The vote was reactionary. California had a very low turnout because people were so disillusioned. Those who voted Republican thinking they would fix things will learn differently over the next couple of years.

On 11/08/2014 07:12 PM, Share Long sharelon...@yahoo.com [FairfieldLife] wrote:
Right, but in terms of the number of votes that were needed to bring the Republicans back into power, we're talking about more than a handful of billionaires. It's all the millionaires down the street who voted the Republicans into power.

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*From:* "Bhairitu noozg...@sbcglobal.net [FairfieldLife]" <FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com>
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I'm not talking small business rich. When we say "rich" these days we want to dispense with the clumsiness of saying "super rich" or "uber rich" etc. Intelligent people know what we mean when we say "the rich" and that we don't mean the millionaire down the street.

On 11/08/2014 06:36 PM, Share Long sharelon...@yahoo.com <mailto:sharelon...@yahoo.com> [FairfieldLife] wrote:


Bhairitu, my Dad and stepMom grew up in the Depression. My Dad started working for his Dad when he was 16, didn't even finish high school. When I was little, we were lucky if we got 5 cents for a popcicle. What I'm saying is that I think the extravagance came later and I think people who grew up in the Depression and then worked hard, feel like they deserve "the good life" now. Where I see people a little spoiled are my sister's kids. They're in their early forties and late thirties, grew up really comfortable, wearing expensive sneakers, driving expensive cars from age 16, etc. Heck, we wore Keds and I learned to drive in a VW.

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*From:* "Bhairitu noozg...@sbcglobal.net <mailto:noozg...@sbcglobal.net> [FairfieldLife]" <FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com> <mailto:FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com> *To:* FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com <mailto:FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com>
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Capitalism is like candy and the rich like spoiled kids. They just want more and more candy. Hence they get fat and cranky and want their way all the time. What we need to do is take away their candy from them and let them dry out. Otherwise they become a complete drag on society.

Free enterprise is not a bad idea about capitalism run amok is very dangerous. Sometimes you just have to shut things down and spank the miscreants.

On 11/08/2014 04:46 PM, Share Long sharelon...@yahoo.com <mailto:sharelon...@yahoo.com> [FairfieldLife] wrote:


Wayback, I've read Klein online and found her to be a compelling writer. But when I think about my Dad and stepMom, staunch Republicans, I bet they never even heard of Silent Spring or Rachel Carson. Even though my Dad's a nature lover. Mostly what they know is being small and successful business owners. They're gonna choose capitalism over climate every time. My guess is most Republicans will simply label Klein a liberal and not pay much attention to what she has to report.
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An important new book just came out about capitalism and climate change: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, by Naomi Klein. But the converted, anti SUV folks are probably the only ones who will read it. The review in today's NY Times called it the most important environmental book since Rachel Carson's Silent Spring. (I gave a book report on Silent Spring in high school, so it made an impression). I will have to pop an antidepressant before reading Klein's book, which I intend to do as soon as the library gets it. I think the gist is that capitalism as we know it cannot continue if we intend to deal with climate change.










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