Four things to know about the Republican plan to give trillions of dollars to the richest Americans


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Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2017/12/09/grand-old-plutocrats.html


#2

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#3

Maybe… just maybe… we could spend a little less on the military and a little more on all the other things we need as a nation? I don’t mean to sound like a pansy-ass, white flag waving liberal, but do we really need a military capability greater than the rest of the world combined? Would our great nation really be in so much peril if we spend a few dollars on infrastructure, health care, and education instead of on invisible war planes and nuclear bombs?


#4

“Finally, that there’s an opportunity here for the Democrats – if they don’t fuck it up…”

Would it have killed you to offer some hope?


#5

After Obama’s less than spectacular delivery on “hope and change,” what’s the point in leading people on? For now, the only slim hope I have is that the DNC won’t run Clinton again in 2020.


#6

Apologies for pointing out the obvious dorm-room bull-session rebuttal, but “JUST STOP BEING POOR” isn’t the GOP economic plan. Exactly the opposite, in fact. “STOP BEING POOR” is something akin to communism.

“REMAIN POOR NO MATTER WHAT” is what this is about. In a world with finite resources, every smidgen of relative wealth requires a great deal of relative poverty to sustain it.

If you want the canonical and more factual “Ryan pointing at words” meme, it’s this:


#7

It’s the Alec Baldwin speech from “Glengarry, Glen Ross”, delivered to entire country, forever.


#8

Two out of three?


#9

Nope - the Clinton name needs a few decades to go away.


#10

“Promise you’ll keep the funk.”


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#12

https://twitter.com/people4bernie/status/916833447427031041

I heard Martin Pearson perform this once at the Woodford Folk Festival, but I’ve never been able to find a recording online.

Shame; it’s a catchy song.

George Papapveris’ It takes a soldier

I heard it yesterday on the news
And to believe it I refused
To hear the working man enthused
That more guns would be built.
And I remember thinking then
That wallet wins the heart again
And we will sing the old refrain
As further blood is spilt:

It takes a soldier to fire the gun
To make it you need a working man
To feed him the farmer will plough the land
It all goes hand in hand.
But to feed the soldier and the man
Who makes the gun, you need more land,
And to get more land of course
You need a soldier.

The circle is a vicious one,
It’s been like this since time began,
For after all is said and done
The soldier needs his bread.
But no one can explain to me
With all this land and all this sea
Why we don’t turn our soldiery
To farm and fish instead.

It takes a soldier to fire the gun
To make it you need a working man
To feed him the farmer will plough the land
It all goes hand in hand.
But to feed the soldier and the man
Who makes the gun, you need more land,
And to get more land of course
You need a soldier.

And I can almost hear you say
"the world has always been that way,
“for peace and freedom you must pay
"and nothing is for free”.
But vicious circles you can break,
'Tis but an easy step to take:
Just throw the guns into the lake
But keep just one for me;-)

It takes a soldier to fire the gun
To make it you need a working man
To feed him the farmer will plough the land
It all goes hand in hand.
But to feed the soldier and the man
Who makes the gun, you need more land,
And to get more land of course
You need a soldier.

If only we could understand
Before things spiral out of hand
It’s not supply, but our demand
That does the monster feed.
And still our leaders never cease
To manufacture enemies
It isn’t them that threaten peace,
The problem is our greed.

It takes a soldier to fire the gun
To make it you need a working man
To feed him the farmer will plough the land
It all goes hand in hand.
But to feed the soldier and the man
Who makes the gun, you need more land,
And to get more land of course
You need a soldier.


#13

Just what we need! Neoliberals!


#14

thanks. I was wondering if this

was a reference to something.


#15

George can stick around - last time I checked he didn’t screw up the country by somehow managing to loose against the biggest joke candidate this country has ever seen.


#16

He did say if.


#17

If at first you don’t succeed, try try try try try try try try…


#18

The Uploader has chosen not to allow viewing of this video in your country.

That is not very nice.


#19

Videos are for closers.


#20

I can’t understand why people keep thinking Clinton’s going to run in 2020. For one thing, she’s 73 then. For another, after 2016, I can’t imagine her ever wanting to touch another election even with a ten-foot pole.

It really seems to me like a Republican horror fantasy; or pessimistic doom-mongering from people who describe anyone that doesn’t 100% agree with them as neoliberals.