Enlightened Self Interest: It's not in Kansas anymore

Kansas Gov. Brownback's experiment in tax-cuts-for-the-rich-austerity-for-the-poor has been a demonstrable failure.* Yet, this fact gets little attention as our leaders herd us toward a tinderbox that could become the next American Revolution. Instability is not good for anyone: not for the wealthy, corporations, small businesses, the middle class, and especially not the poor. The Social Safety Net is a stabilizing force for society and the economy, and yet we are watching the ruling party dismantle it with a wrecking ball. As a result, we are rushing headlong into a nationwide replication of what Kansas has already shown to be a recipe for economic ruin. Worse yet, when it all comes crashing down around us, the wealthy might find their gated communities to be guilded cages - lovely, but what good are private box theater tickets when you can't leave your fortress?

Yes, it could get that bad. Both history and current events have shown us that poor, desperate people have little to lose.

*From The Kansas City Star: http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article152242787.html 

Here's what Republicans and billionaires really mean when they talk about 'freedom'

Thom plus logo America is having a heated debate about the meaning of the word socialism. We'd be better served if, instead, we were debating the meaning of freedom.