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  •  Most businesses used to be local or regional. In (2+ / 0-)
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    Rick Aucoin, 4Freedom

    the neighborhood I grew up in, on my street lived the family of the guy who owned the clothing store, another one who owned the grocery store.  Then there was the family of the people who owned the furniture store and on and on.  They profited and were middle class and lived in my neighborhood.  I went to school with their children - we were more or less equals.  The money they made stayed in our community.

    Now every business where I shop is an international conglomerate that sucks money out of our community and ships it someplace else, sometimes offshore -dividends are paid to stockholders who live outside of the community, a distant management team that lives far away reaps huge benefits and mostly the coporation profits.  They don't contribute locally except in paltry retail wages for the workers and maybe state sales taxes.

    The elevation of appearance over substance, of celebrity over character, of short term gains over lasting achievement displays a poverty of ambition. It distracts you from what's truly important. - Barack Obama

    by helfenburg on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 08:29:09 AM PDT

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    •  And high schools used to be built to look like (1+ / 0-)
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      institutions of higher learning in prominent areas of the community.

      Now, except in 'better neighborhoods' they're being 'enhanced' with portable trailers in a lot of cases. Or simply filled to the brim and the leaky ceilings patched with plastic bags.

      We've fallen pretty far under the rule of the white supremacists.

      Physics is bulls**t. Don't let them fool you. Fire IS magic.
      (Facts brought to you by the Party of the Future - the GOP)

      by Pescadero Bill on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 09:34:45 AM PDT

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