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    • Sat, Feb 19, 2011 - 04:23am

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      Travlin

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      Re: Entitlement mentality? What entitelment mentality?

    [quote=dshields]

    Then something happened.  Something really bad happened.  We lost our roots and our way.  And now what used to be called “normal” is now called “right wing”.  Why is that ?  What happened to us ?  Why have we failed ?

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    It all started with that evil rock n roll music.  Remember our parents said it would lead to ruin?  Cool 

    Travlin 

    • Sat, Feb 19, 2011 - 03:09am

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      Re: Wisconson – sign of more to come?

    Dshields

    Jim beat me to it.  That was very good post.  I may not entirely agree with every point, but you laid it out very logically, and without a single mention of republicans verses democrats!  Smile  As far as I’m concerned, both parties have sold us down the river, and the more we realize it the better off we all will be.

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    • Sat, Feb 19, 2011 - 01:31am

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      Re: If you were the COMMUNIST DICTATOR

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    If revolution put you in place as the communist dictator of the Unted States, what would be your first move? If you want to get typy, go right ahead and spill those ideas out.

    Come on libertarians, it would be easy to imagine. Just close your eyes and bang those fingers on the keyboard.

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    If I was a dictator of any stripe, but especially communist, I would require registration of all guns so they could be easily confiscated later.  Revolutions are dangerous and people get killed, so it would be for their own good since I know best.  Besides the people need to calm down now and settle into making the bright new world I have designed for them.  Anyone can see the sense of that!  Cool

    I think the reference to libertarians was to imagine what you fear most, not what you would do.  But going fishing sounds fun.

    Travlin 

    • Sat, Feb 19, 2011 - 01:11am

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      Re: Entitlement mentality? What entitelment mentality?

    [quote=safewrite]

    Percentage of Program Beneficiaries Who Report They “Have Not Used a Government Social Program”

    Program “No, Have Not Used a Government Social Program” 529

    Coverdell 64.3

    Home Mortgage Interest Deduction 60.0

    Hope or Lifetime Learning Tax Credit 59.6

    Student Loans 53.3

    Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit 51.7

    Earned Income Tax Credit 47.1

    Social Security—Retirement & Survivors 44.1

    Pell Grants 43.1

    Unemployment Insurance 43.0

    Veterans Benefits (other than G.I. Bill) 41.7

    G.I. Bill 40.3

    Medicare 39.8

    Head Start 37.2

    Social Security Disability 28.7

    Supplemental Security Income 28.2

    Medicaid 27.8

    Welfare/Public Assistance 27.4

    Government Subsidized Housing 27.4

    Food Stamps 25.4

    Source: Suzanne Mettler, “Reconstituting the Submerged State: The Challenge of Social Policy Reform in the Obama Era,” Perspectives on Politics (September 2010): 809.

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    Safewrite

    I reformatted this for clarity, but I still am not sure I understand it.  Does this mean for example that 60% of the people who have claimed a Home Mortgage Interest Deduction say they have not used a government social program? 

    What does this data mean to you?

    That people who say they are against government programs are often the beneficiaries, but don’t recognize or acknowledge it?

    They are so pervasive that they are taken as our due — we are entitled?

    We are so socialistic we are too far gone to save?

    There are many ways to view this.  What are you thinking?

    Travlin 

     

    • Thu, Feb 17, 2011 - 07:30am

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      Re: Sovereign State currency?

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    His bill asks a committee to look into the development of a state currency, citing the Constitution and Supreme Court precedents to prove the bill’s legality.

    I thought Article I, Section 10 of the Constitution prevented states from issuing currency.  Anyone know what Supreme court precedent is being referred to?

    Could a state bank issue currency?

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    Section 10 – Powers prohibited of States

    No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation; grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal; coin Money; emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts; pass any Bill of Attainder, ex post facto Law, or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts, or grant any Title of Nobility.

    The wording is a bit confusing.  I had though states could issue coins, but this seems to say they can’t.  They can apparently declare that gold and silver coins are legal tender for payment of debts but nothing else.  Would be an akward way to pay state taxes. 

    Travlin 

    • Wed, Feb 16, 2011 - 12:02am

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      Re: Timeline/Stages for Collapse of our Way of Life

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    This video starts from the premise that the current system we are in is headed for a total collapse. I’ve made other videos establishing this tenet pretty thoroughly, so rather than repeat myself I am going to tackle the big question that many are wrestling with right now: How do we rebuild after the collapse in a way that avoids the mistakes that got us into this mess in the first place?

    Now there are some groups (the Zeitgeist Movement in particular) which have asserted that since the problems that we face are global, the solution needs to be global. I strongly believe that this is erroneous and dangerous. Now rather that giving an emotional, knee jerk reaction to that idea (which is actually my instinctual reaction) I am going to frame the debate in terms of efficiency.

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    Xray

    Your video presents a very impressive argument.  Using a biological model as a basis seems very sensible to me.  I can’t have any confidence in top-down central planning to run the whole world, or even a major segment.

    Travlin 

    • Tue, Feb 15, 2011 - 05:47pm

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      Re: Toilet Paper Alternatives

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    “…the use of dry corn cobs was a fairly popular choice before the advent of toilet paper.

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    Now you know the origin of the expression, “He’s a real hard ass.”  My parents confirm the use of the Sears and Roebuck catalog and the corn cobs. My grandparents considered this use of the catalog as one of the great improvements of modern life.  If out in the woods they used leaves, but avoided the furry ones as they caused a burning itching sensation.  Smile

    Travlin 

    • Sun, Feb 13, 2011 - 01:51am

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      Re: Do you drive an electric vehicle?

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    In cold climates that would be unbearable.  I can understand how a heater would drastically reduce range.  I’ve never thought of these issues before.  Thanks for bringing this up.

    Nice avatar.

    Travlin

    • Sat, Feb 12, 2011 - 07:19pm

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      Re: Do you drive an electric vehicle?

    Tell me about heating for an electric car in the winter.  I’d never thought of that, but in a cold climate that is a big deal.  There are situations were the heat of an internal combustion engine is not wasted.

    Travlin 

    • Sat, Feb 12, 2011 - 03:00am

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      Re: Understanding marked-to-market

    That sounds about right to me.

    Travlin 

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