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The IRS Hatchetmen

Damien4 Wrote: Nov 17, 2014 1:33 PM
The ads don't bother me, what gets me is the stupid floating 'share on facebook, twitter, g+' button. Just make it static at the top of the page! We're not brain dead kids who can't remember where they just saw that share button. Ah, now I sound like a grouch. But, come on!
I can't disagree with that... All I can do is hope, and keep arguing my philosophy at the proper times and places. I am seriously considering getting moving on a kickstarter, just for my old high school as a test. Start small, spark that flame of curiosity in just a small percentage of kids, and some will pursue their quest for the mathematical truths. If/when I do, I'll let the internet know.
I have also found that less hardcore freedom loving conservatives shy away from those of us who venture into 'cut back the government' territory, regardless of whether it's because of constitutional validity or not. "That department helped us so much! Doesn't matter that it is unconstitutional. You want to disable a 'good' thing and 'hurt' the people it benefits." Or something like that. No! That's a twist of what I propose!
I agree, Stuart! I am a conservative libertarian. I believe that if you advocate for economic freedom, you are a libertarian of some kind. I believe that economics and freedom are inextricably related. I also would like to see sweeping reforms done, in regard to enumerated powers, and returning to them. However, when I bring up these things in discussions or threads, I am the looney burn it down libertarian. Perhaps I am just not good at articulating my position, or I just argue with hardcore socialist/statists? Either way, I try to follow in Dan Mitchell's example- economic freedom/understanding human nature, especially as it pertains to incentives, will lead to true freedom.
Maybe we start a kickstarter for every high school in America to receive thirty copies of Sowell's "Basic Economics"?
Jeff, I agree. However, it is hard not to come off as one of those looney burn the government down libertarians when you go for sweeping reform. We need to aim at educating the people in economics - incentives matter. People always respond to incentives, or disincentives, and human nature has not nor will ever change. Capitalism is the best way to go, since the incentive for reward is great. Government doing things for the people (that could and should be done by a private company) does not have the same incentive to do well- as they usually legislate themselves a monopoly and jail/fine entrepreneurs who would dare give the people a choice. Or they create market restrictions in the forms of licenses and permits, unnecessary and onerous regulations, etc... Teach economics in schools, now!
Phil, I think so too. It's so comically wrong it has to be a parody.
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Wow! Just Wow!

Damien4 Wrote: Nov 06, 2014 10:36 AM
We still loves us some socialism here in NJ! MM MM. /s :(
I actually think we do a pretty good job for the most part. We just have a legitimate split in economic philosophies. I've argued with many nice, friendly, SOCIALISTS, and they honest to god believe that the state will fix all problems. I live in NJ so I am behind the lines here, and it seems quite hopeless (Booker wins by what- 50% margin? BLEH). The people who are thoughtful enough to research, honestly feel their Keynesian methods are the best. They think the math works. I will keep trying...
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Why Millennials Hate Voice Mail

Damien4 Wrote: Nov 04, 2014 10:52 AM
As a millennial (recession generation sounds good too), I have written several letters by hand to friends- they started it, or wrote back. As a self employed teacher and businessman, I cannot stand letting voice mail pile up. I check the message as soon as possible, and return the call in a timely manner. Texts are convenient in that you can respond when you get a chance, it does not require immediate attention. I believe the large gripes with my generation stem from their incurable incurious nature. They have no burning desire for the truth. There is no burning desire for the freedom. They do not nor want to understand economics and its inextricable nature from public policy. Their flames have been doused. Something will light them again, but I get the feeling like nothing short of our total collapse will... Then again, I have met many around my age with a burning desire for SOCIALISM and redistribution. I do what I can...
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