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    • Conservatives are always making threats about the apocalyptic decline of America, telling Liberals and Progressives if they don't like it, go somewhere else. Their problem is, conservatives don't HAVE anywhere else to go. Any developed country putting their policies into action is in real trouble; any that isn't is a socialist hell hole. For all their complaining, this is about as good as it gets for them.

    • Conservatives are complaining that the poor don't pay enough in taxes, and the rich pay too much. They complain the poor are too dependent on government. There's a simple fix: pay the poor more in wages and benefits, and their taxes will go up automatically. Further, they'll need less help from government. As for the rich, they can always lower their taxes by simply not skimming so much money off the economy and giving themselves million dollar bonuses. Funny how such obvious solutions never come up in discussion.

    • The job 'creators' have created a real problem for everyone. They've actually been very successful in destroying jobs, and the trend is only getting worse. Kevin Drum has the details. So many of the jobs that used to pay decent wages have been automated out of existence, that even an expanding economy isn't going to bring them back. They're just gone. So, the problem for conservatives (and liberals) is how does their ideology translate into policies that help people earn a good living in a world that needs far less bodies to generate the GDP we now have? How does that GDP get shared equitably?

    Sorting out that last point is going to be a real challenge - but it may be irrelevant if we don't address another big problem NOW!

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 06:48:06 AM PST

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