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Sun Sep 27, 2015, 05:52 PM

1. Regarding #3 -

Well you and I may be pretty far apart in terms of political world-view/theory (my orientation is libertarian communist if we are going to talk labels), but I'd bet we could find some points of agreement.

If you look at the US historically it was built by small businesses, labor union members, farmers. There were larger businesses but those have become multi-nationals and frankly have sucked this country dry in the past 35 years. If we have any hope of closing the runaway gap between the very wealthy and the rest of us that is what we need to focus on. Companies are being rewarded for getting larger, moving jobs overseas, they don't have to be headquartered here to get tax benefits, and they still have the protection of the US military. We need to look very seriously at what type of behavior we want to reward in this country and who will be benefited when we give specific tax breaks. Currently the top 1/10th of the top 1% is making out like bandits. The rest of us - not so much. We either come up with some sort of New Deal (which Bernie I think could do more capably than most) or we keep letting it fester. People can only lose so much before milling around in the streets becomes a revolution.

Please note that one talking point is that the "give-aways" are too high. Well, we wouldn't have to subsidize neighborhoods with programs if we would have jobs available. There are always going to be a small percentage who take advantage, but I believe most people just want an opportunity. Most aren't getting that right now.

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