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Republicans like to cite a quote of John F. Kennedy — "A rising tide lifts all boats" — as a metaphor to describe the benefits of the trickle down economics.  So long as the economy grows, the argument goes, then everyone benefits.

But then I read this, an article by Steve Benen on Rachel Maddow's blog, about the opposition to the minimum wage by Senate candidates in Missouri, and I saw a dangerous implication in "a rising tide lifts all boats."

Benen writes:

Indeed, the fact that U.S. Senate candidates would have no qualms about standing against the existence of a minimum wage is a reminder about how far the Republican mainstream has shifted. It's no longer unusual for statewide GOP candidates to oppose the minimum wage, child-labor laws, the existing structure of Medicare and guaranteed benefits, restrictions on torture, collective bargaining, and unemployment benefits.
Every policy that makes it harder for someone to succeed in life — from underfunding schools to making college more difficult to afford to keeping health care out of financial reach to gutting workplace protections to making it more difficult for someone to earn a living — amounts to sinking the boats of millions of Americans.  The policies promoted by Republicans are like cannonshot through the hulls, and when the tides of prosperity rise, those hulled boats won't float.  They won't even move.  They'll be stuck on the sand, and the water will rush over them, leaving their owners to drown in the oncoming tide.

Here's what I want to know.  Why are Republicans waging war on the American quality of life?  What's their endgame?  No tide will lift a boat whose hull has been shot through by the cannonballs fired by the Republican Party.

That's worth keeping in mind.

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  •  A rising tide only . . . (0+ / 0-)

    lifts the boats for those that can afford boats. The rest of us just sink deeper.

    "No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable." Adam Smith: Wealth of Nations

    by old bird on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 11:32:34 AM PDT

  •  Makes no sense to me either (1+ / 0-)
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    Here's what I want to know.  Why are Republicans waging war on the American quality of life?  What's their endgame?  No tide will lift a boat whose hull has been shot through by the cannonballs fired by the Republican Party.
    I chalk it up to mean spiritedness or obedience to their bosses.
    •  Makes perfect sense (1+ / 0-)
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      they want a dispirited beaten down poorly educated submissive working class that they can pay and abuse like Chinese, Vietnamese, Laotian, Haitian, and all the other sweat shop nations.

      Voter ID and other bullshit assures that only those that can benefit from living in a new slave nation do vote.

      Democrats are not always right, but Republicans are insane.

      by BobBlueMass on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 11:39:18 AM PDT

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      •  Worse, They Don't CARE. They're Like the Scottish (1+ / 0-)
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        Highland clan chiefs of the 1700's. After the last rebellion they realized that economic progress outside their domain had rendered their people useless for either labor or consumption. The same general thing has been true of many places at different times.

        The chiefs however made their discovery at the time of the new worlds, so they simply got rid of almost their whole population.

        It's a global economy, the Republicans' major interests are global, global corporations have the right to campaign here, so they just have no need of the country one way or another. What they need is to end political power of democracy and get it out of their way. They don't care how bad that hurts the country or the occupants.

        We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

        by Gooserock on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 11:45:16 AM PDT

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  •  For the Past 40 Years ONLY the Yachts Have Risen. (0+ / 0-)

    This graph leaves off at Bush, but we all know how everyone's done over the last 12 years.

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    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 11:42:10 AM PDT

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