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Potemkin village town hall meeting

Remarks by the President in a Conversation on Strengthening Social Security
I'm no good at estimating crowd size. I think there might have been 200 people, tops, protesting the "conversation" this morning. Even though I don't believe that Bush's privatization concoction will fly, I couldn't shout along with the Ain't broke / Don't fix it group, it felt too disingenuous. Progressive Maryland had prepared some things to yell. The favorites seemed to be Privatize what? / Privatize this and Hey Bush / Hey Cheney / Hands off / My granny, although my favorite was used a lot, too: Tell me what democracy looks like / This is what democracy looks like. This morning it looked pretty puny. I did like when some of the students--some of the actual, current students who attend the school in which the pr bit was being played out--started to shout Get out of our school. Yeah, I know that was the best part.

Went to work and lookit what popped out of the newspaper at me: Supreme Court Rules Cities May Seize Homes. This is just astounding. Did you read the remarks linked above? Here's a quote: "What I like more -- even more than statistics is the notion of an ownership society. We want more people owning something." Really. What does that even mean? You know, I had a nice little bike ride on a beautiful day. I was prepared to think positively today despite the horror of having a dullwitted bully heading the government of my country. But this is a real kick in the teeth. This can't be right. This can not be right. Feeling a bit gloomy now.

Not just gloomy. Gloomy and confused:


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Jun. 23rd, 2005 08:45 pm (UTC)
My grandparents lost land along a river that the Army Corps of Engineers dredged to widen it and turn in to a navigable waterway. The Army essentially moved the whole river (straightened it out). My grandparents were paid "fair market value" for the land (yeah, sure they were....).

That "Inner Loop" snippet is great!
Jul. 22nd, 2005 06:47 pm (UTC)
Bush and S.S.
I know this is older news. But I just read it. I read most of Bush's talk, until I got to the sycophants. I don't know enough about the issue to really understand it, but some things kept popping up in my mind. If the younger people of today are to start keeping some of the money that would go into S.S. to invest otherwise, how are all those older people who are "going to get their check" supposed to get their check if not as much money is going into the system and it's close to being bankrupt?
Also, why should rich people get any SS at all? The whole purpose os the system is to make sure we don't have old people sick and homeless. Sure, the rich put money in, but there should be some level at which, for the good of society, if you really don't need it, give it to someone who does. Sheesh!
And, with investing, doesn't someone always lose? It's not like we're printing more money. So if you are making money with investing, someone is losing some. It's probably less educated people who will hurt more from the loss. Well, Koraleen, I don't know what I am talking about. Just rambling along here. Have a nice day!
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