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There will always be some segment of the population needed to design, build, market, Transport, program, maintain, and service automated equipment. The taxes will come from them and the corporations they work for. Those taxes will be distributed to the portion of the population that is unemployable (like today) who will then use that money to buy the products and services being provided by automated equipment. If you want to visualize the impact this would have on the moral of the unemployable, just take a look at the lives and behavior of today's people living on welfare.
Only the choir will 'amen' this sermon. The people it's meant for, even if they heard it, wouldn't understand a word of it. Some things can't be fixed with words. What he's preaching can be learned only from being immersed in it from childhood. And that environment is becoming rarer all the time.
Do you mean semiautomatic or automatic? Semiautomatic weapons are readily available. Automatic weapons require a special license to own. When you say "... it is precisely sophisticated weapons that are needed because those would be the weapons the government would use against us ..." it suggests that you think semiautomatic is as sophisticated as it gets, when automatic weapons better fit that description.
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Midterm Impact on Financial Regulation

johninohio Wrote: Nov 09, 2014 6:36 PM
I don't understand your last sentence.
Don’t forget that, historically, midterm elections often result in the president‘s party losing seats. There’s a big difference in the character of those who decide to vote in midterms vs presidential elections. Many people are highly motivated to vote for their head honcho, their father figure, in presidential elections, and while they’re at it, will vote straight ticket on his party. But they’re less interested in midterms and don’t show up to a large degree. This will leave the field wide open for those who care about issues, and makes it possible for dramatic changes in Congress. For this reason, it’s foolish to believe that the party that took power in Congress in a midterm has a good chance of having their presidential candidate elected two years later. In 2016, the Republicans will be opposed once again by a Democrat promising pie-in-the-sky-in-the-by-and-by to the gimme demographic, and unless there is a huge adult turnout, the Democrat, and his/her party, will win.
You can't conclude that any congressman is too good to lose unless you know there's no one as good or better standing in the wings. And I don't think anyone can know that. There's a down side to every change--you just need to decide whether the change is worth it in the long run. I think term limits would be worth it in the long run. The incumbent has too much power. That power is used to hide his/her own faults and mistakes, and exaggerate or fabricate the challenger's faults and mistakes. It's never a level playing field.
You just can't beat picking someone's pocket before the money reaches it (withholding).
Aside from the fact that the fair tax would diminish political power, and therefore will never be implemented, it's also extremely complex and will, no doubt, reveal a number of unanticipated problems. The ingenious will find clever and criminal ways to evade it. See http://fairtax.org/faqs/
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The 20 Best Quotes From Jonah Goldberg

johninohio Wrote: Nov 01, 2014 6:51 PM
Well Brent, you're merely using the lowest form of argument here--the straw man. Unless, of course, you really don't know that conservatives can actually differentiate between government per se, and government gone wild. If you need further explanation, please let me know.
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The 20 Best Quotes From Jonah Goldberg

johninohio Wrote: Nov 01, 2014 6:47 PM
No one really needs to expose the communists in government anymore. If you threw a stone into the audience of the State of the Union speech, it's a virtual certainty that you'll hit one.
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The 20 Best Quotes From Jonah Goldberg

johninohio Wrote: Nov 01, 2014 6:44 PM
No, sounds anti-socialist to me.
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