Property tax is good for two reasons.
One, as Milton Friedman said, it is the "least bad" tax
The other is that land ownership is the biggest "rent-tap" the parasitical rich have on the rest of us.
As David Lloyd George quipped, to prove a legal title to land you must trace it back to the man who stole it. . .
You're just talking your book : )
Probably getting to the point where BKing the debt away is worth the pain.
That's the beauty of being a sovereign power, you can always do what you want, up to the point of other powers invading and putting your government leaders on trial or something.
yeah, I was going to say it's easy to cherry pick this since 40% of the state is hispanic already.
but California would be a much different place if we could wave a wand like the Germans tried to do 1933-43.
Immigration serves as an interesting filter, in that it takes effort and commitment and either desperation or a spirit of adventure to make the transition as an immigrant.
Well, that's largely filtered through my own experience as an immigrant to Japan in the 90s, but I read that elsewhere too.
Thing is, the bar is a lot lower wrt Mexico, compared to the European immigration of the past.
The crime blotter of California has a lot of hispanic names if not Mexicans. Mexican gangs like the Bulldogs have taken over the criminal economy of Fresno.
Like the Nazi attack on the Jews, there's a bit of truth here in there to stir up the illiberal spirits of conservatives.
My sister has hispanic neighbors at her place, and they've kept roosters (WTF?) play their goddamn tuba music at all hours, park their cars on the lawn, and are generally just shitty neighbors.
Spanish-speaking immigrants have worked very hard over the previous decades and so much of the wealth we have today is thanks to them working for shit wages, but it's been a mixed bag.
I shop at Winco occasionally and there I get a much different picture of my town's demographics than Whole Foods or Trader Joes.
Same thing at my 5-year visits to the DMV.
Like demonizing the gays, it's silly for the GOP to attack immigrants like this (someone on metafilter said it's like getting flipped off by passengers boarding the Titanic).
But conservatives are always afraid of losing the past. And hispanic immigration here, like immigration the N Europeans have been allowing, is changing society.
And if there's one thing conservatives don't like it's change. And when the change comes with a loss of the past, higher poverty, higher crime, it's a tough sell to conservatives.
And everyone has a little conservative assclown inside, trying to get out.
Get used to this idea because it will get more and more obvious as we move forward.
Marshall Brain's Manna:
was pretty great, except for the ending I guess.
Conservatives talk of wanting to cut government spending:
but it's the $6T/yr flow keeping the economy together. Cut that and economic disaster would soon follow.
Conservatives (in government as opposed to just on the internet) aren't that stupid as to not understand that. They just make these noises for the rubes who vote for them.
Funny how this assaults the basic reality that conservatives want to keep us in -- "devil take the hindmost" essentially
Problem is like all socialist ideas it is addressing the symptoms and not the root causes
Somehow tying in basic income with housing is more critical; just giving everyone $1,000/mo will result in rents going up $1000/mo or more.
Plus money is supposed to be a commodity in limited supply, we just can't print and give it out like that.
Recent annual Fed printing (QEs 1 and 3) on a per-capita basis
How are they better off than in the farms and fishing villages they left?
due to their nation's population growth, available low-capital farming and fishing is filled up already.
Population growth is creating poverty, not globalism.
who has any legitimacy when it comes to supporting the rights of the people over the hegemony of the oligarchy
eliminating social security and medicare is a strange way of demonstrating that
I toy with going back to Japan later this decade, but conservatives taking another bite at the apple 2017-2020 so soon after so thoroughly fucking things up here 1995-2005 is not something I want to experience.
"The worst U.S. drought in half a century has decimated crops"
plus diesel price collapse has helped farmers no doubt. Stuff's cheaper than unleaded now!
Caused a bunch of price riots because some asshole decided to pay money to burn food in cars
Corn is land-bound and land devoted to corn production is probably maximal
but ethanol production is at record highs:
and prices have collapsed:
plus ethanol is a mass-market commodity and not a luxury good, anyway.
That is true as far as it goes, but in reality production is not constrained like that any more.
Globalism is helping people who are trading with us, but because nobody has a good handle on the land question much wealth is leaking out of the system to the rent-seekers.
Plus of course wages do not capture the wealth the labor is producing all that well in the neoliberal system.
The issue is multi-faceted.
Ironically the place that needs socialism the most is being run by an official Communist Party.
Go fucking figure.
t just means the rich shouldn't be able to write a check for twenty 787s, an entire block of New York, or an aircraft carrier
That's just it though, someone owing 20 787s or an aircraft carrier doesn't dispossess me of anything.
Owning land, however, is indeed a zero-sum game, as it is a loss of the commons.
We used to understand this, vaguely, but since land to us is like water to fish, it's very easy to lose sight and understanding of the difference.
Piketty lost the plot too, here. Adam Smith didn't, though:
"Ground rents are a species of revenue which the owner, in many cases, enjoys without any care or attention of his own. Ground rents are, therefore, perhaps a species of revenue which can best bear to have a peculiar tax imposed upon them."
Nor JS Mill:
"Landlords grow richer in their sleep, without working, risking, or economizing. The increase in the value of land, arising as it does from the efforts of an entire community, should belong to the community and not to the individual who might hold title."
You can point to NO actions taken by liberals or Democrats to prevent free speech in any way.
Arguably Feingold-McCain, since the freedom of speech requires the ability to buy the ads.
Everything has to be black and white with conservatives, because they are generally simple pointy-headed people.
But the problem of the rich buying elections by flooding the airwaves probably should not be addressed with campaign contribution limitations, we're going to have to find other mechanisms.
2nd Amendment is a diversion, the real issue is gun control, which is certainly a liberal vs. conservative football.
Contrary to the Heller majority, there's no "Constitutional" right to armed self defense in the 2nd, that right is to be found in the 9th.
With gun control, we simply have to decide if the occasional Columbine, Virginia Tech, Santa Barbara, Sandy Hook, Aurora, Charleston etc etc
plus all the street crime we have can be addressed by gun control, and whether it's worth this loss of liberty to own guns.
Conservatives say NO WAY KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF MY GUNS and perhaps that's where the debate is going to end given the power of the rural vote in this system.
The mass shooting events while horrible are difficult to stop without taking all guns out of circulation.
The street crime issue is better solved by fixing our economy overall.
As for freedom of religion, yeah, that's what ISIS wants too, to force everyone to follow their religion. Fuck that noise.
Keep your silly religion in your church, mosque, or temple where it belongs and stop trying to force other people to follow your religion's "teachings" aka Bronze Age bullshit.
"high fee assessed on the developers and miners would only result in the lowered competition passing the fee to the consumers"
meanwhile here in the real world:
nice treadmill we've got here
Public policy should be constructed on what works best for all, not idiotic philosophical discussions of "fairness".
I disagree about this being the end times. Technology is pretty powerful.
Key thing is to avoid Malthusian dynamics . . . India had better get their act together on the demographics thing.
I think Japan is sitting pretty this century and next, as they can just recycle what wealth they have to serve their declining population.
The ugly/hidden truth about our society is that this is a time of immense plenty, but rising living costs of housing and health care are taking this plenty away for most people.
^ weekly labor hours required to cover per-capita housing and health costs
That removing freedom of individual rights and freedom of thought
that's just it -- greed, hate, and intolerance are what destroys societies.
The US had to deal with a nasty bout of Greed in the 19th century, when the Progressive Movement instituted some much-needed social reforms, much of which still survive today, but of course are under continued attack by the plutocrats who fund "Movement Conservatism" -- wanting to return to the good ol' days of the Gilded Age
Greed essentially manifests itself as a violation of the Golden Rule -- to treat others as you would be treated.
Hate, we can see that in the Ireland Troubles, a nation divided by Hate.
Intolerance is mostly about people trying to bring their goatherder religion into the public square, instituting their bullshit morality as law.
We saw this in Roberts' ludicrous dissent last week on the gay thing, saying boo-hoo the majority just took away our ability to legislate hate of the gays like the Aztecs and Han Chinese did. Since when did the fucking aztecs become a model of our society???
With my libertarian hat on, let me say Fuck Off with your intolerance -- the only thing I can't tolerate is intolerance!
It it doesn't affect you, laissez faire! And leave your bronze age "Judeo-Christian" morals at home, and try not to program your kids to be the asshole you are while you're at it.
It's not liberals screwing the poor, it's the very nature of a free market.
the concept that an unregulated market can result in bad outcomes is something people have been programmed to reject as preposterous.
but it's true with housing, since land is not like any other consumer good.
Henry George wrote books trying to argue that land was not capital at all, but I mostly reject his arguments as basically special pleading I guess.
Capital wealth is that which assists in the production and provision of consumer goods. The land is the capital, the fixed improvement is the good.
Key thing with land though is that it cannot be manufactured in China or shipped around on rails. It is where it is, and we can only improve what we have, not make more.
What we *should* do is fill in the fucking bay, like Tokyo has done with their Rainbow Town / Odaiba project over the decades.
It's still only half-finished and kinda half-assed, but it's better than just muddy water sitting there, in the way.
btw my Apple mouse has two buttons and a scroll surface that works in two dimensions.
Get with the times man, this is no longer the 80s when Apple offered one mouse and you had to like it.
With USB you can get any damn mouse you want on OS X.
The key brilliance about the iPhone was the recognition that keypads and menu buttons were just junking the product up, hindering its true nature as being a TOUCH DEVICE.
You want a keyboard -- boom, on the iPhone a keyboard pops up for you on screen, with multitouch so you can tap away.
You want to make a call, here's your on-screen dialer -- the phone was just another app on the device, so the iPhone was not really a phone any more.
This simple innovation gave Apple $500B gain in market cap and that much in profits since 2007.
How can this be??? Apple hasn't innovated or invented anything ever??
Using an onscreen keyboard with a stylus is silly, but before the iPhone all "smart phones" required the stylus for some reason.
Just like 1984's Mac (which started development in early 1980), Apple stole a march on the industry by seeing where the future was going and getting there first.
Microsoft was receiving early Macintosh hardware in the 82-83 period for their application development, and it still took them until 1990 to ship a passable rip-off of the Mac that wasn't total crap.
Their winning defense when sued by Apple for copyright infringement was, 'hey, you licensed your UI to us'
As for Android today, this is just like the 80s and early 90s, Apple haters telling me how great Windows is now.
I'll pass, LOL. Android is still chasing Apple's taillights like Microsoft was with Windows 1.0, 286, 3.0 . . .
(not that I even have an iPhone, my $80/yr flip phone is great for getting calls, and I have an iPad for tablet stuff -- last year I was closely evaluating the Nexus 9 but reviews were mixed, so I got the Air 2 instead)
As for your dislike of theiPod, one, who gives a shit, Apple's stopped making them since the world has moved on, and two, they were a massive market success so also who gives a shit how you reacted to them.
your statement that Apple products would not have been created if Steve Jobs were not involved,
my above included the important qualifier when they were to that.
Apple was first to market with just about everything we take PCs, smartphones, and tablets to be today.
The only important exceptions are 3D graphics cards (for some reason Apple has always sucked in this department) and the optical mouse, an HP invention that Microsoft first productized and sold in 1999.
The extent Microsoft is chasing OS X now is laughable. Only thing left is to move to Posix and ditch NT for a BSD kernel. Would be a good move, too!
If you call 4.2% of the operating system share success
General Motors Corp. 17.9%
Audi of America Inc. 1.1%
BMW of North America Inc. 1.9%
Porsche Cars NA Inc. 0.3%
So those 4 german makers have 4.3% of the US market. Which makes better cars, the germans or GM?
Money talks bullshit walks.
IBM, Microsoft, and Intel were a tough trio for Apple to take on in the 1980s.
Microsoft had the smarts to keep licensing rights for MS-DOS to other PC makers, IBM was IBM, and Intel was the best-run IC company in the world.
Apple's general mission statement is making stuff they themselves want to use, just like BMW makes cars BMW engineers would want to drive.
This is necessarily not a mass-market enterprise, at least when the price points are in the four and five digits, since Microsoft's Windows license to random OEMs is there to serve the bargain shoppers who don't know any better -- and Intel was able to deliver the chips with the 386, 486, and Pentiums.
But outside of PCs. the iPod, iPhone, and iPad totally changed this marketing aspect, as they come in at the $300-500 price point, and below in the case of subsidized phones.
I lived and used PCs in the 80s and 90s -- in the MS-DOS and early Windows days you couldn't pay me enough to have one at home. Macs didn't excite me at all until the Macintosh II came out, but that sure as hell did.
Amiga was OK but was too half-baked in crucial areas, Atari was a non-starter.
NT4 was the first Windows that was any good, and combined with the 440BX platform was a pretty decent PC for its time. But I had pretty good timing with my Mac buys -- the IIcx in 1989 got me to 1995 pretty well, and the 100Mhz 7500 (2nd-gen PPC) I picked up then was upgradeable to 300Mhz G3 and I even put a Rage 128 in it in IIRC 1998 so that got me to 2000 fine.
2000-2005 was the tough time for Macs, as PPC was running out of gas and XP made PCs almost decent, and OS X still had plenty of rough edges to work out still.
Windows 10 is OK but even though it's free this year I don't have much a need to load it on my new PC, which is currently running 10.11.
I built PCs in 2001, 2003, 2007/2008, and another one this month since my 2006 Mac Pro bricked itself on 10.10.3 in April.
Macs kinda suck now, but OS X is great.
90% of the user installation base. Twenty times Apple's share. Facts are a bitch, aren't they?
· McDonald's: approximately 14,000
· Burger King: 7,750
· Wendy's/Arby's: 6,576
· Dairy Queen: 5,050
· Sonic: 3,500
· Jack in the Box: 2,100
· Hardees: 1,687
· Carl's Jr: 1,104
· Checkers: 800
· Five Guys: 735
· Whataburger: 575
· Culver's: 438
· White Castle: 421
· A&W: 359
· In-N-Out: 258 <--- where I eat