BBC site they had a whole big 'Have Your Say' discussion about Obamacare.
I mean really? That's really of interest to the brits? American health care?
The status of British health care (or Canadian health care for that matter) is about the furthest thing from my mind on a day to day basis.
Secondly, there are some that are thinking this is a "diss America" thread. If you read the OP you will see it's the exact opposite
Originally posted by intrepid
I am quite pleased at the demeanor of most of the posters here, you guys are getting it. Civil discussion.
We had a member earlier in this thread prove the point of the OP. This is what I'm addressing here. An unwillingness to look at different things and then attack said difference. Cool. An example is always a good thing.
Secondly, there are some that are thinking this is a "diss America" thread. If you read the OP you will see it's the exact opposite. This is meant to expand thought, not diss anyone. For the most part, excellent contributions from our members.
Originally posted by Blaine91555
reply to post by devilishlyangelic23
As I said in another post, who decides? That is were I see the problem and why did your government official maintain you do not have Free Speech guarantee's. Was that official lying?
Hate speech is a slippery slope. A dangerous one. It means whoever is in power can control your speech based on their opinion. That would bother me greatly.
If a threat is a crime there, as it is in the US, hate speech is already covered. If opinion is hate speech, there can be no Freedom of Speech.
2. Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms:
(a) freedom of conscience and religion;
(b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication;
(c) freedom of peaceful assembly; and
(d) freedom of association.