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Comment: Re:Reproducing should not get special tax treatmen (Score 1) 608

by readin (#49536641) Attached to: Bill To Require Vaccination of Children Advances In California
Exactly, and if the government is going to require everyone to get something, they should fund it either by providing it or by reimbursing the cost.

In fact I actually went to a private school for good parts of my education and I can assure you that my parents did not get a tax break.

I'm all for school choice vounchers. I my ideal world your parents wouldn't have gotten a tax break; they would have been given a voucher for purchasing an education, and that voucher would have only been used at places that don't charge a penny more (i.e. schools couldn't charge the voucher prices +$1000 per semester).

Comment: Re:No special priviledge for dangerous behavior (Score 1) 608

by readin (#49534009) Attached to: Bill To Require Vaccination of Children Advances In California
He's not asking for special tax treatment. He'll still pay the same amount of taxes. He's asking that the government spend the same amount of money on his kids' educations. He's not asking for a penny more than that, nor is he asking for money for himself.

Comment: Re:...and adults too. (Score 0) 608

by readin (#49533987) Attached to: Bill To Require Vaccination of Children Advances In California

Then it's not the community's job to allow these people to live in our cities, hold claims to land, conduct trade, or access or public roads or other venues.

You're right, it isn't the community's job because it is no job at all. Property rights, living rights, trading rights, and travel rights are all pretty fundamental and it requires no effort to not interfere in them. Where effort is required is when you decide to take away people's fundamental rights. When you claim that interfering in people's rights is a "job" then you turn reality on its head. Protecting a healthy society may require interfering in people's rights - for example we enslaved several million Americans to protect our society during WWII - but don't pretend that you're not doing what you're doing.

Comment: Re:I think we just need to get burned. (Score 1) 332

by readin (#49467533) Attached to: California Looks To the Sea For a Drink of Water
You misunderstand. I was speaking metaphorically about the situation in Iraq, not about the American economy.

I don't say much about specific items in the economy because I realize I don't know enough and am probably not smart enough to understand things like why the economy crashed in the final year of Bush the Younger. Instead, when voting, I look at the things I believe I do understand - that certain rules always win out in the long run. Supply and Demand, there's no free lunch, tragedy of the commons, etc..

I believe deficit stimulus spending is like an addictive drug. It creates a temporary high but the crash that follows leaves us worse off than before, which causes the government to use more stimulus with each attempt requiring more money but achieving less effect. The Bush/Obama stimulus may have prevented a depression but it didn't create a recovery. What does seem to have create a slow recovery - like an addict who starts giving up a drug faces - is the sequester.

It's not that deficit spending can't be good. When used to build a road or a port to allow increased economic activity it can be very good. But it can also be used to build an unneeded road or port and simply be a waste of money. It is the thing that gets built that matters, not the fact that the government is the one spending the money. If the money is going to be poorly spent by the government it would be better not to spend it at all than to spend it simply for the sake of stimulus.

Why? Because every time the government spends money, whether borrowed or not, it sucks money from the rest of the economy and prevents growth of other economic activity. The government hired 50 programmers to build a pretty website that does nothing? Some would call it a stimulus; I would call it 50 programmers who aren't available to build a app to make a factory more efficient.

Comment: Re:I think we just need to get burned. (Score 1) 332

by readin (#49461051) Attached to: California Looks To the Sea For a Drink of Water
I wasn't very impressed with either Bush the Younger or Obama the Unready. The last president I thought was qualified for the job both mentally and morally was Bush the Elder. And although Clinton had his moral problems, nothing he did is as bad as the combination of Bush and Obama. Bush invaded thinking we would have an easy victory and was horribly wrong. But he made the best of it by sticking it out and finding a way to get the country mostly stabilized and with a bit of support still needed. Then Obama came along and through the hard won results away.

It's like a family where one spouse buys a house with a 30 year mortgage for $50,000 and after signing all the papers finds he misread and the actual amount is $500,000, far more than the house is work. So the guy slaves and sacrifices for 29 years and 8 months to pay off the mortgage, in part to get the house and in part to maintain the family credit rating. Then with 4 months to go he dies, so his heir look at the house, sees there is still $10,000 left of the mortgage, stops payments and burns the house down, simultaneously destroying both the family reputation and the house that was almost paid off.

Comment: Re:If you demand all your supporters be flawless.. (Score 1) 653

by readin (#49417405) Attached to: Carly Fiorina Calls Apple's Tim Cook a 'Hypocrite' On Gay Rights
I think Ms. Fiorina is simply wrong because Tim Cook is being VERY CONSISTENT on Indiana and Saudi Arabia.

In one case he's supporting puritanical fanatics who want to use state power to control the beliefs and behaviors of citizens, forcing them to follow his beliefs.
In the other case he is supporting exactly the same thing.

Whether you're a woman in Saudi Arabia who wants to decide for herself who she will spend time with, who she will produce children for, who she will cook for, etc.., or whether you're a baker in Indiana who wants to decide for herself who she will spend time with, who she will produce baked goods for, who she will cater for, etc., Tim Cook does not have your back (except perhaps with a whip). Tim wants to allow people to compel you to do things against your will.


30 years ago I supported the right of gays to decide who they would engage in activities with without government interference. Today i support the right of bakers to do the same thing. Somehow this support for freedom once made me a progressive and now makes me a bigot. Suppose being a progressive and being a bigot are the same thing?

Comment: Re:*sigh* (Score 1) 306

by readin (#49359653) Attached to: Iowa's Governor Terry Branstad Thinks He Doesn't Use E-mail

In spite of all this, Centers continues to insist that Branstad does not use e-mail. But checking your e-mail on your phone counts as using e-mail. Receiving e-mails from your staff counts as using e-mail. Sending accidental e-mails with your Blackberry counts as using e-mail.

Checking a group distribution list because that's how you get news is not really "using" e-mail.

Checking a group mail is not checking "your" e-mail.

Sending e-mails which demonstrate that you have no idea what you are doing does certainly not count as "using" "e-mail".

Obviously, this craptastically ignorant fuckstain is not tech savvy.

I was with you until you said he "obviously" is not "tech savvy". So we know from reading the article that he recognizes that his Blackberry is "old-fashioned". And he apparently doesn't waste a lot of time digging into how the company that makes Blackberry markets them (they call them "smart phones" but there are much smarter phones our there these days).

As for the email? He had his staff set something up and he checked in on a regular bases using an app that probably hid details from him. Did he need to care what those details were? I'm pretty tech savvy in some areas. i can build a large scale web app. I can tell you about a lot of different frameworks for building sites. I can tell you about strengths and weaknesses of those frameworks, strengths and weaknesses of the various languages for writing code, what common architectures, web servers, and application servers are. Yet here I sit using Slashdot and I haven't the faintest idea what language it is written in, what web server is serving the content, what frameworks are involved. If I viewed the source on the page to see the javascript I might get some clues, but I honestly just don't care. This governor may have viewed it the same way. It was an app set up by someone else for him and he didn't care to find out how it was implemented even if he could tell you details about various computer communication protocols.. He has other things to spend his time on.

Comment: Re:is this for real? (Score 1) 211

"Presently, only one in 10 schools nationwide offer computer science classes."

From 1992-1996 I went to a tiny high school in the middle of nowhere surrounded by corn fields, and even I had 4 computer programming courses - granted only like 5-6 kids were in the 4th class, they almost canceled it on us.

Maybe they teach programming and computers in the Midwest but not elsewhere?

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