If I really like a TV show there is a great chance it will be canceled. I'm not sure if this applies to consumer goods though. But I think it just because I've got vastly different interests than the average American (just like many of you do as well).
What kind of "Libertarians" do you know?
And what does the GOP have to do with anything in this context?
Consumption tax doesn't have to be regressive. Look into the FairTax plan. It provides each household a "prebate" on the taxes they will pay on their necessities each month.
Agreed. Also it is too easy for businesses to avoid taxation, even after this change.
If Comcast is your only broadband choice (which, BTW, it almost certainly isn't, since there are usually DSL, satellite, and cell options) it is due to them having enjoyed a government-created monopoly.
If college is free and you don't have to pay back much if you don't make much, what prevents us from wasting our resources on degrees that aren't economically useful? Sure, it is great to pay for an engineering degree and most likely that will be repaid, but if somebody wants to spend 4 years (or maybe even a PhD) on 18th Century French Art, then work at McDonalds the rest of their lives, we don't want to pay for that, do we?
When do we cut people off? Do we only pay for undergrad? When do they need to start providing value to society based on their education?
Finally, if you don't have to pay for school, wouldn't it likely encourage some people to pursue high-paying jobs they might not be really that good at? I would love to make the salary of a heart surgeon, and perhaps I could have become one, but it would have cost a lot of money and I know I never would be a great one. But if college was free, why not try?
No matter how much we have, I believe at least some people will always want more. Yes, we will have enough for survival (we have that much today), in other words we can support everybody's *needs*, but not their *wants*.
On Star Trek, what prevents everybody from spending their whole lives on Reisa (a resort planet)? The planet wouldn't have enough room. And part of the attraction of Reisa is being waited after, but who would do the waiting if nobody had to work?
People will always want huge houses, their own islands, huge boats, huge starships, their own planets, etc. How do you allocate those limited resources without money?
I'm not sure what path I would have taken on my own, but I was an engineer who ran into some major hand problems and couldn't code all day any longer, forcing me into a management direction. I'd like to think I'm a decent one, and according to the article that might still be possible
I don't think this is the government's place... nonetheless, people can just fast-forward through commercials on their PVRs or download the content via bittorrent instead. Seems like the problem would quickly work itself out.
Today, many of us have daughters or one day might have daughters. It looks like we might finally have a set of toys that might get our daughters into engineering, and I am personally excited by the possibility.
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