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  •  I've been thinking about some of these issues (17+ / 0-)

    quite a lot lately. One of the biggest issues with how unfair the system is right now (on any level you can think of) is access. Very rich people have access; other people don't.

    If and when you're in the position to donate some money, you might think about how that money could be used to give the 99% a seat at the table of state and federal governments to help write and review legislation. Maybe you could endow a lobbying firm for the interests of people who earn median income or less.

    I know there are lots of great charities out there. But some of those charities would be a lot less necessary if government policies were designed differently.

    Just a thought.

    By evening’s end, they had melted into an indistinguishable mass of privatizing, tax-cutting opponents of Shariah law. --NYT on 2nd Republican debate

    by wide eyed lib on Mon Jan 30, 2012 at 01:13:01 PM PST

    •  Conservatives are exclusive. They (9+ / 0-)

      shut people out and it makes them feel good.  I think it's because they are isolates and don't know how to connect, so shutting people out mirrors how they are themselves.
      My mother complained the whole 65 of her 98 years that I knew her that she was alone, even though she was always surrounded by family, before and after I was born.  But she was correct in that she was an isolate and could not feel connected. For example, when a "friend" whose cancer had come back committed suicide, my mother took it as a personal rejection of her.  She felt insulted!
      That's what I mean when I refer to self-centered people.  They can't see anything from another person's perspective.  And it is a matter of perspective.  Imagine the difference in perspective between the "farmer in the dell" and all the children standing in the circle. The "farmer" is self-centered, tasked with making a pick; the children in the circle are interested in who will be picked next.
      Conservatives are always the farmer and can't conceive of taking turns.

      People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

      by hannah on Tue Jan 31, 2012 at 04:53:51 AM PST

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