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Open Thread - 9/3/2013

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Lona G (80)
Tuesday September 3, 2013, 7:45 am
"Capitalism is neither free enterprise nor democracy." This quote just about sums up your thread today. TomCat.
If Virginia's choice is between a corrupt Democrat and an even more corrupt Republican, what's left of democracy there?
And it doesn't matter what the abbreviation NRA stands for, both hold shotguns to people's heads. Since I've be following your threads, TC, the word "association" makes my hair stand on end. Are there any associations left that do not lobby or buy their way into greater slice of capitalism?

Lynn Squance (235)
Tuesday September 3, 2013, 12:48 pm
Puzzle 4:25 I have a wobbly wheel!

The Hill Why is it that politics too often attracts the corrupt, instead of the noble spirited who only want to help their fellow citizens? I am not saying I am noble spirited, but I could never become a politician too much "you scratch my back and I'll scratch your's" without thought to what's ethical and best for the people. Cuccinelli needs to be buried in this state election, there is no doubt in my mind.

Daily Kos Economist Richard D Wolff's book "Capitalism Hits the Fan" is aptly titled. People would do well to read it, and would do well to understand the terms capitalism, free enterprise, democracy, socialism and communism. There is far too much erroneous use of these terms, much to the delight of Republicanus/Teabaggers and their vulture capitalist masters.

If the system inhibits change then one is enslaved to that system. If one is enslaved to that system, one is not free. There is no democracy if one is not free.

Blue Oregon There are no 2 ways about it, margins in the restaurant industry are slim and competition stiff. But viability should not be hung on the backs of workers. Creativity, efficiency and properly compensated employees are all needed to make an enterprise successful. In my opinion, properly compensated employees make the biggest difference. The National Restaurant Association would be wise to consider this.

Cartoon Thanks for this rather oblique reminder to set my line up for Fantasy Football.


Elle B (84)
Tuesday September 3, 2013, 1:20 pm

TomCat S (129)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 12:23 am
Thanks all.
The NAACP is a good association, Lona.

P A (117)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 1:48 am
Thanks TC.

Lona G (80)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 2:04 am
Agreed, TC, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (I had to look it up of course) is a good association indeed :-).

Robert B (60)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 9:05 am
"Capitalism without Mercy is tantamount to Evil" - From "ELI STONE"

For capitalism to really work it has to be played on a level playing field and it has to be sustainable in nature rather than just growth oriented. Growth always has limits, sustainability does not. Capitalism in it's present form is merely a Shell Game that the 1% use against everyone else. Just one big money con game.

David C (131)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 3:01 pm
its hard to care for others, the world, the future when its all about making a profit.

Deb E (63)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 10:21 pm
WTH????? NRA and sick leave? Capitalism will eat its' own tail, one day. Terry McAuliffe ... I have his autograph on my Hilary for President poster from the 2008 convention ... think it will be worth money some day?? lol

TomCat S (129)
Thursday September 5, 2013, 2:47 am
Thanks and amen to all. Deb, it might be worth more id you get him to sign his mug shot when that happens. ;-)
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