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Posted on July 30 at 11:37 p.m.

I've tried explaining to tabatha that the Koch brothers are corporatists and not really libertarians and completely co-opted and destroyed the real libertarian movement that should be based on peace, sound money, free markets, protecting the environment and civil liberties but she won't listen.

The reason health care is so expensive is because the government got involved back in the 70s and ended up corporatizing it. Corporations themselves are actually government entities and are not libertarian, but don't tell tabatha because she believes that the big corporations actually PROMOTE libertarianism..

The government was concerned that not enough people had health care insurance and so they decided to give tax incentives to corporations to give their employees health insurance. These incentives were overwhelming and almost everybody strove to get health insurance through their company so they could get it cheaper - but ultimately more money was going toward the health insurance companies and the medical industrial complex. This ended up raising prices in the market severely because over time eventually almost nobody was shopping for the best quality AND prices in healthcare, and nobody was shopping for insurance because it came with your job.

Before all of this people used to have extremely low health care premiums and health insurance was very affordable. Increases in technology has improved health care in many areas and while this technology is expensive to develop, like everything else prices should come down eventually and these devices should ultimately reduce the cost of health care. Only industries that have heavy influence of government end up raising prices over time, decrease the quality and destroy the market mechanisms that make it all work.

Make no mistake, if we go full-on government run health care it will end up costing us even more money, quality and availability will go down severely. A few people will be making a lot of money.

What, you don't think people will be making money if health care is government run? The military is government run and we got Halliburton and all these huge bloated defense contractors. Same thing will happen with health care, and we won't have any say in where the money goes because instead of letting us get to spend it, it will be spent by the government.

On We All Need Health Care Now

Posted on July 30 at 8:36 p.m.

What a waste of time.

On Four Businesses Busted for Selling Booze to Minors

Posted on July 30 at 3 p.m.

Well, I guess we could wait until we are broke and the entitlements are gone and then do it.

On Marriage: No Diversity

Posted on July 30 at 2:07 p.m.

Originally, marriage was a function of one's religion, not a function of the state. Originally, marriage certificates were issued by some states in order to prevent inter-racial marriages.

I would like to see marriage go back to not having anything to do with government.

On Marriage: No Diversity

Posted on July 30 at 1:54 p.m.

Congratulations on your successes, Chumash!!

It's ok, MOST people around here don't actually disrespect others based on their race.

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Posted on July 30 at 11:37 a.m.

If nobody stirs the pot, then stuff just sticks to the bottom.

That said, I don't think this piece did a very good job of stirring the pot.

If most couples are heterosexual, then a homosexual couple would create diversity within society. The only thing that is not diverse are the sexual organs of the individuals within the gay couple. But what if one person in the gay couple is Christian and the other is Buddhist, is that more or less diverse than a straight Christian couple?

On Marriage: No Diversity

Posted on July 30 at 10:26 a.m.

9 Potential Mass Shootings That Were Stopped By Someone With A Personally Owned Firearm

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Posted on July 29 at 4:57 p.m.

"the recent increase in hive rape by the pious "natural foods" honey-eating crowd..." JarvisJarvis

#YesAllBees

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Posted on July 29 at 4:52 p.m.

This is really a result of companies having too much power - power that is being given to them by the government.

Reson no doubt has a lot of patents - patents that the government is obliged to protect for them. This guy and some other Reson employees could have easily gone off and started their own company and hired folks discriminating only by their skills for the job. They would have been able to produce better work at a lower cost since they weren't giving special favors to less desirable employees based on their race. Reson would have probably eventually gone out of business due to their discriminatory hiring practices.

However, since the patents existed the government protected their monopoly on those patents and that alone allows this company to work in a sort of monopoly environment where they don't have to compete with other companies in the same way they would if they had a free market and no intellectual property laws which significantly stifle innovation and production.

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Posted on July 29 at 4:41 p.m.

No, I'm pretty sure it's pesticides.

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