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Originally posted by airspoon
America doesn't have a free market, though the "free-market" buzz word is often falsely used. Instead, the government often shows extreme favoritism in industry through regulation and legislation. The government will never step aside and allow a free and decentralized market to take shape, as the corrupt elite would no longer be able to keep their fingers in the till and their hands on the control strings. With a free-market, it is the consumer and hard-worker who wins and I'm affraid that doesn't look too enticing to TPTB. After all, free markets are an extreme danger to the status quo.
Originally posted by LargeFries
reply to post by airspoon
airspoon I enjoyed reading both your posts, they are articulate and communicate well. You used a term I am not familiar with: "Republocrat statist". If you have a moment, would you reply with a definition of this term? I thank you in advance.
Statism (or etatism) is an ideology advocating the use of states to achieve goals, both economic and social. ...
Originally posted by backinblack
reply to post by Picao84
Good points but you ignore the millions of illegal immigrants..
Mind you, the statistics probably ignore them also.
Originally posted by poet1b
Here in the U.S. we are going the opposite route, with fewer people working longer hours, while the rich make all the money and get all the wealth gains. That is your free market con job in action.
The other side of the coin, however, is that the super rich bankers, in buggering the middle class, have also buggered themselves, because most of their wealth depends on healthy markets, which they have destroyed with their own greed.
How do we fix this? Put a WW II effort into rebuilding our countries infrastructure, incorporating new technology to greatly improve efficiency. Start job sharing, working shorter work weeks and taking more vacations to enjoy the great increases in productivity that technology has brought us. Tax the super rich, $100M plus net worth, to pay for the huge national debt, which mainly went into the pockets of the super rich in the first place. We were in far greater debt after WW II than we are now, and we got out of debt by making the super rich pay in proportion to the wealth they enjoy, and that is how it should be. Most of what the federal government does, supports the super rich anyway. We also need to start demanding fair trade treaties that don't rob the middle class to enrich the the super rich around the globe.
Originally posted by Rockdisjoint
America needs jobs and lots of them, the government should just get out of the way. A free market will create jobs, bureaucrats won’t and they haven't, they have actually made less jobs.