Comments on: Wasting away in Dementiaville http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2012/01/25/wasting-away-in-dementiaville/ Tue, 10 Feb 2015 19:54:39 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Gordon2352 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2012/01/25/wasting-away-in-dementiaville/#comment-717 Fri, 27 Jan 2012 01:11:21 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=555#comment-717 To NobleKin,

Well how about “senseless liberalism” that costs us both money and jobs we can’t afford, like the “open border” policy which permits illegal immigrants to stay here when something like 8 million people (the last number I saw) are out of work in this country and we are facing economic collapse?

Or the complicated “reverse discrimination” bidding process for government projects that award work on the basis of race, instead of the basis of the lowest reliable bidder?

I think you get the idea.

Social programs and hard cash don’t always mix well, and they have become a pork barrel for a lot of businesses. None of these are free, and the American taxpayer gets to foot the bill simply because of someone’s idea of social justice being served by throwing money at it.

My point is we’ve gone way too far down that slippery slope for it to make sense any longer. We’ve been at it since at least the Kennedy administration. Let’s look at what we’ve accomplished from all that social engineering — nothing but a degradation in our society that is making us noncompetitive in the global markets.

That’s a fact, whether you like it or not.

There are other ways to accomplish social justice without directly involving the free market system, which is NOT equipped to deal with those kinds of problems.

I would think we should have learned by now that simply throwing money at something doesn’t cure the problem, but only makes it worse.

PseudoTurtle
CPA/MBA

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By: here_legally http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2012/01/25/wasting-away-in-dementiaville/#comment-716 Thu, 26 Jan 2012 23:22:34 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=555#comment-716 During the 1950’s I went to high school, college, got married, had our first child. I wouldn’t want to be that age again :), but I would certainly take some of what we had then. I don’t recall anyone having trouble getting a job. We didn’t lock our doors unless we were going on vacation. I didn’t know anyone who got (noticeably) pregnant before marriage. Almost all children where I lived had two-parent homes unless a parent had died. By the end of 8th grade kids had a better education than some have when they finish high school now. These are some of the things people get nostalgic for.

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By: NobleKin http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2012/01/25/wasting-away-in-dementiaville/#comment-715 Thu, 26 Jan 2012 22:48:14 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=555#comment-715 Instead, the nation has descended into the “Dementialville” hell of senseless liberalism and unbridled wealthy greed. – @Gordon2352

Which ‘senseless liberalism’ are you referring to?

Unlike the 1950’s when Mitt Romney’s dad paid a wholesome 38% as a rich man helping to do his part for the wars and infrastructural expansions that helped to make some parts of the 50’s worth noting…today we have an endless parade of Republicons signing alliegence to Tea Party zealots and the uber wealthy. How patriotic of them.

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By: Art_In_Seattle http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2012/01/25/wasting-away-in-dementiaville/#comment-711 Thu, 26 Jan 2012 16:08:32 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=555#comment-711 Nostalgia is basically a losing proposition–in general it consists of people attempting to recall their adolescence–which of course seemed to them at the time to be horrible. Therefore, we have Newt and Mitt craving a return of the days of their youth, and Ron Paul harkening to his a decade or two earlier.

In general this whole thing becomes more and more pathetic the older one is who indulges in it. For the United States as a whole to pursue such at the ripe old age of 236 is decidedly grotesque.

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By: jpeckjr http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2012/01/25/wasting-away-in-dementiaville/#comment-709 Thu, 26 Jan 2012 13:55:04 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=555#comment-709 From a public policy perspective, the 1950s were a time of massive public investment in infrastructure and education, and an expansion of the public sector at all levels. Many of the infrastructure and education investments continued into the 1960s and early 1970s.

It was not a time of significant investment in human services programs though. An appeal to the 1950s is an appeal to older voters without mentioning that returning to it would mean the end of Medicare.

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By: jpeckjr http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2012/01/25/wasting-away-in-dementiaville/#comment-708 Thu, 26 Jan 2012 13:45:45 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=555#comment-708 To have been a teenager in any part of the 1950s, one must have been born in 1946 or earlier, 1937 to have spent all one’s teenage years during that decade. Thus, only two of the five candidates for President spent any of their teen years in the 1950s.

Ron Paul turned 13 in 1948, so he wins the teen years sweepstakes. Gingrich turned 13 in 1956, only 4 years as a teenager in the 1950s. Romney in 1960, Santorum in 1971 (same year as me), and Obama in 1974.

For most of them, then, any nostalgia for the 1950s is drawn from some source other than personal experience. Any “memory” I have of the 1950s is from television, movies, books, school, and family story-telling.

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By: lordkoos http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2012/01/25/wasting-away-in-dementiaville/#comment-707 Thu, 26 Jan 2012 09:09:00 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=555#comment-707 Really, Republicans want to go back to the 1950s, when taxes were high and unions were strong? Hard to believe.

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By: acin2012 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2012/01/25/wasting-away-in-dementiaville/#comment-706 Thu, 26 Jan 2012 06:08:49 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=555#comment-706 Sad but true that a great period of renewed prosperity like what was witnessed in the 1950s is likely going to follow this near depression, and it will be enjoyed with a Republican President at the helm, because Obama is a one term Democratic failure.

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By: ALLSOLUTIONS http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2012/01/25/wasting-away-in-dementiaville/#comment-705 Thu, 26 Jan 2012 04:40:22 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=555#comment-705 How much hate can one person spew out?

Did the republicans kill the author’s puppy?

Why does Reuters publish such a diatribe?

Censorship is evil.

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By: SanPa http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2012/01/25/wasting-away-in-dementiaville/#comment-704 Thu, 26 Jan 2012 04:06:37 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=555#comment-704 I would assert the GOP eutopia harkens to the post Reconstruction ERA — a time of business tycoons, property seizures during cattle wars, no regulations, snake oil and other beneits of minimal government, and of course good old fashion family values (the Clanton’s comes to mind)

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