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    Default For you Ron Paulians

    I don't endorse Paul, but this is awesome regardless.


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    That's awesome.

    I just identify Obama in that picture. Who are the others?
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    Save Thundercats 2011 petition. Because we do what we can. HO!!!:
    http://www.change.org/petitions/warn...another-season

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    Two-face is Romney. It looks like the Penguin is Gingrich. I suppose the Riddler is supposed to be Santorum, but that doesn't really look like him and it doesn't make much sense.
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    Penguin = Gingrich
    Joker = Obama
    Santorum = Riddler
    Two Face = Romney

    I don't know if there are supposed to be parallels between the villains that these candidates are depicted as. I don't think there is. It's just funny propaganda.

    *edit: I'm assuming Riddler is Santorum, even though it doesn't look like him at all. Gingrich is my favorite. Looks hilarious.

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    Listen Paul only wants to get to be president so he can get the money to build his rocket to return to Vulcan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swordpath View Post
    I don't know if there are supposed to be parallels between the villains that these candidates are depicted as. I don't think there is. It's just funny propaganda.
    Yeah, I don't know either. I suppose Romney as Two-Face makes sense because of how often he switches his position on things, but I don't get the others. Maybe Obama is Joker is because everyone had those Obama-Joker posters a few years ago, but those didn't even make sense at the time since they usually said "socialism" underneath and Joker's an anarchist. In fact, Ron Paul wants fewer regulations and laws both in terms of personal freedoms and federal regulations. Is that the closest to a "world without rules" Joker ideology*?

    *This isn't implying Ron Paul is evil, just that, if you place Joker, Paul, and Obama on some political spectrum, Paul would be nearer to (but still far from) Joker.

    Also, I think Newt is Penguin because they both have jowls.

    Santorum as Riddler really doesn't make sense, since Riddler's supposed to be smart.
    Does he want a pillow for his head?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZPowers View Post
    Yeah, I don't know either. I suppose Romney as Two-Face makes sense because of how often he switches his position on things, but I don't get the others. Maybe Obama is Joker is because everyone had those Obama-Joker posters a few years ago, but those didn't even make sense at the time since they usually said "socialism" underneath and Joker's an anarchist.
    I would say that the Joker is a chaotic psychopath and couldnt be defined as any political subset, including anarchism.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lark View Post
    I would say that the Joker is a chaotic psychopath and couldnt be defined as any political subset, including anarchism.
    Fair enough. But the combination of Joker imagery and "socialism" as an idea still doesn't make any sense.
    Does he want a pillow for his head?

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    Anyway, I've got a serious and honest question for the Paulistas.

    In summation I understand the libertarian philosophy in a nutshell to be that the market is self-regulating and approximates perfect competition, optimal allocative efficiency and equity without any intervention by any authority, usually identified as the state, sometimes also identified as consumers, workers/producers or (though not often) monopolies.

    So apparent contradictions and problems in the economy issue from disconnections or distortions in price signals caused by the actions of the state.

    Right, so my question, given these theories is how did the executive wage inflation and boardroom pay culture (principally bonuses) which arose, especially in finance but also in some transglobal corporations, which does not appear to have any correlative relationship to shareholders dividends, company performance, especially in profit margins and market share, or to be in any ratio to remunerative rates of any other grades or personnel working for the same companies come about during a period of unprecidented deregulation?

    There is a situation in the UK presently where a bank which is 81% owned by the UK taxpayer is preparing to pay its executive £900,000, possibly in shares, as a bonus, in the year when crucial executive decision making has been restricted pretty much to "we will take the government/tax payers money", this follows repeated plees by politicians that the board "exercise restraint" which were met with the reply that £900,000 was a bonus was restraint as the executive had received two million as a bonus the previous year.

    Now in order to finance the bail out, including the money used to by the 81% share of this bank, a deficit was run up and the only way to reduce this deficit has been public sector pay freezes, the cutting of public sector pensions, cuts in benefits, cuts in state spending in all other areas besides money for the banks, which is assured and not discussed as no politicians wishes to create panic in the financial sector upon which the UK is dependent for more than 30% of its GDP.

    While in principle you could object to taxation and public spending, and in principle believe that pensions and benefits should be cut, I would suspect that as a legitimately self-interested tax payer you would expect there to be some return upon taxes paid. The average tax payer in the UK now can expect to pay the same or increased taxes with less or no hope of a return, either in the form of straight remuneration, if they are a benefits claimant, retire with a public pension or happen to be a public employee, or services, fire, rescue, police, social services, schools, health.

    It is obvious that the executives and board in the bank deciding upon the £900,000 bonus, this is a bonus now and is outside of what they earn annually which has already risen 42% in the last year when the average pay rise was less than 1%, took absolutely no contenence of this. It is also obvious that they did not have to take any contenence of this.

    My question to the Paulistas is how would further deregulation and laissez faire market forces remedy this situation, what is the market correction which could be expected to follow from libertarian economic policy as applied to this problem? Now, I dont want any vague "away back when..." narratives, no radical policies about every man and his dog being permitted to print up their own currencies provided they can get others to trust its value, no return to gold standards, no invisible hand promises. Basically cut the campaign message crap and tell me what remains.

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