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An eternal question, what is the purpose of life?, occupied philosophers’ thoughts throughout history. Stone pictographs reveal even primitive peoples reflected on this query. Each one has the capacity to define his or her personal thinking about politics, economics and religion.

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An Open Letter to Congressman John Boehner

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Saturday. 2 Replies

Some days ago, Congressman John Boehner (R - Ohio) wrote an op-ed piece entitled, "…Continue

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Tomgram: Engelhardt, The Age of Impunity

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Saturday. 5 Replies

TomDispatch  http://t.co/nKYjnph4Ke"For America’s national security state, this is the age of impunity.  …Continue

Why we're headed for another Great Crash

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 2. 1 Reply

Thom Hartmann makes a case that we're driving the economy to another Great Crash.The denial of fundamental economic principles is setting the world up for another Great Crash.... corporate banks have ... discovered that instead of lending money to…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on July 16, 2014 at 11:28pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 16, 2014 at 11:19pm

The Rise of the Non-Working Rich

"more than three quarters of self-described conservatives believe 'poor people have it easy because they can get government benefits without doing anything.'

"In reality, most of America's poor work hard, often in two or more jobs.

"The real non-workers are the wealthy who inherit their fortunes. And their ranks are growing."

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 16, 2014 at 10:47pm

Who isn't working? Wealthy people 'born into the right family.'

What to do? First, restore the estate tax in full.

Second, eliminate the “stepped-up-basis on death” rule. This obscure tax provision allows heirs to avoid paying capital gains taxes on the increased value of assets accumulated during the life of the deceased. Such untaxed gains account for more than half of the value of estates worth more than $100 million, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Third, institute a wealth tax. We already have an annual wealth tax on homes, the major asset of the middle class. It’s called the property tax. Why not a small annual tax on the value of stocks and bonds, the major assets of the wealthy?

Comment by Grinning Cat on July 16, 2014 at 6:01pm

Obama's Meeting with Republicans:

Comment by James M. Martin on July 13, 2014 at 9:49pm

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 13, 2014 at 9:45pm

Rick Perry's Immigration meeting with President Obama

Great quote, Loren.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 8, 2014 at 8:18pm

AronRa has a way with words. His link-up to form the tour, ANTI-THEISM: “The Unholy Trinity Tour”, including AronRa, Matt Dillahunty and Seth Andrews, make a formidable trinity.

I'm reposting AronRa's gen on Twitter. 

Comment by Loren Miller on July 8, 2014 at 7:32pm

Another gem from the mind of AronRa:

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 8, 2014 at 3:15pm

Tom, of course you are correct in your comments and to be blind to history has no utility. My uncle, a superior court judge, stated that only landowners should have the vote. I was outraged by that statement. At that time, 40 years ago, I was not able to own property unless and until I had a father, husband or son who could co-sign. And what about the black slaves that built our wonderful federal buildings, and even Monticello; they had no right to vote. Can;t forget how they perceived the native population. So, my overstatement deserves to be challenged. 

That said, the safety nets that came after the Great Depression and WW II give protection and rights to working people. Those have been dismantled, piece by piece, over time. An erosion that is now at such a state that people have to grow up, stop being dependent on protections that are not there, and become part of the rebellion. 

So, this con+spire concept, breath+with, is an energy that is growing as people experience the hardships created by those who do not value work and build their values on accumulation of wealth. 

Thanks, dear friend, for the enlightened response. 

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on July 8, 2014 at 2:03pm

USA has been invaded by oligarchs and the people have allowed it to happen, even encouraged it.

Joan, prepare to be not disillusioned, but illusioned more accurately.

The oligarchs were here at America's founding. Here are a few of the words that two of them spoke during the 1787 Constitutional Convention.

Alexander Hamilton on June 18:

The people are turbulent and changing; they seldom judge or determine right. Give therefore to the rich and well-born a distinct and permanent share in the government. They will check the unsteadiness of the mass of the people, and as they cannot receive any advantage by a change, they therefore will ever maintain good government.

And James Madison on June 26:

In framing a system we wish to last for ages, we should not lose sight of the changes the ages will bring. An increase of population will increase the proportion who labor under all the hardships of life and secretly sigh for a more equal distribution of its blessings. These may in time outnumber those who are placed above feelings of indigence. According to the equal laws of suffrage, the power will slide into the hands of the former. ... Landholders ought to have a share in the government, to support these invaluable interests and check the other. It ought to be formed as to protect the minority of the opulent against the majority.

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For more, a whole lot more, read James Loewen's Lies My Teacher Told Me or the better-known  Howard Zinn's A Peoples History....

If you want to wade into the deep water, James Madison's Records of the 1787 Federal Convention  are on line. I have only minutes to write just now, but if you say you want to look at them I will find their URL's.

 
 
 

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