The current middle class is the problem too. No economic system can provide electric garage door openers and 60 inch plasma t.v.s for everyone. Middle classers have lived like the wealthy for far too long. Take that limited wealth and produce something that provides the lower classes some purpose to take up oxygen. Quit telling your kids to get an education so they won't have to work hard. Everyone has to work hard. Those that don't work hard are called bums, no matter how much is in their 401k. Quit buying crap from the far East - even if it has double the RAM. How many damned computerized toilet bowl cleaning brushes do you need? And no, you have no right to retire and make me pay you a social security salary while you live in your vacation home in Costa Rica or tour the country in your r.v. Orphans need parents. Working parents need baby-sitters, Wal mart needs greeters. And no I'm not paying for your hip replacement because of your lifetime bad golf swing. Limp or sell something to pay the surgeon. Likewise, I shouldn't have to pay for a medicare RASCAL so you can have the best mobility at your retirement home.
Can you tell I'm mad? I'm the maddest at this hack doodler for helping the Republicans co-opt the Teat Party. That is what it has become. It only wants to eliminate certain teats instead of most of them. It could use some folks pissed of at multi-national corporations. Those snakes deserve stomping just like the ones in the cartoon. I guess the doodler thinks all of those snakes (the current condition of SS, medicare as we know it, welfare for single young men, public broadcasting for the Starbucks class, and education that ranks 29th in the world) are hunky dory pets instead of the venomous plague that imperils our Republic.
Now somebody critique me because i spelled something wrong. -finis.
I wish there was an ignore button so that I didn't have to see the Francis, Blackwater, and DudeAbides comments. If I wanted to see insults, I'd watch Hannity or that Ed guy.
As far as where to go from here - the government is terrible at spurring economic growth. Economists have pretended to know how to do it and we all act like characters in the Emperor has No Clothes. All the government can do is pick winners and losers. That's not government, its tyranny. The solution is simple - spend less than the revenue you take in and apply the surplus to past debt. No program, company, media, branch of the military or person is entitled to anything. Don't just cut projected increases - cut everything some real amount.
As far as poverty goes - all we have is a poverty of culture. When everyone has their own culture, there is no common culture. Without a common culture America is an abstract land with arbitrary borders. That may be where we are now now that every 19 year old is an "educated" philosopher who can't produce anything unless it is in iambic pentameter or alternative to pre-1960s America.
While that era might not have been perfect, at least people then knew the value of work and the education necessary to gain valuable vocational skills. As far as kids not being able to learn because of poverty - bull. Poor people are no less smart than the wealthy. They know the words to more country and/or rap songs than I do. Some poor kids excel and rise above their parents who lay in crack and meth houses. Actually, more would learn more if they were poorer. Nothing sparks effort like 1200 calories worth of rice and beans a day, two sets of clothes and one (or no) pair of shoes - not athletic ones. God knows parents don't require effort of their kids unless its on the athletic field. Why work when the roof, the food and athletic courts are nearly free?
People need to get hungry, both figuratively and literally. Corporations, the favored darlings of the governing class, and the chronically unproductive need to know loss. Our Republic cannot survive another decade of NAFTA-GATT and all the Corporate theft it has engendered, nor can it last long if we can't keep the lazy and crazy from out-breeding the productive. Yeah - I said it. At some point there has to be some disincentive to birth fatherless children. The rest of us cannot bear the responsibility for feeding the "flash mobs" that continue to shoot up Coolidge Park for much longer.
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MT - fair point. Not all Christians are republicans and not all republicans are Christians. My only point is that leftist intolerance of Christianity seems to be the intolerance du jour these days. Its pretty sad. Liberal used to mean something great.
I'm not a Huckabee fan. However, if people think this guy is theocratic or dumb, they must have some underlying fear of Christianity. Jesuphobic. I think that has a nice ring to it. Maybe some of you guys and gals should actually read the New Testament before you are so quick to malign those who profess to try and follow its tenets. A little tolerance goes along way.
With the current emissions standards (as well as all the other non-emissions hoops required for inspections these days) only expensive cars make it onto the roadway legally. Coupled with high oil prices, few refineries and a near monopoly of gasoline distributors and retailers, only the wealthiest of us can afford to drive. Did I mention legally mandated insurance?
We're building bike lanes and passing 3 feet laws. I think Volkswagen recently built 6 new assembly plants just like ours in China. This is a strange kind of progress. We're progressing back to 1900.
Equality is a farce. We are not created equal. I love Jefferson, but even our Founders made mistakes.
Of course we have the right to disparage other cultures, just as we are free to disparage our own. Dalton rightly disrespected the Nazi culture in the article above. That is because it is not worthy of respect.
Cultures are not equal no matter the measuring stick used. Some are better than others at various and sundry things. Some are successful. Some are extinct. Ours has no guarantee of sticking around. We had better find things worthy to praise and unworthy to chastise.
Culture matters. All of them can be improved.
I don't get it. Maybe I shouldn't vote.
Is Clay for implementing a poll test? Surely not. I know I must be overlooking something. There has got to be some cleverness I am missing. It is quarter to one. I'll revisit later.
Yeah, regulating the instrumentalities of interstate commerce - lock construction - is equivalent to paying single men to use foodstamps at Greenlife for organic coffee.
There is a reason for a "Federal" government. If you folks can't figure out what for, name yourself "spelunking evil angel" and make fun of serious people worried about the future of their country.
I can't really believe that of all this talk of Ms. Piven, one side only sees the evil of Beck's commenters and the other side only the evil of her Machiavellian calculations.
I recognize both. Which is the most important and thought provoking to discuss? The cure for bad speech is more speech. People don't need to be "moderated." They need to be exposed. These idiot commenters were exposed. This "Professor" who has likely shaped the minds of young adults has been exposed. Isn't both of those things healthy?
Should you folks be "moderated?" Should I? Does no one think the more important discussion should be about the absolute failure of the war on poverty. Like every other social "war," it was/is a failure. Evidently Beck is not. We are all still talking about him and the Ms. Piven he brought to us.
But Oh I forgot, he's just crazy and hateful and probably doesn't recycle.