WA Delegate: The Grand Duchy of Acario (elected )
Founder: The Capitalist Alliance of The-CID
Embassies: Capitalist Libertarian Freedom Region, The Versutian Federation, Libertatem, the Rejected Realms, Laissez Faireholm, The United Defenders League, The Genesis Corporation, Strategos Prime, The Commonwealth of Kings, Global Right Alliance, NationStates, Central Pacific Empire, and Equinox.
Regional Power: Extremely High
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The Most Pacifist in Capitalist Paradise
Nations ranked highly pursue diplomatic solutions rather than military ones in the international arena, have small or nonexistent militaries, and peace-loving citizens.
As a region, Capitalist Paradise is ranked 16,147th in the world for Most Pacifist.
|1.||The Peaceful Land-Area of GabeWorld||Left-wing Utopia||“All creatures deserve happiness!”|
|2.||The Protectorate of Aelhaeran||Liberal Democratic Socialists||“The Light to the Nations”|
|3.||The Nation of Itorcya||Civil Rights Lovefest||“Fortitudo mediante unitate”|
|4.||The Empire of Crococity||Democratic Socialists||“Live like you mean it”|
|5.||The Progressive Technocracy of Uchila Eru||Civil Rights Lovefest||“The Bells of Freedom Ring”|
|6.||The Cradle to Grave Utopia of Prince Steven||Corrupt Dictatorship||“Bow, Peasant, and Thou Shalt be Equal”|
|7.||The Grand Republic of Tyzoid||Left-wing Utopia||“To the freedom of all”|
|8.||The Capitalist Alliance of The-CID||Corporate Bordello||“Justice Above All”|
|9.||The Lingerie Land of Victoria Secret||Civil Rights Lovefest||“Lingerie is the Way”|
|10.||The Radioactive Dustbowl of Zone Ground Zero||Inoffensive Centrist Democracy||“Oh PLEEEEZ, not again”|
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Capitalist Paradise Regional Message Board
If you disagree, why did you say the same thing I did with regard to charity vs. Government coercion of "charity"? Also, no, as a Christian you cannot share Ayn Rand's philosophy. Atheism is an integral and core part of objectivism. It's one of its redeeming qualities.
I wasn't advocating a safety net. I was condemning objectivism for its detrimental effect on charity, which tends to compel governments to start social safety nets out of self preservation.
See, I'm not sure this is true. I will admit, Trudeau's father was not the biggest friend to the free market. However, Trudeau's prodigy, Jean Chretien, ran the most pro-market, small government, low-taxes government that the west has seen in 50 years. Harper has been a tax and spend nightmare in comparison. Furthermore, even if Trudeau ends up being a big government nightmare, it's worth it just to completely legalize and tax the frack out of recreational marijuana. The reduction in government expense in policing, prosecuting and incarceration of these harmless pot heads will save billions, which later small government types can take advantage of if Trudeau ends up being more like his dad and less like Chretien.
Either way, Harper is not the small government, balanced budget type I'm looking for.
By "Trudeau's prodigy, Jean Chretien," I'm referring to Pierre Elliott Trudeau, not his son Justin, obviously.
No, the Chretien/Martin governments benefitted wildly from the gusher of GST revenue introduced by the Mulroney Conservatives. Mulroney saw far in advance of his own time when corporate taxes might be eventually replaced by a fair and broadly applied consumption tax.
But the Chretien/Martin Liberals first swept into power promising to rescind the GST. Of course, after bathing in the cascade of revenue, they quickly changed their minds. It is only to their credit that they didn't abandon the free trade deals signed by Mulroney.
Justin Trudeau has promoted a mythical vision of a vanishing Canadian middle class. He's been reading too much TIME magazine since the middle class in Canada has not suffered at all over the past decade of Conservative government. Please read the link: http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/75-202-x/2010000/analysis-analyses-eng.htm
Both the Liberals and the NDP are trying to "solve" problems that don't exist. For Mulcair's part, Gilles Duceppe brilliantly countered "all I hear is Jack, Jack, Jack" to the NDP subterfuge in Quebec.
I don't agree that you cannot support the Liberals or NDP (or BQ or Greens--all of whom are essentially anti-market in some way) and exist happily in a group proclaiming to be a "Capitalist Paradise". But I'd probably want to begin by admitting that none of those parties would qualify as pro-business or pro-free-enterprise.
Legalising marijuana doesn't necessarily create a tax benefit nor will it materially affect crime statistics and specifically incarceration rates:
"In comparison, 16% of adults convicted of possession were sentenced to custody, with an average sentence of 19 days. Adults convicted of drug possession were more likely to receive a fine (44%) or probation (28%) as the most serious sentence imposed. "
Colorado got about $75M from pot taxes and Washington state got about $70M, both in 2014. Keep in mind that each of those states benefit from visitors spending on taxed pot they cannot get legally in their own states. Even if all the tax was only from residents that would be an annual amount per capita of $10 in Washington and around $15 in Colorado.
That's nothing compared to the GST surge Mulroney provided his heirs.
You're arguing the gst was a GOOD thing?
At least Chretien had the good sense to drop it from 7% to 5%.
The liberals under Chretien were about as fiscally conservative as any country has had in the last half century. They cut spending (most of which was started by Mulroney) dramatically, cut the tax burden massively (including the gst), and just generally ran an efficient government that stayed out of our lives.
Mulroney and Harper after him have had a policy of spending my money as if it were theirs, and I can't abide that. Also, when it comes to marijuana legalization, (apart from being the right thing to do with zero negative side effects), you're only talking about policing users. It will also save money not policing grow ops, smuggling, dealing, etc. Let them grow it/ move it/sell it legally.
I didn't completely hate harper until his recent digital intellectual property law changes, but there is no question he's been fiscally less effective than his predecessors.
Gotta keep the NDP away from the purse strings, either way.
Ok... Did you ever at any time claim to support a free market economy?
By the way, I think you got that wrong. Wouldn't that be taking words out of your mouth rather then putting words in?
As you wish.
**The ambassador kicks back in his chair, puts his feet up on the desk, opens a beer and waits for the next round.**
When was that rule made? I had no idea that thinking any of Rand's ideas were good was an all or nothing deal. I may be in trouble here.
Wrong guy. Harper cut the GST twice, first to 6% in 2006 and then to 5% in 2005. Chretien promised to scrap the GST but deliberately left it in place as the global economy surged at the turn of the century.
Consumption taxes are always better revenue sources from the efficiency, transparency, and fairness perspectives than any of: tariffs, preferential tariffs, duties, corporate taxes (including manufacturers or services), payroll taxes, and surcharges such as inheritance, tobacco, or other schemes.
The Chretien/Martin Liberals knew this and that's why they kept the GST at 7%. It's one of Harper's weaknesses that he bowed to political pressure and reduced the tax. It ought to have been 10% and evenly applied to everything but not even Mulroney could get that through the Commons.
That's why the budget hasn't been balanced along with provincial transfer payment schemes. Harper is responsible for cutting tax revenue by chopping the neck off the only "golden goose" he had. But he is not entirely responsible for the ongoing and everlasting transfer payment debacle.
In meant 2008 and not 2005 in the first line.
Libertarianism and Christianity are philosophical opposites, that isn't to say they can't share policies though.