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    Re: G.E. Profit Up Despite ‘Volatile’ Economy

    GE is thriving and not sharing any of their gains with the people of the US, therefore we need to stop giving them the preferential treatment that’s allowed them to thrive; we need to find companies that are willing to share their windfall with the people and give them those resources instead.

    Also: 1+1=2

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    Re: G.E. Profit Up Despite ‘Volatile’ Economy

    .....that.....


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    maybe given that human beings will seek to maximize their own self interest, and businesses are owned and run by human beings, we should just cease giving out preferential treatment alltogether?

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    Re: G.E. Profit Up Despite ‘Volatile’ Economy

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    Re: G.E. Profit Up Despite ‘Volatile’ Economy

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    Re: G.E. Profit Up Despite ‘Volatile’ Economy

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    .....that.....


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    maybe given that human beings will seek to maximize their own self interest, and businesses are owned and run by human beings, we should just cease giving out preferential treatment alltogether?
    Yet another in a long streak of great ideas, CP! We can stop giving preferential treatment to everybody!

    So what about keeping the government running? We’re gonna have to tax somebody to keep essential services going (whatever you think those may be). How are we going to decide who gets taxed and who doesn’t without preferential treatment? Tax everybody the same %? Shouldn’t we take marginal propensity to spend into account? What about industries that are vital to American infrastructure? Shouldn’t we favor those to avoid being stuck in the 20th century while the rest of the world advances around us?

    No matter how much bull**** you try to spatter on the issue, it is impossible to avoid giving preferential treatment to somebody. I’m saying that we should rationally assess who and what conditions will spread the most prosperity to the middle class.

    I know that sounds difficult, CP, but don’t worry; none of us are going to heft undue expectations of rationality onto your shoulders. Carry on, good sir.

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    Re: G.E. Profit Up Despite ‘Volatile’ Economy

    Quote Originally Posted by Befuddled_Stoner View Post
    Yet another in a long streak of great ideas, CP! We can stop giving preferential treatment to everybody!

    So what about keeping the government running? We’re gonna have to tax somebody to keep essential services going (whatever you think those may be). How are we going to decide who gets taxed and who doesn’t without preferential treatment? Tax everybody the same %?
    that sounds fine. with an income floor at the level of poverty.

    Shouldn’t we take marginal propensity to spend into account?
    unless we are looking to decrease it by switching to a consumption tax model (which I would also be fine with), I don't see why we should.

    What about industries that are vital to American infrastructure?
    if they truly are vital then they will continue to be used and therefore will survive. if, however, they are not vital, but rather simply have good lobbyists who can get congresscritters to declare them "vital", then they will wither on the vine. as they should.

    Shouldn’t we favor those to avoid being stuck in the 20th century while the rest of the world advances around us?
    nope see above.

    No matter how much bull**** you try to spatter on the issue, it is impossible to avoid giving preferential treatment to somebody.
    not really - that's the beauty of the flat tax. but within it, i'm willing to make an exception and give preferential treatment to income earned by the poor. That's a tilt I could support quite happily.

    I’m saying that we should rationally assess who and what conditions will spread the most prosperity to the middle class.
    and I'm saying that it is exceedingly unlikely that our politicians have the expertise or incentives to do that. you might as well put them in charge of making us all happy.

    I know that sounds difficult, CP, but don’t worry; none of us are going to heft undue expectations of rationality onto your shoulders
    well i'm relieved

    . Carry on, good sir.
    and to you.

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    Re: G.E. Profit Up Despite ‘Volatile’ Economy

    Quote Originally Posted by Befuddled_Stoner View Post
    GE is thriving and not sharing any of their gains with the people of the US, therefore we need to stop giving them the preferential treatment that’s allowed them to thrive; we need to find companies that are willing to share their windfall with the people and give them those resources instead.

    Also: 1+1=2

    Where is it a law that gains or profits of a company must be shared?

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