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  •  By that standard... (2+ / 0-)
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    enhydra lutris, Dumbo

    you can argue that any national interest of any nation benefits its 1%.  I'll give you an extreme top-of-my-head example:

    Swiss neutraility is obviously part of that nation's "agenda of the 1%"; they haven't had to rebuild their infrastructure (or their financial markets) for generations, and that has only helped the 1% to maintain their preeminence in Swiss society and government..

    I could argue that the isolationist US policies of the early 20th century were tools of the "1% agenda", could I not?  They knew that war would cut into their profits and plans for expansion, so they pressured the government to stay out of both World Wars...right?

    If all you look for is "the 1% agenda", that's all you'll ever see.

    The word "parent" is supposed to be a VERB, people...

    by wesmorgan1 on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 11:28:01 AM PDT

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    •  Quite true, but the push for publilc education (1+ / 0-)
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      Pescadero Bill

      in this country was two pronged, so that everybody could read the bible, and to provided an educated workforce, it is in the historical record.

      Obama's push for "healthcare reform" acknowledged the benefit to businesses and wall street, for example. The stats about down time, lost person hours, productivity losses have been talked up for some time now. Curing them is not pushedas a boon to the workerment, but management and owners.

      That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

      by enhydra lutris on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 12:43:04 PM PDT

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      •  Sometimes, on occasion, the needs of the (1+ / 0-)
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        1% and the 99% coincide for different reasons.  That's a good thing, in my view.  We ought to exploit those opportunities more often.

        I've stated before that if I had a business again, I'd be jumping for joy at the idea of SINGLE PAYER, not the ACA as it finally came out.  Why?  Because it's a pain in the ass when you're a small business trying to choose and administer a health plan for your employees and listen to them complain about their plan or their doctors.  It's not what you go into business to do.  So that's a place where the needs of the 1% and the 99% could intersect, except for the insurance industry which would try to sabotage it.  Still, that's just one industry.

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