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Post by Guest on Sun Oct 16, 2011 9:39 am

Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan, Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann and the other tribunes of today’s Republican right aren’t really conservatives. Their goal isn’t to conservative what we have. It’s to take us backwards.

They’d like to return to the 1920s — before Social Security, unemployment insurance, labor laws, the minimum wage, Medicare and Medicaid, worker safety laws, the Environmental Protection Act, the Glass-Steagall Act, the Securities and Exchange Act, and the Voting Rights Act.

In the 1920s Wall Street was unfettered, the rich grew far richer and everyone else went deep into debt, and the nation closed its doors to immigrants.

Rather than conserve the economy, these regressives want to resurrect the classical economics of the 1920s — the view that economic downturns are best addressed by doing nothing until the “rot” is purged out of the system (as Andrew Mellon, Herbert Hoover’s Treasury Secretary, so decorously put it).

http://robertreich.org/post/11511074902

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Post by TR11005 on Sun Oct 16, 2011 5:15 pm

Another must read article from Robert Reich! His articles and new book tells the truth and we need to listen to him.

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Post by Guest on Sun Oct 16, 2011 5:34 pm

I agree TR11005, unfortunately, WE listen, those in office don't. I am not sure what we should think anymore, it's just so deliberate on their part, but they want us to believe they THINK their plans are the right plans. They have no plan, they don't want a plan, they are hoping we will all go live on the other side of the tracks, far, far away from them and then they can pretend we really don't exist.

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Post by lendmeflight2 on Sun Oct 16, 2011 5:51 pm

They know exactly what they are doing. Their main job is to convince the American people that life would be better with no restriction at all. Nobody wants regulation until something bad happens. Maybe I'm just stupid but I kinda like knowing that there is a regulation on airplane safety for example.

However, we cannot blame politicians. It's our fault. If the American people weren't so uneducated and ignorant the right would never be able to gain the hold it has. People know less today than they ever have I think. My dad went to school in the 50's and he knows more about how the government runs than nearly anyone else I know today and he was just a simple factory worker his whole life.
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Post by Guest on Sun Oct 16, 2011 6:11 pm

Couldn't agree more on certain points lendme. Last November was a perfect example. In a passionate attempt to let the Democrats know they weren't happy, every incumbent had a bad year. Well, I hope those that made those selections are happy, now we have nothing being done. As they say, careful what you wish for.

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