One thing a lot of “Pro-Business” conservatives fail to see is that a more affluent middle class is good for business. The 1% can’t possibly buy enough houses, cars and other expensive durable goods to support businesses. There’s only a million or so of those households. Even if each one bought 2 cars per year, the US auto industry would be 13 million short. Only the middle class could fill a gap that large.*It’s been in the news recently that many Wal-Mart employees don’t even earn enough to buy enough food at Wal-Mart. Henry Ford figured this out a century ago, and paid his employees enough for them to buy his cars. Wal-Mart would benefit if they did the same. It’s certainly working for Costco.
DaSharkie said, “I worked hard to get where I am, from government cheese on up. You know who did it? I did.”
Do you see the hypocrisy in that statement? It is very revealing.
Harley, I wasn’t talking about what used to be. I was talking about the last 100 years. You may not like the 17th Amendment, but it is the law. And when I wrote to them with an issue a few years ago, I got a response from the offices of both Senators, and nothing, not even an acknowledgement, from my House Representative. I guess I didn’t fit the gerrymandered profile.
Harley, the Senate represents the people just as much as the House does. They are elected differently, their terms are longer and their rules are different, but the Constitution grants them equal status. Just because you side with the House Majority and the Senate can’t be gerrymandered doesn’t make the Senate any less representative.
A Wall Street firm that buys and sells a company with the intent to break it up and sell the pieces didn’t “build that”, either.
In addition to my previous comment, I also have a problem with those in the 1% who buy a company that employs a lot of Americans, then takes a tax deduction for downsizing and outsourcing production to China (or service jobs to India).*If they really need to close US facilities and outsource, we taxpayers shouldn’t subsidize it. They should also bear the entire expense of closing an operation, including honoring accrued benefits.
So what do those on the Right think of the House member Peter King (R-NY) calling Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) a fraud?
I have nothing against those in the 1% who actually create goods, jobs, technology, services, etc. They earned it. We need more people like Steve Jobs. The same for people like Warren Buffet, who invest for the long-term, which enables others to create goods, jobs, etc.*My problem is with those in the 1% who make their money based purely on short-term return-on-investment, which benefits few outside of Wall Street. And they make huge campaign contributions to politicians who let them continue doing what they do, and write tax laws that allow them to pay long-term rates on short-term profits (15% instead of 35%).
The best military strategy is to get the other side to lose its will to fight before any shots are fired. That may require quite a bit of saber-rattling, the build-up of a lot of fire power, and the will to use it if all else fails. *But if all else doesn’t fail, the other side gives in, and no shots are fired, does that make the “winner” indecisive? Isn’t this how Kennedy successfully handled the Cuban Missile Crisis? *Of course, one cannot use this tactic, then immediately gloat and say what they were thinking. And the Syrian situation is not over. For both reasons, it is premature to say whether Obama handled this well or just got lucky.
You obviously didn’t read all the previous comments. Here is what I wrote ealier today:“The proof has been arond for over 10 years, and was highlighted in the news again recently. In 2002, Michael Dobbs (of the Washington Post) disclosed declassified documents that confirmed this. Within his article is the quote, “The administrations of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush authorized the sale to Iraq of numerous items that had both military and civilian applications, including poisonous chemicals and deadly biological viruses, such as anthrax and bubonic plague.”