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    This is closer to what I meant:

    http://www.cbpp.org/4-14-08tax-f1.jpg


    As you can see, almost 2/3rds of the budget goes toward defense and transfer payments.
    Who wants to try a bottle of merc's "Extroversion Olive Oil?"

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    I get it, honest, I do.

    The thing is, all you can do is vote.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiltyred View Post
    I get it, honest, I do.

    The thing is, all you can do is vote.
    I always vote, but I've never voted for anyone who has ever won an election.
    Who wants to try a bottle of merc's "Extroversion Olive Oil?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by oberon View Post
    Normally productive people are reducing their productivity in order to limit their exposure to government expropriation
    But, but, but -- Karl Marx promised they wouldn't do that! Make them work according to their ability! Hope! Change! Bee insurance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiltyred View Post
    I get it, honest, I do.

    The thing is, all you can do is vote.
    Actually, the whole point of the article is that voting isn't all you can do.

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    Oh, you expected me to take the article seriously. I see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiltyred View Post
    Oh, you expected me to take the article seriously. I see.
    I'm reporting to you that the phenomenon referred to as "going Galt" isn't some unlikely theoretical happenstance... it's actually happening, now. Whether you agree with it or not, whether you understand it or not.

    That was all I meant to convey with my original post.

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    The idea is disagreeable to me in principle on so many levels -- at random: intentionally becoming less productive; tax revenue distribution being what it is, intentionally reducing the amount available for public works by reducing your taxes paid -- it just seems very selfish and misdirected. But my apologies if I was rude to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiltyred View Post
    The idea is disagreeable to me in principle on so many levels -- at random: intentionally becoming less productive; tax revenue distribution being what it is, intentionally reducing the amount available for public works by reducing your taxes paid -- it just seems very selfish and misdirected. But my apologies if I was rude to you.
    I suspect that Oberon is opposed to many of the uses to which his taxes are put by the political process. I suspect that Oberon would like to decide for himself which public works he would like to fund. I suspect that Oberon is not really the selfish person in this situation, but rather those who would take, without consent, his earnings and spend them on what they desire. Oberon is neither a thief or a conman; every penny he earns is given in exchange freely by someone else, and I suspect in doing so contributes more to society than almost any public bureaucrat.
    A criticism that can be brought against everything ought not to be brought against anything.

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