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Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

drfred79 Re:Can Iowa handle a circus that large? (415 comments)

If you understand libertarianism you'd understand that consumer protection and federal education programs are contrary to the libertarian platform. Allowing governments to experiment with those issues at state and local levels is harder for governments, politicians, unions, and corporations to influence than 60 senators. Libertarians are the true populists.

6 hours ago
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Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

drfred79 Re:Can Iowa handle a circus that large? (415 comments)

No I never did notice that. I post with my screen name. But I've also watched my karma go down because progressives use down votes to silence dissent. Maybe the pro Republican commenters are tired of being punished for their opinion?

6 hours ago
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Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

drfred79 Re:Can Iowa handle a circus that large? (415 comments)

How exactly does taxing someone empower them. You don't even need taxes for social programs, just look at our deficit.

That's not even arguing that small business owners are most hurt by artificially inflated wages.

7 hours ago
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How the World's Agricultural Boom Has Changed CO2 Cycles

drfred79 Re:Gay Sex! Agenda 21. (184 comments)

My bachelor's of science in economics from a reputable university qualifies me to say I know of which I speak.

Germany was suffering from the global recession just like every country but the socialist government chose Keynesian stimulus to try to save the economy. Social upheaval was already fomenting from the loss of jobs but hyperinflation contributed to the social upheaval. Hyperinflation is caused by loss of investor confidence. We use fiat currency based on the trust in value. Overspending decreases trust in a currency. Just look at Greece's woes based on overspending and lack of revenue. Greece's social upheaval was also partly due to a recession and overspending. In both these cases the roots are just the opposite order chain of events then you mentioned.

Anyway. I take the time to refute closed-system people saying things like stupid right wingers, not for your benefit, but for others reading it. If you're reduced to ad hominem attacks against 51% of the country then you're mind is made up, which is fine. Some kids, learning in public schools, have no idea about the bias in public. They might have no idea some people want the government to stop "helping." But since no one benefits from reading this you can have the last word. I won't argue anymore.

9 hours ago
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How the World's Agricultural Boom Has Changed CO2 Cycles

drfred79 Re:Gay Sex! Agenda 21. (184 comments)

No idea where you got your facts. Your numbers are completely wrong. https://static.nationalpriorit...

Those are OMB numbers. The military budget is part of discretionary spending. Most the social programs are mandatory spending. We spend way more of our budget on social programs combined than the military.

https://static.nationalpriorit...

I'm not interested in arguing whether the balance is correct. Hopefully seeing the real numbers gives you a better insight that your idea of the budget is orders of magnitude wrong.

Russia has one aircraft carrier and China has at least one being refurbished from Russia. http://rt.com/news/china-super...

Since the 2014 election the only congressional representatives that are Democrats are Progressives. Greens, liberals, progressives, government unions all vote Democratic. The reason Congressional Democrat's voting record might look center right is because the absolute majority of America is center right. The modestly watered down progressive goal of government run Healthcare caused a huge repudiation of the Democrat's fortunes. America does not want progressive policies that's why Democrats in Congress can't push the ideas.

Ask the Weimar republic how spending out of a recession helps. Or better yet, we just had a huge stimulus. Did that get us out of a recession?

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How the World's Agricultural Boom Has Changed CO2 Cycles

drfred79 Re:Gay Sex! Agenda 21. (184 comments)

I'm just glad I didn't fall for a troll. I'd expect a smart conservative to plant a subtle joke like that.

Your argument about external costs in welfare is hard to agree with when no one pays the full budget deficit anyway. If both progressives and conservatives agreed to a balanced budget and we agreed to a compromise on the size of the safety net and size of the military and then raised revenues to match expenditures then I'd agree this is a problem. I think inherently, progressives are worried that if Americans knew the total cost of these expanded welfare programs they wouldn't want them.

But progressives want it both ways. They want to complain that current minimum wage laws are putting people on welfare and then they want to raise welfare poverty level requirements to add more people. That seems like the bigger issue than poor people affording vegetables at Walmart.

2 days ago
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How the World's Agricultural Boom Has Changed CO2 Cycles

drfred79 Re:Gay Sex! Agenda 21. (184 comments)

Because rightwingers are too stupid to figure out that if you allow companies to outsource most of their wagebill to the taxpayer then you are getting cheaper goods DESPITE the goods having a lower sticker-price. You're just paying the difference via a rather inefficient middle-man called the government.

Us stupid right wingers didn't ask Jonathan Gruber to draft an unsustainable health care bill. Nor did we ask the Federal government to raise food stamp access to multiple times above the poverty level. Maybe you're trolling but I think you meant "getting more expensive goods DESPITE the goods having a lower sticker price. You could possibly be right if there wasn't a deficit.

3 days ago
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Mayday PAC Goes 2 For 8

drfred79 Re:Capitalism. (224 comments)

What if your labor is robots? Capital doesn't need labor as much as labor needs capital. Just a fact.

about two weeks ago
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Mayday PAC Goes 2 For 8

drfred79 Re:Capitalism. (224 comments)

I agree with you. Capitalism is constantly recycling. But even if the government functioned under the profit motive and distributed it's profits to it's shareholders (the taxpayers) we'ed be in a way better situation. Canada is almost working under this concept. They plan to distribute the surplus to the middle and lower class.

about two weeks ago
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Mayday PAC Goes 2 For 8

drfred79 Re:Capitalism. (224 comments)

If the government was actually a corporation it wouldn't be losing money and it would function well at what it set out to do.

about three weeks ago
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Americans Rejoice At Lower Gas Prices

drfred79 Re:Ah what the hell (334 comments)

You mean like North Dakota, Texas, and California?

about three weeks ago
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Americans Rejoice At Lower Gas Prices

drfred79 Re:Wonderful news (334 comments)

You do understand the difference between a subsidy and a credit right? The fossil fuel industry is not receiving $40 dollars of every paycheck from the government. They are not having to pay part of the money they earned to the government because of credits that offset the cost of oil exploratory drilling. On the other hand, Fisker, which went bankrupt, received millions in Federal and State low interest loans. This money was never paid back and the taxpayers are on the hook.

about three weeks ago
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Americans Rejoice At Lower Gas Prices

drfred79 Environmentalism is the new caste system (334 comments)

The poor pay a larger percentage of their income to fuel costs. Fracking lowers the cost of fuel. Therefore, I am for fracking because I am not in favor if a caste system. Environmentalists sounds like French pre-revolutionary land owners. They hate when the poor sully their lands with hunting for food.

about three weeks ago
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Ken Ham's Ark Torpedoed With Charges of Religious Discrimination

drfred79 Re:I am SHOCKED, just SHOCKED... (451 comments)

A set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/religion

No, I'm pretty sure I knew what I was talking about.

No one denies climate change, not even the deniers. The climate has been changing since the Earth was formed. Bill Nye is fighting a straw man. What the deniers dispute is humans having a majoritive effect on climate change. The science on that is not settled, especially when new papers are being published trying to explain a hiatus in the warming trend and the significance of the oceans in the atmospheric temperature. If the science on that was settled there would be no use for continued research.

about a month ago
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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

drfred79 Re:"Social justice warriors" are the ultimate trol (571 comments)

You're correct that there are male feminists. But for this group their agenda falls almost exactly in line with other social justice warriors and progressives, which is more about LGBT rights than women's rights anymore.

about a month ago
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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

drfred79 Re:Automated hate? (571 comments)

If they were American they'd be protected by the First Amendment. Censorship of unpopular speech is a slippery slope. The First Amendment isn't designed to protect everyone being super nice to each other, it's the opposite.

about a month ago
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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

drfred79 No replacement yet? (334 comments)

Sounds like they're putting the sled before the dogs if they're phasing out a rifle without a better weapon already tested and found better.

about a month ago
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For Game Developers, It's About the Labor of Love

drfred79 Re:It Remains a Journalism Scandal. Deal With It. (164 comments)

What all this has shown me is how a lot of the major video game site journalists despise their audience. Just like the XBox One launch and backlash and the Mass Effect backlash the gaming press have never been on our side. Tht's what is truly sad about Gamergate.

about a month and a half ago
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"Double Irish" Tax Loophole Used By US Companies To Be Closed

drfred79 Re: Transition period? (259 comments)

I don't think he's listening. His eyes and ears are covered by the American mythology of the invisible hand.

This whole time I thought Adam Smith was Scottish.

about a month and a half ago

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The Obamacare Rollout: What Really Happened?

drfred79 drfred79 writes  |  1 year,21 days

drfred79 (2936643) writes "Risk management expert Robert Charette was interviewed by the IEEE Spectrum website about his views on the rollout of healthcare.gov. Contrary to DHHS Kathleen Sebelius' testimony Robert Charette believes that it will take much longer to fix healthcare.gov:

Jones: Last week, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius assured her inquisitors at a congressional hearing that her department has brought in experts that have a handle on the problems the site is facing. How confident should we be in Sebelius’ assurances?

Charette: Not very. They’re talking about dozens and dozens of items on their punch list—both in terms of functionality and performance issues. They’ve got just over 30 days to get through the list. Let’s just say that there are 30 items on it. What do you think is the actual probability of getting through testing them, making sure that the system works end to end and that there are no security holes all in a single month? How do you expect to get that done, knowing that every time you make a fix, there’s a high probability that you’re going to introduce an error somewhere else?

Jones: Let’s spin this forward a bit. How do you think this next month will actually go?

Charette: They said that they needed five weeks at the minimum to test it, and they’re still making all these changes. Where will that five-week window fit? If they had stopped right then and tested it for five weeks, they wouldn’t have been able to finish on time. And five weeks was probably the absolute minimum they needed, assuming everything worked. They’re patching the system as they go along and as Sebelius admitted, they’re doing very local unit tests (which, by the way, is what got them into this mess in the first place, with each contractor saying, "Well, my stuff works"). If they discover something major, they may have to run the whole system test again.

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