Proselytizing by Fanatics Seems Like A Bad Thing

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I don't think I am especially interested in having my arm twisted by fanatics.

The Republicans criticize the economy and the deficit. There are some problems in these areas, but job creation is not their main objective. They want to increase, not decrease, social (economic) inequality. For example, there is an interest blaming low-income workers for being greedy. Fanatics don't want low-paid workers to ask for a higher wage, not only because they claim this would eliminate jobs, which it might in some cases, but because these workers don't deserve more income. The workers should go back to school and get an education, the fanatics say. They are too dishones to mention how much the cost of post-secondary education has increased. I just heard on the news that Indiana-based ITT Technical Institute is being sued by the Securities and Exchange Commission because ITT Tech initiated a scholarship program for students to make attending one of the campuses more financially feasible, but that this cost the company a great deal of money, which they did not disclose to investors. In addition to the financial angle, there are cultural differences that stem from socioecomic background. The education levels and incomes of the parent or parents (and whether someone comes from a two-parent or single-parent household) serve statistically as predictors as to the liklihood that someone will obtain post-secondary education, including a two or four-year college degree and graduate school education. Educators do not know exactly how to get more students from lower-income, less educated families to continue with their education. Even if students from such backgrounds do go to college, their graduation rate is lower than it is for middle class students.

Fanatics want to cut the income of people, not increase it. When they talk about job creation, they want plenty of new fast food, hourly wage retail jobs, and some unskilled jobs, such as moving assistant. They don't want people to become better educated, because more educated people tend not be evangalistic, fanatical religious conservatives, and education serves as somewhat of a foil for extremist views.

Fanatics believe that there is money somewhere for job creation by investors and corporate executives that is somehow tied up with the government. You punish poor people to help people who may be unemployed by creating jobs. As I said, fanatics criticize low-wage workers who have spoken up for a raise, but they also promote jealousy against well-paid unionized workers for earning too much money and thus harming the economy by having companies (or government agencies0 have to pay too high of salaries. People can make more purchases and thus participate in the economy when they have better rather than worse wages. So both the working class and many middle class people are despised for being unworthy of aspirations to better incomes, or for having it too easy. Sometimes, fanatics will put forward lies about union workers, when in the trades, they are known for being very proficient and well-trained in their chosen fields.

A lack of concern for health shows ignorance. Those who want to deprive others of health care themselves go around coughing and perhaps even smoke. Talk about a bunch of hypocrites!

Extremism goes against what religions claim to stand for. Fanatics do not make any sense. They are contrarians because they contradict themselves without admitting their inconsistencies. Fanatics in politics sometimes talk in terms of codes so people who would be adversely affected by their decisions will not realize the harm they will cause until after it is too late.

The way to further progressive ideas is not simply to "expose" fanatics. Many people who grativate to progressive programming already know about bad policies and distortions than concerned and decent people often research, question, and investigate on their own. Some people only read and inquire in a very narrow way that excludes actual facts from being considered. People who do this are fanatics.

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Fanatics are wrong and their fanatacism misplaced most of the time, too. In how the-case-for austerity-has-crumbled/, the GOP Dipschitz™ are shown exhibiting the typical behaviour of parrots in a grifter's sideshow, parrot trained words, repeat. They then prove they are a bird brain by believing nonsense because they've heard it said so often. However, it's being said by other parrots, which ought to give one pause, unless one is a bird and only talk with other parrots, aka GOP.

A few cities just passed $15 minimum wage, and the squawking was the same "we'll have to lay off if our shop has to meet the pay our competitors offer", which is a contradiction. If the competitor does not lay off, he found a price increase that works. Anyone that can't compete needs to learn more lessons.

In the link, slaves are the equal to minimum wage workers. Slaves were not consumers as minimum wage workers are not today. Fordism proved that one can make more money by paying your employees more so they become consumers and increase the market, not market share, but the whole market, same share of a bigger pie is more money with no market share uptick. When your competitors increase pay, their employees become potential customers. Adam Smith knew this, as did the founders that parrots emulate with their tri-corner hats and tea bags. Parrots or teabaggers, look nice and preened, but they're still bird brains, and squawk fanatically especially on camera. To save your finger, set up a conflict between them. Most of them ARE crackers, and will consume their ilk with abandon.

Dipschitz™ is the name for a team within the GOP, a type of specialists, recruited from within the Koch funded astro-turf movements.

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The tragedy that happened in Charleston, SC after I wrote my original post is an example of extremism in America, and has been followed by several burnings of black churches in several Southern states. Local officials have ruled some of these fires as arson. The Republican candidates have some extreme views on various issues and do not understand or recognize income inequality and human need, using the federal budget and vague references to "liberty" to suggest that people who have difficult situations and circumstances largely beyond their control should be deliberately overlooked and excluded for financial reasons. The symbolism is just a distraction from the issues and the lust for power that would harm citizens.

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