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Old 11-24-2008, 09:58 PM   #41
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Old 11-24-2008, 10:22 PM   #42
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32/33 -- missed the Q about the puritans.

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Old 11-25-2008, 01:16 PM   #43
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Missed Jefferson's letters and seperation of Church and state. The levee question (read it too fast) and the last one about tax per person would be equal to what was spent on you. I don't agree with that.
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Old 11-25-2008, 01:20 PM   #44
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Old 11-25-2008, 01:44 PM   #45
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.... and the last one about tax per person would be equal to what was spent on you. I don't agree with that.
How can you not agree with it? That is like saying 5 does not equal 5.


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33) If taxes equal government spending, then:

A. government debt is zero
B. printing money no longer causes inflation
C. government is not helping anybody
D. tax per person equals government spending per person
E. tax loopholes and special-interest spending are absent
Given: T (taxes) = S (Spending)

therefore T/Person = S/Person

Example:

They collect 10 million.
They spend 10 million.
There are 2 Million people.

$10M/2M people equals $5 per person collected and $5/person spent. 5=5.

What is not to agree with?

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PS - it could be kumquats or ping pong balls or anything - the "per person" factors out. The key is that collections equal spending. But if there were an existing debt, it would still be there, just not added to.
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Old 11-25-2008, 02:01 PM   #46
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PS - it could be kumquats or
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Old 11-25-2008, 02:28 PM   #48
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96.97 - missed #33 - don't know if I agree with their answer - it's quite an assumption based on the mechanism - but in any case, was happy especially with some of the historical and canonical information as to where certain ideas truly cam fomr (separation of church and state - Thomas Jefferson's letters - not any governing document of our country....and the philosophical one - that there must be a baseline or absolute origin in order to establish relativism or one doesn't know where they are at all - interesting test....
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How can you not agree with it? That is like saying 5 does not equal 5.


Given: T (taxes) = S (Spending)

therefore T/Person = S/Person

Example:

They collect 10 million.
They spend 10 million.
There are 2 Million people.

$10M/2M people equals $5 per person collected and $5/person spent. 5=5.

What is not to agree with?

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PS - it could be kumquats or ping pong balls or anything - the "per person" factors out. The key is that collections equal spending. But if there were an existing debt, it would still be there, just not added to.
I read that as if I pay $1,000 in taxes, the gov't spends $1,000 on my benefits? Not $999 or $1,001 but $1,000. Maybe I read it wrong. When I do reread it, I think I took it to literal.
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I read that as if I pay $1,000 in taxes, the gov't spends $1,000 on my benefits? Not $999 or $1,001 but $1,000. Maybe I read it wrong. When I do reread it, I think I took it to literal.
OK, they imply "on average", kinda like that 2.6 kid family. You don't want to take that too literally either.

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I read that as if I pay $1,000 in taxes, the gov't spends $1,000 on my benefits? Not $999 or $1,001 but $1,000. Maybe I read it wrong. When I do reread it, I think I took it to literal.
I missed that question too, and partly for the same reason. I also read "no debt" on (a) but thought "no deficit", so I gave that answer. If they had used "per capita" instead of "per person" I might have gotten it right, which is silly because the two phrases mean more or less the same thing.
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You answered 29 out of 33 correctly — 87.88 %.

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You answered 22 out of 33 correctly — 66.67 % But I am a Canuk Techie

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my wrong answers
Question #7 - D. Gettysburg Address
Question #10 - C. Religion
Question #12 - B. the Supreme Court struck down most legal restrictions on it in Roe v. Wade
Question #13 - E. certain permanent moral and political truths are accessible to human reason
Question #14 - B. stressed the sinfulness of all humanity
Question #33 - D. tax per person equals government spending per person
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I found this followup article in the Washington Post. Who is this Paula Abdul anyway?
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87.88 and embarrassed should have had at least two of the four I missed. Which brings me back to OP november avg score is 78% what the H is going on wit US elected officials at 44%. If you check with my spouse she will tell you I am no rocket scientist.
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87.88 and embarrassed should have had at least two of the four I missed. Which brings me back to OP november avg score is 78% what the H is going on wit US elected officials at 44%. If you check with my spouse she will tell you I am no rocket scientist.
i answered 24 out of 33 correctly — 72.73 %
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72.73% that makes me below average but smarter than a politician.
that made my day!
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but I also think a lot of the questions were a bit odd or tilted to a particular point of view...the tax one didn't make sense to me...if a billionaire pays millions in taxes, do they also receive millions in services? Some pay no taxes and receive a lot of services...
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