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"Politics is the process and method of gaining or maintaining support for public or common action, the conduct of "decision-making for groups. Although it is usually applied to governments, political behavior is also observed in corporate, academic, religious, and other institutions. "Political science is the field devoted to studying political behavior and examining the acquisition and application of "power, or the ability to impose one's will on another. Its practitioners are known as political scientists. Political scientists look at "elections, public opinion, institutional activities (how "legislatures act, the relative importance of various sources of political power), the ideologies behind various politicians and interest groups, how politicians achieve and wield their influence, and so on.

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The "FairTax is a proposed change to the "tax laws of the United States that would replace the "Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and all "federal "income taxes (including "corporate taxes and "capital gains taxes), as well as "payroll taxes (including "Social Security and Medicare taxes), "gift taxes, and "estate taxes with a national retail "sales tax. Its enacting legislation, the Fair Tax Act, is pending in the "United States Congress. The tax would be levied once at the point of purchase on all new "goods and "services. The proposal also calls for a monthly payment to all "households of citizens and legal resident aliens (based on family size) as an advance rebate of tax on purchases up to the poverty level. The sales tax rate, as defined in the legislation, is 23% of net prices which includes the tax (23¢ out of every $1 spent—calculated like income taxes), which is comparable to a 30% traditional "sales tax (23¢ on top of every 77¢ spent). With the rebate taken into consideration, the "effective tax rate would be "progressive on "consumption and could result in a federal tax burden of zero or less. However, opponents of the tax argue that while progressive on consumption, the tax would be "regressive on "income, and would accordingly decrease the "tax burden on "high income earners and increase the tax burden on the "middle class.

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Photo taken by a "Lockheed U-2 spy plane of the San Cristobal "MRBM launch site in "Cuba, November 1962, after the "Cuban Missile Crisis. Although this image was taken days after the crisis had ended (October 28), this image has become iconic of the crisis to the point where it is often cited incorrectly as having been taken during the crisis.

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""Ramón Betances

"Ramón Emeterio Betances was a "Puerto Rican "nationalist. He was the primary instigator of the "Grito de Lares revolution and, as such, is considered to be the father of the "Puerto Rican independence movement. Betances was also the most renowned "medical doctor and "surgeon of his time in Puerto Rico, and one of its first "social hygienists. He had established a successful surgery and "ophthalmology "practice[disambiguation needed]. Betances was also a "diplomat, "public health administrator, "poet and "novelist. He served as representative and contact for "Cuba and the "Dominican Republic in "Paris. A firm believer in "Freemasonry, his political and social activism was deeply influenced by the group's philosophical beliefs. His personal and professional relationships (as well as the organizational structure behind the Grito de Lares, an event that, in theory, clashes with traditional Freemason beliefs) were based upon his relationships with Freemasons, their hierarchical structure, rites and signs.

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Naturally, the common people don't want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship... the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.
"Hermann Göring, "Nazi founder of the "Gestapo, Head of the "Luftwaffe

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