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  •  Knowledge is power! (8+ / 0-)

    It is amazing how uninformed most people are on the basic economic facts that affect their lives, and how quickly they throw up their hands in exasperation and think nothing can be done about it.  Anyone with a minimal knowledge of history and ability to read some charts can see the relationship between certain policies and the expansion or contraction of the middle class and its relative share of the nation's wealth.

    But the minute you start discussing the data, much like with climate change, you see how the conversation has been muddied with lies and false "facts" propagated by the 1%, that don't even allow for common ground to begin the discussion.  What should be a straightforward discussion of specific policies turns into a quasi-theological "how many angels can dance on the head of a pin" exercise in futility and irrelevance.

    Only by persistently getting the truth out there and refuting all the misinformation will the public be informed enough to demand the change necessary to return a semblance of fairness to the lives of most Americans.

    "Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it." ~ Mark Twain

    by wonkydonkey on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 09:37:24 AM PST

    •  There Were People Speaking Up About This At the (5+ / 0-)

      time these policies were being passed. There was no reason any of this had to happen, in terms of what was known about economics and warnings being put out.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 09:47:34 AM PST

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      •  I completely agree with you (4+ / 0-)

        It was sold to the people with The Gipper's ingratiating smile as an alternative to the alleged "malaise" that was nothing more than an attempt at honestly discussing the natino's problems like adults.

        So here we are 40 years later after the "Morning in America" still with no real energy or climate change policy, an unstable economy that makes "stagflation" seem like a stroll in the park, and a middle class completely looted of its jobs, homes and future economic security in the name of "free markets."

        We got government "off our back" to make room for the vulture financial capitalists to climb on-board and ream us raw.

        "Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it." ~ Mark Twain

        by wonkydonkey on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 10:14:36 AM PST

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