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  1. SCAATY_423 commented on Pearls Before Swine over 1 year ago

    “No government employee, elected or not, pays any real taxes.” …Okay, I can’t let this one slide.
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    I was a Federal government employee for 43 years, and I sure as hell paid “real” income and other taxes in every year of that. I imagine you could think of it, in your terms, as a tax on a tax — but one way or another, it’s not merely the bookkeeping sleight-of-hand you seem to think it is. As a taxpayer, part of my taxes went to pay my own paycheck, which gives me a headache just to think about.
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    Your point 4 is simply incorrect, and not in a good way. A growing portion of every dollar used to pay government employees is “created” out of thin air by debt financing, not by direct taxation of the private sector. Will the private sector have to pay for it eventually? An interesting question, which no one has given hard thought to.
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    A further fallacy is that “the government” is taken to be hermetically sealed off from the private sector. It isn’t. Government employees live, die, and spend money in the private sector — money taxed from the private sector is turned right around and spent in the private sector. When you get down to it, that’s the only that government can ever get anything done. (That, by the way, generates what we economists call a “multiplier effect”, stimulating the creation of more jobs and income. This, too, is not just ideological smoke and mirrors, but a real-world commonplace.)
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    I’m not sure what you mean by your point 5, unless you’re trying to represent that government activity has no net “value added” to society — that it puts back only what it takes out, nothing more. Tell that to the people in the northeastern U.S. who will be receiving massive government assistance to recover from Hurricane Sandy. There are activities that are essential to the functioning of society, which government must perform because private individuals or businesses can’t, or won’t, even when performing them makes everybody better off…the fatal flaw in the usual laissez-faire, free-market prescription for everything that ails us.

  2. SCAATY_423 commented on The Boondocks over 1 year ago

    I love how science fiction becomes fact in ways the writers never thought of, and we never even notice. Cell phones and bluetooth headsets? Star Trek communicators, of course. :)
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    But I still want George Jetson’s flying car that folds up into an attaché case.

  3. SCAATY_423 commented on Red and Rover over 1 year ago

    Yeah. This strip was set in a time (early sixties) when the western as a cultural icon was running out of steam — or riding off into the sunset? :) — and other kinds of fantasy were taking over.
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    The downside of nostalgia is that whatever you’re fondly remembering is really done and gone, and the memories are all you have left.

  4. SCAATY_423 commented on Pearls Before Swine over 1 year ago

    We need a pill for Electile Dysfunction. (“If you have an election lasting more than four hours, seek medical attention at once.”)
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    Sure, I stole that gag. I consider that a compliment to whoever thought of it first. :)

  5. SCAATY_423 commented on Non Sequitur over 1 year ago

    Is it just me? I would bet good money that if this isn’t an actual re-run, it’s a near-clone of an older story arc.

  6. SCAATY_423 commented on Heart of the City over 1 year ago

    You really want to scare a kid? Tell them, “Look at me…this is you in thirty years! BWAH-ha-ha-hah!!”

  7. SCAATY_423 commented on Garfield over 1 year ago

    “How the hell could he save up enough to retire to the Bahamas??”
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    Easy…he moonlights as a ghost writer. :)

  8. SCAATY_423 commented on For Better or For Worse over 1 year ago

    Too many of the ones here either slam the husband as an insensitive lout, or slam the wife as a self-pitying shrew. I guess it’s just no fun for some folks if they aren’t puffing themselves up by putting down somebody else.

  9. SCAATY_423 commented on Flo and Friends over 1 year ago

    You know what’s really scary? In a few more years (depending on how old you think they are), BOTH of them will be able to vote, and their votes will carry the same weight.

  10. SCAATY_423 commented on Candorville over 1 year ago

    A bear trap would have been more effective. But then again, Clyde is a seasoned pro….