There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.... John Rogers
I also think Ryan's talking about about the makers and takers shows what mentality started the class war.
So...who isn't acting with the people's best interest at heart?
So, NBC hides behind the WSJ moniker as they oversample democrats, and young cell phone users by as much as 13% points in order to come up with the data they want to project to the country....Even if you accept that these polls are anything more than junk plain and simple, take away the shenanigans in arriving at these numbers, and you come up with Romney leading by 5%...You libs are just shameless.
... the 20th century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance: The growth of democracy, the growth of corporate power, and the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy.
Australian social scientist, quoted by Noam Chomsky in World Orders Old and New
People aren't saying that Romney hasn't paid what he owes in federal income taxes. What they are questioning is "why should I work hard 40+ hours a week and pay 20-25% in federal income taxes but a rich man like Mitt Romney is able to take advantage of the tax code (or even manipulate it as some may think) and pay a lower tax rate as he lives off interest dividens whereas WE have to work and still pay a higher federal tax rate? This question speaks to the broader argument of trickle-down economics, and as people begin to better understand how Romney used private equity to amass his wealth, the ethics of such "vulture capitalist" tactics are now being questioned by the public. I find that reasonable considering how private equity has been presented to the general public as a means to save companies from failure as opposed to tearing them down as Romney has been accused of having done.
As for the "47%" issue, I understand that he was saying in part from the perspective of his ability to convince voters within that 47% demographic to vote for him, but the problem with what Romney said was he lumped everyone with that 47% demographic as either "victims" or lazy and that's just not true. As I've said in other threads concerning this particular matter, I'm within that 47% and I'm not on any federal entitlement program nor do I expect to use any of them in the near future, if ever! So, if I can see through the BS, why are so many others having such a hard time seeing what Romney said as just plain dumb!?!
Last edited by Objective Voice; 09-23-12 at 04:47 PM.