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Feb 11, 2019

I hate politics-- why do you have to bring this here.

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Feb 11, 2019

Wow we finally agree on something. Politics are for morans. Spending any time thinking about politics is a waste of time. Typing out this comment was a waste of time.

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Feb 11, 2019
famejranc:

Wow we finally agree on something. Politics are for morans. Spending any time thinking about politics is a waste of time. Typing out this comment was a waste of time.

politicians are incels

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Feb 11, 2019

Yeah, politics brings out the worst in people. This is the off topic part of the website, though.

Feb 11, 2019

Taxation: dont steal my money
Healthcare: dont care, just dont want to die
Environment: fuck it
Immigration: i live in a gated community
Guns: fucking cool when theyre not being used in public schools
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Drugs: awesome
Military: every kid i knew in rotc was annoying and way too into it
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Feb 11, 2019

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Feb 13, 2019

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Feb 11, 2019

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Feb 11, 2019

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Feb 11, 2019

I'll bite. Bonus points if someone can suggest a political party where I belong.

Taxation: Low. Low and flat. Total revenue base should be ever so slightly progressive, made up of a flat income tax (or a Friedman-style negative income tax), healthy property tax, and some consumption taxes. Too much consumption tax tips the balance to an overall regressive system. No estate tax or, heaven forbid, a "wealth tax." No double taxation - no capital gains tax.

Healthcare: Privatized. Eliminate Medicare, combine with Medicaid to make all government-funded healthcare need-based and not age-based. Abolish the VA, replace with voucher system. Reduce limitations on practice and allow PAs/RNs/NPs to practice to the height of their licensure. Eliminate the tax deduction incentive that causes insurance to flow through employers, so people buy private plans on an open market. Encourage price transparency and competition among providers. FDA should loosen requirements for allowing drugs to come to market, speeding up R&D timelines and lowering drug development budgets.

Environment: You could probably describe me as a "militant environmentalist," although I think the levers government has to pull to protect the environment aren't good ones. I wish the EPA had some teeth and economic sense.

Immigration: It should be much easier to immigrate legally. Should be easier for economically productive citizens to come here, study, find work, and stay; the visa process and naturalization process are both a disaster. However, heavy limits on accepting refugees. Border control should be high, and penalties for illegal immigration should be stiff.

Guns: Guns don't kill people, people kill people. We should take every dollar we waste on gun control debates and spend it on mental health treatment.

Trade: Free. Tariffs and subsidies only protect congressmen's votes.

Drugs: Legal, regulated, taxed. We self-medicate with caffeine and alcohol, no reason we shouldn't be able to with marijuana and cocaine.

Military: Strong. I think it's hard to argue that the relative advance of world peace since the fall of the cold war is due to anything other than the US being the singularly most powerful military on the planet. Relinquishing any of that voluntarily is a mistake.

I'll add a couple--

Education: Vouchers. Vouchers and charters. Let people make choices. Also, public school teachers don't need a union - allow schools to hire and fire and select for competent teachers while competing for voucher dollars, and without spending a single extra dollar, administrative costs will shrink, with the excess going into good teachers' pockets.

Society: Gays? Abortions? Feminism? Racism? All the -isms? How about in people's public lives, we judge them on their abilities, character, and contributions to society, and in their private lives, we let them make whatever choices they want that don't harm others?

Where we should put our money at: lower middle market, established, low-growth, cycle- and market-insulated privately held businesses.

Hey, that was fun.

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Feb 11, 2019

Can we just form another party with Michael Milken as the figured head? America's capital structure clearly need some PE magic.

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Feb 11, 2019

Register as a Libertarian, you'll fit in with the moderates in the party.

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Feb 11, 2019

That's probably as close as I'm going to get in the current American system. I differ pretty heartily on foreign policy and some on environmentalism than your Ron Paul - style libertarians.

Until there's a Friedman/Sowell "classical liberalism" party, I'm probably left out in the cold. Sure made 2016 an unhappy election for me, and I'm not hopeful for 2020.

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Feb 11, 2019

I hear you completely - unfortunate that classical liberalism is all but dead in the current global political sphere.

I'd note the Libertarian party is arguably more fractured than even the D & R parties, as most Libertarians tend to be idealists who are incredibly dogmatic in their beliefs. The party has everyone from disenfranchised Rs &Ds with moderate views, to anarcho-capitalists with what would be considered by most to be extreme views, and everything in between. There is an absurd amount of division within the party. This makes it difficult to form any type of coherent, consistent, and agreed upon platform. When you couple that with the selection of complete clowns as leaders (like Gary Johnson who doesn't know what Aleppo is), the party is unfortunately doomed to fail and as such will never be the party disrupt the two-party system. It really is a shame.

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Feb 11, 2019

That's why I have such a hard time committing to the current iteration of the Libertarian party. Whenever I tell my wife I'm "wasting my vote in the name of ideology," she knows I'm voting for a Libertarian candidate.

I think you're spot-on in your analysis of the Libertarian party. I think it's a magnet for idealogues because most pragmatic folks, regardless of belief system, end up as part of one of the two major parties, as that's the only perceived pathway toward accomplishing anything.

I would argue that the Friedman/Sowell classical liberalism lends itself to a pretty sound and well-defined platform - Friedman even outlines a platform in either Free to Choose or Capitalism and Freedom. Unfortunately, the platform is nuanced and complex, which lends itself poorly to national public discourse. It's not a policy system built for sound bites and TV interviews.

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Feb 11, 2019
Layne Staley:

Whenever I tell my wife I'm "wasting my vote in the name of ideology," she knows I'm voting for a Libertarian candidate.

This has never rung true for me. The only way your vote "matters" in a general election - i.e. it could actually impact the outcome - is in the race decided by one vote. The odds of that happening are so infinitesimally small that you can disregard them. The Florida Bush-Gore vote tally was historically close such that we should never expect to see that again in our lifetimes, and the margin was over 500 votes. So even in that most extreme case, voting red or blue was just as much of a "waste" as if you'd voted third party.

Civic duty and ideology are the only real reasons to get your butt to the polls on election day. Your vote is a message more than a decision. When you vote third party, you're telling the Republicans and Democrats to adapt their platforms next year to shift towards your point of view. To me, that seems much more meaningful than voting for either of the major parties.

Feb 11, 2019

I don't disagree. Hidden in the background of my comment, behind the tongue-in-cheek quote, is that I still vote for third parties.

Feb 11, 2019

Yeah, sorry. Saw an opening to get up on my soap box and took it.

Feb 11, 2019

Your political party is "Gamer"

Feb 14, 2019

Interesting conversation. Like others in the thread, classical liberalism appeals to me, although I do not follow the Sowell/Friedman approach. Instead of issues around right vs. left, I am more interested in whether policy and leadership is open vs. closed. In the UK, Europe, and Japan I would probably vote along conservative lines. In the USA and Canada, being "open" is currently only offered by Democrats (though that is changing with the rise of the "progressives") and the Liberal Party...

Taxation: Low, but progressive.

Healthcare: Kaiser-esque private model, with a supplemental public hospital system (free) covered by state taxes (note: public hospitals would probably only exist in large urban areas where tax revenues could fund them)

Environment: We should adopt "green" technology and update our electric grid. Taxing fossil-fuels while investing in green energy makes sense. The payoff is dramatic.

Immigration: Relatively open, but secure, borders. Lower visa and immigration requirements, but increase standards for naturalization (must pay taxes for 8 years if over 18, etc.).

Guns: Close loop holes (around gun shows), create a national registry, and spend more on mental health awareness and treatment. One way to do this is to add a tax on guns which goes to fund free mental health treatment for gun owners.

Trade: Open & free. Multilateral deals are ideal, as it reduces trade frictions and improves symmetry.

Drugs: Legal but taxed. Money collected goes to fund mental health clinics (same as approach to guns).

Military: Strong military, but focus on quality not quantity. I'd like to see greater investment in technology and advanced systems vs. having the largess of a massive standing army/navy/air force. I think we could cut our bases overseas but focus more on hubs (e.g. 1-2 very large bases in Europe versus many spread out).

Where we should put our money at: education and technology.

General note: I accept that I'm not expert on most of these topics and am ready to change my mind if a better solution/approach is presented. I care more about a good system than holding onto a specific ideology.

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Feb 14, 2019

Politics are for peasants.. The media, speeches, constant election cycles. Its all to keep the minions occupied.

That being said; build the wall, cut taxes, protect the Second Amendment and fund the military.

Feb 14, 2019
JDC1:

Politics are for peasants.. The media, speeches, constant election cycles. Its all to keep the minions occupied.

That's funny--I say that about sports.

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Feb 14, 2019

Taxation: The rich should probably pay more via closed loopholes and an increased capital gains rate. No reason someone like Trump should be able to pay 0%. Estate tax is valid, inherited wealth is an abomination to meritocracy. No reason to increase income tax rates, we need to be cutting spending.
Healthcare: Universal, mix of private (if you're rich enough to pay for luxury healthcare) and public (for everyone else) - get rid of employers being in the process.
Environment: Mostly free market solutions with some government initiatives to assist, I think we get to clean energy long-term and don't need draconian government policies to get there.
Immigration: Penalize the companies that provide opportunity and illegal immigration will decline rapidly. More legal immigration. The ones that have been here for 15+ years contributing to this country deserve to be citizens, only reason they're not is because of politics.
Guns: Close loopholes, limit semi-automatic sales, higher standards for obtaining a gun.
Trade: Free but fair, Trump is right about China
Drugs: legalize everything and tax it like everything else
Military: Bloated, cut pork and refocus spending on technology
Where we should put our money at: Education, technology, healthcare (mental and physical)

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Feb 11, 2019

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