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Comment Re:You want to get their attention? (Score 1) 65

There three other things that should be done.

1. Do not allow the fines to be tax deductible.
2. Do not allow the top executives to receive any bonuses.
3. Restrict the top executives salaries to 25 times the federal minimum wage.

The fact of the matter is that the top executives suffer no real consequences when they screw up. We need to make them pay a price when they put the public in danger.

Comment Free college tution for all (Score 2) 703

Pres. Obama is not going far enough. The U.S., like some other developed countries, should provide free college tuition.

Student loans are dragging down the economy because these people do not have the money to spend. Too much is sucked up paying off the student loans. I would also like to see all student loan debt forgiven.

Yes, I know it is not free. I would finance it through progressive income taxes. I think all government should be financed though progressive income taxes and would like to see regressive taxes such as sales taxes eliminated.

Comment Laws can be abused (Score 1) 119

Unfortunately, any law can be abused. Just look at the drug laws. Even though minorities use illegal drugs less, they make up a majority of the arrests. I agree there are serious problems with these laws and they need to be modified or eliminated. However, we also have laws that allow confiscation of property if there is suspicion of that the property was or will be used to commit a crime. Even if no charges are filed, people are forced to sue to get their property back. Enforcement of laws can be and often is subjective. We need good laws and good people to insure that the laws are enforced fairly. Ensuring both is not an easy task.

Comment Would the results hold? (Score 2) 26

When educational programs first start they almost always have better than average results. Part of the reason is that the creators are committed to making the programs work. Once the programs are widely used, the results decline because the teachers are not as committed. While these results merit further trials, there is no guarantee that the results would be sustained when widely used.

Comment Why compromise (Score 1) 243

The airwaves, phone, and Internet are a public resource and should be treated as public utilities. If these companies are not willing to maintain net neutrality then take away their licenses. I am already paying more for bad service and slower speeds than other countries. Given the level of service and speed, most of these companies should have had their licenses revoke years ago.

Comment More than one required (Score 1) 770

"Consensus is the business of politics. Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right, which means that he or she has results that are verifiable by reference to the real world."

Wrong! Since the results are required to be independently reproduced and verified, science always requires more than one person to be right. One person, however, can be proven wrong.

Comment Tax the same and allow cities to build networks. (Score 1) 148

Municipalities should be allowed to build their own networks. I guess the ISPs are afraid of their competition.

The Internet does not deserve any special tax privileges. If my phone service can be taxed, so could my Internet service. Goods brought on the Internet should also be subject to the same sales taxes as goods bought locally, because, otherwise, Internet stores have an advantage.

That being said, I hate sales taxes because they are so regressive. I also despise that income is taxed differently. Wages should not be taxed more or less than other income. For example, the carried interest classification is unfair and horrible. Personally, I would like to get rid of sales taxes and most other taxes and fund most things with progressive income taxes.

Comment Re:Hmmm ... (Score 0) 311

"Can you sue the financial industry for losses in the market." - Unfortunately, apparently not. While I appreciate this person's point, it misses the mark.

In this case I think it is more can you sue television stations for having ads for companies that caused the financial turmoil. such as AIG, Goldman Sachs, etc. Perhaps we could sue the FCC for allowing those ads. Generally, the answer to that question is no, and I do not think it is fair to sue Tor because somebody uses their product for bad purposes. If somebody purposely crashes a car into people, you cannot sue the automaker.

As to the main point, for too long, rich and powerful companies have suffered no consequences for their bad behavior, and often others suffer the ill effects. So it may not be possible to sue the gun makers when somebody uses a gun to kill somebody, yet often these companies support laws that make it easier to buy guns. We could, however, apply Milton Friedman's concept of "Neighborhood Effects" and make companies pay for their bad actions. In the case of gun makers, we could charge them every time somebody is killed with a firearm, say $20,000. Every time somebody is injured, we charge $10,000, and for crimes committed with firearms, we charge $5,000. This gives the companies an incentive to keep guns away from bad people.

For the companies that caused the financial crisis, we could limit the CEOs' pay to $100,000/year until we get back to employment at pre-2008 levels.

Obviously, there are many ways this principle could be applied, and we do need to find a way to make companies and individuals pay for their bad actions.

"No, no, I don't mind being called the smartest man in the world. I just wish it wasn't this one." -- Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias, WATCHMEN