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"Crapitalism!"

c136 Wrote: Jul 02, 2014 11:00 AM
"taking the money out of getting elected" is a huge violation of the first amendment. That will give all the power to incumbents and whichever candidate the media supports. The solution is to stop the government from handing out favors in the first place.
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Here Comes Tomorrow

c136 Wrote: Jun 18, 2014 2:29 PM
Rich, I usually hear that silly conspiracy theory on left wing sites.
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Here Comes Tomorrow

c136 Wrote: Jun 18, 2014 11:10 AM
I'm not going to worry about the Terminator until it happens. Taking the next step in technology is not always linear. We're still basically riding in cars that have not really changed fundamentally since the car was invented over 100 years ago. Wasn't it about 40 years ago that scientists thought they could create life from carbon compounds? They got to a certain point and then it stalled out. Battery technology is moving at a very slow pace. Not everything is progressing at a geometric pace.
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Libertarians Versus Conservatives

c136 Wrote: Jun 11, 2014 2:57 PM
After the crash of 2008 a lot of conservatives realized the libertarians were right. Ron Paul for example had been warning about the dangers of excess government and the housing bubble for years. When the next big crash, the dollar crash hits, even more conservatives will become libertarians.
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Libertarians Versus Conservatives

c136 Wrote: Jun 11, 2014 11:29 AM
As far as I can tell the main difference between libertarians and conservatives is that libertarians rank individual liberty as the most important goal, conservatives rank other things higher like religion for example.
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Eat Without Fear

c136 Wrote: May 29, 2014 2:38 PM
Lots of things can be dangerous. Driving a car is dangerous and we don't make that illegal. The actual crime should be when someone's rights are violated. When you give power to the government don't be surprised when they use it against you.
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Eat Without Fear

c136 Wrote: May 28, 2014 3:17 PM
I think it's ironic that conservatives complain about the government regulating food, but think it's just fine for the government to regulate drugs. When you give government the power to regulate something you don't like, don't be surprised when they regulate something you do like.
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Gambling and Government

c136 Wrote: Apr 02, 2014 10:21 AM
I totally agree. It's hard for me to get past the fact that a free person should be allowed to do whatever he wants as long as it doesn't violate someone else's right. I don't care about the "Greater Good". End of debate as far as I'm concerned.
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Spring Clean Government

c136 Wrote: Mar 19, 2014 5:17 PM
Every politician, liberal or conservative, promises to cut waste, fraud and abuse, but they never do. All government programs, by their very nature, have waste, fraud and abuse. The only way to reduce government is to eliminate programs entirely, you can't make them more efficient. You just have to figure out which programs are really necessary and live with the waste.
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Budget Baloney

c136 Wrote: Mar 05, 2014 2:25 PM
I agree. They play accounting tricks with the deficit. A more accurate way to measure the deficit is to see how much the total debt increases. I think the total debt is harder to fudge because they have to pay interest on it. So they can't pretend it doesn't exist.
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