Ben Franklin: “We must hang together, gentlemen…else, we shall most assuredly hang separately.”

RABid: “Eww, collectivism!

This was RABid’s response to a speech by Hillary Clinton where she said this:

“There is no greater force for economic growth than free markets. But markets work best with rules that promote our values, protect our workers and give all people a chance to succeed,” she said. “Fairness doesn’t just happen. It requires the right government policies.”

There are plenty of examples around the world of societies where the rich got richer on the backs of the poor – and none of them are very nice places to live for most people. The wingnuts want us to become one of those places, and in fact are taking steps to ensure it happens.

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  • Who knew Ben Franklin was speaking out against an “ownership society.” I’ve read plenty of history books, and never thought Ben Franklin to be much of a socialist.

    Besides, we need capitalism and an ownership society to pay for those massive socialist entitlements that your candidates are proposing!

  • Clinton wasn’t speaking out against an “ownership society”.

  • Read the article again. She condemns an ownership society. You just left that critical part the article out of your post.

  • #1: Capitalism is fine. Just remember: There’s no such thin as a “free market”. Question, though. Do you consider the middle class to be a good thing or bad thing?

  • #3: No – she condemns George Bush’s vision of an ownership society. She neither said nor implied anything about abolishing private ownership of anything. Just protecting the working class.

    Being anti-robber-baron is not the same as being socialist. Neither Clinton is anything close to approximating a socialist.

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