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  •  Actually, this is a standard (3+ / 0-)

    Theory of the Leisure Class inversion, as laid out by Thorstein Veblen more than a century ago. The Makers who do the real labor of creating anything, traditionally women, slaves, and serfs, are despised, while all honor goes to those Takers in the military, business, and religion who live by

    the display of prowess—force and fraud.
    and in particular by mooching subsidies and tax breaks from governments.

    Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

    by Mokurai on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 11:38:46 AM PST

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    •  True. I think the mistake we make is in (1+ / 0-)
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      thinking that legislation will effect a permanent change. The reason we will always have the poor with us is because there will always be some humans whose talents are so limited that they have to exploit just to survive.
      The other mistake is thinking that these coercers will ever be satisfied. Their impulse to coerce is visceral and repetition makes it habitual.

      Look at Chris Christie. He's got no talent but the gift of gab. It earns him kudos, but he's got to coerce to excess. His lust for more is never satisfied.

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      by hannah on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 04:08:59 PM PST

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      •  Legislation has effected permanent change (0+ / 0-)

        Once upon a time employees were at the mercy of employers, as far as the number of hours they worked, the conditions under which they worked and the pay they received.  Then a group of progressives, lead by T.Roosevelt and W. H. Taft established the 8 hour day for women and children and those in dangerous professions.  They created agencies to inspect food, water and medicines and to see that mines came equipped with various safety provisions.  They broke up Trusts and Cartels (which other republicans labelled job creators back then) and established agencies to  regulate train rates.  

        Of course, income inequality continued but these men and their muckraking allies in the press, highlighted the injustices and workers struggled to unionize.  Lives were lost in this fight which continued with varying degrees of success until the Great Depression and the creation of the New Deal with all of the various regulations on business and banking.  Nevertheless until the election of Ronald Reagan, (roughly 40 years) labor peace prevailed, the middle class thrived and American had nearly unrivaled prosperity.  The American working man managed to defeat the Nazis on the battlefield, attend college themselves, and see their children do the same.  They bought homes and cars in record numbers and saw their income rise.

        The reactionaries never stopped fighting these laws.  Wisconsin now wants to establish a 7 day work week.  Income inequality has grown; home foreclosures reached record highs and still these "believers" keep advocating less regulation on business, lower pay and fewer safety protection for workers and general economic collapse brought about by deregulation.

        No law or agency can protect the public if the law in unenforced or the agency is either underfunded or staffed by incompetents.  Isn't about time the American people realized that those who proclaim that "government is the problem," have a political and economic interest in seeing government destroyed.  When the state protects the bullies rather than the people and does so on to kill government by drowning it in a bath tub platform-then these takers will never be satisfied until they are the richest people in their gated communities, even if they have to live with armed guards and see their profits decline as fewer and fewer people can afford to buy the goods the moochers want to sell.

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