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    The electoral college - nice LA Times article about how it came about and what to do

    It would be an "easy" fix. Instead of making the college winner take all on a state-by-state basis, each state should award votes based on the popular vote. If the states want to retain some more power, reserve one or two votes to award the winner of the state. Of course, right now, your side...
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    Capitalism vs Socialism with Steven Pinker

    Federal spending as a percentage of GDP to close the circle: The two big spikes are WWI and WWII. -- jim
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    Capitalism vs Socialism with Steven Pinker

    You can't just look at the rates and think you have the whole story. You have to also look at the deduction system. This image is taken from Wiki: Relatively speaking, even the 50's and 60's are relatively flat when measured as a percentage of GDP. -- jim
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    Tired of being a lessor majority?

    Need help packing? Have you been to Idaho, Montana, or North Dakota in the winter? No thanks. -- jim
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    Capitalism vs Socialism with Steven Pinker

    If you read upthread, you'll see I said: I agree, some regulation is good and likely needed. -- jim
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    Capitalism vs Socialism with Steven Pinker

    I am happy to help those looking to help themselves. I am not willing to let those who don't care or can't be bothered to pull me into the muck with them. -- jim
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    Draining of the Swamp

    Pithy. Perhaps your plumber posted this on your behalf as well. -- jim
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    Capitalism vs Socialism with Steven Pinker

    And I have seen your argument and disagree with it. At the most basic level, sacrifices need to be made everywhere. I believe there is enough bloat in the EPA and FDA that you could make between a 1% - 5% cut to gain some efficiency. We could make deeper cuts elsewhere. I know there are no easy...
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    Capitalism vs Socialism with Steven Pinker

    There is room for discussion but we have to be careful. First is EPA/FDA then it's something else, and then something else and all we have left is tax increases which as much as I know they are needed, I won't ever support without cuts. It sucks to do it across the board, but I think it needs...
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    Capitalism vs Socialism with Steven Pinker

    There's really only one way: deep substantive cuts across the board coupled with tax increases until the deficit is where it needs to be. The real issue with solving the deficit is that both sides are right and both sides are wrong and neither side is willing to gore their own ox to solve the...
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    Capitalism vs Socialism with Steven Pinker

    I think we're having two separate conversations. I was speaking about the budget and possibly finding a way to better fiduciary responsibility. I think you're now trying to bend it to Pinker's talk. WRT Pinker's talk, I think he is trying to say the middle road is good. Too far to one side or...
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    Capitalism vs Socialism with Steven Pinker

    The budget? Pinker didn't say anything that about it that I recall but then I wasn't responding to anything Pinker said was I? -- jim
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    Capitalism vs Socialism with Steven Pinker

    So why not overspend by 20 trillion each year? If there is no measure of good, why bother. We're two smart people, you don't think we could come up with some way to stop rampant spending on a whim? How about this: the deficit is never allowed to grow to more than 1/3 GDP without a super-majority...
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    Capitalism vs Socialism with Steven Pinker

    Then maybe we should stop talking about? Or maybe we should set limits on it? Perhaps we should allow deficit spending for declared wars and not allow it at other times. Do we allow a "war on poverty"? You're worried about "hidden debt" and I can't get past what's right in our face. -- jim
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    Capitalism vs Socialism with Steven Pinker

    So, do I take then, that you're for a balanced budget ALL the time? If so, we can start to work together on that. If instead, you're only for it some of the time, depending on the political climate, then it's just a talking point and we can stop here. -- jim
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