Ironman wrote:Those laws happened from the mid to late 19th century. They didn't all happen the same year or anything. They were still before the innovations in productivity.
I'm not sure what you're getting at. That has nothing to do with my original point that the short work week and relative lack of child labor in the US is the result of modern productivity. It has nothing to do with any laws.
Ironman wrote:That is not big. If you adjust for inflation there really hasn't been much of an increase in a very long time.
The number is a % of GDP - you can't adjust it for inflation, and it's climbed to the highest of all time other than WWII. So, second biggest of all time is still "big" in my mind, and you're advocating it get bigger, so you're a big-government advocate.
Ironman wrote:Besides that, what can you cut? Social security, medicare and the military combine to make up almost 90% of the budget.
So cut all 3.
Ironman wrote:The trade gap doesn't help much either.
There we need to abolish the IRS and switch to a national sales tax, so imports don't evade taxes and have a cost advantage when sold here.
Ironman wrote:I wonder if you just don't understand what all this reform entails. Maybe you're just against the public option?
Ironman wrote:I agree with your last point for the most part. I think medicare/medicaid and any public option or expansion of those programs should reimburse at a higher rate. With increased efficiency and no more of those uninsured emergency room visits that go unpaid, it shouldn't be a problem.
Admittedly there have been so many bills that it's impractical to know them all, but the last Senate/House bill was planning to cut medicare/medicaid reimbursement rates in order to make up other new costs. You can argue we have to do it since the nation is bankrupt, but it won't help people on those plans. Expanding those plans, or a public option, would be even worse.
Ironman wrote:Poverty in general causes so many social ills.
Poverty doesn't cause most social ills - social ills cause poverty. By today's standards, 200 years ago virtually 100% of the US population would be considered destitute. If poverty caused social ills, there would have been a total societal breakdown.