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Comment If economics was a math problem... (Score 5, Insightful) 293

We probably would have solved it by now. But it's not. That's why 5 year plans and great leaps forward never worked. That's why there was mass starvation in rich agricultural areas. Central planning, even with genius elites running linear equations are going to read their own personal biases into the results.

Comment Re:Thank god for Trump! (Score 3, Insightful) 316

There there did not seem to be one Republican contender of the calibre of John McCain or Mitt Romney.

Are you kidding me? McCain and Romney were clowns. It's like the Republicans said "okay, who's turn is it to lose next?", just like they did with Bob Dole. They constantly choose the weakest candidates. The only time they manage to win is when the Dems pick someone even worse.

Comment Re:Huh? (Score 1) 250

So are they supposed to just whip out an iPhone in the middle of a HALO jump to figure out when they need to open their chute?

<sarcasm>That's what I always do, don't you?</sarcasm>

Maybe it communicates with a headset via Bluetooth to tell them when to deploy their chute. At least that's how I'd set it up.

Comment Re:No Thanks (Score 1) 80

Which is ludicrous. Waiting for the perfect candidate is rather like waiting for the perfect spouse. Both are naive and overly romantic. All candidates are going to have flaws, and if you believe your favorite candidate doesn't have flaws and isn't going to be a forced into countless compromises, then you've ceased to have a political point of view, and have become a religious adherent.

I'm voting for Gary Johnson. He is far from my ideal candidate, but I still agree with him much more than Clinton/Trump. I recently saw a post on FB with this quote, which I think sums it up really well:

"When someone tells you you're wasting your vote, recognize that they don't care about you. It's a selfish statement. They are saying your beliefs aren't worth being represented. That you should silence your voice so theirs can be louder. Vote your conscience, not someone else's politics."

So if you're suggesting that not voting for the Dem or Rep candidate (which is what the original post was referring to) is acting like a petulant child, maybe that's because you're being selfish.

Comment Re:I'm totally shocked... (Score 1) 606

The one exception to this union employees, since their contracts are usually tied to minimum wage.

Usually in real life? Or usually in what you post?

It would be pretty funny if the government passed two minimum wages. Say one for regularly scheduled work during regular working hours, and a different one for jerk-around shift work. Go, unions, go.

Unions tie their wages to the minimum wage in their contract so that if the minimum wage goes up, so does their wage. The know cost of living will go up with a minimum wage increase.

Comment Re:Standard of living (Score 1) 606

People who think Donald Trump is going to fix it have their heads up their asses.

I'm not voting for Trump, but I doubt it would be any better with Clinton. Just ask yourself this: Has wealth distribution in the U.S. gotten better or worse during Obama's 8 years. Most people would say "The rich are getting richer, the poor are getting poorer." Now, is that trend likely to continue with Clinton? If not, how is she going to change it?

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