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Comment Re:I'm curious to see how many retailers actually (Score 1) 732

That's exactly it. We have some manner of reasonable restriction on the Government's ability to tax because there's no way to enforce the tax. Abandoning cash and forbidding barter would allow any ridiculous amount or type of taxation any jackass in office dreams up. Say some study shows that the color blue is calming and the color red decreases calmness, some nanny state type thinks that we need to encourage calmness so they impose a 2% tax on any item that is red in color.


Comment Re:rob this person for guns here (Score 1) 899

As far as the fairness of a 100% inheritance tax, what does that do to the families of entrepreneurs who build companies in their lifetimes, sometimes huge billion-dollar companies that employ thousands of people and provide goods and services for millions?

What's ironic is that high inheritance tax rates empower corporations over small-medium sized businesses. A corporation will never age, never die, never have hairs. So while the government is extracting 25-50% of the value of a company every time an owner dies, corporations are just motoring along and paying the minimum tax allowed by law.

I do not wish to put words in the GP's mouth, but it's been my observation that people who want higher tax rates are often concerned with the domination that corporations have begun to wield over our society.


Comment Re:rob this person for guns here (Score 1) 899

Heck, the income taxes in the late 50's through the early 80's did just that and the relative proportions of wealth in society remained quite stable. Then we slashed taxes on the high end and now more and more wealth is in fewer and fewer hands.

In the 50s, it wasn't unusual for a family to not have home telephone service. Through the early-mid 80s, it was usual for middle-class families to only have one television set.

So, yes, the change in tax policy coincided with and perhaps even caused the disparity but the total amount of wealth for all increased.

You're talking about cutting off your own nose to spite your face. You don't want the rich guys to have so much more than you do, but you don't seem to understand that you would have less too.


Comment Re:Or the reverse (Score 1) 899

If I were buying a house, I would see high gun ownership in a neighborhood as a very bad sign, because it means that a large percentage of the people live in constant fear for their lives. It is an indicator of insufficient police protection, gang activity, drug activity, or other serious problems. It is not the only indicator (bars on windows are another good one), but it is a good indicator.

Are you from New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles or Europe?

There are a lot of gun owners in very safe neighborhoods in suburban areas with hunting traditions.


Comment Re:Wow... fox news is getting really good (Score 1) 506

The rest of the world NEVER had lax gun control.

Who said anything about lax? There is a lot of room between draconian and lax. Despite the fact that Canadians can own most of what we own, they still have much lower violent crime.

When you compare Japanese Americans to Japanese in Japan, the Americans have a lower crime rate, both violent and non-violent.

Europe never was the Wild West.

90% of the US wasn't the wild west. You need to stop interpreting Western movies as historical documents.


Comment Re:The exception proves the exception (Score 1) 506

The factor that you ignore is that these countries with draconian gun controls had fewer per capita gun murders than the US when their people were armed.


Care to back that up with some data or did you just pull that assertion out of thin air?

I could, but I won't. Know why? Because you just swallowed the statistic from the parent post without asking that person for a source. That tells me that you have already engaged your knowledge filter and would disregard the proof if I showed you.


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