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It’s a beautiful, crisp Sunday morning in the Greater Pittsburgh area. I awake at 6:00 a.m., but today we fall back, so it’s actually 5:00 a.m.

Nice. I can spend a few more minutes than I normally would on a Sunday morning with my local paper, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

I’m enjoying the peace. I’m the only one awake. Even the cats are still dopey.

The paper, as usual, is filled with interesting articles, and I’m perfectly content until…

I make the acquaintance of one Charles E. Moore.

You see, Mr. Moore apparently is one of those Mitt Romney acolytes who groups Americans into two categories: Vaunted producers and ghastly moochers. He, of course, is a business owner who is sick and tired of the rest of us getting fat off of his hard work.

Here’s a sample of Mr. Moore’s thinking:

You cannot eat your cake before you take the time to make it or earn the money to buy it. To eat your cake first, you must steal from the efforts of others. Society cannot prosper this way. Yet, I press on. I produce and I allow the looters to steal from me.

You see? That sweet 8-year-old down the street whose family is on food stamps? The one whose future, if not his very existence, will be imperiled by his household’s lack of food? To heck with him, right? And retirees on Social Security, who busted their asses for decades so that they could enjoy some well-earned relaxation? Looters!

Our social safety net, the thing that keeps the veneer of civility in place and that separates us from living in ye olden days of perpetual suck? It’s taking money out of Charles E. Moore’s pocket! And it makes him sad, to boot!

He continues:

American liberals for decades have acted as apologists for our success, never being proud but rather decayed by some disease that caused them to feel guilt. Still, the producers accepted the New Deal, we accepted welfare, we accepted environmental regulations, we accepted greater and more abusive taxes. Yet we pushed on.

In President Barack Obama's first term, new regulations dropped $70 billion in new costs on top of American businesses (according to a Heritage Foundation analysis). Business owners face challenges not thought of 100 years ago. Example: The Rough and Ready Sawmill, a 91-year-old timber business in Oregon, recently closed its doors forever largely due to the crippling effects of the Endangered Species Act.

Oh, Mr. Moore, how do you do it? How do you “push on,” knowing that someone somewhere might be getting deserved assistance from the government?

Oh, and Mr. Moore? It’s no surprise to anyone with half a brain that a known Marxist such as Obama would sign the Endangered Species Act into law.

Wait. I’m sorry. What’s that? Richard Nixon signed that act into law? And he did this in 1973? And, somehow, our nation is substantially more prosperous today than it was then, despite this onerous, business-defeating action?

Incredible!

Well, here’s a link to the entire op-ed piece, if you can stomach it:

Say hello to Charles E. Moore

I apologize for spoiling any of your Sunday mornings, but I felt it was my duty to share this.

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  •  Just how they roll (13+ / 0-)

    Victims of a system that put them on top.
    Without substantial support from the Commons, Mr Moore would not be owning his own business, rather, a serf in a feudal nightmare.
    But he can't understand that, so, this rant.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 06:41:39 AM PST

  •  Maybe he can start paying us back for (15+ / 0-)

    the education he received as a child and for the education his entire staff received. Maybe he can pay for the using our roads to and from work. Or the police that protect him and his business. Hope he never has a fire -- hard to check one's credit card as his home or business is buring to the ground. And even if he can pay for it, he better hope his neighbors can too. Otherwise his house may catch fire when his neighbor's house burns down...

    What a f&cking asshole.

    First the thing is impossible, then improbable, then unsatisfactorily achieved, then quietly improved, until one day it is actual and uncontroversial. ... It starts off impossible and it ends up done. - Adam Gopnik

    by theKgirls on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 06:45:45 AM PST

  •  This Charles Blows! (6+ / 0-)

    Rand Paul is to civil liberties as the Disney Channel is to subtle and nuanced acting.

    by Tortmaster on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 07:03:19 AM PST

  •  Ha Heritage Foundation analysis,like this Gem? (6+ / 0-)

    http://thinkprogress.org/...

    Heritage Study Author: ‘Hispanic Immigrants Will Have Low-IQ Children’

    The Heritage Foundation’s analysis of the economic consequences of immigration reform uses absurd methodology to come to conclusions entirely at odds with the organization’s own findings in 2006. Perhaps one explanation for this incoherence is that one of the paper’s coauthors, a new hire, opposes Hispanic immigration because he thinks Latinos are stupid.

    Jason Richwine joined Heritage in 2010, after finishing his PhD in Public Policy in 2009. The Washington Post’s Dylan Matthews dug up Richwine’s dissertation, which was titled “IQ And Immigration.” In it, Richwine argues that Hispanics have and will always have lower IQs than whites. Matthews summarizes:

       

    Richwine’s dissertation asserts that there are deep-set differentials in intelligence between races. While it’s clear he thinks it is partly due to genetics — ‘the totality of the evidence suggests a genetic component to group differences in IQ’ — he argues the most important thing is that the differences in group IQs are persistent, for whatever reason. He writes, ‘No one knows whether Hispanics will ever reach IQ parity with whites, but the prediction that new Hispanic immigrants will have low-IQ children and grandchildren is difficult to argue against.‘ ote>

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 07:08:49 AM PST

  •  If they don't have facts, they just make (7+ / 0-)

    them up...and in many cases they just don't know any better. A steady diet of Faux News, World Net Daily, Newsmax, Drudge, Breitbart and talk radio has helped to create creatures such as Mr. Moore and they are numerous.

    One of my neighbors gets on these tangents once in awhile, complaining about things such as affirmative action, too much regulation of industry and pollution and I just smile and remind him that one Richard Milhous Nixon signed all those things into law. My neighbor likes to blame FDR for taking the country off the gold standard as well, and I again remind him that it was Nixon.

    Guns are never the principal in the commission of a crime, but they are usually an accomplice

    by MadGeorgiaDem on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 07:11:28 AM PST

  •  more information on this guy such as his net (9+ / 0-)

    worth and how he earned his dough.

    I am one of the producers I think since I am rather comfortable (though I am not going to buy a Rolls, I am considering a used Harley trike).  I have also had calluses on my hands and I have literally dug ditches.  I have also busted up my body to the extent an excursion to a gun show put me in bed for 12 hours.  I qualify as a maker in the literal sense of the word and it seems to me this guy is one of the clever ones who was a parasite and profited from other people's sweat and used other people's labor to benefit himself without his having to lift a finger, the ultimate parasite.

    Now if he can refute me, go for it but from where I sit, there are makers who have calluses on their hands to prove they deserve what they have and takers who got to their lofty perch on the backs of others.  I don't mind those without taking a bit of what I have, as even biblically, the indigent are allowed to scavenge fields after harvest (and I have literally harvested crops myself).  This guy begrudges the poor the fruits of their scavenging so I have to ask him, where are his calluses?  I can show you mine  

    •  Ramen entlord nt (1+ / 0-)
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      NancyWH

      I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

      by JML9999 on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 07:14:16 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Hate to disagree, but....... (1+ / 0-)
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      the makers are people who make others do things and the takers are those who take the orders.

      It's a matter of perspective. The ordinary human, one that's what used to be called a "tool using" animal, is focused on the material world which can be transformed through his touch. Some percentage of the population form a sub-group that's characterized by being self-centered and focused on manipulating their own kind. They are "social"in the sense of locating themselves as part of a group with which they do not, however, identify in the sense of realizing a connection.
      I suspect they don't feel connected. That's why they feel free to exploit their own kind.
      "Family" at best refers to a cohort that is supposed to look after them.

  •  He's an Organizer Not a Producer. (3+ / 0-)

    His work force are the producers.

    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 Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 07:34:10 AM PST

  •  The "regulations" cannard (4+ / 0-)

    Fire alarms and sprinklers. Orange highway cones. Seat belts. Air brakes. How many private companies manufacture these items? How many millionaires? How many employees? That's regulation. That's also opportunity.

    I'd also like to know what "more" and "abusive" taxes he is specifically referring to.  

    I'm living in America, and in America you're on your own. America's not a country. It's just a business.

    by CFAmick on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 07:41:38 AM PST

  •  How much does Moore pay for roads (2+ / 0-)
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    that take his workers to his place of business to make him money? Do they only use one road, do they come from all over or do they magically appear there? How much did he pay to get the city that surrounds his business to have the infrastructure in place so he could have a profitable business. Not just hooking him up to utilities, the real infrastructure that is part of the city that makes it possible for him to have a profitable business.

    Was corporate welfare involved ? Did he get a tax break on the backs of the taxpayers to fund his job creations.

    We are all in this together motherfucker, or theres the door. Good luck finding Galt's Gulch asshole.

    A hungry man is not a free man ~ Adlai Stevenson

    by Max Runk on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 12:49:18 PM PST

  •  Sadly, (0+ / 0-)

    we get those LTE's here, too.  Usually, people with a better brain pick them off after a few days. But they keep coming back....

    "The light which puts out our sight is darkness to us." Thoreau

    by NancyWH on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 12:55:24 PM PST

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