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  1. Gary Kleppe commented on Jim Morin 1 day ago

    I can’t resist flogging this a little more. Who else are “Utopian Communists” according to Churchy’s definition? The governments of Singapore, Taiwan, and India, for starters, where health care is a public service.

    Then there’s the guy who said this:

    “The dis­cov­er­ies of heal­ing sci­ence must be the inher­i­tance of all. That is clear: Dis­ease must be attacked, whether it occurs in the poor­est or the rich­est man or woman sim­ply on the ground that it is the enemy; and it must be attacked just in the sane way as the fire brigade will give its full assis­tance to the hum­blest cot­tage as read­ily as to the most impor­tant mansion….Our pol­icy is to cre­ate a national health ser­vice in order to ensure that every­body in the coun­try, irre­spec­tive of means, age, sex, or occu­pa­tion, shall have equal oppor­tu­ni­ties to ben­e­fit from the best and most up-to-date med­ical and allied ser­vices available.”

  2. Gary Kleppe commented on Jim Morin 1 day ago

    So only Utopian Communists would set an upper income tax rate in the ninety percent range? I imagine Eisenhower and the Congress of his day would be quite surprised to learn that. Joe McCarthy didn’t need to go hunting for Communists; he should’ve just turned himself and all of his colleagues in.

    Here’s a simple one just to narrow down the argument. If the left were in power, a stock market investor making millions in capital gains would pay a higher percentage of income in total taxes than someone flipping burgers for minimum wage.

  3. Gary Kleppe commented on Drew Sheneman 3 days ago

    John Oliver.

  4. Gary Kleppe commented on Jim Morin 3 days ago

    Yes, chuckles, the left wing is in power. That’s why insurance companies were eliminated and health care is now a public service. That’s why there’s a ninety percent income tax on incomes over $200,000. It’s why education and medical research and public media are fully funded but the military has to hold fund-raising telethons; why public transportation is free and plentiful; why banking fraud and police brutality are prosecuted to the extent of the law. Makes perfect sense.

  5. Gary Kleppe commented on Chan Lowe 3 days ago

    A libertarian is one who knows the deck has long since been stacked in his favor, and so won’t let the government shuffle the cards, because that would be cheating.

  6. Gary Kleppe commented on John Deering 20 days ago

    Remember, kids, any cartoon that insults an official enemy of the state is automatically clever and funny.

  7. Gary Kleppe commented on Tom Toles 21 days ago

    But the purely privatized system that the Republicans would like to take us back to is even more unstable. The only sustainable system for health care would be to eliminate private insurance and make it a public service, like the fire department, available to everyone who needs it and paid for by public money (it would cost less than we’re spending now). Just about every other country has figured this out, including those bastions of socialism Singapore and Taiwan.

  8. Gary Kleppe commented on Stuart Carlson 24 days ago

    If global warming is real and man-made, then a lot of profiteering corporations are responsible for it. Therefore it can’t be real, because the central tenet of wingnuttism is that the rich and powerful are never, ever responsible for anything.

  9. Gary Kleppe commented on Ted Rall 28 days ago

    If there were a better alternative they might vote for it. Your party isn’t it. The Republicans caused the recession and have fought tooth and nail against even Obama’s meager attempts to counter it.

  10. Gary Kleppe commented on Jeff Danziger 29 days ago

    Funny you should mention that. In 1949 there was a moderate democratic government in Syria. It was overthrown in a coup that many in the know say was orchestrated by the CIA. This plunged the country into a bloody turmoil from which it never really recovered.