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 I know it is a different topic altogether but...but if she tried some incremental changes I believe it would happen faster and
make more of an impact long term. My suggestion is the one of many in the medical profession. Lower the Medicare
eligibility rates to 55yrs. This way the health care system can take on the segment of population most in jeopardy with
health care and often in the highest need. Lowers costs for everyone else. Employers can start giving more benefits
until we move towards a single payer system if that ever happens. Also allow rich people to get off Medicare or off
Social Security if they make above a certain figure that would cut off at upper middle class top rates. Smaller steps
please!

 I think that in this day and age, rich people move their money around when the taxes get raised and I don't see them
sitting around to pay this 70% tax rate. Not with all the other ways to avoid it internationally. But I could seeing them
walk from SS payments if they were above the cutoff along with avoiding Medicare which they could afford to lose also.

  Also please try to divert the spotlight or share it with the many other new members of Congress who also have compelling
stories of how they got there. Just seems like the nice thing to do, locally maybe include Max Rose for example. Long term
support of colleagues can make a difficult thankless job much easier if you join forces.
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Neighborhood Chat / Re: Jazz on Friday
« Last post by Ed on Yesterday at 01:51:12 PM »
Here's the kind of thing you'll be hearing...
https://soundcloud.com/ed_fuqua/novo-when-lights-are-low.
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Neighborhood Chat / Re: Political Commentary of the Day
« Last post by lalochezia on Yesterday at 12:38:32 PM »
The Evils of "Socialism"
Author Unknown

This morning I was awakened by my alarm clock, powered by socialist electricity generated by the public power monopoly regulated by the US Department of Energy. I then took a shower in the socialist clean water provided by the municipal water utility. After that, I turned on the socialist radio to one of the FCC regulated channels to hear what the socialist National Weather Service of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration determined the weather was going to be like using socialist satellites designed, built, and launched by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. I watched this while eating my breakfast of socialist US Department of Agriculture inspected food and taking the socialist drugs which have been determined as safe by the Food and Drug Administration.

At the appropriate time, as kept accurate by the socialist National Institute of Standards and Technology and the US Naval Observatory, I get into my socialist National Highway Traffic Safety Administration approved automobile and set out to work on the socialist roads build by the socialist local, state, and federal departments of transportation, possibly stopping to purchase additional fuel of a quality level determined by the socialist Environmental Protection Agency, using socialist legal tender issued by the Federal Reserve Bank. On the way out the door I deposit any mail I have to be sent out via the socialist US Postal Service and drop the kids off at the socialist public school.

If I get lost, I can use my socialist GPS navigation technology developed by the United States Department of Defense and made available to the public in 1996 by President Bill Clinton who issued a policy directive declaring socialist GPS to be a dual-use military/civilian system to be managed as a national socialist asset.

After spending another day not being maimed or killed at work thanks to the socialist workplace regulations imposed by the Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, enjoying another two meals which again do not kill me because of the socialist USDA, I drive my socialist NHTSA car back home on the socialist DOT roads, to my house which has not burned down in my absence because of the socialist state and local building codes and socialist fire marshal's inspection, and which has not been plundered of all its valuables thanks to the socialist local police department.

I then get on my computer and use the socialist Internet which was developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Administration and browse the socialist World Wide Web using my graphical web browser, both made possible by Al Gore's socialist High Performance Computing and Communication Act of 1991.

I then post on freerepublic.com and Fox news forums about how SOCIALISM in medicine and energy - and especially for poor people looking for handouts! - is BAD because the government can't do anything right, and the poors don't deserve my hard earned cash that I got for myself without any socialist help.
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Restaurants & Food / Re: Favorite bread in the neighborhood
« Last post by Shelby2 on Yesterday at 11:28:11 AM »
Perchance is wildbranchbakery posting here two years ago as JA?

would anybody be interested in buying homemade loaves? I used to bake several loaves a week but most of it went to waste. Typically I do french baguettes, pretzel rolls, or seeded rye. I also have a sourdough starter that I tap into for special occasions, though my loaves from that are not as consistent.

I ask because I dearly miss an olive bread--soft, moist, an olive in every bite--that I used to purchase at Downtown Natural. (The line also had a pretzel roll.) It's been many months now that I can no longer find it or anything similar, anywhere.

Thank you, Shelby2, for starting this thread.

I don't think it's the same person. Why not try sending JA a personal message and see if he/she responds.
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Neighborhood Chat / Re: Political Commentary of the Day
« Last post by dssjh on Yesterday at 10:46:18 AM »
I think social security is based on your highest earnings. It is not what you pay in, you get back. If you make six figures for five years but nothing for the rest of your life, you will get the maximum in payments. I think.

At any rate, it's a ponzi scheme that requires new payees coming into the system. One of the concerns about lowered wages is everyone pays into a system that results in low payouts. It's unsustainable. It will go broke. Then, I don't know, I don't think we have a replacement.

i know how it works, i'm just saying it's socialism. much like most of modern society, from police protection to EMS to subsidized water and sewer and free wi-fi in the subway.
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Neighborhood Chat / Re: Political Commentary of the Day
« Last post by jh35 on Yesterday at 10:35:22 AM »
I think social security is based on your highest earnings. It is not what you pay in, you get back. If you make six figures for five years but nothing for the rest of your life, you will get the maximum in payments. I think.

At any rate, it's a ponzi scheme that requires new payees coming into the system. One of the concerns about lowered wages is everyone pays into a system that results in low payouts. It's unsustainable. It will go broke. Then, I don't know, I don't think we have a replacement.

Put old people in a workhouse run by Amazon!!!
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Neighborhood Chat / Re: Political Commentary of the Day
« Last post by jeanette on Yesterday at 10:25:51 AM »
I think social security is based on your highest earnings. It is not what you pay in, you get back. If you make six figures for five years but nothing for the rest of your life, you will get the maximum in payments. I think.

At any rate, it's a ponzi scheme that requires new payees coming into the system. One of the concerns about lowered wages is everyone pays into a system that results in low payouts. It's unsustainable. It will go broke. Then, I don't know, I don't think we have a replacement.
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Restaurants & Food / Re: Favorite bread in the neighborhood
« Last post by dssjh on Yesterday at 10:24:31 AM »
that sounds wonderful ... i would happily buy seeded rye. fresh rye bread always reminds me of my childhood :)
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Restaurants & Food / Re: Favorite bread in the neighborhood
« Last post by jeanette on Yesterday at 10:16:55 AM »
Perchance is wildbranchbakery posting here two years ago as JA?

would anybody be interested in buying homemade loaves? I used to bake several loaves a week but most of it went to waste. Typically I do french baguettes, pretzel rolls, or seeded rye. I also have a sourdough starter that I tap into for special occasions, though my loaves from that are not as consistent.

I ask because I dearly miss an olive bread--soft, moist, an olive in every bite--that I used to purchase at Downtown Natural. (The line also had a pretzel roll.) It's been many months now that I can no longer find it or anything similar, anywhere.

Thank you, Shelby2, for starting this thread.
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