Argiculturally speaking, marijuana is no more expensive to produce than wheat. Wheat is currently $316 per metric ton. I don't think marijuana is that cheap. But it could be, if produced locally.
Being illegal to sell, and smuggled across a border, does increase the price.
Specifically: all other things being equal, a smuggled, illegal firearm will be more expensive than that same firearm if it manufactured and sold legally in the US.
The government wouldn't pay importation prices or taxes, either.
Eliminating guns would limit the possibility of gun violence. Although this fact applies to all guns, I was referring specifically to automatics and machine guns, which I think should be outlawed.
Largely due to the impracticability of implementing such a law at this time, I'm not in favour of outlawing all guns.
Smuggled marijuana is more expensive than when legal and grown locally. The same is true of smuggled firearms and those manufactured locally.
The fact is people are being replaced by machines everyday with no jobs or future work for those being displaced. That cant be economicly sound no matter how you cut it.
We dont need new technology, we need more jobs.
Our population grows at about +8%-10% every 15 years.
6.9 billion (now) +8% every ten years or so for 270 years = nearly 22 billion.
We can barely afford to keep up social services, schools, and healthcare right here in America. I highly doubt we will be cruising the universe a la Star Trek, or colonizing planets any time soon...if EVER.
The problem I have with new tech is it already has lead to over population problems and an increase in unemployment. There as a time when there was certain jobs considered 'high school' jobs such as landscaping and fast foods. Now thos high schoolers are competing with adults for those jobs because the job market just cant handle the amount of people looking for a job.
No, it's pretty definitely a racist epithet. Did you happen to read Webster's usage note?
We didn't "take it for granted." mrmaul558 and I discussed, in detail, when it was, when it was not, and how we both defined what a "racist word" meant to us.
I'm pretty sure that's the opposite of "taking it for granted." You sure you read this thread?