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  • The Principles of Democracy   17 hours 5 min ago

    movibobo, in our current system of State Capitalism most of the wealthy minority has extracted the majority's wealth through state intervention like subsidies, tax breaks, deregulation, policies that eliminate competition, public bailouts etc.. there are endless tools government uses to ensure the wealthy class are not subject to capitalist principles. Bailing out the financial institution in 2008 was direct state intervention were the majority bailed out the minority. There is no public influence over financial institution, but it was public money used to bail them out.

    I would like to live in a government system where I get to vote on such issues like the state intervening in Capitalist enterprise like financial institutions gambling on packing and repacking artificially high rated real estate ventures that everybody knew was worthless, but continued to play until casino economy cashed in..

    I want to live in a Democracy where my vote means something.

  • Republicans Hate Efficiency   17 hours 6 min ago
    Quote mavibobo:
    Quote Legend:

    The Republicans are the party of no solutions. You have a problem. 11 million illegal aliens in the country. You are not going to round them up and deport them. They say secure the borders. What did Bush do in his 8 years? As far as I can tell that is the total Republican solution. Same with healthcare. No solution, Same with just about everything.

    Sure you can round them up and deport them, every time an illegal receives a traffic ticket you deport them and their family. Every time they show up at the e.r. you stable them and deport them. Every time they register their child in school you deport them. This will take a while but you can deport them.

    Even the Republicans admit that that is not going to happen. To round up and deport 11 million would make the Nazis look good, Are you going to deport someone that went to school from kindergarten to college? Are you going to break up families? It just plain will not happen. And thus that is not a solution. By the way are your papers in order? Do you have to prove that you are a legal citizen when you go to the ER or get a traffic ticket.

  • Moody's Downgrades Chicago's Rating Over Pensions   17 hours 6 min ago
    Quote Dexterous:
    Quote DynoDon:

    That's what Wall Street likes to hear!

    Not necessarily. A 401k can be invested in a variety of venues. Wall Street can have little or no part of your investment decision. That point goes totally over Hartmanns head when he speaks to this issue. His investment advice leaves much to be desired. I suspect he got burned a couple of times years past and has lost millions since then by stuffing his cash in his mattress just above the water line.

    I suspect he is invested in the stock market but talking about it gos against the meme he is trying to sell so he does not mention it.

  • Moody's Downgrades Chicago's Rating Over Pensions   17 hours 7 min ago
    Quote DynoDon:

    That's what Wall Street likes to hear!

    If invested in a mutual fund the return is good and historically safe, certainly safer then pensions.

    It is also yours, if you die a day after you retire you generally can't leave your pension to a beneficiary. There are exceptions for spouses but if you don't have a spouse or your surviving spouse dies the money you worked for your whole life is gone. Can't leave it to your children.

  • A Minimum Wage IS Free Market   17 hours 9 min ago
    Quote Mauiman2:

    Just curious, name me a situation where a monopoly was created in a free market.

    You missed the circle jerk in the other thread.

    http://www.thomhartmann.com/forum/2015/02/name-me-all-monopolies-formed-...

  • USPS and AMAZON   17 hours 13 min ago

    They also want to get rid of USPS for their business campaign contributers. Businesses risk felony charges if their fraudulent practices and documents are transmitted via USPS, aka Mail Fraud. Businesses use UPS and Fedex when defrauding now and it costs over 10 times the rate USPS, but cheaper than hiring an attorney when caught in their fraudulent practices.

    One thing that ought to be brought up on the floor of congress is that last mile to the door Fedex and UPS use USPS for. That mile means the documents in their possession are subject to felonious charges if fraudulent. That mean postal inspectors can view Fedex and UPS packages for fraud. The inspectors might choose to exercise prosecutorial discretion if the 75 year pension funding rule the GOP pushed was allowed to wither on the lynch noose the gop put around USPS's neck.

  • A Minimum Wage IS Free Market   17 hours 16 min ago
    Quote DynoDon:

    It was a reply. To me, talking about the free market is like talking about pixies and fairies. Sorry, that is an insult to pixies and fairies.

    Edit; nevermind. I see LS brought it up.

  • 9/11 Truth is not a joke   17 hours 17 min ago

    A neocon judge in a neocon district, refuted even by the Bush White House, and this is neocon propaganda. If any nation contributed to Al Qaeda, it'd be the US, guided by dual-national Israelis from the Reagan era forward. Both directly and via Pakistan's ISI.

  • Moody's Downgrades Chicago's Rating Over Pensions   17 hours 17 min ago
    Quote DynoDon:

    That's what Wall Street likes to hear!

    Not necessarily. A 401k can be invested in a variety of venues. Wall Street can have little or no part of your investment decision. That point goes totally over Hartmanns head when he speaks to this issue. His investment advice leaves much to be desired. I suspect he got burned a couple of times years past and has lost millions since then by stuffing his cash in his mattress just above the water line.

  • Obamacare is not some socialist marxist leftist plot...   17 hours 18 min ago

    I should use the "Preview" feature in editing but I tend to just do it live.

  • A Minimum Wage IS Free Market   17 hours 19 min ago
    Quote Mauiman2:
    Quote DynoDon:

    The free market is only an intellectual exercise. The US is, and will never be, a free market. That is probably for the better. In the real world, free markets lead to producer concentration, monopolies and other predatory behavior. All bow down at the altar of crony capitalism!

    Just curious, name me a situation where a monopoly was created in a free market.

    Microsoft

    Monsanto

    US Steel

    Standard Oil

    Ma Bell

    Major League Baseball

    NFL

    Some of these are mostly gone now but were created in a somewhat free market. If you want to count the US as being a primarily free market.

  • A Minimum Wage IS Free Market   17 hours 23 min ago
    Quote DynoDon:

    Name me an industrialized country that has a free market. Again, free market is just a fantasy and topic for intellectual discourse. Human greed would never allow a free market to endure. I'm just getting tired of seeing the term. Ranks up there with everybody should love everybody. Capitalism is a more realistic term and practice.

    I guess if you say that if there are rules and regulations in place, then you have no free market, then you are correct. I would claim that the US has at least something close to a free market in most areas.

    Your definition of a free market must be different than mine?

  • OMG! Check Out This Software!   17 hours 24 min ago

    Everybody sleep better knowing that the adware is buried so deeply it isn't detected by anti-virus software. Probably better not to know.

  • The Marquis de Sade: Hero to the Left?   17 hours 26 min ago

    Sorry to monopolize the thread.

  • 9/11 Truth is not a joke   17 hours 27 min ago

    J M Friedman: yes, really. My point, that the majority of engineers, and all professional engineering associations that I know to have addressed the issues, do NOT agree with you. So you can't cite "engineers" in general as an AUTHORITY. No architectural association I know of agrees with you. So you can't cite "architects" in general as an AUTHORITY. So you have to present your "evidence" and context, point by point, and not assume that the existence of one, cherry-picked minority, group speaks for their respective disciplines. That you're unaware of that even after I pointed it out shows evidence of an emotive process vs. a rational one.

    I agree with the key point that 9/11 truth is not a joke and should not be mocked in and of itself. Disagreement with a "truth" you and like-minded associates find satisfying should also not be demonized. I won't hold my breath waiting for that to stop, though.

    In sum: you were making an argumentum ad verecundiam, an argument to authority. If your authority's not a true authority - no relevant expertise, incompetent, or, as in this case, not representative, then the argument is flawed. I pointed that out. I think there was another, much worse underrlying problem: there's a strong tendency for people defending crankery, quackery, and ill-founded conspiracy theories to find just one study or just one "authority" and demand "do you think you know better than" my just-one-authority. The answer to that is, I don't have to. I simply have to find my own authority that counters yours. At that point you have to start using rational inquiry and some systematic empirical method to resolve the conflict. Also, obviously, an assertion made without evidence can be contradicted without evidence.

  • A Minimum Wage IS Free Market   17 hours 27 min ago

    It was a reply. To me, talking about the free market is like talking about pixies and fairies. Sorry, that is an insult to pixies and fairies.

  • Megabank Rises From The Ashes   17 hours 30 min ago

    Glad to see no one finds this objectionable.

  • Moody's Downgrades Chicago's Rating Over Pensions   17 hours 32 min ago

    That's what Wall Street likes to hear!

  • Moody's Downgrades Chicago's Rating Over Pensions   17 hours 33 min ago

    Most major cities have this problem. A great example of kicking the can down the road. It will be interesting to see 20 years from now where this ends up. Worst case, you have private citizens paying much high taxes and/or receiving greatly reduced services while supporting public pensioners. You may want to live in a small town that doesn't have this issue.

  • A Minimum Wage IS Free Market   17 hours 35 min ago
    Quote DynoDon:

    Name me an industrialized country that has a free market. Again, free market is just a fantasy and topic for intellectual discourse. Human greed would never allow a free market to endure. I'm just getting tired of seeing the term. Ranks up there with everybody should love everybody. Capitalism is a more realistic term and practice.

    Ok, what does that have to do with the topic at hand?

  • A Minimum Wage IS Free Market   17 hours 36 min ago
    Quote gumball:
    Quote Legend:

    What is a CEO's salary worth? Is it millions?

    Some do, the overwhelming majority do not.

    The walmart CEO made almost 10 million last year, this works out to be less then $5 per employee.

    Last year they made 15 billion in profit, this works out to be $714 per employee. 2.1 million employees at 2080 work hours a year works out to 35 cents an hour. Of course not all work full time but you get the point. Simply reducing profits and CEO wages does not equate to much money to increase pay of the average worker, prices would need to go up.

  • A Minimum Wage IS Free Market   17 hours 39 min ago

    Name me an industrialized country that has a free market. Again, free market is just a fantasy and topic for intellectual discourse. Human greed would never allow a free market to endure. I'm just getting tired of seeing the term. Ranks up there with everybody should love everybody. Capitalism is a more realistic term and practice.

  • The Principles of Democracy   17 hours 44 min ago

    Ultrax, the minority of the population controls the majority of the wealth, how do you prevent the majority from taking the wealth from the minority?

  • A Minimum Wage IS Free Market   17 hours 45 min ago
    Quote Legend:

    What is a CEO's salary worth? Is it millions?

    Just like everyone else, the CEO is worth what he is paid because someone is willing to pay it to him.

  • A Minimum Wage IS Free Market   17 hours 46 min ago
    Quote DynoDon:

    The free market is only an intellectual exercise. The US is, and will never be, a free market. That is probably for the better. In the real world, free markets lead to producer concentration, monopolies and other predatory behavior. All bow down at the altar of crony capitalism!

    Just curious, name me a situation where a monopoly was created in a free market.

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