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    Today, 01:51 PM
    I think we will see a Balkinization of the states into regional semi-nation states largely along political lines. I also see this as a worthy goal and work towards making it a reality. There is no fixing the current system. That is why I am a #Collapsitarian
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    11-29-2018, 08:41 PM
    The fundamentals of the economy are structurally sound...
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    11-29-2018, 03:46 PM
    Why? Because the second he sat down, they showed him the Bill Hicks NSA/CIA Slideshow and the rest is history.
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    11-29-2018, 03:41 PM
    I absolutely think wealth can buy liberty. If I have the means to move to a country/area and be left the hell alone, maybe have a few local politicians in my pocket to ensure my continued isolation, I would call that better than the tax slave who is indentured and in debt up to his eyeballs with literally no freedom to choose a different path.
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    11-28-2018, 10:13 PM
    <goosebumps> One can only hope.
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    11-28-2018, 10:03 PM
    If they pulled some of the sh!t on me, as they have on him, there wold be no rumor - I'd release the sh!t out of every doc. They'd show up, wrapped in Christmas paper, on the doorstep of every publication out there. I'd pardon every mother grabbin non-violent p0t smoker, and promise to pardon anyone who could testify against the clintons. Julian Assange would be offered a place at the US embassy, with free wifi and a continental breakfast. People would hate me, they would hate my family, but I dont know anyone who becomes president so that they can maintain personal security - make it worth their damn while. Take em out!
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    11-28-2018, 09:52 PM
    Talkey talkey talkey... I'm still waiting for that rat-bag, wh0re, hillary clinton to be jailed - not really, but he said he would do it. Actions speak louder than words, or tweets for that matter. He should take his comb-over a$$ and start making some sh!t happen over there. Nobody likes him - he has no friends to lose. While he's at it, he should pardon Assange - call off the GB lap hounds.
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    11-28-2018, 09:39 PM
    Nothing more discrete than a giant caravan of people. Just hop on the train like everybody else.
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    11-28-2018, 09:36 PM
    GM has been a hasbeen for a long time. Its a sh!tty company, run by sh!tty executives, propped up by subsidies from sh!tty politicians. More signs of a healthy economy btw... psst - the recession has arrived.
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    11-28-2018, 03:44 PM
    It wont be the first/last time you and I disagree - I promise that I wont hold it against you. As a libertarian, I see nothing wrong with foreign governments subsidizing US customers through poor economic/trade policies. Also, as an unwilling contributor to foreign and corporate aid, I relish the idea of a foreign government sending me subsidies. Ask the Mexican government how they feel about US amnesty and providing welfare to illegal aliens... I'm sure Nieto its just disgusted with Mexican citizens benefiting from our welfare. If we debased our currency to make our products cheaper, I'm sure they would be just as delighted.
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    11-28-2018, 03:11 PM
    Ever meet one of those parents with the bratty kid that could do no wrong? Sorry... my mind was wandering. I think that China learned a lot more from the US than we learned from them. And the US learned a lot more from the USSR than anybody else. We're still employing torture enhanced interrogation techniques that were perfected by the socialist Russians.
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    11-28-2018, 03:06 PM
    The visible benefit - any idea as to the cost? Check out that uncle Milt video I posted. You may not agree with the guy, but he makes some good points to ponder.
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    11-28-2018, 03:05 PM
    It is magically good when it comes from another government. Because their citizens are paying for our citizens - that should not be hard to grasp why it benefits US citizens. Also, when you say "as their wealth is stolen", have you thought for a moment who the thief is? Who's taking your money? Why do we all reminisce about the 25 or 50 cent candy bar? Why has individual income been flat for decades - because of china? LOL - no, its the democrats, right? :) We need only give our benevolent republican representatives time - they'll fix this for us - help us fight the evil chinese.
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    11-28-2018, 02:41 PM
    Yes - there's so many failures - the only way out is through the die-off of the federal government. It has to shrink to a manageable size, but like any other malignant tumor, it will not fix itself. It seems like it will have to rupture before we can move on. So are you and I in agreement on this Tariff thing? Is it a bad idea? While we've taken so many steps in so many wrong directions, I don't see an argument favoring tariffs as a step in the right direction. The government has never been short of revenue or market control - I think its the size that is the problem. Nothing is going to fix this problem without cutting out the malignancy, or letting it rupture on its own.
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    11-28-2018, 02:23 PM
    brushfire replied to a thread Was Lincoln a Tyrant? in History
    Lincoln = tyrant. He shares the podium of big government champions with the likes of Hamilton, Wilson, FDR, Teddy Roosevelt, etc Those who adore centralized power and the federal government, adore these political figureheads. Not for who they are as humans/people, but for precedent of government power and overreach they have established.
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    11-28-2018, 02:16 PM
    In the proper context of federal income tax vs tariffs - yes. But as a sole means of managing so called trade imbalances, I think thats a different story. Dr Paul also points out that the government must be shrunk to a size where it can be maintained by income through port fees and trade tariffs. We already have the income tax and inflation tax. Giving the government tariff's to raise the price on consumer goods is going to have a serious impact on the economy. Cheap chinese sh!t has been the only counter to the fed imposed inflation. So while it seems grand that US manufacturing will be getting a "level playing field", the consumer will not be able to afford to purchase these goods. As I've said before, lower corporate and personal income tax will have a much greater (positive) impact on the economy than imposing tariffs. When a company has less of a tax burden, they dont have to run such high margins, and they can better compete with foreign completion. When the consumer has more money to spend, they can afford a higher quality alternative to cheap chinese sh!t.
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    11-28-2018, 01:54 PM
    Currency debasing in order to maintain a trade advantage is only subsidizing the consumer of the country your trading with. Tariffs and the protectionists that impose them, have been historically proven to cause more damage than good. The consumer never benefits from the tariff, its the producer - its subsidizing American business. It is remarkable to me, as to how many RPF'rs are supportive of tariffs. Can Brian change the domain to "this_was_ronpaulforums.com"?
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    11-28-2018, 01:37 PM
    Washington? Didn't he date Kim Kardashian once?
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    11-28-2018, 11:49 AM
    I dont profess to be the Christian scholar here, but I think one of Christ's teachings was to be a fisher of men. To save people, and spread the word. That being said, there is a line between saving someone and harassment. Some people (tribes) are just not receptive to the message. For some reason this missionary chose to ignore the many billions of others who might be receptive to his message, and chose to impose upon these "primitive people". From what I recall of the story, God may have sent this guy plenty of signs that he was trespassing, and it would not end well. I would chalk this unfortunate situation up to a personal sacrifice. Some people mistakenly think that good deeds alone will buy your way into heaven... Its a shame really, but at least people are not vilifying the tribe - perhaps its because the guy was a Christian missionary (defacto bad guy by today's standards)
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    11-28-2018, 11:38 AM
    Someone once told me, when everybody around you is an a$$hole, its remotely possible that it is you who are the a$$hole. In the context of this discussion, there seems to be a lot of a$$holes surrounding the USA these days.
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    11-28-2018, 11:37 AM
    What'd it get us? Common core? I agree completely - anyone who has a kid in the government school system will know precisely what I mean.
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    11-27-2018, 05:26 PM
    What is a tariff? Is that not subsidizing? The recession is here - HoHoHo... Retailers going bankrupt during the Christmas shopping season was a pretty strong indicator to me. IMO fk GM - let em die.
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    11-26-2018, 10:01 AM
    Is PAF a zippy sock or something? What am I missing here lol?
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    11-23-2018, 07:59 PM
    That's the first thing I saw... Wasn't that idea originated with FDR?
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    11-23-2018, 07:58 PM
    That guy looks like he couldn't keep a goldfish
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    11-23-2018, 06:47 PM
    I really like Roger's solo stuff. I'm surprised none of it is over in the antiwar song thread. Loved his last album.
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    Yeah. Wilson paved the way for FDR, just as Lincoln paved the way for Wilson.
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    Well... like I say - It's not meant to be a quote

    I like the Old Testament for the history of that part of the world, particularly the history of the Jews.

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    nah... I don't think so ("don't kill" vs "don't murder")

    I like the King James Version "don't kill". He assembled the greatest biblical scholars in Europe at the time - arguably the most intensely researched translation in history.

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