We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The US Chamber of Commerce says (more here) that the term capitalism is misunderstood, as just 57% in its poll support capitalism.
“We need to do a better job of explaining the economic system in the United States and how it is working,” Anderson said in an interview. “We have been looking at anecdotal information that there was a misunderstanding of capitalism.”
Au contraire says the survey’s results of the peasants. Seventy percent support free enterprise and free markets.
Americans know the difference between the two as capitalism has increasingly come to be practiced.
Charles Derber, a sociologist at Boston College, says the results show the public’s unhappiness with the ties between “big business and big government,” exemplified by the multi- billion dollar bailout of banks in 2008.
“When people say they are down on capitalism, they mean they are down on corporate capitalism,” Derber, author of books including, “People Before Profit,” said in an interview. “They see capitalism as it exists here as anything but a free market.”
With bigger and bigger Big Government comes those, pardon the expression, capitalizing on getting their way or piece of the pelf, whether business, union, tax-exempts, state and local governments, etc.
Free enterprise and free markets, in contrast, indeed may we remind freedom itself, work best with a more limited government.
Now, that isn’t to say complete laissez faire, as there is sometimes some need for enforcement of rules of play to encourage competition, not stifle it.
In addition to the findings on capitalism, the Chamber’s poll found that 43 percent of those surveyed said the Obama administration’s policies are making the economy worse compared with 23 percent believing it is making it better.
“There is a major trust deficit,” Lombardo [the pollster] said.
The US Chamber knows the difference between free enterprise and capitalism as it has too often come to be practiced. Increasingly, Americans do. It’s the difference between freedom and fascism.
Perhaps some corporate, union, tax-exempts, state and local governments, etc. HQs need visits from a Tea Party, not just the federal government and its minions of bigger. It takes two to tango.
Your cartoon touches on one of my passions, the FairTax, or any comparable national consumption tax. The tax system we have now puts the government in cahoots with business. In most cases, if you look at total tax burden, the government profits more from a business than the owners do. That isn't the way to do it, I don't think.
1. Insults do not engender civil discussion.
2. Nonetheless, perhaps giving more credit than due, you make a pointed, though simplistic, question: the answer is rather easy. Consumers do have a say in what business offers. But, more to the point, what we oppose is when sectors of the market collude to the disadvantage of consumers and/or the rights of Americans, whether it be business and government and unions and tax-exempts, etc.
3. If you re-read the post, I'm not too thrilled with any of these when they get too big for their britches and collude, and suggest Tea Parties on a wider scale.