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  •  Hong Kong is Conservatopia. (3+ / 0-)
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    a gilas girl, caul, divineorder

    It went directly from being Her Britannic Majesty's Crown Colony of Hong Kong, ruled despotically by a governor appointed in London, to being ruled by a similar official appointed in Beijing. The 1997 handover agreement between Britain and the PRC maintained a veneer of democracy, there are some basic democratic rights for the citizenry and a toothless legislature, but nothing most Americans would be comfortable with.

    Fitting that our cons would embrace a system like that, when they are as suspicious of the right to vote as they are.

    Fuck me, it's a leprechaun.

    by MBNYC on Tue May 07, 2013 at 08:05:36 AM PDT

    •  Yes (6+ / 0-)
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      leema, MBNYC, MrJayTee, No Exit, Laconic Lib, caul

      The ways in with the HK system is appealing are due to:

      1) Low marginal taxes in general. The top income tax rate being 17% (last I checked), (even if it is technically "progressive" because it starts at 2% then 7% in increments so the wealthier are taxed more). They also don't tax capital gains or any sales/VAT (except for sin taxes)

      2) The suppression of democracy that serves the wealthy and offers cheap, marginalized workers to serve their "free market" system.

      But my point was more to show that there are countless aspects of the HK system which would not quite make it on the conservative Republican party platform :)

      FFS, the right-wingers call the ACA private insurance mandate "marxist" -- who knows what kind words they have for Hong Kong's actual universal healthcare system (not single payer, but two tier -- like New Zealand..)

      and Milton Friedman used to call the minimum wage "a racist policy" and all sorts of over things (Paul Ryan hates the minimum wage too as an apostle of Ayn Rand)

      Their delusion of the "free market" ideals seems to come mostly from HK's low taxation. But there are significant public expenditures and an oft-ignored safety net that would make the GOP vomit.

      Deficits don't matter, jobs do.

      by aguadito on Tue May 07, 2013 at 08:33:57 AM PDT

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