We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
It is excruciating. The tone is professorial, patronizing, obnoxious, and unmanly. Obama challenged, and was followed by, Vladimir Putin. Putting the merits to one side, the contrast was not to Obama’s advantage.
estimates are that American debt cannot be fixed with taxes on capital -
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Look, it has long been known that socialism cannot work in only one state, country or region. Socialism can only work if it is universal. If liberty has purchase in the tiniest of rocky crags, capital, both money and human, will seek out that ground on which to bloom.
And here is the rub, regardless of how many are enslaved to the socialist cause, there will always be some number of powerful, connected individuals at the top who will, if not own, control the means of production for their own profit above the surplus returned to the state.
Capitalism is the liberty to better ones condition through investment of surplus labor in additional income generation. Socialism limits that liberty to the "connected" and denies the right to better ones condition to those it enslaves.
RE Universal Childcare: What the US could do instead.
"Besides improving outcomes for kids, a 2013 article in the Atlantic made the case that if the federal government wrote an annual $3,000 check to every American—adults and children, rich and poor—we could cut poverty rates in half."
We already have that! It's called EIC on your tax return. I don't think the universal benefits have occurred since most ppl blow it on tvs, clothes, and trips to Disney World.