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  1. about 15 hours ago on Mike Lester

    Details, details. You libs always want to get into the details.

    As it turns out, they wanted to hang my business partner, so I encouraged them. So sue me.

  2. about 15 hours ago on Michael Ramirez

    I agree with you. Mortgage deductions would be the first to go. Oil and gas subsidies, too.

    I would decrease the taxes on poor people, especially the payroll taxes. Crediting their accounts into Medicare and FICA, but not withholding the money.

    More importantly, I would change where monies were being spent, focusing on massive productive expenditures in free early childhood education and free day care. I would defund much of the military (maybe by 50-60%) and pare it back dramatically to suit contemporary realities. This shift from war to children would have to happen over time so as to shift resources to productive activities and re-employ the military personnel and contractor employees elsewhere.

    But shifting priorities from focusing on DEATH to focusing on LIFE would my highest priority. I would lower local school taxes and make education federally funded to level the playing field. There’s no good equitable reason why the poor kid in Appalachia or Detroit should have substandard schools while kids in Fairfield County, CT have schools that rival most private schools.

    By the way, I would also increase corporate taxes and eliminate the interest deduction. Yes, the taxes would be paid by the customers, but that’s just fine. Competition will keep the corporations efficient and the customers happy. R&D tax credits should stay, though, they are productive tax breaks.

    You probably don’t like my suggestions. Most Americans appear to favor spending money on better ways to kill people rather than feeding and caring for toddlers and teaching kids to read.

    Oh, and BTW, by anyone’s standards, I could be considered wealthy. I am extremely fortunate (lucky) to be born white and in good circumstances. I didn’t inherit any money, though, just a good education. I speak two languages, traveled and lived in a number of places around the world, and founded seven companies, some failed, some didn’t.

  3. 1 day ago on Michael Ramirez

    Now you’re talking! So what do we cut from the federal budget?

  4. 1 day ago on Prickly City

    Why are you apologizing, Robin?

    His polemics are simply repeating what his media and friends all agree on. Are those YOUR polemics, and so you are apologizing for the scorn you would receive if you had written the post?

    He truly believes this stuff, which is sad. There’s no thought involved. No attempt to understand what’s going on. The same is true for many ideas on the left. But the narrative he has been sold is intended to sow discord. That’s its purpose.

    What’s your purpose in making the apology on his behalf?

  5. 1 day ago on Prickly City

    Sure she does.

    So, soldier, what we’ll-regulated militia do you belong to? What’s your rank?

  6. 1 day ago on Michael Ramirez

    You did hit a nerve.

    Those who have no discernment about our species threaten our success.

    By “our success” I meant you, me, everyone else and all of our descendants.

    Simplistic repetition of political slogans is repulsive to me.

    The whole “it’s not the government’s money” argument is idiotic. When you purchase something you get the something and the seller gets the money. You want to live here? Pay your damned taxes.

  7. 2 days ago on Michael Ramirez

    Oh stop it with this knee jerk reflex that “it’s not the government’s money.”

    When the government borrows or collects taxes, it owns that money. Americans have to pay for government. All humans have to pay for government.

    You are human, right? So, YOU TOO have to pay. Oh boo hoo for you.

    Government at all levels are the only entities that are organized to represent everyone. Corporations don’t. Religions don’t. Charities don’t. Individuals don’t. Only government.

    All big organizations have dysfunction, so,don’t give me that crap about government being especially dysfunctional. So what? It’s the nature of large organizations to have elements that do not function well.

    More importantly, government functions like government, NOT like an individual, or a family, or a corporation, or a religion, or a charity. That’s because it isn’t any of those other things. It’s government, duh.

    Government is essential. Government undergirds a society. Without government, there is no law. There is nothing that represents the population. There is only that which represents a more narrow interest.

    We live in a complex world of interdependence. Government mediates that—or should mediate that interdependence.

    So get it out of your head that government is a problem. Saint Ronnie was simply wrong. So was Clinton when he said the “era of big government is over.” That’s sheer nonsense. We are a diverse nation with 350 million people. Of course a federal government is going to be large.

    We have the blessings of a federal system where the states, counties, cities and towns all have a governmental role to play. And decisions should usually be as local as possible.

    But the nation does need to protect Americans who live in sub-par states. The former confederacy has most of these sub-par states. Which figures. They thought state’s rights meant you could enslave people.

    But please just grow up with your anti-government polemics. Please.

  8. 3 days ago on Michael Ramirez

    The problem, American Pie, is that fiscal responsibility is not even a dream of a possibility as long as the taxes are too low and the military budget too high.

    We want more than our government is willing to pay for because of the right wing. So, while we may all “agree” the road to actual fiscal responsibility has been blocked by the Republicans. That is a fact. Not opinion. Not trying to be contentious. Not even political. Just a fact.

  9. 6 days ago on Joe Heller

    Some science for you all. The COVID variant known as Delta is far more contagious that the original virus BUT WAY, WAY LESS LETHAL. This is evolution at work. The variant “doesn’t want” to kill all of its hosts. It “wants” to infect as many people as possible but not kill them.

    Take a look at the new cases vs. the new deaths. 50-65k new cases per day in the US, and only about 300 deaths.

    Conclusion: The vaccines are effective and safe. The virus is more contagious and less lethal.

    A bit of this effect has to do with more successful medical protocols. But most of it is the essential nature of the Delta variant.

    This is how viral evolution works. The MRNA virus mutates constantly. Moreover, it’s transcription of information from its DNA to its RNA is always a little less than perfect. That causes constant mutations, most of which die off quickly. All MRNA viruses act this way, which is why there will never be a “cure” for the “common cold.” (In contrast, RNA viruses have much more persistently accurate transcription, and mutate less frequently.)

    The Delta variant is living proof of the evolutionary processes at work ( assuming viruses are a life form). The pandemic will play out with these mutations. Each becoming a little weaker and more contagious.

    Masks are still useful for the immune compromised, severely obese, diabetic, and others who are chronically ill. But for the fully vaccinated, the chance of serious complications from the Delta variant is very low. And, for the unvaccinated, the chance of getting the virus are extremely high, but their chance of dying is extremely low.

    I had hoped the variant would rid the population of the less intelligent among us. But that won’t happen. It would have been another instance of evolution at work, where those unable to adapt die off. But MRNA viruses don’t work like that.

  10. 6 days ago on Looks Good on Paper

    Yup, that’s right Betty. And it was assumed that white men of means who owned land were more sensible and insightful than the landless rabble, women, brown people, Asians, etc. The Electoral College was based on the assumption that landowning white men would refuse to elect a president if the individual was a moron or someone they considered to be of an “inferior race or gender."