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August 31st, 2005
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Reaganomics explained
Since today's crop of conservatives in power worship at the altar of the Reagan revolution, "Reaganomics" isn't just a buzzword from the '80s, it's an economic idea guiding a lot of policy decisions. And lest we forget that its cheerful slogans conceal an agenda of radical class warfare, here's a simple reminder:

[Reaganomics: A rising tide lifts all boats]
(Click the image for a 1280x1024 wallpaper version.)

(Note for the irony-impaired: This is not meant to indicate that Reaganomics has any causal relation to the New Orleans flooding [*but see update]. This particular image just stuck in my mind as a counterpoint to the old slogan.

Reagan's "rising tide" assumes everyone has a metaphorical boat, when in reality most of the middle and lower classes are simply stranded near sea level. Redistributing money to the wealthy to "trickle down" merely increases the class divide. And while the wealthy are getting their tax cuts, we're footing the bill for Iraq, seeing more people without health insurance, and watching a determined attack on Social Security, the last line of retirement security for a majority of older Americans.)


Also, sympathy and good wishes to our friends, neighbors, and countrymen on the Gulf Coast. I urge you all to donate to the Red Cross or other such humanitarian organization if you have the resources.

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Update, 6:29 p.m.: Alright, maybe Reaganomics didn't have any causal relationship to the New Orleans flooding ... but if we'd seen this in 2006 rather than in 2005, Bushonomics sure would have. Outrageous.

It's not like we haven't known about these dangers for years. Heck, it's not like Hurricane Dennis last year was a shot across the bow or anything. But, no, apparently there are more important things for the nation to do than to prepare for disasters before they arrive.

Also, I'm with August on this. And Bob. We've been fighting a "War on Terror" since 2001; the administration has acted like the American public doesn't have to face any consequences of the war. Well, every choice carries a cost. Is the cost of money sent to Iraq a broken levee in New Orleans? Is the cost of personnel sent to Iraq a rescue team that couldn't save a family from floods? These are questions that need answering.

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From:thefirethorn
Date:September 1st, 2005 12:21 am (UTC)
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It DID take me a while to backtrack in my head --- I thought perhaps you meant that this was God's punishment for Reaganomics.

(Poor Ronald. I want, I REALLY WANT to believe that he and rich people he knew gave a significant percentage of their income on the poor, and invested in their communities. Excuse me, their NEIGHBORING communities. But the whole thing seemed so DAMN NAIVE.)

But yes, maybe we can thank Reaganomics for the actual citizens of New Orleans who were too poor to rent cars or buy bus tickets to get the hell out of there.

Hey.....do you know where I can find some good pictures*? I've got a tune stuck in my head....."There's a moon over Bourbon Street tonight...."



*By "good" I mean "well photographed images of terrible things."
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From:baxil
Date:September 1st, 2005 12:36 am (UTC)
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From:thrames
Date:September 1st, 2005 03:03 am (UTC)
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This is why the poor must forcibly take the boats from the rich and slit their throats, using their blood to make a chum to catch fish, in order to eat while they've been starving for so long!

.....okay, I might be stretching the metaphor a bit, but, you feel me, right?
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From:baxil
Date:September 1st, 2005 11:56 am (UTC)
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Eh ... I'm more the John Lennon* type than the Aerosmith** type, myself. Vengeance is a very Biblical value, for those who put any stock whatsoever in Biblical thought; but practically speaking, what solves the problem isn't vengeance but redress.

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* "Imagine."
** "Eat the Rich."
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From:thrames
Date:September 2nd, 2005 01:55 am (UTC)
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Well, as you can tell by my Che and Lenin icons, I'm decidedly more for the overthrow of capitalism than most. ;)
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From:thefirethorn
Date:September 2nd, 2005 01:48 am (UTC)
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I don't think you're stretching it TOO far....
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From:baxil
Date:September 2nd, 2005 02:27 am (UTC)
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Heh, I've been a reader of Kevin Drum's since the days of Friday Cat Blogging. :) (He even linked to me once!) So, yeah, I've already seen that post and had it banked for another rant later tonight.

But thank you. What he writes definitely deserves more attention.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 13th, 2005 03:57 pm (UTC)

reaganomics analogy

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to further your analogy, the boat would have risen had the ship's captain not been poking holes in the boat and not repairing them by funneling the money off to corrupt enterprises and pork. keep putting government in charge of people's lives and their boats will remain tethered to the teat of personal welfare. they will sink.

i'll bet the best-paid people in new orleans work at businesses based on the gulf coast who are there because they don't have to pay obscene taxes to contribute to the local and national economies. the destitute of new orleans are not employed by these people.
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