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  •  Meanwhile, qtrly GDP nos... (2+ / 0-)
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    Jim P, denise b

    ...which are just as bad--if not far worse--of an indication of what's actually occurring in our society, just moved into negative territory for the first time (off the top of my head) since 2009?!

    This myopic obsession with stats belies greater truths...such as the "touting-of-the-stock-market" meme, which has now taken hold of the MSM's economic narrative.

    We're just about where we were in the DOW in December 2007...oh, wait!

    And, don't talk about the fact that the top 10% (give or take), own somewhere in the neighborhood of 90%+ of all the marketable securities in this country!

    I really stand in awe of politicians and and folks spinning this irrationally exuberant market crap, in general when, in fact, it's just an obscured reinforcement of trickle-down economic thought! ("The market's doing great! Isn't that awesome!?")

    "I always thought if you worked hard enough and tried hard enough, things would work out. I was wrong." --Katharine Graham

    by bobswern on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 09:55:01 AM PST

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    •  I thought it was interesting (1+ / 0-)
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      One day consumer confidence dropped and all the commentators were scrambling to find an explanation for something so irrational. The next day they announced that the economy had contracted.

      We decided to move the center farther to the right by starting the whole debate from a far-right position to begin with. - Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay

      by denise b on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 01:01:18 PM PST

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