Critical thinking is not wanted. People might understand the present economic system and fight for another (no not communism or socialism. both terms are burned and most people only understand suppression when they hear them). If you want that kids can leave the trailer park, they need to share class with kids from the middle and upper classes. You don't have that in the US. You can find that in Sweden, Finland and Norway. Work perfectly. However, this eliminate those trailer parks. And then you need someone else to work for minimal wages. Someone abroad maybe.
Oh it is much cheaper to let other countries educate their kids and then lure them in with H1B visa. Then you pay them more than in their home country, but without social benefits. When they want them you dump them and replace them with other people from abroad. If that does not help. Outsource it. If politician where interested in supporting the people, they would tax the rich and spend it on education, healthcare, and social benefits. However, they do not care. So they whine about it and then point fingers at each other why they cannot do this and that to help the people.
The EU is far from perfect, but we have a different view on how countries should be organized. Social security systems are part of our countries for a good reason. People have fought for them to protect them, e.g., from the greed of employers. And actually most countries in the EU had their share of world domination stupidity, like the UK, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, etc.
You can have all the Uber you want in the US, but we do not want that here. Is that so hard to accept. Why should we all become US American lookalikes?
Actually, we want all these things here in good old Europe. Therefore, we make rules. And every company has to accept that. We do not want to have de-solidarized society, like the US.
In Europe cities are much denser than in the US. Therefore, we also want to limit traffic. Beside safety requirements for the car, we also want to reduce the risk of being robbed by the cap driver or worse. Therefore, we require a registration. And we want to test if the driver are a safe driver. Nothing more is normally required in Europe from cap drivers. In addition, we have labour rights. They have to be protected too. So if you are a cap company your drives must be paid well. You must pay for health, retirement, unemployment insurance etc. so if the same costs which are applied to any job is also applied to the Uber drivers then we will not have any problem with them. however, if they want to avoid payment for the social security system, they must be punished. Uber tries to evade local law in Europe and that cannot be allowed.
Get of our lawn. Yankee. What we do in our country is our own business. If we limit our taxi business for good reasons (see other posts), then it is not up to you to insult us. You can do in your country, as it pleases you.
The state, which was formerly the institution from the people for the people, is now an institution to protect property and economic interests. Therefore, it must spy on us so unrest can be contained. However, this only works as long as the unrest (towards the owners) does not include 10-15% of the population. Therefore, you need media and companies which provide us with products and dreams. And to be able to perfectly match our dreams and needs you need information on us. Therefore, the companies spy on us too. Isn't that wonderful.
This is definitely true.
While it is improving in India. The USA is heading the opposite direction.
It is better to tax profit, as sales taxes induce inflation and reduce the ability of the poor to pay their bills. However, taxing profit has a limiting factor on profit (in size) which is necessary to avoid an increase in the divide between the poor and the rich (the bigger the divide, the bigger the tension in society, which results in violence and disorder).
You might have a small personal business in that case both taxes reduce your profit and that is what you see and that determines your thought. However, you are wrong. Sales tax applies to the volume of sales and your profit margin on every product has no effect on what you have to pay. You have to pay for the volume. Tax on profits apply to the profit. Therefore, it does not concern if you sell one coffee (with production cost $0.30) for $100.30 or 100 for $1.30, your profit would be in both case $100 dollar. Now in a personal business both taxes are paid by you, however, in large companies this is quite different. There the sales price covers, production cost (payments to the employees, raw materials and good, machinery, housing etc.), company investments, company profits, and profit for the owners. The company only pays taxes on company profits. The employer and the managers (which are somehow part of what you are in a personal business) are paid like other employees and fall in the cost area for the company. If they get more the company profits are reduced and therefore the amount of taxes the company must pay or the profit for the owners are reduced (which is in a personal business also you, but in large companies, such as Amazon, someone else). So you can see that both taxes do not affect the overall cash flow in the same way and they have a different impact on profit.
In a market economy you only can rise prices, if people are willing to pay. Prices in a market economy are determined by the benefit a good may provide to the buyer and the price the seller wants to have. Also it is determined by the production and delivery cost. If one side must pay higher taxes (on its profit or on the price volume, which would have different effects) this only allows for higher prices if the seller is willing to pay more. However, with stagnating income and competitors which are highly interested in getting customers back from Amazon (in this case), a price increase is not possible. Have a look at the deflation and low inflation happening in the EU.
BTW: You claim low taxes would be good for business. Without taxes there would be no state, no police, no schools, no education. This would result in no society and no business at all. Therefore, it is important to collect taxes. And in general there are two types of taxes possible. Sales tax, which indeed causes a price rise and directly causes inflation, and profit taxes, which in general only cause a shift in the lending pattern. If it is applied to a whole economy, and cannot be avoided, then this only minimizes the income of the lenders and has no effect on prices.
They could allow to vote by mail and vote in the city hall. In Germany normally you get your "voting permit" weeks in advance. And you can use that card to vote at the city hall every day before the election. So all those I cannot go to a polling station on Sunday people can vote easily.
BTW: Good look with your election tomorrow.
We have our elections on Sunday and the rest can vote via mail or go to the city hall any day and vote there.
Strange! Really, do you live in the central Africa? 8 miles to the polling station. That looks like a method to keeping people from voting. I normally have to walk approx 6-8 minutes to the polling station, but even when I lived in a village there was one in the village. Easy to get there. However, 8 miles that is 13 km, by bike this is half an hour. In Germany you would have crossed two more villages.