‘Which gave to a stupid aristocracy political supremacy’

‘Which gave to a stupid aristocracy political supremacy’ July 24, 2012

“In every age, where liberty and human progress have made notable advances, there comes a time when a brood of stragglers in the rear appear to denounce the progress made as nothing worth, and to demand the restoration of the Bourbons with all of the conditions which once restricted the greater part of mankind to less of freedom, to less of the comforts of life, and to less of intellectual individuality, but which gave to a stupid aristocracy political supremacy.”

Apparently nothing will ever teach these people that the other 99 percent of the population exists.”

This man hates you and your whole family. (Oh, unless you’re very, very wealthy. And white. And heterosexual.)

“Rooting for the rich is crazy. It’s not only illogical and impractical, it’s unnatural.”

“It’s actually possible for corporations to make a tidy profit while still respecting the basic human rights of workers.”

Nothing in the banking culture will change until someone important goes to prison.”

“It is helpful always to remind yourself that, in the mind of Willard Romney, there are only two kinds of people — himself and his family, and The Help.”

Americans paid the lowest tax rates in 30 years to the federal government in 2009.”

“However much Republicans try to perpetuate false claims, the facts speak for themselves: tax rates have never been lower than under President Obama.”

“What Bush did is without precedent in political history and is something not even Hoover attempted.”

The public sector being down 1.1 million jobs has likely cost the private sector 751,000 jobs.”

The market’s ongoing confidence in U.S. debt, for one, often goes unmentioned in these discussions.”

“What’s striking about this whole debate is how the very business owners and politicians who seem certain that tax shifts will radically harm the economy are bizarrely uninformed about how the tax code actually works.”

“All that ballyhoo about how the U.S. spends way too much on foreign aid? Dangerous anti-American propaganda; we don’t spend enough.”

“In the bitterest of ironies, Mr Bernanke is giving America a Japanese recovery. He is doing so, seemingly, because pushing inflation temporarily above an arbitrary target is an unthinkable prospect, even though doing so would almost certainly, by his own convincing argument, have a huge impact on America’s enormously costly unemployment problem. I suspect that the Ben Bernanke of 1999 would characterize this as a moral and intellectual failure of staggering proportions.”

“I’m sure once Gerson has become aware that all his objections about Obama are false … surely he will change his mind on this.”

“For real Christians, that a wealthy society could make sure every individual got health insurance, but did not, would be a scandal.”

“Of the cases in this Court in which the 14th Amendment was applied during the first 50 years after its adoption, less than one-half of 1 percent invoked it in protection of the negro race, and more than 50 percent asked that its benefits be extended to corporations.”

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