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I Hate Democrats

By maxwell edison ·
Okay, I got your attention.

And to all Democrats:

Get out of my life.

Stop trying to take my personal property.

Stop trying to infringe on my RIGHT to take personal responsibility.

Stop presuming that you know what's better for me than me.

Stop telling me how to live.

Stop telling me how to define my moral values.

Stop telling me how to plan for my own future.

Stop telling me how to raise my kids.

Stop telling me how to educate my kids.

Stop taking my hard-earned income.

Stop trying to take care of my own health.

Stop telling me how to run my own business.

Stop telling me how to live.


I'll make a deal with you. You leave me the **** alone, and I'll leave you the **** alone.

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Damn ! I gave up on the FAQs at around 40

by neilb@uk In reply to On the VAT and Tax Evasio ...

and your cut and paste came in at 45.

Slapped down again...

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by TonytheTiger In reply to Damn ! I gave up on the F ...

Nothing wrong with faqs. the more questions, the more interest.

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Of course

by neilb@uk In reply to Faqs

but do excuse me if I'm occasionally too busy to read all of the FAQs for a theoretical tax system for a foreign country...Gripping though the subject matter might be!

It's much easier to occasionally look an idiot when posting. I can live with it, anyway!

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hey neilb

by jck In reply to Anything off for cash, ma ...

First of all: good to see you.

Second, just to let you know not every American tourist is a cheap-*** *******:

When I was in Ireland getting ready to depart, I had customs ask me if I had anything to declare or a VAT form to submit for tax relief. I asked "Relief?" The customs agent told me I could submit receipts and get my VAT back on items I'd purchased in Ireland.

I looked at him and laughed and said "If it's what supports the system to keep Ireland the way it is, I don't want my VAT back."

Personally, I pay all my taxes and don't try to cheat anyone. It's bad enough the wealthy and corporates get all the loopholes they do. If those didn't exist, the whole world would be better off.

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Tipping, Taxes et al

by JamesRL In reply to hey neilb

I thought Canadians had the reputation for being cheap *** non/low tippers.

I don't try to cheat on my taxes, but I do take all the breaks I am entitled to - why shouldn't I - I presume everyone else will. The fact that some rich guy can take advantage of more breaks, and sillier breaks than me, thats the problem.


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cheapest tippers I've ever seen

by jck In reply to Tipping, Taxes et al

here in the USA:

a) the wealthy
b) the elderly
c) some foreign tourists (Canadian, German, in particular)

I have watched it all...from high-end clubs in South Beach to Cracker Barrel restaurants on interstate frontage roads.

I do have to say...the English and Irish tend to not only tip better in the USA, but are more polite as customers.

BTW, James...all those old geezers that come from Quebec to FL to spend winter...70% of them I'd shoot if it was legal...rude rude rude...think they own the state because they're spending money here and the literally will demand your attention even if you're with another customer.

"Those tourists...God-d*mned tourists..." - Burt "Bubba Whoop-***" Wilson

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Funny that

by JamesRL In reply to cheapest tippers I've eve ...

In Quebec, if you have a Parisian accent, they think you are a snob. Many of the French teachers in Ontario are from France - hilarity ensues..

There was a great movie (in english) about those Quebecois tourists in FL. It was about two Quebecois motel owners in FL trying to steal each others Quebecois customers and put each other out of business. Its a comedy if you hadn't guessed.

I am very meek as a customer -not at all demanding, tip 15 %, more if the service is excellent. My wife used to be a waitress and can't help but order substitutions and stuff off the menu - I usually cringe and tip extra to compensate.

Of course I could tell you stories of the ugly Americans visiting the historic heart of Quebec City - the walled part with some building still standing from 1630(earlier buildings were made but crumbled). I was in the city for a week, and immersed in French. Loving all the great restaurants, the museums, art etc. Along comes some American tourists - remember I haven't spoke a word of English in 5 days. They ask in a whiny drawl if I can tell them where the McDonalds is (and sadly there is one in the old city). I reflexively replied "Je ne sais pas"("I don't know" in English).

The biggest influx of tourists in Toronto is around Caribana - about a million or so. I try not to be downtown at that point - not because they aren't nice and polite, but because I just don't want to be around that many people. Driving down the parade route the next day it looks like a disaster zone.


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jck - Blowing Smoke AGAIN!

by maxwell edison In reply to cheapest tippers I've eve ...

Other than your own extremely limited, unscientific, and totally baseless observations in your little corner of the world, what in the world can you provide to support your claim that Americans are more impolite and worse tippers than the English or any other nationality?

It was easy to find something to refute your silly assertions.

Contrary to what you claim, the English and the Irish are the WORST, not the best. And Americans are the BEST, not the worst.

You have it bass-ackwards.


Britons are the rudest, meanest and worst-behaved holidaymakers in the world, according to a new survey. The research, by online travel service Expedia, also found that British tourists make the least effort to speak the local language.

Germans were the most popular holiday makers, followed by Americans - who also give the biggest tips. British tourists are joined at the bottom of the league by those from Israel and Ireland.

Americans were judged the most courteous and the British the rudest, alongside the Russians and Canadians. (Canadians rude? Well, we have our Oz_Man to show that's true.)

But the Germans did not perform well in the spending and tipping stakes and were described as the meanest nation - closely followed by the British. The big spenders were the Americans, then the Japanese and Russians.

And my source is the BBC!

Man-oh-man. People sure do **** a lot of smoke around here.

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typical Max

by jck In reply to cheapest tippers I've eve ...

I know this guy who wrote about going to live with God via alien spaceships too.

Maybe you'd like a black workout suit and some Nikes and to shave your head? I guess since he wrote that, he's right?

You put too much faith in writings without using analysis and common sense to verify it.

Every English person I've ever met here in the states who is on holida tips at a bar or restaurant because they see it as the "norm" here, where as tipping is not the de facto standard in England.

And, they tend to be more courteous and socially polite in public establishments and don't get all loud and obnoxious and are respectful of other peoples' dining experience.

Also, I'd like to point post was about what *I* have seen. I didn't puff it up to be a scientific analysis of cross-border economics amongst various international citizens groups.

Stop your antagonization and trying to make yourself look smart by twisting words, Max. It might work at your job, but you haven't fooled anyone here.

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oh I know, James

by jck In reply to cheapest tippers I've eve ...

American tourists a lot of the time are either ignorantly obnoxious (raising their voice thinking it will make their language better when speaking a foreign language) to absurdly rude (having the same lack-of-manners they have when they're at home).

In fact, I've travelled with buddies before that I won't travel with again simple because of their lack of manners, inability to say thank you when served a meal or a pint, their lack of dignity (stealing towels and pillows and stuff from hotels), etc.

And while I was in Ireland, I met 3 Americans who were there on vacation who were rude and uncaring as to what the laws and customs were there. And no, they weren't travelling together. And, I bet they poop their pants whenever someone comes stateside and acts a bit not to their liking.

I know there's a bad lot in every country, but I spend over 200 hours in Ireland and I met not *1* rude person...even on the streets of Dublin where I spent almost a week.

If I could do that here in the USA without being in an area under 100,000 people I'd be amazed.

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