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  •  Pain is the Great Teacher (none)
    They don't vote like you so they don't deserve to work?  Is that it?  I guess there are no ripple effects on the greater economy when "those people" are unemployed?

    The market giveth and the market taketh away. Americans, particularly a great number of southerners and rural people in general, have forgotten that. The market is a harsh, harsh mistress and their current prosperity is built on a house of cards that is protected by their political power and subsidized by our wealth. Who subsidized the building of that NC school or hospital? Who pays for the pure theft that is agricultural subsidies?

    If the free market is what these people want, I say give it to them with both barrels. Compete on price. Compete on quality. Compete on innovation. No support. No protection. Creative destruction, is that not their philosophy? I will bet on the Chinese and Indians, not on North Carolina. Borders are meaningless in a globalized world. Why should I care where my clothing comes from?

    Pain and fear of pain are often better teachers than reasonable debate and quiet reflection. This being the case, let them know pain. It will remind them and us why the New Deal was so important and why we need to keep it and make it better. America needs to know again what economic pain means. Without pain there is complacency. Complacency leads to hubris. Hubris leads to arrogance. Arrogance leads to ignorance, and ignorance leads to the adoption of choices that are bad, even disastrous for all of us.

    I'ld say we're at the tail end of that cycle, wouldn't you?

    Sponge Bob, Mandrake, Cartoons. That's how your hard-core islamahomocommienazis work.

    by Benito on Tue Jun 21, 2005 at 02:40:31 PM PDT

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    •  "these people" (none)
      I'd say you're am uninformed bigot, that's what I'd say.

      You've made the assumption that all North Carolinians, by virtue of their congressional and electoral college representations, are hard-core right-wingers. Never mind that they have a Democratic governor and that both houses of the their state legislature are controlled by Democrats.  Never mind that a significant portion of voters there did NOT vote Republican in the last presidential election.  These facts are irrelevant to you.  You hear "North Carolina" and you see Jesse Helms.  Which isn't any different than hearing "South Central LA" and picturing a gangster.

      There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right with America. -- Bill Clinton

      by ThirstyGator on Wed Jun 22, 2005 at 07:36:40 AM PDT

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