Prey tell, what do you consider a better ideal than a Free Market based on **voluntary** (and thus, moral) exchange for perceived win-win ? You prefer involuntary (and thus, immoral) win-lose exchanges, such as the system called 'socialism' ?
I already answered that question.
A correctly regulated market which allows for a level playing field.
An alleged independent businessman as yourself wants *more* regulation?
Yes, that's correct. A businessman who has owned and operated his own business for going on 30 years wants the right amount of regulation.
But what's funny about that is that you actually think you should be allowed to have an opinion this in this discussion as if you are some kind of equal or peer to me.
ROFL! you are too funny, and rather transparent.
I understand that English is not your first language but I didn't realize that reading comprehension was such a challenge for you.
But please enlighten us all how your country is not hampered by regulation and how removing regulation would harm the country? I cannot wait to hear this.
Well, let me bring you up to date on what you obviously don't know.
The United States is now running equal to China as the world's single largest economy. We do this with less than 1/3rd of China's population.
In other words, the US is not hampered by regulation and if it is, maybe the rest of the world should immediately hamper themselves so they can catch up.
Let's see if you can understand even the most basic concept so that you won't make even more of a complete jackass out of yourself.
I fully support and demand that any business selling food not only be licensed but inspected so as to insure that any food sold is safe to eat. I know that where you live food safety isn't a problem and that the when you get sick you probably shit pleasant smelling rainbows - but here in regulation land, we're not as lucky as you so obviously are.
This level of INSANITY is only possible due to assh0les like you, who cheerlead for it. "Land of the Free" ROFL !
It is said that imbeciles laugh at what they don't understand. Thank you for proving that adage correct.
That would be a refreshing change.
Name an index and I'll tell you whether my country is better or worse than yours. On pretty-much everything except purchasing power parity and military power we're vastly better than the USA. Lower corruption, greater social cohesion, happier populace, lower inequality, debt to GDP, gun crime, broadband availability and speeds, etc.
I thought you said you had a better idea.
When can I expect to read it?
The USA is indeed a very great country, but the smartest and richest people from the USA have been buying up massive estates in my country because once you have made your money in the USA life is MUCH better here.
So, you are about to be displaced out of your great country? Damn, I wonder how great life will be for you after that happens?
Yes, when you say "most" this is true. My country is one of the few NOT going to hell - because it follows the policies I'm talking about, and not the ones you are talking about.
Except that your country is being bought out from underneath you? If only there was some way to prevent that from happening... Undoubtedly less regulations will fix that challenge too.
You are so certain that what you strongly believe in now is the only possible course of action - you are delusional in your ignorance and your bad temper and arrogance is keeping you blind.
I love this! Nowhere did I ever say that anything is "the only possible course of action" but you go right ahead and keep flogging that strawman, if you really think it will make you feel better.
Compliance costs money. A LOT of money.
Let's parse this one idiocy down and see if there is even a shred of validity there.
As mentioned previously, the United States is one of the two largest economies on the face of the earth. We produce almost exactly as much as the Chinese do with roughly 1/3rd of the manpower. By definition, that makes us three times more productive than the only competing manufacturing entity in the world - but you are screaming how compliance is costing us a lot of money?
One might think, it would be blatantly evident that all of that compliance has no measurable effect or we wouldn't be where we are, would we? This should be profoundly obvious to all but the most blind - a demographic that you do so well in representing. Maybe we can get you to demonstrate just how brilliant in mathematics you are. Please enlighten us, we can use the smile.
This is what makes straightforward things *unnecessarily* expensive - reducing coverage.
And the problem with this is? eventually coverage is established everywhere - especially in Mythical Land where the license for the major ISPs requires them to provide access to rural areas in order to have access to the vastly profitable cities.
Let me get this straight, so what you're saying is that the government REGULATES the ISPs so as to demand they service less profitable locations? On the other hand, I know that Mythical Land has free burn treatment centers - so you have that going for you.
The Government has boosted this with a private-public effort to roll out fiber everywhere, although maintained by private interests, which we both agreed was an excellent model.
So, what you're saying is that you have no idea how things work in this country? Wow, who would have guessed?
Rollouts usually come in stages.
Initially unconnected areas are serviced in later stages due to the increased marginal profit. This is what I have observed. Perhaps in your regressive nation it doesn't happen this way.
Oh, you've observed! Wow, did that hurt?
Good for you. Again you prove that your earlier hyperbole is simply false: "squeezing the customer for every last drop of blood we can get, we damn well do it."
Again, you misunderstand. I charge exactly what the market will bear for my services. I would have thought you understood how that works.
Your posts are full of contradictory statements, backed by a solid layer of braggadocio and bullshit.
Sure, that's it. And given how you've observed so much, how could anyone know as much as you, right? It's not like you are engaging in braggadocio, right? No, not at all...
Can you quantify the limit? the 23% figure comes from a 1995 Roper/Reader's Digest poll where the PEOPLE were asked how much tax is "fair" on a high income family.
Oh! Reader's Digest asked people how much they think the tax rate should be? Did it occur to Reader's Digest that every voting American can influence that amount on a regular basis? Did they also ask them what they would be willing to lose if they only paid in whatever amount they chose? More to the point, in Myhtical Land, do they allow you to vote? Maybe that's why you have no practical clue what the hell you are talking about.
We have a saying here, opinions are like assholes. If anything, Reader's Digest just proved that point - as they do quite regularly.
Here's an idea you never thought of - make the Government fit the revenue the people are prepared to give,
Wow, no one has ever thought of that idea before! I am simply amazed that with all of your powers of keen observation, you missed that that idea has been discussed many times - where we concluded that it doesn't work.
The reason why is that "those people" can't seem to agree on is where the government should make those cuts. In fact, about half of our country is dedicated to "giving weapons" to all kinds of people, even though they haven't figured out that when we do so, these weapons find their way into the hands of "Al Nusra/The Muslim Brotherhood/Mexican Drug Gangs/dictators etc etc etc." And the other half, wants to finance "'green' boondoggles'" even though I honestly doubt you have any idea what that might mean - you know - based on the bullshit you keep regurgitating.
LOL! what a well-indoctrnated tax slave you are. Soooooooo easily enslaved with mere words. You think anyone would pay taxes if the State didn't threaten to initiate force against them?
Yes, actually, many of us do. I probably pay more in taxes every year than you gross - but that might be an exaggeration know the incredibly high compensation rates of "observers in third world countries.
I have been paying taxes since 1973 and while I cannot claim that I enjoy it, I do see it as my patriotic duty. You see, unlike you, I understand that I derive great benefit from living here. And also unlike you, I am willing to pay a lot of money - even for it to be wasted on some things (in my opinion) so as to continue financing what makes this country what it is - faults and all.
While I'm sure in your circlejerk reality, you've heard that everyone in this country HATES taxes, amazingly, if that was true we would have voted for no taxes and done away with them. And yet, we haven't. I'm sure that boggles your mind even though I doubt boggling your mind is all that difficult.
did you vote to be under the income tax? did you vote for the rate of income tax?
I have voted in every election since 1974 - so yes, I have voted about taxes but while I know you cannot even begin to comprehend that, this wasn't the most important issue for me by a long shot.
you don't even realize are merely a slave on the tax plantation run by the elites. You know exactly what happens if you refuse to stay on the plantation.
Okay, I get it. You have to be trolling. There is no way you could actually be this fucking stupid.
Is it that you really don't have any understanding of what the lives of a slave on a plantation was actually like? Or are you so buried in hyperbole that you feel the need to sue these terms?
"taking the wealth the State took at gunpoint from your fellow citizens"
No one puts a gun to my head to get me to pay taxes. I pay them voluntarily. I feel the same way about paying taxes as I do when I buy meal in a restaurant or purchase an automobile.
My family lives in a very comfortable home, my children attend excellent schools, I have reasonably good quality health care, and have paid cash for both my home and all of my cars for the last 35 years.
Now, could I live is a far better lifestyle if I got to keep all of my tax money? Sure, no question about it. I admit it, it's expensive - but someone has to pay to keep the lights on.
I bet you think the Government and politicians and bureaucrats actually give a damn about you !
No, of course not. I not only don't think that, I don't want them to give a damn about me. It's not their job, that's my job. Why would you think otherwise?
Don't be so hard on yourself. I know you've gotten a mountain of bad information but there's a huge difference between being willfully ignorance and intellectually challenged. Many of us here would be exceedingly grateful if you would work a little harder to not cross that line but that's up to you.
Surely you realize the capital cost is amortized over the period of revenue gathering.
No! Really? Amortization? Wow, Stop the presses.
There is no such thing as a "loss forever", merely more and less profitable - if the ISPs are charging the correct rates.
There is no such thing as a loss forever? Is that your professional business opinion as an observer?
Then I am hear to tell you to sit the fuck down and shut the fuck up.
Your argument is nonsense.
Said the guy who just wrote, There is no such thing as a "loss forever", merely more and less profitable
And Mr, I am a brilliant observer, your further assertion that "if the ISPs are charging the correct rates" flies in the face of your free market bullshit which would state that rates are not set by the ISP, they are set by the - get this - Free Market.
Nice of you to admit that you don't even buy your own bullshit.
Well, strictly based on the tripe you posted, one would have to conclude you are about 16 years old but sadly, I suspect you might be a good bit older.
again you show your strong opinions about things you know *NOTHING* about.
Actually, being correct on that was assured knowing that the chances of you being over 100 are zero. I suppose that might be overestimating the possibility that you are well over 100 years old. After all, to learn all the crap you have must have taken an extraordinary amount of time - so there's that...
Your arrogance is amazing. No wonder you remain a peon unable to think your way out of the limits others have created for you.
The difference between arrogance and confidence can be hard for someone like you to grasp. Given that you think someone else created my limits, I can see where you would mistakenly believe all kinds of other garbage - but that doesn't make it so.
Well, surely given your "wide experience" you have guess the country I'm in. I have given you plenty of hints. But you seem unable to work it out.
You seem to be confused in thinking I give a shit, I don't. I just wanted to see if you'd have the guts to post which developing nation you belong to but I can see that you really can't do that for fear of people taking you to task for your bullshit.
What a surprise.
Oh, and "thousands" of billable hours is a couple of full-time years. As someone with tens of thousands of hours in IT (on top of a previous career in Astrophysics) I can see that mathematics and analysis are not your forte.
Wow, tens of thousands of hours in IT? Well, let's measure that penis of your against mine, shall we?
I started working in IT in 1974, sent my first "electronic messages" across DECnet in either the late 1970s or early 1980s. Started building boards for the original IBM PC back in 1981 which then took me into the PC world in 1982. Worked for a Fortune 500 company as their Senior Engineer traveling all over creation fixing every god damn thing they could find to throw at me (with varying success) and then started my own business in 1987 - in guess what - IT.
Oh and probably before you knew what broadband was in your home (1999), I rolled out high speed Internet in a very rural part of the US because our heavily restricted telecommunications industry were apparently prevented from doing so. Who knew?
And in all honesty, I am not an astrophysicist, my forte is not math, and I know that if every single American could move to your country, we'd all be far better off - but I'm quite content here.
But while we're on the subject of how good at math you are, generating a thousand plus hours in consulting and building broadband networks is a little over two manyears, but that was across roughly a decade when I was also involved in any number of other projects concurrently. Could it be that your theoretical math isn't really a good application in business? Maybe you could observe a bit more about that.
No wonder you are so easily led into defending a system constructed to keep your mind enslaved against any alternatives.
Not you, though, your system is famous for developing free thinkers, right?.
Huh? calling for more choice and a free-er market is a "fantasy"? calling for citizens to have more power over their future and the Government less is "fantasy"?
Perhaps you can point out explicitly where I made any such statements. I'd be fascinated to see where you got that idea.
you do know that the Government only gains power and wealth by taking it from citizens. If citizens are to have more power over their lives then the (incompetent and wasteful) Government MUST have less. This is reality.
Likewise, you do understand that we all create our own realities, right? From my perspective, you simply have no idea what reality is for me or most of the people in my country. Of course, you can't seem to bring yourself to reveal your country's name. This is undoubtedly due to the pride you have in this great nation.
Given your low American standards, what do you consider "excellent" service? dial-up over POTS? DSL? cable? fibre? what is the minimum in your books?
Currently, I slave under a 60Mbps/down - 10 Mbps/up cable connection which is adequate. However, if you care to look you would find out that I was advocating gigabit speeds in industry forums as early as 2004. But you would have to observe these things to actually understand them.
Ah, your ignorance is only exceeded by your arrogance. Amazing indeed that your "thousands" (which means a minimum of a year and a half full-time consulting) of hours has left you with such strong opinions and such blinkered thinking. No, you did not "nail it" - you are hilarious though.
So, what I learned today is that you have next to no business experience or understanding. Apparently, you also have no idea what a billable hour is or what a billable hour isn't what you seem to think it is. Good job there, Ace, way to make your point on your expertise sing.
As this is past the point of absurd, I will let you take the final word, if you so choose to embarrass yourself again.