Latest Con E-Mail . . . “The 5 Most Important Sentences You’ll Ever Read”

The reich-wing is famous for its zombie e-mail propaganda . . . zombie because no matter how many times the lies are killed, they spring back to life again, marching on to eat the brains of conservatives . . . or what’s left of their brains anyway . . . 

Remember how Obama’s health care plan would change the US Constitution to accommodate Shariah law?

A student reporter wrote a breathless editorial in a local college paper (based on that e-mail) excoriating Obama for his Muslim sympathies, until she was forced to print a retraction and an apology, heigh ho.

A new e-mail propaganda piece has been circulating recently under the heading “The five most important sentences you’ll ever read.” Here they are with my refutation:

1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

False dilemma. The wealthy as a class need not be “legislated out of prosperity” for everyone else to benefit. Requiring Wal-Mart to give decent health care would cost the company one-half-a-cent on every item purchased. That will cut into their profit fractionally, but the benefits to the workers and society would be enormous.

Same for living wage laws . . . or union card-check laws.

2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

Unfortunately, this is all too true. When hedge fund managers make 1 million dollars an hour, they are stealing wealth from millions of workers in fields that don’t even know they exist. All the profits that MEGA-CORPS make come from the wealth workers create that they are not paid for . . .

CEO’s of large corporations are the epitome of “receiving without working for it.”

3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

Partly true: for example, the government controls massive resources like gas and oil deposits, federal land, federal forests, bandwidth for radio-TV frequencies, off-shore fisheries, underground aquifers and rivers and lakes etc.

The fact that it gives these resources away to MEGA-CORPS run by fat-cats (see oil-rights to BP in the Gulf) with very little taxpayer benefit means that is indeed TAKING from us and GIVING to the MEGA CORPS.

Partly false: government CAN create wealth through institutions like schools. The small investment in education leads to massive wealth creation as educated workers start businesses, invent new products, and become more productive.

4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!

The hell you can’t. That’s exactly what economists mean when they talk about “income multipliers” as money changes hands and spurs more economic activity. It has become obviously clear that allowing the rich to hoard massive amounts of wealth is sucking the life out of our economy. The middle-class buys much more than the rich do . . . because there’s only so much food a person can eat and only so much house a person can live in.

Despite the almost obscenely extravagant lifestyles of the rich, they literally have more money than they know what to do with, and that’s bad for society because that money is not being spent in a productive way.

5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.

Heh, for a second there I thought the paragraph was talking about the British Royal Family (“they don’t have to work because everyone takes care of them”), but I digress.

This is a canard, an irrelevancy. People do what they believe to be in their best interest.

Give people a way to make decent pay for decent work, and they’ll take it.

That’s what our so-called free market system hasn’t been able to do.

Our present economic system shows that what is good for the money class is bad for the rest of us.


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4 responses to “Latest Con E-Mail . . . “The 5 Most Important Sentences You’ll Ever Read”

  1. I’ve found the Republicans to have honed the skills of talking points — note, I didn’t say true facts. They boil something that will attract lots of attention down to a few words and pass it off as fact. The worst part is that they’ve been successful in fooling so many.

    I think they’re about to run out of old white men who think they will be rich if only they listen to rich men (and the women who do their bidding). They’re about to face younger, better informed, more diversified Americans. Their talking points won’t work.

    It’s already started. You’ll need to turn down the volume of the Kansans that are loudest and listen carefully to the rest of what is being said, but you’ll hear it.

    • CapnAmerica

      Good observations.

      For instance, it’s pretty hard to argue that Global Warming is a myth when our temps are running 15 degrees hotter than a 100 year average . . .

  2. How many generations would we need to go back to find very many wealthy people who actually worked for it? It’s so rare today. Most of today’s wealthy chose their parents well. Work had nothing to do with it.

  3. indypendent

    I find all of those CON emails are alot like any tabloid newspaper or magazine that pedals gossip and innuendos.

    If you’re looking for truth, accuracy, fair and balanced – sorry, those things are just not valued by these folks