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Comment: Re:Affirmative Action (Score 4, Insightful) 529

by liquid_schwartz (#49708921) Attached to: Harvard Hit With Racial Bias Complaint

Better TL;DR: Affirmative Action tries to attain lifelong Equal Opportunity by eradicating short-term Equal Opportunity.

Affirmative action has been going on for over 50 years years and has no end in sight. Your being disingenuous if you call that short term. Indeed, any program that has had >50 years to achieve the goal and is still hopelessly falling short should be dropped and a search started for a more effective replacement.

Comment: Re:The solution for Argentina is competent governa (Score 1) 294

The US, by and large, has lucked out, in no small part to what Bagehot referred to as Americans' "genius for politics". But in other societies, where the legislative and judicial branches have remained stunted as compared to the US Congress, SCOTUS and the Federal Courts, all the Presidential system does is deliver near-dictatorial powers into the hands of the President.

Based on the record power grabs by the executive branch in the past couple administrations the US luck is fast running out. We've worked our way from free country to police state light. Sadly I expect in my lifetime that will become a full police state or, as I like to say, a banana republic.

Comment: Re:But... (Score 1) 244

In the 30's the CCC did lots of public works projects. Hiking trails and other forms of public improvement. There is still lots of room for things to be done. As long as old people are lonely in retirement homes there are worthy uses of time. Creating speaks to the best of humanity. Do you personally know people who do nothing? They become less capable, slower in all ways, less able in all ways. They complain more, demand more, yet produce nothing. I get the point of what will these people do in a slow economy with high unemployment? My view is that if we're paying them anyway then in a sense they are already hired. By we the people. Think up things for them to do. What charity couldn't use a few more volunteers?

Comment: Re:But... (Score 2) 244

If anything, this is another good case for a Basic Income.

A basic income is flawed. The concept of money for nothing, song jokes aside, rots people. If nothing at all is required from people many give back exactly nothing. I know too many people who live off no strings attached money, be it disability / child support (yes there's no requirement it be actually spent on the children) / alimony. They are a complete waste. They don't volunteer, don't produce anything. Nothing of any value society at large. Instead they watch tv, play video games, or go out to eat with other loser friends. I love ideas that support workers like a sales tax on stock sales with the proceeds evenly split between all workers. However I will never support money for nothing because I don't like dead beats who spend their whole lives taking and never giving anything in return. That practice should be reduced, not encouraged.

Comment: Re: Wow (Score 1) 540

Fascinating article. I've always been against section 8 because I hate giving people something for nothing - it erodes work ethic and isn't fair to those of us who do go to work everyday. However I didn't realize just how sinister the effects if it were. I'd mod you up but alas I already commented in this thread. Even so great article - thank you

Comment: same weight class rule (Score 2, Funny) 676

by liquid_schwartz (#49459011) Attached to: Hillary Clinton Declares 2016 Democratic Presidential Bid

Whatever one party comes out with, the other party has to approximately match. Think of it as weight class in sports. That keeps it at least mildly competitive. Hillary has a lot of baggage so the Republicans now must choose someone in the same weight class, which means a candidate as detestable as Hillary. Then the public can complain about how bad the candidates are but at least there candidate is not as bad as the other.

Personally I'm hoping that we see Bush III vs Clinton II, only so the public can see how silly and corrupt the whole thing is.

Vote third party or don't bother.

"When it comes to humility, I'm the greatest." -- Bullwinkle Moose