Cutting Through The Crap

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Castro Speaks


The one from San Antonio, that is.

“We know that in our free market economy some will prosper more than others,” Castro said, according to prepared remarks. “What we don’t accept is the idea that some folks won’t even get a chance.”

"We know you can't be pro-business unless you are pro-education."

“Of all the fictions we heard last week in Tampa, the one I find most troubling is this: If we all just go our own way, our nation will be stronger for it,” he said. “Because if we sever the threads that connect us, the only people who will go far are those who are already ahead. We all understand that freedom isn’t free. What Romney and Ryan don’t understand is that neither is opportunity. We have to invest in it.”


See how easy it is to separate the R dishonesty from the truth of America? To point out what Democrats actually believe, and which today's Rs absolutely reject: for our country to succeed it needs to invest in its people, all its people, and not just the top 1%. The idea is radical only to the extent that a major political party has abandoned it completely.

The Ryan/Romney budget has it assolutely backwards, and anyone who stops to think about it for a moment ought to be able to see it. It's not "socialism" or "Marxist" or "you didn't build that" to recognize that capitalism -- that America -- depends on commitment to educating its people, and keeping them healthy. Roads to ride on, food that's safe. It's realism. It's about actual commitment to the American dream, as opposed to calling America "exceptional" while arguing for policies that will prevent its realization to all but those who already have it.

Nor is it anti-capitalist to argue for returning to tax rates when the country was thriving, not a lot higher than they are now, in order to be able to pay for the investments we need.


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