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Comment Re: It's a way of pointing a finger (Score 1) 81

To be fair in this example, you're dealing with a monopoly (the phone company) back before ditching the landline was feasible or possible for most people. Demand was pretty much totally inelastic, so they just slapped the tax onto the bill and everyone had to suck it up and pay it.

But you're right, in most situations something like a tax will be paid for both the company and the consumer.

Comment Re:Easy Work-Around (Score 1) 157

prove that was your intent

I think it'd be pretty easy to prove once Air BnB's records show that you had already rented the room in advance to another person for the second week, and to a third person on the third week and so on... it looks almost like you intended them to stay only a week, doesn't it?

Comment Re:Assumptions (Score 1) 901

but then no one will need to work at all, will they?

As the cost of labor approaches zero, the cost of goods approach the cost of raw materials plus profit. In "some distant future" everyone must work or starve, or some new system for allocating resources must be found.

Factories are already full of robots (in the US).

I'm wondering how many of those factories are in places where they got a property tax exemption years ago because they were "creating jobs". How much leverage does a facility with 0 jobs have in negotiating property tax exemptions?

Comment Re:Holy flamebait batman! (Score 1) 901

then it will be time to discuss the basic income

What is the saying? You are nine meals away from anarchy? That's not much time to discuss basic income. I propose we discuss it now, then have a solid plan to act on when we get down to 6 or 7 meals away from anarchy.

Comment Re:Assumptions (Score 1) 901

They own the trucks and equipment now

How did they get the money to buy the trucks and equipment?

sjames makes a huge deal over the "million dollar daddy" but for everyone who starts a company who doesn't have rich parents to mooch from, the answer is that the founder had a previous job from which they saved money before starting their company. If the master plumber automates their work, then they no longer need to hire apprentice plumbers, and the next generation of plumbers will no longer have a job from which they can save up money to start their own shop.

Personally, though, I don't see this will become a permanent problem without a major libertarian takeover of the country. Reason: your factory full of robots has a nonzero property value, and therefore is subject to property tax. At some point, hiring a human will cost less than the property tax on your robot, especially as the monetary value of the robots' output falls. Of course, that supposes that the robots don't start assembling themselves causing their own cost to drop. In that case, with a major libertarian takeover of the country, people could sell a blowjob or two to raise the capital to buy a robot (unless someone invents a robot that gives killer blowjobs).

Comment Re:A bad Ford product? (Score 1) 292

In the 80's, the USA Ford Escort was a 100% Ford product. This is not to be confused with other cars being sold around the world under the Escort brand, which while styled similarly to the USA Escort, were actually different cars. In 1990, they replaced the Ford Escort with a reskinned 323, which was a much better car.

Comment Re: In a world... (Score 1) 310

At this point your options are getting pretty limited. As in, lower end models, and then you have to go to the lower trim lines. Even if you manage to find one without the navigation system, a lot of cars are still using touch interfaces for the radio/climate control.

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