Post by Emily Post by rumpelstiltskin
Post by Emily
I have never understood anything much about economics except for the
basics - don't spend more than you make, don't fall for get-rich-quick
schemes, save for a rainy day. But I suppose that's obvious.
I think it's obvious to everybody but economists!
Post by Emily
It just seems to me that we were perking along really well after WWII
until Reagan came to power and whacked the hell out of the corporate
tax rate and then the good times for the middle class started a steady
I suppose even if Reagan and everyone after him had done great things
for the poor and middle class, we'd still be up the creek with the
global economy. How can we compete with countries where the workers
make 15¢ an hour? How can we cope with robots taking our jobs?
Everybody seems to disagree with me, but I still
say "Tariffs". I'd also add that any company
"offshoring" its profits to avoid taxes should not
be allowed to sell its goods in the USA without
paying a tariff-like fee on everything sold.
A concept clearly above my pay grade.
Post by rumpelstiltskin Post by Emily
I think it's time for us to throw in the towel with being the world's
super power. Let someone else run the show for a while.
I wouldn't like to see North Korea and Pakistan
running hog wild without a major power to stop
them, but the USA sure has made a mell of a
hess everywhere it's made war in the Middle
East. If big business wants to make profits
by controlling other countries without a trace
of morality, let them fight the wars themselves
instead of controlling USA elections with bribe
money (very cheap considering the rewards to
them) so as to get the common people of the
USA to fight and finance such wars for their
Do you think Russia or China would permit North Korea and Pakistan to
I hope not, but everybody seems to expect the USA to
step up first these days.
Post by Emily
But I agree with you about letting the corporations fight the wars.
Let Eric Prince run the War Department.
And they make sure they have warm bodies to go off and fight these
endless, ill-conceived wars by waving the flag at every opportunity
and yapping about supporting our troops. You're a hero if you die for
Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs,
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots,
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of gas-shells dropping softly behind.
Gas! GAS! Quick, boys!An ecstasy of fumbling
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time,
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling
And floundring like a man in fire or lime.
Dim through the misty panes and thick green light,
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.
In all my dreams before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.
If in some smothering dreams, you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devils sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori.
-- Wilfred Owen, regarded as the greatest
of the WWI poets. He was killed at age
25 near the end of the war. Benjamin
Britten's "War Requiem" is set to the
text of some of Owen's poems.
The Latin is from an ode of Horace, and means
"It is sweet and Honourable to die for one's country"