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  •  I've been waiting for a referee... (25+ / 0-)

    The government is supposed to be a referee to ensure that the game of capitalism is played fairly.  Capitalism works on a premise of extracting monies without regard for morality, societal and environmental implications, and long-term stability of a nation.

    Hence, there is a need for a referee.

    So, from our government, there needs to be much higher taxes collected from the rich, prohibitive corporate penalties for offshoring, and jail time for executives who enagage in illegal practices.

    Also, the government needs to protect the citizens from the shifts of commerce through creation of a strong social safety net.  For example, health care should not be linked to having a job.

    It is the U.S. government's responsibility to be a referee that looks out the people of this country - and not just the needs of business.

    We cannot solve the problems that we have created with the same thinking that created them." - Albert Einstein

    by CarolinW on Sun Dec 26, 2010 at 09:44:48 AM PST

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    •  I agree entirely. (12+ / 0-)

      Unfortunately, too many elected to government are supported by transnational corporations. We've ended up with a corporatocracy, not a democracy. Capitalism isn't a form of government :(

    •  Our goff actually did someof that (5+ / 0-)

      referring stuff with the New Deal. That was in the old days when nation states still mattered.  Part of the transformation occurring now is that capitalism has metastasized to a global power where the laws of mere nations are simply vetoed by the IMF.  our nation has severly limited power to play the referee since the banksters simply move their base elsewhere.  Right now our best card in the game is that our debt is so big no one wants us to default.  
      It's going to be a fascinating and possibly painful transition to accept a global referee.  We do live in interesting times.  But I'm with the holy man. The world is transforming to one where suffering of others is no longer acceptable.  Just consider how much more the recent Iranian populist uprising mattered to us on a gut level than those in thebpast when we didn't have such communication from so many individuals instead of just hearing from reporters.  

      I was wise enough to never grow up while fooling most people into believing I had. - Margaret Mead

      by fayea on Sun Dec 26, 2010 at 10:25:23 AM PST

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      •  I don't know - it seems the same media technology (2+ / 0-)
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        … and sociological know-how can be used to make us numb to the suffering of others.

        To the example of sympathy with dissent in Iran, perhaps a counter-example would be the impassive indifference to the privations of children in Gaza.

        The Dutch kids' chorus Kinderen voor Kinderen wishes all the world's children freedom from hunger, ignorance, and war.

        by lotlizard on Sun Dec 26, 2010 at 12:40:35 PM PST

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      •  I mean, Madeleine Albright is still typical of (6+ / 0-)

        … the Western elite across all party and national boundaries, when she said "We think it is worth it" of the loss of 500,000 additional infant and toddler lives a year due to U.S.-imposed economic sanctions.

        The world is transforming to one where suffering of others is no longer acceptable.

        Among Western elites, suffering of others is still very acceptable.

        It is quite true, though, that on the spiritual level something very, very big may be on the way whereby all the calculations of these elites are exploded and shown to be the acts of hideous moral fraud that they are.

        The Dutch kids' chorus Kinderen voor Kinderen wishes all the world's children freedom from hunger, ignorance, and war.

        by lotlizard on Sun Dec 26, 2010 at 12:48:10 PM PST

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        •  Yabbut, did you see this article (0+ / 0-)

          in the NYT?

          the sanctions game

          there are sanctions and then there are the exceptions, so we can save the children and let everyone buy popcorn and disposable diapers. I don't know if The List of what corporations got exemptions is attached but there are thousands.

          Americans, while occasionally willing to be serfs, have always been obstinate about being peasantry. F. Scott Fitzgerald, the Great Gatsby

          by riverlover on Mon Dec 27, 2010 at 04:55:05 AM PST

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    •  I think more is happening behind the scenes (0+ / 0-)

      At some point, there will be a public accounting of all that has changed either by regulation or by not acting on negative regulations in the Obama adminstration.  My naive, optimistic read on this is that he has never believed that Congress can change things quickly enough, that he needs to act quickly, and that doing it quietly is most effective.  People are so focussed on the big issues such as health care reform that they don't notice the mass of "little" issues that make a resounding difference when taken together.  I'm sorry I'm not taking time to begin this catalog of changes, I'm sure others have done at least some of it.  It gives me hope, as long as I agree with the person making the changes.

    •  We are the referee. (0+ / 0-)

      Our dollars and our votes.

      We must use both wisely.

      And then unite.

      It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

      by War on Error on Sun Dec 26, 2010 at 12:20:26 PM PST

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