November 10, 2007

The American Dream

...according to George Carlin, a man justly famous for his astute observations of reality.


What do you think?


At 11/10/2007 6:10 PM, Anonymous NoonCat said...

My favorite line--and the truest one in his whole philippic--is the closer: "It's called the American Dream 'cause you have to be asleep to believe it."

At 11/19/2007 9:21 PM, Blogger nicodemus said...

My first thought was this: "pick a better country".

It has always been that way, i.e. the disparity of wealth, how we are being "kept down" by the ruling class who control everything. I could make the argument that things were even worse in the Gilded Age, in the late 1800s: high illiteracy (forget about "access" to information or education); jobs were shitty in terms of pay and hours, 7 days a week, 16 hours a day, forget about benefits and not getting "overtime") people crowded into slums living in sub-human conditions. I could go on and on.

We need worker bees and yes, there will always be the poor among us too. Not everyone can be rich and in the ruling class. That is not compatible with a free market system.

The problem with the economy now is that the big banks financed people for houses that they could not afford in the first place. Is it all the banker's faults or all these people who wanted a big McMansion? What ever happened to personal responsibility and thrift? These people should have been satisfied to live in a small, modest house!! They should be grateful to live in a country where even the working poor live like kings- compared to the poor who live in 3rd world countries.

At 11/20/2007 7:07 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Quick response. No, it hasn't always been this way, unless you consider 'this way' to be the way it was just before the stock market crash or perhaps during the era of the robber baron.

The gulf between the very wealthy and the rest of us is widening at a rapid pace, much much more quickly than in the past several decades.

I found it interesting that you mention 3rd world countries, as it doesn't matter that our standard of living is much higher, the fact of the matter is that if this trend is allowed to continue unchecked, we WILL become more and more like a third world country than we already are.


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