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Forum: Separation of Church and State 01-28-2011, 11:56 AM
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Posted By Victus
It's probably more a demand issue than a supply...

It's probably more a demand issue than a supply problem.

*strings banjo slowly*
Forum: Separation of Church and State 01-28-2011, 11:55 AM
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Posted By Victus
Yes. If you have another explanation for the,...

Yes.

If you have another explanation for the, frankly, dogmatic level of support for programs that are supposed to be helping poor people being targeted at old people (there being no special...
Forum: Separation of Church and State 01-28-2011, 11:01 AM
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Posted By Victus
Agreed. If you set up a place I'll post my...

Agreed. If you set up a place I'll post my responses to your posts here later.
Forum: Separation of Church and State 01-28-2011, 10:58 AM
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Posted By Victus
Yes, though I disagree with it. I think Irr...

Yes, though I disagree with it.



I think Irr does. Probably LS and Jimble as well, though my discussions with them have been less in depth.



That is an accurate, if colourful, description of...
Forum: Separation of Church and State 01-28-2011, 09:59 AM
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Posted By Victus
Ah, I was a touch confused, as I thought the...

Ah, I was a touch confused, as I thought the points in the quote bubble were relatively uncontroversial.

As I think I've said before, I would be more convinced that liberals cared only about poor...
Forum: Separation of Church and State 01-28-2011, 09:34 AM
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Posted By Victus
Do you disagree that taxes take money away from...

Do you disagree that taxes take money away from people, or that the government engages in paternalism by telling you what you can or can't put in your body?
Forum: Separation of Church and State 01-28-2011, 05:34 AM
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Posted By Victus
There are two main issues; taxation and...

There are two main issues; taxation and paternalism. Taxes infringe on people's rights by confiscating their property, so government programs should be used sparingly, and only when its really...
Forum: Separation of Church and State 01-27-2011, 09:27 PM
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Posted By Victus
Defeat? :cool: Individual liberties.

Defeat?

:cool:



Individual liberties.
Forum: Separation of Church and State 01-27-2011, 08:22 PM
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Posted By Victus
That's between the miner and the company....

That's between the miner and the company.



Sure*

*Arguably, firefighting could be a privatized service. As per soldiers and police officers, we could just give them money so that they could buy...
Forum: Separation of Church and State 01-27-2011, 01:16 PM
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Posted By Victus
Correct. Their jobs are dangerous, their...

Correct. Their jobs are dangerous, their insurance should cost more.
Forum: Separation of Church and State 01-27-2011, 12:28 PM
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Posted By Victus
That's a cop out. Insurance is a means of...

That's a cop out.

Insurance is a means of guarding against the (huge) financial costs of some probabalistic future event. You can't insure against something that's already happened, or which is...
Forum: Separation of Church and State 01-27-2011, 06:42 AM
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Posted By Victus
The latter, same with any other kind of...

The latter, same with any other kind of insurance. The cost of insurance is determined by the insurer's best guess as to the risk of the outcome being insured against. If you're already sick, neither...
Forum: Separation of Church and State 01-26-2011, 08:03 PM
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Posted By Victus
Middle class is typically defined as an income of...

Middle class is typically defined as an income of around $30k/year in the US. The average health insurance premium is $3k/year, assuming it isn't provided by an employer. That's ridiculously...
Forum: Separation of Church and State 01-26-2011, 11:24 AM
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Posted By Victus
Those living in poverty (i.e., incapable of...

Those living in poverty (i.e., incapable of meeting their own subsistence needs).



That's what (catastrophic coverage) health insurance is for, so you don't have to pay $100K medical bills.



Or,...
Forum: Separation of Church and State 01-26-2011, 10:28 AM
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Views: 183,525
Posted By Victus
That answer would seem more reasonable if the...

That answer would seem more reasonable if the majority of welfare spending, in the form of Social Security* and Medicare, only applied to the poor minority rather than the middle class and...
Forum: Separation of Church and State 01-26-2011, 09:54 AM
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Views: 183,525
Posted By Victus
Maybe it's just a generational/perception thing?...

Maybe it's just a generational/perception thing? My sense is that, rather than go through the courts, the preference among many such groups is to have some law passed to protect their respective...
Forum: Separation of Church and State 01-26-2011, 09:05 AM
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Views: 183,525
Posted By Victus
I think the main difference is that talking about...

I think the main difference is that talking about civil rights actually lead to an increase in the respect for civil rights previously, whereas now it seems mostly to end at talk. In terms of...
Forum: Separation of Church and State 01-26-2011, 08:45 AM
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Views: 183,525
Posted By Victus
For most of the 20th century, the Democrats were...

For most of the 20th century, the Democrats were the party of civil liberties, while the Republicans were the party of economic liberties, although there have been violations of this heuristic on...
Forum: Separation of Church and State 01-26-2011, 06:44 AM
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Views: 183,525
Posted By Victus
I think at some point, the respective rhetoric of...

I think at some point, the respective rhetoric of either party had some weight. When one side talked about expanding civil liberties or rolling back inane, harmful regulations, they actually meant...
Forum: Separation of Church and State 01-25-2011, 07:58 PM
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Views: 183,525
Posted By Victus
The sad thing is, I don't even see major...

The sad thing is, I don't even see major differences between the parties at this point.
Forum: Separation of Church and State 09-25-2010, 06:17 PM
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Views: 183,525
Posted By Victus
Me too. I certainly don't want to read about...

Me too. I certainly don't want to read about President Palin in the newspaper.
Forum: Separation of Church and State 09-24-2010, 02:46 PM
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Views: 183,525
Posted By Victus
From memory, Bush always convinced ~30-40% of the...

From memory, Bush always convinced ~30-40% of the population that he was qualified (even if not ideal) for the job, even when his approval rating was at its lowest during the financial crisis of...
Forum: Separation of Church and State 09-24-2010, 11:17 AM
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Views: 183,525
Posted By Victus
I don't really need to have a high estimation of...

I don't really need to have a high estimation of their intelligence. My understanding is that the majority not only would vote for someone other than her, but view her as categorically unqualified...
Forum: Separation of Church and State 09-21-2010, 03:49 AM
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Views: 183,525
Posted By Victus
I think she'll run, and some childish part of me...

I think she'll run, and some childish part of me hopes that she does because: 1) the Democrats would almost certainly win and 2) it would be extremely entertaining TV for like 2 years. On the other...
Forum: Separation of Church and State 03-11-2010, 08:04 AM
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Views: 183,525
Posted By Victus
Technically I never drank that koolaid, but I'll...

Technically I never drank that koolaid, but I'll take a sip now.
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