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Comment: Re:Knowledge (Score 1) 1036

by stephenmac7 (#46677309) Attached to: How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion
One could also argue that religion is not lack of applied thought at all. Maybe, it's just a different conclusion people come to after considering everything they know. Maybe, just maybe, it is a valid conclusion. Because, honestly, no one has all the information to say that all religion is objectively true or false.

Comment: Re:I think this is bullshit (Score 1) 1744

by stephenmac7 (#46657943) Attached to: Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO
No, but he was pressured to quit, by people who didn't think he should be able to express his own views (and only what's popular this decade), despite the fact that he made them known out of the workplace and that he promised never to associate it with his job. Frankly, this "Mozilla believes both in equality and freedom of speech" is crap. When did Eich ever supress other people's views at Mozilla, or even elsewhere?

Comment: Re:Should be part of nationwide standards (Score 1) 304

by stephenmac7 (#46329389) Attached to: Oklahoma Schools Required To Teach Students Personal Finance
AFAIK, the tenth amendment prevents the federal government from making such a law: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people." The constitution doesn't seem to say anything about teaching finance in public schools.

Comment: Re:Watch some corporate retard (Score 1, Informative) 304

by stephenmac7 (#46329355) Attached to: Oklahoma Schools Required To Teach Students Personal Finance
No, the less government crowd wants people to make a company and gain money. There is no, "Let's make it so that only some people have the chance to create a corporation." It's more like, "Let's let everyone start pretty much in the same spot, then allow them to fail or succeed based on their own merits." This is in contrast to the progressive, "Let's make sure everyone finishes in the same spot, we don't care where they started or how hard they worked. You succeeded? Great! Now give away all your work." Also, there is not a "delicate balance of free enterprise". The whole idea behind conservatism is that "capitalism will find a way to make it work".

Comment: Re:Lifers? (Score 1) 597

by stephenmac7 (#46250873) Attached to: Financing College With a Tax On All Graduates
The whole thing has a "progressive" ring to it. Come to think of it, colleges are already "progressive" enough.

Examples of "We know how to spend your money better" (by the government or the college): Non-Merit Scholarships (ethnicity, income, etc), administration costs/Overhead, professor salaries, and federal student loans.

Creating a tax through contract on graduating students is bad enough, but what making people have to pay a tax through the government? Horrific. Colleges should individually decide whether to switch to this system. Students should also be allowed to make their own choice about which college (and so, which payment system) to go to. Let the market handle it. This would also take care of your concern about money an engineer is paying going to basket weaving students. Honestly, I think it would be great if the government retracted completely from the University system and allowed the private sector to handle everything. No federal intervention - less expense in total.

Also, quick note: this would be beneficial for buisiness owners. Just keep all your money in the company and don't pay your tax. Even if your company is extremely successful, just pay yourself 80k.

Comment: Re:iDesk (Score 1) 234

by stephenmac7 (#45864975) Attached to: Is a Super-Sized iPad the Future of Education?
It seems you forgot there would be this capitalistic incentive called competition. Where there are multiple providers competing for customers, quality increases and price decreases (unless the voucher already covers the whole price. In that case, that's basically the bottom limit for lowest price). Unless the industry became regulated to the point of destroying most businesses (your comment about "get lawmakers to enact barriers to entry, preventing smaller schools from being able to get by": see Insurance and ISPs) there would be competition, pushing educators to cut wages (you make that sound like a bad thing!), provide an excellent education, and even help the economy in the meantime. Yes, school might be a little harder. Yes, teachers would be paid less (they're overpaid as it is). But no, the quality of education would not suffer, unless the industry became highly regulated.

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