Q: “But what about giving the govt in excess of what you are suppose to owe for taxes, y’know, to support the war on poverty and the like”
A: “Ya know, I would if I believed the war on poverty was designed to eliminate poverty rather than punish the impoverished. So whatever extra I have goes to direct action.”
These are genuine quotes. The question I posed to an individual who identifies as a liberal, supports Bernie Sanders and believes that the federal government can be a force for good. But yet, he criticizes the government’s help of the impoverished, the administration that he vouches for.
But is it a matter of government or who gets the credit? There are factions within both political parties thatdon’t want the other factions to be the dominate force and drive the goals of the government. For these factions the government can only be a force for good as long as they are in control and get the credit.
The union faction wants to become the sole arbitrator of american life in perpetuity where everyone serves the needs of the union and it’s executives become a intellectual elite. It would be the “worker’s paradise” but only if the union let you be a member. It would be much like what Soviet Russia was about, an elite of a limited number controlling the masses and all the resources to enrich themselves while providing the minimum necessary to feed, clothe and shelter the workers.
This isn’t communism, it’s totalitarianism by any name that people will buy into and can be used to enslave people. Another example is the pre-Civil War plantation system, except this time everybody are the niggers to union massa’s
Call it what it truly is, collectivism, to enrich a few at the expense of the many. It is the anti-populism
Having read this article makes me realize why I dropped out of college. I spent two years of doing what the university told me I had to do and what was best for me and it wasn’t. The requirements to get into the classes you wanted are just employment for teachers – teachers that aren’t needed but guarantee university budgets.
Much as been made of the military-industrial complex but no one talks about the education complex and it’s self-interest and self-perpetuating practices that cause people to drop out because the university insists you take classes where you just spin your wheels, like English 101 or lectures that offer nothing but rote instruction and lose interest.
Public universities whine about budget cuts when they should be eliminating useless classes and redundant teachers.
My great regret about the great recession is it was the last chance for 50 years to reform the education system and all people did was hunker down and doge rather then comforting the problem. Teachers say, “it’s for the kids” when it’s all about the teachers and their careers. It is not education that is scared, it’s the jobs.And it’s not like teachers can’t find other teaching jobs – there are plenty available. It’s about giving up a cushy job.
And ask a teacher about budget cuts and they will say cut someone else’s budget. Budgets for the poor, the homeless, the hungry? Teachers don’t care as long as they don’t suffer. NIMBY has become NIMBI (not in my best interest)
This is a fast paced world and universities need to pick up the pace.
“Obama OKs air power to aid Pentagon-trained Syrian rebels”
The US is aiding Syrian rebels, the Russians are aiding Ukrainian rebels
The Syrian rebels are trying to takeover the country. The Ukrainian rebels are trying to takeover the country
And now the US will use the air force directly against the Syrian govt to support the rebels. And Russia will . . . .
It’s ok for the west to engage in regime change but not Russia?
That’s how Russia sees it. It’s not about freedom and democracy but precedent for using force and “if you can do it, so can I”
You can see a variant of this in American politics, especially from liberals. It is, “I am right, you’re wrong and it’s ok for me to do what I want but you can’t do the same exact thing (because it hurts my cause)”. It hypocrisy in it’s purest and most raw form. The only thing missing is “God is on my side”, which for the left would be interesting to hear and have them defend their attempts to replace religious institutions as America’s moral authority.