Last edited by SL89; 02-28-2012 at 03:10 AM.
“The state can't give you freedom, and the state can't take it away. You're born with it, like your eyes, like your ears. Freedom is something you assume, then you wait for someone to try to take it away. The degree to which you resist is the degree to which you are free.” ~ Utah Phillips
I'll say the top 2 reasons for this re-alignment have been 1)the home mortgage interest tax deduction and 2)the government redirecting wealth to building interstates/expanding the suburbs through taxes. This is in spite of smaller family sizes.In 1950, the average family spent about 22% of its income on housing.
In 2012, the average family spends about 43% of its income on housing.
I meant you know, illusions of luxury. High speed internet, TV, shit you can buy every day at the store ice cream etc. I buy canned food every week too but I don't touch it at all.
Don't get me wrong I checked out your food thread and I think its fucking awesome. Reminded me that I need toilet paper LOL
In the 1950s you could slap together a cooler and screw it onto your bicycle. Then you could go to baseball games and sell your frozen treats to people. Now you would be a criminal.
I just had a look at Hong Kong in google streetview and you would be amazed at the number of shops in the middle of the big city. There are thousands of them. Little 10'x30' shops that sell practically everything it looks like. And it doesn't even look scummy. I now understand why they are always at the top of those economic freedom indexes.
No more IRS.
I am now old enough to vote.
hey, yall... i found this in a zerohedge thread, and, well, i think it's pretty lulzworthy and fits in this thread:
US Citizened, FTW!!!You've got US citizened.
The piece information is easy to find and/or well known.
A US citizen urges someone to provide some data, link or evidence to prove the statement...
You've been US citizened.
Mere statement of power.
Are facts only opinions that US citizens want to be facts.
Ironic, you have any idea how many street cams, public and private, from dashboard to store walls there are in Hong Kong or Taiwan? Do you know what else about Hong Kong and Taiwan? They don't welcome immigrants to become citizens, they are completely anti-drug. Taiwan still has death penalty (so does Singapore) So if you "understand" why they are wealthy, consider what they don't have : freedom to drive drunk, freedom to sell drugs, freedom of a house with a yard, freedom from being filmed, freedom to own a gun, right to jury trial. Don't compare apples to oranges, seriously. Anybody who says "war on drugs never works" or "banning guns will only give outlaws guns" better explain why it works perfectly in these 3 little islands.
Last edited by onlyrp; 02-28-2012 at 02:15 PM.
We have the internet today.
Just the internet alone is such an expansion of freedom that almost anything else is irrelevant.
Aside from the fact that poor people today are materially better off than middle class folk sixty years ago.
Technology and progress are the goods. The ideal is to move forward with the positive advancements we have made, and remove the negative (growth of the state).
Originally Posted by Ron Paul