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yankette, I agree but also think how they acquired their wealth is an important driver of their attitude. Those who built companies over many years and expended great effort are not probably going to feel guilty about their good fortune. However, those who come into a great deal of money quickly (ie actors, musicians, media types) realize that there was a great deal of luck in their good fortune and think that all others who become wealthy also are just life's lottery winners. I think these types are the ones who feel guilty.
Although Sanger set the stage and expressed all the attitudes you describe, she actually was an opponent of abortion. She preferred birth control. But there is no doubt that Planned Parenthood is her progeny.
Harrison, I agree that in today's world unions are an anachronism. However, I am sympathetic to what they were able to accomplish in the early to middle 20th century. Financial interests were able to collectivize their capital into corporations, so the corollary to that was the collectivization of labor into unions. The initial primary goal of unions was to obtain a greater share of the productivity their individual members were generating. After a great struggle they were able to accomplish this. But they went too far. They started wanting more for less productivity. This brought about their doom, along with all the others depending on industrial prosperity.
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The Bell Tolls for the Government Unions

PV Wrote: Jun 08, 2012 2:15 AM
More telling than the political defeat is the fact of the voluntary termination of tens of thousands of formerly conscripted union members. That is the "cold light" of truth that the Dems will be forced to recognize and that their government-mandated echo chamber is coming to an end.
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The Bell Tolls for the Government Unions

PV Wrote: Jun 08, 2012 2:11 AM
Great column, Pat! Very few people understand the incredible conflict of interest that exists regarding public sector "collective bargaining." Here is CT the public school teacher unions have learned how to game the entire system of contract negotiations through arbitration. It has become an endless circle of "me too" contracts and the taxpayers have been rendered its hapless and helpless victims. This tsunami in Wisconsin is likely to reverberate around the entire country now.
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