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  •  life isnt all about being comfortably middle class (4+ / 0-)

    just ask all of the comfortably middle women, gays and lesbians, religious and ethnic minorities in the country

    sure, for white guys, the country sucks when they aren't happy

    for everyone else, it sucks when they aren't free

    but, yeah, what really matters is material prosperity

    •  are you kidding? (2+ / 0-)
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      Angie in WA State, MeToo

      how do you NOT realize that race, gender, ethnicity, etc. means absolutely NOTHING as long as you're an honorary member of the elites through your material possessions?

      maybe you should cut the trash-talking against white guys? this isn't the 19th century, we're all equally marginalized by the elites.

      MLK realized that true freedom was economic (or as you childishly refer to it as "material" prosperity) equality/opportunity:

      Now our struggle is for genuine equality, which means economic equality. For we know now, that it isn't enough to integrate lunch counters. What does it profit a man to be able to eat at an integrated lunch counter if he doesn't have enough money to buy a hamburger? What does it profit a man to be able to eat at the swankest integrated restaurant when he doesn't even earn enough money to take his wife out to dine? What does it profit one to have access to the hotels of our cities, and the hotels of our highways, when we don't earn enough money to take our family on a vacation? What does it profit one to be able to attend an integrated school, when he doesn't earn enough money to buy his children school clothes?
      Honestly this white guilt trip is so 50 years ago.

      Look at Condi, look at Obama, Powell -- how on earth can you suggest that middle or upper income people are unhappy because they aren't "free" -- totally nonsensical.

      Women, minorities (religious, ethnic) -- they don't face any real obstacles these days.  In fact they get preferential treatment in a lot of college admissions and job application processes. And while you're crying about marriage equality or some racial-ethnic profiling, the middle class has been dismantled and people of all races and genders are affected by that, while the elites rise up without regard to their gender or ethnicity!

      So frankly you should cut the shit about it being about "whining white people" because it all comes down to economic prosperity and ALL people in the country have the same opportunities to reach it. And it doesn't matter what your gender, sexuality, or ethnicity is as long as you got money you're given respect.

      Life isn't easily compartmentalized by race and ethnicity and gender like it was 50 years ago, it's about time you realized that.

      Deficits don't matter, jobs do.

      by aguadito on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 11:55:29 PM PDT

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    •  1/3 to 1/2 the population in poverty or (1+ / 0-)
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      Ignacio Magaloni

      low-wage. Think it through.

      Actual Democrats is the surest, quickest. route to More Democrats

      by Jim P on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 09:34:38 AM PDT

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      •  and who is primarily responsible for that? (2+ / 0-)
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        artmartin, wadingo

        i think that if you look at exactly who is poor in those statistics that you'll find that much of it is caused by sexist, racist and generally stupid decisions by white guys

        which is why ultimately, the more power in this country is diffused to women and minorities the better off the economy will be in the long run


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