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A powerful argument against the VAT is that it's an "invisible" tax. It elevates the cost of goods to the end purchaser, while the end purchaser sees nothing of it himself. Thus a VAT can be raised over and over, and the consequent price increases can be blamed on business, quite plausibly to voters who will have no reason to believe otherwise!
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Let's Repeal Reality

Francis W. Porretto Wrote: Oct 10, 2014 6:49 AM
"Why do only women get pregnant and give birth?" Why do nearly all men get prostate cancer? "Fair" is just a sound humans make when the dice don't fall their way.
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Islamophobia: Fact & Fiction

Francis W. Porretto Wrote: Oct 10, 2014 6:48 AM
Fear of Islam and Muslims is an entirely rational response to Islam's doctrines and its communicants' overwhelming support for and protection of the jihadists among them. Given what Islam literally DEMANDS of Muslims -- see the Koran for details -- there cannot be any such thing as an "innocent Muslim." Replace "Muslim" in that phrase with "Nazi" and you'll have a better sense of the absurdity.
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3 Mistakes Hannah Graham Made

Francis W. Porretto Wrote: Sep 24, 2014 7:20 AM
Typical liberal troll. Never suggest that anyone do anything to mitigate the risks he's exposed to; that would suggest that people have some responsibility for their own protection. We all know that's the Omnipotent State's job, eh, hero? The all-powerful police that arrive **after** the crime has been committed? A liberal is someone who thinks a woman raped and strangled with her own pantyhose is morally superior to one who shoots her rapist dead with her own handgun -- but has no problem sucking the brains out of an infant about to be born. Avoid liberals at costs; they're hazardous to your health.
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Two Anti-Choice Parties

Francis W. Porretto Wrote: Sep 24, 2014 7:12 AM
"But when it happens to Christians, libertarians are cool with government control." I don't know where you got **that** idea. Yours truly, libertarian and practicing Catholic F. W. Porretto
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Cheap Politicians

Francis W. Porretto Wrote: Sep 10, 2014 8:26 AM
"And nobody wants anarchy." A misstep, Dr. Sowell. Just as saying "everybody does it" only means "I do it," "Nobody wants X" only means "I don't want X." Especially if by "anarchy" you actually meant CHAOS.
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Why I Wrote 'Jesus on Trial'

Francis W. Porretto Wrote: Sep 09, 2014 12:00 PM
What is particularly pitiable about this arrogant rant is that despite the writer's pretensions to rationality and superiority, it manages to misstate (and therefore misconceive): -- the nature of faith; -- the domain of applicability of the process we call reason; -- the domain of applicability of definition! ...but this is typical of persons who ardently yearn for provable answers about all things, despite Man's inherent limitations and the enveloping limitations on any creature who lives in a time-bound universe. I've given up on attempting to educate such persons, as my time is limited and, when I'm confronted by hauteur such as his, my patience is in even shorter supply.
The evil at the heart of Islam -- *all* Islam -- is one of the most important topics in public discourse -- and the Mainstream Media, FOX News included, are determined that it shall not be discussed. Thank you, Miss West. Keep the faith.
"The month of August 2014 came near to producing the libertarian ideal -- next-to-no government." How on Earth could anyone make such a foolish statement? Did the alphabet agencies cease to regulate and enforce their decrees at gunpoint? Did the federal courts no longer sit? Did the IRS cease to enforce the tax laws? Did the FBI and CIA go completely inert? Was our magnificent military completely disbanded, all our men at arms sent home to their families to "study war no more?" And what about the state and local governments? What happened was a pause in **NEW** legislative and executive activity. All the "government" already in place remained in place and functioning -- and for my money, Mr. Murchison, you can have just about all of it; I'd prefer that it vanish like a bad dream.
Coulter's tone might have offended some, but she had an important point.: 1. Dr. Brantley chose to put himself in harm's way -- a very specific kind of harm. 2. He contracted a disease that's highly contagious, usually fatal, and very seldom relents. 3. Persons concerned for his life -- HIS life, mind you -- brought him and that highly contagious, usually fatal disease back to the U.S., where others would be exposed to it. In other words, the risk Dr. Brantley took became a risk he shared with the entire population of North America -- and the rest of us didn't volunteer. Had Dr. Brantley done medical charity work in the United States, none of the above would have happened. His intentions were all the best, I have no doubt. But now, because of him, the Ebola virus has been imported to North America. It will be a while before we know the full consequences.
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