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Comment Re: Dear Apple fans: (Score 1) 471

You are missing the point. The point is that they pay almost no taxes now. Even if Trump, by some miracle, managed to score a net-zero tax bill for Apple, that pretty much puts them exactly where they already are. Now all Trump would have to do is convince workers that it's in their benefit to work for the same wages, benefits and under the same conditions as the Chinese workers. And don't forget, all the components that are built and raw materials which are processed in China now need to be transferred to the USA or also manufactured here. Which again means the manufacturers of those components need to move to USA and operate at margins that their foreign counterparts do. And even after all of this, their products at best stay the same price, at worse still become more expensive. Only now there are fewer people who can afford them since they're working for much less. Well, there is one other way... Trump can just subsidize Apple. Pay them to stay here.

Comment Re: Taxes = theft (Score 3, Insightful) 579

Yawn. This is the same argument climate deniers use. "It was cold today in my neighborhood so how could there possibly be global warming?" Just because you don't have a crime problem where you live, that absolutely does not mean that there are no crime issues anywhere. And you just pointed out that you are NOT even paying taxes to staff a large police force. So what are you complaining about??? Isn't that the ideal situation? Paying only for what you use? That is unless you want your services for free, which would put you into the same basket of Republicans/libertarians who want something for nothing.

Comment Re: Doing Trump's work for him (Score 1) 461

I disagree. It is my government which has conflated two somewhat disparate ideas into one. When a person goes to a chapel and swears before God that he will love, honor, etc., that is a religious ceremony. When you get a marriage license, combine your assets, joint-file taxes and all that other business, that is the contractual marriage. Government has decided that legal marriage is necessarily constrained by The tenets of a certain subset of Christian versions of holy matrimony. Government should get completely out of the "marriage" business and offer only civil unions regardless of the sex of the two entering into the agreement.

Comment Re: Doing Trump's work for him (Score 1) 461

First... Im not super-confident that many Republican legislatures WOULD certainly outlaw "unnatural" sex. However... Republicans definitely overwhelmingly want to outlaw gay marriage, which is the height of regulating people's private and religious lives. This to me is not any more or less odious than regulating my bedroom.

Comment Re: Doing Trump's work for him (Score 5, Funny) 461

Hmm. If you could be honest with yourself for a minute you'd accept the truth that everyone in America wants it for free. The only difference is that democrats want a safety net that they can't afford, whereas Republicans simply want their roads, their military, and their Medicare and want to live tax-free, apparently paying for the programs with manna from the sky.

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