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  1. Thanatos

    2020 Democratic Primary Race

    This is a gross oversimplification of a complex issue that makes it seem like a person who can't have children, or someone who doesn't want children is somehow never going to be happy. You don't need any of that. You do need friends- relationships. But they don't have to be romantic ones and they certainly don't have to have children. Also not sure what culture is saying the single life is this great happy life, we push the opposite a lot harder in this culture.
  2. Thanatos

    2020 Democratic Primary Race

    I think he absolutely is wrong. Children is not something we need to act like one has to have in order to have a family or a committed purpose in life.
  3. Thanatos

    2020 Democratic Primary Race

    The minimum wage hasn't kept up with inflation, much less progress. It should be much higher than it is, and the idea that raising it is going to cause some huge collapse of small business is just not true. Why do you think businesses that can't afford to pay their workers a living wage should stay in business? They are just exploiting their own workers. The freedom dividend is a great measure, but we also need a higher minimum wage. In other news, Yang is leading the straw poll in Florida and its not even close. He's at 35%. Warren is next at 20%.
  4. Thanatos

    Happy Birthday OSU

    Happy birthday, bud!
  5. Thanatos

    2020 Democratic Primary Race

    Why have we not seen this when we've raised the minimum wage then? If your business cannot survive while paying their workers a livable wage, then you deserve to go under. I agree its not $15/hr across the country. I don't need $15/hr in Kentucky and I probably need more than that in SF and NY. But a livable wage, assuming 40-hour work week? Absolutely, yes.
  6. Thanatos

    2020 Democratic Primary Race

    I appreciate the detailed response. I still don't get it, and I will lay out why. But first: Guns kill quite a bit more than 10,000 people in the United States per year. Mass shootings, sure, they are less than 500, though the trend is growing upwards. But gun violence kills a lot of people. About 40,000 people died from gunshot wounds in the US in 2017. And again, its trending upwards, that was more than any year since 1968. Medicare sucks is a huge generalization. There are plenty of people who would not be able to afford their medication at all except for medicare. Are there problems? Of course there are, but the issues are less with medicare and more with the ridiculous prices hospitals charge and insurances charge as a whole. (I am aware Medicare is an insurance, just saying its not solely an issue of theirs.) So then to address the point. You are against medicare for all because you don't want it to come at you and yours expense. On what grounds, then, should I pay taxes to the city to support my fire department? My local police? Infrastructure for highways that I never use? Why should we not privatize all of that and just have people buy crime insurance, highway insurance- or tolls, everything tolls- and firefighter insurance? And if you don't have it and you're being robbed the police don't come. If you're on a road you shouldn't be, you're idk, arrested. And if your house is on fire, it just burns down and the firefighters don't come. Plenty of times those things are not your fault, (minus not being on the road, everyone has a GPS at this point). Why should I pay for someone else's misfortune of having their house on fire and needing firefighters? Why should my taxes go to paying the police when I haven't needed them? Obviously, because society is better off that way. Just like it would be better off if people didn't have to grin and bear it if they have something wrong and hope its not too serious. Because what the GOP doesn't want people to know is that we still end up footing the bill. Someone shows up at the hospital, they aren't going to turn them away if they are dying. And many of those problems can be stopped for far less money if they are caught earlier, but people without insurance won't go until they are forced to. People are far happier in countries with some form of socialized healthcare, but in the US we're too busy diving under the covers at the mention of the word socialism to even consider what it would actually mean, and the fact that we already have socialist system that run just fine. This even wraps all the way back around to gun control again. You guys, according to our poll, seem to think mental illness is a major factor in mass shootings. You know one of the biggest problems for people who have mental issues? They don't have insurance that will cover it, so they can't get treatment. The right's biggest lie is to tell the middle class that the poor person is the problem- You shouldn't have to subsidize the poor people. All the while the top 1% just keep taking more and more of the pot.
  7. Thanatos

    2020 Democratic Primary Race

    So why can't we have a permit specifically for assault weapons then? I find myself so completely unable to understand how the right can argue for owning assault weapons as being a right, and yet healthcare is not. Honestly here, not trying to belittle the belief, I just cannot wrap my head around how someone can believe it. Most of the time, I like to at least be able to think how the other side can possibly be viewing a thing a certain way. Abortion, for example, I understand both sides. But I cannot get my head around how people can be so pro-gun and so anti-healthcare for all. Let me try to at least get there. Can you try to explain why you think owning assault weapons is a right? And do you think its a moral right, or just one that we have because of the second amendment?
  8. Thanatos

    2020 Democratic Primary Race

    Apparently my sarcasm went right over your head, even though I explicitly said "tongue-in-cheek aside." "Attacking their rights" by saying that the average private citizen shouldn't have assault rifles. Okay. Owning an assault weapon is not a right. If you think the government has no business telling people how to live their lives, what's your argument against me purchasing an ICBM. Or a tank. Or a bazooka. Take your pick. There are regulations, common sense regulations, we can use here. Plus your analogy is simply a bad analogy, sorry friendo. I can choose whether to purchase an assault rifle. I can't choose if I'm mentally ill.
  9. Thanatos

    2020 Democratic Primary Race

    I wasn't aware 99.9% of gun owners have assault weapons. Tongue-in-cheek aside, go do this:
  10. Thanatos

    2020 Democratic Primary Race

    Here. Let's see what common ground we have before we keep just going after each other for positions that no one holds:
  11. If you pick the "it's more nuanced" option, please expound further in your comment. I feel like we attribute to each other the rhetoric we hear from the extremes of each side. Let's see where TGP actually stands on the issue. I bet you we have a lot more in agreement than we think. And to follow my own rule- Question 2: Essentially, high capacity magazines are not needed by your average private citizen and thus should be banned from general purchase. But I completely understand the plight of farmers and others that have to deal with dangerous or simply irritating animals on a daily basis. The hog meme that took twitter by storm is based on a real problem. Sure, the dude was exaggerating a bit, but feral hogs are a major problem in the South. Having HCMs need a special permit to be applied for on, say, a bi-yearly basis, with justification for why you need it would be an acceptable solution to me. But the average citizen absolutely does not need HCMs. Shooting ranges having them is not an issue to me, either, so long as they are kept on the range. I could see the same compromise being acceptable for assault rifles. Again, the average citizen shouldn't own it, but a stricter background check and a justification for use to get a permit for an assault weapon could be a possible compromise. Question 4: I am wary of allowing family members the ability to do this. I could see this being used by an abuser to remove the ability of the abused to potentially defend themselves. I would be more comfortable if it was just law enforcement that had this ability.
  12. Thanatos

    2020 Democratic Primary Race

    Yeah I think we agree on a lot more than we think we do. Imma make a poll with a bunch of these questions. For the record, I think a civilian has no business owning an assault rifle or like, grenades. I don't think we should just flat out ban all guns.
  13. Thanatos

    2020 Democratic Primary Race

    There is a difference between owning an inanimate object and having something wrong with YOU. And the continual strawman in this topic is really wearing on me. Who in here is advocating what you guys keep crying about- banning guns? No one that I'm aware of. I laid out solutions, how about engaging with that instead of constantly bringing up arguments that aren't being used by anyone except the extreme left?
  14. Thanatos

    2020 Democratic Primary Race

    It creates a stigma that people who are mentally ill are more likely to be mass shooters than people who are not. A stigma that is not borne out in reality.
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