Veterans in Congress

The numbers of veterans in Congress has significantly diminished over the years. From the 70’s to today the number of veterans in Congress has dropped by 75 percent. According to a recent report published by the Congressional Research Service: 1Quoted from the Aug 21, 2009 MOAA “Legislative Update”

  • There are 121 total legislators who have served in the military (five less than the last Congress)
  • There are 96 veterans in the House and 25 in the Senate
  • Their collective wartime service includes World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq

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1. Quoted from the Aug 21, 2009 MOAA “Legislative Update”

Federal Income Taxes and You

 The Congressional Budget Office released the following figures: 1Historical Effective Tax Rates: 1979-2005. Released December 2007

 

% of
Population
Approx Annual
Income
% of Tax
Burden Paid
Top 1% $1.3 M or more 38.8%
Top 20% $512 K or more 86.3%
Top 40% $58 K or more 99.4%
Bottom 60% Less than $58 K 0.06%
Bottom 40% Less than $37 K 0.00% 2Many in the category will get money “back” even though they paid no taxes.

 

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1. Historical Effective Tax Rates: 1979-2005. Released December 2007
2. Many in the category will get money “back” even though they paid no taxes.

Government At Work

Quoted from The Villages Daily Sun:

Georgia: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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Animal-control officers in Cobb County have cited tow women for having their dogs off leashes–even though the women were in a park created specifically to let dogs off leashes. When Cobb opend an off-leash dog park last month, it seems, officials didn’t take the county’s leash law into account.

“It’s ludicrous to say it’s off-leash and to give people tickes for having them off the leash,” 1Duh said Clare Salkin, who was ticketed for violating the law. She has a court date in about three weeks for unleashing Bob, her Labrador-mix.

The county says it has stopped enforcing the leash law in the park 2Even though those already ticketed are being prosecuted. It plans to clarify its ordinances to make it legal for people to unleash dogs in the park, said a county spokesman.

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1. Duh
2. Even though those already ticketed are being prosecuted