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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
1. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jan 31, 2012, 11:57 Wowbagger_TIP
 
There's some interesting facts in the article on pirates and the studios, but overall he doesn't really make much of a case. There's certainly a case to be made, but he doesn't seem to understand how to make it. Pointing at things that Thomas Edison did is not an indictment of the current studios unless you can draw the necessary parallels to what is being done today. He didn't do that well at all.  
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129. Re: etc. Jan 30, 2012, 23:37 Wowbagger_TIP
 
commonperson wrote on Jan 30, 2012, 22:40:
RailWizard wrote on Jan 29, 2012, 22:35:
Wooo! Are we having fun yet? Cuz DAMN not one single person here has presented an argument worthy of debate. Is there none up to the challenge? Surely you can do better....

You still haven't illustrated any proof of a gay gene to allow for your gene therapy thing to work out. So I'm waiting, once you actually back some stuff up with facts then it's worthy of discussion. :-)
It's far past time to start ignoring him. He's already demonstrated that he has no desire to have a real discussion, and he casually disregards any argument he doesn't want to consider. There's really no point in it. He's either trolling, or just too far up his own ass for anything we say to get through to him. Time to let it go and not be baited by the ridiculous things he says.
 
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122. Re: etc. Jan 30, 2012, 17:52 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Prez wrote on Jan 30, 2012, 17:21:
There will always be perversions of the message, be it religion or anything else.

I'm speaking as someone who was raised in a Christian family, has attended many different churches in many different parts of the US, and is currently married to a Christian (who is decidedly un-hateful.) And given that the basic tenets of Christianity remain constant across the different religions (not sure where the "disparate beliefs" inference is coming from), I think it's fairly easy to make the statement I made.

I was a Christian for a large part of my adult life before I denounced all religion, and I can tell you that hate is not something true Christians partake in. Hate is the very antithesis of Christianity. Like most all religions, however, Christianity is indeed rife with intolerance for what it considers "sinful" behavior.
When it comes to religions as large as Christianity, there are so many disagreements about the message that you can't even know for sure what the message actually is. There's no "pure" form of Christianity, and even if there was, there are no pure Christians to practice it. Everyone has all sort of baggage and all the variations of a religion carve out their own rationalizations for their actions and their own exceptions to the rules.

I can't even figure out what the actual "threat" is to the "sanctity" of marriage that they're so worried about. If gay people get married, does that somehow ruin other people's marriages? If a gay person is allowed to visit their spouse in the hospital or is able to get death/disability benefits if their spouse becomes disabled or dies, is this going to hurt straight people? How exactly do they believe that marriage is going to be destroyed?

As far as I'm concerned, the government should not be involved in marriage at all. Right now there are over 1,000 rights and benefits accorded to married people by the government that you don't get if you're just in a civil union. Government should give everyone the same rights and benefits and people can call their union whatever they want. They can get married in a church or on a website. I don't really care. I just don't think that we should be letting religion dictate who gets what rights and benefits from the government.
 
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69. Re: etc. Jan 29, 2012, 15:14 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Acleacius wrote on Jan 29, 2012, 13:54:
Funny thing about this thread both sides are throwing around "born that way" or "gene therapy" with out any apparent evidence for either side.

I remember back in 1998 or so a scientist released a study saying he had found a "gay gene". Then every single study that tried to duplicated it failed and they called him out for it. He said something like "I knew no one would be able to duplicate it, just wanted to bring attention to it". Turns out he was not only a scientist but a gay one and apparently by his own words a liar too.

None of it matters, since apparently the only people who care one way or another are extremists christians like robbins who are looking to make a buck on their uneducated followers and gays who apparently need a reason to be gay, other than just choosing to be.
Implying that it's a choice is also assuming facts not in evidence. The only reason this discussion started was because one obvious troll, and another less obvious troll kicked it off claiming that this was some sort of "reverse discrimination" type situation since straight people don't advertise straight clans/guilds. I already addressed that point in an earlier post. The rest is just noise.
 
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67. Re: they are all over the place Jan 29, 2012, 13:35 Wowbagger_TIP
 
TangledThorns wrote on Jan 29, 2012, 11:43:
commonperson wrote on Jan 29, 2012, 11:34:
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Jan 29, 2012, 11:19:

What would be super awesome is to have a cadre of elite gay gamers go up against some of these people spouting hate. I'd love to watch the gay gamers own them but that's just an aside.

Thats fine but its not hate. You must think I hate people in a wheelchair too, right? I have compassion and sympathy for those that are unable to have children as easily as a heterosexual can.


Learn how to use the quotes properly.
 
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58. Re: they are all over the place Jan 29, 2012, 11:19 Wowbagger_TIP
 
RailWizard wrote on Jan 29, 2012, 02:41:
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Jan 29, 2012, 00:37:
RailWizard wrote on Jan 28, 2012, 23:14:
space captain wrote on Jan 28, 2012, 23:10:
RailWizard wrote on Jan 28, 2012, 23:01:
Buhbye.

are you going back to the crack den for another fix?

i bet you cant wait to wrap your lips around your own personal jesus

Keep it up. Blue will either enforce the rules or erase them. Either way, I win.
If he does enforce the rules, I hope he'll be deleting your trolling posts as well. Along with TangledThorns' hamfisted troll post too, of course. That guy really needs to refine his trolling.

Yeah, except I'm not trolling. I mean what I say. You will also note how I have not resorted to pre-school level insults and labeling to make my points. Yet I'm the troll with mental defects etc. etc...hilarious.
A decent troll doesn't resort to insults, although you have since done so as well. Guess you couldn't help yourself.

You're not making a strong argument at all. Gay clans/guilds are advertised because it lets gay people know where they can go to play with others that aren't going to bash them for their sexual preference. Anyone who's played online for more than a few hours knows that the Internet is rife with homophobia, and you'll hear more anti-gay slurs than anything else usually. I don't see any problem with them looking for a group to play with where they don't have to deal with that.
 
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21. Re: they are all over the place Jan 29, 2012, 00:37 Wowbagger_TIP
 
RailWizard wrote on Jan 28, 2012, 23:14:
space captain wrote on Jan 28, 2012, 23:10:
RailWizard wrote on Jan 28, 2012, 23:01:
Buhbye.

are you going back to the crack den for another fix?

i bet you cant wait to wrap your lips around your own personal jesus

Keep it up. Blue will either enforce the rules or erase them. Either way, I win.
If he does enforce the rules, I hope he'll be deleting your trolling posts as well. Along with TangledThorns' hamfisted troll post too, of course. That guy really needs to refine his trolling.
 
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7. Re: Evochron Mercenary Patch & New Demo Jan 27, 2012, 23:44 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Squirmer wrote on Jan 27, 2012, 20:23:
nin wrote on Jan 27, 2012, 14:24:

Wonder why steam doesn't have the demo...

The demo is actually the full game but time limited. That might not work too well with Steam.
Seems like it should be able to. Steam always knows how long I've played any particular game.
 
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95. Re: THQ Refocuses - Open Letter Jan 27, 2012, 10:23 Wowbagger_TIP
 
RollinThundr wrote on Jan 27, 2012, 08:39:
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Jan 26, 2012, 19:20:
RollinThundr wrote on Jan 26, 2012, 18:59:
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Jan 26, 2012, 18:11:
We need to make government smarter and less wasteful. Obama is calling for consolidation of several agencies now, and that's at least a start. I think some of Ron Paul's ideas in this area are good too. The stuff I've heard from the other candidates? Mostly garbage.
RP's too much of a isolationist. But we do agree here, smaller, smarter and less wasteful would be the way to go. Though to be honest I don't trust Obama as far as I can throw him. For all his "Hope and Change" rhetoric. he's just another corrupt full of shit politician that will say anything to try to gain votes. The fact that he throws hissy fits when he doesn't get his way and tries to circumvent congress often makes me dislike him even more.
Yes, but most people that don't like Obama doing that would support someone on "their side" doing it because it means they're standing up to Congress and fighting for what they said they would do. Congress passed the bill to create the agency that Obama is trying to staff. Congress thought they could get away with creating it to get the rabble to shut up and then smother it later. This is actually him doing exactly what he said he would do, and Congress has just been playing bullshit games as they always do, no matter who is in charge. Pretending to be in session when they obviously aren't is just a load of crap. Wonder how long I'd last if I just showed up for work, said hi, and walked back out.

When Bush tried to appoint people and failed, he backed off. He didn't pull a hissy fit like Obama has EVERY TIME things don't go his way. Be honest about it. Obama still could have waited the manditory 3 days to try to appoint them.

Name me one time during his entire presidency that he's taken responsibility for issues rather than blame Bush, the GOP, or the rest of us for not "understanding his vision"
Mandatory? I think the word you're looking for is "customary", as there is nothing mandatory about it, and that wouldn't have mattered anyway since they kept doing those stupid pro-forma sessions where they pretend to be in session when they really aren't. It's about time that shit stops anyway. Oh, and btw, Bush didn't back off all the time either. He appointed Bolton after all, even though Congress wouldn't approve him.

As for the "hissy fit" thing, that's garbage and you know it. You only call it that because you don't like the guy. When someone you like stands up to Congress or whoever else, you applaud. It's all semantics.
 
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3. Re: Ca Reimbursements to ESA Grow Jan 27, 2012, 01:40 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Prez wrote on Jan 26, 2012, 23:07:
Maybe now they won't be so quick to jump on the anti-gaming bandwagon.
I wouldn't hold my breath...
 
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93. Re: THQ Refocuses - Open Letter Jan 26, 2012, 19:20 Wowbagger_TIP
 
RollinThundr wrote on Jan 26, 2012, 18:59:
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Jan 26, 2012, 18:11:
We need to make government smarter and less wasteful. Obama is calling for consolidation of several agencies now, and that's at least a start. I think some of Ron Paul's ideas in this area are good too. The stuff I've heard from the other candidates? Mostly garbage.
RP's too much of a isolationist. But we do agree here, smaller, smarter and less wasteful would be the way to go. Though to be honest I don't trust Obama as far as I can throw him. For all his "Hope and Change" rhetoric. he's just another corrupt full of shit politician that will say anything to try to gain votes. The fact that he throws hissy fits when he doesn't get his way and tries to circumvent congress often makes me dislike him even more.
Yes, but most people that don't like Obama doing that would support someone on "their side" doing it because it means they're standing up to Congress and fighting for what they said they would do. Congress passed the bill to create the agency that Obama is trying to staff. Congress thought they could get away with creating it to get the rabble to shut up and then smother it later. This is actually him doing exactly what he said he would do, and Congress has just been playing bullshit games as they always do, no matter who is in charge. Pretending to be in session when they obviously aren't is just a load of crap. Wonder how long I'd last if I just showed up for work, said hi, and walked back out.
 
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91. Re: THQ Refocuses - Open Letter Jan 26, 2012, 18:11 Wowbagger_TIP
 
RollinThundr wrote on Jan 26, 2012, 17:16:
My starting point was coming from nothing, everything I've achieved I've done myself through hard work and effort to make something of myself. So please, don't lecture me on my starting point.
You're gonna have to define "nothing", because I've heard far too many people make that claim that have no idea what they're talking about. That doesn't even get into the fact that there's a lot worse situations out there than coming from "nothing" too.

RollinThundr wrote on Jan 26, 2012, 17:16:
Take a good look at the people Obama surrounds himself with, the aforementioned Ayers, the raciest Rev Wright, you mean to tell me Obama sat in his church pew for 19 years and didn't hear the raciest drivel he spews out and doesn't follow it? One listen to some of the things our "first lady" spews should turn a light bulb on.
Not sure what "spew" you're referring to, and you can take all kinds of talk in a lot of different ways. There's been a hell of a lot of overlooked racism within both parties forever, but especially by whites. As for Ayers, I still don't see the big connection everyone was trying to make between him and Obama. I haven't seen anything that makes them out to be more than friendly neighbors. As for Wright, yeah, I've seen some quotes from him that are typical of those who are angry about the treatment of blacks in the US. Yeah, some of it could be construed as somewhat racist, but it's really just complaining. Much of it is true, even if it's not popular to talk about too. It's not like blacks were treated well throughout history, and he's old enough to have been around during some pretty nasty times too.

I've heard far worse from white ministers about all sorts of groups, and these guys have been courted by Republicans like Perry, Bachman, Gingrich and Santorum. Remember Perry's buddies from his big prayer event? The ones that claim that the Democratic Party is literally controlled by a demon name Jezebel? Wow.

RollinThundr wrote on Jan 26, 2012, 17:16:
The man is all about socialism and wealth redistribution. It's quite easy to figure it out. C'mon man don't be dense.
What are you talking about? Wealth redistribution is always happening and always has been. It's just that the wealthiest people in the US have been very successful in getting the redistribution done in their favor lately. They've gotten all sorts of breaks, loopholes and handouts (or bailouts) written for themselves, which is why they're the only ones in this country who have actually been doing better over the past decade or more. That needs to be reversed, or we really are going to have a serious problem. All boats have not been rising. The middle class has been drowning as the rich get richer. Small business suffers because they have fewer customers.

RollinThundr wrote on Jan 26, 2012, 17:16:
Not that the GOP is much better by any means, please don't think I'm trying to say they are.

But at the end of the day, unless we get a true fiscal conservative in office that seriously makes the tough cuts that need to be made, we're never going to get out of the debt rut. You can only borrow from China and others for so long. The tax and spend mentality of most liberals and a good part of republicans, isn't sustainable.
I agree that serious changes need to be made, but the ones that most Republicans are calling for are nothing but a smokescreen for more handouts to the richest people who sure as hell don't need any more help. They're doing ridiculously well already. We've bailed them out enough, don't ya think?

We need to make government smarter and less wasteful. Obama is calling for consolidation of several agencies now, and that's at least a start. I think some of Ron Paul's ideas in this area are good too. The stuff I've heard from the other candidates? Mostly garbage.

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89. Re: THQ Refocuses - Open Letter Jan 26, 2012, 15:47 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Matshock wrote on Jan 26, 2012, 14:44:
At this point you're ignoring the fact that Obama and the Dems passed a bill that threw up a bureaucratic wall between my Aunt and her blood pressure meds. If she didn't have me around to look out for her she would have gone without them and died pretty soon because of it.
So because the bad thing happened to your family this time, it's suddenly some sort of planned attack with the goal of destroying people like you? You discount all the families who have been hurt or destroyed by Republican legislation? Kiss my ass. You don't think about them because you don't really care.

Matshock wrote on Jan 26, 2012, 14:44:
There are many seniors out there right now that had their coverage changed with no notice and are not receiving the care they were before. This is by design.
Your vaunted capitalist system does this all the time! Insurance companies drop people from care when they need it most on a regular basis! But of course you ignore that.

You still haven't explained what happened with your grandmother, or why her coverage changed, or how it relates to the health care law. I don't know of any changes that took place on January 1, 2012 aside from some reporting changes.

Matshock wrote on Jan 26, 2012, 14:44:
For what it's worth- Romney signed a similar bill in MA so there's not much hope that the Republicans will really stop .gov from clearing out as many medicare dependents as they can without actually shooting them.
Again, you haven't explained what provision of the law is supposedly targeting seniors for extermination.

Matshock wrote on Jan 26, 2012, 14:44:
I'll call Obama a commie. The only reason the avowed commies are pissed at him is because they don't have the guts to start a civil war without the feds leading them and Obama doesn't have the guts to go full retard.

He may not be all the commie he wants to be but he's working on it every day. His buddy and mentor Bill Ayers is a huge freakin commie who lives in the only place in the USA where he's safe from his victims courtesy of the people of Chicago.
And now you've devolved into incomprehensible babbling. I don't have time to try to decipher whatever code you're speaking in. I have no idea what Bill Ayers has to do with anything anymore. I tend to tune out doomsday talk about civil wars and such, as nobody in this country wants one aside from the far loonie fringes on the right and left, but those people are so disturbed that nothing they say surprises me.

Matshock wrote on Jan 26, 2012, 14:44:
I'm done educating you. Take care.
I did learn a lot about you, that much is certain.
 
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87. Re: THQ Refocuses - Open Letter Jan 26, 2012, 13:13 Wowbagger_TIP
 
RollinThundr wrote on Jan 26, 2012, 12:32:
Matshock wrote on Jan 26, 2012, 10:47:
RollinThundr wrote on Jan 26, 2012, 09:45:
Change the tax codes so everyone pays a flat 18% Across the board. That's fair isn't it? Democrats talk about fairness all the time. Everyone paying the same sounds fair to me.

More like 27% if you don't want to cut Social Security/Medicare deeply.

But that would be a step in the right direction- it will end all of the special interest provisions built into the tax code.

And for those rolling your eyes- 27% is a lot more than the capital gains 15% cap (18% is more for that matter). If anything, tax revenues will go up because the multi-nationals like Apple & GM will have fewer places to hide income.

If you're gonna bleed all over about the poor just print them off some more food credit for their WIC cards. They can keep buying cases of energy drinks for their cocktails before mounting their new pickup trucks.

IMO it's too late anyway but if someone wants to take a shot at plugging the gaping hole in the hull from the inside then be my guest.

Here is the Democrat's final solution:

Obama has prepped for our "Great Leap Forward" by dooming our seniors to an earlier grave.

Part of the Obamacare law that went into effect this January 1 was to stop paying for my Aunt's blood pressure meds- no notice was sent to her or her doctor, apparently my 92 year old aunt is supposed to read 25K+ pages of regulations and prepare accordingly.

It's as old as paganism itself- when the crops don't come in start opening throats on the altar of hedonism until everyone left is satisfied again.


18% is fine. Maybe a few percent more. The problem in the US is people are not taught to be personally responsible anymore. It is NOT government's job to provide. Budgeting isn't rocket science yet to liberals it apparently is, why I don't know. Saving for retirement isn't rocket science either. To those on the left, their solution is just tax the rich more and redistribute it to every one else. It's a failed idelogy. Socialism, much like communism doesn't work.
Your problem is that you don't seem to comprehend that not everyone has the same starting point as you, and that some people start off so ridiculously handicapped by their circumstances that they're lucky if they can manage to even get enough education to have a clue that there is any other way than what they see around them every day.

You throw around words like Socialism and Communism like they actually mean something in the real world. They, like capitalism, have just been a means to extract wealth from everyone and funnel it to those in power. Everything else just depends on what people are willing to put up with. As information has become more available, their willingness to tolerate the rigging of the game has decreased as well. Places like N. Korea can only exist because they have managed to successfully limit the flow of information to their people so that nothing interferes with their brainwashing.
 
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86. Re: THQ Refocuses - Open Letter Jan 26, 2012, 13:02 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Matshock wrote on Jan 26, 2012, 11:28:
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Jan 26, 2012, 11:09:
Maybe you'd like to explain what you're talking about rather than engaging in ridiculous hyperbole?

Go look up China's "Great Leap Forward"- it's the name of a historical event occurring circa 1958, not "ridiculous hyperbole".

Everything the pinkos are doing has been done before, just in the last century no less. They're running the playbook to the letter.

To paraphrase Dennis Miller: "If we were up against Lenin, Stalin and Trotsky I'd be worried. But this is more like the Larry, Moe and Curly of communism so not so much."

NOW THAT'S ridiculous hyperbole but true regardless.
I understand the reference, which is why I called it hyperbole and asked you to explain wtf you're talking about. Obama is hardly a commie, he's so centrist that both sides are pissed at him. So yeah, you're gonna have to explain what he's done that make this just like what the Chinese did.
 
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82. Re: THQ Refocuses - Open Letter Jan 26, 2012, 11:09 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Matshock wrote on Jan 26, 2012, 10:47:
Obama has prepped for our "Great Leap Forward" by dooming our seniors to an earlier grave.

Part of the Obamacare law that went into effect this January 1 was to stop paying for my Aunt's blood pressure meds- no notice was sent to her or her doctor, apparently my 92 year old aunt is supposed to read 25K+ pages of regulations and prepare accordingly.

It's as old as paganism itself- when the crops don't come in start opening throats on the altar of hedonism until everyone left is satisfied again.
Maybe you'd like to explain what you're talking about rather than engaging in ridiculous hyperbole?
 
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3. Re: New Via Digital Distribution Jan 26, 2012, 10:35 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Foil versions of virtual cards is about the dumbest thing I can imagine someone paying for. Seriously, unbelievable.  
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80. Re: THQ Refocuses - Open Letter Jan 26, 2012, 10:32 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Prez wrote on Jan 26, 2012, 07:58:
The major hesitation I have is always when people start talking about forcing "rich people" to pay their "fair share". Who defines "rich", and who gets to decide what a "fair share".
As opposed to the way things have been for quite a while now, where the super wealthy, via their lobbyists, get to decide all these things? Is that really a better situation for the vast majority of Americans? We might as well just set up a tip jar for the 1% to use at this point. They pretty much pay whatever they want anyway, and they sure as hell get a lot more from government than most people do. If only I could afford a lobbyist to get a loophole passed that ensures that my company doesn't have to pay any taxes...
 
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64. Re: THQ Refocuses - Open Letter Jan 26, 2012, 01:06 Wowbagger_TIP
 
RollinThundr wrote on Jan 26, 2012, 00:24:
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Jan 26, 2012, 00:08:
Yes it's all the 1%'s fault, you know, the group of people who already pay over 56% of the taxes in this country, if we could just force them to pay moar it'll all work out.
Seems more than appropriate since they are the ones that have all the influence over the government. Oh yeah, and they have the lion's share of the wealth too. Poor people can't afford lobbyists. Nor can they afford to pay a larger share of their already ridiculously low income. People like Romney go around making bets on a whim with the kind of money that a lot of people make in a year. He makes more in a day than half the country makes in a year! He has the kind of direct influence on government that only the super wealthy can get. Of course he should pay more taxes!

The middle class has seen nothing but stagnant wages or worse, along with a lack of jobs, while the top 1% has been making big bucks even as they screw the rest of the country over. It's not socialism by any stretch of the imagination. It's just common sense. You can't get blood from a stone, and the wealthiest people have been funneling more and more of the nation's wealth to themselves over the past few decades. They always talk about growing the pie for everyone, but that hasn't been happening. The pie gets bigger, but only their share.

It would seem more appropriate to cut the out of control tax and spend scheme that's so rampant in this country no? And stop having government meddle with the economy with failed stimulus after stimulus? Bush's failed, Obama's failed, the Great Depression would have been shorter had government not meddled and let the market correct itself during dips.

There is a need for regulations, I don't think anyone argues that, checks and balances are there for a reason, but there IS a middle ground that could be obtained.

Sure you can tax the rich more, the problem is the government is just going to spend even more money that way, so it makes it a pretty moot idea. Because you're right back at square one. We spend too much on a government level and it has become far too bloated. (The department of education being a prime example, the further you separate government from the citizens the more expensive it gets and the less sensitive it is to the needs of the community, school systems would be better off just at the local & state level)

The problem with you liberals is you don't separate huge company CEO's from small business owners, when you increase taxes those large companies don't blink, it's the small local businesses, the ones that create most of the local jobs that end up going under because they can't stay afloat.

Again the rich already pay more than anyone else, we have a progressive tax system in the US. Taxing them more won't do a damn thing. It's just class warfare to distract from the actual issues facing the US.

Again, you're assuming arguments that I'm not making. I certainly do differentiate between small business and huge companies. I work with small businesses all the time. They aren't concerned about their tax burden. They're concerned about having customers, and with most of the country becoming poorer all the time, they're facing some real problems.

And assuming that I just want to tax the rich more is also ridiculous. I am all in favor of cutting back on government spending, but I'm very particular about how and where to cut. Republicans seem to just want to do things like abolish the EPA. They're just about slash and burn, and destroying things that actually help those at the bottom survive from day to day. Republicans were all about repealing every piece of banking and finance regulation they could get their hands on and that is one of the big reasons that a lot of the bullshit that happened on Wall St. was allowed to happen, and why those people who, quite literally, robbed this country got away with it. Sorry if I'm not willing to believe that they have the slightest fucking clue how things should work since they seem mostly interested in letting the largest businesses do whatever the hell they want, no matter what the consequences.

It may seem like I'm piling on the Republicans, and maybe I am, but that doesn't mean I think the Democrats are any smarter or more altruistic in their actions. They just serve a slightly different set of wealthy masters. I'd like to see them all gone, save a couple of them that actually seem to have a clue. Unfortunately I don't really want a bunch of know-nothing jackasses from the Tea Party or Occupy Movement taking their place either. The real tragedy for us is that we've allowed money to take over our elections to the extent that it's practically impossible to get elected without selling your soul to the wealthy who can make or break you with non-stop campaign commercials.
 
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RollinThundr wrote on Jan 26, 2012, 00:08:
I love you liberals so much, you all continually say how "bad" the standard of living is in the US. Go move to China or North Korea and see how bad you have it now.
Gotta love your bullshit straw-man arguments. Can't argue against what they actually say, so you have to twist it around to something like that? That's just pretty pathetic.
 
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