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FactChecker 1 year, 8 months ago on Post office nears historic default on $5B payment

Your last statement is false. The USPS has not received subsidies from your taxes since 1980. It does enjoy a tax exemption of property, as do churches. Your tax dollar does do directly to many private industries in the form of subsidies from farming to oil.

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FactChecker 1 year, 9 months ago on The Daily "Post" - July 22, 2012 - Schools

Let me first give you a historical perspective. Early public schools used numerous criteria for the schedules, some of which were seasonal needs of farmers/ranchers during certain parts of the year. As we became a more urban society, school terms were retained about the same length and, with no Air-conditioning in schools, hotter seasons were avoided. Now we have AC (very few had AC that were built over 50 years ago) and their are very few farms that depend on the help of their children for the crops, this system is somewhat antiquated. The school "year" has been locked in at 180 days now for a very long time and is probably part of the reason that our education is falling behind. Japan has allotted 243 school days and many other countries have more than 180, very few have less. Now put forth some reasoning behind your belief in limiting the school calendar. It should also be noted that the Federal Government does not set the school calendar; the county sets the final school calendar, the only requirement is 180 days if the school wants to be accredited. Sept 4, 2012 to May 30, 2913 would allow 180 days plus 13 student vacation days. To put in more vacation/teacher workdays would require an extension. Everything is a balance.

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FactChecker 1 year, 9 months ago on Deal, Olens: Immigration ruling cites states' role

Obviously, the discussion is driven by emotion and not by facts. Kevin, the facts are that deportation of illegals have been continually rising during President Obama's, far exceeding President G W Bush. We have even tightened the borders so fewer are getting into the country. notblind, The part of the Arizona law that was struck down pertained to the would have allowed the police to stop people based on the assumption of the police that the person might not be legal and detain them if they cannot produce papers proving citizenship. Since American citizens are never required to carry papers proving citizenship, this would violate the rights of citizens. The courts did uphold the ability of the police to check the immigration status of people being detained for other crimes. Only Two justices believed that the entire Arizona law should stand.

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FactChecker 1 year, 10 months ago on The Daily "Post" - June 22, 2012 - Smoking bans

While initial scientific evidence does support your statement that pot is less destructive than tobacco, we also know that marijuana has as many or more carcinogens than cigarettes. Scientist research has demonstrated less cancer effects and that THC (the effective ingredient of cannabis) inhibits the carcinogens in mice while nicotine strengthens them. However, cannabis smoke has been implicated in respiratory dysfunction. I could find no studies of the effects of second hand smoke from marijuana. The medicinal properties of marijuana have been sufficient demonstrated so that it should be legalized but, like other drugs, should be regulated until more study is done.

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FactChecker 1 year, 10 months ago on MCCULLOUGH: Right to free speech sometimes presents quandaries

The KKK has adopted a highway in the past. Initial application denied but courts did rule to their right to participate. However, the organization did not take the job seriously and their sign of participation was removed and their right to clean the stretch revoked. Because of the history of neglecting to live up to the agreement, it is uncertain how the courts might rule.

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FactChecker 1 year, 10 months ago on Lawrenceville restaurant employee arrested for 'skimming'

The story omitted the possibility that she sold the credit card numbers and that they will be used at some time in the future. If she had been my server, I would request a change of number from my credit card company. At least contact the charge company's fraud department and alert them to the situation.

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FactChecker 2 years ago on WOODALL: Save America. Pass the FairTax.

Sorry Rob, the numbers don't work. Many have done the calculations and facts are that the fair tax as you and Linder have proposed it, will fall very short of the revenue under the current tax laws. It will increase the tax paid by the middle class while drastically reducing the taxes paid by the wealthy who already enjoy more benefits from loopholes that reduce taxes on wealthy frequently below that of people earning less than a tenth of their salary. The cost of collection has been omitted from the calculations submitted by pro "Fair Tax" groups. Being an inclusive tax, it equates to over 30% taxation on moneys spent. To get your tax below 20% of gross income, you would have to be in a financial position to save over one third of your income. The tax code is long because special interests have been able to overload it with loopholes so the wealthy are able to avoid taxation on much of their income. The way to reform tax is to increase deduction for dependents and not allow any itemized deductions. A deduction is nothing more than getting all tax payers to give you a rebate for some expenditure. Why should tax payers give rebates to millionaires? If you follow Woodall, you should have noticed that he has ignored the "Fair Tax" until he can use it once again in campaign speeches. He knows it won't work, he just doesn't think the people are bright enough to understand its problems.

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FactChecker 2 years ago on KRAUTHAMMER: Free-lunch egalitarianism

My first approach was to go to the IRS site and run some estimates from the IRS stats. Using the 2009 returns information for 235,413 reporting incomes in excess of $1 million, I proceeded to estimate the increase in revenue in 2009 that the Buffett Rule would have aquired. That came to $28 billion. Since estimates show closer to 400,000 have incomes exceeding $1million, this number must be low. 1% of the 2012 budget would be $36 billion so the roughly 6 times saving estimated by the source of rco 1847 was definitely pulled out of thin air. I found other sources making where serious calculations were made and was finding numbers between $35 billion and $50 billion additional revenue annually.

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FactChecker 2 years ago on LETTER: Medicare cost increases are hidden

Mr. Wade, with just a little research, I was able to find the source of your bogus information. The information came from an email that has been circulating around the web for several months. In fact, part of your letter is a exact copy of the letter. Check out http://www.snopes.com/politics/medical/medicare.asp for more details. Say_that_again is correct about the current rates being $99.90. These rates are set in the fall for the following year. Though Say_that_again is technically correct that we do not know what it will be, we do have some an estimate of $115.80 for 2014. It should be noted that the estimate for 2012 was several dollars higher until the figures were published in the fall. It is unfortunate that too many people prefer circulating misinformation to taking a little time to look up the facts.

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FactChecker 2 years ago on YARBROUGH: Why isn’t anyone talking about for-profit charter schools?

Even while using satire, you should not misrepresent facts. Schools have regular fire inspections and "firetrap" schools, should one have existed, would be required to renovate to keep it up to standards. In the 70s & 80s, schools were inspected for asbestos and were required to have all asbestos removed. As for the idea that private charters have higher standards, just the opposite can be demonstrated clearly through existing data. While the idea of competition is good, let's put it on the right level. If students could generate as much enthusiasm for competing academically as they do in sports programs, then the competition for having the best school in you district, state and nation should help most schools excel, providing they are sufficiently funded.

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