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QR - you want RP to include Keynesian economics? Perhaps he should include Keynesian economics as a case study in "failure", comparing it to Austrian economics. If you like Keynesian economics, you can apply for a bunch of credit cards - when one maxes out, transfer the balance to another, and when it runs out, repeat. Eventually, though, your credit application will be denied, as your debt accumulates to such a point that you cannot possibly pay it back. The problem with easy credit is that it's too easy to get into trouble with it. I've been there, and getting out of it isn't fun. No, I never declared bankruptcy, just refinanced the house to lock in a low interest rate to pay for all the garbage I bought in the past.
arpiem - this means the Federal government has the right to tax you and me to ensure that the people on welfare get to eat and get free health care. Is that really what you mean??? What you say to justfy your position, is what liberals say to justify their position, using the same general welfare clause.
Last I heard, cigarettes are still legal - though the places to smoke have become more and more restrictive. The Fed hasn't banned cigarette sales, but has made marijuana sales illegal. And run campaign after campaign against it, and waged the war on drugs, etc, etc.
I think it became a "gateway drug" when it became illegal. Breaking the law to smoke marijuana became a gateway to breaking the law to do drugs that are actually harmful, and perhaps should remain illegal - or at least tightly regulated. So, marijuana is currently (in most states) the gateway to breaking laws. If it becomes legal in most states, the "bar" to the next "gateway" drug will be raised significantly.
Amen. The military can be reduced a bit, too. SS/Medicare/Medicaid should require that anyone receiving benefits can only receive them if they've previously aid into the system. For Social Security, I would like to see private 401K style plans replace it - starting with 16 year olds and under. Each year, raise te SS exemption by 1.5 years. Kids putting away 7 percent of their salaries would have plenty of money to retire on. Corporations no longer required to put 7 percent of employees' wages into SS would be able to hire more people. At this time, corporations must put something into an unemployment fund. I'd like to see that eliminated, but I'd also like to see the neo-401K plans changed to allow more money put in. BTW, I'd start at the bottom because there are so many living on SS now, who paid into the lie. It is not their fault they were forced to pay into it. However, it's time to stop the lie, and help guide the younger generation towards more freedom...
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OneForFreedom Wrote: Jun 18, 2014 5:33 PM
I keep trying to channel my previous self in '86 - "BUY MICROSOFT STOCK, BUY MICROSOFT STOCK" Just checked my account... No luck yet...
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OneForFreedom Wrote: Jun 18, 2014 5:31 PM
Darby - my Spark has A/C and power windows :) Now, the Falcon actually has a trunk, so a bit of a trade-off. BTW, I told my son that factoring for inflation, my Spark would cost between $130 and $260 (give or take) in 1913 dollars. At that time, a Ford cost something like $800!!! BTW, my first new car was an '85 Mustang GT - I was able to get 25 MPG on the highway without a problem. Ad it was powered by a V8, not the 6 cylinder in that '61 Falcon :) Also, that Mustang showed me about the BS o the EPA's claim to "drive like you have an egg between your foot and the gas pedal." It really didn't matter how I drove the car, pretty much got the same mileage. And thinking about it, that makes perfect sense - faster acceleration means uing more energy, BUT, for a shorter period of time. The only thing slow acceleration does is p*ss off the people behind you!
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OneForFreedom Wrote: Jun 18, 2014 1:20 PM
Well, I was talking more about writing the code :)
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OneForFreedom Wrote: Jun 18, 2014 1:18 PM
Rich L - I've heard about the 100 mpg carburetors for years. Of course, we've now got fuel injection, which is better than a carb, but we're still nowhere near 100 mpg. OTOH, my little Chevy Spark gets about 38 mpg on the highway, costs under $13K, and can transport 4 people in decent comfort. I figure if the gubment hadn't built all those highways, private industry would've responded with flying cars :)
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OneForFreedom Wrote: Jun 18, 2014 1:04 PM
FlamingLiberalMultiCulturalist - I believe the fact that all slaves and slave oners in the US being dead is quite relevant. If you parents commit a crime, do you want to be held responsible for it, even though you had nothing to do with it? I would hope not!!!
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OneForFreedom Wrote: Jun 18, 2014 12:59 PM
Darby - I'd say unions, regulations and boards of directors have put the people out of work. Automation was a response to the unions and shoddy workmanship. Rising minimum wages will probably put a lot more out of work, as automation takes over for "fast food." I could easily see the staff at McDonald's being cut in half over the next 10 years... On the other hand, Computers and automation have provided new jobs, much less physically demanding, at the same time...
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