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  1. #76
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    Quote Originally Posted by mike_noodles View Post
    If he still had Twitter, we would have heard, with side by side pictures.
    Thank god they kicked his *** off, lol

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    RAIDERS, SHARKS, WARRIORS

    "i don't believe in mysteries but still i pray for my sister, when speaking to the higher power that listens, to the lifeless vision of freedom everytime we're imprisoned, to the righteous victims of people of a higher position" - planet asia, old timer thoughts

    "God is Universal he is the Ruler Universal" - gangstarr (rip guru), robbin hood theory

    "don't gain the world and lose your soul, wisdom is better than silver and gold" - bob marley, zion train

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    BTW what the **** was Cruz doing there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MRSpock View Post
    Mom still stuck at the hospital with the Covid. She still loses her breath easily sometimes but she called me to say "**** TRUMP" then started coughing and was told to hang up the phone lol. Love you mom.
    If only your mom and everyone hospitalized for covid had 10 doctors working on them and got experimental treatments only reserved for the wealthy and powerful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WES445 View Post
    "I am Batman" Sorry, favorite character in comics. Use to read comic books to my kids when they were young.
    gotta love 'referential' treatment

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    Quote Originally Posted by SiteWolf View Post
    I haven't looked thru the thread, so maybe someone already posted this.....but if you didn't hear young Amanda Gorman's "The Hill We Climb" today, you owe it to yourself to take a listen

    All kinds of fantastic there.

  6. #81
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    Quote Originally Posted by mike_noodles View Post
    I'll start with the second paragraph. That's fair. It's the strong social support structure that I'm really referring to. The health care, university, childcare, etc.

    Perhaps the first sentence does have something to do with it. Do you think that the household income has a correlation to free education and universal childcare?

    Edit: After reading much more into this, you correct about them being socialist. None of those countries fit the definition of socialism. I've fallen into the global trap about "Scandavian Socialism".
    Yeah, I'm for a strong social support system to the point I support UBI as well. Unfortunately as long as we let industries write the laws that regulate them we are just in a slow spiral into worse and worse situations for the public.

    I think the household income is a result of history and culture as well as governance that is a little protectionist of their industry. It is certainly a model I'd like to see used here as well as the parliamentary elections.

    I think a major factor in the unhappiness of people in the US is the regressive fee/fine/tax system we use that makes paying for day to day life a struggle for people who are not wealthy. For instance, the company you work for is wealthy and has a big office tower in downtown of a city, the wealthy people live near the office and can walk to work in 10 minutes. The poorer people have to live an hour long drive away where the rent is lower and have to drive over 2 bridges and on a toll road as well as paying for parking ... just to get to work they are paying 30% of the price of a gallon of gas to the government, car registration fees, tolls, and city parking and it's costing maybe $20 a day for someone earning $12 an hour (before taxes) that person is looking at being away from their home and family for 12 hours a day, and spending the first 25% of their day just paying for the cost of going to work. The $12 an hour is part of the issue, but to think that if we had a less regressive system and didn't charge those taxes/fees for people on minimum wage it would be like paying them $15 an hour.

    Another factor in maybe making people happier would be in reducing the number of jobs that require being in the city, and also making city rent cheaper so the people that work there can live there but that would require MASSIVE increases in available housing in cities and that's not very likely any time soon. Public transportation should also be plentiful efficient and cheap if not free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crovash View Post
    Maybe if we are really, really lucky, a libertarian with all the bona fides.
    My worst nightmare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MRSpock View Post
    My worst nightmare.
    I hope you know I was being sarcastic (hard to make it clear in writing, I admit).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crovash View Post
    I hope you know I was being sarcastic (hard to make it clear in writing, I admit).
    I've said for years we need a sarcasm font on the interwebs
    best I've come up with otherwise is
    <sarcasm>If we're lucky we'll get a real libertarian</sarcasm>
    gotta love 'referential' treatment

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