User Profile: dnewton

dnewton

Member Since: January 17, 2011

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  • February 12, 2016 at 2:00pm

    A reasoned position is still requires faith in the laws of logic.

  • February 12, 2016 at 1:57pm

    It should not be too hard for him to remember this day, after all, it is Darwin’s birthday.

  • February 12, 2016 at 12:11pm

    Worse yet, I believe that socialism can only work on a hyper perfect set of people. The closest thing to a functional group of socialist that I can find is the Amish and I don’t see any atheist among them.

  • February 12, 2016 at 12:08pm

    If they spent as much time studying the market and the competitors instead of who to help elect next time, they might make marginally better decisions. Why do you need a union if Hillary is going to get you a $15 per hour minimum wage? The government already has a health care plan for you and Osha takes care of safety concerns. The Labor Department has a ready stock of enforcers too. The government is putting unions out of business while taking all of the help they can get to elect people to do more of the same.

  • [1] February 12, 2016 at 12:02pm

    I would like to know why no one questions the theory that the US can lower taxation on foreign profits and the Europeans will not react to mitigate the flow of money out of their borders. They are already trying negative interest rates to goose the economy. This massive pile of “unused” money is not really unused as long as it capitalizes foreign banks. I think if the US tries to bring back money from Europe and elsewhere by tax reform, there will be an immediate response by foreign governments and it might be a bad response.

  • [-4] February 12, 2016 at 11:54am

    Trump has no power to bring back jobs from any country. Those jobs are in foreign countries because of economic incentives and economic disincentives. In other words, this really is a man caused disaster. Trump does not have any control over most of the circumstances that are causing the problem. To stop this deal, he might propose an import tax and that would probably be illegal or against NAFTA. He might open up vast areas of federal land to build manufacturing plants but that would have a lot of problems since it does not address the most expensive part of the manufacturing process, labor and regulation. People would just be driving farther to go to the same job and the plant to consumer travel would be longer in nearly every instance. Of course the vast array of things that the government could do is shrinking because so much of the budget is involved with paying off debt.

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  • [1] February 12, 2016 at 11:33am

    The progressive tax system makes the cost of labor go up every time a worker gets a raise. The more you tax labor, the less you get of it. This trend in the US started in 1979 which is close to the time Jimmy Carter “fixed” Social Security by putting in a series of increases in the rate worker and employer pays into the system. Social Security is a tax on the labor component of manufacturing or anything else. Carrier has been making A/C units in Mexico for years. The normal Mexican can not afford an A/C unit because the price supports on electricity disappear after consumption rises above a certain third world point. I don’t mind Carrier or any other company making a product in Mexico provided it is used in Mexico. That makes sense because it avoids transportation costs. The unions need to stop looking for boogymen and start looking in the mirror. Manufacturing wages in real dollars has been falling for years. People are being replaced by robots. US manufacturing is about the same percentage of world production every year. The number of people employed goes down because of our greedy government that must fix every depravity, real and imagined.

  • [2] February 12, 2016 at 3:29am

    Has anybody checked to see if these un-pledged delegates all live at the same address?

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  • February 11, 2016 at 2:40pm

    I think the Apostle Paul proved that you can be religious without the Truth and you can be religious with what you think is the truth. The truth can be a shock if it is your spouse cheating on you or you have winning lottery numbers. No one makes a major change unless they at least think they have the Truth.

  • February 11, 2016 at 2:25pm

    The whole child protection racket is based on Freudian theories that strange behavior in the present proves past unjust trauma. It used to be that a certain fraction of people we just crazy, but now we have to blame somebody or some thing even if they are innocent.

  • February 11, 2016 at 2:22pm

    That is an interesting thought. Religious conversions are of several types: Religion A to No Religion, Religion A to Religion B or No Religion to Religion B or A. Sometime I think of it as a stick figure of a box that at one glance seems one way and at another time the near side is now the far side of the box.
    China seems to have had a minor conversion to Capitalism. At some point it gets tiresome to prop up a world view that is constantly causing you pain or discomfort. What would it take to convert Bernie Sanders to Steve Forbes? My suggestion is this: Hook up an electrical shock device to him that would deliver a jolt every time socialism failed.(not every time HE thought it failed)

  • [2] February 11, 2016 at 1:53pm

    The only thing good about the progressive income tax is that it assures the eventual destruction of the socialist state. First of all it is an incentive to sloth. Second, it makes strong borders mandatory. If the ability to pay for government of migrants, guests, illegals or whatever you want to call them is less than the average worker, then the system will eventually collapse or taxation will rise to the point of revolt, black market or an underground economy. The progressive income tax is worse than just causing greed, it promotes the greed of the government which has real power. Donald Trump does not force anyone into a casino or motel or golf course. people do it willingly. The government, on the other hand, has the ability to force you to contribute. The progressive income tax is theft because it is not a transaction done willingly and where the amount transferred equals the services rendered. The person who pays a million dollars to the state for schools or police generally gets the same or fewer services from the state than the person who gets an tax rebate. Where are the wizards of fairness and justice on this? The idea that you should pay because you can afford it is a distraction from proper government that should be concentrating on making government affordable for the largest fraction possible. The idea that you should pay because you can afford it takes away your ability to decide what is affordable. There is no end to it until the system breaks.

  • February 10, 2016 at 12:27pm

    Lets just hope that Chelsea or one of the other Clintons doesn’t have to go transgendered to save the election. As a Sunday School Teacher, which would you prefer to explain to your six-year old student? Transgenderism, abortion or the fact that they are bound for a life of tax slavery?

  • [1] February 10, 2016 at 12:21pm

    I think you are right but I see mothers taking young children to Roe v Wade protests all of the time.

  • February 10, 2016 at 12:02pm

    Maybe they will take him hostage and we will demand the release of the 45 political prisoners they already have before taking him back.

  • February 10, 2016 at 10:20am

    They never say if that is real growth or growth by inflation. or a mix of both. Our real growth rate does not become apparent for about two years, so when someone tells me that the economy grew and it is a new number, I always cut that in half to account for currency manipulation.

  • February 10, 2016 at 10:13am

    The more the government tries to stimulate the economy, the more it sees every failure as just doing too little the last time or the wrong people picking the wrong “winners.” Every technological improvement moves the bar higher but makes the system more fragile. I don’t think it is useful to complain about excessive spending. That only leads to discussion of higher and lower numbers that eventually gets too emotional. We don’t have spending based upon performance. We need to stop looking at spending as a necessary sacrifice, test it to see if it is working and then sacrifice our own opinion of ourselves by admitting failure.

  • [-2] February 9, 2016 at 4:50pm

    I have heard that most marriages are arranged on a world wide basis. Even if you go by the Bible, there was not a lot of personal choice between Adam and Eve. A friend of mine from Iran entered into an arranged marriage. He never saw her before, so love did not have a lot to do with that marriage. He is an engineer and she is has experience in medicine, but not a doctor. They have three kids last time I saw him. My wife has a friend from India who was married by arrangement. I am sure they love each other and love is something that grew over time. The idea that love is a pre requisite for marriage is more of a cultural expectation in the West than a requirement for success.

  • [1] February 9, 2016 at 4:26pm

    I would not have said the man was attacked by a pole. I was expecting something at least as long as a baseball bat.

  • [1] February 9, 2016 at 3:53pm

    I think that Lyndon Johnson put pressure on INS to let in Jews in record numbers in the Sixties. It could have been an executive order. Kennedy raised total Hell with Israel for developing atomic weapons which they denied even after people within the program blew the whistle. A lot of the money for the A-Bomb was raised in the USA. What is frustrating to me is that pacifist who would disarm the USA in a second don’t see inconsistency by helping Israel with legitimate self defense needs.

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