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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
42. Re: Differences Jul 22, 2012, 08:51 shinchan0s
 
RollinThundr wrote on Jul 22, 2012, 01:45:
Prez wrote on Jul 22, 2012, 00:40:
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Jul 21, 2012, 23:31:
RollinThundr wrote on Jul 21, 2012, 19:50:
Still focused on taxes. The issue isn't taxes. It's spending. I bring this point up every single time a topic like this comes up and the liberals ignore it every time because they're so focused on getting their "share" of the supposedly finite pie that the 1% is hoarding from them, that they can't take a step back and realize we're spending ourselves into oblivion.

The issue is revenues vs. expenditures, so it's quite obviously about both taxes and spending. Who's not getting that?

Anyone should get it. If you lose your job, the goal in your household needs to be attack the problem from both ends. Drastically lower your expenditures (your "Goesouts" as I like to call it) and your restore your revenue stream (your "Goesins") ASAP. Once you get another job, always make sure your "Goesouts" is a little less than your "Goesins" so that you have room for discretionary spending. The unique thing about Washington is that they seem to think that massive discretionary spending can happen even when their "Goesouts" is exponentially higher than their "Goesins" (At the very least they seem to be either oblivious to or unfazed by the detrimental inflationary effects of printing more money without padding the treasury with actual currency). Maximizing revenue in government isn't only accomplished by tax increases, and in truth that should happen last and only if needed after everything else comes up short. Historically at least the best way to raise "Goesins" sufficiently has been to just get people earning more and spending more. At a given tax rate, more gross income and more spending means more revenue without raising taxes a penny, and it stands to reason I think that this ought to be all that is ever needed barring unforeseen circumstances. Democrats especially seem to have an extremely hard time understanding that and always sing from the same sheet of music: "Raise Taxes, Tax the 'rich', Taxes Taxes TAXES!!" (wherein "rich" is always an inordinately over-sized group for what actually constitutes "rich" in American society) when there are better ways to get the "Goesins" up. But Rollinthunder has a point: Government spending has been so laughably, wildly out of control for so long - and it's getting worse when it needs to be getting drastically better FAST - that I have to agree with him that getting that reigned in needs to be the first priority. Neither party has seemed willing or able to do so however since the friggin' Clinton era. The Republicans occasionally make the right noises now (where were you guys when W. was spending us into oblivion???) but always vote to raise the debt ceiling anyway, making it sound like lip service. The Democrats can't even be bothered to introduce a budget when they controlled both houses and the Presidency for two frickin' years and could have passed anything without breaking a sweat, indicating they are either clueless on how to fix anything or recklessly unconcerned with the problem.

In truth, I don't think the current set of yoekels in Congress nor the bumbling idiot in the Whitehouse are serious enough or competent enough to get it done (And Romney ain't striking me as the Knight in Shining Armor, that's for damn sure). Everyone seems content in maintaining the status quo (which can only end badly) and instead spinning the current crisis for their own political advantage at election time. How can a country NOT fail when its elected leaders are in the business of job preservation rather than governing?

Bingo Prez, and I said the same thing when W was in office. Stop spending so much fucking money. I think what gets me the most is with Obama's inherited war spending from W's administration the man has added more to the nation debt than every previous administration combined, and the media hasn't raised one iota about it.

Sure some of that is totally on Bush for starting said wars but the man hasn't been in office for nearly an entire term now. I'd love to know when we get past blame Bush for every mistake the Obmessiah makes at this point.

I will say one thing, the repubs have at the very least made an effort to come out and propose massive spending cuts, weather they're serious about the issue or not. Here you have a president who's been in office for nearly an entire term without even passing a budget, that's just flat out insane. Bet your bottom dollar if it were a Republican, the media wouldn't let you hear the end of it. But again not a single word.

The spending addiction in DC that both parties subscribe to, needs to just end. We need to stop focusing on these petty class warfare bullshit the dems and the OWS socialists keep trying to cram down everyone's throat and actually address the real issue. Spending.


I keep hearing conservatives bringing up ballooning federal deficits as a problem. Great! I am in full agreement. I guess where we differ is in our priorities on how we tackle the problem. I would argue that you have to raise taxes (on everybody, but more on the wealthy) and have a LONG-TERM PROGRAM of cutting federal spending. Taxes can always be raised and cut on a year-to-year basis. Unfortunately, fiscal spending needs to be planned out because states rely on federal grants and the population, in today's economy, is heavily dependent on federally funded social services. Saying we should "cut everything now" sounds nice, but it clashes with reality. Sorry.

The crazy thing some of you are forgetting is that both federal and (especially) state governments ARE CUTTING THEIR SPENDING. For states, those cuts have been in social services (apart from, understandably, Medicaid and unemployment) and infrastructure. Federal spending (as a % of GDP) on our crumbling infrastructure is at an all time low and has been trending downward since the 70's.

Honestly, the problem isn't really so much the federal budget (BTW, RollinThundr, it's Congress' job to pass a budget, not the President's) but the states' budget. Anyone interested should take a look at Richard Ravitch's report on the states' fiscal crisis. Generally speaking, states are faced with ballooning Medicaid and unfunded pension costs to go along with an eroding tax base. PBS News has a great segment on Ravitch's report.

All the expenditures and liabilities we have now have already been incurred. No use crying about it now whether they were under Bush or Obama. It's time to pay for it. Raise taxes and stop relying on borrowed money. For future spending? The federal and state governments need be realistic, stop relying on accounting gimmicks and adhere to long term plans that are immune to political changes. I seriously doubt that today's politicians are up to the task. You won't see action until the shit finally hits the fan. That's probably something we all can agree on.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
36. Re: Differences Jul 20, 2012, 23:05 shinchan0s
 
maleitch wrote on Jul 20, 2012, 19:33:
Sepharo wrote on Jul 20, 2012, 19:15:
Eliminating loopholes and exceptions is still seen as a tax increase. The "never raise my taxes ever for any reason" folks (and they're not just the ultra-wealthy) will fight any increase in the tax amount they pay regardless of where it comes from. In their mind the only direction taxes can go is down.

This gets so old. The evil McBain rich pay more in taxes than any other group. Quit pushing your childish morality on other people. You don't have a "right" to other people's income.

Funny how you never mention the "never touch my gubment benefits crowd" who actually call reductions in increases as cuts. When exactly are they going to be asked to pay their "fair share".

Oh and to this myth of wealth imbalance...Beamer you are going to try to tell me there was less disparity back in the days of Rockefeller and train barons.

Oh...in fact here is a story from today that blows your claim out of the water and it is even from CNBC so you can consider it legitimate:

http://www.cnbc.com/id/48257611




Lower class and middle class people suffer a bigger tax burden than you think when you take into account payroll, property and sales taxes. Labor, just like capital gains, is also taxed twice (first through SS and Medicare then income) so the double taxation argument can go out the window (although you could still argue that the SS tax is really a bargain investment for a future dividends - still, the tax is capped at, I think, $106,400 so it's a bigger burden for the middle class and it's doubtful future payouts will be as good as they are today). The whole tax argument is not even taking into account the rapidly growing costs of healthcare and education. Throw in the decades long wage stagnation and that's why you see lower and middle class Americans complain about taxes... even when their federal taxes are at historic lows.

It's true that the rich pay a lot in taxes. Actually, I think the top 20% pays somewhere like 70% of all federal taxes. It's shocking, I know. But it's not all that surprising when you consider how fast the top 1%'s income has grown. The fact of the matter is that the rich are paying a disproportionate share of taxes because they're receiving a disproportionate share of income.

I have no idea where you got this crazy notion that the ever widening wealth disparity in the USA is a myth. I also have no idea why you linked that CNBC article to try to disprove it. The only thing that article shows is that the top quintile's income is extremely variable in relation to all the other groups. Which we know, duh. The stock market tanked so all their capital gains went bye-bye. It's also historically always been that way. The funny thing is that it also shows the top 20% having over half of all income. Gee... I wonder why then they end up paying over half of all income taxes?

This post from the Economist's blog shows us that the tax burden isn't as uneven as you might think. The blog's data is backed up by the CBO report linked by your CNBC article. The top 20% have an effective total federal tax rate of 25% while the solidly middle class have historically paid 15%. That's not taking into account state and local taxes which are mostly regressive sales and property taxes.

Really, all I'm trying to say is that while, yes, the rich do pay a lot of income taxes, the effective tax rates of the rich are NOT AS OBSCENE as their share of total federal taxes paid might lead you to believe. I think that stat is skewed. The reality is that the top 20% pay two times the tax rate as the middle while having over 4-5 times the income. So, no, I don't think the rich are paying their fair share. They can afford to give a little extra. What are they gonna lose? Another yacht or Mercedes?

 
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News Comments > Op Ed
12. Re: Op Ed Jul 18, 2012, 12:33 shinchan0s
 
I don't really use Metacritic either - I just registered a few months ago to give Diablo 3 a zero (yeah so, user reviews are pretty much worthless). IGN is the last place I'd go to for anything. They don't even pretend to be objective. Eurogamer and Gamespot are pretty much the only sites I go to nowadays.  
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News Comments > Raimi Off World of Warcraft Film
4. Re: Raimi Off World of Warcraft Film Jul 18, 2012, 12:12 shinchan0s
 
Illumin wrote on Jul 18, 2012, 12:11:
Should of made this movie about 4 years ago.

Agreed. That ship has sailed.
 
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News Comments > Game of Thrones: Seven Kingdoms Trailer
8. Re: Game of Thrones: Seven Kingdoms Trailer Jul 13, 2012, 07:11 shinchan0s
 
The books, HBO series, and board game are enough for me.  
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News Comments > FINAL FANTASY VII Remake Plans
31. Re: FINAL FANTASY VII Remake Plans Jul 4, 2012, 19:00 shinchan0s
 
PHJF wrote on Jul 4, 2012, 18:40:
You're the second person I've seen recently say Chrono Cross was *bad*. I've always considered it better than any Final Fantasy. When did it become cool to hate on CC???

Chrono Cross wouldn't have been so bad if it wasn't such a crushing disappointment. It didn't share anything with its predecessor save a few cameos. It left a real bad taste.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Hotfixes; Magic Find Debate; Endgame Woes
33. Re: Diablo III Hotfixes; Magic Find Debate; Endgame Woes Jul 4, 2012, 18:49 shinchan0s
 
Verno wrote on Jul 4, 2012, 12:26:
Well, there's many problems with the game right now but I think you touched on the most important one. Diablo 2 was a fun game at all levels, what I mean by that is there was something to do for everyone. At a low level you still had plenty of uniques, charms, sets and other fun amusements to keep you occupied. Meanwhile the high level play had rare collectibles and later on runes and so on. The difficulty curve is all out of whack too, the hill is more like a cliff.

Which is precisely what me and guys like PHJF saw to be one of the fundamental weaknesses with Diablo 3's game design back in February. In Diablo 2, you could just reroll and putz around with the low lvl gear that you saved on a mule after you got tired of Pindle and Meph on your lvl 90. The lack of interesting gear, auction house, and short linear character progression also exacerbate this problem. Somebody here said it, Blizzard needs to just cut this turd loose, learn from their mistakes and move on to Diablo 4.
 
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News Comments > FINAL FANTASY VII Remake Plans
28. Re: FINAL FANTASY VII Remake Plans Jul 4, 2012, 18:19 shinchan0s
 
NegaDeath wrote on Jul 4, 2012, 14:00:
So Chrono 3 will be next year then, right? Right?

*tap tap* is this on? Hello?

Chrono Cross was so bad it killed the franchise.

Anyway, FFVI is the superior game, but I'll admit that the series peaked with VII. When people think of Final Fantasy they think of VII. That game was so disgustingly popular. The game definitely HAS NOT aged well that's for sure. Even my dad asked why I was playing with "bubble people"... back in 1997. Still though. What an EVENT it was. I bought the demo disc for $10 at Funcoland and bragged about it. lolwhatanerd.
 
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News Comments > Hotline Miami Announced
9. Re: Hotline Miami Announced Jul 4, 2012, 04:08 shinchan0s
 
From the screenshots it kind of reminds of me GTA and Postal.  
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News Comments > Total War: Rome II Announced
4. Re: Total War: Rome II Announced Jul 2, 2012, 11:04 shinchan0s
 
Only two measly screenshots? Man.

Oh well. At the very least, this should get those retards on twcenter to SHUT UP about Victorian/WWI: Total War. It will NEVER happen. Who seriously would get amped about a game like that? Bring on Rome, please.
 
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News Comments > etc.
5. Re: Why Do People Care About JRPGs? Jul 1, 2012, 09:50 shinchan0s
 
I used to play a lot too. Favorites are Earthbound, FF6, Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy Tactics. These days though I just can't get past the dumb character designs and juvenile stories. Sometimes, after playing one, I start wishing we dropped a third bomb on Tokyo (I kid!). I just stick to Mario and Zelda nowadays.  
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News Comments > Game Reviews
2. Re: Game Reviews Jun 30, 2012, 18:17 shinchan0s
 
Eh. Morrowind and Oblivion's expansions were pretty mediocre as well.  
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News Comments > Rome: Total War Sequel Plans?
11. Re: Ships Ahoy - Men of War: Condemned Heroes Jun 26, 2012, 05:32 shinchan0s
 
Oh man. This game is going to come out before Europa Barbarorum 2. If the game isn't moddable I see a lot of people sticking with M2TW tho.

Anyway, I think everybody knew that the next game was going to be Rome 2. I hope this announcement means an early 2013 release!
 
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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation
10. Re: Saturday Consolidation Jun 24, 2012, 12:08 shinchan0s
 
Kobalt wrote on Jun 24, 2012, 07:08:
shinchan0s wrote on Jun 24, 2012, 06:12:
I liked the original the best (even with the bad translation). EP and IS were okay too. You know, before the series went mainstream and gone full anime. Don't mind me I'm just jaded as hell. It's probably the childhood nostalgia.

You describing any of the persona series full on anime(you cant be talking about the visuals right? I mean even the orginals had anime visuals) confuses me. I mean, One of the things I constantly hear and agree with about the last 2 is they were not like a anime whatsoever. They had damn good writing and if wouldn't be weird at all of the next persona got rid of the anime visuals.

Ok, now I'm confused. The first two had a different lead art designer from the rest of the series. Forgot his name, but he does all the other Megami Tensei games. His art style is kind of hard to describe, but "Japanese gothic pop with Tim Burton thrown in" might come close. They're not anime inspired at all apart from the setting (they're students). How are the later games not like anime? They added a robot girl for example. It's totally valid to say that the later games are more anime-like visually.

I'm not going to argue "what's anime?" because I stopped watching that crap after college, but it's kind of hard for any of the games to veer away from anime conventions when they take place in a Japanese High school. Saying the later games went full anime was kind of throwaway line sorry. The newer games are more mainstream though (which is why they're crushing successes). I just thought the earlier games were darker and had more unique gameplay. The earlier games seemed "more adult" (EP's characters were adults) and the combat system was more tactical. They stream-lined the later games, added waaaay more cutscenes and added stuff like dating.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation
8. Re: Saturday Consolidation Jun 24, 2012, 06:12 shinchan0s
 
Kobalt wrote on Jun 23, 2012, 23:18:
shinchan0s wrote on Jun 23, 2012, 17:53:
Boy, the Persona series sure has gone to shit.

Based on what? Persona 4 that was perhaps the best in the series? Or the fighting game by the guilty gear and blazblue series?

I liked the original the best (even with the bad translation). EP and IS were okay too. You know, before the series went mainstream and gone full anime. Don't mind me I'm just jaded as hell. It's probably the childhood nostalgia.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation
3. Re: Saturday Consolidation Jun 23, 2012, 17:53 shinchan0s
 
Boy, the Persona series sure has gone to shit.  
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News Comments > PlanetSide 2 Trailer
34. Re: PlanetSide 2 Trailer Jun 21, 2012, 09:03 shinchan0s
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jun 21, 2012, 05:46:
So you think buying weapons, cbills and xp boosters are not pay to win? Unlocks and progression speed are part of the gameplay, paying gets you better unlocks faster even with less skill, gameplay effects -> pay-to-win.

It may not be terribly imbalanced, but it is pay to win. And that is everything that is wrong with F2P crap like this.

Exactly. I think guys get seduced by the logic that if said unlock is attainable without spending real money then it's okay. It all depends. I've played waaay too many F2P games on iOS and I know that unlockables and enhancements aren't worth the time spent hoarding the xp/points versus just outright buying it. If the F2P scheme isn't imbalanced at the start you can bet your ass that a company like SOE will make it that way eventually. SOE needs gamers to spend money. PS2 isn't going to turn a profit just buy selling skins.
 
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News Comments > StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm "99% Done"
49. Re: StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Jun 17, 2012, 17:19 shinchan0s
 
MattyC, Starcraft (2+ years) and Diablo 2's (3-4 years) development times don't compare to their sequels. You don't think Diablo3's 10+ years was at all excessive? In that timeframe Bethesda released THREE Elder Scrolls games (not to mention Fallout and the expansions).

I like the quality from Blizzard games too, but enough's enough man. I could see 10 years being needed for a very ambitious, genre-busting game, but pretty soon "playing it safe" is going to bite them in the ass if they continue along at the same pace they're going now. None of my friends bought Diablo 3 or Starcraft 2. We played the crap out of the old games. Inevitably though, fresher games came along that made us lose interest. That's what I see happening unless Blizzard's Titan becomes that new killer IP. I have my doubts. They've been riding that huge wave from the 90's for too long.
 
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News Comments > StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm "99% Done"
28. Re: StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Jun 16, 2012, 07:09 shinchan0s
 
...Yeah.

I'll just watch the cinematics on Youtube for free.
 
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News Comments > Conquer Online 3 Announced
3. Re: Conquer Online 3 Announced Jun 15, 2012, 17:34 shinchan0s
 
LOC wrote on Jun 15, 2012, 12:12:
NKD wrote on Jun 15, 2012, 10:37:
If a shitty MMO no one has heard about falls in the woods, is a single fuck given?

Plenty of people have heard about this MMO. Nice try though

If you've seen one Asian MMO, you've seen them all. They're all shit.
 
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