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    I agree about the bathrooms. SO and I have lived...

    I agree about the bathrooms. SO and I have lived together in 4 places now. The first had 2.5 bathrooms. The downstairs half bath was basically the cat's litter box room and very occasional guest...
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    Too bad Minnesota and so many other states arent...

    Too bad Minnesota and so many other states arent on the same plan.
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    Well, we'd have to include just about every...

    Well, we'd have to include just about every profession, except hair dressers, fashion designers and perhaps church organists.

    I suspect the LGBT Wall Street traders group wouldnt receive a...
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    Indeed. The ability to get away with murdering...

    Indeed. The ability to get away with murdering someone simply by saying "I was afraid for my life" is pretty darn equal.
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    Wait, so police officers are a minority group now?

    Wait, so police officers are a minority group now?
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    Yep. And I'm good with it. Especially since his...

    Yep. And I'm good with it. Especially since his thought process was probably to make sure that my mother would have easy to access, steady income in the actuarially likely scenario where she...
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    But after the store sells the piano, assuming...

    But after the store sells the piano, assuming that they sold it for more than they purchased it for, there's also income tax due on the gain.



    It's not that I think I specifically should be...
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    What if you inherit a piano store and sell 20...

    What if you inherit a piano store and sell 20 pianos for $50,000 apiece? Should you still not have to pay tax? Or are pianos sold in a store different from pianos sold on craigslist or ebay?
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    Then we need to revise the estate tax so that it...

    Then we need to revise the estate tax so that it doesn't have a 0% rate for 699 out of 700 people.
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    I'm suggesting that if I inherit it and sell it...

    I'm suggesting that if I inherit it and sell it for $47,000 more than was paid for it I should pay capital gains tax on it. Just the same as I would if I owned a piano store and was buying and...
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    I agree with you that inflation overvalues the...

    I agree with you that inflation overvalues the capital gains of long held assets, but if we're going to address that we need to address that across the board, not just with estates.

    And I agree...
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    Those are excellent examples. If my dad had...

    Those are excellent examples. If my dad had chosen to buy me a car or pay for my education while he was alive he could have done a couple of things. He could have paid for them with money from his...
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    I suppose I should be going "Yippee! We got one...

    I suppose I should be going "Yippee! We got one over on uncle sam!" Because despite resetting the basis his estate was below the estate taxable rate so we didn't have to pay that either. ...
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    So it's my full due that I should get a tax free...

    So it's my full due that I should get a tax free gift when my father dies? I guess I consider it reasonable for people, including myself, to pay taxes for all of the benefits that we get from living...
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    And I don't understand why my dad was able to...

    And I don't understand why my dad was able to purchase stocks decades ago, hold them until his death and then I could inherit them and reset the cost basis to their value at the day of his death. ...
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    And I think that just has we have a progressive...

    And I think that just has we have a progressive income tax, so too should there be a progressive inheritance tax. Or at an absolute minimum that there shouldn't be a "get out of capital gains tax...
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    Indeed. I suspect the Native Americans would...

    Indeed. I suspect the Native Americans would agree with you there.
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    So, what do you propose that he and his wife...

    So, what do you propose that he and his wife should have done with the money from the house she inherited? Buy some hair shirts or something?
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    So you're saying that no current senator can be a...

    So you're saying that no current senator can be a "of the people" person. After all senators currently get paid $175,000 and a household income of $166,200 puts one in the top 5% of income. I would...
  20. As the therapist from SNL would tell you, "have...

    As the therapist from SNL would tell you, "have you looked at yourself? You need to look at yourself. catherine, take a look at yourself." :~)
  21. Is that one of those risky activities where the...

    Is that one of those risky activities where the guy says "hold my beer. Watch this!"
  22. I agree with you that it's unfair for the family...

    I agree with you that it's unfair for the family to expect the government to intervene to try to get people back if they've gone somewhere like North Korea or Iran. The state department should be...
  23. . I do think our state department should be...

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    I do think our state department should be up to date with advisories on where it might not be safe to travel. Beyond that, though, I'm fine with people doing what they want. But I'm also not...
  24. Not quite. New Zealand is to Australia what...

    Not quite. New Zealand is to Australia what Canada is to us.
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    Personally I don't shop to interact with people*....

    Personally I don't shop to interact with people*. I invite a friend out for coffee or lunch if I want interaction. About the only bricks and mortar shopping I do anymore is food. We have safeway,...
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