Huff Post's article "14 Genius Ideas The U.S. Should Seriously Consider Adopting"

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#1
...is really just a liberal wish list.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/25/us-ideas_n_4311178.html

Observe:

1. Marijuana should be legal. As is the case in the Netherlands, although in some areas pesky foreign tourists are barred from inhaling.

2. The minimum wage should be much, much higher. The minimum wage here? $7.25. In Australia? $14.50, and their unemployment rate is lower.

3. There should be a maximum pay rate, too. In Switzerland, a proposal came to a vote last week to limit executive pay according to how much the company’s lowest-paid worker makes. Swiss voters rejected the proposal, but the issue of a widening income gap remains a priority in the country.

4. Every person should earn an income. Another idea proposed in Switzerland would give “a monthly income to every citizen, no strings attached,” according to The New York Times.

5. Vacation should be a basic human right. This idea comes from Europe, specifically the European Union, which in 2010 announced plans to subsidize vacations for those who struggle to afford them.

6. Assault weapons should be banned. After 35 people were murdered by a single man in Australia in the mid-1990s, the government banned shotguns and assault weapons, enacted stricter licensing rules and launched a number of gun buyback programs. Within roughly a decade, gun-related murders were down nearly 60 percent.

7. Public universities should be free. What used to be the norm at U.S. public universities still is in Argentina and many other countries.

8. The government should support artists. Anyone with an art-school degree in Germany can get government benefits, so long as they continue to apply for grants and scholarships, a decision that helps keep struggling artists afloat.

9. Big corporate boards should be diverse. A new proposal in Germany would require companies listed on DAX, the country’s stock exchange, to fill nearly one-third of “supervisory” board seats with women.

10. Cancer patients shouldn’t miss out out on pay. In both Norway and Luxembourg, a worker who must miss work for a 50-day cancer treatment gets paid for each one of those days, according to the Center for Economic and Policy Research.

11. No one should work in the dark. Again, Germany. The country requires offices to have a “view of the sky,” according to The Telegraph.

12. Parents should get time off to watch their kids grow up. Over a child’s first eight years of life, Swedish parents receive 480 potential days off from work, in which they're still paid a significant share of their wages. While parents can mostly decide how to split the days between them, 60 of them are reserved specifically for dad.

13. Preschool should be available to all. It is in France, where all children age 3 or older can go for free.

14. And of course, soup slurping must be outlawed. OK, so technically New Jersey is in the U.S., but if they can criminalize this horrible practice, why can't we all?


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#3
The cost of living in Australia is also like 100 times more than the US
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#4
I really hate huffington post. Even more I hate fox news.

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#5
8. The government should support artists. Anyone with an art-school degree in Germany can get government benefits, so long as they continue to apply for grants and scholarships, a decision that helps keep struggling artists afloat.




Fucking christ.
#6


Motherfucckers think this is Sweden. This is 'Murika boy.

We dont take kindly to things that make sense to create a unified utopia.

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#7
Didn't Huffington Post used to have some credibility, or at least, some element of it that we could take it seriously?
#9
Holy shit that is just ****ing stupid.
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#10
agree with the vacation, view of the sky, parenting, preschool, and cancer ones.

the rest are whatever, people will debate them til the end of time.
#11
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the marijuana one needs to be a thing the other are just economically liberal policies that are destined to fail, huffpost are idiots.
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#12
1. meh. Okay but Whatever.

2. Should be higher but not much much higher.

3. **** this shit

4. Bitch tits. Where is this money coming from? The taxes you just paid? So basically, you're paying taxes, just to have the government pay you money that you just gave them back as a "pay day" even though already got that money on your pay day? No to this one.

5. Yes

6. Tighter restrictions but not banned outright.

7. Yes.

8. No

9. No

10. Yes

11. This seems cool but meh.

12. Yes

13. In nyc if Del Blasio does what he said he would, already happening in NYC.

14. If this was for comedic effect, it did nothing but weaken the rest of them.
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Support for artists would be nice.

nah, I ain't paying so they can run around throwing paint everywhere.
#15
yah you guys don't like and/or understand social democracy, that's cool.
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yah you guys don't like and/or understand social democracy, that's cool.


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#17
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nah, I ain't paying so they can run around throwing paint everywhere.

Good point. The last thing America needs right now is a little culture.
#18
Pretty laughable with a few exceptions.
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Oh wow look it's the sole cool kid who "gets it", much educated, clap


i thought "and/or" would be enough to avoid this predictable response.
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#20
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Good point. The last thing America needs right now is a little culture.

Culture happens regardless. We don't need to subsidize the arts for artists to create art.
#21
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i thought "and/or" would be enough to avoid this predictable response.


Thought wrong homie
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#22
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yah you guys don't like and/or understand social democracy, that's cool.

oh god here comes eastfail again

Don't get me wrong, the things on the list are not necessarily bad. In fact I like a lot of them.

But it is useless and even annoying in context. This is goddamn AMERICA, not Europe. America is the most business-centric country in the world. All this utopian shit about vacations and crap simply would not work here. It works great for a few European countries...but that's also why they're not even a blip on the radar, commerce-wise.

So this dumbass article, like so many other huffpost bs, is just tone deaf squalling on about nothing.

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#24
Not getting the hate for all of this. Most of the stuff on this list is about making things easier for certain people. I get the feeling that "everyone has to make their way through", but if it's possible to make things easier for others, why not?


Especially the 'cancer patients get paid on treatment days'. Seriously, what is so wrong with that?
#25
1. yes
2. lol no
3. way more lol no than #2
4. omg yay getting paid to sit on my ass yay lololol
5. lol no
6. sure this one's aight but just assault weapons and that wouldn't even really do anything to fix most of the mass shootings in America anyway so pretty pointless
7. lol
8. wow lol
9. don't particularly care either way
10. yeah that's cool w/ me
11. so dumb
12. this is ok maybe
13. this one is good

most are unfeasible/wastes of time/money
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maybe next time i'll just post the alphabet and wait for your response.

xiaoxi: yah this list is just for fedora wearing masturbators to fill their idle time between anal porn. you're right it's pretty useless without discussing larger socioeconomic changes first.
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#28
Glad someone was nice enough to make a comprehensive list of all the things pseudointellectual snobs believe.
#29
1. Marijuana should be legal.
K'

2. The minimum wage should be much, much higher.
Agree. Full time minimum wage isn't enough to support oneself (at least where I live).

3. There should be a maximum pay rate, too.
Nah. Higher taxes sure. A hard cap would be stupid.

4. Every person should earn an income. Meh. Don't really have a problem with this in theory, but it wouldn't work in practice unless the income is far below minimum wage. If it is, it will be such little money as to not make a real difference.

5. Vacation should be a basic human right.
Okay. I'm sure it would increase productivity of the workforce if everyone got paid vacation. It's not a human right though lol.

6. Assault weapons should be banned.

This is fine. Doubt it would make a huge impact in U.S. gun crime though.

7. Public universities should be free.
Sure. Another huge problem is that the U.S. education system has a huge amount of bureaucratic bullshit that needs to be solved as well.

8. The government should support artists.

Hahaha. No.

9. Big corporate boards should be diverse.
Diversity is good. Not sure why corporate boards are singled out. There are plenty of areas where women are under-represented.

10. Cancer patients shouldn’t miss out out on pay.
Agree with this.

11. No one should work in the dark. Again, Germany.
Oh yeah, this is a pressing issue that needs to be fixed right now.

12. Parents should get time off to watch their kids grow up.

This seems to be a problem that applies more to low-income people who can't afford to take a day off work. That's fine, but reducing income inequality overall would help with this as a side effect anyway.

13. Preschool should be available to all.

Okay.

14. And of course, soup slurping must be outlawed.
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#31
Every person should earn an income. Another idea proposed in Switzerland would give “a monthly income to every citizen, no strings attached,” according to The New York Times.

****, I can play video games and watch movies all day with some cash coming in? Sounds good to me


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#32
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The government should support artists.




Finland's government does. Tell me about how Finland is a horrible place to live.
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#34
1 needs to happen.
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#36
1. Marijuana should be legal. As is the case in the Netherlands, although in some areas pesky foreign tourists are barred from inhaling.

yes

2. The minimum wage should be much, much higher. The minimum wage here? $7.25. In Australia? $14.50, and their unemployment rate is lower.

are they trying to argue that raising minimum wage doesn't increase unemployment because Australia's is higher than ours and their unemployment is lower? lol

3. There should be a maximum pay rate, too. In Switzerland, a proposal came to a vote last week to limit executive pay according to how much the company’s lowest-paid worker makes. Swiss voters rejected the proposal, but the issue of a widening income gap remains a priority in the country.

lolno

4. Every person should earn an income. Another idea proposed in Switzerland would give “a monthly income to every citizen, no strings attached,” according to The New York Times.

lolno

5. Vacation should be a basic human right. This idea comes from Europe, specifically the European Union, which in 2010 announced plans to subsidize vacations for those who struggle to afford them.

lol

6. Assault weapons should be banned. After 35 people were murdered by a single man in Australia in the mid-1990s, the government banned shotguns and assault weapons, enacted stricter licensing rules and launched a number of gun buyback programs. Within roughly a decade, gun-related murders were down nearly 60 percent.

distinction between assault weapons and other firearms is stupid

7. Public universities should be free. What used to be the norm at U.S. public universities still is in Argentina and many other countries.

no, universities should be more expensive, but primary education should be better.

8. The government should support artists. Anyone with an art-school degree in Germany can get government benefits, so long as they continue to apply for grants and scholarships, a decision that helps keep struggling artists afloat.

lol

9. Big corporate boards should be diverse. A new proposal in Germany would require companies listed on DAX, the country’s stock exchange, to fill nearly one-third of “supervisory” board seats with women.

stupid ****ing rules. the most qualified candidate should get the job.

10. Cancer patients shouldn’t miss out out on pay. In both Norway and Luxembourg, a worker who must miss work for a 50-day cancer treatment gets paid for each one of those days, according to the Center for Economic and Policy Research.

not the company's fault not their responsibility either.

11. No one should work in the dark. Again, Germany. The country requires offices to have a “view of the sky,” according to The Telegraph.

lol

12. Parents should get time off to watch their kids grow up. Over a child’s first eight years of life, Swedish parents receive 480 potential days off from work, in which they're still paid a significant share of their wages. While parents can mostly decide how to split the days between them, 60 of them are reserved specifically for dad.

unless you work 16hrs a day, 7 days a week, you get to see your kids grow up. you might not be able to spend as much time with them as you'd like, but this shit's is overdramatic as ****

13. Preschool should be available to all. It is in France, where all children age 3 or older can go for free.

i don't have an issue with this one. why is there public school but no public preschool?

14. And of course, soup slurping must be outlawed. OK, so technically New Jersey is in the U.S., but if they can criminalize this horrible practice, why can't we all?

lol
#37
probably shouldn't have #1 been #1. lost a lot of credit off the bat. A lot of them aren't bad ideas with proof that they are work in, or have the confidence to be tried in other countries. Just as many are pipe dreams, or really not that relevant.
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Finland's government does. Tell me about how Finland is a horrible place to live.


Because Finland is stupid enough to force people into subsidizing art.
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The cold doesn't matter cuz they're all sitting in heated classrooms benefiting from the best education system in the world.

ok...
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Because Finland is stupid enough to force people into subsidizing art.



I'd rather subsidize art than fund impossible wars.
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