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Comment Re:Pay your fucking taxes instead (Score 0) 177

If the rich didn't get more ways to weasel out of paying their due, we wouldn't need the pittance they pay as charity. We'd have the money to provide for our people ourselves.

And what is "their" due? If all the money and property from all the billionaires in the U.S. were 100% confiscated it wouldn't pay for one year's average deficit, not expenditures, deficit under the recent administration's budgets.

"Screw rich people"

OK you get to have that opinion but seriously, what amount of "rich people tax" is going to make ANY difference?

CUT GOVERNMENT SPENDING drastically the only useful answer.

Comment Re:I often think dietary "science" is a myth (Score 2) 271

100% juice is still good. Always was.

Not really true. Very little difference in a Coke and apple juice. Really. One apples worth of juice, not too bad but worse than just eating the apple.

A 16 oz glass of apple juice can have as many as 12 apples. Taken as one huge sugar hit to the system.

Not good for you in any way. Just sugar water from apples instead of corn syrup.

Comment Re:Yeah, well... (Score 1) 903

You get the biggest, best-equipped military in the world. One (admittedly large by area and population) nation, effectively dominating a large portion of the planet and strongly influencing the rest. If you take off the gloves, you could take on the entire world and win.

You've done that at the expense of healthcare, education, and social programs. It's a choice you make every election cycle.

"at the expense of healthcare, education, and social programs"?!?

FY 2016 had military spending at 16% of the federal budget and healthcare, education and social programs at 62% of the federal budget. When you add state and county numbers to those, the percentage goes considerably higher.

Let's cut the military, healthcare, education and social programs by 50% for both federal and state. That would be a good and fair start.

Comment Re:Canada vs US (Score 0) 903

We have an annual federal deficit of $600 billion and guess how much we spent on our military last year? Yep, $600 billion. We basically borrow every penny we spend on the military, thereby screwing future generations because baby boomers are paranoid idiots.

What are you smoking? For the past 8 years the deficit has been nearly $1200 billion per year. We could cut every dime of the military budget and still have MASSIVE new debt each year.

FY 2016 had the debt service at over half the entire military budget. I agree that we spend far too much on the military but it's a small fraction compared to the social security, medicare and debt service portion of the budget but "progressives" desperately want to increase that already shocking amount because...reasons.

We're basically screwed. There's no way to pay for our system. If taxes were raised enough to pay for what the government spends, the country would shut down immediately.

How about making the rich pay their "fair share", as Hillary proposed? Total bullshit. What is a "fair share"? Forget higher taxes, if ALL the cash, stocks, property, couch change, etc., were 100% confiscated from Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Zuckerberg, et. al., it wouldn't pay one year's deficit under the Obama administration, much less pay a year's budget. After that one year deficit reduction, not deficit elimination, what happens?

Nope, we're screwed.

Comment Re: Positive (Score 1, Insightful) 316

But remember Mitt Romney said, "corporations are people" and the Citizens United ruling basically asserts the same thing. I don't agree with either of those, but that's the way it is.

Well, corporations sort of *are* people. To "incorporate" is literally to "embody".

No person, business, town (incorporated) or anything else comprising one or more people can exist, i.e., do business, with anyone else without having a "body". So yes, a corporation has rights. Just like your body. Corporations are born and die every day.

Sometimes they are powerful "people" and get by with stuff that a smaller, less powerful "person" can't. But a "corporation" isn't a bad thing in itself. It's merely a legal entity that can continue if one or more members leave.

So, they are "people", in many important ways.

Comment Re: Positive (Score 5, Insightful) 316

What you're looking at is monopolistic competition; it's a routine outcome of an underregulated capitalist system.

Wrong. What you're looking at is called Fascism. Or what Mussolini called Corporatism. The unholy alliance of anti free market big business and the coercive power of the State.

ObamaCare is an excellent example, if you need another.

Comment Re:Ah yes of course (Score 0) 132

Another Republican idea. And still there are common people that firmly believe that the GOP is there for them. That is some cognitive dissonance of biblical proportions.

Dear GOP, let's not think about your own wallets and who fills them for awhile and when you do, please follow this maxim for a bit: "Does this idea really benefit the every man?" or "Has my idea the potential to increase the risk of corruption on a big scale?".

Another Politician idea. And still there are common people that firmly believe that the government is there for them. That is some cognitive dissonance of biblical proportions.

Dear Politician, let's not think about your own wallets and who fills them for awhile and when you do, please follow this maxim for a bit: "Does this idea really benefit the every man?" or "Has my idea the potential to increase the risk of corruption on a big scale?".

There, fixed it for you.

Comment Re:Older guy in his mid 50's? (Score 1) 283

You're in your mid-60s? You should be retiring. You have SS and medicare. Why do you want full time employment?

I'm in my mid 30s and I plan for retirement like crazy so that I can retire in my mid 60s.

Not on SS and Medicare you won't. SS benefits are puny but at least they're taxed as income.

MediCrap is a partial insurance system that forces you to buy additional insurance. Actually forces you whether you want it or not.

I'm in my mid 60's and it will take 3 months or so of SS benefits just pay the house taxes on my median priced home.

In 30 years SS won't even exist unless the benefits are effectively debased out of existence by inflation. $100,000 a year sounds great until a loaf of bread costs $1000.

Comment Re:In-seat entertainment price rise (Score 1) 249

Airlines have started ordering new planes without the seat-back entertainment systems. Given that few people use them anymore, they didn't want the extra expense, maintenance, and weight. Something tells me that Boeing saw this trend and did a study showing those personal devices to be dangerous, and reported those findings to the governments.

I don't know where you travel, but when I travel, particularly over seas, I see nearly all the seat back screens showing movies, etc.

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