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'Please, sir, I want some more.'

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November 12, 2010 – Comments (4)

... The evening arrived; the boys took their places. The master, in his cook's uniform, stationed himself at the copper; his pauper assistants ranged themselves behind him; the gruel was served out; and a long grace was said over the short commons. The gruel disappeared; the boys whispered each other, and winked at Oliver; while his next neighbours nudged him. Child as he was, he was desperate with hunger, and reckless with misery. He rose from the table; and advancing to the master, basin and spoon in hand, said: somewhat alarmed at his own temerity:

'Please, sir, I want some more.'

The master was a fat, healthy man; but he turned very pale. He gazed in stupified astonishment on the small rebel for some seconds, and then clung for support to the copper. The assistants were paralysed with wonder; the boys with fear.

'What!' said the master at length, in a faint voice.

'Please, sir,' replied Oliver, 'I want some more.'

The master aimed a blow at Oliver's head with the ladle; pinioned him in his arm; and shrieked aloud for the beadle.

The board were sitting in solemn conclave, when Mr. Bumble rushed into the room in great excitement, and addressing the gentleman in the high chair, said,

'Mr. Limbkins, I beg your pardon, sir! Oliver Twist has asked for more!'

There was a general start. Horror was depicted on every countenance.

'For MORE!' said Mr. Limbkins. 'Compose yourself, Bumble, and answer me distinctly. Do I understand that he asked for more, after he had eaten the supper allotted by the dietary?'

'He did, sir,' replied Bumble.

Oliver Twist, Chapter 2.

... The thing about Wall Streeters is that no matter how much money you give them, they always want more. Now they are using their political power and control over the media to attack Social Security.

This effort is being led by billionaire investment banker Peter Peterson. Mr. Peterson has personally profited to the tune of tens of millions of dollars from the "fund managers' tax subsidy," an obscure provision of the tax code that allows billionaires to pay a lower tax rate than schoolteachers and firefighters. However, Peterson believes in giving back. He has committed $1 billion to an effort that is intended to take away the Social Security benefits that people have worked and paid for.


The Wall Street TARP Gang Wants to Take Away Your Social Security
http://tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/11/09/the_wall_street_tarp_gang_wants_to_take_away_your

C., ... happy to deliver this message to the tea-sippin' crowd!

4 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On November 12, 2010 at 3:46 PM, starbucks4ever (97.98) wrote:

+1000

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#2) On November 12, 2010 at 3:53 PM, rd80 (97.35) wrote:

I'm not very familiar with the Peterson Foundation and tried to confirm the "effort that is intended to take away Social Security benefits" statement made by Dean Baker, author of the article you linked.

At the Foundation site, I found this page on Social Security.  There's nothing on that page that supports an effort to take away Social Security.  Only comments like more revenue or reduced payout needed to make the system sustainable.  I did find it interesting that Peterson Foundation included links to both The Brookings Institute and The Cato Institute on its policy page.

Baker doesn't help his case at all since he doesn't provide any links or sources to support his claim.

Baker loses even more credibility with this statement about Social Security, "It also has very little fraud."  Any private sector company that treated the so-called trust fund as an asset the way Social Security does would be charged with fraud.

Happy to deliver the message to all that Baker has made a claim and failed to provide any evidence supporting it.

 

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#3) On November 12, 2010 at 8:32 PM, zymok (< 20) wrote:

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Argumentum ad hominem.

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#4) On November 12, 2010 at 10:01 PM, ChrisGraley (29.74) wrote:

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Agree with #2 and #3 

 

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