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Four Americans Who Should Be Crying Out For Socialism


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Four Americans Who Should Be Crying Out For Socialism

Paul Buchheit

Beaten-down Americans are ignored by our neoliberal system of economics and government. A social democracy would help to restrain runaway capitalism by focusing on the needs of all citizens rather than just the money-makers. But unless our next president is Bernie Sanders, struggling Americans will continue to be ignored, as they have been since the Reagan years.

In particular, these four Americans should be clamoring for a change from a market-based to a people-based system:

1. The Children's Advocate


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Amendments to Kissinger's "useless eaters" list...


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I cannot begin to describe in words the disgust with my government that I feel at reading this. Have we all truly become an unfeeling, uncaring, everyone for themselves bunch of passengers on a sinking ship?


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It's has been disappointing for decades that liberal media think the worst off any American can be is a minimum wage worker.

The US shipped out a huge number of jobs since the 1980s, ended actual welfare in the 1990s. In real life, not everyone is able to work, and there aren't jobs for all. The last I heard, there are 7 jobs for every 10 people who still have the means to pursue one (home address, phone, etc.). What do you think happens to those who are left out?

Our former AFDC provided just enough economic stability to enable the majority of recipients (some 80%) to secure jobs and work their way out of poverty. This is true even though the average allotment was only in the $4,000 annual range. (Americans insisted this was so generous that it enabled the lazy to buy up luxury cars and big screen TVs...).

Bill Clinton ended actual welfare, and had enough time to begin similarly "reforming" Social Security, starting with the disabled. The public response, incredibly, was a wave of claims of "widespread fraud" among disability recipients -- something that is virtually impossible under the extremely stringent eligibility requirements.

The "American character" of this era is defined by these policies. This is why I think there is little chance of seeing any progressive changes, much less of any measure of constructive socialism.


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What a ridiculous thing to say... as if there aren't significant, organized campaigns to not just rob women of their reproductive rights (i.e. sovereignty over their own bodies), but essentially turn women's rights back a century. And to this, you pretend it's people just fighting, as if it's a "he said/she said" item; or that the problem is "sensational reproductive rights stories" rather than the actual facts on the ground of women and girls losing the capacity to navigate their own lives and destinies.

The forces behind this retrograde campaign are natural born authoritarians and their millions of followers who march lockstep to Conservative Christian "values."

Similarly, to speak of the wounded children from "our bombs" turns what's done by the MIC for the corporations into "our" supposed intention. That's another generic frame intended to mask the true actors.

It's impossible to know if these kinds of sloppy frames are done intentionally (as vapid, scripted Talking Points) or if they reflect on a commentator's lack of insight.


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Sorry folks, AP has just called the democratic primary for ... guess who ... Hillary Clinton.


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It's 2016 and we still don't have true universal health care?!? All of the advanced democracies have some form or version of a national health care system in which everyone is covered and no one goes bankrupt from medical expenses. But not in the US; the best we could do was come up with the Rube Goldberg ACA.........PATHETIC! The problem is we have too many Americans who have bought into the right wing/neoliberal/libertarian/Randian BS garbage propaganda.