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  •  Bourgeoisie of the world unite (4.00)
    A ghost is haunting the industrialized world.  That ghost is the decimation of the middle class...

    General strike..general strike...

    Underspending on Chinese goods makes sense.  General underspending makes the situation worse.  What am I saying?

    The heart of the matter: What Christmas budgets?!

    The revolution starts now--in your own back yard, in your own home town

    by TarheelDem on Thu Oct 13, 2005 at 03:44:35 AM PDT

    •  Mr. Cheney... (none)
      Heat Miser/Snow Miser and friends are going to be making out like gangbusters this holiday season:

      Little Jimmy and Susie, for Christmas me and Mom got you 225 therms for the holidays heating season.

      A therm = 100 000 Btu

      People in Eurasia on the brink of oppression: I hope it's gonna be alright... Pet Shop Boys: Introspective

      by rgilly on Thu Oct 13, 2005 at 04:43:30 AM PDT

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      •  Therms for Christmas... (4.00)
        reminds me of my Mom telling us when we were kids that after all, in her days (1920s-30s), getting coal in their stockings wasn't necessarily a bad thing, since it would help heat the house that winter. Of course, being kids and hoping for toys and candy, that didn't go over too well.

        I do suspect, though, that that was just part of her parents' pre-holiday "Be good or you'll get coal in your stocking" spiel to keep the kids in line, and she was just trying it out on us!

        "Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it." - Mark Twain

        by Donna in Rome on Thu Oct 13, 2005 at 06:57:06 AM PDT

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    •  Have you read a product label lately? (none)
      Hardly anything is made here anymore. The "spending strike" is a great idea...best way to fight "supply side" economics is to demonstrate what happens when the "demand side" is fed up. Besides, the right wing are always harping about working people spending too much...let's see how they like it when we take their advice.
      •  You mean (none)
        like we're going to do this winter?

        NOBODY is going to be spending much of anything.
        Everybody will be out for the Black Friday sales (when you really can get some good deals), and after that... nothing. Nada. Zilch. Empty malls. Panicked retailers. Lower sales at WalMart.

        And then... well, then you'll see some things start to change. Not because WE want it to, but because the corporations are going to scream bloody murder.

        •  Nothing to spend. (none)
          Gasoline prices are noticeable even to our small-car-loving family. Our electric bill has skyrocketed. Everything seems to cost more. Hell, even those tiny little jars of baby food have doubled in price in the four years since my son ate them.

          We had to cut back on our planned charitable giving, and while Santa can still make it to our house, thank goodness, he's going to be on a budget. And we're quite fortunate in that we do well.

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