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You're Not Entitled!

This long blog post is a good read. This excerpt is to whet your appetite:

You’re not entitled to not pay taxes just because you’re rich. You’re not entitled to go around whining about how you shouldn’t have to pay at the same rate as everybody else because you allegedly create jobs – except of course you’ve had those tax exemptions since the Bush Administration and you and your pals in the venture capital world have yet to create a single goddamned job. In fact, you’re not entitled to talk about how the American jobless rate is over eight percent when you’re the asshole who outsourced all the jobs to India and Mexico in the first place – just because it made for a momentary increase in the bottom line during your whole one year tenure as a serial CEO. You’re not entitled to live without the consequences just because you work on Wall Street. You’re not entitled to a golden parachute and twenty million dollar bonuses when everybody else in the company you turned into a smoking crater is out on the street and the stockholders are left with nothing but a pile of worthless paper. You’re not entitled to stick the rest of us with all the risk and none of the profit when you use our retirement funds to make bad investments. You’re not entitled to bankrupt businesses and liquidate jobs and squander bailout funds on parties and bonuses and then lecture the rest of us on the virtue of living within our means. You’re not entitled to sell bad investments and fraudulent mortgages and generally behave like a fat greedy pig at a trough and then have the nerve act like you’re some kind of a stodgy carefully conservative business genius. You’re not entitled to live outside the law just because you’ve got millions in the bank. You’re not entitled to make anonymous political contributions and buy elections and claim that you’re just engaging in “freedom of speech.” You’re not entitled to make billions, billions, in quarterly profits and then claim that you need more billions in government subsides to remain profitable – and, of course, create those jobs you keep promising us. And while we’re on that subject, you’re not entitled to demand government subsides and then donate money to political parties because you’re “opposed to socialism.”

Good stuff. Yes?

Read the whole thing here:

Chilean Economist Manfred Max-Neef on Barefoot Economics - Democracy Now!

One, the economy is to serve the people and not the people to serve the economy.

Two, development is about people and not about objects.

Three, growth is not the same as development, and development does not necessarily require growth.

Four, no economy is possible in the absence of ecosystem services.

Five, the economy is a subsystem of a larger finite system, the biosphere, hence permanent growth is impossible.


All Conservatism all the time (i.e. getting only one side of the story)

I am so sick of this election. I have been for a year now. Since the Republicans are having primaries to choose a candidate to oppose the President there has been nonstop coverage of all things Republican and conservative. Every failed conservative policy idea, every right wing lie, canard, and every crazy statement has been aired and uncritically discussed, analyzed and presented with an air credibility and respect that is demonstrably unwarranted. Every candidate, election staff member, booster, conservative pundit, and marble mouthed, ignorant, moronic hick is constantly given air time to spew their lies and falsehoods without any follow up or challenge. It is a non-stop deluge of conservatism with hardly any balance or critical analysis. Yes we occasionally hear about the Occupy Movement activities. But it is often just a brief report of what is going on with precious little else or serious discussion of their ideas or interviews of participants. Compare that to the deluge of coverage given to the debates. Unless you expressly look for it, the regular news consumer is hardly ever exposed to progressive ideas. When they are it is usually only briefly and critically. It’s no wonder conservatism has such a hold on this country.
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