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    Today, 05:31 PM
    This collectivism of yours is really going to keep you confused. People are not groups. They are individuals. Each of them have individual desires. As a group, what you consider to be "establishment" are really just a bunch of individuals who jockey for position to use the power acquired over the populace for their own benefit. Their main concern is how to use the power for their own wishes and how to grow that power. So, if you think of things in those terms, Trump is "beholden" to the same "group" as the rest of the establishment. But I guess you're talking about left/right??? Does that even matter to you?
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    Today, 04:42 PM
    Precisely! Usually, it’s whoever is the last person in the room with him that convinces him which policy will do that.
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    Today, 01:14 PM
    EITC is a form of a UBI, (so this isn't really a "first"), but they never use it as a replacement - only as an addendum. Which is just stupid and pointless.
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    Today, 01:12 PM
    Because that's what they do. Lefties complained about Bush... but did the same thing. Righties complained about Obama... But they do the same thing. They both complain about Trump... But he's doing the same things! Dammit, dannno, we've been over this. The "establishment" fight amongst themselves about EVERYTHING! They all want the ring of power. But they all want to make the ring more powerful, too! That's what unites them. Here's a simple test... Are any of them talking about "not" intervening with force or sanctions?! Or are they just arguing about which force and which sanctions to use in which places??? They all want to govern the world - they just have different ways of using the power. But NONE of them ever thinks about giving the power up.
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    Today, 10:46 AM
    Who said what now?? :confused: I was commenting on your post - not Bush policies. (the video wasn't posted when I replied) You seemed to suggest that neoconservatism wasn't rampant in the current administration. And that globalism is a bad thing, without making the distinction between global trade and global governance. GWB is an idiot! But that doesn't make the current direction of this country any LESS idiotic!
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    Today, 09:51 AM
    I can support a UBI. But ONLY as a replacement for ALL other forms of welfare.
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    Today, 09:49 AM
    Last gasps?! Are you serious? Neoconservatism is alive, well, and thriving! North Korea?? Iran?? Syria?? Yemen??? I mean, is there a place where we are NOT intervening either by force or sanction?! Is there a place where we have fewer sanctions or less force? I really think you guys need to get your heads back in the game. Remember, global trade is a good thing - it's global governance that is the problem. Trade globally, govern locally.
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    Today, 07:59 AM
    Dude- would you really be lying & playing the politics game if your son or wife just died? The Congresswoman- very possible- but the family?
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    Today, 02:00 AM
    I don't believe the wife & mother are lying. What I read earlier today was that the Congresswoman mentioned it in an interview but was mostly talking about Trump not knowing the soldier's name. Trump exploded on Twitter and called her a liar. All that any person, with some spark of courtesy and thoughtfulness for a bereaved family of a fallen decorated soldier, would need to do is be willing to apologize for his words, that might have been taken wrong, and tell them how proud he was of the soldier. Instead he chose to mouth off, say he never said it, and get his ego in the way. My main point is, again, that Trump needs to keep his mouth shut and stay off twitter.
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    Today, 12:57 AM
    And, if anyone cares, the fallen soldier's mother confirmed what the Congresswoman said: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/oct/18/sgt-la-david-johnson-soldier-at-the-center-of-dispute-over-trump-remarks
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    Yesterday, 09:04 PM
    Uhhh....I wasn't defending HER- I was saying that Trump needs to STFU. Did you read this post of mine?
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    Yesterday, 03:11 PM
    Here's the WH response to it. I do think the women took the remarks very negatively, whether Trump meant it or not. Besides the grieving wife, the Congresswomen knew the soldier personally and I believe was his principal some years ago. The wife seemed heartbroken over the fact that Trump didn't seem to know the soldier's name and kept calling him "Your guy". If it is someone extremely dear to you, it's a little hard to forgive seeming nonchalance over their death- even if it wasn't meant to sound that way. Trump is terrible with words & really needs to shut up & stay off Twitter. And, off topic- the whole killing of these men is under suspicion- seems to be some secretive stuff attached to the tragedy. Time will tell
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    Yesterday, 01:41 PM
    Trump said this to a grieving pregnant WIFE on speaker phone, who was on her way to the casket with her Congresswoman- and several people heard it.
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    Yesterday, 01:39 PM
    "Liberty" people are snarking all the time on this forum instead of having a decent discussion about anything Trump.
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    Yesterday, 01:30 PM
    I read about this earlier and it was Trump that made the big deal out of it. Trump said this to a grieving pregnant WIFE on speaker phone, who was on her way to the casket- and several people heard it. Why don't YOU stop being the dumb fuck and admit that Trump should learn to keep his mouth shut and stop with the tweets. Here's the Congresswoman live:
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  • Ender's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:04 PM
    Maybe you should say that to Trump?
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    Yesterday, 01:02 PM
    Yes- Trump did say this; you can slam on Zip all you want or actually own up to some of Trump's stupid remarks.
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    10-17-2017, 02:47 PM
    Sorry, dannno, but YOU are the full retard here. Trump is a spoiled brat who is, and always has been, part of the system; he just played Trumpalumpas like a fiddle, so that now everything he does that is destroying even more lives/freedom is hailed with "Oh, Hillary would have been sooo much worse." LIE. Hillary would have been obvious but Trump is possibly even more dangerous, as his adoring fans believe his lies and then make excuses for his flip-flops. Welcome to the Brave New World.
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    10-17-2017, 01:35 PM
    Personally, I don't want ICE or any Fed/alphabet org to have any say on what a state can do. THAT is totally unconstitutional.
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    10-17-2017, 01:32 PM
    Can we PUHLEEESE get over the "Hillary would have been worse" shit? And I NEVER agreed that Trump was better in any way than Hilary. They are both dung heaps- just some here like one flavor of dung better than the other. I do not like EITHER. GOT IT? And nobody ever really dissed TheCount, that I can recall, until he was obviously anti-Trump- before he was just fun sarcasm- now suddenly he's baaaaaad.
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    10-17-2017, 11:40 AM
    President Trump Beats War Drums For Iran By Ron Paul - October 17, 2017 President Trump has been notoriously inconsistent in his foreign policy. He campaigned on and won the presidency with promises to repair relations with Russia, pull out of no-win wars like Afghanistan, and end the failed US policy of nation-building overseas. Once in office he pursued policies exactly the opposite of what he campaigned on. Unfortunately Iran is one of the few areas where the president has been very consistent. And consistently wrong. In the president’s speech last week he expressed his view that Iran was not “living up to the spirit” of the 2015 nuclear agreement and that he would turn to Congress to apply new sanctions to Iran and to, he hopes, take the US out of the deal entirely. Nearly every assertion in the president’s speech was embarrassingly incorrect. Iran is not allied with al-Qaeda, as the president stated. The money President Obama sent to Iran was their own money. Much of it was a down-payment made to the US for fighter planes that were never delivered when Iran changed from being friend to foe in 1979. The president also falsely claims that Iran targets the United States with terrorism. He claims that Iran has “fueled sectarian violence in Iraq,” when it was Iranian militias who prevented Baghdad from being overtaken by ISIS in 2014. There are too many other false statements in the president’s speech to mention. How could he be so wrong on so many basic facts about Iran? Here’s a clue: the media reports that his number one advisor on Iran is his Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley. Ambassador Haley is a “diplomat” who believes war is the best, first option rather than the last, worst option. She has no prior foreign policy experience, but her closest mentor is John Bolton – the neocon who lied us into the Iraq war. How do these people live with themselves when they look around at the death and destruction their policies have caused?
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    10-17-2017, 11:07 AM
    Ok, first, I think we need to temper our sci-fi imaginations a little. When thinking in terms of future and past, people tend to remove real human beings from the mix. In the past, humans become a sort of caricature memory. In the future, humans become non-thinkers. I guess it's just human nature to only truly live in the present. But anyway, I digress... Even if the augmentations you envision were to become a reality - and yes, it's just a matter of time - there will be real human interactions and individual incentives that will drive people's access to it. When you say the astronomical gaps between people - you have to realize that there are already astronomical gaps between people in different stages of their lives. I was dirt poor for the beginning of my life, but now I'm fairly successful. Those two "people" couldn't be further from each other if one were just throw a dart on the board and compare them. But the individual was able to move. And with technology, that movement becomes easier - not harder. If you use your imagination within the parameters of real people interacting with technology and the market, it becomes a whole lot less scary. If those super-human technologies exist, they will be available for people to purchase. And there will be a market for a lower-quality technology for a lower price. And there will be those who use the level of tech that they can afford to progress to the higher levels. For me, the argument always comes down to freedom vs. control. If you have freedom, you don't need to worry about technology. It's only when you try to limit technology via some control, that things get really messy. Technology is a tool. It can be used for good or bad. Our job is to make sure it's used for good - and the market will always do that. Our job is NOT to futilely try to prevent technology - that's a recipe for disaster and very much bad governance!
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    10-17-2017, 10:27 AM
    I'm always suspicious when I hear people speak about "groups of people" based on wealth, and so should you be. In a economically free society - even one that is relatively economically free - most people do not remain in one group. In fact, there is a great deal of economic mobility between classes. What you're really talking about are people at different stages of their lives. Ironically to that post, technology has always led to an INCREASE in economic mobility, not the opposite.
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