Oct 28, 2014
commented on Spotted in Ballard
I'm in CA, and we have universal background checks. Given that second hand guns can be had for less than a hundred dollars, those checks double or triple the cost of cheap guns. That's 25 dros, 40-100 ffl, and 2 round trips to wherever the seller is.
Which is more than enough to cut back on the number of armed poor people.
If this was really just about keeping guns out off the hands of criminals a 2 percent fee would generate the same income, without being so heavily regressive.
...And then there is the fact that it's near impossible to transport a gun without a car.
Oct 28, 2014
commented on Fast-Food Workers Make $20 an Hour in Denmark
Once we wake up, what do we do?
In my state, CA, we recently changed the law in order to make it much harder for third party candidates to get on the ballot. And city councils up and down the coast are striving to make it more illegal to be too poor to afford rent.
Oct 17, 2014
commented on Bill Gates Reviews Thomas Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century
That's what I wanted to point out.
And a vat is a cynical person's answer to our regressive in practice income tax. The idea being that attempting to tax rich people directly just won't work, but a vat will extract at least some money from them.
Oct 14, 2014
commented on I, Anonymous
No one comes running to help. That's bullshit we tell ourselves to make us feel better.
And I say that both as someone who is part of the non help our country provides suicidal people, and as someone who plans to kill himself fairly soon.
Help means having less rights than a prisoner while on your psych hold, than bring treated like a felon when you're out. Help, much like what we offer the homeless, means giving up your freedom.
When I run out of stuff to sell, I'll be living on the street. Or rather, I won't, because the one thing I'm not selling is my rifle, even though it would fetch one month's more rent.
No one is running to help me.