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  •  One of the strangest things about Republicans (4+ / 0-)
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    As with Lincoln, the party of big business in America, whatever its name, has traditionally also been the party of an economically activist government -- "improvements" they used to call it. Government sponsored roads, bridges, canals, dams and all that.

    Now we have a big business party that seems to be against that kind of thing. I suppose it's  sign of the dominance of the financial industry, which depends less on government infrastructure spending, and a distaste for FDR style government activism that favors working and middle class Americans.

    Conservatives believe evil comes from violating rules. Liberals believe evil comes from violating each other.

    by tcorse on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 08:10:18 AM PST

    •  For reasons that are unclear, (1+ / 0-)
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      rather than the old way of making money by doing hard work and building something useful, American business now seems to think the best way to make money is to profit off of what has already been built without investing in the future. In other words, modern businessmen increasingly seems uninterested in building anything anymore, and now think that they can make profits by selling off the things that their fathers and grandfathers built.

      They seem to believe that they will have made their fortunes by the time they run out of things to cannibalize. Some of them also seem to have a sense of the dreadful horror they will unleash when that dark day dawns; it is why they are so unrelenting in their harshness and in their support of the right wing of the Republican Party, it is why they live in gated communities and hire private security firms to protect them. They have willingly cast aside the social contract, and they know that they will not have anything to rely on once things come tumbling down. In truth, their lives are ruled by fear, and they are pitiful, for they know that no matter what their social position, no matter how much money they have, all men must die someday.

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