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    Yesterday, 08:19 PM
    So you are saying conservatism was better when Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon, Rockefeller, Ike, etc were the standard bearers? I'll take Goldwater/Reagan.
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    Yesterday, 07:41 PM
    Days like today are why the only site I read on a consistent basis is Ron Paul Forums. The mainstream media is awful. Even libertarians are turning into idiots on this. One thing Ron Paul got very right is talk to other people.
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    Yesterday, 07:35 PM
    This isn't really surprising. Just a reminder that there never was an anti-war left. They were just anti-Bush. Also appears to be a reminder that a lot of libertarians were really not anti-war.
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    Yesterday, 02:40 PM
    Gee. Ron is bearish. I never would have guessed.
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    Yesterday, 12:15 PM
    I don't see anything wrong that. It isn't a matter of balls. Last time I checked Rand didn't win the election. Disagreeing with someone on a small issue that is debated even among libertarians is not a reason to vote against. I would vote to confirm Kavanaugh if I were in the Senate. Period. The only thing Rand is doing wrong is acting like his vote is in doubt. It does get on Sunday shows to talk against the issues so maybe isn't so terrible.
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    07-15-2018, 08:33 AM
    Reagan had the best foreign policy of any modern president. He only used military force a few times. And they were small scale. He had the wisdom to cut and run in Lebanon. Grenada was justified and successful. And retaliating against Qaddafi's attack on American soldiers was justified. There were no humanitarian missions. And he wasn't passive aggressive like cuckold Jimmy Carter. He made it clear, "We win, they lose." His ability to tackle issues head from a position of strength ended tensions without firing a shot.
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    07-13-2018, 02:37 PM
    I think this was supposed to be last 70 years. Obv. Coolidge at the top if you got last 100. Wilson and FDR on the bad list.
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    07-13-2018, 09:41 AM
    Any list without Reagan best and LBJ worst is just wrong. 1. Reagan
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    07-12-2018, 07:50 PM
    Nice ad.
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    07-12-2018, 05:13 AM
    Interestingly Trump, Hillary, and severe Libertarian Bill Weld all listed Merkel as their favorite world leader. http://therightscoop.com/not-making-this-up-they-all-said-angela-merkel-was-their-favorite-world-leader/
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    07-11-2018, 10:08 AM
    Government Privilege: Using and Abusing the Tax Code https://www.mercatus.org/bridge/commentary/government-privilege-using-and-abusing-tax-code Amash- Very smart.
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    07-10-2018, 03:42 PM
    Isn't that good? There are more trees now in the United States than there were a 100 years. If there is a profit to be made, it means those trees have value and are furthering humanity. I don't know anything about those trees but maybe chopping them down is their best use.
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    07-10-2018, 03:36 PM
    Well...... Communists believe that stuff. Ted Turner says things like that. Since when does overpopulation cause famines in a capitalist society? Poor people are fat in capitalist countries. Are there a lot of starving people in Hong Kong? Capitalism creates a horn of plenty. Capitalists tend to believe that humans are the ultimate resource. Human ingenuity solves problems. There are no vital resources are humans are eliminating. People have said we were going to run out of oil 100 years ago. Anything that is worth saving will either be saved through charity or through the market. If orcas have value someone will capture them and breed them. Otherwise, why are they so special? Most species go extinct.
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    07-09-2018, 08:14 PM
    1016436405923467266 He'll get confirmed but it is possible with all Republican votes whereas Hardiman would have pealed off as many as 5 to 10 Dems. I know McConnell was really pushing hard to nominate someone other than Barrett or Kavanaugh because they are both more problematic to get through the Senate.
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    07-09-2018, 07:48 PM
    That's the worst idea I've ever heard. Not to mention Kavanaugh is one of the least likely people to get confirmed of the people mentioned to fill Kennedy's spot.
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    07-09-2018, 07:42 PM
    Zero chance. Rand is the only person who expressed dismay but he isn't voting against a Republican Supreme Court Nominee. There isn't enough to dislike about Kavanaugh to take that kind of stand.
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    07-09-2018, 05:24 PM
    Kavanaugh is the betting favorite favorite. Judge says Hardiman or Kethledge. Given that no one thinks Kethledge will get it, we'll see if Judge actually has good info on Hardiman. http://www.frontpageindex.com/2018/07/judge-nap-i-believe-president-has.html
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    07-09-2018, 05:00 PM
    I guess that settles that. All they have they do is read the text and all the answers are right there on a 240 year old document. Glad you cleared that up. But what happens if the the document contradicts itself? Oh I know. Ouija Board, right?
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    07-08-2018, 06:17 PM
    So a private organization of people with similar interests who voluntarily get together has no place in a free society? Let's say you are a successful local lawyer or you own a jewelry store. You could go to the bowling alley. Nothing wrong with that. But a lot of people like to hang with other people in their own peer group and a country club is a way to do that.
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    07-08-2018, 03:04 PM
    I think there is value for a millennial in being a member at a country club if you are in a profession like lawyer or sell insurance or financial services. Most dues are heavily discounted if you are under 35 or 40 (like 70% less). But if you are an engineer or something, it just isn't going to be a good value proposition. I think a lot of millennials saw the terrible decisions their parents made with housing and cars and want to do learn from those mistakes.
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    07-05-2018, 07:20 PM
    Seemed like a pretty direct answer. I can make it shorter. "Interpret laws with a bias toward liberty."
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    07-05-2018, 05:05 PM
    I don't understand why more people don't do that. Toyota's and Honda's last forever. You can buy a 10 year old car where depreciation all but stops and all you have are the repair costs, which are comparatively low on Toyota's and Honda's.
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    07-05-2018, 03:47 PM
    To confirm, since John Hinckley is free, you are okay with him possessing a weapon. OJ Simpson should be able to possess weapons too?
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    07-05-2018, 03:34 PM
    It isn't clear at all what the Constitution means. There is a lot open to interpretation. You have Amendments that are very vague. It is the job of the Supreme Court to have the final say, which is why it is important to have people who don't just look at the text of the Constitution, but appoint judges who are activists for liberty. Contraception was illegal in Connecticut. Many people who try to just interpret the Constitution would say "Well nothing about that in the text. Just leave it to the states." That is what Ron Paul says. Ron Paul thought sodomy laws were okay because states had those laws. That isn't what I say. I want judges who use an expansive definition of the 9th and 14th Amendments to shoot down laws like that. I don't believe states can take rights away. Here is smart person's take on the role of the courts and it isn't to just be faithful to the text. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2015/01/15/rand-paul-im-a-judicial-activist/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.f73f0a3451bc
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    07-05-2018, 03:17 PM
    I don't think it is clear. Should children be able to buy guns? John Hinckley is free right now. Do you think he should legally possess a gun? I get that if someone really wants a gun they can get it. But commonsense would dictate that you make it as hard as possible for John Hinckley to get a gun. And how do you define arms? Should you be able to possess all types of bombs? What about nuclear weapons? The Framers were radicals. But they were much less so than today's hardcore libertarians. I would bet they would unanimously answer "NO" to all the questions about weapon's possession that I just asked.
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    07-03-2018, 01:04 PM
    It is even more favorable because mortgage interest is tax deductible AND you are either able to put more pre-tax money into a company retirement plan or a Roth if you aren't maxing those plans out. And even if you just save the money into an index fund outside of a retirement plan, most of the gains will be tax deferred and taxed at the capital gains rate when you sell, which is lower than the income tax rates. I believe none of those are good tax policy. I would eliminate the mortgage deduction and I would tax all gains at ordinary income with a flat tax. But the law is what it is and inflation encourages the longest length mortgage. Your whole logic on inflation encouraging a mortgage is similar to the publicity stunt Kyle Bass did a few years back. He financed his home in Yen because he thinks over the long term the Yen will be worth much less. http://www.businessinsider.com/kyle-bass-is-so-bearish-on-japan-he-financed-his-home-in-yen-2010-1
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    07-02-2018, 02:13 PM
    I don't think there is anything wrong with paying off a mortgage, but it clearly isn't the "best way to profit." If you have a mortgage at 4.5% and work you get to deduct that interest, your effective interest rate is around 3%. An index fund yields around 8% over the very long run. You are far better off over your lifetime having a mortgage putting that money in equities.
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    07-01-2018, 08:03 PM
    They aren't squandering resources. They make money and provide a service. Instead of middle school dropouts named Rocco and Tony Provolone making seven figures on the floors of the exchanges, HFTs took their jobs because HFTs do it better and cheaper. But the amount of money HFTs make relative to rest of Wall Street is peanuts.
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    07-01-2018, 07:41 PM
    Just a reminder the HFT industry is miniscule. All the people who fear mongered- Michael Lewis, Jim Cramer, Bernie Sanders, Barney ***, Zero Hedge- were wrong about EVERYTHING. Even when theyíre profitable every day, high-frequency traders arenít making much money https://qz.com/1048912/high-frequency-traders-like-virtu-financial-virt-find-it-hard-to-make-money-even-when-theyre-profitable-every-day/ Don't Worry, Be Happy - High Frequency Trading Is Over, Dead, It's Done https://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2017/03/25/dont-worry-be-happy-high-frequency-trading-is-over-dead-its-done/#6433870ddcf8 How high-frequency trading hit a speed bump https://www.ft.com/content/d81f96ea-d43c-11e7-a303-9060cb1e5f44
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