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Monday, April 26, 2010

Oh, so THAT'S the problem

by folkbum

So Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks interviews one of the leading teapartite/ glibertarianites, Wayne Allen Root. (Root was the 2008 Libertarian VP candidate and headlines tea party events). Via digby, I see that Root has fingered the real problem in America.

When asked, repeatedly (watch it!), why the teatarians are not out there protesting the abuse of the economic system and the people of America by Wall Street and banks that have no qualms about manipulating markets for their own profit, Root offers no answer. Well, worse than offering no answer, Root decides to deflect:
The only thing I can say to you in response to that is that I'm a guy who believes in the private sector and private industry and I don't feel any great need to protest Goldman Sachs. I feel a much stronger need to protest government employee unions who are ripping off people in far greater numbers.
A-ha! So the real problem is not gimongous banks who control 8% of GDP (and 41% of domestic profits!) through fraud and disingenuous paper-shuffling. No, the real problem is the people who police your streets, fight your fires, manage your parks, teach your children, and pick up your garbage. Gosh darn those trash collectors! Bringing the economy to its knees the way they do!

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