It Is NOT Socialism!!!

Okay, folks … I’ve about had enough of people yammering about something of which they know little or nothing.  I’m speaking about the misuse of the word “socialism”.  Here’s the short definition of the word:  a political and economic theory of social organization which advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole.

Now, apparently there are a good many people in this nation who have never bothered to read the definition of socialism, for they go ‘round spouting that this is now, or will become under the Biden administration, a socialist nation.  Where the hell they are getting that notion is beyond me.  What it may become, if Congress isn’t so badly broken that nothing can be accomplished, is a nation that actually cares about the people who live within its borders.  It may become a nation that ensures every man, woman and child living here has access to health care, a good education including college, and the opportunity to live, rather than merely survive.

What about any of that indicates that the businesses in the U.S. would become cooperatives, owned by the community?  NOTHING.  Though frankly, over the past two decades or so, I have become disillusioned by the uber-capitalism in this nation, for it has caused the rich to become richer, while the rest of us have become poorer.  One example, the minimum wage, which has not been raised since 2009, twelve years!  Meanwhile, see how much the net worth of the CEOs of the big three automakers has increased, or of the fossil fuel barons.

A dollar today is worth $0.26 less than it was in 2009, so the minimum wage worker who was earning $7.25 in 2009 is, comparatively, only effectively earning $6.99 today.  So, rather than any wage increases, that worker has taken a pay cut for doing the same work.  Corporations keep the minimum wage under their thumbs by threatening layoffs or even plant closures if the have to take a cut in profits in order to pay their employees a living wage, but … it ain’t so.  Those corporate bigwigs aren’t going to cut off their nose to spite their face, for even paying their minimum wage workers $15 an hour isn’t going to break their bank … they’ll still be earning millions each year, just maybe not quite as many million.

Small business owners, mom & pop grocery stores would, indeed, be hard-pressed to pay their workers $15 an hour, but an exemption could be built in for businesses with under a certain number of employees, or with net income below a certain level.  But it is the large corporations run by billionaires that are complaining the loudest.

Then there’s the health care issue.  The Affordable Care Act, passed under the Obama administration, helped ensure that every person in the U.S. would be able to receive medical treatment when they needed it.  It wasn’t, for most people, free health care, but affordable health care.  It meant the single mother who couldn’t otherwise afford to take her sick child to the doctor, could now do so, paying only what she could afford for her health insurance.  But some called it socialist medicine and fought tooth and nail to have it repealed.  They would rather keep a few extra dollars in their pockets than keep people who haven’t had the opportunities they have alive.  ACA is not socialized medicine … it is a nation trying to take care of its people!

True socialism in theory ensures that nobody is ultra-wealthy and that nobody is ultra-poor.  I say ‘in theory’ for socialism, much like communism, looks great on paper, but once you factor in human nature, there is no way it works.  Human nature is a lot of things, some good, some not-so-good, and some downright evil.  Human nature includes greed and arrogance in varying degrees, largely depending on a person’s birthright.  One who is born into a well-to-do family is far more likely to be arrogant and greedy, believing that he or she is somehow entitled to the finer things in life, entitled to have a better life than others.  Those who were born into poverty but through hard work and education have become business owners of some means, are more likely to take care of their staff, more likely to be generous to those with less than they have.

The opposite of socialism, for the purpose of this discussion, is plutocracy, a country governed by the wealthy.  That is what the United States is fast becoming, for the wealthy buy members of Congress, largely Republicans, but a few Democrats here and there, in order that Congress will vote for such things as tax cuts for those who could most easily afford to pay taxes, and vote against such things as environmental regulations that would help all of the 7.8 billion people who live on this planet, but would force the wealthy coal and oil barons to turn their eye toward converting their plants to renewable energy, would force the agriculture and forestry industries to make changes that might reduce their profit margin but would save lives.

The burden in this country is on the poor and average income earners, for many of the wealthy use tax loopholes to the point of paying no taxes at all.  As a result, we are in debt to the tune of $27.8 trillion!  That boils down to $84,000 for every man, woman, and child in the nation.  And it continues to grow every day.  The wealthy propose that we reduce the debt by cutting spending on such things as programs that help with food, housing, and medical care for those who cannot survive without it.  The sensible among us propose that the wealthy start paying their fair share in taxes, and that we cut back on military spending.

President Biden and the Democrats in Congress have a plan to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry, that nobody dies simply because they couldn’t afford to seek medical help, and that people who, through no fault of their own, do not have the opportunities the rest of us have, can help themselves to improve their lives by getting a college education.  What in hell is ‘socialist’ about that?  Nobody is suggesting we take General Motors away from Mary Barra, Mark Reuss and Dan Ammann and give it to the citizens of Detroit!

People in this country seem quite content to listen to the talking heads on Fox News or NewsMax who will feed them a line of bullshit, or to their Republican members of Congress who also will feed them a line, based on their loyalty and dedication to their wealthy donors.  It’s time for the people of this nation to start using that thing that sits atop their neck, to start thinking for themselves, start reading instead of staying glued to that box in the living room.

Uber-capitalism, not socialism, is the third biggest problem this country has today, the first two being guns and the environment.  Socialism is not, never has been, and never will be the problem as long as the U.S. Constitution is upheld.

69 thoughts on “It Is NOT Socialism!!!

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  2. The idea of socialism is just the basis for many other completely horrible variants such as communism and fascism. I believe you may need to swing your mirror around for a second and consider the fact that MSNBC and all the left media outlets are misinforming democrats just as much, if not more than, the right leaning ones. While historically the conservatives have been the party of big business that is just not the case anymore. The progressives began emmulating the big business model back in the late 90s and now the left is the party of the 1%. The minimum wage debate is a difficult one because once you start applying exemptions for some you fall into the equal rights aspect of it so its not so cut and dry as people think. One point i would make is that the basic definition of socialism doesnt actually fit America as you have stated that i would agree with you on. What i see isnt basic socialism, but the tactics are very similar. It resembles more of the Marxist version. What i have seen in our society is a complete attack on our history and current reality to push the population into tribal groups so the people currently with power can keep it. There is nothing in this world more powerful than a nations population standing together. We dont stand up and fight against bad ideas for fear of backlash from amplified idiots on social media. People are not properly informed by our media so howncan they make any rational decisions. A good example of how in your face what is being done to us all is the Time Magazine article published recently.
    https://time.com/5936036/secret-2020-election-campaign/

    This article is blatant proof the election was manipulated. The author is actually trying to justify a coordinated effort between politicians, big business, media, and tech to control the distribution of information to sway peoples behavior. If you are not convinced by the article alone, because you have to decipher the doublespeak in it, try taking that whole narrative but change the actors in it to Trump and his supporters and see how it would sit with you then. Theres no easy answer to many of the problems our society faces but the one thing this last year has proven to me at least is that every single person in this society needs to check their biases and their ideology and see the truth. Our representatives in our government no longer respresent us. That is the true problem with this country and thete are only two outcomes we cow in fear and let everything we know be desteoyed or we stand up and say enough.

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  4. It seems that just the concept of economic stimulation and profit margin expansion induces euphoria for many who are gratuitously wealthy.

    We also read this mentality in, for example, Donald (What, me worry?) Trump’s unending tweets proclaiming how there would be a great “creation of JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!”—though whether they’d be actual or just political and wishful is another matter.

    And they’ll repeat stupid-sounding catchphrases, like “It’s the economy, stupid”.

    The usual tradeoff, of course, is big business’s destruction and max-exploitation of laborers, resources and natural environment.

    It seems as though to have a regular livable-wage job thus reliable food and shelter in contemporary society is increasingly being considered to be a privilege, especially by the faithfully conservative and superfluously rich.

    To such mega-money-minded men, ‘practical’ (including human and environment friendly) solutions will always be predicated on economic ‘reality,’ the latter which is mostly created and entrenched according to industry interests.

    Indeed, for an elected leader to try reworking this virtual corporate-rule ‘reality’ would seriously risk his/her own governance, however a landslide election victory he/she may have won.

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    • Well said! I am always amazed, though, that when I criticize the uber-wealthy who hoard money, pay few if any taxes, and insulate themselves from those who are in need, a few readers will jump to the defense of the wealthy, saying they earned their money (most didn’t, most were born with that proverbial silver spoon in their mouth and have increased their wealthy by either luck of the draw or by exploiting the labour force). I’ve had heated discussions with these people, average people struggling to survive, who defend the right of the wealthy to not pay their fair share of taxes, to not be forced to help those less fortunate. I don’t understand it. Thanks for dropping by … I checked out your blog, liked what I saw, and am now following.

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      • I agree.

        Some of the apologists for big money may actually be paid shills. The rest essentially act as useful idiots, especially those (whom you experienced) who are barely making ends meet. To me, the latter are even more embarrassing than the 1960s commune hippies, etcetera, to whom economist Ludwig von Mises referred as useful idiots.

        Those doubting the powerful persuasion of big business lobbyists need to consider how governing officials can feel crippled by implicit or explicit corporate threats to transfer or eliminate jobs and capital investment, thus economic stability, all of which is being made even worse by a blaring news-media naturally critical of the government.

        American and Canadian governments, in particular, typically maintain thinly veiled yet strong ties to large corporations, as though elected heads are meant to represent big money interests over those of the working citizenry and poor.

        I believe it reflects why those powerful interests generally resist proportional representation electoral systems of governance, the latter which tends to dilute the corporate lobbyist influence on the former.

        (The first-past-the-post electoral system just barely qualifies as democratic rule within the democracy spectrum, and it best serves corporate interests.)
        With the growing wealth gap and big business gaining greater advantage over the worker, I don’t see how very much can be realistically gained by the little guy, even through a social pendulum shift.

        Unlike with a few social/worker revolutions of the past, notably the Bolshevik and French revolutions, it seems to me that contemporary Western world’s virtual corporate rule and superfluously wealthy essentially have the police and military ready to foremost protect big power and money interests, even over the food and shelter needs of the protesting masses.

        It could be excused as busting heads to maintain law and order as a priority.
        Thus the absurdly unjust inequities and inequalities can persist.

        (Frank Sterle Jr.)

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  5. Oh well said, Jill !!!!!!!!
    As an Australian who enjoys all the benefits of a society that [mostly] cares for its people, I’ve never ever understood how so many Americans could believe that simple justice equates to socialism. I visited family in Hungary in the early 70’s, when Hungary was part of the Iron Curtain countries. That was socialism. Mandating social /responsibility/ is necessary to keep a society functioning.
    I think we are all suffering to some extent from uber capitalism. Except that it isn’t real capitalism any more. Capitalism only works when there’s competition. Corporatism on the other hands, strives always for monopoly. When you look at the sheer size of the major corporate players, the idea of competition becomes a joke. 😦

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    • Thank you, Andrea! Yes, most every other industrialized nation has some form of universal healthcare, access for all to higher education, and more, but here, the wealthy, who don’t even pay their share of income taxes, call the shots by buying our politicians in order to ensure that corporate interests supersede the interests of the average people. It’s nuts … the more I think about it, the angrier I get. You’re right about capitalism, for competition in many industries is largely a thing of the past. And just what do those corporate CEOs need with billions of dollars in their investment portfolios and offshore accounts? What purpose does it serve? Meanwhile, people are putting their children to bed hungry at night, some are living under highway overpasses for they’ve lost their homes. Sigh.

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      • I truly hope Biden can at least /start/ to turn things around for the US because when Trump’s base finally realise they’ve been duped, they’ll be far angrier than they are now, and history is full of examples of what happens when the people get that angry. 😦

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        • I hope so too, my friend. He has good ideas and his heart is in the right place, but the opposition from the Republicans in Congress could work against him. I don’t think Trump’s base will ever wake up and see that they’ve been made fools of. Sigh. Seems that we fail, time and time again, to learn the lessons of history, doesn’t it?

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          • Yes, we keep repeating the same mistakes, over and over again. We’ve known for decades that democracies work best when the gap between the richest and poorest is as narrow as possible, yet we’ve embraced neo-liberalism which does the exact opposite.
            We are too easily fooled. 😦

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            • You are so right. I think people forget how to think for themselves these days. Much as I love technology, love being able to keep in touch with friends across the pond in an instant, love being able to find any information I need with the click of a mouse, it does have a downside. People have gotten lazy & complacent, all too willing to believe whatever they see or hear, and it has become far too easy to spread lies and conspiracy theories that people will fall for. Sigh.

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  6. The hatred for socialism is the result of the war on communism by capitalists who were afraid the people might rise up as predicted by Karl Mar in Das Kapital. After the communists, as envisioned by Lenin and Trotsky, took over Russia, capitalists in Europe and the Americas feared for their lives, and they started a smear campaign against communists and their non-capiralist cousins, the socialists, that culminated in Joseph McCarthy’s communist RED SCARE hunt in 50s America. Even though McCarthy was eventually censored for the House Un-American Activities Committee, the fear of communism had become ingrained in Western society. That fear, ever since has been played upon by Republican elected officials, and vehemently advertised to the American people, heavily paid for by the very capitalsts who were decrying communism and socialism, still affects people, especially Americans, today.
    Communism and socialism may as well be four-letter words for all the misinformed baggage they are carrying with them.
    This is the same fear that drove the Trump presidency for the past four years and more. I do not know that it will ever be eradicated from the zeitgeist of right-wing America, and even some centrists.

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  7. Socialism???
    They want to know about what Socialism is…Send ’em my way, I’ll tell them alllllllll about Socialism .
    They know (very bad words) all about Socialism.
    They think ‘Atlas Shrugged’ is reality??? Oh boy!.
    Tell ya what guys, dismantle the entire armed forces and hire out the defence of the USA to mercenary groups….Now that’s freeing yourselves of ‘socialism’
    (Exits muttering)

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  8. From a European point of view, the “American way” to use the word socialism is very strange. Many of the things that are discussed to heatedly are perfectly normal here. In fact, there would be riots if the governments would try to take away social security, healthcare, pensions … It is not socialism, and certainly not communism. 😉 It’s taking care of people. It’s trying to make sure everyone has access to at least the minimum. And no, it’s not perfect, there are holes in the net, so some people still fall through, and yes, some people abuse it. But it is something. Ideas for improving it are very welcome, I am sure. 😉 – Hugs&Cheers from over the Atlantic!

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    • Hi Jeannie! Great to see you! Yes, most every other industrialized nation on the planet has some form of universal healthcare and other things that are just common sense, yet the wealthy in this nation dominate and … they don’t wish to pay taxes so that people who they consider to be ‘beneath’ them can survive. Capitalism in this nation has run amok and it’s literally killing the disadvantaged and those who don’t have the opportunities some do. And for what? So the wealthy, the billionaires, can add another digit to their investment portfolios. They buy politicians who are then in their pockets and will do their bidding. I’m not sure what the purpose of government is, if not to take care of the people. Hope you, hubby and the boys are all well! Hugs!!!

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  9. I wonder how many people realise that groups such as the Police and Fire Departments, not to mention organizations like the Library services just to name a few are all socialist organizations.

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    • Likely very few! That is the problem in our society today … we are not properly educating people, thus leaving them open to the lies and half-truths told by the wealthy and their minions.

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    • Thank you so much, Nan! There should be a reblog button next to the ‘like’ button, but if there isn’t, feel free to just copy and paste with a link to my page. Or, if you like, I can send you the link.

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  10. Jill, good piece. Quite simply, we have a fettered capitalism model with socialism underpinnings. The “fettered” part includes restrictions on monopolies, insider trading, interlocking boards, etc. The socialism part includes Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Workers compensation, Unemployment benefits, etc. We should also not forget regulated utilities, cooperatives (as you note), associations, and quasi-governmental entities like Fannie Mae, etc.

    Politics is sold off fear and the Trump party is highly invested in fear-selling and conspiracy peddling. The socialism is bad has been sold for 90 years. Democrats are not guiltless, but the fear-selling is much more rampant on the right, per this former Republican and Independent. Keith

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    • Thanks, Keith! You’re quite right, Keith, we do have a mixed system, but it seems of late that capitalism has run amok, with the wealthy getting tax breaks, the national debt increasing by the minute, and the burden of paying for our government falling on we the average people just trying to pay our rent and buy food. What puzzles me is the ignorance of the people who decry such things as a universal healthcare system that would help THEM as much as anybody. They believe what they are told by the likes of Donald Trump and Sean Hannity, without questioning or thinking too hard about it.

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      • Jill, running amok dates back to the early 1980s when the huge Reagan tax cuts went in. From that point forward, the disparity between haves and have nots became much greater. Other factors aided in widening the disparity – off shoring, greater use of stock options, etc.

        But, we do need better discussion around the balance between capitalism and socialism. Keith

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        • You’re right … it does, but I think we’re noticing it more these days, especially with corporations who pay no or almost no taxes, and with so many members of Congress on the right side of the aisle indebted to said corporations. We do need to do better, but where to start? I’m at a loss here.

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  11. Well said! If only all of your country folk were as clued up as you! I’ve never understood why ‘socialism’ seems to be used as a term of abuse over there: at its most basic it is looking after the poorest in society and those who can’t look after themselves. What’s wrong with that? It always amuses me when your politicians accuse someone of being left wing: yours is a capitalist society, where one party isn’t quite as far to the right as the other!

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    • Thank you, Clive … that is high praise and I appreciate it. Unfortunately, I believe our education system is failing us, for we have a heck of a lot of ignorant people over here who are susceptible to the rhetoric of the far right, telling them lies and using the word ‘socialism’ as a dog-whistle. Truth is, most every other industrialized nation has some form of univeral health care, including your own NHS. But, the less-educated are told that the people who need help are just too lazy to work, and they believe it. They are told it is mostly Blacks and Hispanics who are “sucking the treasury dry”, and they believe it, though in truth most people on food stamps here are actually white. But, not being capable of thinking for themselves, of looking up facts, etc., they fall for it and when the politicos tell them that lazy Black people are taking all their tax money, they rebel. And, their racism is further enhanced. Ours is an uber-capitalist nation … capitalism has run amok here, and the wealthy aren’t about to let go of their golden unicorn! Sigh.

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      • You’re welcome.

        I guess if any teacher tried to show their kids how they’re being misled there would be a queue of irate parents demanding that the ‘Commie’ be sacked. Capitalism is so deeply ingrained in your society and way of life that I don’t see it being shifted. The problem is the widely held view that socialism is its opposite, or its enemy. It isn’t.

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        • Oh, I’m sure you’re right about that, but at the very least, the purpose of education must be to teach people to question, to find answers to their questions, and to think for themselves, rather than being fed a stew of lies by the media. That is where we’re failing … nearly half the people in this country don’t even know how to think! Frankly, it would take very little for me to support a true socialist state at present, seeing how the ultra-capitalism here has driven income disparity to an all-time high.

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          • I recall a report of a mother recently taking action against a school because one of the teachers said that Trump lost the election. It seems some parents need to be taught to think for themselves, or there will be a need to protect their kids from the indoctrination they will get at home.

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  12. I have said many times that this country is basically a Third World Country now. We are so far behind in health care, minimum wage, number of people unable to buy the groceries they need, greater number of people existing on Social Insecurity due to some after midnight meetings several years back when our dear congress people needed a raise more than we need to be able to live comfortably. As you said, all those poor Wealthy people would lose a million or so if the rest of us received more money for any reason. We just can’t have that! Poor little rich people don’t know how to exist on a few million less in their accounts. God forbid they should actually pay taxes on it! We socially disgraced and middle class should do all of that to ensure the rich will continue to get richer, meaner in some cases, dumber in some cases, and have to possibly buy their clothing off the rack, do without some of the lobster, steak and fish eggs they are used to. It would be a shame if they had to eat meatloaf once a month and actually have leftovers to live on the rest of the time. And vegetable soup would have to be eaten when there’s no meat? Oh no! That’s only for the rest of us. My goodness, to even think about the rich having to pay out some of that money to keep the rest of us from starving is unthinkable.

    Seriously, I wish I had some of that $84,000 I owe the IRS. I would happily pay the taxes on it, and I’m betting most of0all us the disenfranchised simply because I doubt any of us, or at least not many of us feel we are owed a living just because we were born in the USA!

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    • The thing is, ka24, they don’t spend those extra millions anyway. They store them in offshore banks, stocks, bonds, wherever, etc., and let them earn interest for doing nothing. Think of how much interest these people like Bill Gates make in a day, while those of us lucky to have money in the bank get paid less than a pittance 8n interest, if anything at all. Mostly we pay the bank to take care of our money for us, and that is a losing proposition. But we still believe in banks. I cannot imagine why!
      The wealthy of America, hell, the wealthy of the world do not need another penny of income for the rest of their lives, and still they would have more when they die than they could ever have hoped to spend if they lived another hundred years.
      But, and I love this but, if they allow the poor people to get sick and die of a plague like Covid, all their money will buy them nothing, because we produce the food they eat, and the beds they sleep on, and the airplanes they jet around the world in.
      IF we were to suddenly stop producing, they are the ones who could not survive without us. But, another good but, we can survive without them. They do nothing for us, except to be the drones of the hive.

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      • I love the way you think! Having been a farmer’s wife, I know how much it costs to produce the food they put on the table, and I also know how much of the price of that food goes into the farmers pocket while the rest goes into the pockets of the ones who process the food. If I hadn’t been able to can and freeze our food we would have gone hungry because the price we received didn’t cover the cost of feeding some of the beef cattle we raised, or the cost of producing the vegetables we raised. Only the corporation farmers, in the pockets of the big business people ever got rich farming. The ones who did it for the love of the land and the love of the process could barely pay the mortgage to keep the family farm going. Tractors and combines cost more than we could afford so ours personally were always being held together with duct tape and baling wire. But who gets the blame for high prices at the market? The farmer, working 24 hours a day to feed and clothe their families.
        Totally off the original subject but it has been stuck in my craw for so long it feels good to get it out like this.

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        • I’m glad you were able to get it out. They always make it to be somebody else’s fault, they are not responsible for anything but playing the game to win, while everyone else loses. What they forget to mention, they make the rules, so they make sure they win.
          I don’t understand how the stock market works, but I know hedge fund agents profit hugely on the misfortune of others. Now the TikTokkers or whoever, are playing the game so the hedge funders lose, and listen to them whine. They are not supposed to lose, but they are. And I love it.
          But the government will step in and close some loopholes so the TikTokkers can’t win anymore. They can’t let the little guys become big guys, that’s not fair!

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          • Who exactly ARE the TikTok group? I see the name but always seem to associate it with the turnip who is finally out of there, Too many newly formed groups of dissidents around now and I don’t have a score card. I probably would lose it if I did have one though. Or maybe I’ve already lost it and just don’t remember if I forgot it or not.

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            • To the best of my knowledge they are another social media platform, like Facebookers and Tweeters. They do not affect my life, except in this case I appreciate the finger they are giving to the wealthy stock market players. They need to have that happen to them more often.

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    • Dear Jill and Angela,

      I agree with both of you in all that you have expressed. Moreover, I mentioned in one of my replies to a commenter who commented on my post entitled “Misquotation Pandemic and Disinformation Polemic: Mind Pollution by Viral Falsity” as follows:

      In any case, education and legislation are the two major keys for ensuring effective democracy and good governance. However, it is often too late to educate those who have been poisoned for too long and too deeply by the “me” culture driven by self-interest and political expediency to amass power, influence and wealth by plotting control, intrigue, exploitation, corruption and social polarization.

      To be more specific, social and economic polarizations can further exacerbate the issues of wealth and power distribution. The underlying opposition is not so much between the Democrats and the Republicans as between the rich plutocrats and the rest of the population. The Democrats need to (re)form their party to unite the 90 percent of the people living at an entrenched economic and political disadvantage in order to deal with the plutocrats.

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      • How right you are! First we need to limit the number of times they can be reelected. I say two times at the most, keeping the career pols from taking over and running things into the ground. Mitch McConnel should be the first to go. When people are elected by the people of their state they should concentrate on helping the people who vote them in, not on serving the party politics. I think they are forgetting that the party didn’t vote them in, the people of their state did that. And for heaven’t sake, stop worshiping money and turn back to the ultimate Creator .

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    • It often does feel like a third world banana republic, with certain people of means and power controlling our lives by using fear. I’ve long ranted about the wealthy in this nation … nobody has a need for millions or billions of dollars … NOBODY. It is sheer arrogance and greed, and our government defends them and helps them grow their earnings, while the rest of us struggle to buy food and pay the rent. I think every person in Congress should have to spend a month living in subsidized housing, having zero access to their own wealth, but living on a welfare check, walking everywhere they go, just to get a taste of how “the other half” lives … actually more like the other 99%! Or, make them donate one day each week to a homeless shelter or food pantry, to see how real people live. And a question I find myself asking more and more is … what is government for, if not the people? ALL the people, not just the wealthy. Sigh. Hugs!

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      • Well, according to the Preamble of the constitution we are supposed to have a country that is dedicated to helping ALL MEN, while as usual we females are in some places still the property of the men who think we owe them obedience and slave labor. So, the men seem to dominate the future for us all and they are out for themselves and doing the least amount of work to fill those pockets to overflowing. Not all that enamored by them as I was when younger. I’m thinking tey should make all politicians pass a course in history and social science, be able to recite the constitution front and back to refresh their memories about what this countr was founded on. And you are right — no one needs that much money. And congress should make sure the ones with the money pay their taxes and make it a fair share of their income, not the pittance most of them pay now. LIMIT THE NUMBER OF TIMES THEY CAN Serve. Stop the career politicians. Make them work for their pay doing more than their silly filibusters and sticking pork in the barrels of the laws they pass. Complete overhaul of the system.

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        • You’re so right. And for all that we women have come a long way — we are now allowed to own property, vote, and even divorce our husbands — this is still very much a man’s world. I fully agree that all politicians should have courses in history and social sciences, but also Constitutional Law, for I sometimes wonder if some of them have even read the document, let alone understand it. It is way past time we set some requirements for running for a public office … this is no longer 1787! Term limits are needed, but also I would like to see a ‘wealth ceiling’ such that ultra-wealthy multi-millionaires do not qualify for office, for they have no idea how the rest of us live, what our needs and problems are. They are playing games with our lives. Perhaps you and I should sit down and re-write the Constitution!

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          • We the people of the United States, in order to reform the perfect union do declare in this year of 2021 that all men are created equal while women are created to teach them how to be human beings, how to share the wealth and most importantly, that no one with the title “millionaire” will ever again be allowed to run for any public office. Furthermore, no one shall be allowed to run for office after serving two terms and anyone found to be serving the national party rather than the people of the state they represent shall be immediately impeached and a successor will be appointed by a committee of the people of the state for which they stand accused and impeached.

            Last part looks weird cause I’m having computer problems. It keeps jumping arojnd and my fingers ae on the wrong keys.

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  13. How is it that 48% of the population is ready to eat a meal of BS from the rich Industrialists that what is wrong with the country is that the 48% pay taxes which go to pay for POC who don’t pay into the system to get ‘socialist handouts’. Don’t they think the other half of the country would complain if it were true? Why should not the wealthy put something into the pot for the good of all.? I think I’d go all socialist on them, confiscate all the businesses and turn them into workers cooperatives.
    Sorry Jill. I’d have no exemptions for the Minimum wage. Small businesses would just have to increase their prices a bit so that the Government didn’t pick up the strain to make wages up as they do with Walmart and others now
    Cwtch.

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    • The only answer I’ve been able to come up with is that, given that they are largely not well-educated, they are susceptible to the lies they are told by the likes of Fox News and other right-wing biased news agencies, not to mention the Pinocchio who resided in the Oval Office for nearly four years, so they believe every word of it. No, they don’t have the capacity to think for themselves, or to read works by intellectuals who DO understand the way the world works. They are spoon-fed a steady diet of bigotry, racism, homophobia, and whatever else Sean Hannity can think of. When reality comes crashing in, they are dumbfounded.

      No need to be sorry … we don’t have to agree on every single thing. Post pandemic, though, there are going to be a lot of small businesses teetering on the edge of failure, and I’d be willing to cut them some slack for a time, help them get their feet on the ground once again.

      Cwtch

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  14. Hello Jill. Well said. As Nan likes to tell me socialism is a scare word to many of a certain age in the US. It took me a long time to understand what she meant. I posted a great video today busting the minimum wage myths. a couple interesting tidbits I learned was in the 1960’s the new minimum wage of about a $1.10 was equal to almost $12 dollars today, and in Denmark they pay starting McDonald’s workers $22 an hour with 6 weeks paid vacation also other benefits but it raises the price of a burger only 27 cents. There was many really interesting facts like that.
    The history of this country shows proof that the greatest economic times that created a large middle-class while being able to afford to do huge projects to benefit the entire country like the interstate highway system was the 1950’s. During the times when the tax burden was on the wealthy and the large corporations. Starting in the 1970’s the tax burden was shifted to the lower incomes while giving increasing shares of the countries money to the wealthy robbing the government of funds to do for the wellbeing of the people. The data is there and clear. The quality of life for most of the people of the country has declined as more and more of the GDP in wealth has been transferred to the top incomes. The runaway capitalism of the country is killing the goose that laid the golden eggs. The majority of the wealthy / large corporations are now like vampires sucking the very life force out of the people and the country. Are we all to be discarded when our usefulness to them is done, are we no more than a commodity to be used and discarded? Is life to be nothing more than a struggle to survive for the majority of the population to give the wealthy even more money they do not need to maintain their quality of life? What a dystopian society the US has become. I wish more people would look around the world to other developed nations and see how much better the people of those countries have it, how much better their lives. Our country could do those things also if people would stop listening to the dogma of the wealthy. If it did not destroy Canada to do for its people, why would it destroy the US? Hugs

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    • Yep, Nan is right … the conservatives use it as a dog whistle, and they have convinced many of their masses that helping people equates to socialism. My response is … hold your ears … WHAT THE HELL IS OUR GOVERNMENT EVEN HERE FOR IF NOT TO HELP PEOPLE??? I’ll have to hop over and check out that video! I am always sickened and want to smack someone when I hear privileged people say, “Well, I got mine through hard work, and if others are too lazy, then they deserve to be poor.” Such arrogance, such greed, such horrid people. I’ve said before and continue to say that NOBODY needs a billion or even a million dollars. I couldn’t sleep nights if I had that kind of money and was greedily clinging to it, knowing that children are going to bed hungry. Nearly every other nation in the industrialized world has some form of nationalized health care, and pay better than we here in the U.S. And that’s only the beginning. Capitalism is one thing, but the uber-capitalism practiced here in the U.S. that has done naught but increase the level of income disparity, has no place in the world. Ah well, I best not get up on my soapbox! Hugs!

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          • Hello Jill. I understand. I was unable to post or go to blogs for nearly two months. Just needed to sleep the entire time. Some people say that the symptoms are the lingering effects of the Covid virus that Ron and I were going through. But I am getting better again, and today I found the perfect one I think for you. If anyone gave you lip, you could send it to them. Hugs

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            • Are you feeling better now, Scottie? I sure hope so! I just saw that post, loved it, and yes, that might well be the one I send to a few people who are driving me nuts with constant criticism of every single thing I write! Hugs!

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              • Hello Jill. I had four good days of only needing a short nap during the day. I really thought I had turned a corner and was getting a lot done. Then bang, a set back. I slept for two days, hardly able to function when ever I was up. Today I got up long enough to do the roundup and went back to bed. I got up this afternoon and have drank most of a pot coffee to wake up and try to get some things posted. I have no idea what is causing it. Ron also has slept on and off today saying he feel really tired also. Hugs

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                • Oh Scottie … I am so so sorry to hear this. My former neighbor said at one point that all she could do was sleep because she was in a deep depression (supposedly she had just found out that her ex-husband had raped both of her daughters, but she was an odd bird, so … who knows?) Anyway, please know that I’m thinking of you and sending my biggest {HUGS} your way, along with a bit of good karma. Feel better soon, dear friend. Hugs

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