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  •  Are there no prisons? No workhouses? (7+ / 0-)

    'At this festive season of the year, Mr Scrooge,' said the gentleman, taking up a pen, 'it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the Poor and destitute, who suffer greatly at the present time. Many thousands are in want of common necessaries; hundreds of thousands are in want of common comforts, sir.'

    'Are there no prisons?"

    'Plenty of prisons,' said the gentleman, laying down the  pen again.

    'And the Union workhouses.' demanded Scrooge. 'Are  they still in operation?'

    'Both very busy, sir.'

    'Oh. I was afraid, from what you said at first, that something had occurred to stop them in their useful course,' said Scrooge. 'I'm very glad to hear it.'

    'Under the impression that they scarcely furnish Christian cheer of mind or body to the multitude,' returned the gentleman, 'a few of us are endeavouring to raise a fund to buy the Poor some meat and drink, and means of warmth. We choose this time, because it is a time, of all others, when Want is keenly felt, and Abundance rejoices. What shall I put you down for?'

    'Nothing!' Scrooge replied.

    'You wish to be anonymous?'

    'I wish to be left alone,' said Scrooge. 'Since you ask me what I wish, gentlemen, that is my answer. I don't make merry myself at Christmas and I can't afford to make idle people merry. I help to support the establishments I have mentioned-they cost enough; and those who are badly off must go there.'

    'Many can't go there; and many would rather die.'

    'If they would rather die,' said Scrooge, 'they had better  do it, and decrease the surplus population."

    -- from Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol"

    •  Yes. I know they want to decrease the population. (0+ / 0-)

      I spoke recently to an economist, a professor, who just about said "do that." Told me SS needs to be cut 20% immediately and when I pointed out that could kill a lot of poor old people he shrugged and said, "I'm draconian." As if that could explain or justify the opinion of a creep. Bad thing is because of his position with my relatives I can't tell them what a creep he is!

      "extreme concentration of income is incompatible with real democracy.... the truth is that the whole nature of our society is at stake." Paul Krugman

      by Gorette on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 04:44:17 PM PST

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      •  Of course, you know this. Didn't mean to imply (0+ / 0-)

        anything else. Your comment in detail is appreciated. I often think of that quote in this argument. So sad, Felix.

        "extreme concentration of income is incompatible with real democracy.... the truth is that the whole nature of our society is at stake." Paul Krugman

        by Gorette on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 04:45:51 PM PST

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