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In college, I got hundreds of people to sign up to credit cards for a free t-shirt. Let's not underestimate how much our country loves free stuff.
originally posted by: ketsuko
And they were all compelled to receive a mark in either the hand or the forehead and no one could buy or sell without it.
It comes linked to the worship of the Beast, but hey, little things like bowing to the arbiter of the new system of exchange shouldn't bother you too much.
When a government starts seeing to the healthcare needs of it's people, you have a nanny state. No matter how benign, it is a nanny state.
Congress, wanting a straightforward tax that was not too onerous and easy to collect, passed the Tariff Act of 1789.
1980s to present
The GOP under Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush abandoned the protectionist ideology, and came out against quotas and in favor of the GATT/WTO policy of minimal economic barriers to global trade. Free trade with Canada came about as a result of the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement of 1987, which led in 1994 to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). It was based on Reagan's plan to enlarge the scope of the market for American firms to include Canada and Mexico. President Bill Clinton, with strong Republican support in 1993, pushed NAFTA through Congress over the vehement objection of labor unions.
Likewise, in 2000 Clinton worked with Republicans to give China entry into WTO and "most favored nation" trading status (i.e., the same low tariffs promised to any other WTO member). NAFTA and WTO advocates promoted an optimistic vision of the future, with prosperity to be based on intellectuals skills and managerial know-how more than on routine hand labor. They promised that free trade meant lower prices for consumers. Opposition to liberalized trade came increasingly from labor unions, who argued that this system also meant lower wages and fewer jobs for American workers who could not compete against wages of less than a dollar an hour. The shrinking size and diminished political clout of these unions repeatedly left them on the losing side.
Despite overall decreases in international tariffs, some tariffs have been more resistant to change. For example, due partially to tariff pressure from the European Common Agricultural Policy, US agricultural subsidies have seen little decrease over the past few decades, even in the face of recent pressure from the WTO during the latest Doha talks.
our public schools are pretty dumb right now and you could characterize that as one of our socialist, government run agencies.
The Dumbing Down of America – By Design
By Joachim Hagopian
Global Research, August 14, 2014
Theme: Culture, Society & History, Media Disinformation
This presentation focuses on the myriad ways in which the powers-that-be in the United States have been systematically dumbing down Americans as a society for a very long time – all by meticulously calculated design. Originally the term dumbing down was used as a slang expression in 1933 by film screenwriters to mean “revising [the script] so as to appeal to those of lower education or intelligence.”
The most obvious example of how Americans have been dumbed down is through this nation’s failed public education system. At one time not that long ago America reigned supreme as a leading model for the rest of the world providing the best quality free public K-12 education system on the planet. But over the last many decades while much of the rest of the world has been passing us by, it seems an insidious federal agenda has been implemented to condition and brainwash a population of mindless, robotic citizenry that simply does what it’s told, and of course the brainwashing commences early in America’s schools.
But prior to delving into the many ways we’ve been duped and dumbed down through the years, a cold hard look at the devastating result seems very much in order here. With doom and gloom warnings of impending collapse, the US economy is floundering still mired in recession, emaciated and cut off from life support, as a consequence of waging too many wars around the world (be they the longest running costly defeats in US history or the fast rising dirty little Special Ops wars secretly raging on every corner of the globe or Obama’s personal favorite, state sponsored terrorism from drone-filled skies). As a pawn to the military industrial complex, the US government has chosen permanent war over its own people. This treasonous decision has decimated the middle class and created a college educated indentured class struggling in heavy debt to find any means to stay afloat. With an outsourced, now vanished manufacturing base, upward mobility and the American dream have become tragic casualties of modern life, now a sad, nostalgic bygone reminder of the once greatness of America.
You're missing the sacrifice in liberties that I'm less willing to part with. Some people are willing to trade in their freedom, I'm not one of them
I'd say most, would prefer to do things off the books and out of pocket instead of including government and insurance into the equation.
Years pass and Animal Farm expands its boundaries after Napoleon purchases two fields from another neighboring farmer, Pilkington. Life for all the animals (except the pigs) is harsh. Eventually, the pigs begin walking on their hind legs and take on many other qualities of their former human oppressors. The Seven Commandments are reduced to a single law: "All Animals Are Equal / But Some Are More Equal Than Others." The novel ends with Pilkington sharing drinks with the pigs in Jones' house. Napoleon changes the name of the farm back to Manor Farm and quarrels with Pilkington during a card game in which both of them try to play the ace of spades.
As other animals watch the scene from outside the window, they cannot tell the pigs from the humans.
But I'll be damned if I'll help anyone if I'm mandated by the government to help.
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Actually, why not take 100% of everyone's income
originally posted by: deloprator20000
a reply to: RomeByFire
Oh yea, the last 15 years of unbridled capitalism have been just great! Crashing Economy, Bank Bailouts, New world order, false flag attacks, massive spying, gangstalking, mass shootings, anthrax attacks, U.S. government torturing it's own citizens.
Oh yea I definitely want more of the last 15 years, don't you?
The type of Capitalism some of the people espouse has guided economic policy for the last 25 years with literally no competing economic systems. Hence, we can conclude that the current state of the economy and the world is a result of this philosophy and it's variants. So, this means that this philosophy, and its variants must take responsibility for the current state of the world and all the problems therein.
originally posted by: DBCowboy
Why just go halfway?