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    Today, 07:07 PM
    Sorry...already covered.
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    Today, 07:06 PM (CNN)A federal judge in Texas said on Friday that the Affordable Care Act's individual coverage mandate is unconstitutional and that the rest of the law therefore cannot stand. Legal experts say the ruling won't immediately affect Americans' health coverage, and a group of states led by California is already vowing to appeal. But the invalidation of the landmark health care law popularly known as Obamacare throws into doubt the future of health coverage for millions of Americans on the Obamacare exchanges and in Medicaid expansion. The ruling and expected appeal sets up another cliffhanger in which the fate of the law, which Republicans have unsuccessfully tried to repeal for years, will likely once again ultimately lie with the Supreme Court. Chief Justice John Roberts cast the deciding vote leaving the law intact in 2012, but it's unclear how the justices will view this challenge, which centers on changes to the individual mandate that were baked into the 2017 tax reform. President Donald Trump, who campaigned in 2016 on a promise to undo Obamacare, was thwarted in Congress last year by a lone vote from the late Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain. Trump immediately tweeted in celebration on Friday and called on Congress to act.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Today, 04:07 PM
    Central planners are just as good at managing ecologies as they are at managing economies ...
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    Today, 03:58 PM
    Problem: Solution: Give them some money ...
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  • tod evans's Avatar
    Today, 03:49 PM
    Government eating itself.......... Wonderful!
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Today, 03:25 PM
    Has he ever, really? Except for show? And even when he does ... "The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected." -- G.K. Chesterton (1924) (Or, to paraphrase Ambrose Bierce if you prefer: "A conservative is one who is enamored of existing evils, as distinct from the liberal, who wishes to replace them with new ones.")
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    Today, 02:26 PM
    It depends on just what you mean by "can win". If you mean "can win" merely in the sense of "is it possible", then I suppose it is. But if you mean "can win" in the sense of "is it any more likely under ranked-vote schemes than under the current single-vote system", then I am skeptical. The problem occurs if people "backstop" their first choice with the Republican (just as you suggested would happen). This eliminates any "spoiler" effect and insulates the Republicans against reaction, leading them to skew more liberal. But even worse, it also makes Republicans more likely to defeat Libertarians or Conservatives even if the Republican is not able to achieve a first-rank plurality (just as the Democrat defeated the Republican in Maine even though the Democrat failed to win the first-rank plurality). There are only two ways around this under a ranked-vote system: (1) win an absolute majority (with at least 50% + 1 of first-rank votes), or (2) win without "backstopping" votes with the lesser evil (else the backstop is apt to win even without a first-rank plurality). But (1) will be even harder to do under a ranked-vote system than it already is under a single-vote system. And (2) will also be more difficult, since under a single-vote system (where the only votes are "first rank" votes), winning a first-rank plurality is strictly sufficient to win the election, which is not the case under a ranked-vote system (as the OP article clearly illustrates).
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:36 PM
    But "having the Swampublican get their vote in the 2nd or 3rd round" is exactly what eliminates the so-called "spoiler effect". And when you combine that with the fact that as a result (as you yourself acknowledge) "the Swampublicans will feel free to act more liberal ", then you have set yourself up for a double-whammy - the Republican party will become that much more insulated from reaction, and at the same time the "spoiler effect" will have been eliminated as a possible corrective ... For whatever they might (or might not) be worth, my thoughts on the subject of voting and any of various voting schemes are offered solely arguendo. Presently, the matter is moot. Regardless of what schemes for representation might be engineered, neither republics nor democracies (nor any mixture of the two) are even remotely viable or maintainable at the scale of a third of a billion people - or even at the scale of the more populous states. Democracy in particular scales especially poorly (I suspect that even a scale measured in the hundreds would be too large for democracy to avoid significant dysfunction).
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    Yesterday, 04:58 PM
    None at all - because California also eliminates the spoiler effect. They just use a different method to do it (by allowing only two candidates in the general).
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    Yesterday, 04:51 PM
    Fixed. Sadly, this is one of the few things about which Ron Paul is wrong. Liberty is like the weather. Everyone talks about it, but ...
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:18 PM
    LMAO ... as if Polquin gave a damn about anyone but Rs & Ds being "disenfranchised" before rank voting was used ... But if you lose the spoiler effect, what do you gain? Cui bono? Without the ability to produce the spoiler effect, the participation of third-party and non-party candidates (and the enablement of their supporters to express support) can be effectively nullified. It may well destroy or seriously degrade one of the only useful things there is about voting. I have argued elsewhere that voting is not an effective means of changing anything. Voting does not cause change - rather, it is the result of change (if any). At best, voting is like a windsock - but in that capacity, it can still be a somewhat useful thing. Voting won't change the direction of the wind, but it may at least tell you when and in what direction the wind is changing.
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  • DamianTV's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:20 AM
    Because People are not people, not legally anyway, ONLY Corporations are People. Thus, only Corporations have Rights.
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    12-13-2018, 06:17 PM
    And nothing will change. Google makes money by selling its data to the govt, and govt loves not having to go thru that pesky thing called a Constitutional Right. This is the new story of your enslavement.
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  • osan's Avatar
    12-13-2018, 02:32 PM
    This all raises the uncomfortable issue of trustworthiness. The way things are going these days (and have been since 5000 BCE) everyone is so crooked and full of lies, it becomes impossible to know who is telling truth, lies, and most deleterious of all, deceptive mixes of the two. I don't trust the Chinese to the end of my nose. They are nasty, vile people. But so are we. So in the end, humanity is just what it is. We appear incapable or unwilling to escape that which we are, so perhaps we should just put the pedal to the metal and go for broke without all the nonsense pretenses of nobility.
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    12-13-2018, 12:59 PM
    LMAO @ "something else" ... ... He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance ... Instead of sniveling, Ventry should be profoundly grateful that those whose substance he eats out are such pushovers nowadays. Once upon a time ...
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    12-13-2018, 12:41 PM
    So according to McConnell, toothless and inconsequential finger-wagging is a "responsible alternative" to ending participation in mass slaughter ... I wish I could believe in Hell so that I could believe McConnell would burn there one day.
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    12-13-2018, 12:22 PM
    :confused: And ... ? Money is fungible - which means that in each of the cases you mention, the whole family IS "on welfare" (unless you want to claim that Junior is entirely self-supporting, or that household spending by Mom and/or Dad is completely unaffected in any way by Grannie's SS check). EDIT: What's more, if both of the conditions you identify apply to the same family, then that family is "on welfare" twice - but for purposes of assessing the percentage of families "on welfare", it only gets counted once ...
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  • DamianTV's Avatar
    12-12-2018, 10:44 PM
    Oh, they mean Tax the Poor to give to the even Poorer? That is no incentive to even get off welfare. The rich, as always will be EXEMPT for this tax because their texts are "used for business purposes". How is that a part of an Honest Money System?
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  • DamianTV's Avatar
    12-12-2018, 10:42 PM
    Governments of ANY form should SERVE humanity, not ENSLAVE it. What has happened is that Govt now serves the ELITE and ENSLAVES humanity. Just like Money, just like the Internet, just like News, just like Education. They all work AGAINST the people, not FOR them. Venezuela and California are similar in far too many ways, and we learn NOTHING from history repeating itself. What happened in Venezuela WILL happen in California.
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  • Cap's Avatar
    12-12-2018, 09:11 PM
    My money is on Zippy. He's got more flair with his charts.
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  • DamianTV's Avatar
    12-12-2018, 05:23 PM
    Horseshit. Youre trying to start fights by having people subjectively interpret everything their own way so that you can turn right back around and say "by your definition there is no recession". Tell me, Zippy, how do you define "Troll"?
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    12-12-2018, 04:37 PM
    As Todd pointed out: That's from the American Press Institute: If Julian Assange is not a journalist then the word has no meaning. Riiiiiiiiiight ... because if you're not employed by some some corporate media entity, then you're obviously not qualified to be considered a "Guardian" of "Truth" ...
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    12-12-2018, 11:28 AM
    And just why did they do that, do you think? Of course, the answer to this question is obvious. Put whatever face on it you like, but ultimately, you want to ban guns today for exactly the same reason they did then - namely, to disempower anyone (not just white males) who might dare to oppose you. Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose ...
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    12-12-2018, 11:19 AM
    So did (does ?) Trump. (Birds of a feather, and all that ...)
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  • osan's Avatar
    12-12-2018, 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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    12-12-2018, 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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