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  1. AgentSmith101

    AgentSmith101 said, over 2 years ago

    And the way it’s going to be until the torches and pitchforks come out.

  2. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, over 2 years ago

    There’s a fable going around that the wealthy are just itching to create more jobs, and that the only thing in their way is the big, bad government. People who believe this don’t understand how business works.
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    You see, nobody ever starts a business for the purpose of hiring people. No business owner wakes up in the morning and says “You know, I’m gonna give a few people jobs”. Hiring workers is, at best, a necessary evil- it’s what you do when demand outstrips your ability to supply it.
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    What is demand? When people are buying stuff, or want to buy stuff.
    What drives demand? Primarily, consumers having money to spend.
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    Henry Ford understood this. He knew that, by paying his workers a decent wage, not only did he ensure that he’d have more customers on his payrolle, but that the money circulating through the economy meant that other people could afford his product too. And for those owners who were less sensible, high marginal tax rates made it cheaper and more profitable to reinvest high earnings in the business than to extract them for personal gain.
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    That’s not the case anymore. Now that taxes are lower on unearned income than earned income, it’s cheap and easy to pull cash out of a business; reducing worker pay, eliminating pensions and forcing more costs onto the rank and file lets owners extract even more. And running the company “for the quarter” boosts short-term stock prices, inflating the wealth of top-tier executives- most often paid heavily in shares- even more. Investments are now made in politicians, who pay off with ever more lax laws and enforcement of regulations that could stop the leeching.
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    But this carnival game can’t last forever, and the foxes running the henhouse know that. The big players have squirreled plenty of money away in offshore tax havens, and are ready to head off to some other more friendly country as soon as things come to a head here. And with wealth being more liquid than ever, it’s an easy thing to shift money around the world with a few keystrokes on a computer, and pump up the economy of some other country or another remotely- all the while skimming a little off the top. The wealthy no longer need swear fealty to a nation; they can be nations unto themselves.
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    The class war is real, and the rich are winning- and they’re determined to loot whatever they can before the place burns down around them. And their sycophants think that they’ve got seats waiting for them on those private jets… but any shrewd businessman knows that when an asset is no longer paying off, you dump it.
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    (Phew. That was my longest rant yet.)

  3. MangeyMoose

    MangeyMoose said, over 2 years ago

    Did anyone here see a segment of “60 Minutes” a few months back, which showed an architects drawing of an enormous ocean-going ship, with condominiums for the super-rich? It has all the amenities possible, and may soon start building. It will sail the oceans 24/7. No “passengers” only “tenants”, who will not have to pay taxes to any government. (I also saw something in a magazine about this about 2 years ago).

  4. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    My daughter and son-n-law just went back to New Zealand. HE got the “corporate upgrade” and had lots of legroom and spiffs. She was squished into the “peanut gallery”. At least they were able to switch seats part way through the flight so both did get some benefit. (Don’t think American companies would allow that.

  5. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    ^Have you priced any new cars in America lately? Cost of living totally negates your silly comparison, especially for anyone living in New York, Miami, San Francisco, or any other major Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area.

  6. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, over 2 years ago

    Good post, Wolf. Kudos.

  7. SABRSteve

    SABRSteve said, over 2 years ago

    @dtroutma

    We need more rail traffic.

  8. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, over 2 years ago

    @MangeyMoose

    There was a video game released recently called “Brink”, where a super-luxurious floating city became humanity’s last bastion after a major sea-level raise. Refugees started flocking to it, and with an infrastructure meant for 25,000 people having to support a population ten times as large, inevitably an armed conflict started between the paid security forces of the wealthy original owners and the refugees.
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    The gameplay itself wasn’t all that good, but the story was interesting (and maybe a little prophetic).

  9. Crow Nobo, fol de rol de riddle

    Crow Nobo, fol de rol de riddle said, over 2 years ago

    Starship Titanic is an adventure game designed by Douglas Adams and made by The Digital Village. It was released in 1998. It takes place on a starship of the same name which has undergone “Spontaneous Massive Existence Failure” (S.M.E.F) and crash landed on Earth on its maiden voyage (in an allusion to the 1912 disaster involving the real-world RMS Titanic).

    The player acts the part of a human (whose house the starship crashed into) who goes aboard to help fix the ship, and must solve puzzles to collect the parts of the sabotaged onboard computer, Titania.

  10. bernardgarner

    bernardgarner said, over 2 years ago

    @AgentSmith101

    Maybe all the news lately about the government spying on ordinary Americans has something to do with the possibility of the pitchforks coming out and the one percent starting to worry about it. Timothy McVeigh figured that the government was the beast and with the Republicans becoming the party of the one percent maybe he was just a bit premature.

  11. emptc12

    emptc12 said, over 2 years ago

    @The Wolf In Your Midst

    Very good. I wish I had written that.
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    If I might add another aspect of the game in the playbook: the nearly non-existent interest rates paid to bank accounts. This not a free economy at all, but planned by a government that panders to business biggies.
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    It practically forces people to invest in the stock market to get decent returns on their savings. How clever is that for those investment firms on Wall Street to have achieved? All the 401(k) money is practically fire-hosed at companies; it rains down on the just and unjust alike.
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    When crashes come about, money in the stock market is virtual, about as good as Monopoly money. Come to think of it we in the U.S. have always existed in one big Monopoly game. But, as you write, the game is now international.

  12. AgentSmith101

    AgentSmith101 said, over 2 years ago

    @The Wolf In Your Midst
    Yes, thus the mention of pitchforks and torches. The 1% see the villagers coming up the long path to the castle. Some think they will be able to release the Frankenstein. Others are preparing to leave the castle.

  13. AgentSmith101

    AgentSmith101 said, over 2 years ago

    @bernhardgarner
    People should know the gaps in the armor of government are exploited by the tentacles of big industries. To the point where they can control of mechanisms of government. Remove the spoiled 1% and the mechanisms of government can return to the people.
    (i.e. Grover Norquist requiring signatures from politicians promising they will not raise any new taxes.)

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