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  •  Great point (3+ / 0-)

    The only way to get "fiscally conservative" people to understand that fiscally conservative does not equal fiscally responsible is by pointing out how destructive their policies are.

    And one of the best ways to do that is to take something they hate (subsidies for poor--and therefore in their minds, lazy--people) and use it against them.

    •  You'd think that (1+ / 0-)
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      they'd be able to look at these giveaways logically and see they're corporate welfare.

      However, in talking to the dittoheads, they generally see no problem with Walmart - or any other business getting corporate welfare in any way, shape, or form.

      In the case of Walmart itself - they don't blame Walmart because its employees need help.  They blame the employees themselves.  Their cognitive dissonance prevents them from acknowledging that low pay is problematic, even for unskilled labor.  They think it's just a matter of those working unskilled labor jobs being "too lazy" to better themselves.  They simply don't follow that logic to it's ultimate conclusion:  What would happen to these jobs if everyone took their advice and did "better themselves" - it's not like a need for these jobs would simply vanish.

      They always have some abstract concept at the ready to explain away actual logic and reason, thanks in large part to the conservative echo chamber.

    •  Actually... (0+ / 0-)

      The way to get fiscal conservatives and antisocial corporations to see the error of their ways is to not buy their shit. They don't give a flying fuck if their policies are bad for society because the customers keep on coming. How many of you have an iPhone in your pocket right now? The only message they care about comes in their dividend check and P&L statement.

      The lazy people we like to excoriate are us. Many people have achieved a socially responsible purchasing policy, but not enough. We don't like to be inconvenienced. Walmart is an easy target because they sell cheap Chinese junk. Let's look deeper. We seem to have an amazing double standard when it comes to the things we want. How many of you, dear readers, have an iPhone in their pocket? How many of you are reading DK on an iPad? If you want to look at antisocial companies, let's not neglect to shine the flashlight on the monster Mr. Jobs built. You know, the one that sued another company for having rounded corners (learned in engineering 101 as a safety feature, by the way)?

      In this regard, Adam smith was right. We're the invisible hand, and we've taken the century off.

      That picture that was plastered on the top of this post and many others need to go and stay viral. Maybe we can succeed with the next generation.

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