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  •  She's not apologizing. Its a fact. (0+ / 0-)

    Even Johnson had tax revenues to support the war in Vietnam and the Great Society. This was all before two terms of St. Ronnie the Reagan and Bush I and II.

    Nixon desperately wanted to liked and respected, and was using the revenues from taxation to keep aspects of the Great Society moving.

    Since Reagan, we have come to call welfare, Social Security, and Medicare entitlements, which is a two-edged sword. It makes those who get them appear to be living off the state, which they are, and you're also demonizing them. This made it easier to demean and isolate poor people from the rest of society

    The poor were further demonized during the Gingrich revolution and the Republican majorities during the "Contract on America" era. Add to that the harsher sentencing laws during the Clinton era and you've got the current state of the already poor.

    Remember Gore cleaning up government fraud during Clinton's administration? Remember the boon during the takedown of the Cold War and the de-commissioning of military bases? We weren't fighting (other than the Balkans) actual wars like we are in Afghanistan and Iraq. And what's worse, we aren't even working with surplus revenues like Clinton was with peacekeeping missions and multi-national forces. We gave at the bank, literally, when Bush guarantteed what was left on the surplus went out with the wars to his and Cheney's buddies in the oil and military contractor industries.

    I am not a fanboy of anyone. Just a fan of history.

    Republicans are slumlording America!!

    by Fe Bongolan on Mon Dec 06, 2010 at 03:06:27 PM PST

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