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News Comments > THQ Refocuses - Open Letter
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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News Comments > THQ Refocuses - Open Letter
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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News Comments > THQ Refocuses - Open Letter
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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News Comments > New Via Digital Distribution
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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News Comments > THQ Refocuses - Open Letter
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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News Comments > THQ Refocuses - Open Letter
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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News Comments > THQ Refocuses - Open Letter
60. Re: THQ Refocuses - Open Letter Jan 26, 2012, 00:11 Wowbagger_TIP
 
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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News Comments > THQ Refocuses - Open Letter
58. Re: THQ Refocuses - Open Letter Jan 26, 2012, 00:08 Wowbagger_TIP
 
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.
 
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News Comments > THQ Refocuses - Open Letter
48. Re: THQ Refocuses - Open Letter Jan 25, 2012, 17:45 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Prez wrote on Jan 25, 2012, 17:16:
Not to sound patronizing, but both Wowbagger and Matshock are right.

The rich have been demonized like nobody's business. It's classic class warfare drummed up by politician's who turn anger at the well-to-do people of society into votes for themselves. The problem is that CEO's of many companies become completely out of touch with reality (blinded by ambition or greed?) and end up making themselves fodder for such attacks.

It's easy to see both sides of the argument when on the one hand it's the "fat cats" who embark on business ventures that translate into jobs for the middle class, and on the other hand CEO's generally suffer the least out of anyone when a company tanks (and in fact can profit handsomely) when they are often the very ones responsible for the company's failure.

The reality is, however, Capitalism is the least vile of all the economic setups out there by a fair margin despite how it has been perverted by greedy, unethical corporate entities and equally greedy and equally unethical politicians. So, in my estimation, any solutions will be far from perfect. Sometimes so imperfect as to be more damaging than the problem it was developed to solve (see the current Administration's incompetence for recent examples).
Don't forget the previous administrations as well, which lead up to the 2008 collapse. Freeing companies like AIG and the banks from all those regulations over the last decade or so just let them go nuts with the risk with very little requirement to report any of it or to be remotely transparent about what they were doing. Then they just hold a gun to the head of the nation and demand that we not allow them to go broke. Nice. AIG was basically printing money for itself because thanks to "regulatory reform", they weren't required to maintain any capital reserve to cover all those CDOs they were insuring, nor did they even have to report any of it to anyone. So they could just keep raking in the fees without anyone being the wiser. At least until the housing market tanked and it blew up in their faces and we had to spend well over a hundred billion to bail them out, and that was just the direct bailout.

Of course the wealthy argued that you can't bail out the homeowners because that would create a moral hazard. If we were gonna spend a trillion or so anyway, might as well stop the first domino from falling, right? Then the CDOs wouldn't blow up, the banks wouldn't be failing, and the insurance wouldn't get hit. But no, they just wanted to bail out the guys at the top of the food chain. Funny how they didn't see the moral hazard problem with that.

Oh, and of course we continue to chug along with the most moronic regulatory infrastructure as well. Ratings agencies that are beholden to those that they're rating, and staffed by those who just weren't good enough to get jobs with the companies they're serving, and therefore not bright enough to figure out what they're up to. Regulatory agencies with similar staffing problems, lack of information thanks to the aforementioned "regulatory reform", and faced with political opposition serving as a barrier even to investigation much of the time.

These are the reasons we're so screwed.
 
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News Comments > THQ Refocuses - Open Letter
39. Re: THQ Refocuses - Open Letter Jan 25, 2012, 15:03 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Matshock wrote on Jan 25, 2012, 14:56:
Wowbagger_TIP:

1st paragraph: Beat that straw-man! I still won't pretend I don't know what people complaining about evil corporations mean when they say "we need change".

I hear "the rich are the problem" and "the rich need to pay their fair share in taxes" from a different person I know personally every week. I know where taxes go, I won't pretend that I don't.

Your second and third paragraphs just expounded on what you quoted from me. I agree with your criticisms of our times! REALLY!

But your equal opportunity utopia hasn't ever existed and probably never will. There have always been haves and have-nots and people that don't earn what they have.

If you come up with a new way to make it happen then I'm all ears. All the ways proposed to date have already failed.

Jesus teaches me how to live in spite of it all because his words go into my ears instead of come out of them. It won't matter what insanity follows.

That's enough for me today. Dibs on the top bunk in the FEMA camp!

So as near as I can tell, your only issue with my argument is that I don't subscribe to your apparent philosophy of, "If it's inevitable, just relax and enjoy it." Just because you believe it's inevitable, doesn't mean we should all just accept it. I don't believe we should, and I don't see anything wrong with trying to change things. It'll never be a utopia, but it could certainly be a lot better.
 
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News Comments > THQ Refocuses - Open Letter
37. Re: THQ Refocuses - Open Letter Jan 25, 2012, 14:28 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Matshock wrote on Jan 25, 2012, 13:31:
The generic term "change" is almost always used to describe some form of increased government control re: corporate management today. I'm not going to pretend this isn't the case to satisfy people playing obvious semantic games who are ignorant enough to think they're being coy.

The problem is not capitalism, if it were capitalism then you'd be working 90 hours a week and living in a company dorm like they do in China. Your quality of life would also be slowly improving instead of decaying.

I know most of you aren't doing that because the Frisbee golf course near my house is heavily populated by 20-30 somethings all day every day who are collecting 99+ weeks of unemployment checks.
Spoken like a true ideologue. As if you actually know the situation of all those people. You simply assume whatever suits your argument. You may be right for some, but you really don't know or care to find out.

Matshock wrote on Jan 25, 2012, 13:31:
The unvarnished truth is:

What you're suffering under now is fascism- the real meaning of the term is federally controlled capitalism as coined by Mussolini. Corporations and .gov are working together to screw you over.

The tall wall of separation many people see between their favorite politician and the corporation they hate doesn't exist. The Emperor Has No Clothes.
What arguments have you been listening to? Who, exactly, thinks there's any wall between corporations and government? It's a revolving door! The reason the most wealthy in America have been doing just fantastic while wages and services for everyone else have been stagnant or dropping is that they have lobbyists and a direct line to the legislators. The rest of the population has neither, and has been cleverly distracted from what's really going on by all the bullshit hot-button issues that the legislators pretend to give a shit about. You think Gingrich really cares about the sanctity of marriage? Really?


Matshock wrote on Jan 25, 2012, 13:31:
Now if accountability (punishment) is what you want- either full blown capitalism or communism will do equally well, either way a small group of the most ruthless will eliminate their competitors, they still won't give a damn about workers but you'll get to see plenty of suffering at high levels.

Don't ask me how to really fix it unless you want a bunch of Jesus.
I have no idea what "a bunch of Jesus" would do for us. We've got Jesus coming out our ears in this country, and everyone still does whatever the hell they want and just rationalizes it anyway. What I want is not full-blown capitalism or communism. We aren't shooting for Lord of the Flies here. We're trying to create something that allows everyone to have opportunity to succeed and be comfortable in their life, but not one that just hands you whatever you want. The problem is that the system has been massively rigged by those with the influence (read: money) to do so. This needs to be rectified, but it probably won't be unless people stop bullshitting themselves that the current system is even remotely fair, and stop focusing on the shiny issues they hold up to keep everyone distracted as the wealth of the country flows steadily to the handful at the top.
 
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News Comments > THQ Refocuses - Open Letter
25. Re: THQ Refocuses - Open Letter Jan 25, 2012, 11:39 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Matshock wrote on Jan 25, 2012, 11:13:
BTW if THQ was nationalized in the interest of "economic justice" then they would still have screwed up. The difference is that that a nationalized company would be bailed out using money you're on the hook for. They would also never get better because there are no incentives to.
While I didn't see any mention of nationalization as an option in the post you were responding to, I think you put your finger on the issue here. One that's all too common in many businesses today. The top management is so ridiculously overpaid, and their pay is so disconnected from performance, that there is no effective accountability for failure, and therefore little incentive to get things right. They usually make out like bandits either way, and just blame other factors for the failure. A CEO can nosedive a company straight into the ground and still walk away with tens of millions in compensation.

Matshock wrote on Jan 25, 2012, 11:13:
PS if you ever lose your job because you screwed up can we take away all your property in order to punish you?
No, but I can't live off of my annual salary for the rest of my life either. I could easily do so with what one of these CEOs makes, even if I didn't feel like ever working again. Hell, I'll run your company into the ground for half of what you'd pay one of those fancy CEOs!
 
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
5. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs Jan 22, 2012, 22:49 Wowbagger_TIP
 
OK. I understand the the outrage, but couldn't you also call for investigations into any/all industries that donate financially to members of Congress and the Senate for alleged bribery?
You can investigate, but you generally come up with no clear evidence. Most of those industries aren't dumb enough to get up and publicly say what Dodd said, making it a clear quid pro quo.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
10. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jan 20, 2012, 14:14 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Hey, if we do one thing wrong we may as well do everything wrong, right? Right?
No, it's more about how we seem to let the wrongs slide when they're committed by extremely wealthy, powerful, connected people. Everyone else gets the full weight of the law crashing down on their head. Media companies can win verdicts against teenagers for millions, but nobody goes to jail, and most still get fat bonuses, after all the bullshit that the banks were pulling?
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect Demo for Valentine's
28. Re: Mass Effect Demo for Valentine's Jan 19, 2012, 15:39 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Bhruic wrote on Jan 19, 2012, 12:09:

Now that I agree with. EA has a lot of resources behind it, and they could have made Origin a lot better than it is. Had they tried to compete with Steam on features, rather than simply locking their games to it, I think they could have done so - Steam falls down in quite a few areas. Unfortunately, they haven't chosen to do so.

Although, really, comparing it to other DDs, I'm not sure it's really that much worse. I haven't used Impulse recently, but last time I did, it was pretty poor too. Steam certainly is far from perfect, but they're still head-and-shoulders above most of them.
Whatever Steam's issues are, I can't imagine EA producing anything better... ever. They just have a much more reptilian mindset about their business than Valve.
 
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News Comments > Elemental Website Re-Launches; Fallen Enchantress Beta for War of Magic Owners Tomorrow
5. Re: Elemental Website Re-Launches; Fallen Enchantress Beta for War of Magic Owners Tomorrow Jan 19, 2012, 09:50 Wowbagger_TIP
 
I bought the original on Impulse, so I'm supposed to get this for free. I hope it's the game we were originally wanting. Really, we basically just wanted a MoM clone. Not sure how they managed to screw it up so badly. Only downside is that I feel kinda dirty just seeing the GameStop logo on Impulse now. Wish I could get that off my system.  
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News Comments > Mass Effect Demo for Valentine's
8. Re: Mass Effect Demo for Valentine's Jan 18, 2012, 23:36 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Sepharo wrote on Jan 18, 2012, 22:04:
As an owner of BF3, SWTOR, and Arkham City (before Steam holiday ) I already begrudgingly use Origin. I'm just not buying ME3 because I couldn't bring myself to play ME2 any further after I saw the rails and waist high walls. But worst of all zero incentive to explore (hack, etc).
Exactly. It's basically a series of cool cutscenes with a lot of boring, tedious shit in between. If BF3 didn't entice me to use Origin, then ME3 sure as hell isn't going to either.
 
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News Comments > Max Payne 3 Trailer
6. Re: Max Payne 3 Trailer Jan 18, 2012, 23:22 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Game looks really good, but I share the concerns about a half-ass PC port. I really hope they don't fuck it up yet again.  
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News Comments > No PC Syndicate Remake Demo; Original on GOG.com Thursday
24. Re: No PC Syndicate Remake Demo; Original on GOG.com Thursday Jan 17, 2012, 18:14 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Mist wrote on Jan 17, 2012, 15:50:
Syndicate gameplay trailers look awesome, I dunno what you guys are talking about. Definitely looked like a buy to me.
What are you talking about? Looked scripted and gimmicky when they were trying to incorporate Syndicate-y stuff, and otherwise just another shooter.
 
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19. Re: No PC Syndicate Remake Demo; Original on GOG.com Thursday Jan 17, 2012, 15:36 Wowbagger_TIP
 
I just want a modern remake of the original. Hopefully Cartel turns out to be that. I loved the original and played it and the expansion for a long time. I couldn't get into Syndicate Wars though. It just felt different and wrong, but I don't even remember why anymore.  
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