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    Yesterday, 09:10 PM
    Didn't Ron use dynamic scoring in his own budget?
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    Yesterday, 07:53 PM
    Slavery? No one is forcing the guy to be a baker. All we are saying that if he wants to be a baker, there are certain rules he has to follow. This is why I mentioned that this is a distraction. Taxes and regulations have real consequences. They really stifle businesses, growth, etc. But preventing people from being racist or bigoted doesn't do the same; if anything, removing those kinds of barriers enhances productivity. Like you mentioned, his concerns about "God's commandments" are utter bogus. I mean, you could easily flip this. What if a guy believes that God's commandment is that he has to force people to live a Christian way of life? What if he uses government to do so? If you try and stop him, you are denying him entrance to heaven! Wouldn't that be a terrible thing? Sure, there are poor applications of the principle, but that shouldn't mean throwing out the baby with the bathwater. Some traffic laws are not good, but that doesn't mean all of them are bad!
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    Yesterday, 05:19 PM
    I suppose the idea is that a business isn't being forced to do something it doesn't do, but being forced to do something it does. IE, a Chinese restaurant doesn't serve tacos. But they can serve egg rolls to everyone. You can just as easily say that if you don't want to respect the norms and laws of the place your business is set up, feel free to set up your business elsewhere. In any case, I think this is a distraction. Over time, any company that discriminates on the basis of sexuality is going to go down the tubes, not by government decree, but by simple social norms. Lets focus on reducing taxes and regulations that actually have major impacts on us that silly issues like this.
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    Yesterday, 05:17 PM
    You are equating the Nuremberg laws with anti-discrimination laws?
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    Yesterday, 01:25 PM
    One way to see it is that Colorado already has laws that force public accomodations to serve people regardless of that persons's status. I'm not sure why the Colorado baker thinks he is above the law. Plus, equal protection and all that.
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    Yesterday, 01:31 AM
    Hmm, no, I think that is not a correct assessment of the situation. The fact is that Americans tend to have the "dream big" mentality. The idea of telling a kid, even someone who is 12 or 13 that college maybe isn't for them, and that they should go to a trade school (like they do in many other parts of the world) doesn't really jive with the culture. Everyone wants to be the next CEO, pop culture icon, etc. At the least, people are all aiming to be engineers, scientists, doctors, etc. There is this push to highly educate everyone; kids need to be told that you are better off being a good plumber than a bad engineer.
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    Yesterday, 12:06 AM
    Scott Sumner mentioned recently that there is a bit of a geographical issue. There is a lot of demand, for example, for construction workers in the coasts. There are a lot of people who could do construction work in the middle of the country, where there isn't much demand. Getting people to move isn't that easy. Not only is there reluctance to increase wages, but reluctance by workers to uproot their families and move, invest in a new place, etc.
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    06-25-2017, 08:28 PM
    There was a farm in Alabama (or some other state, I cannot remember) that had to hire legal workers after the town enacted strict penalties for hiring illegal immigrants. The farm owners set pretty high wages, with benefits and time off, and got many people to sign up. But after one day, a large portion of the people left. They found the work too difficult...
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    06-25-2017, 02:32 AM
    Actions you like -> Free speech, free action, exercise of freedom Actions you don't like - > hooliganism, breaking decency, breaking laws, etc. Laws you dislike -> Violates some principle, not sanctioned by the Constitution, etc. Laws you like -> Sane interpretation of Constitution, upholding property rights/preventing fraud.
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    06-21-2017, 08:04 PM
    Do you want inline citations for every single claim? Uber's issues have been a big part of the news. Are any of the stories I talked about false? Numerous times, but I think most recently in the thread in the main Ron Paul sub-forum. For the record, no. But why would it matter, anyways? Can only Americans non-Jews be a part of this forum? Ugly identity politics.
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    06-21-2017, 07:15 PM
    Keep telling yourself that. I didn't say total freedom, I said economic and regulatory freedom. Is Illinois a flyover state? Facts on what?
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    06-21-2017, 05:13 PM
    Yes, because California's agriculture sector is the main reason for its prosperity. Silicon Valley popped up and continues to thrive under the super-regulated California system. Look at that Cato study; the states that rank the best in terms of regulatory and economic freedoms are the flyover states (save for like, Florida). Really? Progressives treat government like God, even when constantly criticizing and questioning government. I don't like some aspects of progressivism due to the naivete, focus on outcomes, and some other things. But the idea that progressives treat government like God is a silly attack. That's like saying you treat government like it is literally Satan.
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    06-21-2017, 01:56 AM
    "Right-wing capitalism?" What is that? Have you looked at what is going on in SF and the Bay Area? It is the shining beacon of how capitalism creates wealth. SF people actually like capitalism, but just want to fetter it a little bit. They don't treat it like a religion like some do...and look at that, the economy of California is one of the strongest in the world. From what I know, Lyft isn't being "punished" or blamed all that much. Once in a while, people will complain about shoddy background checks and causing traffic congestion (like in this case), but they haven't received the vitriol that Uber has because they haven't had the issues Uber has had. Uber's had the issues with sexual harassment/assault, the questionable labor practices, the issues with how they treat whistle-blowers, Greyball, the issues with tracking people without their knowledge, Kalanick joining Trump's council, the whole thing in New York, the allegations of stealing technology, etc. etc.
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    06-20-2017, 10:54 PM
    That may be true. It would be interesting to look at the data and the case being made, which will purportedly happen during this hearing. Isn't NYC one of the richer cities in America?
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    06-20-2017, 09:11 PM
    1) Glenn Greenwald has changed a lot. He was very pro-Iraq war, pro-Afghanistan war, and a staunch supporter of the security state 2) Paul Krugman has amended his views as the immigration imbalance has disappeared. 3) Obama was, in context, condemning the bigotry we have towards illegal immigrants.
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    06-20-2017, 09:08 PM
    That's a key part of the article. When businesses, firms, and individuals engage in actions that have high social costs, people usually turn to the law to set things straight.
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    06-20-2017, 01:50 AM
    The thing that boggles my mind...the test results are in. The embargo did not work. In the aftermath of normalizing relations, you had so many people saying how if we had just waited a few more years, the old policy would have worked. It hadn't worked for 50 years! When are they going to look at reality and realize that their view of the world, their idea that force and strength can bend people to your will, just doesn't work? No, this drama is created by people who have utter faith in the crystal clear ideas of neoconservatism, anti-Cubanism, and a foreign policy based off of strength and intimidation. So no matter what the reality is, no matter what the consequences of their policies are (or the consequences of the opposing policies), they will never change their mind, and will always sing the same tune.
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    06-19-2017, 10:14 PM
    As long as the US continues to only immigrate highly-educated, highly-skilled Muslims, the integration problem the Europeans have isn't going to be a problem. European nations have issues with integrating not just those from the ME, but Asians, Eastern Europeans, etc. It is because they have lax immigration standards. They're getting the rednecks and village idiots of the original countries. The US gets the best of the best; they can typically speak English, are at least college educated (and hence more open to other cultures/ideas), have a valuable job set, and come here willing to sacrifice some culture to improve their lives in real ways.
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    06-19-2017, 10:08 PM
    You are never going to get men and woman to be completely equal in all ways. The best you can hope for is inequalities that balance out. Maybe women face judgment and discrimination if they work, but they also get the benefit when it comes to child custody. Maybe men have higher rates of suicide and depression but have to deal with less harassment and stalking. Etc, etc. I would generally agree with you. The problem is the history of this whole issue. "Anti-feminists" have been attacking feminism since the dawn of time. The line of argument that "equality has been achieved today" has been used for more than fifty years. It's very true now, but the problem is it wasn't true back then, and people aren't going to listen to you now since you've been lying about it before. For example, look at Milton Friedman and Thomas Sowell. Friedman argued from the 50s that sex-based discrimination had largely disappeared. Sowell made that same point since the 70s, pointing to some very ***** studies that this was the case. The thing is, back then, not only did you have a cornucopia of studies showing a wage gap, but you had literal stories of companies having policies of not hiring women, glass ceilings, etc. It was a ridiculous argument to say that equality had been even close to reality. And, the feminists remember. By being so erroneously used, the arguments can't even be used when accurate.
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    06-18-2017, 06:41 PM
    Of course not. Asians in this country are almost entirely first-generation or second-generation immigrants. They imigrate via sponsership programs where they can find someone who will be willing to employ them in the USA. They tend to be overly educated compared to the average population of their home country; in fact, they tend to be over-educated with respect to the American population. They have the tools and ability to fight past any barriers that are put in place...on top of that, they tend to immigrate to places where those barriers will be the least. Blacks and Hispanics don't have those advantages, and Blacks at least have stayed in areas (the South) where the highest barriers have been present.
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    06-18-2017, 05:04 PM
    Well, I don't have the counter-factual. I'm sure that both "sides" have politicized issues in the past. Scalise championed and vote for state support and recognition of straight marriage but not gay marriage. He denied equal protection under the law. What specifically in there makes you angry? What in there makes him worse than David Duke, who's called for Black genocide and repatriation?
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    06-18-2017, 11:05 AM
    That's because of the whole "consenting adults" thing. Let's not obfuscate. Do you mean "indentured servants" or do you mean slaves?
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    06-18-2017, 11:03 AM
    Net worth increase: No hyperinflation . Even if what you are saying is true (I'd love to see data on that), you can't look at currency in a vacuum. You have to look at wages as well. If there was less currency inflation, there would be less wage inflation.
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    06-18-2017, 01:02 AM
    The Irish weren't slaves, man. Cenk Uygur is a prominent leftist who criticized Obama's homophobia. Rachel Maddow is another one. Marriage isn't a right....interesting. So government can take away someone's right to marry?
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    06-17-2017, 11:22 PM
    I think the instability of the "monetary foundation" has been greatly overblown. There is a reason why the doomsayers, both from the Left and the Right, Communists, Libertarians, and anarchists, who hate the Federal Reserve, haven't gotten a single economic prediction right in the last eight years (and their record prior to that is your typical stopped-clock). Even doing financial crises, there was no hyperinflation and no currency crises. Everyone talks about the issues with booms and busts, but the US economy was more stable in the 20th century than any before it. We've seen the horrendous issues with gold standards, Euro-like currency, and pegged currencies. I'm not sure how Amazon suffers by growing. By growing, innovating, and reducing costs, we are all benefiting. That's the way the tide has always swung...usually, new industries arise and there is still a need for human capital. But if there isn't, all that it means is prosperity is so cheap everyone can have it. Basically, I'm not sure how we could have stopped the inevitable end of certain kinds of jobs. Government policies, or the "money manipulators" didn't invent the technology that has eliminated so many jobs. It is the same thing I say when idiots claim that government regulations are the main reason why jobs go overseas as if government regulations explain the wage gap between an American and Chinese worker.
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    06-17-2017, 11:08 PM
    Ah, so because "leftists" are inconsistent, you must be inconsistent? I suppose one difference would be that Obama changed his viewpoint and endorsed gay marriage (and it was pretty much figured he took the position he did because of political reasons). Scalise has yet to do that. Also, by my recollection, there were many left-wing groups and personalities calling out Obama's homophobia. Glenn Greenwald, Dave Rubin, etc. Are we equating Jeremiah Wright to David Duke? You must believe that Ron Paul is a racist, then, considering his newsletters.
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    06-17-2017, 09:04 PM
    How so? No harm is being wished on Scalise. I don't know if Scalise is bigoted, but he is certainly homophobic. He wants to take away the rights of gays and lesbians, while being saved by them.
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    06-17-2017, 04:41 PM
    Seems like Cernovich is just virtue signaling...
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    06-17-2017, 03:38 PM
    I don't think you are familiar with how Amazon prime works. They can increase the rate on you at any time (for continuing years). In certain areas, I think it has. New York, California, Washington, the East Coast...you've seen a lot of wealth creation. Moreover, you've seen real household net worth nearly double in the last 16 years. Not to mention the growth in business net worth... Sure, but many won't be able to control their impulses and that is a benefit to Amazon. They'd be subsidizing me, in a sense, but I'm sure brick-and-mortar grocery stores have similar schemes. Amazon gets my prime fees, my monthly rate, and probably a tiny amount of the groceries I buy. It will be about low margins and high volumes, plus the aforementioned impulse buys from less savvy customers.
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    06-17-2017, 02:44 PM
    If you don't like it, don't shop with Amazon :). I think that businesses see fewer opportunities for good investments, and so are turning over their cash to dividends, buybacks, and acquisitions. I also think that bigger companies realize that smaller, nimbler companies tend to be better at forging new ground; instead of throwing away money trying to be innovative in-house, acquire a smaller company at a premium. Plus, there is a lot of issues with corporate managements structures, if not outright control fraud messing with the system. Managers feel like they have to do something...the markets really punish lack of action. A manager who recognizes his company can't grow too much or just needs to stay the course is going to be replaced with a manager with a plan, no matter how fraught. And, when M&A and taking on debt become the in thing to do, that's what everyone does. Even if it fails, you can point to "that's what everyone else did". If you buck the trend and fail, you're out of a job. Managers will prioritize their interests over what is best for the company. Lastly, one can't ignore that markets are increasingly short-sighted. Everyone is looking for short-term price increases, trying to let others hold the bag for long-term failures.
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