3 questions for you:
Originally Posted by Wei Wu Wei
- What wealthy interest does the tea party support, exactly?
- What do you consider "really highly paid wage workers", in salary terms?
- Logically speaking, what does an inherent mistrust of an amoral entity to be naturally inclined towards moral behavior have to do with the likelihood of accurate representation?
If you are suggesting that the failures of government can be largely attributed to those who mistrust it, I completely disagree with that. "If only people would trust government more, then things would be a lot better!" I don't see it.
Everyone wants some political influence, but the "wealthy elite" have the money, the resources, and the education to have strong political influence. The average americans could have HUGE political influence, just by the number of potential voters, but until need to realize the government can be OUR government, OUR tool, not something that is inherently bad. As it is, the wealthy elite dominate the private economic sector and the more power they get the more they are able to hold it. It's a cycle that can only be broken by strong labor-movements.
This is nonsense.
Think about the policies during the industrial revolution, before child labor laws, before minimum wages, before overtime, before OSHA, before all of these measures that were called "SOCIALIST" and "BIG GOVERNMENT". We only got these things because desperate people realized they needed to make the government work for them.
Labor laws came into existence because politicians realized that in the age of factory towns, collective bargaining and unions could define the political makeup of a district. Politicians want to get elected. Therefore, we have labor laws.
But considering how violent unions become when you try to work outside of them, this isn't any triumph of the common man. Go into a heavily unionized area and try to paint someone's roof. See how long it takes before reps from the local painter's union show up and ask you to pay your dues, or get your legs broken. Unions are simply legitimized mafias.
You did. His name is Obama. Now please don't blame the failure of government under his administration on the people who didn't vote for him.
What sort of issues would a labor party get? If the electorate was demanding enough, we could get change. It's happened many times in our history, and every time these changes were considered anti-American, Socialistic, and were met with great opposition. If we all believe this is inevitable and there's nothing we can do, then the "small government" route is only going to neutralize the one tool the people do have.
How, exactly, does decisions at Microsoft or Newscorp affect every facet of our society?
You may only have 1 vote in a federal election, but how much say do you have in the decisions that the board of directors of AIG or Microsoft or Newscorp make? Decisions that affect every facet of our society....