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Comment: Re:Wut? (Score 2) 157

by Thanshin (#46767617) Attached to: Pollution In China Could Be Driving Freak Weather In US

Care to explain how a revenue neutral shift in tax base changes who gets government assistance?

Of course:

1 - Tax Chinese items. -> Chinese items go up in price.
2 - Lower general tax with the benefits generated by (1) -> everyone has more money.

[However one must take into account that the money distributed by (2) is the same as the one generated by (1). Therefore]

3 - If an individual buys Chinese items for an exact value such as the tax (1) of those items equals the increase (2) of that individual's money, he ends just as rich as before both (1) and (2).

[However]

4 - If an individual buys more than those exact balance Chinese items, he'll be poorer, and if he buys less, he'll be richer. (as they'll pay for, respectively, a greater/smaller share of the the tax production while getting the same reduction)

[Also]

5 - Chinese items are cheaper than local items, otherwise the problem wouldn't exist in the first place.
6 - Poorer people will have a tendency to buy cheaper (both in price and quality) items because they are poor.

[In conclusion]

Poorer people will have a tendency to buy more Chinese items (6) and will thus become even poorer because of (4).
Richer people will have no need to buy Chinese items (6) and will thus become even richer because of (4).

Of course they'd both be only microscopically richer or poorer, but it's the accumulation of microscopic differences that create the gigantic gap.

Comment: Re:Polution tax (Score 2) 157

by Thanshin (#46766393) Attached to: Pollution In China Could Be Driving Freak Weather In US

Simple; tax all goods on the amount of pollution used in their manufacture.

So that every american has either:
- less things.
- a higher salary.

Oh, but the money goes to the government, so you can lower general taxes! which gets:
  - A little less money for those who must buy cheap Chinese products.
  - A little more things for those who buy more expensive products.

Great result.

Taxes are a funny toy.

Comment: Re:Rewarding the bullies... (Score 2) 794

Or we finally start get our heads out of our asses and accept that we have to do something against it.

...before the kids learn that bombs or poison are safer than guns.

What truly scares me is the progression. Soon we'll have a Columbine-like event but with chlorine, or an infected water supply, or a home made explosive device, or some other horror.

Comment: Re:Rewarding the bullies... (Score 4, Insightful) 794

He'll either:
  - Go Columbine.
  - Learn to cope.
  - Pay an illegal immigrant $100 to stab the bully in the kidney.

The third option is the safest one as long as he's smart enough to find a way to not leave a trace about the contract.

I'm not sure which option produces a better society as a result.

Comment: Re:Are you kidding (Score 5, Interesting) 806

by Thanshin (#46764711) Attached to: Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

It starts before that. You must first suppress the knowledge of history by underfunding teaching institutions and manipulating curricula.

Only when the people are ignorant of their past can you pull such ridiculous capitalist dictatorships without opposition.

Ignorance is the one and only true enemy. Trying to convince the ignorant is a losing strategy, teaching the next generation is the only correct first step.

"Card readers? We don't need no stinking card readers." -- Peter da Silva (at the National Academy of Sciencies, 1965, in a particularly vivid fantasy)

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