The boogeymen

February 25th, 2010

Many folks on the political left fear giant corporations.

At least an equal number on the political right worry about giant government.

Whose boogeyman is scarier?

Well, viagra sales clinic for the life of me, cialis sales sale I can’t think of a single place on Earth that’s demonstrably controlled by an evil corporation.

The list of places controlled by repressive governments on the other hand goes on and on and on…

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  • 1. John Foust  |  February 25th, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Can’t imagine a self-serving, Constitution-flaunting government being controlled by big corporations? Don’t take up any career that involves imagination.

  • 2. capper  |  February 26th, 2010 at 12:55 am

    Yes, why if such a thing existed, they would have invented some fancy-schmancy word for it, something like oligarchy or plutocracy. And since those words don’t exist, neither does such a ruling system.

  • 3. Debunked  |  February 26th, 2010 at 8:44 am

    The only flaw in your argument is that it takes a strong military force to maintain a firm grip by a repressive government.

    And what is the one government program the right never cries about when its budget is increased?

    I don’t know many repressive governments that maintain power by giving their citizens health care.

  • 4. John Foust  |  February 26th, 2010 at 10:20 am

    When they privatized and no-bid so many of the actions of the military, they handed out the contracts to flag-waving Mom-and-Pop American small-town businesses who held beliefs across the religious and political spectrum. They didn’t hand them to big private and secretive corporations that were politically and religiously connected to those in power.

  • 5. BobG  |  February 26th, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Ever notice that in repressive governments, the first thing the government does is to take over the corporations and nationalize them?

  • 6. grumps  |  February 26th, 2010 at 11:06 am

    As for places controlled by evil corporations reference please, Bohpal, Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, and Harlan County KY.

    It has happened in America before and we’re on our way to being there again.

    Nobody is afraid of corporations. They are marvelous economic engines. You just don’t let the engine rule the people.

  • 7. Dan  |  February 26th, 2010 at 11:19 am

    “I don’t know many repressive governments that maintain power by giving their citizens health care.”
    Hahaha. But they certainly limit their citizens freedoms, don’t they.

  • 8. grumps  |  February 27th, 2010 at 8:50 am

    Dan, you need to pick one part of that to comment on if you want to make sense. What you wrote there really doesn’t mean anything.

  • 9. TerryN  |  February 27th, 2010 at 11:08 am

    How does a government give their citizens anything? Or maybe some people really don’t get it.

  • 10. John Foust  |  February 27th, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Terry, examine your own statement. Isn’t obvious that if your government does something, someone’s going to be paying for it? Whether it’s the roads or the Post Office or a public alternative for health care, the pitch is always that it’ll make more sense for all of us to chip in. “Sense” as in that it’ll pool the risk and share the advantage. That’s not me talking. It’s your ancestors.

  • 11. TerryN  |  February 28th, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Well I assumed that people would read my comment after reading the previous comments for context.

    What I was getting at is, if you think your government is going to give you health care you do not understand how they’re going to pay for it.

    On further review however, there will be millions who do not pay any taxes who will be given their health care.

  • 12. grumps  |  March 1st, 2010 at 6:08 am

    Terry? What did you think that By the people, of the people, and FOR the people meant?

  • 13. TerryN  |  March 1st, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    I think you left out the word government in you quote Grumps. You recite quotes just like the pigs in Orwell’s Animal Farm.

    Has that book been banned in the USA yet?

  • 14. Elliot  |  March 1st, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Man, I love that book: “some animals are more equal than others.”

  • 15. John Foust  |  March 1st, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    TerryN, maybe we can ask Ginny.

  • 16. grumps  |  March 2nd, 2010 at 7:36 am

    Sorry Terry. I made the assumption that you were smart enough to understand that. I apologize for making you look it up.

  • 17. TerryN  |  March 2nd, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Grumps you’re just full of assumptions.

    Too bad Obama, Pelosi and Reid don’t pay attention to that quote either.

  • 18. Elliot  |  March 2nd, 2010 at 11:12 am

    I’m really enjoying this comment thread and I don’t think anyone has crossed the line, but it’s probably a good time to remind folks that I encourage attacking people’s arguments, but not the people themselves.


  • 19. John Foust  |  March 2nd, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Look on the bright side. No one’s mentioned Hitler yet.

  • 20. TerryN  |  March 2nd, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    John, You just did:-)

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