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Old 06-18-2012, 10:19 PM   #46
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Old 06-18-2012, 11:04 PM   #47
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Ah but with capitalism when you run out of money you just have
the stupid tax payers eat the cost! Now I see the difference!
In a true capitalist system there would have been no taxpayer funded bailouts, poorly run businesses would be allowed to fail.
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Please list nations that do not have socialism and are therefore prospering.
Singapore would be the best example, what I do not like about that country is that it is a police state where chewing gum is illegal.
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Old 06-18-2012, 11:09 PM   #48
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Say what you like about Singapore, but it is the world's happiest dictatorship..
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Old 06-19-2012, 07:54 AM   #49
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How come it's ok to bail out businesses? Why don't they - bastions of capitalism- refuse our money?? Why ok for corporations to take
huge bailouts when they vehemently don't believe in them? ??
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Old 06-19-2012, 08:23 AM   #50
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Because if we didn't bail them out, they would have taken us all down and it would have been worse than the Great Depression. Things were that close 4-5 years ago to really going into the toilet. We would all be trying to sell pencils from a plastic dixie cup on the street corner. Too poor to afford a tin cup.

The question is, why do we acknowledge that the businesses are now too big to fail, and we have set the precedent that we will bail them out when they get into trouble, and yet we aren't doing ANYTHING to slice them up into smaller businesses that can fail without hurting us?

We broke up Ma Bell. Why can't we break up these horrible banks? When it comes to businesses, big is bad. It's self defense. Break them up already.
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Old 06-19-2012, 09:17 AM   #51
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Yeah. Its just that these dickheads - these "capitalists" - eschew
any type of private hand-out but they certainly do feed st the trough of corporate welfare.
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Old 06-19-2012, 10:24 AM   #52
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we aren't doing ANYTHING to slice them up into smaller businesses that can fail without hurting us?

We broke up Ma Bell. Why can't we break up these horrible banks? Break them up already.
Agreed. It is long past time and those with the power to do so have failed us - all of them.
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Old 06-19-2012, 01:30 PM   #53
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More.

They only way they can get away with this is if lazy voters believe the sound bites, and complacent voters stay home. If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem.
I can't help but wonder how much more good some of these companies could do by taking the millions they give these super PACs and putting it directly into the company. $400 million will cover quite a few "working class" salaries with decent benefits, can upgrade fleets, improve machinery and IT assets, buy land/shop space, etc...

It's like they can scrape up all this money from somewhere to purchase politics, but can't seem to find money in the budget to lower health insurance premiums, make better products or hire people who want to work.

Seriously, what's the ROI on $400 million paid to a super PAC?
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Old 06-19-2012, 01:33 PM   #54
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If it means your corporate tax rate drops instead of rises, if it means your subsidies keep coming, if it means you own that many more politicians? Probably REALLY big.
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Old 06-20-2012, 03:15 PM   #55
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Old 06-20-2012, 11:03 PM   #56
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neat site. I hadn't seen anything from them before. At first I thought they were a partisan group trying to use a name close to the CBO. One interesting article had this piece.
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"House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s proposal to extend President Bush’s income tax cuts for households making up to $1 million a year would lose nearly half of the revenue that President Obama’s proposal to extend the tax cuts only for households making up to $250,000 would raise, according to new estimates from Congress’ Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT). The higher threshold would raise 44 percent — or $366 billion — less in revenue over the coming decade than the lower threshold. Citizens for Tax Justice has released estimates showing a virtually identical percentage revenue loss."
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Old 06-20-2012, 11:16 PM   #57
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According to wikipedia, they're often called a left-of-center group, so take it or leave it as you will, but..
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Old 06-21-2012, 12:23 AM   #58
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From the articles I scanned that was my impression too.
I had to go through a bunch on Romney before I found one on something else.
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Old 06-22-2012, 11:43 AM   #59
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cropped from, apparently, a photo taken of a TV screen on Tumblr, so low-quality, but i couldn't find a better version of the chart. Rachel Maddow featured it on her show a few days ago, and had been saving it for a long time to use, cause it's so informative.
I think it says a lot.
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Old 06-22-2012, 11:50 AM   #60
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What we would 'like' wealth distribution to be is rather silly. I like the contrast between what it 'is' and what we 'think' but what we 'want'?

Hell, I'd like to be a unicorn but it ain't going to happen.
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