3. Geez, why don’t we stop kidding ourselves and raise the hammer and sickle? What a maroon.
Submitted by: JR
This was the response of one irate reader to an LA Times columnist (the car columnist) proposing that General Motors be nationalized, and managerial control be taken to direct it to making something other than mental SUV’s. There was another knee-jerk response along the same line – our hotrodder guys tend to the Right. One would like to think the above scrivener’s “maroon” was ironic, however it is doubtless not, but rather indicative of the thought-level of the man. Dumbness has been well inculcated into our grand republic, and code words act like neuron triggers in many: liberal, left, socialist, commie. Any time the concept of social responsibility confronts the matter of the virtue of a “free market economy” these red flags immediately appear. So what if under the rubric of a “free market” the managers run their mega-corporations into the ground, then tossing them 10 billion bucks or more of public tax money (actually most of this of late is not tax money; it is artificial printed paper of zero value) is the solution, but somehow that is not “socialism.” Just as in no-bid contracts issued to Halliburton to steal a billion here and a trillion there is not socialism, just good-old “free marketeering.” Just ask Dick Cheney. Or discount rates for farmer’s on publicly supported water systems like the California Acquaduct feeding Central Valley’s rich farmers. Or the myriad other manners in which public funding is the trough of ardent supporters of “free markets” – especially, for example the war-profiteers of the military-industrial complex.
“Maroons” uber alles.