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    Re: Bernie Sanders releases 10 years of tax returns, showing how his 2016 presidential run vaulted h

    Quote Originally Posted by Aberration View Post
    Just because governments insist upon regulating doesn’t change the definition of Capitalism. And just because people insist upon buying selling regulators also does not change the definition of Capitalism.

    You say “in fact” private ownership incentivized. How? What is the “in fact” of it?
    The definition of capitalism isn't being questioned or changed; what is being illustrated is how public corruption can indeed be a natural outgrowth of capitalism.

    Private ownership of commercial and industrial interests results in a great deal of incentive to manipulate government due to the massive return on investment such manipulations can beget for those enterprises; if by paying a couple of million in campaign contributions and lobbying fees for example, you can achieve legislative and tax related changes that benefit those private interests to the tune of ten times that, there obviously exists a powerful incentive. Moreover, it provides the opportunity in terms of establishing the basis of prodigious wealth needed to engage in such manipulation of government.

    That isn't to say corruption doesn't exist or never existed in command economies and the like, nor that human greed requires capitalism to exist or flourish. This is merely about recognizing that A: the structure of capitalism does in fact incentivize corruption in its own way, and B: how that corruption is incentivized through private ownership, such that political corruption is an organic, expected outgrowth of the system of capitalism.

    I never questioned what Bernie said. Why do you feel the need to repeat what is not argued?

    If he really believed wealthier people should pay higher taxes then he would pay it. He wouldn’t have to be forced to. He’s a hypocrite for not. Some people are Ok with that. I expect more than pandering.

    Running for office demonstrates that? Cool story. That’s an absurdly low bar.
    I repeat it because it apparently isn't clear to you, either per lack of comprehension or willful ignorance.

    Bernie would indeed be a hypocrite for not donating additional funds to the federal government above his tax liabilities if he insisted the wealthy do this... except he never made such a ridiculous insistence. As stated previously, and repeatedly, he would be a hypocrite for not paying higher taxes after they're passed into law.

    Further, spending pretty most of his waking moments in his final years (and many prior over the entirety of his career) advocating for tax reform directly or indirectly is indeed a substantial commitment that vastly exceeds any token gesture Trump has made concerning his salary.
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    Re: Bernie Sanders releases 10 years of tax returns, showing how his 2016 presidential run vaulted h

    Quote Originally Posted by Obscurity View Post
    You're being willfully obtuse with this and you know it.

    Sanders voted against a tax cut for himself.

    Trump signed into law a tax cut for himself.

    Night and day.

    You do not understand the notion of what hypocrisy actually is.

    And you're unwilling to learn. So go back to your echochamber, with the rest of the agitprop spewing demagogues.
    Any person being a hypocrite has absolutely NOTHING to do with what any other person does or says.

    Being a lying hypocrite is something that is intensely personal. Only Bernie can commit the series of lies and and actions that define him as a hypocrite. What Trump does or does not do cannot impact the hypocrisy of Bernie.

    That is the exclusive and individual province of Bernie.

    You really need to open a dictionary and read it.

    Why are you even arguing this point? This word, like most words, has a particular meaning and an accepted definition. If you would prefer to use a different word, then use it.

    Are you trying to create a personal language that only you understand? Kind of defeats the purpose of language.

    Hypocrite | Definition of Hypocrite by Merriam-Webster
    <snip>
    hypocrite noun
    hyp·​o·​crite | \ ˈhi-pə-ˌkrit \
    Definition of hypocrite
    1 : a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion
    2 : a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings
    <snip>
    Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book has been rewritten, every picture has been repainted, ...every date has been altered. And that process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right. -George Orwell

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    Re: Bernie Sanders releases 10 years of tax returns, showing how his 2016 presidential run vaulted h

    Quote Originally Posted by JasperL View Post
    OK, you're still applying a principle of self sacrifice, foregoing government benefits, ONLY to liberals.

    And if you can find Bernie saying, "the rich should pay more than the tax law requires - Charles Koch and Warren Buffett and others should voluntarily send in a few $million or a few $billion more than is required by law" or the equivalent, just do it.

    I know you cannot, that's why the hypocrisy charge is such nonsense when you don't apply a similar standard to Republicans and others who want to cut spending, and yet rake in their own government benefits with both hands when given the opportunity. So for them, it's "spending cuts for thee but not for ME!" Republicans aren't required to lead by example like you're demanding of Bernie.



    Yes, and you've not demonstrated "hypocrisy" except by inventing a standard, a principle, for Bernie and others and not applying it to anyone else. You certainly cannot take his actual words and demonstrate that he's a hypocrite.
    Why does anyone think that being a hypocrite can or cannot be impacted by the words and/or actions of anyone else?

    Being a hypocrite is something that is completely personal and can only be shown by the words and actions of a single individual saying one thing and doing something else.

    This is what the lying hypocrite, Bernie Sanders, has done.

    What I do or do not do or what I say or do not say has no impact whatever on whether or not the lying hypocrite, Sanders, is a lying hypocrite.
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    Re: Bernie Sanders releases 10 years of tax returns, showing how his 2016 presidential run vaulted h

    Quote Originally Posted by CharisRose View Post
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    You have stated that you think... Shaming doesn't work on people who have no scruples and simply want revenge.

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    Perhaps, your shaming statement was not meant for me?

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    "Obscurity"-the quality of being difficult to understand. Bye*Bye Mr. Scruples?

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    Re: Bernie Sanders releases 10 years of tax returns, showing how his 2016 presidential run vaulted h

    Quote Originally Posted by code1211 View Post
    Any person being a hypocrite has absolutely NOTHING to do with what any other person does or says.

    Being a lying hypocrite is something that is intensely personal. Only Bernie can commit the series of lies and and actions that define him as a hypocrite. What Trump does or does not do cannot impact the hypocrisy of Bernie.

    That is the exclusive and individual province of Bernie.

    You really need to open a dictionary and read it.

    Why are you even arguing this point? This word, like most words, has a particular meaning and an accepted definition. If you would prefer to use a different word, then use it.

    Are you trying to create a personal language that only you understand? Kind of defeats the purpose of language.

    Hypocrite | Definition of Hypocrite by Merriam-Webster
    <snip>
    hypocrite noun
    hyp·​o·​crite | \ ˈhi-pə-ˌkrit \
    Definition of hypocrite
    1 : a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion
    2 : a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings
    <snip>
    If sanders were a hypocrite he would have voted for the bill and said he was against it.

    Thank you for proving my point.

    His ACT, voting against the bill, displays his earnest belief in taxing the rich higher.

    I know thinking is hard when you're bombarded by Ingraham-Hannity-Limbaugh-Carlson agitprop, but this is unbecoming of you.
    Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity. Seek out argument and disputation for their own sake; the grave will supply plenty of time for silence. - Christopher Hitchens

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    Re: Bernie Sanders releases 10 years of tax returns, showing how his 2016 presidential run vaulted h

    Quote Originally Posted by JasperL View Post
    Learn simple math!

    Revenues minus spending = surplus (deficit).

    That's a simple equation and so both revenues and spending impact the deficit. If you don't believe me, explain.

    It's always convenient for right wingers to focus ALL their attention on spending. It's because the GOP exists to cut taxes and if we all acknowledged that cuts in revenues have contributed $trillions and $trillions to the national debt, maybe it would be harder to cut taxes. Instead, the GOP cuts taxes, lies about the impact (reduces revenue! EVERY TIME!), then wants us all to pretend that the problem is entirely spending, and that tax cuts played no significant role in the deficits and debt.

    Math tells me that spending is only a problem because we're not willing to raise taxes sufficiently to cover the spending.
    "Arthur" was a pretty funny movie in its day starring Dudley Moore and Lisa Minnelli. Dudley Moore played the title role of an irresponsible, rich alcoholic who spent most of his time trying to avoid sobriety.

    In this, he was a success.

    He met Liz Minelli's father during the course of the story and her father informed Arthur that he did not drink.

    Arthur mused upon hearing this news that he must never run out of ice. The father never "spent" the ice so he would never run out. Even this alcoholic, brainless twit, Arthur, understood this immediately.

    The excess or shortfall of revenue over expense of any budget is the result of outlays subtracted from income.

    Are you seriously arguing that the lying thieves striving to steal from us should be given even more to steal?

    Has the level of service(s) provided by the Feds seemed to have doubled since 2001? Certainly not to me. Everything looks pretty much identical to what it was then.

    It just costs twice as much for us to buy it from the lying, brainless twits spending our tax revenues. They seem to feel that they will never run out of ice.

    Out of curiosity, you seem to be arguing in favor of these brainless twits irresponsibly spending additional money for no apparent additional benefits delivered to the people.

    Why do you want to pay more to get less? Is there anything I might sell to you?
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    Re: Bernie Sanders releases 10 years of tax returns, showing how his 2016 presidential run vaulted h

    Quote Originally Posted by JasperL View Post
    I'm impressed with your ability to read minds. So when Bernie votes against tax cuts, he really wants tax cuts but votes against them because politics.

    And I understand politicians usually vote in a way that maximizes their chances at reelection. That does NOT mean that they have no beliefs and every vote is a cynical exercise in political expediency. You have legitimate opinions on issues, and it's unfair to assume politicians cannot legitimately believe in stances they take.



    Or, maybe, he opposed tax cuts.
    I'm sure that he did oppose the tax cuts. At least, that is what he SAID.

    However, when afforded the chance to demonstrate his opposition that he talked about, he chose to take his money and run. He said one thing and did something else.

    That is what any other lying hypocrite would have done and what this particular lying hypocrite actually did.
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    Re: Bernie Sanders releases 10 years of tax returns, showing how his 2016 presidential run vaulted h

    Quote Originally Posted by Obscurity View Post
    If sanders were a hypocrite he would have voted for the bill and said he was against it.

    Thank you for proving my point.

    His ACT, voting against the bill, displays his earnest belief in taxing the rich higher.

    I know thinking is hard when you're bombarded by Ingraham-Hannity-Limbaugh-Carlson agitprop, but this is unbecoming of you.
    You deny reality and the English language to support your delusion.

    The lying hypocrite, Bernie Sanders, will still be a lying hypocrite whether you understand English or not.
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    Re: Bernie Sanders releases 10 years of tax returns, showing how his 2016 presidential run vaulted h

    Quote Originally Posted by code1211 View Post
    You deny reality and the English language to support your delusion.

    The lying hypocrite, Bernie Sanders, will still be a lying hypocrite whether you understand English or not.
    You proved me right. Bernie's stance is consistent; he votes against cuts that would benefit him and wants to install tax policy that would tax people like him higher.

    Unlike your bloated overlord, who lies, sleazes, and connives his way into benefiting from his office, and folks like you defend him.

    The only reality here is that to you, what Bernie says overrides what he does, and with Trump, what he says is irrelevant, and what he does matters.

    Definition of hypocrisy, sir, is pointed DIRECTLY at you.
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    Re: Bernie Sanders releases 10 years of tax returns, showing how his 2016 presidential run vaulted h

    Quote Originally Posted by Obscurity View Post
    You proved me right. Bernie's stance is consistent; he votes against cuts that would benefit him and wants to install tax policy that would tax people like him higher.

    Unlike your bloated overlord, who lies, sleazes, and connives his way into benefiting from his office, and folks like you defend him.

    The only reality here is that to you, what Bernie says overrides what he does, and with Trump, what he says is irrelevant, and what he does matters.

    Definition of hypocrisy, sir, is pointed DIRECTLY at you.

    You need to examine the meaning of "hypocrite".

    You will discover that Trump's words or actions have no impact on the lying hypocrite, Bernie Sanders, being a lying hypocrite.

    The only thing that makes the lying hypocrite, Bernie Sanders, into a lying hypocrite is the variance between his own words and his own actions.

    NOBODY else can have any impact on this lying hypocrite's status as a lying hypocrite.
    Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book has been rewritten, every picture has been repainted, ...every date has been altered. And that process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right. -George Orwell

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