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  1. I appreciate the thoughtful response. A couple things I'd add: *I disagree that Trump passed anything substantial for healthcare. He scratched a couple individual and employer mandates from the unaffordable care act from my understanding, and then slapped his name on that monstrosity so he can be culpable for it failing. As @Guy Chamberlin stated, the exorbitant cost of health care/insurance is a giant issue that was greatly exacerbated by Obamacare. I've stated several times that our healthcare system is the worst possible system. It's a highly regulated, highly lobbied, highly protected system that results in little competition, no transparency in pricing, and no legal liability placed on pharmaceutical companies. We're likely trending in the direction of universal healthcare, which is likely better than we have now, but I definitely have concerns about how that's actually going to go. The government pretty much sucks at everything, so I have little hope that they'll do a good job of implementing it. *since you mentioned trickle down economics, I'll take the opportunity to just say that trickle down economics is a strawman created by Democrats to vilify lowering taxes. About 100 years of history on the income tax has shown definitively that no matter what the tax rates are, tax revenue is pretty much always around 17% of GDP. So with that information, you would think the focus would shift from raising taxes to facilitating an environment where people are incentivized to produce and purchase at higher rates so there's more circulation of money. *Regarding your anecdote about not being able to save, I'd have to take a look at the specifics of your situation to evaluate as that's not been my experience. I'm 29, I graduated from college with $35k in debt and have paid that down to under $8k currently, i own several businesses, and I'm the first couple years my actual salary from those businesses would technically have put me near the poverty line. With that and my wife's income, we've been able to pay off the debt on our first business, pay off my wife's $16k car loan, paid cash for my vehicle, and put a 20% down payment on a house. We were smart with our money and made sacrifices early in our careers that other people don't make. Most people just aren't good with money and that's why a lot of people live paycheck to paycheck.
  2. Shoot, if the class finished out how it sits now it would be a respectable class. We've still got some needs to fill but this class is turning out very nicely
  3. @Danny Bateman´╗┐´╗┐ thanks for the response. I'm actually about to dive into a book on income inequality so I'll be interested in what it says. First of all, the suggestion that college and healthcare got how they are today due to laissez-faire policy is frankly absurd. They are 2 of the most regulated, lobbied, subsidized, and propagandized things in our country. They're not remotely laissez-faire... In regards to the graphs you shared, here are my responses to each: *net worth- you'd have to take a deeper dive into that stat than taking it at face value. What are the actual causes? There are a couple huge factors that I see having a huge effect on people's lack of net worth. 1st, today's generation is less concerned with saving and investing, so it's largely cultural choice. 2nd, net worth is a measure of assets minus liabilities. With the cost of college out of control (mainly because of the government) and the fallacy that if you don't go to college you're a loser (marketing campaign largely backed by government), young people start out their lives with outrageous amounts of debt. Then add that consumer debt (credit cards & auto loans) are at an all time high, and you've got a large segment of the population who are over leveraged due to personal choice. So I'd conclude that comparing net worth to previous generations is not a good way to measure economics of the country *the next few charts on the share of national income also cannot be taken at face value. There are a ton of factors that play a role in that as well - and the last video I posted pretty much refutes that talking point. As long as there's upward mobility, inequality really isn't an issue unless people are greedy and envious when others have more than they do. I was born and raised lower middle class, but I definitely am not there anymore. Additionally, I'd add that our society benefits greatly by there being MORE wealthy people - not less. Individuals and corporations with access to a vast amount of capital are the only ones who are able to foot the bill for massive startups that provide better products, services, and opportunities to others. *The only graph that is worth taking at face value would be the stagnation of median income. The actual causes of this stagnation would be an interesting conversation to have, but again, I'd have to dive deeper into the data to see how they're actually measuring these things.
  4. My reply was more in response to the claim that the rich are getting richer and are leaving crumbs for the rest of us. The reality is that everybody in America is better off today than they were 30 years ago. College tuition and health care are issues exacerbated (or created entirely) by government. But aside from those things, people have tremendous buying power for amenities that our grandparents could never dream of. Even people near the poverty line in this country have a smart phone and a car.
  5. You're probably correct, but you just never know sometimes.
  6. Just because people are questioning where he is and what he's doing doesn't mean anyone has created a false narrative. If you know the answer to where he's been and what he's been doing on the trail, then answer.
  7. I still have hopes that McQuitty flips the switch and becomes a contributor here, but who knows
  8. LOL Looks like Republicans and Trump supporters aren't the only ones who don't agree with impeachment
  9. I respect your opinion. Unfortunately it seems you've bought the propaganda that has been lobbed at her of being a "stooge for Assad" and that's unfortunate. I actually feel she has handled that well with her responses. Probably the most attractive part of her platform to me is her anti-war stance. So speaking of earth shattering reports that haven't received the attention they deserve, did you see the report just released that detailed how the public has been deliberately lied to for 18 years to sway public opinion on the wars in the middle east? Dems used to (pretend to) be anti war. Where has that gone? I am pretty confident when I say that she would have the best chance of beating trump in the general. The next best probability in my view for actually winning the election is (unfortunately) Bernie, simply because of his appeal to young voters who are almost as economically illiterate as he is.
  10. Who said there's no truth? In most all cases, there's a very objective truth that's sometimes very complex and nuanced - not black and white like people want it to be. But you won't find much if any truth telling by watching or reading CNN, MSNBC, Vox, NPR, Fox News, etc... And the hearing with Horowitz was the legal questioning of a respectable inspector general on his thorough and damning investigation. I watched the CBS News feed which typically leans left, but even they admitted during breaks that the findings of the IG were pretty horrendous.
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