commented on Mike Huckabee Tries to Convince Women to Become Republicans By Using a Condescending, Outdated Argument
Omg, Seattleblues. Best thread. Have you ever seen a tax return, either corporate or individual? Are you actually unaware that you can't receive tax credits unless you work?
The clue is sometimes in the name of the credits; Earned Income Tax Credit is only open to those who have, you'll never guess, EARNED INCOME. (In fact, you can't receive it if your unearned, sat-on-your-ass investment income is over about $3500. Is that the reason you don't like it?) The (now defunct) Making Work Pay credit? Was only open to those who, get this, worked for a living. Similarly you have to have income to claim the Child Tax Credit (or the refundable Additional CTC). All of these credits are awarded on a curve, so for people living in poverty, having more earned income - by putting in more hours, or working multiple jobs - increases the value of their tax credits. The EITC maximum (a little over $6000 a year) goes to married couples both working full-time minimum wage jobs (ie. earning about $20,000) and raising three children.
In fact, the ONLY current individual credit you can receive without working is the max $1000 refundable American Opportunity Credit for college students and their families. So yes, people who go to school in the hopes of getting a better job in the future can receive a tax credit without having earned income. You must really hate college students I guess? Either that, or you really hate parents who work all year for poverty-level wages. Because people who don't work, or study, aren't getting these refundable credits that you're complaining about.
Aug 22, 2013
commented on Morning News: Legitimate Rape Nostalgia, Syrian Scrutiny, and God Denounces Creationism
I do think it's the wrong call, considering the comparative downsides. Go with female pronouns and at most it would confuse a reader for the space of one sentence, maybe making them wonder if it was a thinko until they got to the next line. Go with male pronouns and you're evoking transphobia and reminding readers of every other time they've seen someone's pronoun request ignored and erased because reasons. I'm glad to see a commitment to honouring Manning's request going forward, though.
Aug 20, 2013
commented on SL Letter of the Day: That Dick Has Sailed
Amazing comments here. Everyone's so keen to determine what LW is doing wrong and what her worth as a person is, and as a bonus we're getting some helpful reminders that women should never talk about what they want because that shit is scary. Good stuff. :)
Aug 8, 2013
commented on My Boyfriend Boils His Balls for Me
You had one copper IUD sit wrong so you wrote off the method forever after? That seems awfully hasty. I've had ups and downs with IUDs myself - had one fall halfway out after a period, and the next one was at one point pressing sitting on some kind of amazing nerve cluster such that I could feel it exerting pressure in the mound of my thumb. Still the best kind of contraception, especially if you can't do hormones, and it seems odd that you've never given it another shot.
Jul 31, 2013
commented on The Worst Jobs We’ve Ever Had
I once worked for a street-corner laundry, ironing shirts and delivering flyers. We used ancient industrial irons that were too old to safely function - they spat a lot and the store owner had replaced their safety fuses with bits of wire to keep them working. At least the flyering part wasn't dangerous and got me both exercise and an intimate knowledge of certain residential neighbourhoods in West London. I did so much thinking about the whys and wherefores of front gardens. I also bunked off and sat on street corners to read a lot.