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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #1)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 06:03 PM

54. Yep, Wounded Bear, the republicans have been trying to overturn all "social safety net"

legislation since it was passed. They have used every imaginable method to either convince us that it was in our interests to give up on the safety net or to simply take those benefits away, from the 1932 attempted military coup of the government to the Bush/Cheney plan to destroy the safety net through bankruptcy.
The assaults are relentless and they come from every direction. It better not be a democratic President who finally bargains away our security.
But those of us, old enough to remember the days before Reaganomics, know that things worked better when the rich paid taxes (besides actually being able to pay most of our bills).
In fact there were many of us who knew, from the start, that trickle-down economics would not work out well for the bulk of us.
While we had to tighten our belts we were subjected to a constant barrage of anti-poor people propaganda until many believed that they were the cause of all our hardships.
We forgot that most of us could end up among the poor, very easily, and our sympathy then leaned toward the rich (who we all hoped to become one day).
I think that fantasy has about run its course. People are finally waking to the reality of the republican, utopian ideal, and they recognize that they are not included in that vision.
While the rich view FDR as a traitor to his class yet many economists see him as the savior of capitalism, someone who moderated the most extreme abuses of the system so it would not collapse in on itself. That moderation is no longer regulated and the rich are blindly driving us in the same direction we were headed in the late 1920s.

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