Originally Posted by BR
There are still places in the world that both need and want help. I am not suggesting 100% isolationism. But yes, in theory, bring home as many as can be spared.
You don't want 100% isolationism, you just want some magic line where somehow we spend the money, but take no interest and where they don't feel entitled, don't blame us for their backwards economy and also don't start creating suicide bombers.
Where is that magic line at BR? It isn't as if the UN really gets anything done. We do all the dirty work and heavy lifting yet if we actually expect ANY return for that we are some kind of imperial assholes?
That is what most of the world and many of these terrorists think. Let them think it in isolation. They want us out, then let's get out. Iran wants to enrich uranium while their people burn down gas stations because of fuel rationing, let us let it happen instead of trying to fix it and then get yelled at for fixing it wrong, not being sensitive enough, etc.
Twist, twist, twist. There's nothing wrong with giving back to the very society that helped prop you up in the first place. It simply needs to be done fairly. Perhaps with the FAIRTAX (http://www.fairtax.org
Amazingly enough the people who "propped me up" did so because I reflected their values and they wanted them supported. No one has issues with helping but the reality is that the longer the government has been in the aid business, the more people have become entitled and dependent on said aid to simply get through life.
Your fair tax idea would work best if it were simply levied on the good coming into this country. Also a sales tax is the most regressive tax possible, even if given a credit for X number of dollars. I could support it though because I am sure it would lead to massive shrinking of the federal government. The reason people don't revolt now is they are off the tax rolls. I'm sure between the 8% in California and the 23% national rate, the revolt would occur within a week.
Let's just replace the word like with respect and definitely spend a lot of time worrying about that.
Just another bullshit word to give a damn about countries that don't emulate what we do and resent that what they undertake does not lead to the same result.
I think you need to review your not being a jackass lessons. Not being so fucking condescending is the best place to start. Do some reading of your own about the FairTax. It handles your issues about corporate taxes.
It spins it.Under the FairTax plan, money retained in the business and reinvested to create jobs, build factories, or develop new technologies, pays no tax.
This is true of today. Nothing would change there. Corporations always spend first and get taxed on profit last which BTW, is the exact opposite of consumers. Nothing would change there.
Ah yes, of course. This is a wonderful idea. Why not just replace the entire Congress with the CEOs of the Fortune 500 companies and tear up the Constitution instead? Being honest about who bought you doesn't mitigate the fact that you were still bought.
Why not engage in hyperbole instead of thinking? Because that is what would lead to what you just posted.
All the current bullshit, the nonsense that really makes it harder to tell who is owned by who in regards to money happens because of these limits. Would you really rather the NRA just gave whoever they want a couple million instead of bundling it through a bunch of names, running it through several PACS, and buying "issue" ads that confuse and distort instead of inform. This happens with all interest groups. They aren't going to stop being interested, they just funnel the money through a dozen different routes that makes it even harder to track.
Sure thing. Or just meet halfway in between and use the Fairtax.
Half-way doesn't work. They don't have to pay 23% in Canada and Mexico, watch people go over the borders to buy items. Watch them have to pay a tariff on everything they bring back, watch them buy the items here.
I have no problem with all drugs being decriminalized.
I would love to buy penicillin over the counter. I hope that is what you mean as well.
And let's further add that polygamous civil unions also are legal.
You would, wouldn't you. What's wrong with competition? Oh no, people who want to work harder might get the job!
In a world where we don't have to worry about who has to pay and who grabs the benefits, I agree with you completely. We don't have that situation right now though. We have folks who get paid very little grabbing some very expensive services that their own wages and likely the taxes that either have or have not been paid on them do not cover.
Also about competition, I wouldn't have to worry about that. I don't compete with them. Like many other areas, I'm sure mechanization will actually be the answer to removing slave level wages. Finally some bullshit like "they might work harder" when the people you are competing against are facing communist regimes and police states or intolerable poverty due to us continually siphoning off the pressure for political change within their own countries is just crap.
The choice within the United States should not be work like a slave, or outwork someone living at the end of a gun barrel. Claiming that refusal to do so is laziness is complete and utter bullshit. Tariffs take care of such issues. It forces other countries to generate domestic demand rather than just shipping off products here tax free and letting the misery continue at home.
That misery is part of what leads to this type of terrorism. We feel guilt and allow massive immigration but don't force assimilation of the ideas that lead to the success here. Instead people spin it to be about race.
Social Security does not need to be abolished if we just end this bullshit Pay-As-You-Go scheme we have set up now. Through intelligent modifications and trimming fat in other areas, we can still guarantee the health and well-being of our elderly and disabled. The lack of any heart whatsoever is what has caused my state of disillusion with the Libertarian party.
Retirement is not a right. If you have your entire long life to get your act together and do nothing, then you don't deserve to stop working. If you get to an age where you cannot work and you have not cultivated enough family, friends or anything other connection to help you, then you deserve to simply rot and die.
I'll gladly say it. The fact that the government covers these items now is what allows people to behave as they do. The money comes regardless of how you act or behave so no one has to behave well. Government pays for single parent childbirth, marriage crumbles, government pays for health when we get older and people are coming in fatter and more out of shape than ever, government pays for retirement, no one saves, and no one cultivates relationships.
The rating systems should be opened up but you are speaking in utter hyperbole here. No sense? No sense if you are a moron. How about if you don't want to hear the "fuck" in Die Hard, you don't fucking watch Die Hard? Why is it up to the artists to cater to your prudish whims?
They don't have to cater to my prudish whims dummy. They just shouldn't be able to prevent me from removing the word myself. It is akin to McDonald's declaring you can't remove the pickles from your burger. If I buy the product, it should be mine to listen, view and do with as I desire as long as I do not commercially reproduce it.
They can produce it their way. However when I purchase it, I should be able to watch, listen or change it to my way. If I want to take out or add 50 fucks, that should be my prerogative once I purchase.
Bullshit. I said remove military bases from Middle Eastern dictatorships which add fuel to the fire of Osama bin Laden et al. China, a communist regime, has fucking favored trade status with us. Why the hell do we still have an embargo with Cuba?
The better question is why does China, a communist regime have fucking favored trade status with us.
Like it or not, trumpet, your neighbors affect your property value and your quality of life. Refusing to lend a helping hand because dey terk err jorbs!, or due to <blank>ism or whatever other reason just hurts yourself in the long run.
My neighbors do affect my property value which is why I should not have my speech limited (via contributions) to change laws related that matter. Likewise if they refuse to act in a manner that preserves their own property value or even the very roof over their head, I should not be forced to commit my own resources to sustain that lifestyle. Likewise I should have the right to remove myself from that neighbor and choose others that live as I want to live. This is true with countries and allies as well.
What's the alternative in the long run? At some point we're going to have to bite the bullet in one way or another.
Missed one. Since no other currencies are backed by metal anymore either, the bullet likely is to be bitten worldwide at some point. All the more reason to keep industry, jobs and capital home.
We live in this world. We should make the best of it for everyone.
Nice platitude. Sadly we need more than that when people want to kill or convert us.