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|#113 - We have one of the sotres here in Minnesota (At the Mall of Am… [+] (2 new replies)||11/23/2014 on '70s LEGO has the right idea||0|
|#73 - You say that in order to fund anything, the government "m…||11/20/2014 on I love magnetic trains.||0|
|#71 - Just like the private sector, taxpayer-funded jobs can add wea… [+] (2 new replies)||11/20/2014 on I love magnetic trains.||0|
#72 - doctorprofessornv (11/20/2014) [-]
Like I said, the issue is that government cannot create additional wealth. Government gets 100% of its resources from the private sector, so to fund anything it must take from someone else. They might be creating jobs, but the economy isn't actually growing because the wealth was only taken out and put back in another context (redistribution). More often than not this redistribution interferes with natural market forces that would have allocated the resources more efficiently, and thus you end up with a net loss on the total economy.
#73 - Deeticky (11/20/2014) [-]
You say that in order to fund anything, the government "must take from someone else". Is that not true of the private sector as well? If they don't take their money from someone else, then where does it come form?
Also, to reiterate, government jobs, just like private sector jobs, do help to grow the economy, because they put money into the hands of more people. When more people have money, more people can spend money. Because more people are spending money, more businesses can afford to expand and hire more employees, thereby growing the economy.
Also, I have to ask. I hear this idea of "natural market forces" all the time, but nobody has thus far been able to explain what that means. After all, because human beings choose to give money an artificial value, aren't markets and economies by definition artificial as well? Unless you're just referring to unregulated capitalism? We've seen already that unregulated capitalism does not work. Just look at the turn of the 20th century, with child-labor, a poverty rate of around 50%, sweatshops, pollution, and an extremely uneven distribution of wealth.
The key, my friend, is finding the proper balance between government regulation, public programs, and the private sector. That's something I think we're all still working on.
|#70 - I wasn't advocating for or against raising taxes per se, I jus…||11/20/2014 on I love magnetic trains.||0|
|#26 - You shouldn't have put so much arsenic in the letter. [+] (1 new reply)||11/19/2014 on Congrats grad||+16|
|#21 - Because I guess we Americans are are just too phobic of paying… [+] (3 new replies)||11/19/2014 on I love magnetic trains.||+17|
#38 - ciacheczko (11/19/2014) [-]
I'm no expert on this case, but of what I've seen America's economy is already in struggle and has many citizens in serious debt. Making the taxes higher only makes sense when the people who pay them can afford them and have their pays raised accordingly. Otherwise it's just tons of people paying their taxes for funding things that none of them will be able to afford anyway. This already happens more than enough, if you ask me.
Japan can not only afford it, but is also much smaller of a country so it's not that hard to wire it with these trains. On the contrary to 'Murica, that takes a large part of huge continent.
But this is all just guessing, so correct me if I'm wrong.
#70 - Deeticky (11/20/2014) [-]
I wasn't advocating for or against raising taxes per se, I just wanted to point out that raising taxes is likely the only way we could afford to build a serious magrail system. I suppose we could make massive cuts to other programs instead, but that does not generally work out well.
I'm not generally in favor of raising taxes will-nilly any way. I think we need to make sure the money is spent/ wisely before we raise taxes. I also think we need to ensure that the rich pay their fair share, as too many corporations are using loopholes, such as tax havens, to get out of paying their taxes, thereby increasing the burden on the rest of us.
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|#121 - Thanks for taking time to think deeply about the issue. You're…||10/26/2014 on Seriously||+1|
|#93 - The problem is that the media is labeling this issue as "… [+] (2 new replies)||10/26/2014 on Seriously||+1|
#95 - ZakisBak (10/26/2014) [-]
I do agree, I did learn some things. And my professor tried to break it up, give a timeline run through of it, even tried to find a Pro GG article for us to read, but it pretty much ended up being a gamer victim blaming. I agree, lots of the things the gamers say/tweet/reason are solely and purely sexist, arguing the only reason the women are wrong are for being women, giving gamers a bad look because the ones who are actually trying to debate with reason and logic, get swept under the massive rug that is the sexist gamers. I think there are rights and wrongs on both sides, and it may have sounded like I was sexist myself, but I think I was just upset, because I don't think he fairly portrayed what the feminists did in his timeline reenactment. So in order to let off steam and try to say no, they did this and this, they are actually in the wrong some-it just came off as me hating on them, in order to try and balance out his what seemed to be strawman argument. Sorry for the long post, but I appreciate you reading mine.
#121 - Deeticky (10/26/2014) [-]
Thanks for taking time to think deeply about the issue. You're absolutely right, there are rights and wrongs on both sides. I hope more people can start thinking about the issue the same way you do, so that instead of just fighting about how much people hate each other, we could actually begin to create an effective dialogue between the two sides.
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