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The Left's Ridiculous Burger King Freakout

Ed52 Wrote: Aug 29, 2014 12:47 PM
1. Tax evasion is illegal; tax avoidance is a national sport and a high priority activity of large corporations. 2. The rules of the tax game are defined by Congress. 3. The rules are too complicated for any Congress Critter to understand. 4. It is much easier to blame those playing by the rules than to fix the rules. 5. Because of #3 changing anything in the rules usually results in creating new opportunities to avoid taxes. 6. Scrapping the whole thing in favor of a simpler system greatly reduces the social engineering power enjoyed by Congress Critters. Therefore, #4 reigns supreme as the first (only) step to be taken, repeat as required.
The same diversity minded, sensitive, feeling, liberal thinking idiots who succumbed to this bullying are oblivious to any comparison when they expound against bullying among school age people. Message: Do not bully unless you are part of a minority it would be politically incorrect to inconvenience much less criticize. We see similar absurdities when a fervent atheist suffers from vapors when confronted with a religious symbol.
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Are the French Lazy?

Ed52 Wrote: Aug 28, 2014 11:33 AM
Socialist don;t believe in absolutes or natural laws. Economics if rife with natural laws because it's based on people acting naturally. The two prominent ones are: 1. "There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch!" There is always a payment by somebody at some level and at some time for whatever is being provided. 2. "You cannot consume more than you produce." The "you" in this case is a plural pronoun encompassing a population growing from family to town to county to state to nation until no resources are available for redistribution. It may take a while but "you" will eventually run out of other people's money. These are often ignored completely or are recognized only in the fervent hope that undesirable, "unforeseen" effects will occur after one is comfortably ensconced in retirement somewhere else and blame falls on the successor office holders.
1. Tax evasion is illegal; tax avoidance is a national sport and a high priority activity of large corporations. 2. The rules of the tax game are defined by Congress. 3. The rules are too complicated for any Congress critter to understand. 4. It is much easier to blame those playing by the rules than to fix the rules. 5. Because of #3 changing anything in the rules usually results in creating new opportunities to avoid taxes. 6. Scrapping the whole thing in favor of a simpler system greatly reduces the social engineering power enjoyed by Congress Critters. Therefore, #4 reigns supreme as the first (only) step to be taken, repeat as required.
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Facts vs. Visions

Ed52 Wrote: Aug 26, 2014 11:29 AM
In fairness, it should be pointed out that Kennedy overruled the Secret Service and insisted on riding in an open car. He was fully aware he was betting his (and his wife's) life on nothing happening.
An effect of this cultural miasma is the seemingly common inability to accept adulthood and its related responsibilities or even recognize that adulthood is different. Few high school graduates have been prepared fro adulthood. They have never learned to lose for real, to accept that words have meaning, and failure has penalties. More importantly, they don't recognize absolutes: Their lives have been full of suggestions, not orders, all with slipping/negotiable requirements, deadlines, responsibilities and duties. They are shocked and astounded when confronted with clear, absolute & objective standards when they get a real job. The concept of using education to actually prepare for real life and its concomitant development, experiences and work seems to have disappeared.
Lawyers are trained to deal in areas of reality are used to recognizing the fundamentals of a situations and dealing with them according to the rules. A major part of this is distinguishing the absolute from the subjective. Even criminal trial lawyers, prone to "reasonable" hypotheticals, understand the rules and limits thereof. In business I would use lawyers to argue against making changes or undertaking new initiatives and then make business decisions with a fairly good understanding of the potential downsides. It seems to me that our current Fearless Leader is the first president since Jefferson, or maybe Lincoln, who has not surrounded himself with advisors smarter then he is. There are many advantages to using full discussion with exhaustive analysis/arguments, plumbing the depths of the issues and imaging the “unintended” consequences of proposed solutions. A primary advantage is a sound basis for thinking that your solution is purposeful and might work; a secondary advantage is that surprising questions are minimized. Replacing absolutes with subjectives removes the foundation on which the entire construct of our traditional government is based. This delights those who only think of immediate, short-term benefits and dismays those with a sense of history and human nature coupled with a concern for their progeny's future. Using feelings, good intentions and political correctness to justify this destruction disguised as “The Right Thing to Do!” just makes it easier and popular, it doesn't make it right.
"Celebrating Diversity" and respecting other cultures has insidiously fostered segregation, oppression, bias and distrust. The melting pot has become a stew pot with the individual components retaining their original, individual characteristics. Formerly the cultural identities, primarily kept in the home or neighborhood, were concentrated around food and celebrations. The attitude of the before times - wherein immigrant parents said "You're in America now, speak English!" has been subverted by well-meaning liberals who earnestly believe (a) it is demeaning to require anyone living in this country to learn English, (b) and government should be all-inclusive and accommodate all languages and (c) it is an unfair and undesirable condition for employers to require English literacy in any employee dealing with a supervisor, customer base or the general public.
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The War on Drugs is Destroying My Country

Ed52 Wrote: Aug 25, 2014 10:06 AM
The war on drugs has been successful only if you consider the "War on Drugs" to be a label for a two-pronged "War on Guns" and "War on Cash"; drugs were just an excuse/justification for drastic action against an inherent (perpetual and perpetuated) danger. Deterring the use of cash has been more successful because there are no Constitutional rights involved. Corollary: Compare the ID requirements involved in any (legal) high dollar transaction or any transaction with a bank with arguments related to the voter ID issue and judge the extent of bias, racism and unfairness involved.
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Liberals Declare War on Working Poor

Ed52 Wrote: Aug 24, 2014 4:11 PM
The people who want to increase minimum wage believe that those who work for that will stay at that level forever, or until the Lords & Ladies Bountiful deign to increase the minimum wage again. These are same people who want to tax earned income above 50 times minimum wage at 100% (or more). Most of these critters are either politicians or administrators of not-for-profits; people who have no need (or ability) to find a real job in the competitive marketplace.
The founders fought for rights and principles in attitudes that were tempered by their ethics, integrity and honor. They stood up for their beliefs and, as the Declaration of Independence states, "we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor." Compare & contrast with the actions of those activists seeking to destroy the system upon which they rely for protection under a convoluted system of laws. The capital was built on a swamp for a reason - get elected 9 (to a part-time job), leave your farm or business for a month or two, pass a few necessary laws, deal with a few nominees to appointments, go home and live your life. Most government was to be perpetrated by the States. Was a good idea then and a better one now. The two greatest wastes of government money within the last 70 years was air-conditioning the government buildings in DC and paying Congress Critters a living wage in the assumption the 535 jobs (plus staff) they hold have to be full-time.
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