Wal-Mart, on the other hand uses the roads a LOT more than our little organization does. And with large numbers of employees and customers, they use sewage systems A LOT more than our organization does.
The rich travel more than the poor do, thus using the infrastructure more. Depending on the city, the poor and middle class are much more likely to use in public transportation, which per person, uses much less of the infrastructure than someone who drives his hummer in from the suburbs every day to work.
Of course, all of that should be obvious.
And no, the rich aren't paying too much. We have the third lowest tax to GDP ratio among OECD nations behind only Mexico and Chile - two other nations with massive income inequality.
But the Minnesota Zoo reopened, WooT!
Dozens flow in at outset of Minnesota Zoo reopening | StarTribune.com
Vandals trash closed state parks | StarTribune.com
Vandals went wild at abandoned Minnesota state parks over the holiday weekend, wrecking buildings and driving around closed gates as the government shutdown drags toward its second week.
The most serious damage was at Afton State Park, east of the Twin Cities, where 12 people were taken into custody after a burglary and vandalism spree at three buildings before dawn on Monday, Washington County Sheriff Bill Hutton said Tuesday.
Vandals also hit dozens of other state properties in Minnesota, said Jim Konrad, head of enforcement for the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
"This is just exactly the type of thing we're going to be seeing repeatedly as the shutdown goes forward," said Steve Morse, former lawmaker and DNR deputy commissioner who is now executive director of the Minnesota Environmental Partnership. "It shows once again how difficult it is to extricate the state from our lives, and the problems that are going to come to light once something like this happens."
What I've learned from Republicans:
1) Raising taxes is bad
2) Reducing taxes is good
3) Reducing taxes increases revenues
4) Reducing taxes improves the economy
So, there's one of two possibilities:
1) The above statements always hold true.
2) The above statements do not always hold true.
If it's 1, we should keep reducing taxes until they're at 1% or less, right?
If it's 2, maybe there's a point at which reducing taxes further simply leaves the government unable to perform basic functions.
One of you will end up here next!
Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.
Alexis de Tocqueville
Zellers: 'Things went backwards' | StarTribune.com
I'm glad! Not that it's ongoing, but that he's taken a stand. I'm sorry my state is shut down, but they are there to serve the people, not the very few at the top.Nearly a week into Minnesota's government shutdown, budget talks blew up Wednesday, with DFL Gov. Mark Dayton accusing Republicans of untruths and Republicans visibly upset that Dayton still insists on raising taxes.
"No more 'cones of silence.' No more private meetings," Dayton said after the last meeting. "I'm tired of having this stuff come out very differently from how it's transpired."
On the steps of the Capitol, state workers gathered in the hot sun to keep pressure on Republicans.
Wednesday's rally took up a familiar theme: taxing the state's wealthiest residents to help solve the deficit. One man held a sign that took his frustration a step further -- he had changed it from "Tax the Rich" to "Eat the Rich."
"We stand at a point in this state's history of either standing strong for the common good or allowing extreme special interests with a radical social agenda to destroy our middle class," Jim Monroe, executive director of the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees, told the crowd.