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The Demise Of America

Posted: December 8, 2012 at 4:21 a.m.

When Alexis de Tocqueville came to America in the 1830s to observe that new phenomenon in the world called Democracy, he was amazed at a land of independent, self-reliant people who believed with the freedom and opportunity of America, they could set any goal they chose for their lives. That America is gone.

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Opinion, Pages 5 on 12/08/2012

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"That America is gone."
Yes, it disappeared by around 1890, when the frontier closed. No more land opportunity, no more safety valve for ourgrowing numbers. The nation was on its way to .become largely urban.
Native Americans had been entirely suppressed.by then and were herded onto reservations.
Corporations were already riding high, and there were already so many monopolies ("trusts") that Republican Teddy Roosevelt rode to prominence as a "trust-buster."

Posted by: Coralie

December 10, 2012 at 1:51 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Barbara Foreman notes that "Walmart and the Walton foundations give millions."
Yes, that sort of philanthropy is admirable.
However, 80% of Walmart employees earn so little that they are eligible for food stamps, and that costs U.S. taxpayers about $86 million a year.
The Walton family could afford the philanthropy of paying their employees enough so that the rest of us don't have to subsidize them.

Posted by: Coralie

December 10, 2012 at 1:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

And a little bit of Union makes the Wal-Mart go down, the Wal-Mart go down, in a very special way. Thanks to the "Sound of Music".

Posted by: Moneymyst

December 10, 2012 at 2:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Coralie,

Who is forcing folks to work at Wal-Mart?

Posted by: Tankersley101

December 10, 2012 at 3:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Actually, Moneymyst, that was Mary Poppins, not The Sound of Music.

Posted by: Vickie55

December 10, 2012 at 3:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Thanks Vickie, sometimes my Julie Andrews memories run together.

Posted by: Moneymyst

December 10, 2012 at 3:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

"Who is forcing folks to work at Wal-Mart?"
It's not so much "who" as "what." You think they'd be there if there were so many better jobs out there?

Posted by: Coralie

December 11, 2012 at 12:57 p.m. ( | suggest removal )