I'm not interested in side discussion detailing what is necessary to fix the gov't when you have yet to substantiate your claim that gov't was being discarded. I see no evidence to support that claim given that gov't is now larger than it has ever been.
Your concept essentially reduces to only taxpayers can vote, and rich people's votes count more than others'. This is exactly what this country has been against from day one.
You stopped learning history beyond about 5th grade?
Only white male landowners could vote.
In these enlightened times, we should change that to only those who own their primary residence in the area can vote.
Theorists who did thought experiments. Now, how about a particle physicist that needs a multibillion dollar collider that may discover something that has absolutely no economic value - at least in the near term?
You believe then, that since you are unable to conceive of its value and articulate that vision sufficient to convince people (the rich and the corporations) to fund it, that instead you should use guns to force them to pay for it?
The commenters are CERTAIN that these guys stole the money that they have, not MADE it, but stole it. They probably believe those guys stole it from them personally, no less. OMFG, I wish I could collect these types of people specifically onto one continent, while the rest could live on another continent and we would have a WALL between us, a wall so tall, they would never have to see the other side again.
Yup. It's about that time. The question is, where do we go to get away from those who have nothing better to do than occupy space and complain that others have more than they?
process of peer review is significantly more rigorous for the NIH, for example, than it is for philanthropic organizations or "billionaires"
It had better be. The NIH is spending MY money that they acquired by THREAT and FORCE.
It's none of your or my business what some random philanthropic org or "billionaire" chooses to spend their money on.
they should fix the government, not discard it altogether in favor of private enterprise.
Who and how did they "discard it altogether" ?
Cutting the size of gov't IS a necessary part of the "fix."
In summary, this is neither that new or surprising. Government funding for science (especially at NIH) is way down.
There is no such thing as "government funding."
All funding is private until the government appropriates it and calls it their own.
If you don't like how other private parties allocate their funds, allocate yours differently.
What could possibly go wrong?
Then you had better get ready to pay your own way.
you have to pick comparable countries or the comparison will mean nothing. So looking at North Korea versus South Korea is fine
Really? Make that comparison then. Do you like it?
But the rest of your spew is populist crap. There is no way to "pick comparable countries" because different policies will lead to different outcomes and the countries become not comparable. Compare U.S. in 1900 with Mexico in 1900. Look at the different policies and practices over the years and make the same comparison in 1950 and 2000. Compare Rhodesia and South Africa in 1979 then compare again in 1990, 2000 and 2010. See what happens when you change policies and practices in order to limit inequality? Compare China in 1970 vs. China in 2010. See what happens when you change policy and practice to instead let accomplishment be its own reward?
Look at U.S. policies and practices in 2000 compared to 1900. The expected outcome by 2100 is not good. It's probably time to get out and let the "occupy WS" find their own way.
Don't like food stamp allowable lists? Forget food stamps then. There should just be a cafeteria where they can get food. Plain sustenance food, and plenty of it. Nobody should go hungry.
And nobody should waste my sustenance. Absolutely there should be a list of allowed goods purchasable with food stamps. And the penalty for repeated violation should be no more food stamps - either as a recipient or as a store. If I'm helping somebody, I get to set the terms.
And there should not be any school vouchers beyond what the non-local gov't would pay anyway. Non-local gov't has no business taking or providing money for school. You use my money? I get a voice. As long as they take my money I will fight just like any rational actor to leverage their action to my intended outcome as much as possible.
Research? Sounds like it is finally getting back to normal after the distortions in the last half of the 20th century. If you pay for it, you can choose it. If YOU don't like what THEY spend THEIR money on, YOU should pay for what YOU like using YOUR money.
If you want to give larger handouts, then you give them. As long as you force me to give them, you have to take what you get.
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Maybe we can just send them all to Antarctica until they learn better. All of them, from all over the world. All that bloviating will keep the windmills going even if it doesn't manage to thaw the icecap.
Yes, that's nearly exactly what they believe. Of course they will mostly deny this, but have no explanation for their inability to follow their own claims to this logical conclusion.
They suffer from cognitive defects that man is not an animal that clawed its way to the current pinnacle of evolution and because of that first defect they also fail to understand that man is not all-knowing and all-powerful. This causes them to assume that we know all the answers about what is supposedly right or wrong with the planet, and that everything wrong is caused by and can be fixed by man.
A lot of these mental issues can be directly traced to malnutrition of the brain, caused by denial of the facts that eating meat was crucial for intellectual development and that without eating meat, it is far more expensive or even impossible to get all the nutrients required for a healthy brain.