Re: The Cost of Stupidity
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- Subject: Re: The Cost of Stupidity
- From: Newdem@aol.com
- Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2003 10:17:45 EDT
This is an excellent article, but I think that the phrase "the cost of
studpidity" is a misnomer. An important goal of the Administration's huge
expenditures in Iraq, as for its tax giveaways to the rich, is precisely to starve
domestic programs like education, Medicare, etc.
The US economy is awash in wealth, more than the rich know what to do with.
They found in the 1960s and early '70s, however, that a population which feels
secure and comfortable begins to demand much more out of life--unreasonable
things like a voice in their society and higher expectations for what their
lives should be like.
Elite policy of the last 30 years has been to "starve the beast" of
government--that is, government's social programs like housing, education, medical
care, etc. (all except government's military and police functions). It has been
precisely aimed at making people's lives insecure and lowering their
expectations and shutting them up.
It's not stupidity--it's social control. It's the plan.
Editor, New Democracy
5 Burr Street
Boston, MA 02130
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