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  •  Negative Income Tax (2+ / 0-)
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    serendipityisabitch, dizzydean

    "Saint" Milton Friedman, crappy as many of his other ideas were (sorry, Cariadoc), came up with something worth discussing there.

    It was an admission that since it is now necessary to have money to live, it was immoral to condemn people to death for lack of money. And it was a suggestion for how a basic stipend might be made to work within established American traditions and institutions.

    Needless to say, it was never implemented except in the most minimally, pitifully, perversely ineffective way (Earned Income Tax Credit) - which requires having had minimal earnings, filing a tax return, and being single (preferably with dependents).

    If it's
    Not your body,
    Then it's
    Not your choice
    And it's
    None of your damn business!

    by TheOtherMaven on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 08:31:35 PM PDT

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    •  you can be married and take the eitc. (1+ / 0-)
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    •  Don't apologise to Cariadoc - he's a very hard (1+ / 0-)
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      dizzydean

      core Libertarian, no matter how good a king he made. But yes, that was one of Friedman's better ideas.

      At least half the future I've been expecting hasn't gotten here yet. Sigh.... (Yes, there's gender bias in my name; no, I wasn't thinking about it when I signed up. My apologies.)

      by serendipityisabitch on Tue Aug 06, 2013 at 01:45:27 AM PDT

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      •  That was one of *Cariadoc's father's* better ideas (0+ / 0-)

        just to clue in the mundanes who wonder wtf we're nattering on about. :-D

        David (son of Milton) Friedman = MegaDuke Cariadoc of the Bow, KSCA, OL, OP, ETC. Twice king of the Middle, twice king of the East, and I'm not sure he wasn't king elsewhere too. Legend claims he declared war on himself and lost - it didn't happen quite that way, but he was instrumental in starting the Pennsic Wars.

        Has a Wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/... and a website http://www.daviddfriedman.com/

        Currently at Santa Clara University in the Silicon Valley.

        All-around character who can talk the ears off a mule.

        If it's
        Not your body,
        Then it's
        Not your choice
        And it's
        None of your damn business!

        by TheOtherMaven on Tue Aug 06, 2013 at 05:42:56 PM PDT

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