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Lakoff: How to Rescue the American Dream

Original post made by Grace, Donlon Elementary School, on Jul 29, 2011

"There is a distinction between government as the administration of what we, as a public, provide each other, as opposed to government control. The Right wants to focus only upon control, not upon all that our tradition has given us. They do not just hide the vast positives, but they also hide the fact that governmental control, control over our daily lives, is more private than public. Private government for profit runs our lives – the health care we receive, the food we eat, the cars we can drive and the gas to fuel them, the news we get, loans for our homes, and on and on. Public government is for the benefit of all of us. Private (especially corporate) government is for the private profit of top management and stockholders. If you are concerned about your life being controlled for the benefit of others, look to the private sphere."

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Posted by Huh?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 29, 2011 at 11:49 am

This convoluted argument and justification for bigger government is not worthy of a response.

Those that want big government are those that want to benefit from the wealth redistribution benefits of big government. Something Lakoff conveniently ignores.

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Posted by Naive and Foggy
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 31, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Oh scary. What a naive foggy world for you. It's thinking like that that puts us all at risk.

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Posted by Bob
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Aug 1, 2011 at 5:11 am

What's with all the reading and all the words? Why read 'Grapes of Wrath' or 'Moby Dick' when you can watch the movie? Have any of you seen Moby Dick 2010? It's so good. It's about a big submarine that goes after a big toothy whale. Why read George Lakoff when you can get all the political commentary you need from Fox News, and you don't even have to use the effort to turn any pages?

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Posted by steve
a resident of Parkside
on Aug 1, 2011 at 9:16 am

Bob, this guy has no credibility at all. After all, you know what Lakoff rhymes with?

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Posted by Bob
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Aug 1, 2011 at 9:43 am

Oh, yeah, and did I mention that this Lakoff guy's name rimes with another name?

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