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Wed Mar 13, 2019, 06:32 PM

Bring Back Eisenhower Socialism

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019
by OtherWords


Conservatives want you to believe that not having to choose between paying for rent or medicine is Soviet-style tyranny

by Chuck Collins



A Stalinesque Dwight Eisenhower statue looms over Abilene, Kansas. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Beware of the specter of socialism!

Anytime a politician proposes a wildly popular idea that helps ordinary people, a few grumpy conservatives will call them “socialists.” Propose to reduce college debt, help sick families, or ensure the super-rich pay their fair share of taxes — suddenly you’re a walking red nightmare.

Utah Republican Rep. Chris Stewart is so alarmed he’s convened an “Anti-Socialism Caucus” to ward off “the primitive appeal of socialism” that will “infect our institutions.” Democrats’ talk of restoring higher income tax rates on the wealthiest or helping families with childcare was enough to trigger Treasury Secretary Steve Munchin to quip, “We’re not going back to socialism.”

These same politicians consistently vote for tax cuts for the rich and to gut taxes and regulations on corporations so they can exercise their full freedom and liberty — to mistreat workers, pollute the environment, and rip off their customers.

The “shrink government” fear-mongers want you to believe there are only two flavors of economic ice cream. Choose strawberry and you get liberty-choking gulag communism. From this vantage, any proposal to rein in the unchecked power of global corporations and the rule-rigging rich is creeping socialism.

Choice number two, blueberry, is plutocracy, a society where the super-rich lord over the rest of us. It’s an economically polarized dystopia with stagnant wages and a declining standard of living for the majority.

Conservative demagogues aim to scare you into embracing their pro-plutocrat agenda as the only tolerable choice.

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Judi Lynn Wednesday OP
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True Blue American Wednesday #4
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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Mar 13, 2019, 06:40 PM

1. Nobody paid the top marginals....that's a falacy

Back then 3 martini lunch was a deductible...loop holes were common.
NOBODY paid 90-70%

JFK...cut the rates....increased Treasury revenue...that's a fact

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Response to AncientGeezer (Reply #1)

Fri Mar 15, 2019, 10:45 PM

14. Guess the GOP's assertion that trickle-down works is true, then

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Mar 13, 2019, 06:47 PM

2. England has universal health care and very heavy death taxes on the rich

and probably a decent wage. But they have not gotten rid of their rich and their aristocracy. We could do that and still have people who do something and end up rich. J. K. Rowling is an example. She started out on their version of welfare and became richer than the Queen. I don't think they stifled wealth creation, do you?

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Response to demigoddess (Reply #2)

Wed Mar 13, 2019, 06:49 PM

4. They did cut into the Aristocracy

By levering huge taxes on big Estates. Broke many of them up.

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Response to demigoddess (Reply #2)

Wed Mar 13, 2019, 07:00 PM

6. GB has a mixed health care system...both public and private...

You know that right? You should.

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Response to AncientGeezer (Reply #6)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 11:42 PM

12. I do.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Mar 13, 2019, 06:47 PM

3. Gave us the

Interstate system designed on the Autobahn in Germany.

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Response to True Blue American (Reply #3)

Wed Mar 13, 2019, 06:56 PM

5. Do you know what else happened during the formation of the Autobahn?

Any clue?

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Response to AncientGeezer (Reply #5)

Wed Mar 13, 2019, 07:06 PM

7. I have a pretty good idea

Since my future Husband was there. So was my Father.Next question?

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Response to True Blue American (Reply #7)

Wed Mar 13, 2019, 07:10 PM

8. Your future husband was there in the 1920's? Your Dad?

Either of them in the 1930's....1940's.....
Please explain the time line for us.

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Response to True Blue American (Reply #7)

Wed Mar 13, 2019, 07:13 PM

9. They were in the war. i certainly do not remember the 1920's.

My Dad would.

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Response to True Blue American (Reply #7)

Wed Mar 13, 2019, 07:15 PM

10. My Grandfather was there back then....and I'm 57

He jumped on a ship as a hand because he saw what was coming...

If your Dad remembers the 1920's....he's in his late 90's

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Response to AncientGeezer (Reply #10)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 12:05 AM

11. And your point is ????

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 11:48 PM

13. gee, you guys are testy.

yes, I know some of the rich guys have a hard time but they still have people with titles and names even if they have to find a way to earn a living on their estate and pay death duties. As far as I am concerned it is the cost of having more money than you need to live. And the cost of having healthy neighbors who don't die out in huge numbers. On Downton Abbey they made the point that at WWI a lot of the men who they needed for soldiers were not healthy enough to serve due to the very rich/very poor divide. Lately I heard on the news that many American men who want to sign up for the military, fail the physical. Sound familiar??We are going the way of the British before WWI. And it ain''t a good idea.

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