If electors were going to choose based on their own judgment, then It makes no sense for them to choose a corrupt person like Hillary. She has nothing going for her other than a vote count -- the very thing electors are being told to disregard in their own states.
Yes. Phony outrage about Trump statements is phony. When the press purposely goes along with the phony drama, they're intentionally faking news. Most political news is this sort of intentional dishonesty.
Just because you think some tax is "extortionistic" doesn't mean it is, and if you don't like the taxes you pay, then convince enough of your fellow citizens to elect a different government.
But quit pretending that your personal objections are universal or that you have some special right not to.pay taxes beyond your fellow citizens. It's "no taxation without representation", not simply "no taxation".
I'm going to keep telling people that it's wrong to want to spend money on yourself that other people earned. Thanks for the advice though.
The civilization is here. The people who built it are long dead. Why should you get paid over and over and over for their work?
Free people voluntarily choose to establish a government because it serves their interests. They want a street, or a fire department or a police force, but it actually makes the most sense to pool resources and create these things in common rather than for individuals or small groups to try to go it alone. So governments that are voluntarily established by free people actually serve those people.
The governments we have now serve special interests. Infrastructure projects aren't chosen based on the maximum public good for the minimum cost. Propose an infrastructure project that serves the people paying for it and is constructed to minimize costs rather than to pay off contractors and union workers and I'll support it. But that's illegal in the US when the Feds provide any of the money.
Civilization wouldn't exist
Stop stealing from people in the name of "civilization". We can have civilization without paying extra extortion money to special interests.
Yes it is. You can make the case that it isn't (very) bad if it nets out positive for almost everyone. But you haven't made that case.
There's always a huge infrastucture wish list. Someone will always point to a supposed benefit for someone. All the projects seem great if you forget that you took the money from the people who earned it so you could spend it on yourself/your priorities.
Government == bad is not actually a fact
Wanting to spend money that other people earned is bad.
Government official wants money he didn't earn. Says he has good reason why he should be allowed to spend it on his priorities.
You should stop beating that drum so hard. There are a zillion sources of news, and lots of things happened in the last 30 years that matter.
Following the links we get the real percentages:
- sex crimes: 9%
- homocide: 10%
- assault/robbery/burglary: 14%
Those are the violent crimes. Then
- non-violent property crimes: 36%
And finally police busybodying and misc:
- drug prohibition: 24%
- weapons charge: 5%
- other: 2%
Forty-two of those devices "pertain to homicide or attempted murder cases" according to the district attorney's office, and a similar number "relate to sex crimes.
So 80% of the phones they want to decrypt aren't related to crimes serious enough to mention.
Which one is about something real?
The "news" featured on that page:
- Speculation about something that might have happened.
- Opinion about something that could happen someday
- Innuendo about someone who might get appointed to a position someday
- Some people have opinions about something that happened
- Someone who might do something might have some trouble
- The thing that everyone is buzzing about is like something else from somewhere else
- Tides happen because of climate change
Finally, below that, a couple of actual factual stories.
About half the stories in the "news" are about predictions of the future. They should apologize every time they get it wrong. Or just tell us what happened, and stop telling us what they think might happen.
If all else fails, lower your standards.