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  1. You just called out HT for posting stuff that was unlikely to change any votes. Literally, you just did that minutes ago.
  2. Meh, lots of people have parents who hold views that they don't share. Besides, Hillary Clinton is a miserable candidate for all sorts of good, legitimate reasons. No need to gild the lily by going after her staffer's mom.
  3. I don't particularly care what Kaepernick does or doesn't do during the national anthem. Personally, I stand and take off my hat, but that's just because I'm basically a conformist. If we got rid of this little ritual, that would be fine with me too, and it doesn't bother me if others choose not to participate.
  4. Obama would never be in this situation to begin with. He promised transparency, and by and large he's followed through on that promise. Setting up his own email server to skirt public records laws isn't the kind of thing he would do.
  5. I think I'm probably skipping BF1, but that's just because I'm not really interested in a shooter right now, not because of this. Battlefield titles have always provided fantastic value in their vanilla versions, and the expansion packs have been stellar. I have no objection at all to paid map packs when they're high-quality, and these probably will be based on past trends.
  6. The FBI just went through a slow spell and was looking for things to do, apparently.
  7. Well, she's facing an opponent who could be systematically taken down by a bright middle-schooler. Not sure this is a big accomplishment.
  8. A much better economic argument in favor of estate taxes is that the government has to raise revenue somehow, and estate taxes figure to create far fewer distortions than income taxes or sales taxes. Yeah, sure, rich people waste some resources seeking out loopholes. But those distortions are almost certainly an order of magnitude or more less than the distortions caused by progressive income taxes. An estate tax is pretty close to being an old-school head tax, except the person being taxed is already dead and can't suffer a deadweight loss from beyond the grave. (They may spend their silver years in angst over their inability to pass their entire estate on to their heirs, admittedly).
  9. Patents and other forms of IP generally suck, because of rent-seeking by firms. Here's a nice example involving asthma inhalers. Albuterol, which became a standard treatment when I was a kid 35 years or so ago and which was sold OTC at one point, is currently expensive as hell because the government allows firms to patent all sorts of stuff, essentially letting drugs get re-patented with no economic justification whatsoever. These sorts of things are clear-cut examples of government failure, not market failure. In other words, if you claim to be in favor of free markets, you should look very skeptically at patents and copyrights. They are a necessary evil in limited amounts, but ordinary rent-seeking tends to make them a lot more evil than necessary.
  10. The idea is that if I'm an instructor and I say "Trump sucks," somebody with a gun might become so enraged that they start shooting. It's a pretty silly argument, but that's the argument.
  11. A monopoly on the manufacture and sale of EpiPens.
  12. What you've just described is the economic rationale for why it might make sense for the government to create a monopoly, at least temporarily. That doesn't really make it a "free market" idea, more like a necessary evil.
  13. I'm not sure I get what you're saying here. As another poster mentioned, US citizens are prohibited from importing this good from abroad, and the government creates monopolies for prescription drugs through patent law. It seems to me that a freer market would be a viable solution to a problem like this, not the source of the problem.
  14. I think we all know why people try to blur that line.
  15. I think she's one of the lizard people from V and just hasn't figured out normal human fashion quite yet.