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Posted on February 22 at 8:15 p.m.

The childishness of the comments relating to Bill Clausen is truly stunning. Grow up already. Most people left the garbage behind when they left Junior High.

On Employed Illegally?

Posted on February 21 at 4:44 p.m.

And where do you suppose the illegal employees get the Social Security numbers on the W-2s they present when the do their taxes? They do not make them up out and they do not buy them from some guy in a trench coat. Their employers provide the numbers. Many illegal employees believe the everybody, even you and I, got social security number from their first employer.

On Employed Illegally?

Posted on February 18 at 10:58 a.m.

Jarvis, Instead of endlessly repeating yourself, you might cite your sources for your numbers, because as I pointed out, I found sources that contradict your numbers.

On Few Scholarships for Undocumented Students

Posted on February 16 at 7:35 p.m.

The Atlantic article does not actually substantiate its thesis; it only speculates on whether its thesis may be true.

On Few Scholarships for Undocumented Students

Posted on February 16 at 5:42 p.m.

No, I am saying if they were legal taxpayers they would pay even less tax, just like SSN holders. And would you say the SSN holders who pay less in tax than the value of the services they use are also stealing? For example, what about companies like Amazon, which have yet to turn a profit and so pay no tax? What about tax-exempt entities? Your figures are confusing. I found a source for the $3 billion in state taxes. I also found a source for a shortfall of $20 billion, but that was a nationwide shortfall (not CA only), after taking into account payment of federal, state. and local taxes, as well as payment of property taxes via rent.

However, the net benefit of immigration to the U.S. is nearly $10 billion annually. 70% of immigrants arrive in prime working age. That means we haven't spent a penny on their education, yet they are transplanted into our workforce and will contribute $500 billion toward our social security system over the next 20 years. Of course, they pay the same sales tax as everyone. So as far as the shortfall goes, it would be instructive to find out what the shortfall for SSN holders is. It must be very large given the lack of funds for maintaining infrastructure.

On Few Scholarships for Undocumented Students

Posted on February 16 at 8:58 a.m.

"I think that virtually all illegal residents would gladly become US taxpayers if that was part of the package of being granted US citizenship and enjoying the benefits of life in this country. "

Actually, illegal residents are already US taxpayers. Although the IRS users the SSN of citizens as the tax account number, the IRS assigns a tax account number to taxpayers without a SSN. This account number is called an ITIN. People with ITINs pay more income tax as a percentage than those with SSNs. And because they lack a SSN, they never qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit and nearly every other tax credit. If they can get an ITIN for their children, they can possible qualify for a Child Tax Tax credit, but only to the extent of their Social Security and Medicare payments.

So there are two main reasons they payer higher taxes than SSN holders. 1. Even without an SSN, they are required to pay into the Social Security system. (Their payments will pass through to become part of the benefits SSN holders receive. People who worry about the solvency of Social Security can thank illegal residents for helping to keep the system afloat for everyone else).
2. They do not qualify for tax benefits and credits.

On Few Scholarships for Undocumented Students

Posted on February 15 at 8:34 p.m.

I understand your point. Nevertheless, I know that I have had a couple orders about which I believe the clarity of my memory is unmistakable. However, I do not know and cannot that for a fact.

On To Err Is Human, 2 4-Give K-9

Posted on February 15 at 6:09 p.m.

I generally appreciate Nick's insights, but this time his apparent dislike for Brian Williams regardless of the incident at hand seems to overpower his usual even-handedness. How many of us have memories from our childhood that turned out to somewhat wrong? I personally "conflated" the houses of my maternal and paternal grandparents, and never knew for many years. The helicopter in front of him was hit. That was probably jarring enough to gradually change the memory over the years.

Until a couple days ago, a friend clearly remembered she was watching TV while waiting to see the obstetrician during a pre-natal visit when she saw the breaking news of the 1989 San Francisco earthquake. When she was reminded that the earthquake was October 17, she realized her memory was not so clear as she believed. "Oh, it must have been a well-baby check-up," she said. Almost everyone has had or eventually will have one of these moments.

On To Err Is Human, 2 4-Give K-9

Posted on February 12 at 9:39 p.m.

Here is an anomaly I discovered long ago. Flying to LAX from Santa Barbara to catch a connecting flight can be cheaper than taking a bus to LAX to catch that flight. Here is a round trip example I ran today: SBA to LAX $282, LAX to Shanghai $1115, but SBA to Shanghai $1130. Round trip Airbus to LAX (Discounted Prepaid) $88. So if you take the airbus first, your total payment will be $1115 + $88 =$1203. If you fly to LAX, your total payment is $1130, a savings of $73 and several hours, plus extra convenience.

On Jumping Ship

Posted on February 12 at 9:07 p.m.

Although I agree that a quarter million is way too much money just to ascertain whether we need more legible signs or not, I also agree that we do need more legible street signs, especially after dark. They need to be bigger and brighter. Tablets and smartphones are great but contrary to the impressions of some people, they are not ubiquitous. The font on maps tends to be hard to read, and besides maps are a bit useless if you cannot clearly see the sign for the street the map is referencing. Address numbers need to be more legible as well. Many are difficult to see in daylight and pretty much invisible at night.

On Map This

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