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NetRunner says...

The only problem with this is that there aren't any of what he calls "real" Republicans anymore, at least not in the Republican party.

I mean, he correctly counts Mitch McConnell as one of the Tea Party extremists. Given his position in the Republican party, that's pretty much the ball game.

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NetRunner says...

Thank you, that means a lot to me. I have the same frustration about arguments -- I feel like it's the best way to really challenge your own convictions, but you can't learn anything from a conversation that instantly devolves into namecalling and accusations, and that happens waaay too often.

Anytime you wanna have a civil debate, I'm happy to oblige.

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Just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate our discourse. It seems awfully hard to argue with people without fighting with people anymore and you damn near always keep it civil and on topic.

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NetRunner says...

Upvote granted. That is probably the best way to reply to that sort of argument too.

The real underlying problem with the "gas prices are going up because the Fed is printing money" theory is that gasoline is just one price, and "inflation" is a rise in the price of everything, overall. Economists say that to really spot inflation, you have to look at prices that are generally pretty stable; volatile commodities like food & gas which see frequent large shifts in both supply & demand are very poor measures of inflation, because there's just too much non-inflationary noise. Here's a much more in-depth explanation from Krugman:

Keep in mind that the methods economists use to measure inflation show that we've been in a period of record-low inflation. That should, for any rational person, be the end of talk of inflation. This constant cry of "INFLATION!" at every price increase is quite literally the economic equivalent of hearing hoof-beats and assuming it's zebras and not horses.

Most changes in prices happen in response to real shifts in supply or demand, not because the Fed is expanding the monetary base.

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I researched a comment on the sift for the first time in about 2 years. I would like an upvote oh sage one.

You might even find it interesting!!!!

David Graeber (an OWS founder) on the History of Debt

NetRunner says...

It's almost as if facts and reason roll off you like water off a duck's back.

>> ^bobknight33:

Only Ron Paul want to move back to the Gold standard.
The debt ceiling is real. He is wrong. If you borrow more than you take in than you are screwed. We borrow 43 cents of every dollar.

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Madonna ~ Halftime Super Bowl XLVI

NetRunner says...

>> ^dystopianfuturetoday:

What is this narcissistic nightmare? Why is she famous? She is a mediocre singer, a mediocre dancer, produces mediocre songs and has shown little to no artistic growth for her 30+ year career. And what's with using younger, more interesting acts as fashion accessories? Wouldn't it be more interesting to let MIA, Cee Lo or LMFAO cut loose rather than have to watch Madonna lip sync her way through a late midlife crisis? And, unless you are Snoop Dogg, putting your own name in your own song is just sad.

I thought it was great, especially for a Superbowl Half-time show.

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