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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
85. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 14, 2013, 22:32 cappy
 
nin wrote on Oct 14, 2013, 22:28:
cappy wrote on Oct 14, 2013, 22:05:
Prez wrote on Oct 14, 2013, 20:26:
I'm a little surprised to see Blue link to such a politically charged topic as "Obamacare", but hey, it's his site.

I have deliberately remained mostly ignorant on the ACA so I could see for myself what it entailed instead of having someone else explain their version of the truth of it to me. Honestly, from what I've seen so far my reaction is one of "THIS is what the fuss is all about?" I assumed when the talking heads were calling it socialized medicine that it would mean free health care for those without jobs wholly subsidized by those of us with jobs. Instead it sounds like just any other plan from any other insurance company only with the Federal Government as the administrator. "But Prez, it's forcing companies to provide its full-time employees with healthcare!" To which I say, "And...? That's a bad thing how exactly?" Uninsured people are one of the things that drives the cost of healthcare for everyone - imagine if there were fewer uninsured people!

You can say that the government mandating things to corporations is anti-capitalist and that may be so, but before government regulation of corporations started factory workers who died at their machines from being over-worked and under- nourished were simply pushed out of the way to make room for a live worker to work the machine. Ah the good ole early 1900's, dontcha miss 'em? Corporations have repeatedly shown that often the only way they will do the right thing is if they are made to. So while I am pro-Capitalist in the general sense, the need for government mandates and regulation is obvious to me. Enron and Worldcom anyone?

+1

Thanks for the rational, well-thought-out taking-a-step-away-from-hyperbole post. The whole healthcare issue has seen too little of that, unfortunately. So many people have grown hysterical over it. So a calm read is greatly refreshing!

Agreed. Think Prez is one of, if not the most level headed folks here.

Yeah, he always explains his positions and is willing to consider others who do the same. I've always appreciated that, since it isn't the norm in discussions on many topics
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
83. Re: Internet abandons the US Oct 14, 2013, 22:24 cappy
 
Mad Max RW wrote on Oct 14, 2013, 11:28:

Meanwhile Obama's approval is down to a record low of 37%, even lower than Bush's rating at this point in his presidency. When Bush finally reached it after 6 years the liberal dominated media celebrated. Now it's not even being reported by those same hypocrites.

With all the back-and-forth on the polls, here's what they are:

* Associated Press released a 37% approval result last week, which was seized upon by various politicians, pundits, and outlets because it showed such a precipitous drop from previous polls.

* RealClearPolitics' compilation of polls shows it as an outlier, well below FoxNews, Rasmussen, Reuters, Gallup, etc.

* Gallup has Obama's most recent daily approval rating at 41%.

* Gallup also helpfully allows users to overlay prior Presidents' approval ratings to compare them.

* At this point, 1727 days in office, Obama's approval was 42% for the week average. Bush's was 39% for the same time period. The past 500 days in office track very closely between Obama and Bush, just as Obama's first 670 days in office tracked closely to Reagan's - before Reagan (like Clinton) saw increasing popularity that extended into his second term.

It's relevant to note that while individual poll results may cheer or depress people - depending upon their point-of-view of whoever or whatever is being polled - polls can be outliers, even ones with good methodology and track records. Given the way aberrant polls have been seized upon by opposition in the past two re-election bids (2004 and 2012) a little grain of salt is probably warranted when a poll diverges too much from all others.

In any event, Obama isn't running for re-election. I would say that the polling results for Congress are more interesting. And even then, their relevance is likely to be considerably dampened a year from now in mid-terms.

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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
82. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 14, 2013, 22:05 cappy
 
Prez wrote on Oct 14, 2013, 20:26:
I'm a little surprised to see Blue link to such a politically charged topic as "Obamacare", but hey, it's his site.

I have deliberately remained mostly ignorant on the ACA so I could see for myself what it entailed instead of having someone else explain their version of the truth of it to me. Honestly, from what I've seen so far my reaction is one of "THIS is what the fuss is all about?" I assumed when the talking heads were calling it socialized medicine that it would mean free health care for those without jobs wholly subsidized by those of us with jobs. Instead it sounds like just any other plan from any other insurance company only with the Federal Government as the administrator. "But Prez, it's forcing companies to provide its full-time employees with healthcare!" To which I say, "And...? That's a bad thing how exactly?" Uninsured people are one of the things that drives the cost of healthcare for everyone - imagine if there were fewer uninsured people!

You can say that the government mandating things to corporations is anti-capitalist and that may be so, but before government regulation of corporations started factory workers who died at their machines from being over-worked and under- nourished were simply pushed out of the way to make room for a live worker to work the machine. Ah the good ole early 1900's, dontcha miss 'em? Corporations have repeatedly shown that often the only way they will do the right thing is if they are made to. So while I am pro-Capitalist in the general sense, the need for government mandates and regulation is obvious to me. Enron and Worldcom anyone?

+1

Thanks for the rational, well-thought-out taking-a-step-away-from-hyperbole post. The whole healthcare issue has seen too little of that, unfortunately. So many people have grown hysterical over it. So a calm read is greatly refreshing!
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
3. Re: Evening Consolidation Aug 6, 2013, 00:49 cappy
 
I don't have a PS3. But I watched the entire walkthrough of the game - the only time I have ever done this. Excellent game.

And the thing that made it work was that the main characters grew to depend on one another. The article mentions criticisms that the female character got into danger. But one of the best parts of the game (at least from my perspective viewing a walkthrough) was when Ellie had to save someone else. And not a short-term rescue save, either.

I think the whole thing felt more satisfying because the dynamic between the characters felt balanced, with each bringing strengths to the relationship.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
2. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jun 27, 2013, 22:50 cappy
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 27, 2013, 21:02:
Designed in California. Made In China. Because Apple hates America.

Designed in California...by an English knight.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Science Fiction... Apr 28, 2013, 17:36 cappy
 
They're already teaching science fiction in South Carolina...  
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News Comments > Op Ed
27. Re: STOP THE MADNESS!!! Dec 26, 2012, 20:50 cappy
 
RollinThundr wrote on Dec 26, 2012, 20:13:
Cutter wrote on Dec 26, 2012, 17:08:
SlimRam wrote on Dec 26, 2012, 16:55:
*Jumps off my soapbox and yells at my woman, "MAKE ME A SAMMICH!!"

Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!

You mean Japan right?

It was the Germans. It says so right here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8lT1o0sDwI
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 31, 2012, 20:38 cappy
 
Welcome back!  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
128. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 30, 2012, 23:01 cappy
 
Creston wrote on Oct 30, 2012, 21:25:
Trevellian wrote on Oct 30, 2012, 17:52:
it's an INFINITELY good thing for Star Wars fans that he will no longer be involved ever again.

Note that Lucas will still be a consultant.

Creston

I'm holding out for "Howard the Duck 2: Electric Boogaloo"

 
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
3. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs Sep 23, 2012, 13:22 cappy
 
Samsung just copies Apple, plain and simple.

Like 4G LTE, thin phones, bigger screen, notification center.

And just to throw people off, Samsung did all of that before Apple did.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
8. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 19, 2012, 23:35 cappy
 
I'm really waiting for the iPhone 10 to come out!

http://mashable.com/2012/09/13/iphone-10/
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
19. Re: iPhone 5 Sep 13, 2012, 23:03 cappy
 
Haha - Jimmy Kimmel pranked people by letting them play with an "iPhone 5" that was really just another iPhone 4s:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdIWKytq_q4&feature=player_embedded

What was especially funny was how several people had an iPhone 4 or 4s in one hand while they played with the "new" phone, proclaiming it to be lighter, faster, and even "thinner."
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
16. Re: iPhone 5 Sep 13, 2012, 08:57 cappy
 
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Sep 13, 2012, 01:33:
cappy wrote on Sep 12, 2012, 23:54:
Quboid wrote on Sep 12, 2012, 21:21:
Is there any reason why someone would switch to an iPhone now? I can see upgrading from a previous model may make sense if you're used to it and you have apps (which I assume transfer to new models), but if you don't have an iPhone, why? What innovation does the iPhone 5 have, over the 4S or over other high end phones? It evolves 4S many features but doesn't add anything new, does it? Is 4G new to the iPhone?

I wouldn't swap my old SGS2 for an iPhone 5, never mind my current SGS3.

Because Apple is at the cutting edge.

For instance, when the original iPhone was released, no one had 4G LTE. Now the iPhone 5 has it.

The iPhone 5 is also the thinnest smartphone ever (especially if you count the "hump" on the Motorola Razr and ignore a few other phones claim to be smaller, but in any event they probably aren't really, because how could they be?)

The iPhone 5 introduces the largest screen of any (i)Phone ever sold before. Let's see what the competition comes up with to beat that!

ICS (Android Ice Cream Sandwich) is simply a stripped-down version of iOS. Sure, it has a Capital "I" instead of a lower-case "i." But the second letter "C" is the giveaway. A "C" means "Average" for one thing. For another, the "C" in ICS is just 2/3 of the "O" in iOS. So it's like stripping down the middle of the "OS" and leaving you with just a "CS." Who wants that?

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is manufactured with pure forgetfulness while the iPhone 5 is crafted with care. As a result, a Galaxy S3 is like a kid sent to school who forgot his lunchbox. What? I only have 16GB of memory in this phone? I guess I'll just have to put into the phone what the phone was missing and do it myself. It's like the phone was half-assembled or something. How could they forget to put 64GB of memory into it? The iPhone 5 helpfully comes pre-packed with up to its maximum 64GB of memory. It's like the kid's mom calls out, "Hey, you forgot your lunch!" (kid runs back). "Gee, thanks, Mom!"

I'm sure there are other things, but this serves as a good overview.

This must be a troll post, lol.

So you dont have 64GB pre-installed. get a fucking SD card like the rest of the world and avoid paying a $200 premium to Apple for it while the price of NAND storage plummets year after year but in their "reality distortion field" every 16GB of additional phone memory is a $100 product their "fans" will eat up.

Ya think?

I was on a forum after the Apple-Samsung verdict came down, and one lady kept parroting how this will "encourage other companies to learn to innovate like Apple, instead of just copying and cheating."

But she apparently was unaware of all the various innovations incorporated into various Android-based and other-OS-based phones that Apple eventually gets around to incorporating in later iPhones. To her, it was black and white (just like the new iPhone colors).

I'm sure Apple will eventually innovate their way into incorporating NFC when they get around to it (and chose to skip it for whatever reason this time - either because of cost, other focuses, or whatever).

For the record, I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 and put a $30 SanDisk Ultra 32GB Class 10 SDHC into it (which is more than I need; I don't even need the 64GB). I like the large screen size and still a thin phone, flexibility of Android and the device, color availability (mine's blue, my wife got red), and other aspects. S-Voice isn't that great, but I don't really use it other than "Call X" which it works well for.

I do think Apple makes a great phone. And if an iPhone came in a larger screen size, I would have seen it as an alternative to consider. But Steve Jobs - albeit pretty good at assessing consumer wants - was supposedly against changing the screen size of the iPhone or the iPad, so the iPhone 4s came out last year and now they're slightly stretching it as the iPhone 5 just as Apple is now planning on rolling out a mini-iPad in an innovative response to consumer demand for mid-size tablets. After playing with the iPhone 4s and Galaxy S3, I greatly preferred the screen size of the S3 - and even knowing the iPhone 5 was planning a 4" screen didn't sway me to consider it because I felt the S3's larger screen was pretty optimal for me.

As far as apps, I mainly want fundamental ones so the vast offerings in Apple's app store don't matter for me (for other people this is more important, and probably for tablets as well). Ditto for accessories - I just want a thin case for the back and chargers.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
6. Re: iPhone 5 Sep 12, 2012, 23:54 cappy
 
Quboid wrote on Sep 12, 2012, 21:21:
Is there any reason why someone would switch to an iPhone now? I can see upgrading from a previous model may make sense if you're used to it and you have apps (which I assume transfer to new models), but if you don't have an iPhone, why? What innovation does the iPhone 5 have, over the 4S or over other high end phones? It evolves 4S many features but doesn't add anything new, does it? Is 4G new to the iPhone?

I wouldn't swap my old SGS2 for an iPhone 5, never mind my current SGS3.

Because Apple is at the cutting edge.

For instance, when the original iPhone was released, no one had 4G LTE. Now the iPhone 5 has it.

The iPhone 5 is also the thinnest smartphone ever (especially if you count the "hump" on the Motorola Razr and ignore a few other phones claim to be smaller, but in any event they probably aren't really, because how could they be?)

The iPhone 5 introduces the largest screen of any (i)Phone ever sold before. Let's see what the competition comes up with to beat that!

ICS (Android Ice Cream Sandwich) is simply a stripped-down version of iOS. Sure, it has a Capital "I" instead of a lower-case "i." But the second letter "C" is the giveaway. A "C" means "Average" for one thing. For another, the "C" in ICS is just 2/3 of the "O" in iOS. So it's like stripping down the middle of the "OS" and leaving you with just a "CS." Who wants that?

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is manufactured with pure forgetfulness while the iPhone 5 is crafted with care. As a result, a Galaxy S3 is like a kid sent to school who forgot his lunchbox. What? I only have 16GB of memory in this phone? I guess I'll just have to put into the phone what the phone was missing and do it myself. It's like the phone was half-assembled or something. How could they forget to put 64GB of memory into it? The iPhone 5 helpfully comes pre-packed with up to its maximum 64GB of memory. It's like the kid's mom calls out, "Hey, you forgot your lunch!" (kid runs back). "Gee, thanks, Mom!"

I'm sure there are other things, but this serves as a good overview.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
4. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Aug 31, 2012, 22:21 cappy
 
Sepharo wrote on Aug 31, 2012, 21:35:
necrosis wrote on Aug 31, 2012, 21:04:
I really have no idea how anyone can say Samsung did not copy the iPhone.

Because there wasn't anything to copy? They made a smart phone with a full screen that had icons on it. Apple didn't invent that.

But they apparently "invented" rectangles with rounded corners.
I heard they're going after sandwich-bread makers next, because a lot of that has rounded corners as well.
 
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News Comments > Curt Schilling on 38 Studios' Demise
65. Re: Curt Schilling on 38 Studios' Demise Jun 23, 2012, 03:14 cappy
 
RollinThundr wrote on Jun 23, 2012, 01:38:
Neither side wants to work with the other, and neither side is serious about cutting spending.

The dems only want to cut the military. repubs want to cut social spending, and really with how fucked up the welfare system is with the amount of loopholes it has, I dunno call me unfeeling or an asshole or whatever, but I kinda side more with the GOP on where to cut.

When I was growing up I was taught that no one is going to hold my hand or give me a life or a roof over my head, I was taught to work hard, and earn shit. People nowadays don't get that. They expect government to hold their hand.

I get it, you need some form of social net for those who can't work, or temporarily fall on hard times and need a hand, I have no issue with that. But our welfare system is completely broken and doesn't at all work that way.

I also have no issue with raising taxes since they're the lowest they've ever been pretty much.

The things I have a problem with however is increasing government size and them dictating how people should live, Bloomberg with his wanting to ban surgary drinks or snacks from movie theaters as an example. That tends to be what liberals are about on the social level. They want government to decide for them because god forbid they're responsible for themselves. That and the whole political correctness bullshit. Obama with his "Bush's fault Bush's fault I'ma go play some golf" Hey O, you've almost served a full term now, the Bush's fault excuse is wearing a tad thin. The libs gave Bush so much shit anytime he took a vacation or played golf, Obama's played over 100 rounds so far. The media could care less. MSN is so soft on the guy it's not even funny.

I also can't stand the people he tends to associate himself with. Marxists and socialists. Fact of the matter is aside from making the right call about going in after Bin Laden he's not kept one campaign promise, (and yes I realize they all lie, they're politicians that's what they all do regardless of party)

But for a guy who campaigned on transparency and turning this country around, he's done the opposite, spent even more than Bush, quicker than Bush, and has done more back room deals and played bipartisan games after preaching about working with the GOP and being a "transparent administration. Kudos on him sealing those fast and furious documents btw. Wouldn't want to paint himself in a bad light, especially if he was at all involved. Add in his love for the UN above his own citizens with his apologize for America tour and the kowtowing he does to anyone and everyone except Israel.

And please don't solely try to blame the GOP on passing a budget. Every single one of Obama's budget proposals has been unanimously defeated by both sides, 414-0, 97-0. The man is not a fiscal conservative by any means. His spending shows it. His own party won't even vote for his budgets. That should mean something.

On the Buffet thing, I'll start taking him seriously when he pays all the back taxes his company owes. Until then he and his secretary can eat a dick.

Welfare as LBJ devised it wasn't going as intended, which is why Clinton and the Gingrich Congress did a massive reform and significantly reduced the number on welfare (let alone "permanent" welfare). When we look at budget numbers for "welfare," a lot of it is still being dominated by those receiving temporary benefits due to the economic issues and rise in unemployment rates. These temporary welfare rolls have swollen as a result. Unemployment insurance especially has become a significant part of "welfare"-related government expenditures. But the majority of these programs are designed with a time limit. There are still ways for some to receive benefits over extended periods of time, but it's nothing close to what it was 20 years ago.

In any event, as you say there is nothing wrong with a social net for those who temporarily fall on hard times or can't work (I assume you mean for disability reasons). And the problem is that some people will abuse any system ever created. There are no perfect systems. The best that can be done is to try to ensure that, on the whole, the system benefits some. And hold out noses because we know that some cheaters and abusers of the system will also get through. Same for business - some businesses engage in illegal activities. On the whole, businesses mostly toe close to the line. So we keep businesses going and we regulate to try to reduce the abuses. Nothing is perfect and we either accept imperfect systems and try to keep an eye on them, or we abandon them.

I'm of mixed opinions on the public health legislation. Cigarette smoking and other "collective" regulations are fine. Because it isn't just the smoker who breathes the air, and it isn't just a driver who gets to breathe the leaded exhaust belching from a tailpipe. It's the greater mass of nearby pedestrians. Sugary drink bans seem ridiculous to me, though. Having restaurants make calorie counts available is fine, so people have a choice.

But what conservatives call "political correctness" goes both ways. Liberals often tend to legislate people's behavior for reasons of health (foods, pollution, etc.) while conservatives do the same for reasons of morality (defining marriage, trying to return to covenant divorce laws rather than the looser no-fault rules, Sunday Blue Laws, etc.). It tends to strike me as much as one side pointing at the other side's "wasteful pork spending" while stuffing their own hand surreptitiously in the trough.

Caveat: libertarians don't try to legislate morality if they're truly abiding by their platform. Although many who claim they're libertarian are not, probably because the platform's social positions are way to the left of even the Democratic Party. Sort of a "best of extremes of both worlds."

I don't see much different from what Obama has done as far as dealing with obstinate opposition than most other Presidents since we elected the first one. Backroom deals and pulling executive orders out of the hat are pretty standard fare. But everyone reacts like it's a new trick each time a new guy gets elected. The exact same accusations were leveled against Bush. Bush campaigned as a "uniter not a divider" and then leveraged a pretty sharp political mind (Rove) to his benefit. I particularly liked the Bush-Mount Rushmore moment (you can Google the pictures). They positioned the press cameras so his profile would fit in place next to the others on the mountain. He had slick production and played jujitsu legislation and policy that forced even people like Hillary Clinton to kowtow and fall in line for awhile.

For what it's worth, I'm not a fan of Presidents taking long public holidays where there's an appearance they're living apart during troubled times. But it's been awhile since Presidents buckled down and put in a tough four years without taking weeks off and getting photographed golfing, yachting, and so on.

I didn't lay the blame on the GOP about the Senate not passing budget proposals. The articles I cited laid out what was happening pretty clearly, I thought.

As far as Buffett goes, big firms discover tax liabilities all the time. It usually comes from audits (internal or external) that uncover incorrect treatment of financial vehicles or charges. So they restate and deal with it. There are very few articles about this - all dating from last year. And according to them, the tax liability was self-reported by Berkshire rather than being the result of an IRS levy or investigation (although it's certainly possible an IRS inquiry led to the discovery) and they're working toward paying it which they certainly will do. No one voluntarily announces a tax liability in a 10-K and then blows off the IRS.
 
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News Comments > Curt Schilling on 38 Studios' Demise
64. Re: Curt Schilling on 38 Studios' Demise Jun 23, 2012, 02:37 cappy
 
RollinThundr wrote on Jun 22, 2012, 23:07:
fact of the matter is, he did surround himself with socialist loving douches. He tends to lean quite a bit towards socialistic policy. You don't need to watch Limbaugh to do some thinking on that.

Let me know when anything Obama does reaches anything like the level of what LBJ and FDR did. I won't hold my breath.

Instead, what he's pursued has been pretty middle-of-the-road. Healthcare reform has been bandied around at least since Nixon's time - and by both Parties. And again, Obama's healthcare bill owes a lot of its genesis to the heavy lifting done by GOP and conservatives. It was not a particularly original idea.

Objectively, I don't see much different from him versus Dubya or even Reagan on the domestic side. I tend to see Clinton and H.W. Bush as being somewhat similar. His policies are not revolutionary, and they're hardly even evolutionary. They're certainly not even close to being on the scale of LBJ or FDR.
 
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News Comments > Curt Schilling on 38 Studios' Demise
63. Re: Curt Schilling on 38 Studios' Demise Jun 23, 2012, 02:26 cappy
 
RollinThundr wrote on Jun 22, 2012, 23:03:
Spending trillions doesn't exactly instill confidence in consumers. Let the damn market correct itself. No Gov has to meddle and make shit worse like they do with every thing they touch, hey lets have them control healthcare too, they've done such a bang up job with medicare and SS.

Ford from what I understand didn't take any bailout money, and they seem to be doing just fine.

I'm actually fine with letting the Bush tax cuts expire believe it or not. But at the same time I want to see both parties actually get serious about cutting spending. Which neither party seems to want to actually do.

on point 4, I realize that but still, it's pretty scary how much we've borrowed from countries that honestly don't much like us.

Precedence is why government intervenes. It's been shown to work better than laissez faire. A lot of the current approach owes its origin to J.P. Morgan working with the government and industry during meltdowns a century ago. Ditto for Long-Term Capital Management. Greater intervention in larger meltdowns. Plus the Fed playing roles in liquidity, or working against inflation as Volcker did under Reagan, etc.

Markets are definitely messy and prone to extreme fat tail events. What the government tries to do is to keep things closer toward a normalized middle. And generally they've probably done that when they've intervened in crises rather than allowing them to spiral further.
 
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News Comments > Curt Schilling on 38 Studios' Demise
62. Re: Curt Schilling on 38 Studios' Demise Jun 23, 2012, 02:12 cappy
 
RollinThundr wrote on Jun 22, 2012, 22:15:
When a president leaves office, there's this thing called inheritance. That you buy into the "Obama's a fiscal conservative" line of bullshit the left is trying to feed people it's you're own damn fault.

The man surrounded himself at Harvard with Marxist socialists. I guess that makes him a free market fiscal conservative though right? Obamacare anyone? Hello? You know that unconstitutional healthcare bill that only hard lefties and his base of "Obama's gunna pay my mortgage" types want?

USA Today is generally liberal leaning and even they don't buy into it. http://tinyurl.com/7u437fs
"The deficit was $5 trillion last year under those rules. The official number was $1.3 trillion. Liabilities for Social Security, Medicare and other retirement programs rose by $3.7 trillion in 2011, according to government actuaries, but the amount was not registered on the government's books." Hooray for fuzzy math.
oh and of course "Bush's fault"

Trying to get this straight - so you admit that Presidents inherit budgets and programs from their predecessors (which is certainly true - every President gets that for better or worse). Which goes in line with the fact that many of the programs Obama are continuations from his predecessor (TARP, auto bailout, tax cuts, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan). While we're talking about "unfunded," the wars were unfunded which many conservatives took a lot of issue with over the last decade - but the other "conservatives" (the ones in quotes) didn't have a problem with it.

As far as healthcare goes, the current situation isn't sustainable and even Obama's reform won't be immutable. So cheer up. Everyone will get to shape and form it (or replace or even repeal it) later. Personally, since pretty much every state requires residents to purchase automobile liability insurance (so rates will be lowered overall by having larger participation) I think it makes sense to try to work it into healthcare in some way. Whether Obama's approach is the right way remains to be seen, and in any event the Supreme Court is reviewing it anyway. The way things stand now, everyone's premiums have been rising for decades - despite promises of HMOs bringing down rates, or hospital consolidations bringing greater cost efficiencies, or hospitals lowering costs by outsourcing, or tort reform laws capping payouts, or whatever. That's a lot of fingers stuck in the dike and the water is still leaking. Rates have gone up, and employers have also been passing more of those increases along to the employees, while fewer employers offer insurance than was the case decades ago. This isn't a recent phenomenon that just began happening since Obama took office. It is a trend that extends back for decades.

As far as Obama mixed in the same breath as "socialism" anyone who has actually studied socialism is not particularly worried (unless they want to play with hyperbole and conflate reality with wishful thinking). The healthcare reform has so much origin in conservative circles that go back for years that it isn't like he came up with it on his own.

Social Security and Medicare unfunded liabilities are one of those "inheritance" items you mentioned. Trying to give Obama credit for those is pretty tough. The only way he could fix those is to cut spending in those areas - which would be resisted on a bipartisan front - or do what Ronald Reagan did and raise payroll taxes. Reagan's speeches supporting Social Security are pretty illuminating, by the way: http://www.ssa.gov/history/reaganstmts.html

As far as veterans being homeless - if they've put in their time and gotten a pension, they're better off than many Americans for whom a pension hasn't been a part of working life for a couple decades. The military has recently begun to cut its pensions and transition toward voluntary contributory plans, which I suspect are no more popular than they have been in private industry. While veterans have done something for their country - so have farmers and ranchers. Without them, America would be importing food and there would be severe shortages. Without those working in industry, there would be no one paying the massive budget for Defense and paying the salaries and benefits of the millions serving in the military. America is overall a team and I don't see much point in singling out one part and claiming it did it all by itself and deserves the lion's share of credit. Not all veterans even end up in combat (during the periods of time when America even has engaged in wars in the past 40 years) which was just as true even in the Second World War where it took something like 7 support people to support 3 in combat. If we were to hold any at the highest level, we'd be holding up the relatively small percentage who served in combat and relegating the majority of military who weren't exposed to perhaps the same level as the farmers, ranches, and industry workers who are the reason we have a military at all. Because without all of these others, we wouldn't have a military - unless there are more altruists than I believe there are.
 
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News Comments > Curt Schilling on 38 Studios' Demise
58. Re: Curt Schilling on 38 Studios' Demise Jun 23, 2012, 01:37 cappy
 
RollinThundr wrote on Jun 22, 2012, 21:35:
Like I keep saying, taxes aren't the issue, spending is. If China tomorrow said, pay us all the loans we've given you tomorrow we'd be fucked. And here you have Obama wanting to raise the debt ceiling again, our credit rating gets lowered for the first time in history, he adds 5 trillion to the debt, and that wasn't enough, he wants to do it again.

You honestly don't see a problem with that? Both parties are driving us off the cliff with spending, dems have the pedal to the floor.

China won't. They have pursued fiscal and economic policies that work in their favor on the whole. They're not surprised children about any of this, and they prefer the current situation over cashing out.

Besides, Japan owns almost as much Treasuries, and several other countries combined own even more:

http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/tic/Documents/mfh.txt
 
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