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EldonG(550) Clarified
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You left out the part about those parts being temporary, and the deficit going through the roof.

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Yes, this is definitely fact - though Muslim extremists are far more likely to cause terror attacks. The typical Muslim is not an extremist, though they hold some damn dangerous opinions - it's the radicalized ones that are most dangerous, whether Muslim or any sort of extremist.

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The idea that the number going higher is irrelevant is unbelievably dangerous and ignorant. We have to pay interest on that debt, and the debt is already higher than the GDP. The economy is growing, and that's good, and investment is good in a time like this - infrastructure (which is crumbling) for example, to keep growth moving - but that's not what's happening.

As wealth inequality expands, it's worth noting that the worst income inequality may have been a factor in the great depression, and the recession we're just climbing out of - and this tax restructuring promotes income inequality like never before.

I hope I don't have to explain the disaster if we actually plunge back into a recession - or even depression - as the debt spikes insanely.

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You really have no clue that he cut the deficit dramatically, do you? That we had a deficit of over 1.4 trillion when he assumed presidency, and 666 billion in 2017? (it was even lower for a while)

You completely missed that Bush jr doubled the debt after being left with a balanced budget, and Reagan literally tripled the debt. Did you know that?

https://www.usgovernmentdebt.us/us_deficit

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Actually, the economy is doing so well right now because of Obama's policies. No president can influence the economy greatly in their first year, before even releasing a budget - the economy always lags a minimum of a year, and depending on what the previous president has done, it can be much longer. We'll be feeling this tax restructuring for considerably longer, for instance - and whether it does good or ill to the GDP will be seen in coming years, not yet.

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It doesn't raise the debt by 1.5 trillion - it raises the deficit 1.5 trillion, over 10 years. That utterly skyrockets the debt. People keep failing to understand the difference - the deficit is the yearly cost of the budget beyond the income of the federal government.

The actual cost, to the debt, according to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget is 3-7 trillion, with best estimates of 5.5 t.

http://www.crfb.org/blogs/how-much-will-trumps-tax-plan-cost

Note: The CRFB is considered very non-biased:

https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/committee-for-a-responsible-federal-budget/

Trump's tax plan lowers the taxes on the rich and megacorporations, to give us this huge bump in deficit, with a little for the middle class and poor. The most dangerous possible outcome is that wealth disparity is linked with economic repression and even depression.

https://www.jec.senate.gov/public/cache/files/91975589-257c-403b-8093-8f3b584a088c/income-inequality-brief-fall-2010-cmb-and-ces.pdf

The republicans championed lowering the deficit, until they lost their minds:

https://kevinbrady.house.gov/uploadedfiles/jec republicanstudycommitteemaximizingamericasprosperity6212011.pdf

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In some cases, like FromWithin, I favor post-birth abortions. Clear enough?

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You obviously need to read it again. How many wives did Solomon have?

EldonG(550) Clarified
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This looks like it goes into greater detail than I've ever read - it addresses precocious puberty as well as general physical maturity:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4266867/

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Your first point is largely true - but people certainly mature faster when they take on responsibility. I'm not suggesting we go back to child labor, but if you want them more mature at a younger age, ramping up responsibility matters.

People mature faster physically now largely due to improved diet. I can get you sources,if you would like them.

I am being honest, and I recognize what you're bringing up, here -though I'd really suggest that even in today's society, most 16 year olds are vastly more adult than child.

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If you want to make that argument, the brain finally reaches peak, on average, at around 25. We should raise it, and really make them anxious, by your point. I'm a fan of small amounts for the younger crowd, at mealtimes, like they do it in Europe.

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It wasn't all that long ago that beer brewing in Texas belonged to Shiner...and Pabst, I suppose...but it's wide-open now, and there are so many excellent breweries that I've lost track. Probably my favorite at this time is Real Ale - they brew a number of my favorites - Black Quad and Real Heavy stand out - but Revolver is amazing with their Blood and Honey as is Lakewood with the Temptress. The Kraken has to be the best I've ever had, but finding it borders on insane, and it doesn't come cheap!

EldonG(550) Clarified
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Actually, I'm in Austin...posting this from a Starbucks, no less.

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As one human to another, I wish goodness on your relationship.

There's a lot of truth in your post. I'm in total agreement here.

EldonG(550) Clarified
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I never could get into black metal - well, not past some of the more theatrical stuff, like Dimmu Borgir, Gorgoroth, and maybe a little Behemoth.

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Beer, liquor, wine - but that's today. Tomorrow it may be the reverse. I do enjoy them all, in moderation - but the only one I can call myself moderately knowledgeable about is beer.

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I'm not even vaguely sure what could be wrong about it. It's a tradition. I'm essentially non-traditional, but I'm glad that the cultural traditions get preserved.

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I drink a stupid number of coffee drinks, from black to latte, with a preference for iced. I love good beer, my favorites being good barleywines and Belgian quads. I love Cape Cods and Long Island Iced Teas as far as mixed drinks go, and I'm insanely partial to amaretto.

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Never actually read the bible, have you? Try it sometime.

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Not on any legal ground, but honestly, if they aren't having children, why would I care?

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Yes, I definitely would - but it's a complicated thing. Emotions are unpredictable things, and the future is a lot like juggling, when you're learning - it's amazing how little things can become magnified, and it all fails. I'd make sure not to go into it with blinders on, but it's got beautiful possibilities.

I hope it works out well, whatever you decide.

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I really don't think it would help. I can see some good reason for it, but I'm also concerned that we'd get some innocent ones along with the guilty. Repeat offenders, genetic evidence...things like that, then yes.

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I really don't care.

If there was something there, I wouldn't shed a single tear as they cuffed her- but I didn't expect a damn thing. Is she a criminal? Likely. Are the republicans barking up the wrong tree? As always. What she's actually guilty of, they do on a daily basis - it's called selling out the nation.


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