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Comment Re:You Misunderstand (Score 1) 346

You misunderstand. I wasn't suggesting that wealth lead to enlightenment. I was saying that intellectuals who have wealth are able to keep the moronic masses at bay, or at least at a sufficient distance that they have no impact. Meanwhile, intellectuals without means are more likely to be drowned out by the rabble.

But, I absolutely agree with you. I should spend a lot more time with rich people! Could you perhaps make an introduction for me?

Ah, now I see what you're saying. Sorry, I can't offer any introductions. I generally can't stand those swells.

Comment Re:Moron Uprising (Score 1) 346

The ability to amass wealth has no correlation with intellectual enlightenment or critical thinking.

Is that something you're basing on evidence or logic, or just something you tell yourself until you believe it?

Certainly, my job requires critical thinking, and permits me to amass wealth.

It's based on my personal experience. I said critical thinking and wealth are not correlated, not that they can't exist in the same place. I would expect you would understand that, what with your critical thinking skills and all.

Comment Re:Stay off the slippery slope (Score 1) 170

Horse shit! Read US History from 1776 to Present. Since we began to track the _personal_ income tax, the through the first 70 years of so of the tax, anything over a million dollars in yearly income was taxed Federally at 90%. We had boom after boom in this country with a wealth cap, and Wealth Disparity in the US was one of the best in the world improving steadily year after year. Since we removed the cap (thanks Dick! Nixon that is) we have done nothing but go in the opposite direction. A _reasonable_ wealth cap does not give any disincentive for gaining wealth, it does however diminish the narcissistic behavior which has become commonplace.

So now you are 0 for 2 in references, and 2 for 2 in spreading bullshit. Care to provide an economist who backs your view sanely? If not, I assume you are just a troll.

Comment Re:Moron Uprising (Score 3, Insightful) 346

Well, don't want to sound like a dick or nothin', but, ah... it says on your chart that you're fucked up. Ah, you talk like a fag, and your shit's all retarded. - Idiocracy(2006)

The moron uprising is shifting into high gear.

Intelligent people, or even less intelligent people capable of critical thinking, are being drowned out by drooling morons. The only salvation appears to be wealth and even the wealthy are under siege by the moron hoard. I'm really not sure how much longer they will be able to stave off the tide.

You should spend more time with rich people. You may find they are just as benighted as the common folk, perhaps more so. The ability to amass wealth has no correlation with intellectual enlightenment or critical thinking.

Comment Re:When it stops moving, subsidize it... (Score 1) 444

And all the laws that were designed to prevent banking meltdowns didn't stop the last meltdown, and now we have more laws that won't stop the next one. Instead of creating new laws, how about tossing people in jail for actual criminal behavior. I am sure we could toss a few Bankers in jail for committing fraud for their schemes to rip people off.

Part of the reason for that is that some of the banking laws, like Glass-Steagal which prohibited commercial banks from also being investment banks, were repealed. Sometimes the laws actually work. I'm with you on prosecuting fraud, which did not happen and should have.

Comment Re:What is it that you say? (Score 1) 444

IF you want to address the economic impact of taxes, try lowering them to almost zero, and see what a market free to operate without the drag of "progressive" taxes does. Yes, we had roads, schools and so on before we had onerous taxes. And no grandma won't starve.

And where did the money come from to build those roads and schools? Non-onerous taxes? Taxes that aren't called taxes? Public infrastructure requires money to build, and Walmart and Coca Cola aren't going to do it. And actually, before Social Security, Grandma just might have starved.

Comment Stay off the slippery slope (Score 3, Insightful) 170

"Rich" is a vague and subjective term that GP never used.

The story of the artisan from Plato's The Republic is interesting and rational. There are two failures with Gates. First, he has failed society by hoarding. Then again he has displayed a tremendous amount of sociopathic tendencies so we should not be too surprised. Second, the State has failed by allowing him to hoard that much personal wealth. I use Plato as my reference.

There should absolutely be a wealth cap. Sorry if you don't like it, but unless you can come up with something better than Plato for me to reference I think Socrates had it correct. To preempt someone saying something stupid, go read the book.

Comment Subsidy == No Sales (Score 1, Insightful) 42

Like we saw with Solar panels, it's easy for China to subsidize products to cause irreparable harm to foreign manufacturers. I have no doubts that the current administration does not care, they only have to suffer the people's wrath for a few more months. The rest of us however should be demanding that the company has it's books wide open for review.

Comment No offense, but duh.. (Score 1, Insightful) 146

Do you really need to ask if US News agencies censored? The current media puts the old Pravda to shame. If they were merely protecting State secrets I'd give them a pass on this, at least in terms of discussing details. They should however discuss concerns with the operations in general terms so that the public can debate and direct the Government. They are not however interested in protecting the State and have no concern for truth and honesty. Have not had such concerns for literally decades now. The fact that media claims to have different names makes it less visible to the unwary.

Comment Re:Get a life (Score 1) 200

But, tech nerds are told by feminists that it doesn't matter if a girl has slept with lots of other guys before you.

That's because it doesn't matter. In fact, I prefer a woman who has some experience. Inexperience is okay in High School, but once you're out of college you should know what you're doing between the sheets.

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