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Thread #26353   Message #321322
Posted By: John Hardly
17-Oct-00 - 07:32 PM
Thread Name: BS: Bush/Gore Round 2
Subject: RE: BS: Bush/Gore Round 2
Bartholemew,

One reason I find you engaging is that, as per your last post, you seem to accept from a liberal perspective what I have had to accept from a conservative perspective. There is no unadulterated real-life example from either economic perspective. You also grasp from your posts that a conservative no more wants TAX BREAKS for the wealthy than does a liberal. I want a reasonable tax structure and one that does not use its power to "socially engineer" society to behave in a governmentally approved way. No amount of taxing the wealthy will 1.improve the plight of the poor--in fact quite the opposite will happen. 2. assuage the poor and middle classes envy of that which they do not have. However, that envy can be used by the politician to gain power--even though that power will enable the politician to in no way "correct" the inequity. You did point out, I believe accurately, that upon concluding that market forces are inescapable, the only factor that may lead one to conclude that it is better for the economy to collapse is the natural resource/environment issue to which you referred. We will however still go down in order (poor first) to save the planet if we agree that it need come to that. That won't be a political decision--just a cold reality.

John