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  1. Jack Parkman

    How drunk will TLR get this holiday season?

    Hall of Fame Baseball Person......who is a drunk
  2. Jack Parkman

    2020 NBA Offseason Thread

    Guys, I've been out of the loop in the NBA for a while. I only casually pay attention to the Bulls these days. Besides players like LeBron, Curry, Giannis, AD, and older stars like Westbrook and Paul, I don't know who is really good around the league right now. I think Lillard, Butler and Jokic are good, and I know Doncic looks studly, but can you guys tell me who the other top players are these days? Also thought Porzingis was pretty good but idk what tier he's in.
  3. Jack Parkman

    Offseason Targets

    Trading top prospects for a rental is a recipe for disaster. I'd rather go after Darvish or someone with more control.
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    Garrett Crochet

    Given that he only threw 20-30 innings last year, I think they should use him in the MLB bullpen in a multi-inning weapon role for 70-100 innings. His stuff and command is good enough to go on the Chris Sale plan of all development at the MLB level. He could be slotted into the MLB rotation in 2022 should a CBA get done.
  5. Jack Parkman

    George Springer Thread

    QFT. Nobody in their right mind would be a White Sox fan.
  6. Jack Parkman

    2020 Election Thoughts

    That was one of the things that was initially in the ACA, Medicaid expansion. That got gutted by the GOP and the SCOTUS. It sucks right now because sometimes you have to go a ridiculous distance if you're not in an urban area to find someone that will take it. I'm of the opinion that for-profit healthcare is bad because it leads to management of chronic conditions rather than solving them, because it is more profitable. Also, drug companies extort patients who need their medication to function or survive, like those with mental illness or something like HIV. They force them to pay exorbitant prices for their medication and they have no choice but to do it. Anyway, I'm sick and tired of discussing policy.
  7. Jack Parkman

    2020 Election Thoughts

    Medicaid is a program that is only for people on SSI or have an income below the poverty line. Many primary care providers and specialists do not accept it because it is run by the states and their payments are delayed. Insurance companies pay providers relatively quickly, while medicaid takes months to pay out. For example, if you work in a manufacturing facility making $10/hr and working 50 hrs/week you don't qualify, because you make too much money.
  8. Jack Parkman

    2020 Election Thoughts

    C'mon man. You can't get anything without a job......You might as well have a gun to your head and be forced to work. The only people that don't work are those shut out by the employers or have a spouse willing to support them. One of the biggest myths out there is that people that otherwise need to, choose not to work. That doesn't happen. People are shut out of the workforce because they're considered "undesirable" for one reason or another, whether that be past mistakes or something else entirely.
  9. Jack Parkman

    2020 Election Thoughts

    We have that. It's called Medicaid. Medicaid is what it is. Part of the issue is I don't believe in for-profit healthcare because insurance is an exclusionary product, and they behave in ways to make excuses to deny coverage, regardless of whether or not your doctor thinks that it's necessary. Also, did you know that they passed a bill in like 2012 or so that does not allow anyone to negotiate the price of drugs and medical procedures?
  10. Jack Parkman

    2020 Election Thoughts

    I don't believe in exploitative business models and they should be illegal and a violation of labor law. Sorry. It's not that he sucks at what he does, it's that his business model is faulty. Get a business model where the numbers actually work and are not exploitative. I think a lot of business models that are commonly accepted are unacceptable and unsustainable.
  11. Jack Parkman

    2020 Election Thoughts

    You don't seem to understand how the public option regardless of income works. You pay into the system based on income. It comes out of your taxes. For example, if you make between $75-$100k as a household in the current M4A bill, then you pay an extra 4k in taxes. For example, in the private insurance market place, average deductibles are in the $8-12k range, along with your monthly premiums, let's say around $600-800/month. If you end up in the hospital, you're paying 16-20k out of pocket before you get any coverage.
  12. Jack Parkman

    2020 Election Thoughts

    No, the minimum wage should be tied to cost of living among other things. However, if the convenience store owner can't afford to pay his employee a living wage.....then maybe he shouldn't be in business and his business model is bad? It's up to the owner to make the numbers work.
  13. Jack Parkman

    2020 Election Thoughts

    Thank you for proving my point for me. @Balta1701 is right. If you don't treat internet as a utility, people get left behind. Also, as fast as cell phone hotspots are, they are nowhere near as fast as gigabit or 10 gigabit internet that you get from an ISP.
  14. Jack Parkman

    2020 Election Thoughts

    Yup........that's what I mean by the welfare system subsidizing corporate profits.
  15. Jack Parkman

    2020 Election Thoughts

    That's a myth actually. The companies that pay their workers minimum wage are so profitable that even doubling it would barely put a dent into their profits. The only thing that raising the minimum wage does is puts more money in people's pockets. Go look at the study that was done in King County, WA after the minimum wage was raised to $15. The welfare system actually doesn't subsidize people......it subsidizes corporate profits.
  16. Jack Parkman

    2020 Election Thoughts

    Think of Maslow's Hierarchy of needs. When it comes to things that should be provided by the government: Food, if you can't afford it Shelter, if you can't afford it. A Public Option for healthcare if you want to use it.....regardless of income. Also, you can't function in the modern world without internet access, so I think that should be included in your utilities. Everyone should have access. Same with cell phones, they can be attached to your internet access. That's it.... HOWEVER: There are things that legislation could and should do to make the path to independence/the middle class as smooth as possible such as: 1. Reigning in college tuition and capping student loan interest rates at 1% 2. Strengthening workplace protections and labor laws.....making employers have to recognize a union if one wants to form. There should be no barriers to creating a union if the workers so choose. 3. Reigning in capitalism's excesses, by taking down corporations such as Amazon, Facebook, Google, and the big banks, also groups like Comcast, and cell phone providers, etc....competition leads to innovation. The Sherman Antitrust act is there for a reason.....use it. 4. Strong minimum wage laws and limits on how much a person can work during the week. 5. End the Independent contractor bullshit. That's just a way for an employer to skirt around paying benefits packages. 6. Instead of just handing out tax breaks to corporations like candy, instead make them earn them. If they reinvest in their employees, reinvest in their company..hire more people....things that actually help the economy.....If they do those things, then they get a tax break. 7. Make it easier for small businesses to compete on a macro level and grow......BREAK UP MONOPOLIES AND CARTELS!!! A huge thing is how businesses react to downturns in the economy in this culture.......instead of laying people off, everyone takes a pay cut...that's a more humane option.
  17. Jack Parkman

    2020 Election Thoughts

    There are people on one side of the aisle that continue not only to ignore human suffering, but actually enhance it. Bunch of sick sadists, they are. They couldn't give a flying fuck if people are dying. Did my donors make money last week? How much are they going to contribute?
  18. Jack Parkman

    2020 Election Thoughts

    Yup.....Plausible deniability. Lots of in person meetings that leave no record in discreet locations.
  19. Jack Parkman

    2020 Election Thoughts

    The way that you see what people actually want is on the state ballot initiatives. Things that seem to pass overwhelmingly Decriminalization of drugs/legalization of marijuana Raising the minimum wage Making healthcare more affordable so far..... What would also help is if economists would quit lying to the American people. More disposable income in the hands of more people is better for the economy than the wealthy continuing to hoard.
  20. Jack Parkman

    2020 Election Thoughts

    If I felt that there were a lot of people that actually wanted those things....yeah. I believe in the vision of Franklin D. Roosevelt. A necessitous man is not a free man. I have a very different definition of freedom than the modern GOP.
  21. Jack Parkman

    2020 Election Thoughts

    Not necessarily. I think there is a large portion of any country that is susceptible to propaganda though. It takes a keen eye to separate the facts from the bullshit. For example: Do I think that Putin has something on Trump? Yeah. Do I think the KGB interfered in US elections? Yeah. Do I think they're responsible for Trump being elected in 2016? No. We did that to ourselves.
  22. Jack Parkman

    2020 Election Thoughts

    There are no contribution limits anymore. Those were stripped by the Buckley vs. Valeo decision by SCOTUS in the mid 70s. In 2010 the SCOTUS stripped it even more with the Citizens United decision, saying that a donor can be anonymous and that campaign limits violated the 1st amendment, as money is speech. So therefore, you can have as much free speech as your money can buy.
  23. Jack Parkman

    2020 Election Thoughts

    There are people that don't give a fuck about democracy as long as they win their culture war.
  24. Jack Parkman

    2020 Election Thoughts

    A system in which elected officials are held accountable to the voters in their district/state rather than whomever can give them the most money for their campaign? Shit would get solved really quickly and bipartisanship would return. American Politics has turned into a culture war rather than actually solving the problems facing the country.
  25. Jack Parkman

    2020 Election Thoughts

    They both may be liars, but you know exactly who they are and who they serve despite what comes out of their mouth. What I mean is that they're transparent about who they are and what they stand for. They don't hide it.
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