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  •  That's the meaning of "free enterprise"-- (3+ / 0-)
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    old wobbly, Bob Sloan, Kevskos

    take free goods or services to market for a profit. U.S. enterprise has always been suckled at the public teat, either in terms of free natural resources or a recruited labor supply that was kept in place through coercive measures.
    Remember that even after the demise of involuntary servitude, liberal immigration policies brought in a steady stream of young people whose rearing and training in trades was provided by their home countries. There was good reason not to promote universal public education beyond instilling the "basics" along with preparation for good citizenship and proper work habits.
    Indeed, even today we are filling up our state universities with students from abroad. They get trained in technical fields and then are provided special visas to meet our employment needs. Their first eighteen years of life were paid for somewhere else. If the U.S. can get these educated, obviously healthy young people for free, there is no incentive to provide U.S. families assistance with rearing children.
    If prisoners can be trained, is that not evidence that their prior education failed?
    Does anybody care? No. Because the impetus to get labor for free is so strong. It's as if there is still a need to prove that exacting labor from human beings is not wrong.
    It is good to make man work.  Was he not sentenced to hard labor by the Creator? Who's going to fulfill that dictum if not our virtuous disciplinarians?
    Everybody's on a mission -- sent out to subdue and convert the heathens.
    "We fight them over there, so we don't have to fight them over here," but, since that didn't work out so well in the Middle East, we'll just have to fight them here.  Who are "them"?  The people who need to be made compliant.

    The thing about the cons' agenda is that it is entirely consistent and invariable. There is just one commandment. Obedience.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 03:46:04 PM PST

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