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Forum: Diavlog comments 01-05-2012, 12:55 AM
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Posted By miceelf
Re: Kudos to Bob for setting the record straight on his hero, Ron Paul

Option 2 also seems similar in realism to full disarmament.
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-04-2012, 01:46 PM
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Posted By miceelf
Re: Let's do the (1930s) time warp again: The Ronny Horror Picture Show

In this regard, I am with with TwinSwords of the world. The Republican proposal would end social security as we know it, replacing it with something far inferior and with no real benefit. "Destroy"...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-04-2012, 04:27 AM
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Posted By miceelf
Re: Let's do the (1930s) time warp again: The Ronny Horror Picture Show

I think our thresholds are different, sure, but that doesn't mean you are and I am not.

As to the harms caused by social security, you seem to be talking about the outcome of people using social...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-03-2012, 05:59 PM
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Posted By miceelf
Re: Let's do the (1930s) time warp again: The Ronny Horror Picture Show

I am not a citizen, so don't weep too loudly.

I just think that you and Kang are dramatically over-stating the costs in this matter.
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-03-2012, 03:31 PM
Replies: 203
Views: 17,948
Posted By miceelf
Re: Kudos to Bob for setting the record straight on his hero, Ron Paul

Well, I was thinking more generally of any potential president who would dismantle all miltary bases overseas, but yeah.
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-03-2012, 03:26 PM
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Posted By miceelf
Re: Kudos to Bob for setting the record straight on his hero, Ron Paul

I admit this may be perseveration on my part, but I keep going back to how such a president comes to power to begin with. Does he pretend to endorse militarism until after the votes are in and then...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-03-2012, 06:15 AM
Replies: 203
Views: 17,948
Posted By miceelf
Re: Let's do the (1930s) time warp again: The Ronny Horror Picture Show

Your previous republican presidents certainly didn't think there was any particular link. They considered payroll taxes additional revenue that could be raided for any purpose under the sun for pet...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-03-2012, 06:12 AM
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Views: 17,948
Posted By miceelf
Re: Let's do the (1930s) time warp again: The Ronny Horror Picture Show

Or the tyranny of the completely arbitrary social convention of using a toilet to relieve onesself. Or driving on the right side of the road. Yes, people accept constraints on their behavior all of...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-02-2012, 10:19 PM
Replies: 203
Views: 17,948
Posted By miceelf
Re: Let's do the (1930s) time warp again: The Ronny Horror Picture Show

You can say exactly the same thing about income tax, except for the 'return' part. So, yeah, if income tax is exactly like prison, then it's a propos.
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-02-2012, 10:16 PM
Replies: 203
Views: 17,948
Posted By miceelf
Re: Let's do the (1930s) time warp again: The Ronny Horror Picture Show

I have literally no idea what you are talking about. Did you post in the wrong thread by accident?
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-02-2012, 10:01 PM
Replies: 203
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Posted By miceelf
Re: Let's do the (1930s) time warp again: The Ronny Horror Picture Show

What exact freedom is social security depriving you of? in what way is receiving social security like being in prison?
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-02-2012, 09:57 PM
Replies: 203
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Posted By miceelf
Re: Let's do the (1930s) time warp again: The Ronny Horror Picture Show

Yes. a retirement without the looming shadow of abject poverty is exactly like prison.
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-02-2012, 09:30 PM
Replies: 203
Views: 17,948
Posted By miceelf
Re: Kudos to Bob for setting the record straight on his hero, Ron Paul

There's also the small matter of how a person gets elected president who would be willing to do this.
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-02-2012, 08:07 PM
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Posted By miceelf
Re: Let's do the (1930s) time warp again: The Ronny Horror Picture Show

Not all of us.

I even disagree with Pat Buchanan about WWII.
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-02-2012, 06:57 PM
Replies: 203
Views: 17,948
Posted By miceelf
Re: Kudos to Bob for setting the record straight on his hero, Ron Paul

I suspect that what is going on is others are weighting different policy issues differently. For people who are more interested in domestic economic policy, the goldbuggery is simply horrifying and...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-02-2012, 04:59 PM
Replies: 203
Views: 17,948
Posted By miceelf
Re: Kudos to Bob for setting the record straight on his hero, Ron Paul

Well, you've got me. If you can find a poll that highlights that support for the Afghanistan war has declined among democrats, then that proves that most democrats oppose all wars on principle.

It...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-02-2012, 04:04 PM
Replies: 203
Views: 17,948
Posted By miceelf
Re: Kudos to Bob for setting the record straight on his hero, Ron Paul

Well, I think a less cynical framing, at least for many progressives and liberals is that they DON'T agree with you or Kucinich or Paul on militarism. In short, the notion that one should avoid war...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-01-2012, 02:54 PM
Replies: 203
Views: 17,948
Posted By miceelf
Re: Be Seeing You (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)

Don't quit your day job. Whatever you do to get yourself into the oppressed bracket that pays 30% and might heavens forfend have to pay 34%, I bet it isn't poetry.
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-01-2012, 10:50 AM
Replies: 203
Views: 17,948
Posted By miceelf
Re: Kudos to Bob for setting the record straight on his hero, Ron Paul

Yes, that's my understanding of Ron Paul's position as well. My claim was about Ron Paul, not with reference to other pols. The claim on the table was that he was unique in terms of his "humaneness"...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-01-2012, 08:59 AM
Replies: 203
Views: 17,948
Posted By miceelf
Re: Kudos to Bob for setting the record straight on his hero, Ron Paul

No, not weird at all. his position on immigration is the standard Republican one as far as I can tell. I didn't see anything in his position statement anywhere about the well-being of Mexicans. But I...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-31-2011, 08:53 PM
Replies: 203
Views: 17,948
Posted By miceelf
Re: Kudos to Bob for setting the record straight on his hero, Ron Paul

I actually have to apologise to you, Wonderment, and I guess Dr. Paul. I had taken wonderment on his word that Dr. Paul is to the left of Obama on immigration. From a strictly labor rights...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-31-2011, 08:35 PM
Replies: 203
Views: 17,948
Posted By miceelf
Re: Kudos to Bob for setting the record straight on his hero, Ron Paul

I have no belief that he hates education. I do believe that he is indifferent to the well-being of mexicans and that concern for their well-being is immaterial to his beliefs about immigration. I...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-31-2011, 08:12 PM
Replies: 203
Views: 17,948
Posted By miceelf
Re: Kudos to Bob for setting the record straight on his hero, Ron Paul

I think you may be overgeneralizing from some of the discussions here. A Paul third party candidacy is going to harm repubicans much more than dems. He's only to the left of Obama on "peace" if Pat...
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