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Democracy Delusions

Steven668 Wrote: Nov 13, 2014 12:04 AM
Libertarians are the common enemy that unites Left and Right in moral outrage against somebody doing some harmless thing they want to do. As long as both Right and Left live in mortal terror that somebody is promoting anarchy by eating cauliflower on federally mandated Broccoli Day, Libertarians will always have influence far out of proportion to their numbers.
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Democracy Delusions

Steven668 Wrote: Nov 12, 2014 11:34 AM
In practice, you are correct. I would blame public education, but we had already forgotten how the federation was constructed even before the Civil War. Abe Lincoln actually believed that the One Nation United was more important than the voluntary cooperation of the member States. I'm not sure that he was aware that member States were, in fact, States in their own right.
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Democracy Delusions

Steven668 Wrote: Nov 12, 2014 10:32 AM
States were not set up to test which intrusive, fascist gevernment interferences should be implemented at the national level. The United States of America is a federation of sovereign States. Each State is actually its own nation, with its own independent government. Those sovereign nations agreed to a specific, minimal set of common rules that they would observe in order to take advantage of the strength and safety that banding together could provide. Sort of a super-NATO, except that all parties were equally committed to making it work both economically and militarily. The United States is what Europe was aiming for when they formed the European Union, but they managed to screw it up because they didn't understand how the United States works.
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How To Stop Being Poor

Steven668 Wrote: Nov 11, 2014 11:29 AM
Does it really make that much difference if you do something yourself, or hire someone else to do it following your instructions? The feds steal money from everyone to pay a few to carry out their programs. Deep down, even liberals know how taxation works. That is why our income tax code got to be the way it is.
Actually, there is no excuse for the SCOTUS ruling on that subject. I read part of it, and "demented" is the only word I can come up with to describe it. If that decision is any indication of the mental state of our highest court, God help us all.
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How To Stop Being Poor

Steven668 Wrote: Nov 11, 2014 5:14 AM
Education via Department of Education. Sets one-size-fits-all-or-else-you-get-no-money standards for all schools. This function is not mentioned in the Constitution. Roads via Department of Transportation. Actually contracts to build certain roads, provides money for US highways. Also with a veritable spider web of strings attached. Actually authorized in the Constitution (sort of) by reference to post roads (roads needed to deliver mail and related items.)
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How To Stop Being Poor

Steven668 Wrote: Nov 11, 2014 5:08 AM
Government handouts are not help. Help is when you ask your neighbor for a cup of flour so you can make pancakes today to avoid hunger until payday tomorrow. Your neighbor knows where his flour is going, and he gets to decide whether he wants to give it to you or not. To sign up for a government program is to hire a collection of government employees using other people's money to barge into your neighbor's house and take a pound of flour by force, without explanation. They then give you a cup of flour, and dump the rest on the ground. If you are going to go that way, please just go rob a convenience store. It's much more efficient, and cheaper for everyone involved. And FYI, Biblical widows and orphans have neighbors, friends, family, churches, and good charitable Christian people to help them. None of those need to be robbed by strangers to know how to fill a need. Education is not, and should not be, a government function. The government doesn't know what my children need to learn, and the temptation to indoctrinate instead of educate is just too strong. Finally, national defense IS immigration control. That is why the Constitution authorized an Army and a Navy in the first place.
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How To Stop Being Poor

Steven668 Wrote: Nov 11, 2014 4:54 AM
Related to illegal aliens taking American jobs: Some businesses will hire simply because the labor is cheap, sure. Most businesses hire because the labor is affordable AND they get good value for their dollar. Think about that. A lot of Americans think of a job not as work to be done, but as a paycheck to be received. The income is important, but that business-guy did not hire you because he needed a way to dump his excess cash. When you think of the job like the employer does, as work needing to be done, the income happens because YOU get the job, not some fence-hopping invader that barely speaks the language but is willing to work.
Another smoking gun? I haven't been able to see more than 3 feet in any direction for the last 4 years because of all the smoking guns. They don't seem to get much attention.
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The Dense-o-Crats Learned Nothing

Steven668 Wrote: Nov 11, 2014 1:25 AM
I forgive you. But I will never forget it.
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The Dense-o-Crats Learned Nothing

Steven668 Wrote: Nov 09, 2014 5:14 PM
Libertarians don't seem to be a very unified bloc, but my idea of a Libertarian thinks the United States of America was a pretty good idea the way it was originally designed. Everyone else, to one degree or another, disagrees with that one point. And when I note that you are lying about libertarians, I am not accusing you of anything. I am simply observing an established fact.
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