Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 20th Dec 2005 18:37 UTC, submitted by Robert Escue
IBM Unix isn't a flashy market. But what distinction there is has been going to Sun Microsystems lately, by making its Unix-based Solaris operating system available as open-source software. Last week, IBM moved to put its AIX Unix operating system back on everybody's radar by revealing plans to create a development center on its Austin, Texas, campus to speed up AIX development.
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RE[4]: addendum
by kaiwai on Thu 22nd Dec 2005 02:09 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: addendum"
kaiwai
Member since:
2005-07-06

Socialized medicine is not all it is cracked up to be.

Oh pulease, I'm sitting in New Zealand, both the public and private sit side by side, if I want to have quicker response, more cover etc. I can pay for some health insurance, if I want faster operation times then I can go through the private health system - the public and private operate side by side as to allow the INDIVIDUAL to make the choice on which he or she would prefer to go to.

And you still haven't addressed as to WHY companies should be paying for things other than simply the wage/salary to which their employee is entitled to? again, it isn't the responsibility of the company to pay for things out side their core focus areas, and they SHOULDN'T be forced into paying for these things either.

If a company CHOOSES then offer those perks, then different story, but the fact is, these companies in the US are forced to, via legislation to PAY for these costs - believe me, if I were forced to pay for the health care of my workers I certainly wouldn't hire any fat people, smokers, people with high blood pressure, drink alcohol etc. etc. If the government thinks it has the right to impose undue costs onto business, I in turn should be given the right to descriminate against those who will cost me the employer money in the long run.

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RE[5]: addendum
by Simba on Thu 22nd Dec 2005 02:22 in reply to "RE[4]: addendum"
Simba Member since:
2005-10-08

"If the government thinks it has the right to impose undue costs onto business, I in turn should be given the right to descriminate against those who will cost me the employer money in the long run."

So tell me then. Do businesses in New Zealand not pay any taxes? If they don't, you must have extremely high personal income tax, and property tax rate. And probably very high sales tax rates as well.

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RE[6]: addendum
by kaiwai on Thu 22nd Dec 2005 03:58 in reply to "RE[5]: addendum"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

We have three core taxes; GST, PAYE and Business tax - the business tax is a tricky one as you would have to take into account tax write offs.

On income tax, I pay 19.5% on the income I earn, and GST is sitting at 12.5% - there are no property taxes, no capital gains taxes (except on properties that have been held for less than 8 years), no stamp duties, no special taxes on share trading, no estate taxes.

Three core taxes, and thats it - it pails in comparison to the 'tax on every damn thing' that seems to exist in the US - pay roll tax, which punishes the employer for every employee he/she employs, to property tax, to a special social security tax etc.

When you look at the Economic Freedom Index, from the US Right Wing Think Tank, Heritage Foundation, NZ sits in the fifth position, equal to that of Ireland - the USA, however, is located in the 12th position - doesn't say too much about the economic policies of the US at this current point in time.

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RE[6]: addendum
by kaiwai on Thu 22nd Dec 2005 04:02 in reply to "RE[5]: addendum"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

Oh, and since I can't reply directly to my message, I'll do a follow up; personally, I favour a 10% tax on the first 38,000 and 20% on anything above 38,000, with a GST sitting at 15-16% and business tax sitting at 5%.

Sometimes is necessary to be a little radical to get things done - too bad with GWB majority in the upper and lower house, he hasn't leveraged this position to push through some radical reforms in terms of taxation, spending etc.

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