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Comment Re:Unrealistic for you, maybe (Score 1) 538

The US Govt (at least on the Federal level) is mandated by the US Constitution to provide for defense...that is one of its few enumerated responsibilities and powers.

That's for *defense*. We send almost half our budget on defense, but maybe about 5% of our budget actually goes to defense. The remaining 45% is for buying expensive toys from defense contractors to assuage our tribal concerns that the country is undefended. Although we pay our soldiers burger-flipping wages (partly to justify not raising the minimum wage for actual burger flippers), the Pentagon is actually complaining about being overloaded with so much expensive equipment that they can't even keep all of it out of the rain. We aren't safe if our military can only end life on the planet- it should be capable of destroying three or four planets, and at least ten by 2030. That's not defense, it's a parasitic industry that gobbles up nearly half the budget. But people are so entranced by it- guys like Brian Williams who ejaculate when they see a couple dozen Tomahawks being fired- that's almost always a cheap political win. Every government that does nothing for its citizens (e.g. North Korea) resorts to military displays. It's an opiate for the masses.

The Constitution was written when health care costs were not even a conceivable issue at all. For most of American history the Constitution has been considered a working document, designed to be amended as times change in ways that could not have been forseen. That was the 18th-20th century view of the Constitution, but it went out the window several decades ago. At this point, Americans have fetishized the U.S. Constitution like it's an appendix to the Bible, and they quote the Founding Fathers like they were apostles. When amending it is now considered sacrilege, it has completely lost its usefulness. You have the rights you have (and might have needed) up until this originalist attitude set in during the 80s. Now you will never be given any more Constitutional rights, no matter what changes in the near or distant future. Since health care only emerged as a serious problem in more recent decades, you'll never have a Constitutional right to free health care. But you can always kick a British soldier out of your house. That's fucked.

Comment Re:No good if people don't have the cash or jobs. (Score 1) 287

Imagine if the FAA and the DOT hold back drone and self-driving vehicle deployment by not providing appropriate regulation for 10 years. The tech matures, heavily. Everyone is ready to go on it. It would provide immense cost savings at little risk. Then: they set requirements, and open the flood gates. People transition to a sector that has been prepared and made ready for all, including the displaced. Unemployment goes down and participation goes up as long-termers are picked up by companies - for long-term jobs.

FTFY for reality. Oh, and it is the situation I would prefer.

It only takes weeks in the best case for prices to respond: the delivery fee and driver tips for pizza vanish, and that $16 order becomes an $11 order. That's $5 that can be spent elsewhere for each pizza; and it's an extra pizza ordered wherever someone was willing to pay for a pizza but not willing to drive or pay for delivery. Between these, you're going to need more pizza makers, more retailers, and more shipping for whatever other stuff you're buying with that $5 (although the pizza makers will shift in part from whatever that $11 was previously spent on instead).

And quality goes to shit from the product to the employees making it.

Over the years, taxis give way to something Uber-like, because the regulations for a driverless taxi don't include background checks on the driver. Quality goes off the deep end, resulting in less work and shittier conditions for the displaced. But you got your "progress".


Again, quality goes off the deep end, resulting in lower-quality jobs that aren't worth anything, especially for the displaced.

That doesn't take long in small bites, or in growing markets. Once you've started the economy shifting, it can move faster and pour workers from one class of jobs to another smoothly. If displacement accelerates over years, it overcomes replacement rates until an external force slaps the entitlement mentality off employers.

Reality interrupts your low-friction fantasy, yet again.

In the end, about 3.8 shipping and taxi jobs vanish, plus millions of delivery jobs. More retail jobs and service jobs do not appear; business management jobs for logistics do not open up to the displaced; if we buy new IT services (e.g. Spotify, Netflix, high-speed Internet), the support staff for those get fueled by guest workers brought in under fraud by overly entitled employers. Jobs do not proliferate for the displaced until employers are compelled to hire them.

Apparently you don't know what really happens.

That's what welfare is for.

Or you could make it a royal PITA not to hire these displaced individuals. By doing so, these individuals have more income to help support other jobs - versus relying on subsistence. Try living it sometime and you'll get to know just how bad it is to be on SSI/SSDI.

Comment No real good pain to mention. (Score 1) 287

Forcing it will only make people resent the change that much more. That's how you lose your gains - all at once, fast, and for a very long time.

Managing progress to be at an human-acceptable speed isn't painful. That's how you keep your gains - at a pace that doesn't assume the worker is at fault.

Comment It becomes a non concern w/ the DNC (Score 1) 268

Laughing at the modbombers.

you're that much of a coward to not suffer the consequences of your actions, what else are you trying to hide?

Then the media can be as open as well. Given their campaign to destroy anyone and anything in the way of their narrative, it can be safe to say that they can no longer be assumed to be good or impartial.

The excuses from the con artist administration are just that, excuses.

The Obama administration left office on January 21st, 2017. On the other hand, they seem to want to keep a Soviet-like iron grip on power through the rioters, media, and DNC faithful.

The swamp keeps filling

You might want to wake up and check the date. Also note that the media have turned back from the Presidential Guard to the Fifth Column.

oil companies dictate our energy policy

Well, they're more competent than Greenpeace or Sierra Club on energy.

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