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Comment Re: Lack of talent my ass!!! (Score 1) 318

so, donating to a charity in someone's name makes you an asshole?
Taxes aren't other people's money. They are part of the social contract or our society. Collecting them and deciding as a group what to do with them is a basic part of our government. Even Jesus said render unto Caesar.

Comment Re: Lack of talent my ass!!! (Score 1) 318

anti-abortion, but pro-choice. I would also support someones right to die at their own choosing.

Why is a necessary charity bad if it comes from the Government, but good if it comes from some community group? The Government is the communities way of organizing itself to provide for all the things we need the community to do.
We elect a representative to make decisions that would instead force us to constantly vote on minutia. We contribute money to handle things like roads, vaccines, research, fire fighting, corporate regulations, etc... Why does that hungry, poor, or about to be evicted family down the street stick out as an outlier that the government can't manage for us? Surely we should be creating the best possible system to manage our resources. It's clear that everyone will benefit if that family has a better outcome.

Comment Re: Lack of talent my ass!!! (Score 1) 318

Few people starved to death is a piss poor metric.
Children, mostly, and some adults die from lack of money for medical care. Even today, charity medical care is difficult to access, often impossible. Malnourished children and adults will die from minor illnesses. Mass evictions and homelessness cause significant damage to families and communities. It can take a couple generations for a family to recover from a poverty mindset.
Hungry people also make poor decisions and are poor workers. Taxes seem like a bargain, but what do I know. I'm just someone who really respects life and tries to live as an example to others.

Comment Re:problems (Score 1) 283

I think that idea is comforting to a certain kind of person, but I don't see that.

You can get in way more financial trouble with child support, and that doesn't require marriage.

Peter Thiel sounds like the classic paternalistic moron who thinks that every problem needs him to solve it. People will get married or they won't. Who really cares?

The biggest issue is probably financial. It's too expensive to have kids, and people who are risk averse will avoid them. For all the hype about entrepreneurship and risk taking, I think most startup people are risk averse. They just have bigger safety nets and social capital.

Comment Re: Better late than never (Score 1) 194

Bullshit it was unexpected, although it was sudden:
Since the rapprochement between Washington and Havana began in 2015, Cubans have been bracing themselves for the policy to be cancelled and the past two years have seen a sharp rise in the numbers of people seeking to move to the US while they still can.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-38617615

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