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Comment: Re:Easy grammar (Score 1) 624

Like it or not, English is the standard international language.

Bullshit. Spanish has more native speakers than English. Mandarin has close to three times as many as English. Hindi and Arabic are each quite close behind English.

Is that some tribal instinct in you invoking emotion instead of logic? English is by far and away the standard international language. Pilots from Russia landing in Taiwan speak English to the radio towers. Travellers between Spain and France in Barcelona (3 languages there) speak English to communicate.

Just because there are more native speakers of Mandarin does not make it the standard international language. And btw, native speakers is a piss poor statistic for a standard international language.

Comment: Re:Dissolve Fed? Replace with new Model! (Score 1) 825

by euroq (#48956869) Attached to: Obama Proposes One-Time Tax On $2 Trillion US Companies Hold Overseas

I would rather the current government not only be dissolved but replaced by a fully transparent institution that actually protects everyone's rights equally.

Just curious, how exactly would you do that? A democracy? An oligarchy? Even if you had 24/7 monitoring, how exactly would you give such an entity the ability to protect yourself from bad guys and also defend the rights of Muslims and gays equally without bias?

This is not a troll question, this is actually a question that comes up a bunch when drinking with my buddies.

Comment: Re:Double Irish? TAX ALL FOREIGNERS!!! (Score 1) 825

by euroq (#48956845) Attached to: Obama Proposes One-Time Tax On $2 Trillion US Companies Hold Overseas

Well, the issue that so many Slashdotters are up in arms about is a very relevant issue to the tech industry in America. You say that there is no legitimate reason to tax, but what everyone is arguing is that the business IS done here, but accounting witchcraft makes it seem like it's not.

Now, there are plenty of legitimate arguments about certain topics such as the iPhone which is manufactured elsewhere, but the reality is is that there are a lot of American corporations who pay little to no taxes while making tons of money while benefiting from the American government. Many shades of gray? Yes. Feds wanting to tax something that they don't have a legitimate reason tax? Actually not so gray; there are legitimate problems with the tax system that the feds feel like they need to clamp down on.

Now, don't take what I say to be an approval for high taxes or in fact taxes at all; what I'm saying is that you are dismissing the argument of tax loopholes as invalid when in fact there are serious problems that could be solved and simplified for the greater benefit of both American corporations and the American society.

Comment: Re:Double Irish? TAX ALL FOREIGNERS!!! (Score 1) 825

by euroq (#48956793) Attached to: Obama Proposes One-Time Tax On $2 Trillion US Companies Hold Overseas

Ever read the Diamond Age by (Neal Stephenson I think)? It has a very realistic proposal of a future in which the collapse of governments happens due to the inability for governments to collect taxes based on hypothetical Bitcoin technologies. In fact, in this realistic future, people still do continue to exist, and (some of them) do indeed have individual freedoms. The governments of said future are actually akin to collective corporations. The problem is that it's like Atlas Shrugged; it's fiction. In fact, we have proof of the reality of a lack of government: the first 100,000 years of humanity.

Comment: Re:Double Irish? TAX ALL FOREIGNERS!!! (Score 1) 825

by euroq (#48956721) Attached to: Obama Proposes One-Time Tax On $2 Trillion US Companies Hold Overseas

Actually essential liberty is not having your property and earnings stolen from you by any government.

Although I admit this is a subjective statement you just made, I still think it's complete bullshit. Not having your earnings taxed has never been an "essential liberty", and I am aware of no major society on this planet that doesn't tax.

... USA. It's trying to steal money that was earned from foreign operations from foreign customers.

Although I presume your'e trolling, you should realize from the article and all of the comments that all of us are actually considering the money that is actually made in America but not taxed (hidden by the double Irish scheme for example).

Put your best foot forward. Or just call in and say you're sick.

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