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This is the state of our great republic: We've nationalized the financial system, taking control from Wall Street bankers we no longer trust. We're about to quasi-nationalize the Detroit auto companies via massive loans because they're a source of American pride, and too many jobs — and votes — are at stake. Our Social Security system is going broke as we head for a future where too many retirees will be supported by too few workers. How long before we have national healthcare? Put it all together, and the America that emerges is a cartoonish version of the country most despised by red-meat red-state patriots: France. Only with worse food.
Originally posted by burdman30ott6
They got us, guys. They got us good. I was wrong and I'm sorry. You can count the number of appologies this man has given for my political and social views in my life on one hand, but today I'm sorry for doubting & feel like the world's biggest ass for ever wasting my time trying to defend the bastards who set us up. This Halloween, I'm just going to wear ass ears because it seems to be appropriate.
You just know the Frogs have only increased their disdain for us, if that is indeed possible. And why shouldn't they? The average American is working two and half jobs, gets two weeks off, and has all the employment security of a one-armed trapeze artist.
Mitterand tried to create both job-growth and wage-growth by nationalizing huge swaths of the economy, including some big industries, including automaker Renault, for instance. You haven't driven a Renault lately because Renault couldn't sell them here. Imagine that. An auto company that couldn't compete with a Dodge Colt. But the Renault takeover ultimately proved successful and Renault became a private company again in 1996, although the government retains about 15% of the shares.
Now the U.S. is faced with the same prospect in the auto industry. GM and Ford need money to develop greener cars that can compete with Toyota and Honda.
We're more French than France.
We're now no different from any of those Western European semi-socialist welfare states that we love to deride. Italy? Sure, it's had four governments since last Thursday, but none of them would have allowed this to go on; the Italians know how to rig an economy.
In bailing out mortgage lenders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, our government has basically turned America into the largest subsidized housing project in the world.
Originally posted by mopusvindictus
I prefer a system by which I have a fair fighting chance to be better than the next guy.
I'll be one of them, Life isn't fair I'm not here to be on the same standing as people who have half my skills and abilities or to have a government run my life
Originally posted by burdman30ott6
reply to post by mybigunit
I have a couple of ideas of my own as to who the man behind the curtain is (or men, rather). My problem is I'm still not sure who counts as "us" in us vs them, let alone who, exactly "them" consists of. (If that makes any sense.) It's suddenly like the nice little black & white crystal clear view of everything has been changed to a shades of grey stained glass window composed of millions of different pieces.
Originally posted by manson_322
reply to post by burdman30ott6
nonsense, USA is no socialist , its fascist ////......
or should i say corporate communism