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  •  THAT'S THE ONE! Right there. (10+ / 0-)

    I simply can NOT stomach anymore, the people I talk to about "we pay enough in taxes".  Stupid shits.  Europeans pay a heck of a lot more AND they get free child care/maternity leave.  FREE college tuition, universal health care the list goes on.

    What we do here is nickel and dime ourselves.  Our taxes may be low, but everyone pays for everything else, basic stuff "on their own".  We have an "ownership" society.

    But wages haven't kept up and now suddenly everybody is "shocked I tell you . . . who would have anticipated any of this" that there isn't enough money to provide basic stuff for people.

    Good luck Texas, and the US.  We continue to steal from ourselves and ruin the lives of our children and our parents.  It's truly disgusting.

    •  USA (1+ / 0-)
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      practices hyper-predatory capitalism and the foundation of it is plunder, exploit and prey upon USA citizens et al.....

      It's astonishing how tone-deaf the GOP has been in the first weeks of the session; they've talked about everything but jobs. - Rep. Jim McGovern, D-MA

      by anyname on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 10:46:50 AM PST

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    •  The other piece of it that I don't (4+ / 0-)

      get, is that Americans won't hold private entities to the same impossible standards. Blue Cross hikes its premiums 50% in California. But imagine the outrage if California said it would raise taxes 50% to provide universal health care coverage. Or, what if a state government, to cut costs, remotely outsourced all of its IT department and customer service to Indian workers overseas? What if the federal loan programs tried to charge the same interest as credit card companies and payday loan outfits?

      Its freaking crazy.

      Lets stop calling them taxes. Lets call them "Membership Dues." "Freedom Fees." "Liberty Liens." "Democracy Dividends."

      "YOPP!" --Horton Hears a Who

      by Reepicheep on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 10:52:21 AM PST

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    •  point i have been arguing for 25 years. (5+ / 0-)

      People complain about the tax rates in the Social Welfare states of Northern Europe and Canada all the time, but hey, they get something for those taxes (including university educations for their children, at least before last year).  

      Thank you for saying what never (or rarely) gets said.

      Public goods, and "the commons" are often a more economical means to improve the quality of life.

      Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

      by a gilas girl on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 11:05:37 AM PST

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    •  The dark side of the "ownership society" (2+ / 0-)
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      If you can't pay the "going rate" you're not just out of the game; someone else may allowed to claim/purchase your "ownership rights" - since you won't be able to use them.

      The so-called "rising tide" is lifting only yachts.

      by Egalitare on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 11:30:47 AM PST

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