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  •  The answer to that... (3+ / 0-)
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    The Geogre, Greenfinches, phonegery

    Is for big business to stop funding Republicans. That will change their tune very fast. You would think these supposedly smart businessmen would wake up to the fact that all the money they lose when Republicans have these Tea Party inspired temper tantrums does more damage to their bottom lines in the long term than going along with democratic demands for fair wages and benefits, a safe work environment, and a healthier planet.

    How much has our downgraded credit rating and sluggish economy--whose recovery Republicans thwart at every turn--cost American businesses? How much have increasingly worse natural disasters cost them? At what point will business people wake up and realize that today's Republican Party is not a smart investment? probably around the same time the poor rural white people who vote republican discover they have been voting against their own best interests for decades.

    Electing Republicans to the government is like hiring pyromaniacs as firemen. They all just want to see everything burn to the ground.

    by CatM on Tue Oct 01, 2013 at 07:31:44 AM PDT

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    •  FDR's business liasson (4+ / 0-)
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      [I'm ashamed to admit that I don't recall her name, even as I'm trumpeting her.] She made the simple and important point that bad businesses and inferior businessmen have trouble paying fair wages. Smart businessmen prosper with high wages.

      Henry Ford, of all people, had the dictate that the goal was, "The highest quality possible, at the lowest price possible, paying the highest wages possible." No one is going to confuse him with Karl Marx.

      We need to make it clear that only Buffalo Bill businesses find that they need to "dismantle the EPA." Only simpleton business owners find that "regulations kill jobs." The rest of us abide in a nation of laws.

      Everyone's innocent of some crime.

      by The Geogre on Tue Oct 01, 2013 at 07:56:52 AM PDT

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    •  "Big" Business DOESN'T lose (1+ / 0-)
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      It's the "typical" businesses that feel the heat from the market pressures manufactured in Washington.  The "too-big-to-fail" crowd just patiently wait for them to crumble, then dispatch the vulture capitalists to hoover up the remains.

      It's like a tube of toothpaste -- everything squeezed up to the top, and ultimately out of the tube.  The businesses, the families, the individuals... nothing more than fodder for the ruling elite.  And when they're done with us, they'll have to begin feeding on each other.  That's when we return to a 12th-century feudal system -- but with satellites and drones rather than swords and lances and siege engines.

      I'll believe corporations are people when one comes home from Afghanistan in a body bag.

      by mojo11 on Tue Oct 01, 2013 at 08:11:35 AM PDT

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