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Monday, November 4. 2019
Traversing the Landscape of Transgender Politics
New York's Place as America's Fine-Dining Mecca in Jeopardy As City Bans Foie Gras
Ban everything except pot
OLD WHITE GODS, NOT YET DEAD: Why Architectural Elites Love Ugly Buildings.
Nearly 40% of 2019 farm income will come from federal aid and insurance
"California," argues Victor Davis Hanson, is "becoming pre-modern"
California Governor Threatens To Take Over Energy Company As Wildfires Rage
Are You A Moral Grandstander?
Andrew Cuomo: ‘We Didn’t Have Hurricanes’ Before Climate Change
Warren's Wealth Tax
Elizabeth Warren Promises IRS Will Have “Super Duper Enforcement” Powers If She Wins
Is she for real?
Democrat Front-Runner Crazy Uncle Joe Biden Turns His Back on Audience – Starts Talking to Screens During Major Iowa Event
That was fake news
Soros Advocacy Group Spent $72M On Lobbying Since Trump Elected
The AMERICAN Party: I Am Not “Republican.” I Am Not “Conservative.” I Am Not “Alt Right.” None of These. “I am an AMERICAN.
Reclaiming Common Sense in the USA
Birth coach is 'hounded out' of industry charity Doula UK after transgender activists branded her Facebook message claiming only women can have babies 'offensive'
Where’s the Mysterious Maltese Mifsud and Where Did He and His Associate and Lawyer Stephan Roh Obtain Their Millions?
Doug Wead: I interviewed the Trump family for two years and THIS is what I found
Why Obama Got A Nobel Peace Prize For Nothing — And Trump Never Will For Anything
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The biggest problem with Warren's wealth tax is that wealth isn't money stashed in a mattress, it's money invested in producing more wealth. Taking money from people with a proven track record of producing wealth and turning it over to people with a proven track record of wasteful spending is simply eating the seed corn. That's the inevitable outcome of the socialist drive for "equality", we're all equally poor because those who are best able to plan ahead are punished for doing so.
They don't mind eating the seed corn as long as it gets them a few good meals (IE Election victories) now.
The future can take care of itself. It doesn't matter they make it harder to do so - they don't care.
It makes you wonder. Does this wealth tax include 401Ks et al? Do the people in pension funds, and IRAs not realize they are investors, aka Capitalists?
That's not even the biggest problem, the way I read it. The biggest problem is that you'll be paying a tax every single year on your unrealized profit, not on income. In other words, in a few years, the cumulative yearly tax on that profit could exceed the value of the profit, the parasite killing the host. It's hard to believe that such a poorly formed idea could make it this far into a presidential election. One of two things must be true: She's either incredibly dense, or she thinks we are. And it ain't me.
She's not necessarily counting on the readers here to be idiots. She's just counting on 50.1% of the people who vote being idiots.
When I was a child my parents worked for a carnival. It was actually great fun, all Summer we traveled around New England and even into Canada and everyday was a carnival. But to my point; I learned that nothing was what it seemed and everything had a false promise followed by loss. Very few people knocked the milk jugs off their box. Almost no one was able to throw the quarter into the glass that promised a prize. And my personal favorite was throwing the hoop over a prize on a square block of wood would almost never result in a win. I could go on and list every carnival game, they were all the same in that it looked like you could win but you couldn't. The BEST games left you feeling that you almost won because then you would immediately play it again.
This what politicians promise you. They are like the barker at the carnival trying to get you into the tent so they could separate you from your money. They promised you everything and gave you nothing. The depend on your inability to do the math or use common sense.
Our elections ARE the carnival and YOU are the suckers.
At least the carnival games offered entertainment. I class them with the lottery, which gives pleasure for small amounts of money even though no one in his right mind thinks it's a rational business transaction. Taxes don't entertain once they're actually imposed, though the prospect of imposing taxes on those bad rich people apparently does.
Sadly I have met many people who think it's a rational, economic decision. Lack of math skills is a life killer.
There's some truth to that. A politician's real job description is figuring out the biggest demographic sectors that they can demonize for extracting money, without alienating enough voters in the process to lose their next election. Warren has a one-song repertoire - 'Eat The Rich'. Obviously she is now rich enough for taxes not to matter much anymore, but not too rich to forgo targeting those who are wealthier. It's funny how all her policy proposals seem to avoid her particular demographic sector. What a coincidence.
What do the rich have? Money.
What do the poor have? Votes.
What do Leftists want? Power.
So the Democratic party has become a machine for converting the first two into the third.
I plan on writing something this week about my attendance of Dead & Co over 2 nights in NYC.
But I've been very busy these past 3 months at work. Reorganizations are like that.
However, when I saw the Biden story, addressing the crowd behind him, I started laughing at how confused he looked, and how CNN was confused on how to deal with it. Why?
Because, at the Dead show, I was in the crowd behind the stage. It's really the best seat you could ask for, in my opinion.
That said, nobody on stage acknowledged, or played to us, until the END of the second show when they all bowed and waved. In other words, they knew we were there - but knew the big crowd out front was where the reaction was, and where the energy flowed from. So you play to the crowd. We had a big screen to watch what was going on up there (I'm assuming Biden's audience did, too). In reality, while he was showing some level of 'connection' with the audience behind him, it also exhibited how out of touch he is, too.
Unable to comprehend the nature of how media works or covers him, and unable to comprehend how to really play a crowd properly.
Glacier National Park Quietly Removes Its “Gone By 2020″ Signs
re Andrew Cuomo: ‘We Didn’t Have Hurricanes’ Before Climate Change
Some lies are so over the top they just leave you speechless.
Do even the True Believers agree with such nonsense?
Or maybe they are just trying to change The Narrative, the same way Holocaust deniers are?
For an enlightening read, in Wikipedia look up "New York hurricanes."
So many stories on wrongheadedness today. America (and the world) will be a much better place when people finally realize that their obnoxious fellow citizens have no right to lay claims to the attention or indulgence of others.
Liberal/Conservative : Right/Left
I don't even know what these words mean anymore. I especially object to the conflating of the historical right/left paradigm in Europe with the right/left in the United States. I guess it is only human to fight the last war; maybe that explains why so many ideologues have been unable to move past the archaic vocabulary and obsolete mental maps of the 20th century.
It really weirds me out when they call moderate Trump, a Conservative.
That isn't as crazy as linking Nazis to the right and communists to the left and then insisting that liberals are in the moderate middle.
That isn't as crazy as linking Nazis to the right and communists to the left and then insisting that liberals are in the moderate middle. = I especially object to the conflating of the historical right/left paradigm in Europe with the right/left in the United States.
Yes, that was my point.
Re: Architectural elites
This reminds me of what my mother, who traveled quite extensively, said many years ago about visiting Russia, "There were many beautiful old buildings and a lot of ugly new ones." The more I look around, the more I realize that that should be said of most places. There is no comparison between buildings built a hundred years ago and those built since. For example, look at the Louvre and then I. M. Pei's pyramid.
Same problem in Kosice, Slovakia - a beautiful main street (Hlavna), heavily "baroquisized", has been defaced by the insertion of some butt-ugly modern cement structures. And all the suburbs - and some of the nearer area - have the Soviet-era apartment structures which have no architectural merit.
I must be incredibly ignorant. I already thought the IRS had super duper enforcement powers?
No, Hammer. The IRS currently has only SUPER enforcement powers. For example, it can haul you in to an audit and compel you to provide your private papers. Thus it is not held by the Fourth Amendment. It can also compel you to testify against yourself as Al Capone found out. Thus it is not held by the Fifth Amendment. But that is pretty much all it can do. Well, except, they can take a portion of your wages, drain your checking account, or padlock your business if they say you're behind in your payments. But not much more than that.
Warren envisions giving them SUPER DUPER enforcement powers. Presumably, those might include taking your money without due process... Wait, they can already do that... Maybe Warren means that the IRS won't bother itself with niceties like requiring you to fill out forms and prove your income but rather decide how much it wants and just take it.
I think you are on to the super duper part: they will confiscate your entire pay, and then decide if you get any back. Plus, they will decide your future earnings, and go ahead and confiscate for that. Welcome to Venezuela! The amazing thing is that people actually think these are good ideas that will work! Ideas that will make everyone prosperous.
Dear Lord, please help save us! Please give me the words to dissuade people from voting for such ridiculousness; from the enslavement that comes with such ideas.
A very short piece I remember from Kindergarten.
SJWs would howl with outrage if they read/heard it:
by John T. McCutcheon
September 30, 1907