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originally posted by: Zedski
In any standard distribution within a dataset, you will still see some smaller percentages going against the grain.
This thread you've started seems awfully singular in its conclusion and to be frank, I'd rather believe that the fact that this country might be seeing something that remotely resembles a "rush for the spoils" includes some companies that are actually gearing up to invest again in this place, with this people, in a very powerful way.
Here are my canaries in a coal mine, if you will, that I think are indicators to the glass is half full argument:
Employment is up. No link, just read a news website. The numbers probably lie but there really are more people employed now.
Enormous companies are consolidating with smaller ones and coporate buyouts are on the rise. This is a good thing for a struggling economy because it means while jobs are initially sacraficed during mergers, it means the companies are not necessarily ditching their capital overseas and they are trying to maintain strong foundation flows of dollars down to mid and small size companies. Call them evil if you like, but it is in the interest of corporate America to keep their dollars here.
I'm going to stop at those two reasons, but I want to add that the reality is that corporations are the puppet masters of Congress to a great extent, but that also means that as long as they want to keep that power here in the U.S., they probably want to strengthen the economy in the country they control. Simple logic.
As for the 1% chart that has by now become overused by now, the same is true. If I am a 1%-er, I live here in the U.S. because of the freedoms I enjoy, as well as the profits I make and the power I wield. This is a great thing for them and while other countries like India and China have their own economic booms, they don't have our Constitution, our laws and national identity. For better or worse, we have what others want to give their life savings for to come here.
I wonder what the immigration rate is for China...or India...or Japan (we should be helping Japan especially after the disaster in Fukushima)...we are fortunate to be here, and that is why wealthy people and companies are here too. They know what is here.
Decay happens after growth. Then growth again. It's a cycle. You should try gardening. You'll pick the concept up a whole lot faster.
originally posted by: Krazysh0t
Just like everything else in the universe, the American Empire also has a lifespan. Part of the old age of empires is rampant corruption.
originally posted by: Zedski
Or here's a concept: Stop complaining and change things yourself!
Forget all the garbage I wrote earlier to get you to think a little bit beyond your doom and gloom.
Fight your way out! Find your own answers. Are there ultra rich people and corporations that are in power, likely running everything? Yes. Without a doubt. Does that mean all your happiness is doomed? I'll let you answer that one.
Looking at the big picture is not serving you well, apparently.
originally posted by: six67seven
Sex! Should we cover how much internet traffic is due to porn ...............
A scramble for the spoils!