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Friday, April 24. 2015
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"Unsafe" means go away and shut up
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I'm not terrified that I'll lose my health insurance, I already have lost the health insurance that I had chosen for myself and was then saddled with an insurance that I hate.
I only afraid of not being able to continue to afford health insurance because it contains so many items of coverage that I don't want or need. I'm a widower, do I really need prenatal and pediatrics coverage?
Even though I'm paying a $250 higher bill monthly, when I needed it for a knee operation I ended up agreeing to pay the hospital $100/month to the end of time due to the higher deductible and maximum yearly caps.
Ask the Democrats who I'm voting for next year.
How will I pay for anything when the banks charge me to keep my money and will not allow cash to be used? Caught with Gold or Silver or paper and into prison one goes?
I would like some one to explain to me how a vendor can refuse cash? My money still says, "This note legal tender for all debts, public and private." so how can they legally refuse?
I am sure this move to eliminate cash has the tacit approval of Government. Besides letting the banks charge negative interest rates on deposits, a cashless society would put the citizen squarely under our masters' thumb. We would leave financial tracks everywhere we went. Unacceptable behavior by the peasant could be countered by Big Brother freezing your accounts? How long would one last or how far could one go under those circumstances?
I know of people in CA that keep a stash of cash. "Earthquake money' they call it. If the power is out they have money to spend. Not so if it is all electronic.
I believe the day is coming when cash will disappear. The temptation for government is too great. The increase in bureaucratic power would be enormous. This would give them very nearly total control over the lives of the little people. They could limit you to .... $100 gas a month. Then just have your plastic reject additional purchases. Or ... too fat? They could limit your food purchases to approved items. How could you buy things on the black market without money?
As a side note, one wonders how the drug trade would adapt to a cashless society? I am thinking the drugs would still flow, but how? Perhaps a new type of broker would emerge that would let a person buy Canadian dollars, Euros or even Pesos, buying electronic $$ from Americans for foreign currency and that in turn could be used for 'outlaw' transactions? It wouldn't be nearly as efficient but it would probably work.
feeb- have you seen this?
"I believe the day is coming when cash will disappear. The temptation for government is too great. The increase in bureaucratic power would be enormous. This would give them very nearly total control over the lives of the little people."
That's started with the smart meters. THe foot is in the door.
I believe it's Zimbabwe or somewhere in Africa they are going cashless. Probably not Zimbabwe, Sorry I forget where/what I read that.
As you say it's for control.
As for this type of thing; the black market always springs up. Ask the kids under the first lunchlady's disgusting lunch program.
I looked at it fjord. It is indeed a bad law. Any law banning cash is a bad law.
It looks to me to be more of a law to protect pawn shops from competition than anything, as they are exempted. For these types of laws to work I believe you have to include everyone.
One wonders how it has worked out over the last 4 years? Did they quash the yard sales or is it a law that is generally ignored by the little people?
You didn't notice that the new currency has a new slogan printed on it?
"Best Used By DD/MM/YYYY"
paranoid much? do you really think of yourself as so weak that you name yourself a peasant and call the fed "Big Brother"?
on the opposite side of this coin are the libtarded snowflakes whining about "triggers" and "nano-aggressions".
@annieoakley: the ban on private ownership of gold ended 40 years ago with Public Law 93-373.
holy shi'ite the country really is doomed.
"I would like some one to explain to me how a vendor can refuse cash? My money still says, "This note legal tender for all debts, public and private." so how can they legally refuse?"
Have you heard about the small business owners who have had the $ in their bank accounts seized because they deposited cash?
I can see gvt stepping in and making it mandatory for small business to stay in business
"nice little restaurant you got here, want to keep it?" by only taking credit/debit. More bank transactions fees.
They really going to start shooting people after a natural disaster? Cash is king after a hurricane, tornado or other grid outage.
Nothing would undermine the right to govern than to leave a distressed population without a means to purchase necessities, given the government's wholesale failures in getting going after a disaster.
Of course, Katrina was a special case. The federal bureaucrats would have been far more responsive if the the weekend after the strike had not been the end of summer, federal holiday, Labor day. As it was, most the feddies evacuated DC and elsewhere starting Thursday after the storm and didn't return until Tuesday. And by then in a huff toward those in the disaster area because of pressure from above.
Grim: The Only Election 2016 Prediction Tool You Will Need ... Bush won the popular by a margin of 2.4 percent – also impressive at first blush, less so when one translates that into vote share of 50.7 percent, barely above breaking even.
Gore won a plurality of the votes in 2000.
look, loser, no matter how you parse it, al-Bore lost.
I get that you people have a problem with constitutional process when you get destroyed, but the fact is, Bush won the election and you are still whining 15 years later.
al-Bore didn't get a majority of the popular vote. a plurality of votes doesn't mean shi'ite. Bush won with a majority of the electoral college votes, which is the only thing that matters.
grow up and deal with it.
"I get that you people have a problem with constitutional process when you get destroyed, but the fact is, Bush won the election and you are still whining 15 years later."
But, oh, the cooing and crowing over Obama's victories! Note that his supporters make little noise about the fact that in two elections he barely garnered more than 51 percent of the popular vote, not a particularly convincing show of public support.
However, as you state, your Electoral College is all that counts in the end. So, if the Obamatistas can spin panegyrics over their candidate's victories, surely the acolytes of George Dubya can too!
The Poetry of Violence: no matter how you parse it ...
... Grim's statement is wrong.
JJM: Note that his supporters make little noise about the fact that in two elections he barely garnered more than 51 percent of the popular vote
2008: 53 to 46
Yes. The US is accumulating more parasites than freedom-lovers.
I guess that is inevitable.
you've been trying all morning.
did you win the 2000 election yet?
MIT: Like all the other colleges, a place to experience rape culture first hand and learn to be offended by things mature adults would ignore. "Life In The City", doncha know.
The headline was misleading. It wasn't the "students," it was the students in charge of a Palestinian student organization. And the administration, though excessively polite to them, rejected their demand.
Fixing the ACA (Obamacare) would be so simple. Two little changes: 1. make it voluntary, no one has to submit to paying for health insurance through Obamacare if they do not want to or prefer something else. 2. Make it self supporting, everyone pays for their own insurance, no federal funds/subsidies. Than those who are in the picket lines with signs demanding that they can keep their ACA can keep it. Those who got screwed by the ACA can opt out. A win/win.