reply to post by nixie_nox
Ok, I see.
You make some valid points, but I'm not sure I agree completely.
“ATSers have this very, very bad habit of complaining that president has too much power but constantly turn around and give the President power
they never had. Which means it is nothing but the usual smear campaign”
I find a fairly wide range of opinions on ATS, with varying degrees of rational thinking behind them.
Interesting point you make about people projecting power on the president though.
It does seem to me that he is able to influence the economy, and is doing so through through the EPA, FDA, SEC, DOJ, etc. He does set the policy for
these agencies, and the recent policies have been very detrimental to the economy.
“First off, it was the end of an SS holiday, it wasn't an increase it went back to normal. Secondly, it was approved by Congress, not
The tax cuts were an effort to bolster a weakening economy. The economy is not back to normal, so why should the tax rate go back up.
You're right, the Congress is just as much to blame as the President.
However, he made it pretty clear that he would block an extension of the tax cuts, so it's understandable that people would single him out.
“Thirdly, not everyone's taxes were delayed. Most people I know got theirs back just fine. Fourth, if this were the case, it should very much
concern you that everyone's tax returns are going to Walmart, if what they are claiming is true.”
Assuming that you got a refund.
I had a bad year, work was hard to come by. The small businesses that I worked for this year, for didn't want to put on regular employees, so they
hired me as a “contractor” and issued 1099 forms at the end of the year. That way, they didn't have to pay worker's comp or unemployment
insurance, and could easily dismiss me when they were caught up.
They didn't do this from greed so much as from necessity. The economy and business climate are so bad that they are struggling for their very
survival. As are most of us.
If people did get a refund, they are using it to get much needed basic essentials. Wal-mart, sadly is where they go to shop.
“Lastly, if anyone thinks this isn't grandstanding against the minimum wage increase, is sadly deluding themselves.
No one should defend the rights of shareholders to make millions over the rights of American's to a decent wage. Also, people should stop to consider
what other outside influences are affecting walrmart rather than their very public statement.”
I'm not too sure about this being targeted at the minimum wage directly, but Wal-mart is definitely a poster-child for worker abuse.
I can't help but enjoy the irony of Wal-mart suffering the effects of an economic climate that they were so instrumental in creating.
As some of the oldtimers like to say...
“The chickens have finally come home to roost.”