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  1. Wraithkin commented on Mike Lester about 13 hours ago

    Let’s not forget how Obama bowed to them, too. Just sayin’.

  2. Wraithkin commented on Dana Summers 3 days ago

    I agree: This mom rates a medal, a parade, and a book deal.

    Easy solution for the police response to rioters. Instead of standing there as a wall, engaging in melee combat with batons and shields, they instead issue rubber/paint bullets and bean-bag slugs. If they catch anyone rioting, they unload/show clear. You’re not permanently harming them, and it gives you a very precise method of dealing with those who are NOT peaceably assembling. The rest you just leave alone. Guarantee that’ll cut down on the rioting.

  3. Wraithkin commented on Mike Lester 5 days ago

    Communism is not the same as Socialism. You need to check that out, because it is relevant. Of course, China also is the #1 in the world for murdering female children. That’s something to shoot for, too.

    Hiram, it’s an assumption that giving money to freeloaders will help them grow the economy. We’ve got what… 7 years of it and how’s that turned out? When labor force participation rate is included into unemployment, we’re still over 10%. Jobs aren’t there. And foisting more and more burdens on business (minimum wage hikes, PPACA requirements, etc) does not encourage them to expand.

    And I am certain that I never said anything about the rich investing money in Russia. I would never say something like that. Unless I said something along the repatriation tax and how that discourages corporations from bringing money home, and that’s what you took it to mean.

    Tarred, I think you miss the complexities of the economy at large. The rich have a lot of their money tied up in stocks/bonds/mutual funds. Those funds are used to invest in businesses who need capital to grow. For instance, if Boeing needs a new plant in say… Wyoming, they can issue a stock sale to Wall Street. The market will price those stocks and sell them, thus generating capital for Boeing.

    Then Boeing builds a plant (employing people), builds planes (employing more people), and ships those planes (again, employing more people). The secondary effect is those new employees purchase things in that local community in Wyoming, thus infusing capital into local businesses — from the mom & pop shops to the big chain stores. If you can’t grasp that basic concept, you shouldn’t be making comments about economics, either micro or macro in scale.

    That example is how wealth is generated without any cost to the taxpayer. However, distributing cash from the rich to the poor takes the money they would invest in Boeing and instead gives it to someone who will not provide a meaningful contribution to the economy, either macro or micro. The Capital Gains tax is also something that inhibits growth; after all, why would you risk (because it is a risk) money on something when the reward is getting a swat on the nose by the government for making “too much money?” It’s a disincentive to investment, and impedes our ability to grow business and the economy with it.

  4. Wraithkin commented on Lisa Benson 5 days ago

    No, thrashing like Super Mom gave her kid.

  5. Wraithkin commented on Michael Ramirez 6 days ago

    If you’re referring to the “report” that shows Fox News reported misinformation, keep in mind those reports were cherry picked by the fact checker and it has since been discredited.

    Now, to the other part of your comment, yes. Most politicians lie. It just seems that Hillary is especially adept at it.

  6. Wraithkin commented on Lisa Benson 6 days ago

    So city-data.com is hearsay and opinion? Just because you don’t like the source doesn’t make the data invalid.

    You miss the point entirely. The point I’m trying to make is that under liberal leadership, economies — both large and small — take it on the chin. Sure, they may provide a “social safety net,” but after that net catches you, you have a very difficult time getting out of it. It instills complacency and robs people of their work ethic.

    Open your eyes. I’m not saying that Republicans have all the answers; hell, I think some of their ideas are stupid. But they at least have the sense to realize that if you keep giving away other people’s money, the only ones they are really hurting are the ones they are purporting to rescue.

    Historical examples… The democrats wanted to make it a fundamental “right” to own a home. That translates into an “equal opportunity lender.” Sound familiar to anyone? That’s code for “if we don’t lend money to people of color, even if their credit and income are far below our standards, we can be sued for discrimination.” Too bad you have to pay your bill to own a home. You have to have a modicum of a decent income to own a home. And, regardless of cause or source, who in our society has the lowest average income? That’s right! Blacks and Hispanics. So lending institutions were coerced to lend to these sub-prime risks (the technical term, not the common term).

    And what happened when people couldn’t make their payments, because they were too ill-educated to read the fine print on their ARM? They lost their homes and all their assets; they bought a home they couldn’t afford. So a concept that was originally designed to help minorities actually ended up disproportionately hurting them. Great intentions rarely materialize into great outcomes.

    Another example is the current welfare system (in all the programs put together from EBT, PPACA, welfare, housing assistance, etc). The original idea behind all these programs was to provide support so people didn’t live and die on the streets. They were designed so children didn’t go hungry at night. They were intended to provide healthcare to people who needed it the most but could afford it the least. Sounds like a great plan, right? It’s everything that a utopian society would have.

    Once again, reality had other plans in store. We still have a massive homeless population in this country, many of whom are vets who had their homes taken from them for a multitude of reasons. You have children who still go hungry because the EBT system is going to parents who don’t give a rat’s behind about their kids and instead sell the EBT money for drugs, booze, or cigarettes instead of providing healthy food for their children. You have the PPACA that provides you with healthcare that … already should have been provided by the state (medicaid anyone?). Aside from the obvious blatant abuse of the systems, let’s instead look at the unintended consequences.

    The Entire apparatus is such that once you’re in, you don’t get out. The way the system is structured is there is no sliding scale. It’s tiered, and then it’s cut off. And the LOWER down the scale you go, the more you get. For instance, single mothers who have another child get more of EVERYTHING, because you can’t leave that child come to harm. Gods forbid that woman stop being promiscuous and bringing a child into the world that she knowingly can’t support.

    So if the woman is incentivized to have more children, what’s her incentive to NOT have more children? If you have a family on EBT that gets say… 500 a month for food through EBT, but that drops to 50 a month if a parent gets a job that brings in enough to provide 400 a month for food, what’s the incentive to get the job?

    The PPACA has a perverse credits system that not only has a CLIFF when you reach a certain amount, but as my brother recently discovered… teens in the home count towards family income when calculated on what credits you qualify for. So that inserts an incentive for the teens to not work (thus preventing them from getting jobs after high school), that inserts an incentive to minimize the amount of work you take as a parent so you still qualify for your PPACA credits, and it encourages people to stay unemployed so they get their bennies.

    I don’t remember where I got the statistic, but a person living on the dole is taking in the equivalent of $45-50k a year in benefits on the taxpayer’s dime. If you’re going to get a job making $30k a year (15/hour), and you lose all your benefits from the government, what’s the incentive to have a job? Work ethic? After not having a job for an average of what… 6 months or a year? Get real!

    These examples, and more, are just a pragmatic analysis of systems we have in place. These programs, and more, are championed traditionally by democrats because they insist they are trying to help the poor and downtrodden. But what they are doing is building yokes around their necks, slowly but surely, until they are so dependent upon the government that they cannot imagine life without it. THAT is why I posted those statistics. THAT is why I say the blame lays at the feet of democrats. Because while the republicans are FAR from perfect, at least they have the common sense to not feed the bears.

  7. Wraithkin commented on Lisa Benson 6 days ago

    This article provides proof that Wise is spouting a blatant falsehood.

    Here is a list of the top 100 cities ranked by worst poverty level. Hartford, CT: Last republican was in the 70’s. Miami, FL: Last republican was was in the 40’s. Newark, NJ hasn’t had a republican since the 1800’s. New Orleans hasn’t had a republican since 1872! 1993 was the last time a republican was in the mayor’s office in Syracuse. Buffalo, NY hasn’t seen a conservative mayor since 1965. Flint hasn’t had a conservative Mayor in at least a couple decades. Shall I continue?

  8. Wraithkin commented on Lisa Benson 7 days ago

    Illegitimate rates amongst whites are about 32 per 1,000, less than half that of blacks. Try again?

  9. Wraithkin commented on Lisa Benson 7 days ago

    I love how you blame everyone but the parties who are responsible for it. Breaking the law to “get by?” Are you joking?

    No, fathers who are looking out for their families aren’t the majority of the prison population. Thugs and wannabes are. Drug dealers are. Violent criminals are.

    Carting out your strawman of conservatives for running successful businesses because that’s what the shareholders want is not going to solve the problem. People like you are the ones who believe they are permitted to riot to take stuff from hard-working business-owners.

    You make the false assumption that many of these people even WANT jobs. snort You are missing the mark. Culturally, the black community punishes students who want to do well. Here is an article showing their educational outcomes.

    No, you want to find a way to fix the system, dumping money into it isn’t going to work. Giving them hand-outs isn’t going to work. We’ve already tried that, and all we’ve done is created a generation of dependent citizens that expect the government to give them money. Where’s the incentive, then, to try?

    The solution is to force these kids to stay in school, to force them to perform, and to encourage success in these schools. Right now, they face only the stick from their peers (in some cases, quite literally), and there’s no carrot that they see that will overcome it. And the educational system passes many of these kids through so they don’t have to deal with them every year.

    Let me ask you this: Should our international corporations give jobs to people who don’t even have a high school diploma? Should they give preferential treatment to blacks by dismissing/overlooking their educational deficiencies over hiring a non-black employee that does have education completed? Would YOU pay someone who has no HS diploma the same wage as someone who has a diploma? Or someone who has a tech school or college degree? If so, do you honestly think you’re going to get the same productivity out of them? By black teens not getting a HS Diploma, they are creating self-inflicted impediment to their own futures.

    I don’t know what a solution is. But what we’re doing right now isn’t working. Heck, maybe give high school students $20 for every test that has a C, 40 for B’s, and 100 for A’s? I don’t know, but it’s probably more effective than what’s going on now. They want money so they can have the things they want, and to support their family? Then make high school their job, and they get paid more for doing well. Money speaks to this culture. When you’re rolling in fat cash for being a straight-A student, you won’t give a crap about what your friends are saying… especially if you’re buying them Starbucks every morning.

  10. Wraithkin commented on Mike Lester 7 days ago

    hint: neither will giving my money to freeloaders. Who do you actually think creates jobs? If you believe the Government should make more jobs, then you should go visit the USSR… oh. wait..