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  1. While we're on the topic, don't get me started on the basic issue of equity related to sentencing. Steal $20 from the 7-11? Prison. Steal $1B from a pension fund? $250M fine (still $750M profit) and no admission of wrongdoing.
  2. Not to mention... 1. Demographics of new purchases skew younger (parents with young children), which tend to be more liberal. 2. Free publicity!
  3. This is certainly debatable. I've read good arguments on both sides. I suspect that SCOTUS, given its current makeup, would rule such a tax unconstitutional, but that's not the same thing as "it's blatantly unconstitutional".
  4. I'm terrified of COVID. I also do the responsible things to minimize risk to myself and others around me. I'd like to think I would do those same responsible things out of common courtesy to others even if I wasn't personally terrified.
  5. Amazon the retailer and amazon the massive web hoster(twitter and facebook as well) should be treated very differently. Specifically why I listed Twitter and Facebook and not Amazon.
  6. I understand the bolded. My point was that a wealth tax is a departure from our current, income-based tax structure. Such a proposal would get bogged down in Constitutional questions, among other issues. Off the top of my head, I think raising the rates on capital gains and estate taxes are about as close as one can get to taxing "wealth" within an income-based tax structure, although I could be missing something. I would also point out that there is no "universal wealth tax proposal", much the same way there is no "universal BIG/UBI proposal", so it gets tough to discuss the nitty-gri
  7. A few quick searches show me that Gates has argued for treating capital gains like ordinary income and increases in the estate tax, which is about as close to a tax on existing wealth as one can get in our current tax structure. https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/25/warren-buffett-and-bill-gates-the-rich-should-pay-higher-taxes.html https://www.forbes.com/sites/cartercoudriet/2019/10/15/billionaires-more-taxes-gates-buffett-bloomberg/?sh=7f1142767792 This next one seems to indicate that Gates had some reservations about a wealth tax, but the actual quotes are somewhat ambiguous. A lo
  8. I don't know if you made this specific argument, but the above would seem to go against a fairly recent talking point that Twitter and Facebook are monopolies and shouldn't be allowed to remove/silence those they believe violate their terms of service.
  9. 500K people dead and we have people still arguing it's just a flu. Baffling.
  10. It's interesting that at least 2 of your 3 examples (I'm not sure of Bezos's politics) openly advocate for much higher taxes on the ultra-wealthy.
  11. MTG is a horrible human being and downright mentally unstable. That said, I'm not a fan of this kind of trolling, no matter who does it. If one wants to fly an LGBTQ flag to support the cause, I'm all for it. Using the same flag to troll one's political opponents seems to make this about scoring cheap political/Instagram points versus actual support, though.
  12. And if the marketing people determine (today, tomorrow, three years from now) that due to changing attitudes within their customer base the name is actually creating a negative connotation for their brand, they should...?
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