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17101  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the Issue, part 64 on: June 18, 2009, 06:06:25 am
No. Just no f***ing way. Doesn't the government have enough unconstitutional powers already?



interstate commerce clause, bro
The Fed's trump card.  It was with this that the New Deal idiots created the hated by all farm subsidies and allowed the Fed to restrict farmers from growing corn for personal use.  Because it's super smart to destroy food when people are starving!  Leftists love to help group A by hurting everybody (including group A). 
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By the time the Agricultural Adjustment Administration began its operations, the agricultural season for many crops was already under way. The agency oversaw a large-scale destruction of existing cotton crops and livestock in an attempt to reduce surpluses. No other crops or animals were affected in 1933, but six million piglets and 220,000 pregnant cows were slaughtered in the AAA's effort to raise livestock prices. Many cotton farmers plowed under a quarter of their crop in accordance with the AAA's plans.[1] Adlai Stevenson and Telford Taylor and Isaac Nilges worked in the AAA.

Large farms benefited from the AAA policy of reducing surpluses, having "gross farm income increas[e] by 50% during the first three years of the New Deal".[2] This was achieved because large landowners would evict tenant farmers and sharecroppers in order to keep them from farming their leased acreage; the landowner would then receive the payment for not farming the land.[3] Furthermore, those same land owners, having forced out some of the competition, would then use those displaced farmers as cheap farm labor.[4]

Franklin Roosevelt decided to pass this as part of his new deal plan. The increase in gross income for farmers was largely paid for through government subsidies. Despite the reduced production, food price increases between 1933 and 1937 were negligible.[2] Consumers bore the brunt of higher food prices and were "horrified with its policy of enforced scarcity."[5] A Gallup Poll printed in The Washington Post revealed that a majority of the American public opposed the AAA.
17102  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Does socialism encourage hard work? on: June 17, 2009, 12:50:20 pm
Fellows, 'Work hard or we'll kill you' is precisely what capitalism says to the working class.  If you do not toil assiduously for the Man, you are fired and starve.
No, you work just hard enough to not get fired and for most of those working, that isn't very hard work.

..and yes, I'm sure your experiences are different.
17103  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is Harry's ridiculous nationalism getting on your nerves? on: June 17, 2009, 11:16:46 am
No (American)...to be fair, very few things "get on my nerves".  I'm much more annoyed by the jackasses that cruise in the passing lane on the highway than I am by Harry or his Nationalism.
17104  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Battle of the Movies: Back to the Future vs Saving Private Ryan on: June 17, 2009, 07:44:56 am
SPR
17105  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Whose payroll is Lou Dobbs likely on? on: June 16, 2009, 09:15:14 am
Big Foot
17106  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Would you rather live in North Korea or Saudi Arabia? on: June 16, 2009, 08:28:44 am
Totalitarian Socialists are worse than even hardcore IslamoFundies.
Well North Korea is the exception for totalitarian socialists. I despise all communists in the breed of Stalin but never before have they been so screwed up as North Korea.

I'd rather live in the Soviet Union than Saudi Arabia.
It wasn't always easy to leave the USSR, it's pretty easy to leave Saudi Arabia.  If I was forced to stay in either, sure, I'd pick the USSR.  But in the real world, I'd still go with SA for no other reason than I can leave it.  Keeping people locked in your country is one of the worst things a nation can do short of actual physical harm or individual restraining.  I'd rather pay 90% taxes and have the ability to leave than pay 10% and not have it.  It's more important than religious rights or speech rights.  It even beats gun rights. Shocked
17107  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the Issue, part 64 on: June 16, 2009, 08:18:08 am
Government forced salary caps? Absolutely not.
League forced salary caps? Absolutely.
this...I'm not sure how to vote
17108  General Politics / Economics / Re: New Survey: Improving Housing Affordability But Still a Way to Go on: June 16, 2009, 08:14:08 am
You can...if lettuce costs $200 a pound.  Lots of white guys doing the job then.
17109  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Denial of service attack time against the Iranian regime! on: June 16, 2009, 08:11:12 am
Which will just piss off the middle class and that is usually the straw that breaks the Ayatollah's back when it comes to revolutions.
17110  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: 7-point ultimatum from the Iranian protestors on: June 16, 2009, 08:05:20 am
They probably ask too much.
Aye.....might as well ask them to dig their own graves and tie their own nooses....noosi?  noosen?
17111  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Israel on: June 16, 2009, 08:03:21 am
I own 2 tye-dyes, but never wear them out of the house.  I'm sure Pan-Arabism is the same way.
17112  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Opinion of the Iranian rioters on: June 16, 2009, 07:59:29 am
This is worthy of my first (I think) avatar change.  Go get 'em kids!
17113  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Was the Iranian election rigged? on: June 16, 2009, 07:56:33 am
What does Carter say?  The opposite of whatever that is. Smiley


jk  My vote is a yes but I mean "probably".
17114  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Should Letterman have apologized to Palin? on: June 16, 2009, 07:52:52 am
Of course it is.  Why wouldn't it be?  I'm not big on treating kids with <ahem> kid gloves.  Especially a 14 year old.  Hell, the poor little protected teenager would have never even heard "The Most Offensive Joke Since Nappy Headed Ho's" if the right didn't go ape sh**t over it. 

Nobody and nothing is off limits when it comes to comedy.  Not all comedy is suited to all people.  Some people watch horror movies for the comedic value (I certainly do).  Schadenfreude is a fairly widespread...."emotion"?, I don't know, but a lot of people have it.  The best jokes are the ones only a few people in a room get.  You should rent the Aristocrats documentary.....good stuff, but it's a bit much for my tastes.  I enjoy corny humor.

Why did the monkey fall out of the tree?

because it was dead

Why did the bird fall out of the tree?

the monkey hit it on the way down

Why did the squirrel fall out of the tree?

he thought it was a game
17115  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Insurance industry trying to shut down doctors catering to the uninsured on: June 16, 2009, 07:36:23 am
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/gurley/detail?entry_id=41696&tsp=1

Wow, good thing we have that glorious insurance industry out looking for the public health! [/libertarian/conservative]
Which libertarians have defended the medical insurance industry?  What the docs and patients in your link are doing is awesome and should be encouraged everywhere (assuming it works well).  The more options the better.  As SuperSoulty said:
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Insurance companies are assholes

Lets give the state a little blame here too.  Why are there massive regulations for insurance companies?  Do these doctor "concierge"s get togethers not need any regulation?  What is the difference?  Why did the state govts cave when the insurance companies came calling?  Because they won't get re-elected if they lose the insurance companies contributions?  If the people are so freaking stupid not to see this and keep voting the cowards back in then they kind of deserve to have pussy politicians.

Again, I'm 100% behind things like this.  I think they are great ideas.  Govts and insurance companies that fight them are giant asshats.
17116  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Should Letterman have apologized to Palin? on: June 16, 2009, 07:12:53 am
Whoa...I just heard his apology....and no, he shouldn't have done that.  He OVER apologized.  If he is sincere, then he is a pussy.  If he is doing it to put it all in the past, I think he went overboard.



...and every time the right blows up over stupid sh**t like this, they push me (and I'm assuming other people like me) further and further away.
17117  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Battle of the Movies: The Usual Suspects vs Star Wars: A New Hope on: June 16, 2009, 05:36:08 am
This was much tougher than yesterday.....but still not all that tough.  I REALLY like Usual Suspects, but not enough.
17118  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Why can't Americans seem to do bread right? on: June 16, 2009, 05:27:13 am
You know you lazy phuques can bake you're own bread.  I hear it is even all that hard.


(really I have no idea.  Maybe you could ask a few local bakeries if they can make what you ask?  Or at the grocery store maybe?)
17119  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Are liberals the only one who care any longer about anti-interventionism? on: June 15, 2009, 07:26:50 pm
Hi, I'm a pro-military libertarian! (an oxymoron?)

What all do you guys want to cut in the military?  I agree with the overseas bases.  There is no reason at all we still need a large military presence in Europe or the Far East.  Maybe a runway and facilities in various locations and a few quality sea ports.  Are we cutting the nuke arsenal?  Manning requirements should continue to decrease as move more and more to a "robot" military.  Are robots more expensive than bodies?  I don't know.  They are certainly cheaper when they "die".  How many carrier fleets do we keep?  We could certainly stand to cut waste.  I see tons of it in my little corner of the DoD.
17120  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: So I'm thinking about going into the Air Force on: June 15, 2009, 01:46:50 pm
Officer?  You're already halfway to pilot, DO IT!  Do you know how much airline pilots make a year?  YOWZA! 

Yeah, about $38,500 nowadays, deadman, thanks to unionbusting and deregulation.
Which makes perfect sense considering the AF and Navy can't keep veteran pilots even though they make three times that in the military.
17121  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: Group A - World Leaders Survivor - Stage Two - Round Thirty-Four on: June 15, 2009, 01:16:49 pm

No, not entirely (feel free to go back and check).  It's just a cheat sheet for the first 2/3rds of the list.  I don't know very many of these dudes, how would I know who to look at?  Wait for other posters?  How is that any different than a "hack" list?

(and sometimes I'm just lazy)
no i can understand being lazy i can be too on this. but for singh in india i mean seriously if your useing that list as your reason to vote for him that is terrible reason.

Exactly. I would think Deadoman would like Singh since he has been one of the people on the forefront trying to liberalize India's economy. But he has to stick to his silly little list. I am not surprised that a libertarian list would say India isn't free. After all India is a populist country through and through. 
That was an ignorant vote on my part.  I realize that now.  Thank you guys for fighting my ignorance.  I will bury "the list".  For now on I will just vote against GMantis.

Mori is my vote this round.
17122  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: how many posts do you average per day? on: June 15, 2009, 08:39:28 am
eeeeks 13.475
17123  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: So I'm thinking about going into the Air Force on: June 15, 2009, 07:34:22 am
Officer?  You're already halfway to pilot, DO IT!  Do you know how much airline pilots make a year?  YOWZA!  Weather is cool too I guess...but most Weather dudes in the USAF are at Offutt (where I work) which many people don't like (because I work there).
17124  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Michael Vick on: June 15, 2009, 07:23:42 am

Nice try, but i will take a gander and bet it had more then just dogfighting.
Post a cite backing up your claims or shut the fuck up.


edit-and of course Vick is a piece of sh**t, but he deserves and will (likely) get another chance at life.  I wish him luck.
17125  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Israel on: June 15, 2009, 07:21:14 am
I'd like a three state solution, any chance of that?  Or maybe a 2.5 state solution because I have doubts Gaza can be saved/governed....at least anytime soon.
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