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Understanding “greed”

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:23 pm - December 7, 2012.
Filed under: Arrogance of the Liberal Elites

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  1. But FTR, I don’t support “let it burn”. I support pro-growth measures which, today’s world being so twisted, may have come to superficially resemble “let it burn”, but with differences of intent as well as practice.

    Greece should do the following:
    1) Default on their debt.
    2) Leave the Euro.
    3) Downsize their government: including both regulation, and public employee pensions.

    In other words, Greece should “go Iceland”. If they do, within a year or two they will be enjoying Iceland-like results.

    Not coincidentally, the U.S. should do the above same things. Taking the fiscal cliff isn’t enough, but it at least starts us on the (long) process of taking necessary and desirable spending cuts.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — December 10, 2012 @ 9:43 pm - December 10, 2012

  2. (Obviously we can’t leave the Euro, haha. But we can default on our debt honestly – as opposed to a sneak default via the inflationary practice of “let’s just print the money to pay our debts” – and we can, and must and ultimately will, downsize government.)

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — December 10, 2012 @ 9:49 pm - December 10, 2012

  3. ILC, I’d be perfectly happy to make an exemption for you. No taxes for ILC! You can keep all the money you earn.

    In exchange, you can never use public services. So don’t call the police department, don’t use streets, don’t patronize any business that operates out of a building that was inspected by fire marshals. You can’t hire anyone that was educated at a public school, you can’t use cell phones or watch TV or anything else that requires the use of public airwaves. You can’t buy any products manufactured by companies that abide by labor or patent laws. I know I’m not leaving you many options, so maybe you could live in the woods?

    Oh, but no woods that are protected national parks. Might I suggest Somalia?

    Comment by Levi — December 10, 2012 @ 4:56 pm – December 10, 2012

    But of course, Levi doesn’t pay taxes for any of these things; indeed, Levi brags that the government pays HIM every year.

    So what we have is Levi screaming and demanding that everyone else pay, but refusing to pay up himself.

    I have a better idea. Public services should be allocated on the basis of who actually pays the taxes that fund them.

    Let’s see how quickly Levi screams and sh*ts himself and demands to freeload. Because that’s all Levi is — a freeloader and a mooch who doesn’t want to pay his bills.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — December 10, 2012 @ 11:19 pm - December 10, 2012

  4. But I haven’t asked you to.

    Like the truly stupid leftist that you are, you miss the point of what I did say: the better to make a “comeback” in your mind, but it’s imaginary because of how widely it misses the mark of what I did say.

    Oh, your point! You mean, you hate paying taxes? This is the only point you ever make, and it’s just oh-so-sophisticated.

    Comment by Levi — December 11, 2012 @ 7:14 am - December 11, 2012

  5. LEvi continues to beclown himself. Levi, you’ve admitted you don’t pay taxes already.

    ILC, I prefer to think of Estonia rather than Iceland. What are your thoughts about the movement for states to take ‘their’ gold out of the Fed?

    Comment by The_Livewire — December 11, 2012 @ 8:16 am - December 11, 2012

  6. They should. I ain’t saying the gold ain’t there… I’m only saying that, given the Fed’s secrecy and the possibility that they’ve leased (lent) gold into the market or have otherwise promised the same gold to >1 party over the years, countries would be stupid to trust that it is there. Same with gold being held at the bank of England. The words “encumbrance” and “counterparty risk” ought to mean something to these countries.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — December 11, 2012 @ 8:24 am - December 11, 2012

  7. you hate paying taxes? This is the only point you ever make

    LOL 🙂 No; but Levi, to return to the issue of your stupidity and severe backwardness: Perhaps, out of the thousands of points I have made over the years, it was the only one you could grasp?

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — December 11, 2012 @ 10:36 am - December 11, 2012

  8. Perhaps, out of the thousands of points I have made over the years, it was the only one you could grasp?

    Blind Acorns and Squirrels and the like come to mind.

    Comment by The_Livewire — December 11, 2012 @ 10:45 am - December 11, 2012

  9. LOL No; but Levi, to return to the issue of your stupidity and severe backwardness: Perhaps, out of the thousands of points I have made over the years, it was the only one you could grasp?

    Thousands? I doubt it. Complaining about tax rates is what animates conservatives. It’s pathetic, and again, a much more destructive sense of entitlement than any unemployment or healthcare-for-the-poor benefit.

    Comment by Levi — December 11, 2012 @ 10:48 am - December 11, 2012

  10. Yes: thousands. Again, to return to the issue of your stupidity and severe backwardness: Perhaps it was the only one you could grasp?

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — December 11, 2012 @ 10:58 am - December 11, 2012

  11. As for entitlement: This would be a good ‘entitlement’ culture: if everyone understood that they are, in fact, morally entitled to what they earn. Government isn’t. Neither is a person entitled to what others earn. But to what a person earns, her own entitlement is morally absolute.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — December 11, 2012 @ 11:00 am - December 11, 2012

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