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2013-06-13 12:16:19 PM
I don't get it...  Satire?
 
2013-06-13 12:16:30 PM
He is a Socialist who is refusing to pay his taxes and now is resigning because someone else paid his taxes for him?

This I am not getting?
 
2013-06-13 12:20:12 PM
Since when subby proper sentence structure.
 
2013-06-13 12:28:19 PM

pdee: He is a Socialist who is refusing to pay his taxes and now is resigning because someone else paid his taxes for him?

This I am not getting?


He apparently had the platform of refusing to pay certain types of taxes as a protest against certain types of taxes being too high and thus hurting common people too much, one being property taxes, and a family member paid that tax for him.
 
2013-06-13 12:28:55 PM
Dafuq?  What is a local amenity tax?
 
2013-06-13 12:34:29 PM
American politicians keep their word often enough. It is just that the only promises American politicians seem to keep are ones that screw the general public for the benefit of their donors or at the behest of lobbyists.
 
2013-06-13 01:19:09 PM
It's like Europe is a different planet or something.
 
2013-06-13 01:29:55 PM

Ego edo infantia cattus: It's like Europe is a different planet or something.


Sure, if they're star trek planets or something. You know, monocultures.
 
2013-06-13 01:33:07 PM
His local council crashed Ireland into a recession? I notice he didn't promise to not pay the interest on his mortgage.

Power to the people!
 
2013-06-13 01:47:08 PM
For anyone confused, basically the Fine Gael Irish Government is introducing a household tax i.e if you own a house you have to pay a tax on it.

Most of the population is pretty pissed off about this and are refusing to pay the tax. He was one of them, but someone paid it on his behalf and so he is resigning.

/Left Ireland almost 2 years ago.
//No desire to return anytime soon
///Have to go home for Xmas though or me ma will be pissed off.
 
2013-06-13 01:47:36 PM
"Local Property Taxes" are new in Ireland, and not too popular.
 
2013-06-13 01:57:36 PM
D'oh. Didn't realise this was a totally new tax. I still suspect there's a bank bailout at the end of the money trail.
 
2013-06-13 02:18:53 PM

commisioner: but someone paid it on his behalf and so he is resigning.


I think that's bullshiat. I bet he paid it himself so he wouldn't risk going to jail and just got caught out by unexpected blowback.
 
2013-06-13 02:39:17 PM

PIP_the_TROLL: commisioner: but someone paid it on his behalf and so he is resigning.

I think that's bullshiat. I bet he paid it himself so he wouldn't risk going to jail and just got caught out by unexpected blowback.


You're probably right. Then again, he's a politician and they never go to jail.
 
2013-06-13 02:53:42 PM
OK gotta love that he stood on principle, but it isnt all that. He said he plans on re-running next year. The political capital that he is getting out of this, plus he gets a year off to talk it up, is well worth the resignation.

Can we call this half a political stunt?
 
2013-06-13 03:27:44 PM
Since subby stroke... nonsense write... Or at least they still do?
 
2013-06-13 05:58:43 PM

pdee: He is a Socialist who is refusing to pay his taxes and now is resigning because someone else paid his taxes for him?

This I am not getting?


European socialists want all the benefits of socialism, but not with the whole having to pay for that shiat part.

Or it's more political names in Europe do not correspond to American names.  For example, in Europe a "right" part tends to be very centrist or similar to the GOP when it first got started before our Civil War (the party that freed the slaves).  The "far right" parties are close to the current GOP, e.g. narrow minded reactionaries.
 
2013-06-13 05:59:48 PM
In Republic of Ireland . . . TV watches YOU!
 
2013-06-13 06:02:55 PM

Nurglitch: Ego edo infantia cattus: It's like Europe is a different planet or something.

Sure, if they're star trek planets or something. You know, monocultures.


From what I've seen, Germany (even in the smaller cities) and Ireland (Dublin, at least) are more multi-cultural than you might imagine.


/"Only in America!"  --Yogi Berra, after being told that Dublin had just elected a Jewish mayor.
 
2013-06-14 04:36:53 AM

OgreMagi: pdee: He is a Socialist who is refusing to pay his taxes and now is resigning because someone else paid his taxes for him?

This I am not getting?

European socialists want all the benefits of socialism, but not with the whole having to pay for that shiat part.


He's against the tax because it's extremely regressive. Socialists dislike regressive taxes because they fark the poor.
 
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