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  •  This used to really burn me up, having (24+ / 0-)

    to in essence sell my life to have any income because working full time took so much out of me it always seemed nothing was left. I resented not having time to be, to think, to live.

    I never read any explanation contrasting a worker's life to a capitalist's life like this. It would be good if working people realized this. Because they might be more supportive of more equitable distribution through higher taxes on those capitalists.

    The capitalists who bother me the most are those, like GWB, and many others, who get fabulously wealthy by getting government to support their projects such as sports stadiums, then they reap the rewards. Meanwhile they make the seats so expensive no people of modest means can afford to see a game.

    "extreme concentration of income is incompatible with real democracy.... the truth is that the whole nature of our society is at stake." Paul Krugman

    by Gorette on Mon Jun 11, 2012 at 11:49:58 AM PDT

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    •  Good point ~ (12+ / 0-)

      One reason the conservative low tax/small government message is still salable to the masses is that it is wrapped in the myth of class mobility.

      Many aspire to be in the class that benefits from lower taxation. Of course, in America today, few who are not born into that class will achieve that dream.

      A simple message busting both myths will help to enhance an understanding of and empathy for progressive values!


      The important and difficult job is never to find the right answers, it is to find the right question. For there are few things as useless–if not dangerous–as the right answer to the wrong question. -- P. Drucker

      by The Angry Architect on Mon Jun 11, 2012 at 12:11:18 PM PDT

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      •  Great quote. My philosophy prof had a (1+ / 0-)
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        choice of topics for an essay and I chose: "Not what he says but what he asks makes the philosopher." Reminded me of that which I loved. Got an A+. heh.

        "extreme concentration of income is incompatible with real democracy.... the truth is that the whole nature of our society is at stake." Paul Krugman

        by Gorette on Mon Jun 11, 2012 at 04:42:29 PM PDT

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    •  That's part of what it was about in the1912 strike (3+ / 0-)
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      for Bread and Roses.

      As we come marching, marching in the beauty of the day,
      A million darkened kitchens, a thousand mill lofts gray,
      Are touched with all the radiance that a sudden sun discloses,
      For the people hear us singing: "Bread and roses! Bread and roses!"
      As we come marching, marching, we battle too for men,
      For they are women's children, and we mother them again.
      Our lives shall not be sweated from birth until life closes;
      Hearts starve as well as bodies; give us bread, but give us roses!

      As we come marching, marching, unnumbered women dead
      Go crying through our singing their ancient cry for bread.
      Small art and love and beauty their drudging spirits knew.
      Yes, it is bread we fight for -- but we fight for roses, too!

      As we come marching, marching, we bring the greater days.
      The rising of the women means the rising of the race.
      No more the drudge and idler -- ten that toil where one reposes,
      But a sharing of life's glories: Bread and roses! Bread and roses!

    •  Gorette, it's inheritance. Not (0+ / 0-)

      necessarily government. Then lax law helps them keep it.

      I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about real change in Washington ... *I'm asking you to believe in yours.* Barack Obama

      by samddobermann on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 02:48:02 AM PDT

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