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  •  That's what it's always been about (9+ / 0-)

    Republicans have been trying to "starve the beast" for over 30 years.

    Chuck Hagel for Defense Secretary

    by Paleo on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 06:11:07 PM PST

    •  And since politics abhors a vacuum (5+ / 0-)

      our corporate overlords can then step in to partially or totally run our schools, prisons, military, and any other services that government doesn't or can't undertake, without being fettered by any pesky regulations. Plus the big banks and insurers will get a monopoly on retirement plans (for those who still have them, Social Security being gone), and healthcare and health insurance would be totally privatized too. The goal of shrinking government is to enable a giant power grab by the business elite. We got a good preview of this from the Romney campaign.

      •  wow (0+ / 0-)

        That's what we have today.  Led by the likes of Neo-cons and Neo-libs.  I can trace them back at least to the founding of the country.

        Call exploitation and debt slavery whatever you want.

        by jcrit on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 07:06:17 PM PST

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        •  Nope, you ain't seen nothin' yet. (0+ / 0-)

          Dear fellow, if you think that's what we have now, I have some bad news for you. It can get much, much worse. We still have some government that functions on our behalf. They won't rest until every public good has been privatized. They will not rest until they find a way to charge you for every breath of air you take.

          "That's what we have today." Pssh. What you have is a failure of imagination. We're not even close to the kind of totalitarian fascism they want.

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