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  1. While I agree in principle with a one-time tax, what's been written here is a massive oversimplification. Rich people as a whole do not keep vast sums in a savings account. They invest their money. There are many such investments that do not allow for a large withdrawal of cash. A lot of people do this in real estate. Ask them to pay a one-time huge tax, they'd have no cash to do so. Make them sell assets to pay the taxes? You want to see a revolt? It wouldn't be pretty. And, here at least, there'd be so much haggling before such a bill ever got passed here, by the time it was promulgated, those to be taxed would have figured out how to avoid it.
  2. Why don't we get more of these?! Come on, Camy. You know you love writing these. With all the woe in the world now, this was a needed refresher. C
  3. And here we thought you were always on holiday. C
  4. Sometimes things are hidden until the author wants them shown publicly. There are a number of reasons for this. C
  5. Did he want to have it visible to everyone? C
  6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGeKSiCQkPw&feature=youtu.be&list=PL30BFB50685A0252B&t=4
  7. I think that's what's needed today. Patience. C
  8. Just like writers have different sentiments and points of view and value systems, so do readers. If the latter get what they're looking for in a story, that's what matters to them. You didn't mention a writer, so I say the following completely independent of your criticisms. These criticisms are my own, but they allow me to address your points. There's a well-known writer up on several other sites, Gary Q., who is no longer active. He wrote several stories that are loved by his audience. By me, too. I read them all more than once. If you're looking for adherence to grammar and punctuation and snytactical perfection, if that's necessary to your enjoyment, then you'd shut him down after one or two pages. His English is best described as atrocious. Did that stop me from reading his work. No. I put up with it. I liked the stories. And of course that's fine; we all are free to read what we like and enjoy. And with some authors, if you can suspend that need for perfection or rule-following because you like the characters they develop and are interested in what will become of them, you'll stay with the stories. Anyone who's read my writing knows I'm finicky about the English I use. So I had to suspend that pedantic pretentiousness while reading Gary's stories. And I had no problem doing that. I wanted to see what happened next. What a great storyteller he was! I can certainly understand people criticizing his stories. But I've had the same reaction to some of my writing: people loving a story, others providing me scathing reports on it. We're all different; we all like different things. I personally am glad we have writers like Gary giving us what they do. C
  9. A blonde teenager, wanting to earn some extra money for the summer, decided to hire herself out as a handy-woman. She started canvassing a nearby well-to-do neighborhood. She went to the front door of the first house, and asked the owner if he had any odd jobs for her to do. "Well, I guess I could use somebody to paint my porch," he said. "How much will you charge me?" The girl, delighted at finding work so quickly, responded, "How about $50?" The man agreed and told her she could find paint brushes and everything else she would need in the garage. The man's wife, hearing the conversation, remarked to her husband, "Does she realize that our porch goes ALL the way around the house? Maybe some of those dumb blonde jokes make sense." He replied, "You're might be right. But she set the price. I just went along with it." In a surprisingly short time, the blonde teenager came to the door to collect her money. "You're finished already?" the startled husband asked. "Yes, she replied, "and I even had paint left over, so I gave it two coats." Impressed, the man reached into his pocket for the $50.00 and handed it to her along with a $10.00 tip. “Oh, and, by the way," the teenager said, "it's not a Porch, it's a Lexus."
  10. Well, maybe. Sounded more like something real, or something extrapolated from something real, to me. Maybe that was simply the quality of the writing, however. C
  11. Restricting the freedom to assemble during a time of mass infections is about the same as curtailing the right of free speech when screaming 'Fire' in a crowded theater. We do have many freedoms, but when those freedoms infringe on the rights of others, there are some abridgments involved. C
  12. James, that sounds a bit like they're being misled, doesn't it? Hmmm. Wondering who their inspiration is coming from. C
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