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    Today, 07:29 AM
    Trade. Cities were formed because they were places to trade things. You'll notice most cities were formed at ports or rail junctions. Someplace to easily transport what you have for what you want. And... any time there are groups of people gathered doing trades with each other, there will be always "brokers" to help "regulate" the trade. Then, they ask for taxes to help "regulate" the trades and to build infrastructure. Thus, cities. States are an extension of cities in that the city "managers" and war mongers wanted to expand their own brand of control over the trades.
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    Today, 07:03 AM
    The first thing I'd do is stop throwing out treats for the dogs (welfare state), and stop watering the mud holes for the pigs (drug war). And the private property argument is ludicrous. Shouldn't private property owners have the right to decide who works for them or who they sell their property to? Should the government tell them they can't hire, rent or sell to certain people?? Look, PAF had it right with his 2 options: 1. Grow government to keep them out - leads to less liberty. 2. Let them in to eventually vote for bigger government - leads to less liberty. It's pointless to watch you all debate which is the better option since the results are exactly the same. Funny how the government set it up this way, eh?? It's great for division, fundraising and growth of government, but it will always reduce liberty.
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    Today, 12:47 AM
    osan replied to a thread Daily Anti-Federalist in History
    Antifederalist No. 13 THE EXPENSE OF THE NEW GOVERNMENT Part 1: From The Feeeman's Oracle and New Hampshire Advertiser, January 11, 1788, by "A FARMER" Part 2: An unsigned essay from The Connecticut Journal, October 17, 1787.
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    Today, 12:38 AM
    osan replied to a thread Daily Anti-Federalist in History
    Antifederalist No. 12 HOW WILL THE NEW GOVERNMENT RAISE MONEY? "CINCINNATUS" is an Antifederalist writer. In this essay, from an Address to a Meeting of the Citizens of Philadelphia, the writer responds to James Wilson's statements about Congress' powers to tax under the Constitution. It appeared in the November 29 and December 6, 1787, New-York Journal, as reprinted from a Philadelphia newspaper. On the subject of taxation, in which powers are to be given so largely by the new constitution, you lull our fears of abuse by venturing to predict "that the great revenue of the United States must, and always will, be raised by impost"-and you elevate our hopes by holding out, "the reviving and supporting the national credit." If you have any other plan for this, than by raising money upon the people to pay the interest of the national debt, your ingenuity will deserve our thanks. Supposing however, that raising money is necessary to payment of the interest, and such a payment requisite to support the credit of the union-let us see how much will be necessary for that end, and how far the impost will supply what we want. The arrearages of French and Spanish interest amount now to--1,500,000 dollars; Interest and installments of do. for 1788--850,227; Support of government; and its departments, for 1788-- 500,000; Arrears and anticipations of 1787-- 300,000; Interest of domestic debt-- 500,000 {total} 4,650,227 The new Congress then, supposing it to get into operation towards October, 1788, will have to provide for this sum, and for the additional sum of 3,000,000 at least for the ensuing year; which together will make the sum of 7,650,227 .
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    Today, 12:33 AM
    osan replied to a thread Daily Anti-Federalist in History
    Antifederalist No. 11 UNRESTRICTED POWER OVER COMMERCE SHOULD NOT BE GIVEN THE NATIONAL GOVERNMENT Scholars regard James Winthrop of Cambridge, Mass. to be the "Agrippa" who contributed the series to The Massachusetts Gazette from November 23, 1787 to February 5, 1788. This is a compilation of excerpts from "Agrippa's" letters of December 14, 18, 25, and 28, 1787, taken from Ford, Essays, pp. 70-73, 76-77, 79-81. It has been proved, by indisputable evidence, that power is not the grand principle of union among the parts of a very extensive empire; and that when this principle is pushed beyond the degree necessary for rendering justice between man and man, it debases the character of individuals, and renders them less secure in their persons and property. Civil liberty consists in the consciousness of that security, and is best guarded by political liberty, which is the share that every citizen has in the government. Accordingly all our accounts agree, that in those empires which are commonly called despotic, and which comprehend by far the greatest part of the world, the government is most fluctuating, and property least secure. In those countries insults are borne by the sovereign, which, if offered to one of our governors, would fill us with horror, and we should think the government dissolving.
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    Today, 12:31 AM
    osan replied to a thread Daily Anti-Federalist in History
    Antifederalist No. 10 ON THE PRESERVATION OF PARTIES, PUBLIC LIBERTY DEPENDS This essay follows a theme similar to Federalist No. 10, and appeared in the Maryland Gazette and Baltimore Advertiser, March 18, 1788. The opposite qualities of the first confederation were rather caused by than the cause of two parties, which from its first existence began and have continued their operations, I believe, unknown to their country and almost unknown to themselves-as really but few men have the capacity or resolution to develop the secret causes which influence their daily conduct. The old Congress was a national government and an union of States, both brought into one political body, as these opposite powers-I do not mean parties were so exactly blended and very nearly balanced, like every artificial, operative machine where action is equal to reaction. It stood perfectly still. It would not move at all. Those who were merely confederal in their views, were for dividing the public debt. Those who were for national government, were for increasing of it. Those who thought any national government would be destructive to the liberties of America . . . assisted those who thought it our only safety-to put everything as wrong as possible. Requisitions were made, which every body knew it was impossible to comply with. Either in 82 or 83, ten millions of hard dollars, if not thirteen, were called into the continental treasury, when there could not be half that sum in the whole tract of territory between Nova-Scotia and Florida. The States neglected them in despair. The public honor was tarnished, and our governments abused by their servants and best friends. In fine, it became a cant word things are not yet bad enough to mend. However, as great part of the important objects of society were entrusted to this mongrel species of general government, the sentiment of pushing it forward became general throughout America, and the late Convention met at Philadelphia under the uniform impression, that such was the desire of their constituents. But even then the advantages and disadvantages of national government operated so strongly, although silently, on each individual, that the conflict was nearly equal. A third or middle opinion, which always arises in such cases, broke off and took the lead-the national party assisted, pursued steadily their object- the federal party dropped off, one by one, and finally, when the middle party came to view the offspring which they had given birth to, and in a great measure reared, several of them immediately disowned the child. Such has been hitherto the progress of party; or rather of the human mind dispassionately contemplating our separate and relative situation, and aiming at that perfect completion of social happiness and grandeur, which perhaps can be combined only in ideas. Every description of men entertain the same wishes (excepting perhaps a few very bad men of each)-they forever will differ about the mode of accomplishment-and some must be permitted to doubt the practicability. As our citizens are now apprized of the progress of parties or political opinions on the continent, it is fit they should also be informed of the present state, force and designs of each, in order that they may form their decisions with safety to the public and themselves-this shall be given with all the precision and impartiality the author is capable of.
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    Today, 12:27 AM
    osan replied to a thread Daily Anti-Federalist in History
    Antifederalist No. 9 A CONSOLIDATED GOVERNMENT IS A TYRANNY "MONTEZUMA," regarded as a Pennsylvanian, wrote this essay which showed up in the Independent Gazetteer on October 17, 1787. We the Aristocratic party of the United States, lamenting the many inconveniences to which the late confederation subjected the well-born, the better kind of people, bringing them down to the level of the rabble-and holding in utter detestation that frontispiece to every bill of rights, "that all men are born equal"-beg leave (for the purpose of drawing a line between such as we think were ordained to govern, and such as were made to bear the weight of government without having any share in its administration) to submit to our Friends in the first class for their inspection, the following defense of our monarchical, aristocratical democracy. lst. As a majority of all societies consist of men who (though totally incapable of thinking or acting in governmental matters) are more readily led than driven, we have thought meet to indulge them in something like a democracy in the new constitution, which part we have designated by the popular name of the House of Representatives. But to guard against every possible danger from this lower house, we have subjected every bill they bring forward, to the double negative of our upper house and president. Nor have we allowed the populace the right to elect their representatives annually . . . lest this body should be too much under the influence and control of their constituents, and thereby prove the "weatherboard of our grand edifice, to show the shiftings of every fashionable gale,"-for we have not yet to learn that little else is wanting to aristocratize the most democratical representative than to make him somewhat independent of his political creators. We have taken away that rotation of appointment which has so long perplexed us-that grand engine of popular influence. Every man is eligible into our government from time to time for life. This will have a two-fold good effect. First, it prevents the representatives from mixing with the lower class, and imbibing their foolish sentiments, with which they would have come charged on re-election.
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    Yesterday, 11:02 PM
    I've heard more cogent and rational reasons given for voting for junior high school class presidents.
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    Yesterday, 10:52 PM
    LOL Ignoring the two major national parties doesn't result in representatives not being elected by the people. And California puts more stuff up to a direct popular vote than most states. Yes, California is descending into mob rule. But in mob rule, bad as it is, power does reside in the citizenry. Why do you always call for the federal government to step in whenever something you don't like happens in a state? Hasn't federal micromismanagement done enough harm? If California mob rule is ruining your life, move off the Left Coast. Then maybe you can have a reasonable perspective on it.
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    Yesterday, 09:59 PM
    Thinks "ouzo" is pig Latin for "zoo".
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    Yesterday, 09:57 PM
    Fingers will be pointed in every direction. Since the shortsighted people are the majority, the few who are warning of the disaster and trying to interest people in averting will probably bear the blame. They usually do, even though they deserve it the least. People have even tried to hang the Great Depression on Coolidge. Denial is a strong thing.
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    Yesterday, 05:55 PM
    M*A*S*H? That show was a major boon to liberals. Are they trying to ensure kids don't learn how much more realistic and reasonable liberalism was 40-60 years ago than it is now? Or are they just obeying the overlords who want to bury its message of peace?
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    Yesterday, 12:29 PM
    White male capitalists, who else?
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    Yesterday, 11:59 AM
    Now if only there were a guideline violation vaccine.
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    Yesterday, 11:55 AM
    Or as I like to say, Rome didn't burn in a day.
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    Yesterday, 11:50 AM
    Lives in a yellow submarine.
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    Yesterday, 11:48 AM
    Yeah, because the oligarchy is creating a lot of "privately owned" CIA-created censored websites and spending a lot of money promoting Left Wing TDS and Right Wing TDS to destroy our free speech, prevent us from talking with each other, divide us and conquer us. And if they're going to that much expense and trouble, it's only polite to help them do it! Swordshyll isn't going to put anyone on ignore. That would get him fired. His little feuds disrupt conversations. Those get him bonuses.
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    Yesterday, 11:42 AM
    Zippy is paid to say it isn't a recession unless the GDP goes down. He's also paid to deny Fed funny money losing value is a problem, so if the GDP doesn't keep up with inflation, he won't concede that's a recession either.
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    Yesterday, 11:41 AM
    I think the first step here is to recognize that THIS is what the collapse looks like. People are expecting some cataclysmic event, but empires tend not to crash like that. infrastructure starts to crumble, more wealth is needed to meet basic needs, civil unrest pops up in more and more pockets... If it weren't for our technological advances, this would be seen more dramatically. We are able to increase our wealth almost as fast as they destroy it or borrow on it. So the decline is a slow, drawn out process.
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    Yesterday, 09:34 AM
    You do have a talent for predicting how the shills will spin things...
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    Yesterday, 09:27 AM
    Stop with the insults to enhanced_deficit; he provides tons of useful info and also things from his POV. If you can't handle that put him on ignore but STFU on insults & name calling.
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    Yesterday, 08:40 AM
    Typically, authoritarian megalomaniacs create a big distraction when their backs are to the wall... I wonder which nation grabs the short straw for a bombing?
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    12-10-2018, 10:21 PM
    I don't figure to indict Trump at all. But some people are certainly sending up trial balloons, if you'll pardon the pun. It's about campaign funds, as I recall. And sex, of course. It's always about sex, right? I remember some candidate promising to do it to Clinton a couple of years ago. Are we there yet? He had better get her hers before he gets his.
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Among my many interests was electricity and I decided that I wanted to change how the industry operates. Understanding the free market as I did, I was pissed that the coolest discovery in the history of mankind was being regulated to death by the government. I wanted to change that.

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