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  1. #12801
    Quote Originally Posted by Jon`C View Post
    None of the words you used mean what you think they mean.
    Uh huh.

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    Taxing income punishes work.
    Yes, and income is also property.

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    Taxing sales punishes consumption.
    Yes.

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    Taxing real estate punishes land improvement.
    Okay.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jon`C View Post
    Not taxing other kinds of wealth (private property) punishes people who choose to invest productively instead of speculating (gambling).
    Is it a socialist thing where you abhor people owning things. Just wondering where this mindset comes from. I wasn't "speculating" when I bought a house or a car and, again, why should government have a greater share of ownership in the property I buy than I do?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jon`C View Post
    Not taxing imputed rent punishes people who choose to invest productively instead of buying a personal home.
    I suppose your economic theory provides housing for everyone which is why you think it's dumb to buy a personal home.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jon`C View Post
    Taxes are stupid but they don’t exist in a vacuum. As long as you have some of them, you have to accept that they interact with each other and plan around that.
    Of course they do but you have bizarre theories about this. The easiest way to spread the tax burden across as many people as possible is to do it through sales tax. Eliminate all other forms of taxation.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jon`C View Post
    This is why I call flat tax boosters ****ing retarded, by the way.

    LeTs sIMpLiFy tHE TaX coDe bY PuNIsHIng PeOPLe wHO dO aLL ThE WoRk
    It's probably more fair than the current system which punishes all the people that do the work and receive the fewest benefits but I have never been a flat tax fan. Oh, and you were mistaken earlier. At least with regards to our federal tax. Gross income isn't taxed. I have minimal experience with state income taxes so I can't speak to that.
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    On the flip side, is it a conservative thing where you are fine with people owning people? Just wondering where this mindset comes from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wookie06 View Post
    Uh huh.
    Yeahhh you post an awful lot of economics word salad. Like, whatever if you don’t know what you’re talking about, but you also don’t make any effort to learn.

    Yes, and income is also property.
    ”acceleration is also velocity”, yeah, whatever. Words have no meaning to you. Good job.

    Is it a socialist thing where you abhor people owning things.
    Only factories and other people.

    Just wondering where this mindset comes from.
    Because market economies require voluntary exchange to function. Capital accumulation makes relationships increasingly coercive as individuals are robbed of their freedom to choose and negotiate. This leads to worse economic outcomes for everybody except, in the very long run, one person and his family.

    I wasn't "speculating" when I bought a house or a car
    You obviously weren’t and I don’t understand why you’ve wasted my time by pointing this out.

    and, again, why should government have a greater share of ownership in the property I buy than I do?
    You’ve lost
    me.

    I suppose your economic theory provides housing for everyone
    are you suggesting that an economy shouldn’t?

    Oh. I guess you meant to imply it provides free housing. Okay.

    which is why you think it's dumb to buy a personal home.
    I clearly said it isn’t, because personal housing has such advantageous tax treatment compared to everything else. But I guess since you don’t believe words mean things it exempts you from having to spend any effort to understand what you read.

    Of course they do but you have bizarre theories about this. The easiest way to spread the tax burden across as many people as possible is to do it through sales tax. Eliminate all other forms of taxation.
    Sales taxes are the absolute worst kind of tax. I cannot say this strongly enough. This is not a bizarre theory, this is the most mainstream economic fact you’ll ever encounter. Sales taxes do nothing but slow down the economy and shift the tax burden entirely to people who can’t afford it. Doing this would be a death blow for any country. It is literally a dumber
    ****ing idea than going back to tariffs and stamp taxes.

    It's probably more fair than the current system which punishes all the people that do the work and receive the fewest benefits but I have never been a flat tax fan. Oh, and you were mistaken earlier. At least with regards to our federal tax. Gross income isn't taxed. I have minimal experience with state income taxes so I can't speak to that.
    No, really. you are taxed on gross and businesses are taxed on net.
    Last edited by Jon`C; 11-08-2018 at 02:43 PM.

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    People who pay their US federal income taxes on net instead of on gross tend to end up in prison. So, fingers crossed I guess.

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    It would appear that Wookie's usual confusion between his political beliefs and actual knowledge about the things those beliefs claim, has tragically intersected with a domain that is more factually clear than the usual conservative schlock can sustain.

    (I imagine the effect of tax policy on an economy is one of the more well-studied fields of economics, for obvious reasons.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon`C View Post
    ”acceleration is also velocity”, yeah, whatever. Words have no meaning to you. Good job.
    this is a really good analogy but I doubt he'll understand.

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    Great comment in the New York Times comment section to this article:

    During law school, I studied under Justice Antonin Scalia. He taught us the entire purpose of having a Constitution was "to make sure nobody gets all the marbles." Trump's only goal is to get all the marbles, just like his Russian idol Putin has done with his country.
    So Wookie, have you guys all lost so many of your own marbles that you plan to remain passive-aggressive observers to his charade, or are your conservative buddies in Congress going to reign in Trump before he gets all of our government's marbles (or maybe you don't care, since you already are beat up that the 'government already took too many of the private sector's marbles')?

    Or is repealing Roe v. Wade important enough to you that you'd risk that just in order to wait long enough for RBG's seat to open up in order to install an "originalist"? Maybe that's the solution: turn the USA into a Putin-style autocracy, but by God at least we banned abortion (n.b.: Hitler also tried to ban smoking)
    Last edited by Reverend Jones; 11-08-2018 at 07:20 PM.

  8. #12808
    Quote Originally Posted by Jon`C View Post
    People who pay their US federal income taxes on net instead of on gross tend to end up in prison. So, fingers crossed I guess.
    Well, it's not gross but perhaps net is not the most literally correct term either. It's what government defines net as far as personal income tax which allows for deductions from gross for whatever expenses the government deems deductible. So I'm willing to concede that we are both wrong in this instance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reid View Post
    this is a really good analogy but I doubt he'll understand.
    You're right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reverend Jones View Post
    Great comment in the New York Times comment section to this article:



    So Wookie, have you guys all lost so many of your own marbles that you plan to remain passive-aggressive observers to his charade, or are your conservative buddies in congress going to reign in Trump before he gets all of our government's marbles (or maybe you don't care, since you already are beat up that the 'government already took too many of the private sector's marbles')?

    Or is repealing Roe v. Wade important enough to you that you'd risk that just in order to wait long enough for RBG's seat to open up in order to install an "originalist"? Maybe that's the solution: turn the USA into a Putin-style autocracy, but by god at least we banned abortion (n.b.: Hitler also tried to ban smoking)
    “doesn’t matter, we won”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wookie06 View Post
    You're right.
    acceleration = rate of change of velocity

    income = rate of change of property

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    On the topic of California, it seems that the infamous Florida man has some competition.

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    Well, no, this is actually a really stupid chart. California is doing a good job at competing with Florida and Texas in terms of total population. durph

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    If this chart says anything at all, it's that we should be worried about Nevada man, seeing that it has about half the number of mass shootings as California does, but a tenth of the population.

    Edit: ohh, nevermind. Almost all of those are from the same massacre that happened about a year ago in Nevada. :/
    Last edited by Reverend Jones; 11-08-2018 at 10:45 PM.

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    Yes, exactly. Wtf is wrong with people

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reverend Jones View Post
    Yes, exactly. Wtf is wrong with people
    well we are merciless reward seeking apes, soooo
    sniff

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wookie06 View Post
    Yes, and income is also property.
    chrrrrist
    If you think the waiters are rude, you should see the manager.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reverend Jones View Post
    If this chart says anything at all, it's that we should be worried about Nevada man, seeing that it has about half the number of mass shootings as California does, but a tenth of the population.

    Edit: ohh, nevermind. Almost all of those are from the same massacre that happened about a year ago in Nevada. :/
    Yep. I'm a little puzzled by the Colorado number, actually; Columbine and Aurora together totaled 27, which shouldn't leave room for a third shooting with four or more victims.

    Edit: Well, not with four or more fatalities, anyway.
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  19. #12819
    Quote Originally Posted by Reid View Post
    acceleration = rate of change of velocity

    income = rate of change of property
    Oh, so it is okay to use fictional definitions now. Got it.
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    Why did he have to run for president. Why did he do it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tenshu View Post
    Why did he have to run for president. Why did he do it?
    Clearly, because he’s bad and orange.

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    lol, what a dunce.

    Speaking to reporters Friday, Trump said: “I don’t know Matt Whitaker.” That contradicted Trump’s remarks on Fox News last month, when he called Whitaker “a great guy” and said “I mean, I know Matt Whitaker.”
    https://apnews.com/019029c7971d4362989e2e35f29a42cf

    Sort of sums up the man as either lying or schizophrenic. On second thought, both possibilities give him too much agency: many people who tell lies, like, say, Bill Clinton, seem to do so after careful thought. Not so with Donald, who just seems to be a fountain of bull****. It's like he never cognitively progressed to adulthood.
    Last edited by Reverend Jones; 11-09-2018 at 05:55 PM.

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    How about the fact that his appointment is unconstitutional, but nothing is going to be done to enforce the constitutions appointment process either now or ever again.

  24. #12824
    Hopefully there will be legal challenges? That said, thankfully, Trump has appointed someone to the Supreme Court who groks the Fuehrerprinzip.

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    Even if the stacked courts rule against the Trump administration, who’s gonna enforce em?

    Congress passed veto proof sanctions against Putin and Trumps just ignored them, consequence free. He doesn’t give a ****. The GOP doesn’t give a ****.

    “Doesn’t matter, we won.”

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    but her emails...

  27. #12827
    Quote Originally Posted by Wookie06 View Post
    Oh, so it is okay to use fictional definitions now. Got it.
    I imagine you probably also think economics is fictional as well.

    Well, a lot of it actually is. Or maybe it's better to say "all models are wrong, some are useful".

    That said, this chart hit hacker news the other day (though it is a couple years old now), and I'm sure the same applies to many economic models whose predictive power mostly amounts to over-fitting to the data.

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    On the other hand, I think you're wrong Wookie to dismiss definitions just because they are "made up". It's not really the analogies that Reid is trying to impart. They're just illustrations, to help give you a picture. An imperfect model. I mean - even I don't understand the dead cat. The math is how it really works.



    (One of these days the voting public will be scientifically and mathematically literate enough that these kind of discussions will seem like painful anachronisms.)

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    Also, Wookie's comment really looks even stranger on second glance. Definitions are fiction, well, by definition. That's the definition of a definition. lmao

    Quote Originally Posted by Lewis Carroll
    'And only one for birthday presents, you know. There's glory for you!'

    'I don't know what you mean by "glory",' Alice said.

    Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. 'Of course you don't — till I tell you. I meant "there's a nice knock-down argument for you!"'

    'But "glory" doesn't mean "a nice knock-down argument",' Alice objected.

    'When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, 'it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.'

    'The question is,' said Alice, 'whether you can make words mean so many different things.'

    'The question is,' said Humpty Dumpty, 'which is to be master — that's all.'

  29. #12829
    Unfortunately, to understand the terms that economists use, one may have to become educated; however, doing so might constitute a violation of Wookie's principles.

  30. #12830
    tl;dr: language ≠ concepts

    (This also feels a little like saying that syntax ≠ semantics)
    Last edited by Reverend Jones; 11-09-2018 at 07:52 PM.

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    That’s a lot of words to say “Wookie06 posts a lot of economics word salad”, which I already said earlier in this thread.

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    Don’t read that as a rebuke. Read it as a translation.

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    Wookie; money is property so higher income = you get property faster. Of course all other sorts of properties are bought with money, so yes it's a pretty clear relationship. I'm not sure what you mean by talking about definitions.

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    And as per velocity and acceleration, yes that literally is the definition so I assumed you were talking about property.

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    Also, money isn’t your property. 18 USC 333. Demand deposits also aren’t your property, they’re an insured liability of your bank. It’s not property until you buy it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon`C View Post
    Also, money isn’t your property. 18 USC 333. Demand deposits also aren’t your property, they’re an insured liability of your bank. It’s not property until you buy it.
    TIL, equation still holds though

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    Also, read your brokerage agreement, because your stock and bonds probably aren’t your property either. Neither is your house if you have a mortgage. Or your land if it’s freehold, which it almost certainly is unless it’s a homestead passed down for 200 years.

    Basically you don’t own ****, peasant. But keep toiling and voting for the people who do. Maybe they’ll take pity on you eventually.

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    Why do you hate my truck equity, Jon??

  39. #12839
    Quote Originally Posted by Jon`C View Post
    Why do you hate my truck equity, Jon??
    forget to log into your Wookie06 account?
    sniff

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    Ah, all this time we shoulda known Jon`C was a Russian bot. Putin trying to turn us communist and defame old glory. Spittin` on the flag and cohorting with the likes of Bill Ayers

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