[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Who's on your ignore list? : The link worked for me, but here is another one ( http://www.economist.com/blogs/dailychart/2011/10/inequality-and-happiness ). The data is from the OECD. Honestly this is besides the point. You aren't even arguing with me about whether there is inequality in China which was my main point anyways. Saying that income inequality in the U.S. is higher (and that isn't entirely clear) doesn't change the fact that there is income inequality in China. You are still wrong about that.
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Yea, I guess you're right...so you win. Because 3X the difference in average yearly income, 475X the difference... It's roughly the same thing, right? Both illustrate unequal divisions of wealth amongst workers in the same nation=Good call by you.
RE: This: "Paul scares me, as do most populists. Nice, superficial package. Looks like the noble renegade. But at closer inspection, absolutely nutso and dangerous."
~Yea, that pretty much sums up the common consensus amongst 99% of us whom were initially momentarily intrigued by Ron Paul, before delving in for a closer inspection, and inevitably coming to the conclusion you expressed from up above.
~I guess I wanted to be angered, because for some absolutely insane, I saw that The Republican Iowa Caucus Debates were on television last week (this actually took 2 entirely seperate consciously !d!otic moves by your trully: A. Watching exceptionally real sc#mb#gs debate other Real sc#mb#gs, and B. Turning on Fox News in order to do so; Hats off ta me!).
Anyway-Even though I despise party politics, I actually REALLY liked 1 Republican Candidate...<Although it's unfortunately becoming more & more evident that I'm gonna actually be forced to apparently vote Democrat until the end of time it looks like, simply for ZERO other reason except to attempt a feeble & meaningless personal check towards seemingly EVERY single (every...single...one) rampantly fanatical Republican constituent that I've talked to in recent times, and whom have ALL (every...single...one) expressed the same notion: That it doesn't matter 1 single bit who gets the Republican nomination...Because THAT is the 1 person that they'll vote for...Because he's a Republican, and not a democrat, or Obama, or an independant...(because he's a Republican) />.
The guy I actually REALLY liked: Utah's Jon Huntsman. The 1 tiniest "knock" on him from some posters I was reading, was that: He did not support same-sex marriages. YET, upon closer inspection, He believed 100% that it was the right of the Individual State to decide where it stood, and whether it allowed it or not. To me, THAT's sorta pretty perfect actually. 100% Absolute MUST for term limits on Congressmen. 100% open-book & regulations on Campaign Finance.
Check out how he kinda bridges the gap here in the economy: HUGE tearing down of the power, influence & control of those "To big to fail" Banking & Financial Institutions, Extremely strict regulations, taxes, and certainty of penalties when there's unfair practices, Of all those still practicing the Derivatives Market for their respective companies. Streamlining of FDA Approval Process time-wise. Patent reform for backlogged-for-years US Patent Office in order to help cultivate innovative technologies coming to fruition quicker. Check out his EPA stance (initially you're hesitant): #1. Scale back EPA's gross overreach with extreme regulatory controls (scary at first, right? 1 step towards toxic sludge openly dumped in The Ct River once more?)...but (and probably one of his BIGGEST stances) #2. END dependancy on foreign oil by developing as much and as many and as successful, and Greatly funded=Alternative Sources of Energy as possible. I believe he is one of the very few who recognize the terrifying reality that: A) We are bordering on FULL national and even worldwide disaster in regards to the fact that we are both running outta freakin' OIL=GLOBALLY, and B) The depths of our foreign policy involvement depends less on the righteousness of ANY government or country...but on their particular importance (or non) in providing us with O-I-L...
This guy had something like an 80+% voter-nod towards him verses his opponent in the last Utah Gubernatorial Election (ALL voters...Independant + Democrat + Republican, his own party). Admittedly in the end, I didn't get the complete depth of details which I like... And why? Lmao, Because a guy with THESE types of sensible notions will NEVER- E-VE-R get the bid. I believe he's right where he should be amongst approval ratings for Republican Voters: By some estimates he's either dead last, or just second to last; And by the same estimates, he enjoys anywhere between a whopping 2% of the voter nod for the party bid, to upwards of 8% of the approval nod.