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Monday, May 30, 2011

stop being "sold to" by the corporate media. become human again..

When i turn on the national media anymore all i see is an infomercial. garbage. "tune out" and "turn into" reality.

by Shelley MoMelly on Monday, May 30, 2011 at 1:17pm
Perhaps the Beltway elites could be partially excused if these popular views had suddenly sprung out of nowhere, without rhyme or reason. Or if the growth of government recently was explosive, unprecedented or arbitrary. Or if there wasn't a centuries-long history of elites fighting the will of the people over progressive taxation and enhanced social welfare. But none of these is the case. In fact, it's taken a tremendous effort by elites to block out three well-established historical facts, which add tremendous muscle to the effort CAF, CEPR and FAIR (all organizations trying to bring the voices of the people to the media and stop the one sided corporate monologue we hear now.) are spearheading:

1) That government grows in size as economies mature to meet the needs of the people. This is known as "Wagner's Law," first articulated by Adolph Wagner, perhaps the leading conservative economist in Bismark's Germany.

2) That such government spending is profoundly popular in America, not just with liberals, but with self-described conservatives as well. The recent polling opposed to the Ryan Plan has decades of similar results behind it.

3) That there's a direct relationship between democracy, progressive taxation and enhanced social welfare on the one hand, and elite rule, regressive taxation and reduced social welfare on the other. This is why even today, blue states are more prosperous than red states, even though blue states tend to subsidize red states by giving more to the federal government in taxes than they get back in spending.  (hypocritical teabaggers who pay in less than they receive and then blame the feds for it.  i look around me in MS and i see billions worth of infrastructure being built.  men working who would be sitting on their asses if not for the federal government, bitching about taxes and deficits.  it's ok to be taxed as long as it's THEY PERSONALLY who benefit.  they should lose their jobs and be forced onto unemployment if they don't want this more prestigious welfare check.)

Let's look at each of these in turn.

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