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  •  And another - my dad died when I was 20 in 1972 (5+ / 0-)

    Back then, Social Security survivor benefits were paid until age 22 if you were a full time student, which I was.  I was able to finish college.  

    My dad was also a WWII vet (Navy, Chief Petty Officer, flew blimps).  I'm not an economist, but it just seems so obvious that a strong, secure middle class is the engine that drives a healthy economy.  Without the Social Contract and the supports provided by programs like the GI Bill, student loans, and Social Security people will fall out of the middle class or stay permanently in a struggling underclass.  

    After the war, my dad became a successful plant manager and eventually CEO of a medium-size manufacturing firm with 6 plants.  And by the way, he made $25,000 per year when the average worker in his plants made $2,500.  Yes, he did make more - but not 400 times more.  As the "late child" born to my parents when they were 40, I did enjoy some things that my Depression-era siblings did not.  But I sure heard the stories about the Depression and I knew, at least second-hand, how terrifying it could be to lose a job before any of those supports existed.

    And these Republican assholes would eviscerate those supports.  

    "I'll be more enthusiastic about encouraging thinking outside the box when there's evidence of any thinking going on inside it." Terry Pratchett

    by kiwiheart on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 04:46:41 AM PDT

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