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by Queequeg
Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 66
Views: 998

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

The only person I can think of who would have even the slightest chance of winning is Joe Biden. Well respected by many Dems, lots of experience and knows how to work DC, good orator, ain't skeert of Trump. Except he's probably too old. I think its Bannon who admitted only Biden actually raised con...
by Queequeg
Wed Oct 17, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 66
Views: 998

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

Illegal immigrants are not competing for professional positions in the US. Q has no fear of losing his job to a migrant apple picker in Upstate NY. True, I in fact very much benefit from the migrant apple pickers. If I may say, the policies I advocate for would hurt me. My landscaping, snow removal...
by Queequeg
Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 66
Views: 998

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

In Canada when I was younger our immigration was a policy of tap on/tap off. Every January our department of labour would do a labour market study and then inform parliament to tailor immigration to current economic conditions. If there was a skills shortage that area could be opened up. If student...
by Queequeg
Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 66
Views: 998

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

Malcolm wrote:
Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:58 pm
I'd vote for anyone who can get this mother*&^%#$ out of the Whitehouse.
That's the question... Who? We can't let establishment Democrats choose the candidate. It will be Clinton again.
by Queequeg
Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 66
Views: 998

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

Wow, Trump really did win. Sad! Its a mistake to give Republicans all the ground on fixing immigration. "No" is not a workable policy. Immigration has been a problem needing fixing for over 2 decades. The issue has been forced. Let's deal with it. Or are you actually suggesting that "Abolish ICE" i...
by Queequeg
Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 66
Views: 998

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

I have no idea why, though, someone like Bezos or Dwayne Johnson would want to be president. It doesn’t pay, the job doesn’t bring that much power, and it makes your life hell unless you are a chronic amoral narcissist. For the same reason Bloomberg ran for mayor - civic duty. A respectable ex-mili...
by Queequeg
Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 66
Views: 998

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

All the electoral college does is disenfranchise millions of voters, acting as a force multiplier for voters in small states like Wyoming. And frankly, having California and NY determine all future elections would not be a bad thing at all. As a New Yorker, I like this message. My national vote wou...
by Queequeg
Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 66
Views: 998

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

Open borders are simply not an option. Wow, Trump really did win. Sad! Its a mistake to give Republicans all the ground on fixing immigration. "No" is not a workable policy. Immigration has been a problem needing fixing for over 2 decades. The issue has been forced. Let's deal with it. Or are you a...
by Queequeg
Wed Oct 17, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 66
Views: 998

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

You know this world is done for when health care, infrastructure and education are considered left wing... It also shows a very profound ignorance of basic economics. When you weed out the noise from credit cycles the real source of long term growth is increasing productivity. The easiest way to do...
by Queequeg
Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 66
Views: 998

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

Sigh. All good points. Here's the thing. I don't think there are any feasible alternatives. Scaling up is the trend across the globe. Its the tendency built into the technologies we have adopted - there is no going back to the pre-digital absent some catastrophic collapse, in which case all bets are...
by Queequeg
Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 66
Views: 998

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

Ok, we're on the same page there, but i'm not sure his "genius" means anything but efficiency in terms of profit, I don't really think that is problem with our political system. It can be very efficient - when it wants to, and when it benefits the right people. That's the question - how do we want ...
by Queequeg
Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 66
Views: 998

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

Also to add, our democracy works when there are lots of dynamic forces at work. Right now, we have a minority wielding overwhelming power. A milquetoast Dem president at least shifts the conversation and opens up for other voices to be heard. US democracy is raucous and ugly with lots of wheeling an...
by Queequeg
Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 66
Views: 998

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

Keeping a big portion of one's workforce living hand to mouth has to do with a lot more than real estate prices. It would take a lot to "kill off" Amazon, they have not being paying their piece for a long time now, and I hardly think criticizing them as what they are - basically E-Walmart (with a l...
by Queequeg
Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 66
Views: 998

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

SMH. Have a day. Yeah, Like I said, you don't live around or work with the results of Amazon-ification. My guess is you'd feel a little less enthused if you did. You "have a day" too, though I'm not sure why that was necessary. I'm dismissive of you because you started with the dismisiveness AND ma...
by Queequeg
Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 66
Views: 998

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

SMH. Have a day.
by Queequeg
Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 66
Views: 998

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

Well, then, I guess all I can say is, noted. My general view of Bezos is not without reservations. I have deep reservations about many things. But, its OK. I'll be the straw man for corporatism.
by Queequeg
Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 66
Views: 998

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

Dude, Amazon is partially responsible for a lot of the homelessness in my town, and yet Bezos refused to pay for the damage he's done, again, screw that guy. I want to see him and his ilk with less power, not more. Because they drive up the real estate costs? Real estate is slow to adapt to conditi...
by Queequeg
Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 66
Views: 998

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

I'd also vote for Jeff Bezos. The guy is a genius. His recent comments about Silicon Valley and DoD hit the right note. Yuck, no. Amazon is already defacto monopoly trying to take over aspects of government. Big Tech in general wields a level of power and influence that is pretty much unprecedented...
by Queequeg
Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 66
Views: 998

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

I'd also vote for Jeff Bezos. The guy is a genius.

His recent comments about Silicon Valley and DoD hit the right note.
by Queequeg
Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 66
Views: 998

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

A presidential win in 2020 will need an outsider - someone not currently in politics. The anti-Trump, if you like. But not Oprah, that would be a complete disaster. I'm ambivalent, only because he doesn't stoke any enthusiasm and he's a from the Master of the Universe/Davos class - Michael Bloomber...

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