...I was able to pull myself out, very easily, I might add.
You history-free young people who have never had to support yourselves through anything resembling a real economic downturn amuse the Hell out of me. The success of the Clinton Administration at reducing unemployment has spoiled you all; you have no idea what it's like to live in an economy where you are unable to find a job. I do.
Don't give me crap about the laziness and ignorance of the people at the very bottom of the income ladder. Although I had taken night classes in calculus at the local JC and I had a combined SAT score of 1580, I couldn't afford college, so I never did get a college degree; and in fact I had a Hell of a time getting unskilled work at minimum wage back then.
I wish you could experience, as I did, competing for a job when fresh out of high-school with zero salable skills in 1973 during the first oil-embargo recession, or stumbling along, always falling behind, trying to make it at minimum wage and zero job security during the 1976 oil-embargo recession. I wish you had enjoyed the pleasures of entering the job market without benefit of business connections or a college degree during the 1979-1983 recession, where by deliberate manipulation of the economy, for a whole year the official unemployment rate hovered at or above 10 percent. This was at exactly the same time that the Reagan's administration, damn him to Hell and damn them all, engineered the first of a series of massive tax cuts exclusively for millionaires. Who was paying for your room and board in 1982, hey?
Incidentally, oil production has either peaked already or is going to peak within the next five years or so. This does not bode well for the dream of a perpetual rosy economic scenario, does it?
The economy looks OK these days; do you think it will be so healthy forever? Wait till the inevitable next recession. Sure, you'll have a work history and polished professional skills so you probably won't be the one to take it on the neck. But for the kids graduating from high school, at least the ones whose parents aren't rich enough to hand them college admission on a silver platter, what do you think is going to happen to them? Maybe you don't care.
...if you don't like it, please get out...
I am a firm believer in... If you don't like it, and everyone else does, maybe it's time for you to find a new place to live.
And yes, I will stand up for my rights and fight any effort to make the US a socialist state.
So if I, as a voter and a taxpaying U.S. citizen for thirty years, want to increase the degree to which my country, the country where I was born and where I have lived all my life, enjoys the benefits of moderate democratic socialism - that is, intelligent, sensible, humane government-for-the-working-class, then you insist that I should flee the U.S.A. and emigrate to some far-off foreign land. But if you desire to extend the reign of selfish, senseless, reckless and foresight-less capitalism in this country, then you maintain that it is your right to do so, and what's more, I have no right whatsoever to oppose your wishes.
What's wrong with this picture? Don't I have the rights of a voter and a citizen too, or are voters's rights reserved exclusively for the investing class and those working-class suckers who buy into the investing class's ahistorical propaganda and Randite crypto-economics? Which part of the elementary definition of democracy do you fail to understand? Or is it just that triumphalist capitalism is fundamentally incompatible with democracy, and since you've "got yours," and you want to keep every last cent of it and even grab more, then to Hell with democracy?
Yours WDK - WKiernan@concentric.net
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