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  •  Too many Democrats (7+ / 0-)

    think that the worldwide playing field should be leveled, and that it's apparently OK to pay Americans $10 a day because that's how much people in third-world countries make, and we're just too comfortable here and should make due with less.

    Never mind that Americans can't LIVE on $10 a day in this country.

    Some of these people seem to want to equalize the world by taking us down to the bottom instead of raising others up to the top with us.

    When you add on corporate greed and the philosophy that however one makes a dollar is a good thing, and sometimes I think those of us who believe in tariffs and honest trade are a vanishing minority.

    "The difference between the right word and the almost-right word is like the difference between lightning and the lightning bug." -- Mark Twain

    by Brooke In Seattle on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 09:41:50 AM PDT

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    •  Race to the Bottom (2+ / 0-)
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      Sagebrush Bob, CalifSherry

      was an apt description of the NAFTA at the time it was being pushed - sadly, it still applies as we plumb new depths.


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      peace

      "There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people." — Howard Zinn

      by peace voter on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 09:57:48 AM PDT

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    •  Here's how $10/day works. (0+ / 0-)

      Americans are forced to quit being the world's one-percenters and are forced to join the 99%.

      So businesses that support one-percenters close up and whole new types of business open. There are some jolts as the market adjusts itself, but those are temporary. Starbucks closes, neighborhood coffee collectives blossom.

      Department stores close, bazaars with local produce and home-made furniture open up.

      People learn to grow their own vegetables and make their own clothes, and to make their clothes last longer. They quit buying silly gold sequined concoctions and buy sturdy, practical workwear. They entertain themselves around campfires instead of supporting multimillion dollar stadiums and concert halls.

      We drive fewer cars, ride more bicycles.

      And so forth.

      It can be done. It just requires will.

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