... meanwhile on anti-vax FB pages that I have gotten into, they are having measles-parties, mumps-parties, and the like. Intentionally exposing their kids to disease.
Wait, you're seriously arguing that the deregulation of the financial sector in the latter half of the 20th century was a good thing?
I give up, you're another libertard.
Moreover, the money that an employee pays into the unemployment system is not used to fund payments, but purely to cover administrative overhead. Companies have to pay for unemployment based on a weird formula for how many people they let go under what circumstances.
In the U.S., if you're working independently, or even trying to, you're not eligible for unemployment.
There's a lot of push-back against people ``double-dipping'' by both drawing un-employment and working independently --- actually, it's considered fraud. I've always been somewhat offended by Judy Chicago having at least one of her ``workers'' working on the ``The Dinner Party'' while he was on unemployment (and she couldn't even see the need to have him teach others how to do what he was doing).
The big difference is the U.S. tax rate is about a quarter of the G.D.P., while in Europe it's over a third, but the number of government checks in the U.S. is going up as noted in a recent story.
I am continuously amazed at the ability of Libertards and Bitfanbois (a large overlapping demographic) to be confronted with historical facts and then just assert 'nuh-uh, ain't so.'
Creating scarcity sounds like a baron homesteading a piece of land and telling the peasants that they now have to answer to him.
Once again the language used betrays the Internet Libertarians as neo-feudalists.
We used to do that. Now ask yourself why, since the 19th century, we decided that government regulation instead of contracts was a better solution?
not by Alexis de Tocqueville though:
``The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.''
earliest known occurrence is as an unsourced attribution to Tytler in "This is the Hard Core of Freedom" by Elmer T. Peterson in The Daily Oklahoman (9 December 1951): "A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largess out of the public treasury. After that, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits with the result the democracy collapses because of the loose fiscal policy ensuing, always to be followed by a dictatorship, then a monarchy."
using mirrors and lenses from disposable cameras:
Better? The ones that venerate anti-intellectualism, misogynie, homophobia and starving the poor?