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Comment Re:Haha (Score 5, Insightful) 201

How soon? Are you kidding? We already pay more for Internet than any other industrialized country, and some second world countries:

Here's the truth that other countries have already figured out: when the government provides a service, it's cheaper. When private companies provide the same service, it's much more expensive, because they have to make a profit. And while it might have once been true that private industry could do a task better than the government, now private industry has realized that doing a poor job yields higher profit, so we end up getting worse services for more money when private industry provides them.

The federal government should provide all funds for education, for Internet access, and for healthcare. We can start paying for it by cutting the Department of Defense by 10% every couple of years, and eliminating corporate welfare. No more privatized intelligence, no more privatization of military services, no more military, intelligence, or security "contractors".

And eliminate DHS, what a fucking waste of money.

If that's not enough money, let's return to a top marginal rate of 91%. It worked great in the 50s, and the economy was booming.

Comment Re:God Dammit (Score 3, Insightful) 450

Don't be a brick. You ought to know that McConnell said at the outset that his most important goal wasn't making the lives of Americans better, it was to ensure that President Obama would be a one-term president. Hence, the obstruction. Hence, not giving President Obama the stimulus he needed to get the U.S. back on its feet economically, resulting in a sluggish crawl of a recovery that we are still living in. Do you think McConnell did that for the people? No, he did it so the people could be preyed upon by the 1%, so their homes could be foreclosed upon, so their student loans couldn't be discharged in bankruptcy, so they couldn't recover and would be so worried about survival that McConnell and his kleptocrats could hijack the government for the benefit of their donors, not the people.

The Republican morons are the ones who deny climate change. The idiotic red states cling to their bigotry and fictional religion so they are easily manipulated single-issue voters. The Democrats would like to keep this planet inhabitable, they want all Americans to have healthcare provided by the government and funded through taxes, and they want good education for everyone.

Frankly, it's uninformed people like you who have made this takeover by Republican thugs possible. You really ought to do something about your ignorance.

Comment Re:God Dammit (Score 5, Informative) 450

That is bullshit. Nearly 3 in 10 of all cloture motions filed in the history of the Senate were filed during McConnell’s tenure as Minority Leader. The filibuster existed before the Age of McConnell, but McConnell made them commonplace.

The two parties aren't the same: one wants authoritarian control by the 1% of the entire planet, and the other is the Democratic Party.

Comment Even as a Tesla critic, absolutely yes they are (Score 4, Insightful) 198

A few score may die now to save hundreds of thousands later. Have you driven on the freeways of America lately? People drift into your lane, they don't stay centered in their own lane. Drivers are looking at their phones while they're driving, no matter what the laws say. People are NOT as qualified to drive a car as a computer which checks its sensors hundreds of times per second.

Autonomous cars are the future, and Tesla is pushing that forward. There are going to be mistakes in the beginning, and people will die and be injured.

Driving is dangerous, but we don't outlaw cars because their utility outweighs the risk. Same here.

Comment Re:Monopolies (Score 0) 396

There is absolutely something inherently wrong with a free market: competition brings down not just prices, but wages as well.

Look at the number of jobs lost as the U.S. shifted manufacturing outside the country. Yes, we can get cheaper goods, but we also have flat wages for 40 years.

Our standard of living went down, while poorer countries such as China saw their standard of living increase.

I’m fairly certain that if Americans had been asked 20 years ago if they would mind lowering their standard of living so the Chinese could raise theirs, the answer would have been a resounding yes.

Free trade is a libertarian myth; it doesn’t exist, not anywhere. Whether it’s tariffs, or VAT taxes, or protectionist government regulation to create artificial pharmaceutical monopolies, enacting free-trade policies only hurts a nation, because all the other nations have their thumbs on the scale to protect their own interests.

And so should we.

Comment Re:WAIT (Score 1, Interesting) 97

This just isn’t true.

Cox charges more money for lower speeds than Time Warner, Verizon (Frontier), Comcast, AT&T, etc.

And they have the weakest channel/cable subscription offerings of of any of the monopolies. If there’s a new feature or technology being offered by the cable industry, you can bet that Cox customers will get it years after everyone else in the country has it.

In short, Cocks Communications is aptly named.

Comment Re:Soros? (Score 1) 1145

Wait, why do we need a UBI for everyone? Let’s take the bottom 30 million Americans and give them each $30,000 a year. That’s $900B isn’t it? If we just cut the DoD budget down from $1.3T to $400B, we’ve just paid for a UBI which will inject 900 billion into the economy. UBI recipients are going to spend every penny they get on food, rent, utilities, clothes, etc.

Maybe we make it progressive so the closer you get to a $30,000 AGI the less you get in UBI, and once you get to $30,000 AGI you get nothing.

That makes a hell of a lot more sense to me than giving that $900B to defense and security contractors, which is essentially corporate welfare.

The notion that we should give EVERY American $10,000 is absurd. I don’t need $10,000, and neither do my children. But I can certainly imagine 30 million Americans who could benefit from a UBI.

Comment This is exactly how voter suppression works (Score 2) 180

First, remove federal observers so any irregularities go unreported.

Second, make sure there is no paper trail.

Third, the fewer votes counted, the more likely Republicans will win. The more votes are counted, the more likely Democrats are to win. With the polls this close, it doesn’t take much cheating to ensure Trump wins The White House.

Remember, every Republican president after Ike has cheated to win, and this time will be no exception. Thanks, John Roberts! Clearly racism is gone in your white world, and we can just throw the Voting Rights Act on the trashheap of history.

Comment Re:Not a realistic possibility (Score 1) 383

It's pretty audacious for you to claim you didn't write "I think he's a good man, and even a good president under the circumstances..." when all anyone needs to do is scroll up to see that you actually wrote that.

I think President Obama is a dishonest, dishonorable man, not a good man. I think he's weak, ineffective, and a terrible negotiator with horrible judgment. I suppose reasonable people can disagree, but you still haven't explained how he can be a good man, and yet engage in the conduct I described. If I'm distorting his record, please feel free to point out where and how, but I think I've been pretty accurate.

Please understand: I dislike President Obama not because he is too liberal, but because he isn't nearly liberal enough. I am a registered Democrat, but I haven't made up my mind about Hillary, assuming she gets the nomination. A few months ago, I would have said there was no way in hell I would vote for her, but I'm trying to keep an open mind given the importance of this election.

Comment Re:Not a realistic possibility (Score 1) 383

Oh for Christ's sake, can you read? You claim that I "twisted" things, yet you don't explain how or what I twisted. YOU wrote that you thought President Obama was a "good" man, and I was providing evidence refuting that asssertion. HOW can a good man engage in such despotic, unconstitutional conduct? President Bush is a war criminal, and even HE didn't think he could kill Americans without due process.

I've been a Democrat all my life. If Elizabeth Warren were the Democratic nominee, I would vote for her, and the same goes for Bernie Sanders. But I won't vote for moderate Republicans like Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, or Barack Obama.

Comment Re:Not a realistic possibility (Score 1) 383

In full disclosure, I’m a Democrat, and I definitely think President Obama’s image could be improved by pardoning Snowden.

President Obama has claimed he has the power to kill American citizens without due process. No other president in history has claimed such power, not even President George W. Bush. How many have died due to President Obama’s drone strikes?

President Obama gave himself the power to detain anyone, even an American, indefinitely and without trial by signing the Defense Authorization Act of 2012.

President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, causing the healthcare costs of tens of millions of Americans to continue to skyrocket.

President Obama has sent zero or one banker to jail for the economic collapse, depending on how you count. President Reagan sent dozens to jail for the S&L failures.

How many blacks have died at the hands of white police officers while President Obama and not one, but two black Attorneys General were in office?

President Obama has said himself that he would have been seen as a moderate Republican a few decades ago, but I disagree: he is a moderate Republican right now, beholden to corporate interests rather than the interests of the people.

He is NOT a good president, he’s a mediocre president at best who believes he has the powers of a monarch. Pardoning Edward Snowden would do a lot to rehabilitate his Republican image and governance.

Comment Re:Appeasement (Score 1) 1718

Look, I agree with you: if you have something of value, you should choose to insure it, you shouldn't be forced to insure it. But that's not the country we live in, unfortunately.

But my car insurance doesn't just cover property damage, it covers bodily injury as well. If it turns out that I shot someone illegally, but didn't kill them, insurance would cover their hospital costs and lost income from their injuries.

What's wrong with that?

Comment Re:Appeasement (Score 3, Interesting) 1718

The background check that I had to undergo for my gun license was pathetic. It’s just not enough to search for criminal history, we need an invasive search for mental health issues. In these days of Google and ChoicePoint vacuuming up everything about us, it’s never been easier to gather information.

Why is it I need hundreds of dollars of insurance each year just to drive my car, but I don’t need ANY insurance for my handgun? They both can kill, and one of them is PRIMARILY for killing, so shouldn’t insurance be a requirement?

That would prevent a lot of poor gun owners from owning guns, but maybe this has gotten so out of hand that we need to restrict gun ownership.

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