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Comment Re:And it all comes down to greed (Score 1) 305 305

That claim is such utter bullshit that it isn't even worth for a citation. Use your head, man. I mean, how utterly ignorant can you be?

Yes, it's worth a citation. In fact, I have a couple for you. Here's a Fortune Magazine article that shows my claim is true. There's even a nifty graph for you to look at and not understand.

http://fortune.com/2015/04/13/...

https://fortunedotcom.files.wo...

http://nelp.org/publication/gr...

the fact is that the US has one of the highest effective corporate tax rates in the world (go look it up).

Yeah, I looked it up:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ex...

And here's the full (peer-reviewed) article, for your perusal. Let's hope you are more capable of perusal than you are of simple Google searches.

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/Pa...

Comment Re:Troll (Score 2) 305 305

I've been to Soviet Russia (Stalingrad (now St. Petersberg)) and lived in it personally, first hand.` Have you?

I've been to, and lived in, and have worked in Britain, Finland and France. Have you? Hell, I was even there long enough to have experienced their health care system after I got a wisdom tooth removed in Helsinki. Cost me $25 (which the dentist wouldn't take because he said it had been a pleasure to practice English with me).

So, if you want to talk about "socialism" with me, you can bring your "Soviet Russia" to the parks and see if the squirrels want it, because nobody's buying here. My experience with socialism is a whole hell of a lot more germane than your "Soviet Russia".

And yes, I have been to St Petersberg. In fact, I've got a picture of my wife and I in front of The Hermitage right over my left (your right) shoulder. It was taken on an August day six years ago. My wife was there for a Mathematics conference and I was her plus one.

Comment Re:Unions (Score 1) 305 305

First, forget about pensions; 401k plans are much better and have replaced them for most workers.

Fewer than 15% of everyone with a 401k plan will have enough to retire by the time they turn 70.

The 401k plan will go down as one of the greatest scams, and one of the greatest schemes to redistribute money upward, in the history of human economics.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ed...

You know how the Chinese government is forcing people to buy and hold stocks in order to try to shore up their crashing stock market? Well that's exactly what the entire 401k statute was for. Conservatives like to say that Social Security and worker pensions were a "Ponzi scheme". Well, 401k is a Ponzi scheme on steroids.

Comment Re:And it all comes down to greed (Score 3, Insightful) 305 305

The fact that "corporate profits" are a higher percentage of GDP, a prioriy, only means that more private businesses are organized as corporations, hardly a big problem.

More than forty percent of all workers in the US are making less than $15/hr.

The claim that "the statutory top corporate tax rate in the United States is 35 percent" is a half-truth, because the effective corporate tax rate in the US is actually closer to 50%, one of the highest in the world.

That is some happy American Enterprise Institute horseshit. The real, effective corporate tax rate in the US is less than 13%:

http://money.cnn.com/2013/07/0...

Comment Re:Troll (Score 1) 305 305

I'll take my chances with free market capitalism over socialism ANY DAY.

There is an old commie saying: "You keep doing what you been doing and you're going to keep getting what you got."

And what you got is the "new normal". P.T. Barnum had a name for people who believe in "free market capitalism".

Comment Re:Mickey Mouse copyirght extenstions... (Score 1) 153 153

I sure canspend 5k a day. Easily. But that's only funny for so long. After that, it just gets hollow.

There isn't really much that I'd really, really want. I'm quite easy to please. And quite hard to bribe. There ain't much you could offer me that I want enough to "buy" me.

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