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The Dream & the Nightmare: The Sixties' Legacy to the Underclass
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on February 19, 2003
Hearing that political guru Karl Rove gives a copy of this book to White House visitors, I decided to buy a copy and read it. I was disappointed to find an long winded diatribe, constantly whining about the Great Society, and blaming the social programs of the sixties for the problems of today. Mr Magnet misses the mark by several country miles.
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on August 10, 2003
This book is well worth reading. In it you can witness first hand the twisted statistics and warped rationalizations necessary to justify the worsening disparity between the lives of most of our nation's citizens, and the mega-wealthy who run things. You can learn how poor people are just too stupid, lazy and morally depraved to overcome the corrupting good intentions of misguided liberals. Learn how to blame Dr. Spock, rock 'n' roll and those permissive liberals for all our problems. It may sound like a perfect rehash of Spiro Agnew circa 1968, but so what. Of course the punch line is, if we just discontinue funding programs that benefit poor people, so their lives are even more of a living hell than they already are, then they will surely get the message and be happy to work hard for minimum wage and quit all this whining about opportunity. This popular and pathetic argument is just the rationalization that the newly conservative and greedy need to justify supporting a system that systematically thwarts the aspirations of the poor and middle class, while ignoring the vast expense of corporate corruption. Just forget about statistics that clearly show the mega wealthy who run this country are getting richer, faster than ever before, while the poor and middle class are steadily loosing ground.
Its certainly heartening to hear that this book is being championed by our president, son of a diplomat and past president, pushed through Harvard as a "C" student, who made every dime of his millions through family business connections, never worked a "real job" in his life, and happily mined his dads political connections to become our appointed president. Gee, I guess maybe wealth does have its advantages.
I sincerely hope that poor and middle class people find the necessary courage to overcome the odds that have been stack against them. I also sincerely hope that the wealthy find the necessary courage to admit their complicity in the multi-billion dollar corruption that pervades or business and political community, which continues to thwart the aspirations of the rest of their fellow citizens.
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