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Comment Re:Veterans care (Score 1) 31

Anybody who ever served on active duty and handled classified information is just a bit hacked off at Her Majesty's cavalier attitude about, well, everything.

That's true, but comparing Hillary's sending and receiving emails that weren't marked as classified over a non-government server is absolutely NOTHING compared to Petraus' knowingly giving top secret information to someone with neither a need to know nor a security clearance. Remember Mata Hari? (I probably spelled that wrong)

Plus, his adultery is strictly against the USMJ code; people have gotten dishonorable discharges for that alone, and anyone else would have gotten time in Leavenworth for spilling secrets. Petraus got off not with a slap on the wrist, but a stern talking to.

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Comment Re:Depressing (Score 1) 705

It's not arbitrary. Producing the next generation of mankind is essential to the ongoing operation of society. If you don't do it, society collapses when people reach retirement age.

It's not punishment for philandering, it's punishment for refusing to uphold your human duty to reproduce yourself.

I paid over 20,000 in personal income tax last year as a single man. I don't mind that a large amount of that is subsidizing families, because I will need the children those families produce when it's time for me to retire, unless I wish to freeze in the snow.

When you cheat on your spouse, and you fuck up the family that I paid for, you didn't rip off the tax man. You ripped ME off, and I don't care what the tax man says, I don't fucking like it, and I don't want to accept it, and I want ALL that money back. With interest. Not so that I can spend it on a second vacation, but so that it can be given to a more deserving family.

Comment Depressing (Score 1, Flamebait) 705

It's really depressing that this thread is filled with self absorbed psychopaths who are only concerned with structuring the world to protect them from responsibility for any possible future consequences to their actions.

I haven't seen a single comment expressing compassion for the people whose spouse cheated on them. They were betrayed by the person they trusted the most. They were exposed to disease. The wealth they accumulated to pass on to their descendents was placed at risk. Their children are going to be seriously psychologically damaged.

Not only that, we the public were betrayed. These people accepted the benefits that go along with marriage. They took the tax benefits from our pockets, but instead of delivering a healthy family full of well adjusted future citizens, they snuck around spreading disease and discord in our communities.

I find it so ironic that the same people who will get themselves worked into a frenzy over vaccinations have no problem with cheating spouses spreading disease through the community. You'll force a child to accept an injection, but you won't hold a married man accountable for fucking anything he can get his hands on...

This community makes me sick

Comment Re:4/5 in favor (Score 1) 751

I think it should be somewhat comfortable, around $20k to start with, but only adults should receive it. That gives adults some incentive to limit how many kids they have (while paying to kids could have the opposite effect). Part of the point of mincome is to make it so that people aren't desperate to work just to survive, and can even work toward improving their education or starting their own businesses.

Setting aside some money just for housing and utilities might sound like a decent idea so that nobody can spend their rent and utility money on I Am Rich for the iPad, but that would advertise a floor of what the market could bear for those things, effectively driving up the prices by exactly that amount - becoming a mass subsidy. This also creates more administrative overhead, which mincome is intended to minimize.

I don't think it should vary by location. Location prices vary for good reasons, even if those reasons are things that only certain people appreciate. For example a lot of people like to live in NYC for some reason, so that's an expensive place to live, even if you hate living in NYC. Not many people like to live in BFE, so BFE is cheap, even if you might think it's the best place in the world to live.

Comment Re:4/5 in favor (Score 1) 751

Let's call a "sub-livable wage" X. Let's say the EITC or similar supplement to get to "livable" is Y. If Megacorp pays X, and the government pays Y, how exactly is that worse than having the government pay X + Y? What happens when all the people who only used to cost Y a year now cost X + Y, plus they're still spending their disposable income at Megacorp & Friends to improve their bottom line? You really think that's preferable?

Perhaps it is, I think it's worth a try. Worst-case scenario, it'll be similar to the status quo, except people won't be under the bootheel of poverty. The people who used to cost X+Y per year will still only cost approximately X+Y, except Y will be an accountable number. People spending disposable income they didn't have before will boost the economy leading to increased (or less-reduced) demand for jobs.

I'd love to hear the plausible explanation for this one. If you were only worth X before, you're not worth more now. The most likely outcome is that people drop out of the labor force en masse, figuring they'd rather sit at home and smoke weed than get up and work. After all, if you can't be denied a "livable wage" just for breathing in and out, and you're a low-skill worker, what's the point? Nobody's going to clock 40 hours a week for $1 an hour. Given the high tax rates needed to pay a mincome, employers aren't going to be able to pay you $15 an hour for flipping burgers.

You've pretty much got it all figured out - many people who would have worked those awful jobs before will decide they'd rather sit at home (or work toward getting a better job), reducing the supply and driving the price up. I think employers will be able to pay burger-flippers $15 per hour with the taxes required for mincome, which would be in the same ballpark they are now (especially if we close all the tax loopholes exploited by the rich).

This is like the arguments for higher minimum wages. Yeah, at the margins, you don't see widespread layoffs with modest increases. But if doubling it is fair, and there are no downsides, why not triple? Quadruple?

That's like asking why if having a thirsty person drink 2 liters of water is good and has no downsides, why not drink 200 liters? Sort of like a slippery slope fallacy. There's an optimal range for minimum wages and exceeding it would obviously bring downsides.

Comment Re:A country sized face palm event. (Score 1) 751

Bad news, the world's ownership class is made up of bitter curmudgeons just like him. Like housecats, even though they have nothing to want for, they're still cruel predators, and will prey on us out of gluttony, or just for sport if they feel we haven't been dominated sufficiently.

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