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Comment Re:Taxes are for dummies (Score 1) 903

These are some pretty impressive logical jumps - that poor people, despite paying no federal income tax, still manage to have high tax rates? You might consider reading TFA, which states pretty clearly:
"But let’s get back to America. The average single U.S. worker with no kids earned $52,543 last year and paid a combined $13,649 in payroll taxes, federal income tax, state and local government taxes. Their employer pitched in another $4,020 in payroll taxes. That overall rate, of 31.7 percent, might seem like a lot, but it’s more than 4 points below the OECD average."

Perhaps you might think that to consult the IRS numbers that indicate that the top 1% have a higher tax rate than the top 5%, who have a higher tax rate than the top 10%? - https://taxfoundation.org/summ...

Further - the FEDERAL Government (mostly through the Earned Income Tax Credit) sets a NEGATIVE tax rate for the individuals in the bottom quintile, , in an effort to try to reduce effective tax burden. http://www.taxpolicycenter.org...

Further - >95% of unprepared food is exempt for taxing, with the only exceptions being Oregon and Montana. http://blog.taxjar.com/wp-cont...

Notably, TFA _DID_ consider Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid a tax (http://www.oecd.org/tax/tax-policy/taxing-wages-methodology-and-limitations-2017.pdf). Despite your protests, the OECD found that Americans are in the bottom third of tax-paying countries, and included the working poor among their numbers. You can still make a case that poor people are hit hard (they are), but they are not hit as hard as they are in other countries, effectively. The article specifically has a category for income earners making only 67% of average wages (totaling about $30K/year in USA, 50hr/wk @ $12/hr). Source (http://www.oecd.org/tax/tax-policy/taxing-wages-methodology-and-limitations-2017.pdf).

Comment Re:Their fault (Score 1) 176

This. Humans hunted almost all big, meaty, slow-moving animals to extinction. Starting with the woolly mammoth. Seriously, a TWO TON wombat (https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/18/Vombatus_ursinus_-Maria_Island_National_Park.jpg)? Something like _4000_ person-days worth of food (not to mention pelts, bones, etc.) with no natural defenses? Delicious, easy kill. All were slain.

Comment Re:Are moon rocks special or something? (Score 2) 63

It is more than that. Lets pretend its a car.
I donate my (rightfully owned) car to a museum.
(The car that rightfully belongs to the museum) is stolen from the museum.
(The car that rightfully belongs to the museum) is retrieved by the police.
(The car that rightfully belongs to the museum) is not claimed by the museum. It now rightfully belongs to the police.
(The car that rightfully belongs to the police) is auctioned, and purchased by a buyer.
I want my car back!

"My" car has now been rightfully owned by two other agencies and non-rightfully owned by a thief. It is fundamentally "not my car".

Comment Re:Wow, spend $3billion? (Score 1) 161

So, in 2014, we spent:
3,400,000,000,000... in 12 months

Mark Zuckerberg (of Facebook) claims that he will eliminate ALL diseases. Price tag?
3,000,000,000... in 120 months

So, just to be clear, Mr. Zuckerberg will cure _all_ the diseases on a budget of 1% of one years' expenditures, over 10 years? Quite frankly, it does seem like we already tried the "throw money at it" solution.

Comment Re:For values of 'nearby' that equal 'still very f (Score 1) 347

Just to be clear, the proposed cost of this "get to Alpha Centauri in 20 years" project is $100M for a "nanocraft" that moves at 0.2C. To put this number in comparison, it is approximately 2.3% of the cost of the Large Hadron Collider, which we built. It is not inconceivable that, within 50 years, we could place real, live, people on this planet. That said, it would require a re-prioritization.

Comment Re:Well, that sounded extremely patronizing. (Score 1) 317

Here's the thing... Do you think anyone n that country that would have been a recipient of a chicken would have refused them? If so, the Government did not act in the best interests of those people. If they were the majority, you could seriously claim that the Government was not acting in the best interests of its people (it total).

Comment Re:back to work ? (Score 1) 244

Okay... Feel free to answer the question then:
"Where do insurance companies get the money to pay for medical care, especially the elderly?"
Go ahead, try not to say "from their customers."

What's not to "buy" ? Insurance companies take money from all clients and distribute it to clients who are covered and get medical care. Nearly 100% of the cost of more-than-trivial medical transactions is "passed on to other clients".

Comment Re:Cost of access is key. (Score 1) 373

You know, TFA actually said exactly this. Initial exploration was funded by Government until costs could be calculated, and then funded privately. Neil's point was that the exploration of Mars would follow the same pattern that history has followed until now: Government exploration, private exploitation.

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