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commented on Tom Toles
9 days ago
Possibly because all the laws, regulation and overhead makes it almost impossible to start your own business and become the CEO.
We have a nice crony fascist system that only allows the those that buy power to actually start businesses and thus get paid whatever the hell they want.
We could possibly start there, but no you’d rather play their game (while they laugh at you) and fight about what pittance your sold freedoms get you.
But, corporations could do evil you say. Well no corporation can have a monopoly without the state enforcing the monopoly. And you think power hungry elected officials are no less potentially evil?
commented on Ted Rall
23 days ago
And the pointless Dem-Rep fight goes on while they laugh… You guys must be so proud to be suckers.
At least the Dem team is "winning’, but look the Rep team is about to make a comeback. Bet when they get ahead, absolutely nothing of substance changes.
commented on Non Sequitur
about 1 month ago
“f they were intelligent they’d never let themselves be caught & experimented upon”
Replace “they” with “We” (and ourselves) and think about it.
You get caught just by being trapped in the large community.
I just hope they dispose of us humanely when they are done.
commented on Ted Rall
about 1 month ago
I’ve worked 25 and been the chief programmer and given the budget and time spent their site is a disaster.
Not sure why were you work such shoddy quality of work is ‘normal’ but in the real world of startups you don’t get that many chances.
Basic stuff like account creation and load balancing should have been easily anticipated. I could understand some issues with the later stuff, given how personal and directed (and probably state specific) the questionnaires are, but to crash under moderate load and not even handle basic account creation well…
And I’m curious how NY is pulling it off. Was something blocking the companies from actually selling that insurance before, because if they could offer something that low, they probably would have.
Then again between collusion and state regulations it may not have been possible.
Also the ‘$100 out of pocket’ doesn’t make that much sense. Is the deductible super high? Are you really getting any insurance, or just pretending to while 99% of the people pay for everything out of pocket anyway.
Given how silly and bloated the for profit insurance industry is, single payer may only be a side grade rather than a straight downgrade.
How about we actually have insurance for its real use (unlikely catastrophes) and go back to the old pay for service model, where the only employees at a doctors office were actual medical personnel instead of 1 doctor, 2 nurses and 5 bureaucrats to manage the paperwork for that doctor to send to 5 more at the insurance company (and to pay for the excessive executive salaries)?
What do the executives do? Probably figure out more ways to get government to pass more laws and regulations that let them grow their companies without actually providing any more actual medical care.
Of course this model precludes more self interest in health, but given the state of medical care these days I think more people have realized that the only way to survive the next decade is to do your best not to get sick.
commented on Ted Rall
2 months ago
You view society as government (your own words) and that only government can make a civil society. I assert that is not only false, but dangerously false and the attempts to make that true only results in totalitarianism.
The time period you just mentioned created a lot of the moral hazard we are now trapped in. [A big one is the dissolution of the family, where in the past, the eldest were cared for by the youngest, creating the need to raise good children so that you would be cared for]
While the programs you are touting (given the timeframes) were created for an ideal world, we live in the real world.
And I love the ‘be like me’. I can put safe wagers not only on the number of hours I have worked per year for my adult life, but also the value I have brought to my coworkers and clients dwarfs whatever you can dream of. I bet if everyone was like me, we’d be in a hell of a lot better place.
And thus your assumption shows the false paradigm that has been set up. If your against one part of government funding you MUST be for the other parts….
Maybe you need to take the blinders off and realize there is a growing segment of society that see this crony crapatilist government for what it is.
Self reliance and morals are dead letters these days. In that type of society, why is the government, which usually reflects and magnifies the culture, necessarily as good as people think it is?
Need to find a quote I think I saw on here that pretty much says in a moral society, no government is needed, and in an immoral society, government is to be feared.
Oscar54: You obviously have enough money for an internet connection.
How dare you keep any of your money while people don’t have healthcare or enough food (by their standards) Or air conditioning.
The problem with forced taking from one set of people and giving to another set is actually defining when enough is enough. Civil societies actually solved this BEFORE the government got involved.
Are you sure government involvement in all these items actually made things better? Or does it just make you feel better that you empower a third party to steal from those you may not like to give to causes you feel are justified.
Be a man and do it yourself if your that committed and see how far you get before you realize its immoral. And if its immoral for you to “rob from the rich to give to the poor” how is it moral for you to justify a third party to do the same?
I think everyone here needs to look more into the Nolan chart.
Rather than a line, its a square, and both the R’s and D’s are moving fast to the bottom point (Totalitarianism)
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