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If anyone's wondering why I haven't been here much lately, it's because I feel no one is learning anything from 2016. Neoliberalism is a thing and it doesn't win elections in the 21st Century. People want a candidate that's going to take strong, non-waffling stands on human rights the rest of the world enjoys. Enough living in the goddamned Reagan 1980s. Enough taking solar panels off the roof. Enough introducing more rightwingedness into American economics. Enough medical bankruptcies. Enough governing by mythology. Enough science denial. Enough of spitting on women, children, veterans and the LGBTQI community. Enough kicking the can. ENOUGH. America needs to move past it's "everything has to be about making a buck" bullshit. I'd prefer a candidate not born during the FDR/Truman administrations. No offense, but you had your time . . . and you got us Trump. Plus, I can't take another one of these still-Capitalist Boomer codgers yap on about "bootstraps" when college now costs a mortgage, necessity costs have been outpacing wage growth for 20 years and automation promises to kill more jobs than it creates. I don't want to hear what is or isn't "politically achievable". Kick-the-Can economics was never asked "How is it going to be paid for?". Tax Cuts for the rich were never given a spending limit. Folly wars were never asked "Why is this necessary?". Corporate Pork by the billions was and is always approved. America's safety net needs to be greatly expanded and retirement age needs to be drastically lowered. This country throws out far too many people that still have a decade or two of prime contribution left. If life doesn't get fairer for you or I pretty goddamned quickly, we aren't going to have much of one.

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None DARE call it a scam . . .

PAY WHAT YOU OWE, MIKE DUKE. I'm quite positive the ChinaMart family can afford it.

I said "Whatever gets rid of the Re-branded Feudalism".

That doesn't necessarily mean "Armed and Violent Revolution". But make absolutely no mistake: You need to get RID of Re-branded Feudalism, and you need to get rid of it FAST.

While it's likely a given that in 'Murica (a country where the wealthy and the government have zero reason to fear their workers) a violent revolution would lead to a TheoFascist takeover, you cannot continue with "Capitalism As Is" and expect people to be perfectly OK with it. You cannot. People are getting supremely tired of the excuses of the wealthy and the corporate boards they incestuously slither in and out of as to why an economy on the upswing, an economy that sees an unprecedented skyrocketing in profits, productivity and stock market numbers has an 11-year period of such weak wage and job growth.

And sorry, it all boils down to PAY. It was recently written that 40% of all American workers now make LESS than the inflation adjusted 1968 minimum wage. Y'all are going to sit there and tell me that's FAIR? There are degreed profressionals making less than 30-35k a year. That's criminal. That's THEFT. That's a major break in the social contract. That's pretty much lying to a generation.

You're going to sit there and tell me that this "equitable, fair and prosperous" system that severely undercuts wages and looks for any excuse to move work to cheaper shores is going to somehow survive long-term? You still believe that?? COME on. A linear system that depends on infinite growth, resources, wealth and labor whose architects and executors do everything in their power to limit the access of all four to the producers and consumers that HAVE to keep it going will not succeed if the ability to produce and consume is taken away. You expect people to just be OK with all of that?

I know that these profiteers all have this jack-off-a-thon fantasy of achieving continued profit, growth and wealth without that pesky "additional business", "hiring", "expansion" or "progressive taxation" . . . but it's not happening. You're kidding yourself if you think it is.
Posted by HughBeaumont | Fri Nov 1, 2013, 06:26 PM (1 replies)
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