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So, why don't the US poor and middle class simply vote for the security they so desperately need? It worked in the 30's...
by IdiotSavant on Mon Jan 2nd, 2006 at 05:35:27 PM EST
They need someone to vote for that will offer them the security they need with a compelling message.

Right not, the compelling message about security is a combination of "we should fight them over there so we don't have to fight the over here" and "we need to sacrifice our liberty to save our security".

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Jan 2nd, 2006 at 05:41:44 PM EST
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And underneath it all are 2 core messages:

  1. There is no such thing as the Public Good.  Every man for himself.
  2. The government cannot organize effectively any project except for national defense and prisons.  Well, maybe torture, too.
by cambridgemac on Mon Jan 2nd, 2006 at 10:32:33 PM EST
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According to the author of the book "What's the matter with Kansas?," people have been coerced into voting for politicians on the basis of their cultural values, not their economic plans.  I guess the powerful Christian Right (fortunately losing some of their power...) puts forth the idea that the economic sacrifice is worth the moral gain, and even that maybe God wants you to be poor.  ... Uhg.  

I think the fear of abortions, gays, illegal immigrants, terrorism, etc. trumped the fear of being economically insecure for a long time.  I think thge American people are JUST NOW beginning to catch on to the big bait and switch.  The people they elected to protect their moral interests are not only not doing that, they are also emptying their bank accounts.

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. -Voltaire

by p------- on Tue Jan 3rd, 2006 at 12:21:11 PM EST
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