Am I? You repeat talking points. That says quite a bit. You SAY moderation then take a view that the US is extreme, when the truth is, we aren't. And 'globalism' is the Republican code for 'make us like them'. And - global economic equilibrium? Without it riding on the backs of poor citizens the way it does with our competitors (china, etc)? Ain't happening. We can't compete with government subsidies or tariffs to compensate - UNLESS we convert to the equivalent of slave labor, the end-game for the right - who consider poverty to be the result of laziness; guess what bubbi - it's not. You can be smart, work hard, be skilled, and dedicated, and save your money (if you have any left over from rent, food, and utilities to spend) and STILL be stuck at the poverty line. Hell, that's not enough to keep your job anymore. The Right has killed the American dream and raped the American worker - but when confronted, all the right knows how to do is to blame the victim.
"Oh and BTW, perhaps your quality of life used to be good because you were riding off the backs of 3rd world labor"
Nah I have a GREAT quality of life. I have a good career, I don't 'collect'. I am not in debt; I own my own house and am about to buy a new one outright (no loan) - I don't like debt (the Republican problem; they ARE the borrow and spend party, after all - don't like it? tough). I was considered 'hard right wing' by most, too (it gives me a giggle that now I'm a moderate), until the right went insane when a black democrat became President instead of their choice. Oh - I work in the financial sector too and have for most of my life - so I am not 'living off the backs of third world labor'. And since I see how slanted things are against the US in the markets, I try to BUY American too - and will until tariffs compensate for foreign subsidies. I _DO_ contribute and create, (I won't be a 'rent seeker' until I retire, and then I wil be seeking rent for an actual product - housing) and guess what? I'm not an elitist, if you are trying to 'zing' me with "You're nothing special in comparison to another man who contribute to society for far less than what your used too" you failed miserably; it's the RIGHT who's dogma includes 'American Exceptionalism'. I am all too aware that many don't have it as good as we do, and that they are just as 'worthy' of the American way of life as any American citizen. Hell, I HAVE been below the poverty line - it's just that before you guys fucked everything up, it was once possible to claw your way out of poverty.
What I disagree with is the Right's insistence that all money and privilege should be concentrated at the top so that it can drip down on American labor. Guess what - that ain't prosperity raining down upon us. Had you noticed? Had you noticed that when the wealthy INDIVIDUALS were taxed (not corps mind you) at a higher rate, we had prosperity? How do you justify the investment class getting paid income at half the rates of the working class THIS week, btw? Be sure to include what effect that tax rate is having on the economy too. Show your work now, talk radio is NOT a source.
"For many, they're used to this way of life" - Oho, so THAT's how the right justifies the sorry lot of the third world labor forces and their intent to turn the US into a third world country - they are 'used to it' eh? I wondered what the line was this week.
"And you're electing the same assholes that outsource to India and China"
You're right, but you have the wrong tense. For many years I voted Republican. Don't worry though; I consider anyone that freely associates with the hypocritical Republican Party now to be morally bankrupt proponents of fascism.
"Payback is a bitch huh? Get used to it cupcake!"
Oh, so you ADMIT the Right will make things worse, and revel in it!