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More Americans Going Galt

John1954 Wrote: Aug 12, 2013 8:45 AM
You are looking at Obama's 'you did not build that' - people are not being taxed for the services they receive, but for their being vassals of the American socio-political system. A flat tax - however well-structured the idea might be - will not fix this problem, as Obama's approach rests on the exercise of government power. Even with a flat tax, there will be the question of whether you paid the appropriate amount, and the IRS will still have the job of enforcement. Under the Obama position, as an American you owe the money even if you do not live here, because it is your contribution to society. If you want more on this, read John Rawls. Even greater change will be needed to move away from the current mess and restore fairness and balance to the system.
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Sometimes It’s The Messenger

John1954 Wrote: Feb 10, 2013 8:41 AM
Another difference between Reagan and other folks was that Reagan always acted like he trusted the people - his behavior was the political action version of Buckley's preference of being governed by the first 200 names of the Boston telephone book over the Harvard faculty. A problem I saw with the Republican Party through the last election and to the present day is that we complain about the economy and then complain about people who have stopped looking for work, a sort of 'blaming the victim' mentality. The focus should be on the economy, and trusting people to do the right thing - isn't that what individual liberty is supposed to be about?
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Insurance Exchanges Won't Work

John1954 Wrote: Jun 30, 2012 10:47 AM
The thing that bothers me about all of this is that the Obamacare solution is intended to provide a more efficient way to pay for services, while the real problem is that the costs are climbing well above inflation levels. I have seen lots of clever ideas about reshuffling payment, but the only costs solutions seem to be bound to stupid ideas like rationing. Generating shortages is not a solution. Someone needs to evaluate what makes health care so expensive and address that instead of screwing with political bandaids.
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