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Who Killed the Middle Class?

Paulus Textor Wrote: Feb 19, 2013 5:48 PM
Corporations, like individuals, come with varying degrees of virtue and vice. The most virtuous corporations (from a capitalist's perspective, such as mine) are usually small, hard-charging upstarts who challenge the status quo. Companies like Microsoft, Apple, and even Walmart, when they were in their infancy, were such corporations. The most vicious of corporations tend to be large, established corporations dependent on government connections to stay in business. These include companies like General Electric, Goldman-Sachs, and various military contractors. Then there are the corporations that are completely creations of the state: Solyndra, Amtrak, Fannie Mae, etc.
Surtr Wrote: Feb 19, 2013 6:45 PM
"General Electric, Goldman-Sachs, and various military contractors."

It's nice to see a condemnation of big capital influencing big gov't.

GE's plainly stated strategy is to rely upon gov't mandates to use their green goods. Goldman-Sachs is the largest campaign contributor of any corporation. Military contractors (Boeing, Raytheon, Haliburton) get to force us to buy their goods through their lobbying efforts.

Speaking of Goldman-Sachs, I have to wonder whether it's a grand idea to have our economy at the mercy of financial instruments that not 1% of people understand.
"It is our generation's task, then, to reignite the true engine of America's economic growth -- a rising, thriving middle class."

So said Barack Obama in his State of the Union.

And for one of his ideas to reignite that engine, Republicans applauded.

"And tonight, I am announcing that we will launch talks on a comprehensive Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with the European Union -- because trade that is free and fair across the Atlantic supports millions of good-paying American jobs."

One wonders if any of those in the hall who rose robotically at the phrase "free and fair" were...