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Kochs and Unions

howiem Wrote: Mar 02, 2015 12:48 AM
What's the source?
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Kochs and Unions

howiem Wrote: Mar 02, 2015 12:47 AM
I don't see where Stossel mentioned open borders or amnesty. I am against blanket amnesty, but to do otherwise has enormous complications. Instead of amnesty there are punishments that will not require kicking out the best and brightest of the illegals who have been in the USA for a long time and have assimilated. But I doubt that there is the will to round up 11-20 million illegals and escort them out of the USA. Leaving them in place is de facto amnesty. Besides, how can we round them all up when by the very fact that they are illegal, we cannot know who all of them are?
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Kochs and Unions

howiem Wrote: Mar 02, 2015 12:26 AM
Introducing means testing would require changing the social security law - not easy. Even if the law were changed, means testing means scrutinizing everyone who collects social security, not just once, but constant monitoring to make adjustments if the means have changed. That means more and more bureaucracy and government control. Maybe a better idea would be to make it a federal crime for politicians to use the Social Security money for any other purpose. Good luck.
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Kochs and Unions

howiem Wrote: Mar 02, 2015 12:19 AM
Are you saying that those who worked, helped create wealth and contributed to social security should not get it regardless of where they live? Those who receive it are still required to pay U.S. taxes on it, regardless of where they live. You said, "I heard some other nations encourage their seniors to move away so they won't have to pay social security." Maybe you should verify that claim. Other nations do not tax income of their citizens earned abroad, but the United States does, and some other nations do provide benefits to their citizens who live abroad. And why should a nation want its seniors to move away when it is normal for seniors to have high purchasing power? Do those nations want their citizens spending their savings (and social security money) in other countries? Don't believe everything you read on the Internet or in chain emails.
Looking ahead the next step is to make a law that businesses have to get permission from DC to fire anyone, or to automate, and DC will set standards to determine how many people a company must employ. It will not include economic conditions. Then the left can blame those "stupid" employers when a company fails, not those "greedy" employers. The politicians and cronyists count on the public's short term memory of any and all events and an almost total ignorance of basic economics.
How many children killed in schools and shopping malls might still be alive today if not for Bill Clinton's Gun Free Zones law?
"...can you name for me a single country on this planet where free enterprise provides access to health care for all and/or lower per capita health care spending?" The relevant question is, "Is there a single country in the world where the government has not interfered with the free market, manipulated information, distorted prices and caused inflation with bad policies claiming to help the poor. As for "Access to healthcare for all", the troll means access to insurance for all, but insurance is not healthcare. As for lower per capita costs looking from the bridge of the healthcare Titanic, we are only seeing the tip of the Obamacare costs. There are still more regulations to be implemented and the cost picture is not clear as yet, but it is more likely to result in higher costs because governments are not very efficient at allocating or managing resources. As for the alleged 45,000 people that died from lack of healthcare it will be nothing compared to the number that die from denial of care under Obamacare. Where is the mention of the millions that lost their insurance plans, their doctors and whose premiums/co-pays have gone up? What Cam25 misses is that laws should not harm people to help others, and that is the fatal flaw in government programs that never talk about the harm they do, only the benefits that they project will occur. But even those benefits change because of events beyond control of the central planners. If Americans are very unlucky and Obamacare remains the law through about 2021, then the harm will become measurable and apparent. And, by the way, conservatives have made a number of proposals for better health coverage, but the media that Cam25 reads does not cover that kind of thing.
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A Year of Anniversaries

howiem Wrote: Dec 31, 2014 2:33 PM
Stuff it. That WSJ article was written by Cory Booker, another left wing moron.
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Ignorance

howiem Wrote: Dec 31, 2014 2:15 PM
The United States is not the only country in the world. Other countries have been doing business with Cuba for many years and Cuba is still a cesspool of poverty. So no need to wait 10 years.
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Ignorance

howiem Wrote: Dec 31, 2014 2:15 PM
The United States is not the only country in the world. Other countries have been doing business with Cuba for many years and Cuba is still a cesspool of poverty. So no need to wait 10 years.
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