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It just means that it's owned by the government. Since the government is supposed to be controlled by the public, we could then say that it's "owned by the public". But in politics, we use other terms to refer to the public, like "taxpayers", so we end up saying that it's "owned by taxpayers".


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If the 62% share of RBS makes a profit for the government, this ought to mean the government doesn't have to raise as much in taxes, which means taxpayers can pay less (in proportion to the amount they would pay normally), while the non-taxpayers will continue to pay nothing. Similarly, if the owned item makes a loss, it will be the taxpayers who will ...


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"Owned by the Taxpayer" is figurative statement based on the idea that anything the government has control of is the property of tax payers as a whole. It's based on the same logical progression as ideas like Governments wasting "your" money on policy ideas you don't care about. Such as the Tax and Spend your Money headline from Fox ...


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I'm afraid that in all the cases I know of, that is a figurative rather than literal statement. Specifically, in the case of RBS, it is "owned" by NatWest group (as subsidiary company) which is majority owned by UK Government Investments which is owned (at arm's length) by Her Majesty's Treasury. The implication writers are making is that ...


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Lying to a superior officer may represent a failure to follow orders and so is punishable in a military court. However, lying is endemic in the military, if reports are to be believed. There is a culture of deception at all levels of the US military. Lying in a non-military role is normally grounds for disciplinary action, that could lead to being fired. ...


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There isn't an answer that is so general. Certain kinds of false official reports are prohibited in particular contexts, but there is not a general rule that makes it illegal or a crime to mislead a President of the United States (that's what politicians and lobbyists do). In the context of the quote it doesn't look like any false statements of fact were ...


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Yes. A State Legislator is the state equivalent of a Federal Legislator such as Representative or Senator. Most states model their legislature like the federal Congress, while Nebraska and Washington D.C. do not.


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(Many thanks to @Philipp for the reference.) According to Wikipedia's entry on vaccination policy, the following 15 countries have a policy of forcible vaccination: 13 in Europe consisting of 9 which used to belong to, or were parts of countries that belonged to, either the Warsaw Treaty Organisation or Yugoslavia: Bulgaria Croatia Czechia Hungary Poland ...


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