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#1 Carolina Husker

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Posted 13 June 2009 - 10:27 AM

With Obama's power grab of American industry and private business, the government now owns a whopping 0.0507% of American companies.

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See that black line? It should be yellow, but it's too small to see.

Obviously we don't want the government to own private industries, but a little perspective is needed here...

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Posted 13 June 2009 - 10:34 AM

But that line is at the top of the circle! That must mean something! Something very very bad!

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Posted 13 June 2009 - 10:40 AM

this might be more of an apt description of what is going on

I agree - that is the point I am trying to make. We are not following the more-Marxist strategy of nationalizing companies. We are following the more-Mussolini-ist strategy of "working with" companies. The Government is still involved in unprecedented levels of economic intervention. Your chart, by focusing only one form of intervention (i.e. nationalization), actually obscures the true level of intervention.

Your chart clearly shows we're not pursuing mass nationalization. Fine, let's all agree on that. But, it says nothing about whether or not the US Government has become more interventionist. Our intervention has not been Marxist, that doesn't mean the intervention is any less scary.



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Posted 13 June 2009 - 11:04 AM

Agreed pstall.

It's not socialism, but I still don't think that it's the way to run this country. It certainly isn't what this country was founded on.

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Posted 13 June 2009 - 11:06 AM

Agreed pstall.

It's not socialism, but I still don't think that it's the way to run this country. It certainly isn't what this country was founded on.


You mean anarchy?

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Posted 13 June 2009 - 11:07 AM

What?

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Posted 13 June 2009 - 11:08 AM

Edited.

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Posted 13 June 2009 - 11:11 AM

This country was born from a Revolution, but I am not sure that I would use the term anarchy to describe what the founding fathers had in their mind when they started trying to figure out exactly why they were starting another country.

I think they were trying to escape government intervention into their lives......or something like that.

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Posted 13 June 2009 - 11:18 AM

By definition it was Anarchy/Rebellion.

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Posted 13 June 2009 - 11:37 AM

Agreed pstall.

It's not socialism, but I still don't think that it's the way to run this country. It certainly isn't what this country was founded on.



Torture? Rendition? Apathy?

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 08:35 AM

this might be more of an apt description of what is going on


Well isn't this to be expected when major companies/industries fall and go crawling to the government for a bailout? It's not like the government did this on their own accord.

I agree that it's definitely interventionist. The point is to show that the government isn't gobbling up private industry like some would like us to believe...

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 08:54 AM

Government has been "intervening" with business forever. Anti-trust? Laws protecting the right to strike (or not to?) Equal rights? Taxes? Tarriffs?

All of these have had a financial impact on companies.

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 09:00 AM

With Obama's power grab of American industry and private business, the government now owns a whopping 0.0507% of American companies.

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See that black line? It should be yellow, but it's too small to see.

Obviously we don't want the government to own private industries, but a little perspective is needed here...


True fact, every year 0.0043% of of all americans are murdered.

Just a little perspective before you complain about your mom getting killed.

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 09:06 AM

What a brilliant comparison.

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 09:07 AM

Thank you.

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