The United States military and intelligence leviathan has destroyed more of this earth in the past 60 years than all other nations and actors combined. Your apparent moral exceptionalism is profoundly ignorant, not to mention offensive.
HEMP FOR VICTORY!!!
Dickish whiners RULE!
Literally. We have one for a president.
ALL empires eventually become "fat, soft, and ripe for the taking". Only a fool, ignorant of history and drunk on his own hubris, would believe that ours will last forever.
Fear-mongering is counter-productive, whether it comes from the left, right, or middle. The world is not our enemy--but our nation is increasingly becoming an enemy of the world, as we cling desperately to our fading power.
Chump is a symptom, not the problem. By all means, call him names. It's an essential responsibility of citizenry--not to mention fun and satisfying--to say that the emperor has no clothes. But rescuing this nation's democracy goes way beyond attacking Chump.
When Chump is gone, as he soon will be, we must resume the tenuous task of negotiating our own decline. I would prefer the British way--we should aspire to do it politely, humanely, and with as little violence as possible, please.
I think you mean "...solidly supportive of this tenet of the theater's mission...", not "tenant".
From an AP article published today:
"She (Gov. of Oregon) said immigrants here illegally can't receive welfare benefits but that many pay taxes. The Social Security Administration estimated immigrants and their employers paid $13 billion in payroll taxes in 2010."
No, they don't receive Social Security benefits, despite paying billions of dollars into the system.
Many studies have been done on this and the notion that undocumented immigrants are somehow draining the treasury is simply false. The general conclusion is that yes, a few border states show a net loss in tax revenue vs. services provided, but the nation as a whole enjoys a large net gain, to the tune of billions of dollars. If the feds would recognize this and cough up some money to the border states to help cover their costs, then problem solved.
For one thing, undocumented immigrants pay taxes, too, and in reality they do not avail themselves of a number of services and benefits that American citizens do. For another, they contribute mightily to U.S. productivity and overall economic output, which boosts tax revenue across the board. Funny how the mining companies play these multipliers up in their inflated claims of economic impact, but people ignore the same dynamic when it comes to immigrant labor.
And "free health care"? Are you kidding? What country do you live in???
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