Sources: Defense News, (2)
quote: Additional issues with the people of certain countries milking the system
quote: If the US derivatives markets have taught us anything it's that any system that can be abused via externalization will be abused to maximum effect.
quote: reinstatement of the Glass-Stegal act
quote: They fell on their own sword
quote: The political system of France has been one of the most mutable in the world.
quote: It's not just Greece; you have countries like Ireland, Poland, Italy, Portugal and Estonia that were committed to spending, but not to raising the necessary funds through taxation to support that spending.
quote: Until 2011, none of these countries even had property tax and cheating on your income/business taxes is practically the national pastime.
quote: Ah no surprise that your assessment is that they didn't tax enough. I love how that's the leftist solution for everything.
quote: 2. Shut up we have the European parliament along with other governing bodies that manage things on a "federal" level!
quote: The problem with the Euro is that the ECB has little to no power on a European level, it's still the politicians that tell it what to do, the Federal Reserve by contrast is almost independent of your governing body. The ECB can not print money as pleased the Fed can.
quote: The EP is a joke even among Europeans, a democratic institution that receives more apathy from voters then perhaps any legitimate democratic institution in history. Even calling the EU democratic is a little bit of a joke; voters are only occasionally asked to approve treaties, and when they say no, they are asked again and again until they relent and say yes.
quote: the ECB simply can not select an individual country and prop it up exclusively, it has to appear to be more broad based
quote: It's recent 3-year swap deal shows it has all the power it needs.
quote: the ECB could end the Euro crisis tomorrow by saying it'd provide an unlimited wall of liquidity for any and all sovereign Euro-zone debt
quote: Oh look, is that Europe on the verge of a gigantic collapse? Oh yes, yes it is! They are teetering on the pinnacle of disaster.
quote: At the current rates
quote: Yeah because the US is doing so well... How much is your debt again? Oh that's right, 15 TRILLION USD.
quote: Heck, simply letting the Bush Tax Cuts expire would, according to the CBO, reduce the deficit to about $500 Billion or so in just 6 years..
quote: oh wait, we WANT those; thats right, how could I forget?
quote: Obama obviously did. He renewed them himself.
quote: Can't wait until the democrats get 60 seats and can do whatever they wish
quote: I'll take some fradulent loans to energy companies over a much costlier invasion of a foreign country.
quote: which are war-mongering, letting poor people die, having everything in the favor of the rich, and religious indoctrination.
quote: Arguing for compromising with the republican party is like arguing for compromise with the Nazi party.
quote: I agree that we need compromise, it just should not be with ANY the republican party's current ideologies
quote: Also somewhat retarded. Conservatives are the ones with all the guns. Hell, I got a spare Mosin Nagant for a buddy in case it ever hits the fan and a bud happens to be unarmed.
quote: When that time comes, don't forget that the will of the people is far stronger than any weapon.
quote: Do you even realize that you, as a hyper-partisian, are the problem? Going to a one party system is not the solution. We need more moderates in our government. We NEED compromise. Compromise is NOT a bad word.
quote: Class warfare is real, and it's not a bad thing.
quote: yet they pay less percentage taxes than the working class
quote: Income is income
quote: You slave away your hours for that paycheck, no one just hands it to you...
quote: I don't even THINK about how much I'm going to be taxed when playing the stock market.
quote: Low capital gains taxes ...favors the ultra rich through and through.
quote: Nobody is just handing out money to make investments either. People have to earn money first (which gets taxed), and then after they've saved enough, then can they can risk the fruits of their labor via investment.
quote: Ultimately it favors everybody.
quote: Just like Romney "earned" it from his parents?
quote: Trickle down economics do not work
quote: You have your job because someone invented something or figured out a way to do something better.
quote: I am a small investor but a big one you might know called Warren Buffett said that it would not affect his or his buddies investment strategies at all.
quote: Once you have that flash of brilliance, there are plenty of investors to help out. More investors do not increase the rate of breakthroughs.
quote: Less investors wiling to take risk will be balanced out by more actual chances of brilliance because regular people don't have to worry about their healthcare and other things
quote: It'll be mostly crippling the bonuses on Wall St, don't kid yourself.
quote: Most "investments" don't really create jobs
quote: Warren Buffet would still invest in IBM no matter what the capital gains tax rate is...
quote: Wall St can shift their investments to foreign markets where capital gains taxes are lower.
quote: Most people won't want to leave, you don't see the rich in Europe leaving their countries for someplace that's cheaper to invest despite the high taxes there.
quote: Either pay the same amount of tax as if you invested in the USA, or go live there and renounce your US citizenship.
quote: Don't tell that to the globe-trotting business management elite, from various industries, that now reside in Singapore, Hong Kong and the like...
quote: Really, like who and what's their net worth?
quote: I don't have a direct link, it just comes from knowing wtf I'm talking about, unlike you, thanks to many years of keeping up with the industry.
quote: So you're just talking out of your ass, just like I suspected.
quote: Most people won't want to leave
quote: It isn't as if there are no other nice places to call home
quote: Pretty much all nice places have higher taxes than what the US currently has. Unless you want to be ruled according to sharia law in Abu Dhabi.
quote: Pretty much all nice places have higher taxes than what the US currently has.
quote: I support taxing capital gains/losses the same as any other income such as rental or business income, etc. You don't pay social security or medicare on your business income....I believe that corporations...should not be taxed either.
quote: Income is income, you slave away your hours for that paycheck, no one just hands it to you. It should be taxed at the same rate as you earn from an investment.
quote: You don't pay any more SSI after the first $106K of your salary either.
quote: can we get along now?
quote: In any case, have a good evening. It seems Reclaimer was right: there doesn't seem much point in trying to convince someone who doesn't want to listen that giving disincentive to invest in the US economy is a bad idea.
quote: Liberalism is actual compassion and caring for others.
quote: First off you've lumped all "religion" in with the creationists. Nice! I'm sure they love that. Secondly we "defend" religion because it's a pretty big right in America. The Freedom of Religion.
quote: Religion is a cancer beset on humanity and it should be killed with extreme prejudice wherever and whenever possible. Religious people are mentally underdeveloped by definition.
quote: People have to earn money first (which gets taxed)
quote: Low capital gains taxes is absurd, and it's anti equality and anti-American.
quote: Huh? What Administration invaded Libya again? WITHOUT Congressional approval I might add.
quote: The issue has split the Republican Party, with Bush siding with the Catholic Church and social conservatives against the GOP's more moderate voices.
quote: Another evil of having a religious president. At least Obama isn't one.
quote: Only because the republicans threatened him with expiring the payroll tax cuts which affected millions of regular Americans and not the super rich
quote: That's a ridiculously lame defense. The payroll taxcut would be a tiny percentage of all the supposed harm the Bush Tax Cuts did for the middle class and lower class. Ending them, going by everything Obama has said, would still be a huge win.
quote: Definitely better than those baby-killing bible-thumping warmongering religious corporatist evil bigots
quote: Definitely better than those baby-killing
quote: known as the Bush administration
quote: Find a case where Bush ordered the execution of babies.
quote: So you're an atheist, but a liberal. Diversity is good, except Christianity?
quote: The UN also backed sanctions on Iraq and Europeans believed various intelligence reports as well that he was up to no good.
quote: Only because you disagree with him.
quote: At least he had balls and followed his convictions, right or wrong, unlike the current one.
quote: Invasion of Iraq:
quote: They are by definition an inferior people and should not be allowed to control the fate of the country.
quote: knowingly presented falsified information to start it.
quote: What are you, 18? That level of extremism tends to fade once you leave your mothers basement.
quote: If you could prove it, you better bet Pelosi and others would've long since had him in prison. But, you can't, and that's a fact.
quote: Belief in religion means a weak mind, as demonstrated in various studies. They are by definition an inferior people and should not be allowed to control the fate of the country. Religious people are inferior people. They're free to be that way of course, it's a free country.
quote: So, you're telling me the father of classical Physics, Sir Isaac Newton was a feeble-minded idiot? Really? Don't try and defend your statement because that is exactly what you insinuated.
quote: Yes, that's precisely what he said and precisely what he meant. All the founding fathers that were deists, the vast majority of luminaries throughout recorded history, from pagans to Muslims to Buddhists, all are intellectually inferior to his keen Marxist mind.
quote: You can't win a debate against atheism, so don't bother.
quote: You'd technically say that he's an agnostic since that probability > 0
quote: so that's a failed argument.
quote: The cynical mind observes, and observes that the probability of the existence of god is the smallest positive rational number.
quote: We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many different languages. The child knows someone must have written those books . It does not know how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn't know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God. We see a universe marvelously arranges and obeying certain laws, but only dimly understand these laws. Our limited minds cannot grasp the mysterious force that moves the constellations.
quote: I believe in Spinoza's God who reveals himself in the orderly harmony of what exists, not in a God who concerns himself with fates and actions of human beings
quote: I'd argue with you...Every atheist is an agnostic on a scale.
quote: So before I reply to you, I have to ask, are you defending Agnosticism against me because that's what you believe, or are you a Christian/Muslim/Whatever?
quote: So what's your agnostic number (between 0 and 1 of course) on the probability of the existence of a god? I told you mine already...
quote: Similar to how Dawkins called himself 6.9 on the atheist scale where 1 is agnostic and 7 is atheist.
quote: You can't win a debate against atheism, so don't bother.
quote: An atheist has to know a lot more than I know. An atheist is someone who knows there is no god. By some definitions atheism is very stupid.
quote: Maybe I should have clarified my stance on Atheism as the likeliness of the existence of a God is equal to the likeliness of the existence of a dragon in my garage. Therefore it's not zero but an extremely improbable value.
quote: Fortunately you have the right to believe that. Others, based on their observations of the world, believe differently.
quote: Yes, and unless they're agnostics or atheists in this day and age, they're inferior and weak minded.
quote: What in and up to this day and age has proved definitively that there is no deity
quote: A fully mentally developed person does not believe in things that are not proven and extremely unlikely to be ever proven.
quote: I don't ignore it, I purposely fail to acknowledge it as it would lead me to another line of questioning that you can't answer...
quote: they're inferior and weak minded.
quote: a person who holds that the existence of the ultimate cause, as God, and the essential nature of things are unknown and unknowable, or that human knowledge is limited to experience.
quote: a person who denies or disbelieves the existence of a supreme being or beings.
quote: a person who holds that the existence of the ultimate cause, as God, and the essential nature of things are unknown and unknowable, or that human knowledge is limited to experience. Synonyms: disbeliever, nonbeliever, unbeliever; doubter, skeptic, secularist, empiricist; heathen, heretic, infidel, pagan.
quote: He runs a church, didn't you know? The Church of Atheism.
quote: How do you know? Have you died?
quote: So, ultimately, we have different philosophies instead of answers. Some of these philosophies overlap while other parts do not--i.e. religion and non-religion. Neither can be proved true.
quote: Heck, simply letting the Bush Tax Cuts expire would, according to the CBO, reduce the deficit to about $500 Billion or so in just 6 years...(oh wait, we WANT those; thats right, how could I forget?)
quote: We aren't all living longer in America. All the obesity here is killing us.
quote: You're OK with Romney paying 15% tax whereas the average american with a job pays close to 30%?
quote: He paid millions in taxes. Hello? Please tell me the dollar amount, not percentage, do you think successful people should have to pay in this country?
quote: He also donated massive amounts of money to charities. Which I'm sure get spent far more efficiently than the Government simply redistributing his wealth as they see fit. But yeah I know, what an evil guy!
quote: This is just more class warfare. "Average" Americans don't pay millions in taxes, or create growth which causes millions more in taxes to be generated. Your average American WORKS for people like Romney. They have a job because of people like Romney. This is basic economics. Stop being deliberately divisive.
quote: The top 10% earners in this country pay roughly 71% of all taxes in America. How's that for a percentage?
quote: This is just more political rhetoric and divisive class warfare coming from Liberals. The same people who then call for bi-partisanship. Meanwhile they're splitting the country apart.
quote: He's spending his money to influence the spread of his religion, that's not charity, it's free speech.
quote: Stop the BS, someone else would have created those "jobs" if it weren't for Romney.
quote: Yet they own 95% of everything
quote: There are only very few truly exceptional people who truly create jobs, like Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, etc. They generously donate to charities by the way.
quote: Hopefully then we can have some real change
quote: No one inherits it, or strikes it lucky with the lottery or the stock market, or they just happen to be in the right place at the same time. Typical repig drivel.
quote: Like it or not, my kind will triumph over your kind in elections from now on...better get used to it.
quote: That's such a failed blog post and it's all you can come with.
quote: it's well known that regardless of how you set your parameters, the vast majority of American millionaires came from a non-wealthy background.
quote: “There are some foreign sales that we do assume take place in the FYDP and that does affect what we think we can get for the money in our budget in our FYDP,” Kendall said after a speech at a defense