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Comment Re:Simple option (Score 1) 400

HB1 worker to say $100K

And there lies the problem. The USA is a large country. For some of the jobs being outsourced, 100k is an entry level salary. You have to compare apple to apple. For some jobs, 80k would be well above market rate. For others, 120k is pocket change.

When you add location into the mix, it becomes even more convoluted. You'd need a complex system that takes every role and every locations into account, using passed statistics, etc, else it would still be abused (eg: H1Bs working for a NYC firm from Mississippi or whatever. Or people "hired" for a "tech support job" doing software engineering).

The laws already have checks to prevent abuse. They're just not enforced properly. What is needed is someone to actually look and say "Well, if a foreign worker is replacing an -existing- employee, then obviously its abuse".

No amount of number tricks and magic will fix this.

Comment Re:Difficult situation (Score 1) 197

Totally. But it does mean having that option in the Facebook advertisement control panel thingy is legit, but when used wrong, the advertiser should be punished hard.

Which is made trickier by the fact that its Facebook showing the ads, even if its someone else buying them. Facebook could micro manage the ads, but then its the same issue as Youtube trying to enforce copyright.

Comment Re:Stay the hell out of my PRIVATE PROPERTY NY NAZ (Score 1) 160

even landlords can't do whatever they want with their properties. I dunno why you think its that simple.

Real estate have community value far beyond just their material one. We treat them specially in a lot of ways...you have neighbors who have right too, people have rights to homes, tenants have rights. This isn't the bullshit taxi cartel we're talking about here. This shit can make or break people's lives.

Comment Re:Freedom Not Allowed ! (Score 5, Interesting) 160

This is such a stupid argument. If Im good enough I can literally kill someone without any proof. Should we make murder legal?

Yeah, some shit is hard to prove, doesn't mean it should be legal if its genuinely hurting people and we decide it should not.

The distinction between residential and commercial establishment has been a staple for a long time, and it has a lot of value (if only so your neighbors can exercise their right of quiet enjoyment of THEIR properties, which I'd argue, is vastly more important than your freedom to rent it out).

Thats without even counting the insane amount of people who AirBNB condos after signing papers saying they wont (short term rentals are very frequently banned in condo associations). So fuck em.

Comment Re:Why not public works programs? (Score 1) 917

i think you need to do all of those things. Some people have disabilities or things that prevent them from working. Have basic income for those. Streets need cleaning and parks need maintaining. Have basic jobs for those that give a bit more money than basic income.

Then there's always going to be SOME work that can't be easily automated. Thats the higher end jobs.

And let people pick. Its probably cheaper at that point to just let people go on basic income than it is to enforce and track it down.

The one issue is you have to bound the problem. If you just let anyone and everyone come in the country to get basic income, that will fall apart and be unmanageable. You need to have some form of control. Not "lets build a wall" control, but more than "let everyone come in and do whatever the hell they want".

Comment Re:Why not covered by insurance? (Score 1) 195

And yet countries like Canada where I live have a lower healthcare spend per capita

True, though it isn't THAT simple. And this is where it gets complicated.

The national healthcare doesn't pay for dental maintenance (if you have an infection or a car accident and your teeths get knocked out, yeah. But a simple cavity? Fuck you). There is still an amount to pay on medication, and a lot of medications aren't covered. Countless people don't have a family doctor to get the preventive medicine they need.

Line at the ER are absolutely insane if you're not about to die (but you still need to wait forever to see your family doctor, if you even have one, so you have no choice but to go to the ER for things that should not need it).

I was born in Canada and lived there for 20 years. How much I had to pay on my paychecks was more just for my dental insurance than how much I pay for it all in the US. My grandma paid more for minor conditions in medecine than Ive had to pay ever (and I have some serious conditions). And then she died because they made her wait 8 months for a critical surgery because of lack of beds (once she did have a major condition).

And the difference in taxes I pay was so excruciatingly high, I honestly could put half of the difference aside and pay for health care out of my pocket even if I get cancer 6 times because of all the silly things that get paid with it beyond just health care and other actually important things (of course, the US could go a long way by cutting in silly bullshit too)

Yes, overall even with all that, its still better and more fair for everyone overall, and I'd totally take that over the unfair system we have in the US so that everyone can have the basics. But it's not "better in every ways", and it's very easy to see how many human beings, which can be selfish in nature, would vote against it.

Comment Re:We Need Single-Payer (Score 1) 195

Having lived in a country with single payer health care, and now being a permanent US resident, I think it's a little oversimplifying.

While the benefits of a single payer system is obvious to me, the US isn't a simple country. Some shit doesn't work here for the same (unfortunate) reasons a lot of things don't work in China or in African nations.

All governments are corrupt to some degrees, but the US is really corrupt. All countries have some form of immigration related challenges, but among 1st world countries, the US has one of the more complicated situations in that regard (at least over a long period of time...obviously the refugee situation isn't as bad). The multi-culturalism, 2 party political system, lawyer driven decision making, etc, all make it really hard to implement something like it.

Even if you could magically strike the country with a wand and have a system overnight, it would be drastically worse than anything you're seeing in Europe or Canada (and in many of those countries, the systems aren't exactly great).

Does it have to happen? Yes, of course, its inevitable (unless the US goes bankrupt first). It won't happen overnight though, and countless of problems have to be taken care of first.

Comment Re:Gratuity should be illegal (Score 2) 97

Yup, even for residents its really hard.

All service industries have SOME tips, the question is how much. And that even varies between states, drastically. And if you get it wrong, expect someone to spit in your food or an asshole cab to kick on your luggage. Doesn't happen often but it happens.

Comment Re:Why don't Canadians get any of this cool stuff? (Score 3, Interesting) 54

It depends a lot on the province/city vs state/city for sure, but having lived most of my life in Canada and now being a US permanent resident, the difference is night and day.

When I was a kid, I was -terrified- of the ER, because I knew I'd be there all fucking days. I had a friend who had a major motorcycle accident, was bleeding everywhere, and beyond stopping the blood, made him wait for hours.

And then there's the huge percentage of population that can't get a family doctor, and even if you have one, getting any kind of appointment can take months.

Since i moved I started having some health issues (probably related to american food, heh), and the first time I walked in an hospital (after I walked straight passed it thinking it was a condo building), I couldn't find the ER because I could not find the crowd/line.

I was seen immediately, and the service was 100x more respectful, and problems were found significantly faster.

Of course, its because of the $$$ involved and I have great insurance. Thats unfair to the poor, and I'd still take the Canadian system over that if only so people don't have to be terrified about going bankrupt because they get sick. But in term of care quality, its literally incomparable. Night and day.

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