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Posts by HamiltonJay

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  • Microsoft's Surface Book is the sleek, MacBook-beating laptop

    10/07/2015 10:42:20 AM PDT · 53 of 54
    HamiltonJay to prisoner6

    Hardware cannot overcome the biggest negative a Windows machine has.... and that’s Windows itself.

  • America’s ‘Tech Exec Savior': Marco Rubio Promotes H-1B, Immigration Platform to Supporters

    10/07/2015 9:13:19 AM PDT · 16 of 31
    HamiltonJay to Vigilanteman

    The H1B law as written is fine, but the reality is is that it is gamed. If you need to import a guy to work on a vacuum tube system no one any longer supports or knows from the US fine, but the idea you need to bring in a foreigner to write java or javascript because you can’t find a native is garbage.

    I like the idea of charging a premium for it, but I would go more than 10%, probably 25%, so you don’t have to worry about a brief market fluctuation in a particular region ever making it more viable.

  • America’s ‘Tech Exec Savior': Marco Rubio Promotes H-1B, Immigration Platform to Supporters

    10/07/2015 8:52:51 AM PDT · 5 of 31
    HamiltonJay to ConservingFreedom

    This is just another reason Rubio needs gone.. H1B is a completely abused scam. There is no reason to be importing a java or c programmer, there are plenty of domestically skilled available, companies just don’t want to pay.

    H1B is just a wage depressor nothing more... it is to skilled workers what illegal aliens are to unskilled.

  • With the Surface Book Laptop/Tablet hybrid, Microsoft is taking the game to Apple

    10/07/2015 8:14:50 AM PDT · 28 of 36
    HamiltonJay to ImJustAnotherOkie

    If you are worried about privacy, don’t look at the windows 10 user license... or the android license etc..

    Reality is, if you want privacy, you have to completely disconnect... either that or go buy an old 8 bit machine with a network card, and do whatever you need to do online that way.

    Maybe something like a c64/128 with a 64nic+ card... of course you better be able to code, because I am not aware of any text web browsers for them, let alone graphical ones.... let alone ones that support javascript, but you’ll not have to worry as much about data collection from your OS.

  • With the Surface Book Laptop/Tablet hybrid, Microsoft is taking the game to Apple

    10/07/2015 8:10:33 AM PDT · 27 of 36
    HamiltonJay to tophat9000

    The only strong argument left for a windows machine these days is low cost, there really isn’t any strong argument left for it otherwise.

    Windows 8 was it for me, I am done, any company so tone deaf to its user base to release that crap onto the world, does not deserve any other chances.

    So while the mac pro laptop is expensive, (though for a comparably speced windows machine, the price isn’t that much less) I will not do my normal, buy the cheapest machine that can do what I need and use it until it dies my next upgrade.

    I will be moving all my development environments and code from my windows 7 machine to a Mac next upgrade, and just bite the bullet and be done with MS forever. The price savings isn’t worth the headaches.

  • With the Surface Book Laptop/Tablet hybrid, Microsoft is taking the game to Apple

    10/07/2015 8:05:21 AM PDT · 25 of 36
    HamiltonJay to ImJustAnotherOkie

    I’m not sure what you are trying to claim here, skylake is an intel processor, has nothing to do with MS, its a commodity anyone can stick in their hardware. I would assume next macbook pro update will have them, as they update to the latest processor every generation... so I’m not sure what you are trying to claim here, other than they put out a piece of hardware with it first, but hardly is it an exclusive thing etc.

    Apples Ecosystem is playing long ball, don’t believe me? I’ve been in IT for nearly 30 years, just 10 years ago goign to a developer conference, finding someone with a Mac was an overwhelming minority, today, its the majority. There is a reason Apples computer sales continue to grow while the rest of the industry is contracting.

    Windows 8 put the death knell into windows for the developer beyond the MS developer as far as I’m concerned.. and it was slowly dying before that.

    I don’t think MS is going anywhere, but the fact MS has had to go from we won’t support our software on anything apple, to being a main presenter of their products on the new Ipad at the dev con this year, shows you who’s leading and who’s reacting.

    MS got arrogant, and missed huge opportunities and frankly Gates and Ballmer may have created a lot of share holder value, but completely destroyed MS as a driving force in tech. Azure is a fustercluck, they are working on it, but ever major outage (and there have been many) is just another reason to not trust it... etc etc.

    MS isn’t going away, but I’m not sure how anyone thinks they are the ones playing long ball.

  • With the Surface Book Laptop/Tablet hybrid, Microsoft is taking the game to Apple

    10/07/2015 7:25:33 AM PDT · 4 of 36
    HamiltonJay to SeekAndFind

    As long as it’s running windows it’s no threat to Apple

  • Jeb Bush Charged Parents' Church $50,000 For Speech; Houston Church Paid More Than Most Corporations

    10/06/2015 12:55:44 PM PDT · 11 of 79
    HamiltonJay to jimbo123

    Any church paying thousands of dollars to bring in someone to speak is a corporation disguising itself as a church.

  • Rosie O’Donnell’s Daughter: Rosie a Selfish ‘Phony’ who Abuses Food, Drugs, Sleep, & Alcohol

    10/06/2015 12:38:45 PM PDT · 27 of 45
    HamiltonJay to 867V309

    Not that I am a fan in any way of Rosie, but seriously, taking the world of an 18 year old child, involved in a domestic spat with her parent as the word of truth is a fools errand.

  • Sharyl Attkisson: Democrats and African-Americans Tell Me They’re Voting for Trump (Video)

    10/06/2015 9:39:18 AM PDT · 41 of 68
    HamiltonJay to Enlightened1

    I believe this, Trump will certainly attract blue dog democrats, whos party has left them, just as he is attracting republicans who’s party has left them.

  • Putin has sent the feared Spetsnaz special forces into Syria to bail out Assad

    10/06/2015 8:22:28 AM PDT · 57 of 67
    HamiltonJay to amorphous

    Obama lost Syria years go, the “rebels” are so compromised by extremists, that any legitimate rebellion fighers have long ago left... so you have various extremists fighting Assad... Assad is no saint, but those trying to remove him are of the ISIS ilk and are 1000 times worse.

    Russia is sadly doing what should have been done in the first place when Wahabbist Fundamentalists began marching across the middle east in the 60s.

  • Russian Forces Terrifying ISIS So Much So That 3000 Terrorists Are Fleeing Syria Headed To Jordan

    10/06/2015 5:05:45 AM PDT · 49 of 69
    HamiltonJay to Kevin in California

    Isis are nothing but cowards and bullies and would fold in the face of any real force. It is beyond shameful the world has been unwilling to confront them and destroy them. Wiping out Isis has always been simply a matter of someone having the will to do it. Our president is a coward and a gutless panty waste.

  • ISIS so weakened by Russian airstrikes and desertion it could be destroyed in hours

    10/05/2015 9:05:44 PM PDT · 23 of 73
    HamiltonJay to Signalman

    The only reason Isis is what it is is because no one in the west has been wiling to take them out. They are no more than 50k in size untrained animals that could easily be destroyed as long as someone was willing to do what needed to be done. Meaning bomb the mosques they hide in to rubble... Accept the civilian casualties will be high and nasty but routing ISIS has always been about will not whether it could be done.

  • Beef Isn't For Dinner Anymore as Americans Devour Cheaper Pork [Bloomberg Link Only]

    10/05/2015 9:08:31 AM PDT · 41 of 48
    HamiltonJay to Balding_Eagle

    Yes, as it states, beef herds hit a 60 year low, so prices have gone up, as they recover, they will go down, but it will take a few years, as they don’t breed as numerously or quickly as pigs.

    The move to pork and chicken is not because folks are rejecting Beef, its simple a cost issue. When the cost comes down as supply increases consumption will return.

    I personally can afford $10 lb steak if I want to, but I just refuse to pay it. Same thing for $3 and $4 a lbs hamburger. When the price comes back down, I will buy it... I don’t buy much pork, never have, don’t care for it much, but I do eat chicken a good bit.

  • The U.S. Postal Service Continues To Burn Money

    10/05/2015 8:29:20 AM PDT · 10 of 12
    HamiltonJay to CharlesOConnell

    OUTBOX claims are questionable at best... I would take anything with a grain of salt that was claimed by the founders of that company.

    While I have no doubt the USPS denied their desire to forward mail to them, a lot of their other claims just come off as sour grapes.

    Adapt or die, the fact they decided to “undeliver” their mail to keep operating makes me wonder their wisdom in the first place, just set up PO Boxes like the UPS store and have them change their mailing addresses to them etc... or some other model. You can never undeliver mail, you are engaging in the same major expense the USPS has to deal with daily... Stupid move.

  • The U.S. Postal Service Continues To Burn Money

    10/05/2015 8:13:32 AM PDT · 9 of 12
    HamiltonJay to BfloGuy

    Agreed, but don’t let facts get in the way of a good bitch.... even if it is baseless.

    While the common vehicle is prevalent, I see all sorts of other vehicles in use, in fact I work 2 blocks from the area maintenance facility for the post office, and believe me they have all sorts of deliver vehicles beyond the standard one in and out of there all the time, and I live in an urban area.

    The biggest reason the post office is in the mess it is currently was that Congress required them to make overpayments to their pension funds that were ludicrous... that’s the core of their fiscal issue at the moment, not fleet vehicle costs.

  • The U.S. Postal Service Continues To Burn Money

    10/05/2015 8:10:33 AM PDT · 8 of 12
    HamiltonJay to massgopguy

    I don’t care if the make a wage, just flipping tuck your shirt in! Seriously, when I was a kid, I never saw a mailman out of uniform, and their uniform was always pristine, today most are just slobs.

  • Weird animal with 'body of buffalo and head of crocodile' baffles everyone [Thailand?]

    10/05/2015 8:07:15 AM PDT · 11 of 47
    HamiltonJay to Red Badger

    Looks like a Calf with really bad ecxema to me

  • End of ISIS? Putin 'sending 150,000 soldiers to Syria to WIPE OUT evil Islamic State'

    10/05/2015 7:41:01 AM PDT · 32 of 48
    HamiltonJay to Enlightened1

    The last I heard ISIS troop numbers were under 50k total, wiping them out would not be a problem for any true military committed to the effort. It won’t be pretty and a lot of innocent blood will be spilled in the process, but obliterating ISIS just requires the will to do it. Russia will not hesitate to bomb Mosques or accept civilian collateral damage to do what needs to be done.

  • Beef Isn't For Dinner Anymore as Americans Devour Cheaper Pork [Bloomberg Link Only]

    10/05/2015 7:38:01 AM PDT · 5 of 48
    HamiltonJay to HamiltonJay

    14 after years of drought whittled the U.S. cattle herd down to a six-decade low.

    Function of cost, not preference. Once Cattle numbers get back up to where they need to be prices will come down and consumption will go up.

    $3 or $4 a lb for low end ground beef is all you need to know about why folks are choosing something else right now.

  • Beef Isn't For Dinner Anymore as Americans Devour Cheaper Pork [Bloomberg Link Only]

    10/05/2015 7:35:26 AM PDT · 4 of 48
    HamiltonJay to C19fan

    This will change again when Beef prices come back down... which will be a while.

  • New Steve Jobs biopic is a travesty says ex—Cold, Ruthless, Obsessive? No, he was FAR worse

    10/04/2015 4:39:11 PM PDT · 9 of 45
    HamiltonJay to AU72

    Jobs was a special kind of asshole.. Even among C level execs

  • Dunkin' Donuts franchisee closing 100 stores

    10/04/2015 8:06:22 AM PDT · 45 of 63
    HamiltonJay to john drake

    Baskin Robins screwed over hundreds of franchisees decades ago by simply refusing to renew their franchise license for no reason other than the company wanted less stores. Why anyone would get in bed with this company is beyond me.

  • Rand Paul: Ted Cruz ‘Pretty Much Done For’ in Senate

    09/30/2015 6:41:04 AM PDT · 22 of 59
    HamiltonJay to McGruff

    One senator nearly beat another to death with a cane on the floor of the Senate.... I am so tired of hearing about the decorum of the Senate. Its all a show in public. Politics is blood sport, not nerf football.

  • ALERT:Planned Parenthood President Admits that 86% of Revenue Comes from Abortions

    09/30/2015 5:47:35 AM PDT · 11 of 45
    HamiltonJay to

    Does anyone have a transcript of this actual interchange, or know exactly what time in the hearing video it occurred?

  • Trump’s tax plan would raise deficit $12 trillion: analysis

    09/30/2015 5:40:17 AM PDT · 54 of 68
    HamiltonJay to grania

    The only reason they wanted a plan was so they could start to find some view of it that they could present as a disaster, S.O.P.

  • Let’s Do Better Than This - Trump’s touting of socialized medicine and confused position on taxes...

    09/30/2015 4:07:52 AM PDT · 40 of 144
    HamiltonJay to Cincinatus' Wife

    What ridiculousness. Democrats are flat on their backs because they are exhausted from having their way with the republicans sphyncters. The republicans are flat on their backs as well. They have sold the country down the tubes just as much as the dems. Which is why none of the candidates in this field with the exception of Trump has managed to garner any traction.

    The political class as a whole has completely lost touch with the electorate and the electorate is done with them. I’d love to see someone more ideologically “pure” be the next president but this crowd of candidates it ain’t gonna happen. The GOPe trying to force a bush down the throats of America shows just how out of touch they all are, and those that aren’t completely out of touch do not have the personality and are not able to connect.

    Or to put it simply, it Trump is so bad and none of these guys can take down trump, why should they be the candidate in the general?

  • Free Trade Illusions: Why Free trade should not be a sacred doctrine among conservatives.

    09/29/2015 8:54:46 AM PDT · 20 of 53
    HamiltonJay to SeekAndFind

    Free trade is, was and always will be a scam. Free trade can only exist between two nations that have comparable social structures and legal structures, giving a 3rd world hovel open access to your markets unfettered is not free trade, its the willful selling out of your nation.

  • OK, all you Trump are you liking his promise of universal (government) health care?

    09/29/2015 8:09:22 AM PDT · 111 of 141
    HamiltonJay to Conscience of a Conservative

    So, let me see, your argument is that the government shouldn’t be paying for health care..... Interesting, since you are about 70+ years to late to win that argument, in terms of an official legal precident, and lets not get into how much the government has been spending on health care for the indigent before that.

    Who do you think pays the bills of the uninsured that aren’t on medicaid? Do you think they just evaporate when they can’t pay? Nope, the government foots the bill, sure it might not be a direct line item, but they do. Not one community hospital in this nation would be in operation today without federal funds... So if you live outside a major metropolitan area, and you want government spending on health care to go away, enjoy dying in the ambulance as you travel the 100 miles to the closest hospital.

    Trump hasn’t released his plan, so I don’t know what his specifics are, but after working in health care for a while now I have no doubt that the government could save a ton of money and make sure folks are insured if approached properly. And if you can save the government money and be more effective and efficient while doing it, I’m going to generally be for it.

    MOney’s already being spent by the boatloads for this, if you think otherwise you are very naive.

  • OK, all you Trump are you liking his promise of universal (government) health care?

    09/29/2015 8:00:20 AM PDT · 105 of 141
    HamiltonJay to cornfedcowboy

    I am anti Carly and I will admit I am vehomently opposed to that woman being anywhere near the white house... I work in IT and watched first hand her destroy one of the greatest tech and innovative companies the world had ever produced.

    I watched her demand her own personal gulf stream, when the previous CEO’s flew coach. I watched her arrogantly put her picture up beside those of HP founders, no other CEO was so selfish, self centered or out of touch. She was a cancer to HP and the company is still in Chemotherapy from it and has not and likely will never recover from her horrible leadership.

    Then I get the honor of watching her bald face lie on national TV about her tenure, knowing that a certain percentage of a gullible public will swallow her crap.

    The fact she is on the stage at all shows you just how pathetic the Republican field as a whole is this year.

  • OK, all you Trump are you liking his promise of universal (government) health care?

    09/29/2015 7:54:31 AM PDT · 102 of 141
    HamiltonJay to Jane Long

    The thing is, Trump isn’t my guy... he really isn’t... but after watching the entire field of candidates over the past 3 or 4 months, he is clearly the ONLY guy who’s inspiring and connecting in any meaningful way.

    Yes, the other guys may say more conservative things, and some of them may be really honest and mean what they are saying, but none of them, none of them are connecting.. let alone connecting across the board.

    Anyone with two eyes and a mind open enough to see, can’t deny that Trump is connecting with voters in a way no politician has in a long long time, and certainly better than anyone else this election cycle by far.

    I wrote off Trump early as just a self promoter, but after watching a few of his events, it became very clear, there is truly something there, and its not invented or astroturfed.... he’s truly connecting and its not very hard to see why. Ideologically he’s not where I would prefer our next president to be, but there is little doubt in my mind that unless he does something like start being disingenuous, this election is his to lose.

    The oligarchy wants a Bush or a Clinton, but seriously do you know ANYONE, ANYONE who is bucking to walk into a voting booth and have to choose between those two??

    Both parties have betrayed this nation and her people for decades, they are completely disconnected and I don’t see how any mainstream politician has any shot of winning, let alone one who’s last name is Bush. You aren’t going to win an election where you have to spend the entire campaign defending and justifying your brother’s administration.... Who, like it or not left office largely unpopular.. so much so that no Republican had any shot of winning in 2008, which set the state for the bum we have today.

    So far the official Policy’s Trump has put forth are light years better than anything anyone on the left will offer, and while I don’t agree 100% with everything he’s ever said, I don’t doubt him when he says he wants to fix America... Whether he can pull it off? Who knows, but at least I know he’s not being disingenuous when he says it... that’s a far cry better than a bunch of lip service from establishment politicians who have sold this nation down the toilet through most of my life.

    Reagan was by far the best president of my lifetime, but he was WRONG on free trade, and on this topic Trump gets it! Finally someone finally gets it, and isn’t continuing the same lie that shipping factory jobs to the third world and leaving the US with burger flipping jobs and low level service industry jobs in their place is NOT a good or fair trade. And he’s the only Republican I can think of at the national level who’s dared say that in the last 30 years, for that one I say Kudo’s Mr Trump.

    I’d love to see a President Cruz, I would, but it ain’t going to happen short of something miraculous happening. Trump could self destruct before election day, there is a lot of time left, but there is no doubt if he keeps firing on all cylinders, this thing is his to lose.

    However the last thing, the absolute last thing this nation needs is a Bush or a Clinton in the White House again.

    The other objection against Trump that folks offer is he can’t beat Hillary, and that’s a garbage argument, Trump in a head to head race will whipe the floor with her, just watch him delivering a stump speech/rally and then watch hers.... He will decimate her. She will get no more than someone in the mid to upper 30s on election day against him... so this argument is garbage, and the polls are already showing him tying or winning head to head... so that’s a garbage argument as well.

    This thing is Trump’s to lose at this point, and the reason is simple, the electorate doesn’t trust the political class, they have watched them sell America down the tubes for decades, they are completely out of touch, and no one that is perceived to be from it is going to inspire anything more than at best a nose holding vote.. and folks are sick of it.

  • OK, all you Trump are you liking his promise of universal (government) health care?

    09/29/2015 6:38:22 AM PDT · 35 of 141
    HamiltonJay to dforest

    Of course its not right, but people hear what they want to hear.....

    And if you are rooting for one of the guys who can’t fire up the crowd, which is sadly the rest of the republican candidates, you are going to act just like the press and latch onto anything and try to present it in the worst possible way.

    The Trump haters here are comical, they are acting just like the MSM and the folks over at DU when it comes to this guy.

  • After two months: Windows 10 Hits the 100-Million Installations Mark

    09/28/2015 4:55:39 PM PDT · 26 of 63
    HamiltonJay to umgud

    I would assume that’s a pretty good general concensus.. 8x is so bad anyone forced to use it will give 10 a try, but those on 7 are going to likely be vary wary...

  • Trump Plan Cuts Taxes for Millions

    09/28/2015 4:01:29 PM PDT · 230 of 278
    HamiltonJay to JediJones

    Sigh, are you really really trying to argue that the US is not largely a 2 income household nation compared to a the single income household of the 1970s, there is little point in continuing this conversation because you are in denial, well under 10% of all households are married couples with single incomes, in the 70s this was in the 80-90% when you filtered out retired folks.

    Today the typical household is double income, and the median household income is virtually the same as it was in the 70s, so we as a nation are being robbed blind, and have been for decades. It takes 2 people working on average to make the same actual wealth per year as it did 40 years ago.. if you think otherwise you really need to look around.

    I am not saying folks shouldn’t get an education, but that’s not the problem with our economy today. The system has been destroyed and wealth has been given away by the oligarchy who care not about America but only themselves.

  • Trump Plan Cuts Taxes for Millions

    09/28/2015 12:09:28 PM PDT · 210 of 278
    HamiltonJay to JediJones

    Not sure what you are trying to argue, you are agreeing with my point. Median income adjusted for inflation is almost exactly what it was in 1971, the difference is in 1971 nearly every household was a single family breadwinner and today the overwhelming majority are 2 income families, that means its taking 2 people to bring home on average what 1 person could do in 1971! That’s a huge huge!

    The harvard tuition is used as an example, it was one of the most expensive schools in 1971, and it was about 10% of a median households income, today its nearly 100% of a median households income.

    You are very very naive if you don’t see that 2 people required to work to make the same amount of real money as as 1 did 40 years ago is a problem that is not simply “get a better education”

  • Trump Plan Cuts Taxes for Millions

    09/28/2015 11:25:35 AM PDT · 192 of 278
    HamiltonJay to JediJones

    Sorry, but you are naive if you believe this.

    I was born in 1971, the median household income in the united states was about 25k with a single breadwinner, a year of Harvard cost $2500. Today the median household income is about 50k with both adults working, and a year of Harvard is $45k without room and board and fees.

    So today it takes 2 people on average, make in real wealth just barely what 1 person could 40 years ago.

    This isn’t just an education issue, this is the fact our leaders have sold this nation down the toilet for decades... the problem is far bigger than you didn’t educate yourself better. You work in Tech? Then you should be well aware that the H1B program is wholesale abused to drive down labor prices of skilled tech workers etc etc etc.

    While everyone should take responsibility for their lives, you are very naive if you think the deck has not become highly stacked against the average person more and more every year by our pathetic leaders.

    We live in an Oligarchy today, that has sold America down the sewers.

  • Trump Plan Cuts Taxes for Millions

    09/28/2015 11:17:52 AM PDT · 188 of 278
    HamiltonJay to Red Steel

    that would 1/2 my taxes immediately if it became law, and that’s not even including deductions... even after deductions currently my taxes would be cut in half.

  • Trump Plan Cuts Taxes for Millions

    09/28/2015 11:15:38 AM PDT · 186 of 278
    HamiltonJay to Marcella

    Sounds great to me! Zero tax on first 25k per individual to 50k as married. AMT GONE! Death Tax Gone!

    Looks damn good to me.

  • DARPA Wants to Create Synthetic Organisms to Terraform and Change the Atmosphere of Mars

    09/28/2015 10:41:01 AM PDT · 59 of 61
    HamiltonJay to LibWhacker

    This is idiotic, mars has no, or at least not a strong enough, electromagnetic field, so any “atmosphere” would simply get stripped away by the solar wind, just as its original atmosphere was.

    If you are talking seeding the soil with bacteria so you can create an artificial enclosure that might be able to be sustainable if scaled big enough, but au natural, you can engineer a mars atmosphere without first protecting the planet from the solar wind.

  • Trump Plan Cuts Taxes for Millions

    09/28/2015 10:36:47 AM PDT · 167 of 278
    HamiltonJay to xzins

    The fact is you can play with rates, and cutting a rate does not necessarily cut revenues. Revenues and rates are not directly tied. Lower rates can encourage more economic growth which result in more overall tax revenues.... Same as higher rates can stifle economic activity and actually drive down tax revenues.

    If a wealthy person can engage in activity A and have to pay 39% or activity B and pay 15%, that means any activity that is at the 39% tax rate must return on investment much more than the activities that return and are taxed at 15% to be worth while. I make 1 Million dollars at 15% tax I keep 850k. I make 1 Million dollars at 39% tax rate I keep 610k... so I need my investment to make not 1 Million but about 1.4 Million to make the same actual return....

  • Trump Plan Cuts Taxes for Millions

    09/28/2015 10:29:07 AM PDT · 158 of 278
    HamiltonJay to LibsRJerks

    THe original Income tax law passed in 1913 no one paid taxes until they hit 66k in income if single and 88k of income (In current dollars) if married... at the rate was a whopping 1% the income tax when passed was intended to only be paid by the wealthy.

    The bloat of the fed is what has turned it into what it is today.

  • Trump Plan Cuts Taxes for Millions

    09/28/2015 10:26:34 AM PDT · 154 of 278
    HamiltonJay to Trapped Behind Enemy Lines

    If he does pull this off, this will return the income tax back to closer to what it was when originally passed... whether that’s a good or bad thing who knows, but the original income tax when passed only hit the extremely wealthy most paid nothing.

    In fact in todays dollars you would not pay a dime in tax until you hit 66K in income if single, and $88k if married filing joingly, approximately and the rate would be 1%.. the next rate up was 2% Starting at 440k and 3% at 1.1 Million.

    I doubt Trumps plan will return us to those original rates, but that ought to give you an idea of how much the government bloat has been over the last century.

  • Donald Trump on healthcare: if you like your plan, you can keep it

    09/28/2015 10:11:09 AM PDT · 99 of 116
    HamiltonJay to ScottinVA


    I guess we just disagree on what we have heard Trump say, I have never heard him advocate as part of his campaign that he wants insurance to be single payer. He has spoken of breaking the state barriers so plans can exist across state lines etc etc. I don’t take “every has health insurance” to equate to a single payer system.

    We will see what his plan says when it is published what exactly it is until then, I think concluding he’s advocating single payer is a incorrect conclusion.

    I do agree that Trumps speaking style is not the cleanest, but I am hard pressed to believe based on statements he’s made on this topic on the campaign trail that I have see, unedited and live, that he is going that route.

    Personally I conclude, something along the lines of what I admittedly conjectured, that being, its cheaper to actually buy private health insurance than to administer government programs to attempt to do it. I have no doubt that any plan from anyone is going to include government subsidizing of health insurance for some of the population, which shouldn’t be surprising as it has been since Medicare passed, and expanded under medicaid. Obamacare’s failures are many, and I could go on for a long long time about ones I’ve witness or had to deal with working for a provider and payer in the health care world.

    However the key thing that should be universally understood by any thinking person is that Health Care as a percentage of our GDP cannot continue to grow unchecked, at 17% of the GDP and growing something is going to give sooner or later, and it will not be pretty. Getting this under control and trying to move a bloated complacent heavily regulated industry to move away from a pay to play model, where even the worst doctor in the world can make millions because he gets to bill even if he never actually helps cure anyone of any problem, into an outcomes based model where you only get paid if you actually helped someone... isn’t a bad goal... Obamacare fails miserably on how it tries to deal with this sort of shift, but its a shift that MUST happen.. so I think anyone who thinks that whatever replaces OBamacare, assuming of course Republicans will ever seriously repeal it.... is going to not be some step back to the 1950s or even 1990s in the industry and insurance.

    We will see what his plan says, and make my conclusions from there, but I am not going to conclude he’s advocating single payer, in light of the reforms he has advocated on the trail do not remotely sound like that. Breaking down barriers between states so companies can offer insurance across state lines, which he has cited again and gain on the trail don’t sound like single payer to me.

  • Donald Trump on healthcare: if you like your plan, you can keep it

    09/28/2015 9:20:01 AM PDT · 85 of 116
    HamiltonJay to Finny


    When you start offering up some truth, and not some invented hyperbole venom, then we can discuss about who is refusing to accept the truth.

    All I have said is, his plan is not out there yet (TRUTH) The existing system is a costly wasteful mess (TRUTH) Its riddled with waste (TRUTH) and we could today buy private insurance for folks who got coverage through obamacare and done it far cheaper than what Obamacare has cost (TRUTH) And based on all of those TRUTH’s there is certainly no reason do doubt that it should be possible to accomplish the same state goal of Obamacare, (coverage availability for all) without the insane overhead an cost that this monstrosity has put on the industry.

    So, keep up the venom, propagandists need their useful idiots, keep shouting loud and proud.

  • Donald Trump on healthcare: if you like your plan, you can keep it

    09/28/2015 9:15:51 AM PDT · 82 of 116
    HamiltonJay to Finny

    Sorry, but waiting to see what the plan says, vs going off on hyperbole tangents isn’t engaging in wishful thinking.

    But please, do go on telling everyone what exactly he is planning to do before he offers it... Since you are apparently clairvoyant.

    I’ve been working in Health Care for a while now, both on the provider and the payer side of things, and the sheer stupidity and waste I witness on a daily bases largely to meet some regulation or another is staggering, and that was before Obamacare came into the picture, and compared to pre obamacare, those staggering amounts look like nothing compared to it today.

    I have no doubt that you can improve care and reduce costs in health care, and do so on a scale that literally could make sure that everyone can get insurance and still spend less overall at the federal level for it.

    We’ll see what his plan actually says, and then we can talk about it... until then engaging in hyperbole is just idiotic.

    We are 5 months away from the first primary, let alone the election, so anyone investing massive amounts of energy into just spewing garbage with no facts shows exactly why we wind up with the kind of government we do.

  • Donald Trump on healthcare: if you like your plan, you can keep it

    09/28/2015 9:08:41 AM PDT · 75 of 116
    HamiltonJay to ScottinVA


    Seriously, you guys need to lay off the hyperbole a bit.

    Let’s just use OBAMACARE as an example, shall we? We know we could buy at the governments expense, private health plans for every person who got coverage additionally due to Obamacare, and even if the government paid 100% of the premiums, the cost to the entire system would be far far far less than the Trillions in cost Obamacare has created. That’s just a fact.

    Now, you can argue why should the government pay for this? Advocating that isn’t conservative... and that’s a fine philosophical argument you may want to make, but at the end of the day the government is already paying for the health care of the uninsured, either directly or indirectly, you really think that the indigent showing up at clinics and ER’s are getting free care? Someone is paying for it, just indirectly.

    Trump is making a very valid point, you can do things a lot smarter than Obamacare, you can indeed make sure folks are covered, without destroying the industry. Insurance companies are making fortunes off Obamacare... Hospitals and delivery systems are being driven into the ground by it. Its a great scam, the whole thing is a great scam.

    So, what is Trump lying about? That there is so much waste, fraud and otherwise in the existing system, that there is no way it can be made more effective and cost less? Are you really trying to take that stand?

    I have no idea what Trumps plan will be since it isn’t published, but what if, just what if, the plan were to take the federal spending already on the books for this insanity that interstate competition for insurance were created, so more competition were in every state, and that instead of administering a giant single payer like medicare and medicaid, that pretty much drive the industry, for good or ill, that everyone got private plans, even if they were paid for by the government, and overall money and overhead lead to billions if not trillions in savings, better health care, and access to all?

    We will see what happens when his plan is released, but the idea that what he’s proposed to date, or even said to date is worse that where things are today or a giant threat to capitalism is nonsensical.

    Health Care in america today is one of the least capitalist systems in our economy, and the continued increase of cost cannot continue.. I will be interested to see what exactly Trump proposes, and when he does we can discuss it, but until then its all just speculation on everyone’s part and hyperbole by the ‘useful idiots’ to attack with no knowledge of what it is.

    Trump has never been my guy, but seriously if you really want to have a serious conversation about health care in the US, you can’t just knee jerk heyperboles without facts. Because as much as folks like to pretend otherwise, we have a single payer system in the US and have for decades, for most practical purposes. Yes they may not pay every bill, an reimbursement rates may vary, but when Medicare/Medicaid decide to do something it becomes the defacto standard for the entire industry, it may not be mandated by force, but they are the elephant in the room in terms of $$$ and what they do drives the industry... most folks are just completely ignorant of it.

  • Donald Trump on healthcare: if you like your plan, you can keep it

    09/28/2015 8:47:20 AM PDT · 59 of 116
    HamiltonJay to Finny

    Engage in Hyperbole much?

    To date nothing he has state or claimed about his plan remotely fits the mold you wish to portray, but fearmonger away.

    Once a plan is actually released we can discuss, until then you are just screaming about nothing, worked into a tissy with no fact, and what the propagandists referred to as the “useful idiot”

  • Donald Trump on healthcare: if you like your plan, you can keep it

    09/28/2015 8:05:33 AM PDT · 27 of 116
    HamiltonJay to SeekAndFind

    Ah, the imaginary mind....

    Trump has stated he will repeal OBamacare and replace it with competition, he’s said that a million times.. there is nothing new in this report.

    The reality is this, and it is this today, Obamacare is a disaster, you could have the government buy private cadillac plans for every poor person forced into subsidized obamacare plans to day and still cost less thanks to the draconian costs and overhead Obamacare has created.

    Until the actual details of the plan are written, this is a whole lot of nonsense attacks from the usual suspects. I have more faith that Trump will put together something that makes sense than the Democrats, and since the Republicans have done jack to undo Obamacare, because as much as the lip service it as bad, they want it as well... its garbage... Congress could defund Obamacare in an instant, they don’t and won’t so stop the nonsense that they will do anything.. they won’t. The oligarchy wants it, so its going to live on as long as the Oligarchy is picking the president.

  • Donald Trump: America Needs ‘Fair Trade,’ Not ‘Free Trade’

    09/27/2015 9:02:35 PM PDT · 20 of 104
    HamiltonJay to Red Steel

    I have been saying this since the 1980s! Finally someone is willing to say what is obvious

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