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  1. DalaiLama4Ever

    2020 Democratic Primary Race

    Hey Sean, I think you missed my last post in minimum wage. Scroll up like 3-4 posts, brother.
  2. DalaiLama4Ever

    2020 Democratic Primary Race

    Bro... my answer to you wanting to raise the minimum wage is that I prefer Yangs UBI plan... which is a federal government program. Lol. I am on record in this thread saying I’m fine with universal healthcare. #HumanityFirst I’d rather get into more substantial discussion though if you’re up for it. Because I’m the last two pages you’ve said I’m anti healthcare (wrong) and anti government (wrong in context). If you want to federally mandate a flat and uniform minimum wage increase what are you’re responses to: 1. Thanatos’ point (in short) saying what people in Kentucky need to live is very different than what people in other parts of the country need. This is something I agree with and see all the time. I’m in Iowa.... our “livable wage” is very different than it is out in LA. 2. Why is raising the minimum wage better than UBI (universal basic income) ??
  3. DalaiLama4Ever

    2020 Democratic Primary Race

    Edit: I disagree more after the clarification. Lol. What I’m saying. It doesn’t fulfill everyone. And it isn’t for everyone.But it is important to realize that if that’s the way you go (on purpose or otherwise) that you need to commit. There are too many broken families, too many fathers not involved (enough).
  4. DalaiLama4Ever

    2020 Democratic Primary Race

    You're not wrong, but what teen or young adult wants to hear that? lol How do you teach that? How do you make that message resonate? How do you ensure they actually act on it?
  5. DalaiLama4Ever

    2020 Democratic Primary Race

    I agree that there's a lot of hyperbole around the impact of minimum wage on small business. I would still contend that it's an overall negative for those businesses though. And it's not that they can't pay them... A lot of that hyperbole is that they will be forced to close or they're gonna leave the city. Most of them don't. They just... cut hours. Like cited up above. Those small businesses... Wages went up, overall payroll is DOWN. Most of them are saving money by hiring less people and cutting the hours of the part timers they already have. They are making it work. Still, i contend that the reaction as a small business is still negative. Just because they make it work doesn't mean it's a satisfactory solution (at least in my mind). I am FINE with states who feel like they need to go above and beyond. If in California they want to pass a $20 minimum wage because a small studio apartment can go for more than $2k a month... go for it. I am not in or near California at all. Not my business and not my place to tell them how to run their state. For the most part, anyway. I know you said you're for the freedom dividend, so there's no argument here. But 12k a year (effectively $6 an hour doing a 40 hour / week job all year) has way more benefits across the board. I actually don't know if there is a negative other than government cost -- which Yang has planned out well enough for me to jump on board. Doesn't have the negative impact on small business, people working those part time jobs COULD ACTUALLY QUIT (if they want). Give people the freedom to pursue things they actually love and enjoy rather than having to work all the damn time. We agree here more than we don't, I just had to get that out there.
  6. DalaiLama4Ever

    2020 Democratic Primary Race

    I am more open to talking about having a progressive system of minimum wage... but there would have to be a lot more dialogue. Yeah, that's the problem though. People who benefit from their salaries jumping up have their hours cut. Bernie did it in his campaign, for example. Seattle is perhaps the biggest case study we have right now. Am I going to sit here and paint the entire experiment in a negative light? No. There have been some good to come out of it. But hours are down, payrolls are down. The low-end jobs that saw the rapid increase just cut hiring. What good does it to get that bump in salary if you can't even get your same hours? The people most impacted (negatively) were the part-timers who were workign a bunch of jobs to get by. They are the ones who got their hours cut, those are the positions that no longer were hiring... those are the people who come out of this as they were when they went in. They aren't ahead. They aren't better off. They can't quit their 7 jobs. Small Business Owner: Wage Hike Comes With a Cost [Older Study] Low-wage workers Out $125 a month after minimum wage hike [More Recently Updated Article w/ Study Reference] The last one, from Vox, goes more into some of the good and bad. Yeah, even looking at the data I prefer trying the freedom dividend and seeing how that would impact the job market compared to what we are seeing in Seattle.
  7. DalaiLama4Ever

    2020 Democratic Primary Race

    Healthcare is cool by me, just don't let Bernie or Lizzy do it. Their plan is no plan. If, after the discussions we've had about healthcare, you think I am anti-healthcare or whatever label you want to assign me -- you're not paying much attention. Livable wage... I agree, but I assume my solution is different than yours. Just raising the minimum wage isn't the answer. I am against that. Bernie Sanders pays his staff a 15$ minimum wage... but when he started that policy he had to cut their hours. What good does that do and if you can't make it work in the small scale like that.. how the hell do we expect all these small businesses to make it work? I prefer Andrew Yang's Freedom Dividend. Very socialistic and not a policy I'd typically support. But it's a better solution to this problem than I have heard from any of the more than 20 Democrats running for President. And he actually lays out how he is going to pay for it -- which is a big plus. EDIT: Even though I don't support the 15$ minimum wage, Ron Paul always fought for giving tipped employees a bump to the minimum wage which I've always supported. Working as a server for YEARS making $4.35 an hour is ludicrous unless you're at some fancy steakhouse or upscale foodie district in LA or NY or whatever.
  8. DalaiLama4Ever

    2020 Democratic Primary Race

    Even when it comes to trauma, we all have different ways of coping (or not). Every situation (person) is completely 100% unique. Stabilizing the American family is a big part of fixing that. And for those instances that we can’t prevent, we have to get better at identifying the troubling patterns and get people help. So I think we agree there.
  9. DalaiLama4Ever

    2020 Democratic Primary Race

    Should we make it illegal to purchase knives? This is the logical fallacy known as appealing to the extremes.
  10. DalaiLama4Ever

    2020 Democratic Primary Race

    Rape is inherently a violent act. Owning a gun isn't.
  11. DalaiLama4Ever

    2020 Democratic Primary Race

    You're stigmatizing all gun owners by attacking their rights. That's the point. That sentence definitely doesn't say that all gun owners have assault weapons. That one went over your head. lol. I'm not in the business of telling people how to live their lives -- and neither should the government.
  12. DalaiLama4Ever

    2020 Democratic Primary Race

    Sounds like lots of talk. But he does need a spark with Warren kicking his old ass out of the race. lol
  13. DalaiLama4Ever

    2020 Democratic Primary Race

    Similar to looking at this problem and supporting a solution that demonizes and stigmatizes law abiding gun owners and users -- which are about 99.99% of all gun owners?
  14. DalaiLama4Ever

    2020 Democratic Primary Race

    As was discussed in this thread earlier, many of these shooters suffered severe trauma as children. Please tell me about all of the poor life decisions a 5 year old makes that A) puts them in the traumatizing experience to begin with and B) leads them on the path to mass murder. A shooter being mentally ill doesn't mean anyone who is mentally ill is a shooter. I think you're the only one falling into that logical fallacy. What's lazy is ignoring all of the factors that make us uniquely human. Neither one of us may ever resort to a mass shooting, but that doesn't mean we react to our surroundings and different situations identically or even similarly. How we react is a combination of genetics and life experiences -- each combination being unique to the individual in question. Sometimes those combinations have the potential for lethal results; especially if we begin mixing in prescriptions. The discussion, and perhaps your concern, shouldn't end with a labeling of "this person is mentally ill". The discussion needs to evolve into realizing this, and looking for patterns throughout a persons life that makes them more likely to fall into one of those lethal combinations I mentioned above. Then... then we help people. Help people better understand their situations... their traumas... and help them better deal with life in the aftermath of that trauma. And in turn prepare them to make those better choices that you were talking about. Often times though, they don't have the tools or opportunity to do so -- and that needs to change.
  15. DalaiLama4Ever

    2020 Democratic Primary Race

    Ya, you’re wrong.
  16. DalaiLama4Ever

    2020 Democratic Primary Race

    I mean he’s very low. My point is he’s buying his way onto the debate stage. I don’t think there’s anything rigged about it.
  17. DalaiLama4Ever

    2020 Democratic Primary Race

    Also.. it’s been reported / released that there were two guards watching Epstein the night of his murder. Both “fell asleep” and then falsified their reports to reflect that they did check on him.
  18. DalaiLama4Ever

    2020 Democratic Primary Race

    Random note. Tom Steyer is one pool away from qualifying for the debates... he just entered the race in mid July and he’s already pumped 10m dollars into this campaign. He’s been pushing ads like crazy here (Iowa) and multiple of the polls he’s gotten already to qualify have been based here. I hope he crashes and burns but that may be unfair because I’m not familiar with his positions at all.
  19. DalaiLama4Ever

    2020 Democratic Primary Race

    Yeah just backin ya up. Not that you need it. But those studies you’re talking about definitely exist. Ha. /Ngata direct reply I think it’s extremely weak to say that these drugs have no correlation simply because a lot of people are on them and they don’t partake in mass shootings. Lots of people have “assault weapons” who don’t partake in mass shootings. So why are we risking those people’s liberty and rights? The human brain is extremely complex and each of us can have varying degrees of reaction to different drugs based on our brain chemistry. That’s not even to mention dosing issues... or perhaps missing a few days and then going back on them... or not being able to pay for them and going long stretches without them. All of that screws with your brain. Nature (genes) and Nurture (our surroundings and how we’re raised) do have a significant impact on our brains. Just because you can take psychotropic drugs and not commit a mass shooting doesn’t mean I can do the same.
  20. DalaiLama4Ever

    2020 Democratic Primary Race

    There was a study by the Citizens Commission on Human Rights linking suicides and mass shootings and general violence to psychotropic drugs and prescriptions. My phone is too potato to link it right now but I can find it after work and post it if needed. Just published last year I think.
  21. DalaiLama4Ever

    2020 Democratic Primary Race

    We could ban and forcefully remove every “ assault weapon” from every single household in the country and mass shootings would still happen. That’s where the disconnect is. The ban would be ineffective and solely symbolic. Sounds like American Politics at its finest. Most of these shooters have suffered severe trauma as children. Why don’t we address that? Almost all of these shooters experience a follow up traumatic event leading up to their crimes? Why don’t we focus on that? And a large majority of these shooters have been and/or are currently on anti psychotic medication. Why don’t we focus on that? We do a really shitty job of taking care of each other in this country. And we are too obsessed with treating the result of a tragedy and not the causes. Wasn’t that here a mass knifing recently as well ? These people are sick and hurting, it our solution for that is to ban weapons . If this issue continues without attention we’re gonna need those weapons when these crazy sickos become actually more common. Not mention those weapons would be useful fighting tyrannical governments. It took like 12 armored swat guys with assault weapons to take down one of these recent shooters. How’s my butter knife or pistol gonna work on those guys ?
  22. DalaiLama4Ever

    2020 Democratic Primary Race

    You’re telling me that doctors or car manufacturers don’t at times take shortcuts? That they are always playing by the book, doing exactly what is morally and ethically correct? That’s some fairyland make believe bullshit right there. Lol. Taking guns away from good people (which is exactly who 99% legislation would impact) isn’t the answer. “ Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase temporary safety deserve neither “ Also, Tyson’s point was that those deaths are PREVENTABLE just like the gun deaths. The gun deaths happen in a way that makes people focus their outrage there (which is deserved) while not giving a shit about a lot of other deaths we could prevent but choose not to.
  23. DalaiLama4Ever

    2020 Democratic Primary Race

    On average, across any 48hrs, we also lose… 500 to Medical errors 300 to the Flu 250 to Suicide 200 to Car Accidents 40 to Homicide via Handgun Often our emotions respond more to spectacle than to data. - Neil deGrasse Tyson Twitter was being dumb, so I couldn't embed but I think a lot of it boils down to that.
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