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Re: Issues & Activism
Jun 9, 2023, 13:51
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Re: Issues & Activism Jun 9, 2023, 13:51
Jun 9, 2023, 13:51
 
ZeroPike1 wrote on Jun 9, 2023, 02:04:
But to limit it to before the damned Berlin Wall came down?
They're not even following their own rule. Pride marches started in the 70's.
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Re: Issues & Activism
Jun 9, 2023, 12:22
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Re: Issues & Activism Jun 9, 2023, 12:22
Jun 9, 2023, 12:22
 
I mean, getting your views on Reagan's economic policies from a libertarian feels really biased. It's like asking a pig farmer whether pig farms are good for the environment, only pig farmers generally have a better knowledge about pig farms than libertarians do about economies and governments.


"But a National Bureau study by Hausman and Poterba on the Tax Reform Act shows that over 40% of the nation's taxpayers suffered a marginal tax increase (or at best, the same rate as before) and, of the majority that did enjoy marginal tax cuts, only 11% got reductions of 10% or more. In short, most of the tax reductions were negligible. Not only that; the Tax Reform Act, these authors reckoned, would lower savings and investment overall because of the huge increases in taxes on business and on capital gains. Moreover savings were also hurt by the tax law's removal of tax deductibility on contributions to IRAs.

Talk about a misunderstanding of the argument. No one denies that Reagan raised taxes on the middle class. He cut them on the <1%. Objectively, he cut the highest tax bracket from 70% to 28%. The result of that was stagnating wages for everyone else. Even if capital gains went up minorly, that isn't what impacted wages for everyone outside the top 1%, and significantly raised them for everyone inside the top 0.1%.
Please understand the arguments from "leftists" before feeling superior to them.

And also, please don't cherry pick. Everyone knows Carter deregulated the airlines, just like everyone knows Nixon formed the EPA. Economic deregulation was popular in the late 70s across party lines. But Reagan formed his platform on it. Lest we forget “In the present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.” Reagan was the first President to really start eroding trust in government.

Please, do not strawman or cherry pick.

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Re: Issues & Activism
Jun 9, 2023, 10:54
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Re: Issues & Activism Jun 9, 2023, 10:54
Jun 9, 2023, 10:54
 
me ignoring the account

Not renamed. Like the saying goes, if you’re not pissing someone off, you probably aren’t saying anything important.
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Re: Issues & Activism
Jun 9, 2023, 10:37
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Re: Issues & Activism Jun 9, 2023, 10:37
Jun 9, 2023, 10:37
 
Huh, that pseudonym (Renegades Hang) looks completely unfamiliar but I have it ignored. Renamed? I'm going to guess that was a good decision (me ignoring the account that is).
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Re: Issues & Activism
Jun 9, 2023, 10:27
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Re: Issues & Activism Jun 9, 2023, 10:27
Jun 9, 2023, 10:27
 
Reaganomics...had the opposite effect

I get a kick out of people that disparage Reaganomics because usually they are big government leftists that think Reagan slashed taxes, regulations, and government spending. In reality, Reagan did the opposite. So the left is actually attacking their own tax, spend, and regulate philosophy when they attack Reaganomics.

As economist Murray Rothbard, a founder of the Libertarian Party and as free-market of a guy as you can get, stated in his late 1987 article, "The Myths of Reaganomics":

"How well did Reagan succeed in cutting government spending, surely a critical ingredient in any plan to reduce the role of government in everyone's life? In 1980, the last year of free-spending Jimmy Carter the federal government spent $591 billion. In 1986, the last recorded year of the Reagan administration, the federal government spent $990 billion, an increase of 68%. Whatever this is, it is emphatically not reducing government expenditures.

"....[W]hile indeed income tax rates were cut in the higher brackets, many of the loophole plugs meant huge tax increases for people in the upper as well as middle income brackets. The point of the income tax, and particularly the marginal rate, cuts, was the supply-sider objective of lowering taxes to stimulate savings and investment.

"But a National Bureau study by Hausman and Poterba on the Tax Reform Act shows that over 40% of the nation's taxpayers suffered a marginal tax increase (or at best, the same rate as before) and, of the majority that did enjoy marginal tax cuts, only 11% got reductions of 10% or more. In short, most of the tax reductions were negligible. Not only that; the Tax Reform Act, these authors reckoned, would lower savings and investment overall because of the huge increases in taxes on business and on capital gains. Moreover savings were also hurt by the tax law's removal of tax deductibility on contributions to IRAs.

"....Deregulation. Another crucial aspect of freeing the market and getting government off our backs is deregulation, and the administration and its Reaganomists have been very proud of its deregulation record. However, a look at the record reveals a very different picture. In the first place, the most conspicuous examples of deregulation; the ending of oil and gasoline price controls and rationing, the deregulation of trucks and airlines, were all launched by the Carter administration, and completed just in time for the Reagan administration to claim the credit.

"....Overall, in fact, there has probably been not deregulation, but an increase in regulation. Thus, Christopher De Muth, head of the American Enterprise Institute and a former top official of Reagan's Office of Management and the Budget, concludes that 'the President has not mounted a broad offensive against regulation. There hasn't been much total change since 1981. There has been more balanced administration of regulatory agencies than we had become used to in the 1970s, but many regulatory rules have been strengthened.'

"....It is no wonder, then, that even the Reaganomist Bill Niskanen recently admitted that 'international trade is more regulated than it was 10 years ago.'

"....Reagan's rhetoric has been calling for reductions of government; his actions have been precisely the reverse. Yet both sides of the political fence have bought the rhetoric and claim that it has been put into effect."

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Re: Issues & Activism
Jun 9, 2023, 02:04
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Re: Issues & Activism Jun 9, 2023, 02:04
Jun 9, 2023, 02:04
 
In response, the moderators acknowledged that they had been removing Pride-related posts, which they justified by invoking the subreddit's long-standing policy against the discussion of real-world politics, or current events after 1988, the year Battletech was first released.

Man talk about weirdly regressive policies. I can kinda get a 'no politics here' as a general rule, happens often enough to help keep the illusion that everyone is actually cooperative with each other. But to limit it to before the damned Berlin Wall came down? Do these guys still discuss how the USSR is still a viable thing? Are they stuck discussing how Reaganonomics are going to improve the American Economy? (HINT=it had the opposite effect) Or maybe how well the AIDS epidemic is doing? How about the Iran-Contra affair?

You cannot live in some weird ass internet time bubble safe space. Its Madness.
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Re: Issues & Activism
Jun 9, 2023, 00:51
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Re: Issues & Activism Jun 9, 2023, 00:51
Jun 9, 2023, 00:51
 
Maybe they were protesting, keighley too?
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Re: Summer Game Fest featured no women onstage
Jun 8, 2023, 19:43
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Re: Summer Game Fest featured no women onstage Jun 8, 2023, 19:43
Jun 8, 2023, 19:43
 
I noticed that too. What a sausage fest.
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