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  1. What Is Americas Biggest Problem?

    I don't think it is accurate to say its an idealogy about the role of govt. Republicans aren't trying to repeal Medicare and that is a govt entitlement. Only thing a citizen must do to not "squander all opportunities" related to medicare is to not die before turning 65yrs of age. Republican ideology on the matter lacks consistency which leaves the door wide open to different interpretations. Nothing misleading about Phi for All's interpretation. IF republicans had a unifying position or cut in dried ideology on the matter then one would be able to mislead or misrepresent it; but they don't.
  2. What Is Americas Biggest Problem?

    The problem I see with both your and Phi for All's posts is that the GOP's policy goals with healthcare have next to nothing to do with Healthcare and everything to do with tax cuts. The reason the GOP are taking another swing at healthcare so soon after their previous failure is because they need to get an ACA repeal done or else they won't be able to get a deal done they want on taxes. So it isn't so much that Republicans don't think people "deserve" healthcare or are considering those who "squander all opportunities" but rather that Republicans don't care about healthcare in lieu of their attempt to cut taxes. While no individual elected Republican has said the exact words 'Not all Americans deserve healthcare' many of their actions have shown indifference towards people having or not having healthcare. So it isn't much of a stretch to assume most Republicans are not of the opinion it is something "all Americans deserve".So Phi for All's point disingenuous or prejudicial. It merely concludes reasonable assumptions you disagree with but that the Republican Party at large doesn't address. Trump campaigned on healthcare for all paid for by the government but then pressured members of Congress to support a repeal of the ACA with nothing replacing it. There is termondous inconsistency amongst Republican party leadership regarding healthcare which does beg to question there motives and views which is what Phi for All did.
  3. What Is Americas Biggest Problem?

    No, waitforufo is attempting to pretend it is the same thing when it isn't. In context Nancy Pelosi was discussing the impact. She was saying we all have seen the controversies and now we will see the impact. The CBO cost estimate for the bill passed the Senate on December 24, 2009. The ACA had 79 committe hearings and was being openly debated by the Senate by the time of Nancy Pelosi's remarks. What was in the bill was known. Waitforufo is either hoping we are all ignorant of the ACA's actual legislative history or is ignorant of it themselves. The ACA passed March 23rd 2010. Nancy Pelosi's qoute is from March 10th of 2010. The major ACA provisions didn't even take effect untill 2014 which means opponents of the bill had nearly 4yrs of additional time to debate it and win enough seats to repeal it prior to it taking effect. "“You’ve heard about the controversies within the bill, the process about the bill, one or the other. But I don’t know if you have heard that it is legislation for the future, not just about health care for America, but about a healthier America, where preventive care is not something that you have to pay a deductible for or out of pocket. Prevention, prevention, prevention — it’s about diet, not diabetes. It’s going to be very, very exciting. But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy. Furthermore, we believe that health care reform, again I said at the beginning of my remarks, that we sent the three pillars that the President’s economic stabilization and job creation initiatives were education and innovation — innovation begins in the classroom — clean energy and climate, addressing the climate issues in an innovative way to keep us number one and competitive in the world with the new technology, and the third, first among equals I may say, is health care, health insurance reform. Health insurance reform is about jobs. This legislation alone will create 4 million jobs, about 400,000 jobs very soon. "
  4. It would help if you quantified this. How many people are beig shot, by what type of weapons, and what regulations are in place preventing firearm sales and are those regulations the same in all the countries? I am not going to waste my morning researching all the data needed by country to analyze your questions when you've provided none to kick off the discussion. With one simple search I found the following and it shows Columbia has just started taking steps to reduce the number of firearms people carry. Seems that obtaining a permit to carry a firearm was rather easy till just last year which implies obtaining firearms was easy as well which counters the assertion that "guns are really hard to get": "Colombia has extended a nationwide ban on carrying firearms until the end of 2016, an attempt to reduce violent deaths at a time the nation is attempting to consolidate peace. On January 19, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced that an executive decree banning carrying firearms in public would continue until the end of this year. The ban was originally in place from December 23, 2015, through January 31. According to BBC Mundo, it is the first time Colombia has implemented a nationwide ban against carrying of weapons. Previous bans have been limited to specific geographic regions, such as certain districts of Bogotá, and were shorter in duration. Santos said the initial December to January restriction had produced positive results towards reducing homicides, saving many lives. During this period, Colombian Minister of Defense Luis Carlos Villegas said homicides fell 13 percent when compared to the same period in 2015. Hoping to usher in an era where disputes are resolved peacefully, Villegas said the 2016 weapons restriction is intended to address two problems. The first is homicides resulting from arguments and committed using a firearm. Colombia has issued 500,000 carry permits for firearms and another 400,000 possession permits; meaning roughly one in 53 citizens has a weapons permit. Santos' decree reverts all carry permits to possession permits, meaning firearms can no longer be carried in public except in certain cases. " http://www.insightcrime.org/news-briefs/colombia-implements-ban-against-carrying-guns-2016
  5. Smuggling Nuclear Weapons

    And right now there are people in North Korea saying "my worry is the U.S. President with destory every man and women in my country". In Pakistan you don't think there are concern people wondering is a drone might mistakely blow up their home? Fear and dread and not exclusive feelings reserved for the righteous. Everyone and image those they perceive to be their nemesis doing something which frightens them. Could a nuclear weapon or nuclear material imaginally be smuggled in to a major city by NK, Pakistan, a former Soviet, or etc; yes. That said there are many more tangible threats and known risks governments can be focusing on. One can scare the piss out themselves all day with baseless scenarios. To our knowledge no govts or groups are actively attempting to move nuclear weapons into a major city.
  6. Taxation

    Upton Sinclair identified this in his 1906 work The Jungle. Rather than society responding by demanding the social supports Upton advocated society instead turned to pay as you go legal acts where industries simply gets away with what they can till caught. Regulating industry without doing anything to replace or reduce purely capitalistic drives ensures the reward nearly always is be worth the risk. We see a micro version of this with performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) in sports. The risk of being caught is missing a couple of events/games and an apology tour in the media. The reward can be hundreds of millions of dollars and huge fandom. For many athletes being an ultra wealthy superstar of a sport who had to apologize once or twice is perferred to being average in their sport even though average pro athletes make good money. End of the day there simply isn't always middle ground which can be reached and often times positions are purposely taken extremes to ensure middle ground is more favorable to one side than the others. The fossil industry knows climate change is man made and real but they don't want to give up the trillions they can still make so they promote controversy in an attempt to influence where the middle ground is. The public at large demand our politicians reach compromises between real ideals and fake ideals. That isn't good. Politicians should be finding compromises between competing real ideals and not compromising purely to placate those who threaten to hold their breath till they pass out. There is no honest discussion to be had with liars and I think it is fair to say they liars do currently have a modicum of control over national dialogue. I agree with iNow's post but also think it is redundant. Throughout history there has always been segments of all societies which put selfish desires over the greater good regardless how obvious the error. That hasn't changed and isn't about to change in the near future.
  7. Taxation

    To your point: ", in 2013 the top one percent of households had 49.8% of all privately held stock, 54.7% of financial securities, and 62.8% of business equity. The top ten percent had 84% to 94% of stocks, bonds, trust funds, and business equity, and almost 80% of non-home real estate." http://www2.ucsc.edu/whorulesamerica/power/wealth.html
  8. Terrorism? Or just politics as usual?

    Thousands on people crash vehicles everyday around the world and on several occasions a year intentionally into people or places.
  9. What Is Americas Biggest Problem?

    "A last-ditch effort by Senate Republicans to repeal and replace ObamaCare is gaining steam, suggesting lawmakers could face another vote on ending the former president's signature law later this month. Supporters do not appear to have the 51 votes necessary to pass the bill yet, but pressure is growing on Republicans to back the measure, which could replace much of ObamaCare with block grants for states. In a crucial boost for its chances on Monday, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) offered his support. "Congress has 12 days to say 'yes' to Graham-Cassidy. It's time for them to get the job done," he said, referring to the bill's two main co-sponsors, Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.)." http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/overnights/351244-overnight-health-care-new-gop-obamacare-repeal-bill-gains This is sort of along the lines of my concerns. While Bernie Sanders has many debating the pros and cons of medicare for all which currently has no chance of even earning a vote in Congress muchless passing the GOP are taking another crack at the ACA.
  10. The heritability of attitudes: a study found

    I don't believe in race. I already called it a cultural construct. So obviously I don't believe in a pure race. However you have indicated race exists and that based on race there are cognitive variances. Implying that race exists yet none are pure renders the construct worthless in my opinion.
  11. The heritability of attitudes: a study found

    Start addressing questions posed to you with something other than generalities and sarcasm and we will start respecting you.
  12. The heritability of attitudes: a study found

    Your determination in Defending Your views has no impact on their accuracy.
  13. The heritability of attitudes: a study found

    All of what and some of what? And if the answer is none then how can the cognitive abilities of individual races be assessed?
  14. The heritability of attitudes: a study found

    Who needs peer reviewed assessments when one has self confidence....or rather it that one with confidence can accept review? I don't know; must be one of them.
  15. The heritability of attitudes: a study found

    So if a person is darker, lighter, has different hair color, or whatever they are a different race? Which populations in the countries of the various studies you have referenced are of a pure individual race? Different genes come from different time periods and different mutations were inherited by different populations. Which of these are you claiming is responsible for race and which genes responsible for different cognitive ability by race?