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Actually "welfare" programs only make up about 12% of our budget.
Really. Building and maintaining public roads, managing the military, creating police forces, enforcing the laws, is make work?
I agree, but how do we keep people employed? As technology eliminates jobs, particularly those at the bottom of the economy, how can we ensure that every gets enough money to survive? How long until tech gets cheap enough/ advanced enough for place like Wal-Mart or Mcdonalds to start replacing workers? The first jobs to be eliminated will be those at the bottom. What do those people do?
I don't know. My whole point is what is our solution? Monstermash seems to think cutting regulation on companies will somehow inspire them to create more jobs (unlikely, and missing my point that technology is going to remove the need for many jobs. Here's a good article that delves into it a bit. http://www.technologyreview.com/featuredstory/515926/how-technology-is-destroying-jobs/
There's a point that a friend and I keep debating, and this article touches on it. There are going to be less jobs in the future. Anyway you cut it, as technology continues to develop we're going to find more efficient ways of performing jobs. Imagine how much companies will save by having driver-less trucks. Farms with machinery that requires no operators. This is technology we're going to see in our lifetime. Self checkouts, or some of the cool wireless technologies (Some grocery stores are already testing stuff like this http://www.kjrh.com/money/consumer/dont-waste-your-money/check-out-this-futuristic-grocery-store) will mean less retail jobs. So on and so forth. So what do we do?My friend argues that we need to create what is essentially make-work so that people can be employed, but I really think that's a terrible solution.
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Free Speech v. The Collective

ZealousConscript Wrote: Apr 09, 2014 12:50 AM
This SCOTUS decision was a joke, plain and simple. Roberts claiming that giving money, and the access and influence that resulted in that is not corruption, is so ridiculous as to be almost unbelievable. But thats what he said, and what people like Sullum will continue to repeat. Politics in the US is inherently broken. We should do away with private campaign finance altogether, instead forcing all candidates to accept public funds. Do away with all paid advertisements and instead require every tv station to allow a certain amount of air time for a candidate to address the electorate. Make sure that every election, local, state and federal has several mandatory debates, that will be televised and uploaded to the internet. Get special interest money out of politics.
There is absolutely a cure for conservatism: education and empathy, the two things I find most lacking among conservatives these days. All jokes aside, I have found it strange that, albeit anecdotally, I've noticed that conservatives are less likely to try new things, less open to new ideas, and more rigid in their belief systems - preferring a "return to better days" or "uphold the current status quo to prevent decline". These can, of course be positive traits sometimes, not every new idea is automatically good, but I don't think it's a healthy way to look at life. Personally I like challenging my beliefs, as they are either stronger from being tested, or discarded for being broken.
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Yes, I Hate the Cable Company Too

ZealousConscript Wrote: Apr 09, 2014 12:38 AM
"They were created to make sure that business combinations didn’t unfairly cooperate on prices too." Gee like Cable companies deciding the pricing for internet access, their main competitor these days? This article is so bad, I can only assume Ransom that you're a corporate shill, or a moron. Or both. Probably both.
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Yes, I Hate the Cable Company Too

ZealousConscript Wrote: Apr 09, 2014 12:36 AM
And of course you don't give any evidence as to why the Comcast/Time Warner merger "clears both those hurdles". You just say it does. And its not about Cable, you dolt, (cable at best is a dying industry) its about he internet services that both Time Warner and Comcast offer. And the fact that they have every reason to interfere with internet based competitor's like Netflix, Amazon etc.WHICH IS THE EXACT REASON ANTI-TRUST LAWS EXIST.
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Yes, I Hate the Cable Company Too

ZealousConscript Wrote: Apr 09, 2014 12:31 AM
Conservative: Yeah, we know the Comcast merger will be bad for consumers, and a crippling blow to the already pathetic state of American broadband network, but let's do it anyway because anti-trust only applies to the cliched bad guys, with sinister mustaches holding bags of money using poor people as footstools. Jesus, the Ransom, did it hurt twisting yourself into a pretzel to defend this terrible merger? Do you realize you're the real life version of John Hodgeman's deranged millionaire?
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OkFascist

ZealousConscript Wrote: Apr 06, 2014 10:18 AM
What? This is completely nonsensical. All all the changes in society over the last 114 years, and you think gay people getting married is somehow going to make society collapse?
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