It has always been a fact that those with real power and money rely on those who think they have a fair shot at attaining it when it comes to privatizing their profit. It is when they need to socialize their losses that they couldn't care two cents what "middle America" thinks. They will just continue funding propaganda campaigns bent on making people think the game isn't rigged, and that return of their tax dollars to them is a moral issue.Alpe d'Huez said:But you could apply that to many things. The financial bailouts for example. Farm bills? How about defense spending for war?
I think the problem TFF is that what we have in our government now, and what many "conservatives' think we partly have isn't really capitalism. And I don't mean all the social programs in our country. I'm talking about what many people view as being free-enterprise, laisse faire. This rarely exists in our country, except on the smallest level. Corruption, bribery, collusion, cronyism, all stretch to the farthest depths of government, often at the highest level. Huge industries and thousands of business and individuals have their hands so dipped in the cookie jar it's absurd. Anyone who thinks if we somehow eliminate all social programs, that we'll have a free-market capitalist society where competition determines the market is incredibly naive.
Does anyone think the $X billions used for the financial bailouts are truly "capitalism"?
Interestingly, the case made by free market prophets is that government is evil, and that politicians are corrupt in an effort to maintain power, and that government corruption is more onerous than any other. What they fail to recognize is that the pursuit of wealth in the private sector is just a rife with corruption only this corruption is brought about by the lust for power AND wealth. See, when those outside of government have the power, and the money, they also have government. Give me a government where lust for power is the predominant evil. I will take that over allowing profit motive to run wild any day.