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  •  nothing that can't be fixed (0+ / 0-)

    we could pay off our debt in a decade if we wanted to.

    we're rich enough.

    -You want to change the system, run for office.

    by Deep Texan on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 01:34:23 PM PDT

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    •  Except we don't have the political (3+ / 0-)
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      NoMoreLies, mrkvica, happymisanthropy

      will to do so, and again, are in no danger of finding it. If your sine wave includes all of US History, then sure, I can see it. Seeing as how we now have the largest wealth gap in over a century (and possibly longer, since we don't have data going any further back), you'd have to have that long a "wave" in your measuring kit. Small comfort to those of us who won't live long enough to catch the wave back to the top (meaning everyone alive today, most likely.)
      Climate change also throws a serious monkey wrench into your construct, since it represents an absolute ceiling for all kinds of things with which no past US (or world) government has had to contend.

      "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

      by bryduck on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 01:45:51 PM PDT

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      •  now that it's at the top (0+ / 0-)

        the pressure will be on.

        you could almost map it out with an algorithm.

        -You want to change the system, run for office.

        by Deep Texan on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 01:48:37 PM PDT

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        •  Riiiiiight. (3+ / 0-)
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          Hey, I hope you are right. I've lived my entire adult life under the thumb of increasing Reaganism (turned 18 in 1980), however, and have studied US History relatively professionally for a lot of time since, and imho, we are witnessing a decline unlike any we've ever had. No US generation has lived worse than their parents. Until now. Income has never declined for this long a time. Until now. No political party has ever run on hatred of government and won so consistently and for so long. Until now.
          Etc.
          Etc.
          Etc.

          "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

          by bryduck on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 01:52:48 PM PDT

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          •  i think it was worse back in the 70's for a time (0+ / 0-)

            i guess it depended on where you lived.

            -You want to change the system, run for office.

            by Deep Texan on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 01:54:17 PM PDT

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            •  Not likely, except for LGBT issues. (0+ / 0-)

              Think about that in this way: in what arenas have policy and practice improved since then?
              Voting rights? Nope; they're getting eroded as we speak.
              Money in politics? Nope; the SC ruled that is A-OK, with no restrictions.
              Economy? Nobody can point to evidence suggesting that it has.
              Traditional values (in the US, meaning homeownership, class mobility, and "Progress", not what the Evangelicals refer to)? No; it takes far more of a % of our salaries to buy a house, class mobility is disappearing, and nothing seems to be "improving" that I can point to.
              Find me a place or a group of people (again, except for LGBT laws, for which I am grateful) whose prospects have improved since then. Please.

              "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

              by bryduck on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 04:31:36 PM PDT

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