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Old 03-14-2011, 08:41 AM
 
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I'm strongly considering moving to Canada.
Need a compass????
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Old 03-14-2011, 08:45 AM
 
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Didn't say every cure is known, genius. But, I can guarantee you that regardless of what you think, that if there were no money on this planet and there was an illness plaguing a community, they would not wait to create money first and then find a cure. In fact, you are proving the OP's point; that capitalism - along with the government - have hijacked this country and the world. In fact, if the government hadn't allowed capitalists to create all of this processed food and sweeteners, you wouldn't have half the diseases you see today. But, we'd be taking this thread in a whole new direction, so let's not go there.

So, here's my answer to your first scenario: I grow my own food, genius. Dandelion greens are one of the most nutritious greens you can eat - most people think they're weeds and actually try to get rid of them. Answer to second question: I don't buy a car, I'm fine walking or riding a horse. The Amish have answered these two questions for you.

Obviously, unlike the real Marco Polo, you have not traveled much; thus, your world is limited to material wealth. By the way, your avatar's namesake made it all the way to China and met the great Kublai Khan - all without purchasing a car.

Good luck, slave! Keep throwing money out the window!
It does't get any more laughable than this - old chum!!
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Old 03-14-2011, 08:47 AM
 
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Hard work doesn't guarantee success.
You state that like it is new-found wisdom. Well, duh!!!!

That is why smart people work for themselves and aren't dependent on employers.
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Old 03-14-2011, 08:50 AM
 
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I just watched the news. They were covering the floods in New Jersey. Some moron said that the state should buy the neighborhood houses and move the residents somewhere else.

Learned helplessness.
Taught helplessness - make no mistake, it is "by design". Sort of a "sheeple" factory, conceived, devised, built and run by liberals (which are people who advocate the application of liberal doses of force to the neck of the people.

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Old 03-14-2011, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Austin
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You would be shocked how much money companies throw to GOP lobbyists in DC.
Maybe I would be shocked at how much money both parties throw to lobbyists.....

Last time I checked, both parties raise hundreds of millions of dollars and a lot of that comes from rich people. In fact, Obama outspent McCain by more than $150 million in the last election.
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Old 03-14-2011, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Maybe I would be shocked at how much money both parties throw to lobbyists.....
I would be shocked if you told me why you think they would do that, that money flows from politicians to lobbyists.
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Old 03-14-2011, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Austin
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These can't compare with multinational corporations. Why are you spinning for the right? Haven't you noticed who gets more money?

Yes. Obama out spent McCain by more than $150 million.

Why do you ignore the multitudes of rich people supporting Obama ??????
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Old 03-14-2011, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Austin
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Yes, it is.
Everyone being equal may be perfect for you, but not for most of us. I enjoy watching sports and enjoy watching Michael Dell excel at business.

All being equal would eliminate many of life's interesting people and events including the Michael Dells, the Babe Ruths, the Tony Romos.... etc.
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Old 03-14-2011, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Austin
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A) Why you think plutocracy is good for this country, or
B) Why you even WANT plutocracy here.
Seems to me if you think it's good, you should be willing to say why!

If the playing field is level in terms of opportunity, I don't care who has the most money or the most influence.

On the other hand, the thought of this country being run by rich people like Al Gore and John Edwards is a form of plutocracy that would be hard to take.
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Old 03-14-2011, 10:28 AM
 
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What about the man who works his tail off for 30 years, gets laid off, can't find another job because of age discrimination and runs out of his 99 weeks of unemployment? Is he now lazy?

Hard work doesn't guarantee success.
Well, if he had half a brain and he worked and saved for 30 years, he would be fine. If, on the other hand, he lived above his means, he would be in trouble.

Hard work is more important than intelligence. I have seen very intelligent people (who were lazy) flunk out of college and or med school, while less intelligent hard working individuals prospered. Mark Twain has noted that great goals can be accomplished by incrementalism- break up your tasks into a series of small tasks and you will be more successful.

Apparently you are very young. When I was young, I was flat broke. However, I did not focus on economics and wealth as my ultimate goal, as apparently you do, and I prospered as a result. Life is more than the pursuit wealth- wealth will come to those who work hard and remain focused.

I would be willing to bet that if you had worked hard, attained a useful degree, and prospered that you would have an entirely different attitude. Socialism is for losers who have failed or have convinced themselves that they can never compete. Thank goodness I have instilled some confidence in my children so that I do not have to hear that whiney stuff in my home. I can guarantee you that I came from a worse econmic background than you, but worked hard instead of whining and complaining about my situation. Man up.
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