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  •  Um, Yes They Were (2+ / 0-)
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    Sure, individual fortunes go up and down, but in the postwar period until the Great Decline began with Reagan, people had more job security, more affordable education and health care, better funded infrastructure and less pressure from income inequality than we have now.

    "I'll believe that corporations are people when I see Rick Perry execute one."

    by bink on Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 11:39:49 AM PDT

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    •  True in terms of economics, education, healthcare (1+ / 0-)
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      Sun dog

      but not so true in terms of racial and gender equalty. And it was not a good time for the LGBT community all those decades ago.  

      It was very good for all things but equal rights and civil rights.

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      by wishingwell on Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 03:44:52 PM PDT

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    •  some people (1+ / 0-)
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      people had more job security, more affordable education and health care,
      Just don't tell anyone that you're gay.  Just don't even be a woman.  Or black.  Not if you want in to some of the most desirable positions.  We still have those problems on a different level but at least some things are moving in the right direction.  

      And yes, I recognize the 'Great Decline' and the effects of the urp Reagan Revolution.  I just don't see despondency and "I don't believe in America any more" as any kind of a response to it.  We've been flying by the seat of our pants in this country since colonial days and we've always gotten lots of things wrong.  But I believe the better angels of our nature have always been worth fighting for.  

      When the truth is only a matter of opinion, advantage goes to the liars.

      by Sun dog on Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 05:35:50 PM PDT

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