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  •  I remember reading an article somewhere (8+ / 0-)

    "Put Granny To Work!"

    Something about extracting the energy from her rocking chair to power a generator.

    And I couldn't for the life of me tell whether it was snark or no.

    I know you believe you understood what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant. -- S.I. Hayakawa

    by tapu dali on Mon Jun 18, 2012 at 01:59:17 PM PDT

    •  In Ireland, they did put Granny to work. (4+ / 0-)
      Before the famine, workhouses were built around Ireland to house the poor and homeless. They were overcrowded, cold and damp places. The able-bodied were forced to work; the men broke stones and the women knitted. The workhouses were meant for 1% of the population, but during the famine, 50% needed help. The workhouses could hardly manage. Outdoor relief was brought in to take the strain off the workhouse system.
      http://www.bbc.co.uk/...

      When the potato famine hit, it was desperation time.  Many died of starvation.  Those that could, emigrated, many to America.

      Much of the land in Ireland was owned by English lords. They would lease out the land to brokers who would in turn divide it into plots about one acre in size.  Taxes on the land was paid to the landlords, at a set price per individual plot that had a dwelling on it. Once the famine was well underway, a poor tax was instituted, to get money to help the starving. When the   tenants could not afford to pay their rent, things got even worse. In order to reduce their taxes, the landlords  would take the roofs off the tenants houses, then claim the right not to pay the "poor tax," since the property no longer had a dwelling on it.

      Democrats - We represent America!

      by phonegery on Mon Jun 18, 2012 at 02:43:11 PM PDT

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      •  Workhouses (poorhouses in Scotland) are the (2+ / 0-)
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        Republicans' solution to the nation's ills.

        It was Christmas day in the workhouse
        The Warden strode down the halls
        "Did ye enjoy your Christmas dinner?"
        The inmates shouted, "Ba--s!"

        I know you believe you understood what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant. -- S.I. Hayakawa

        by tapu dali on Mon Jun 18, 2012 at 03:15:39 PM PDT

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