Another Bill trying to make supplements prescription only
08-24-2005 02:50 AM
Do you think? The poor are certainly better off today than they were in the past. If you're talking about the poverty line, well, what is considered impoverished here in this country has changed over time. I mean, my dad grew up with 1 pair of jeans for school and work and one pair of pants for church. That's it. I don't know many people that poor today. I'm not saying that income disparity hasn't increased, but I don't know if it's fair to say that the poor are living like the third world here. I'd much rather be a broke in the US than live in Nigeria, if you will. If you doubt me, visit Nigeria. No comparison.
Originally Posted by Matthew D
I'm not sure I'd say that wealth has been consolidated as much as it has at any point in time. I mean, go back to the Mediccis, to the Hapsburgs. To the point where single families controlled 2 or 3 of the 7 votes required to select the Holy Roman Emporer. I think capitalism has been very good for the middle class (well, there wasn't really much of one to speak of before it) and yes, even the lowest classes.
I'm not a globalist by any means, but I do see some very strong benefits arising out of capitalism and global markets. Temper that with a sense of nationalism and humanitarianism, and I think you do alright.
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