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  •  Some poll questions (2+ / 0-)
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    Albanius, dkosdan

    support and reinforce public ignorance of how systems work.  Certainly, the two parties want to battle it out over whether  Obama or Dubya is more responsible for the recession.  The truth is, tht to the degree politicians are responsible for such swings in the business cycle, if you want to make it a partisan question, it would be much more reasonable to ask whether Ronald Reagan or Bill Clinton that was more responsible, as Reagan presided over the initiaition of the deregulatory madness in general, and Clinton that made the deregulation of banking and finance  a centerpiece of his presidency.  But of course, the real problem wasn't either of the individuals, it was the social adoption of the ideology of deregulatory reform, and the social classes that successfully imposed that ideology on our society for their own benefit.   What emerges as particularly noteworthy is that while this matter gets reduced to whether Obama or Bush is to blame, the ideology of deregulated dominance of capital remains completely unchanged and unchallenged.  So the one thing we can be certai of is that what we've just gone throgh is something we should expect to go through again in the none-too-distant future.

    Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?

    by ActivistGuy on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 08:08:21 AM PST

    •  it's a political q and not a policy q n/t (2+ / 0-)
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      annieli, dkosdan

      "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

      by Greg Dworkin on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 08:14:50 AM PST

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      •  Then a dysfunctional politics (2+ / 0-)
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        Albanius, dkosdan

        that almost deliberately leads the public away  from understanding and addressing the real issue, a politics that fails to learn from even the most recent of disasters.  And to indulge a politics almost guaranteed to repeat the economic and social trauma we've just started to emerge from is a horrendously self-destructive politics.  With an enormous  pricetag that all of us except the 1% will have to pay.  Again.

        Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?

        by ActivistGuy on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 08:19:01 AM PST

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