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New Rule: Not everything in America has to make a profit

US commentator asks: when did the profit motive become the new patriotism?

Bill Maher, Real Clear Politicsby Bill Maher

July 24 2009 — How about this for a New Rule: Not everything in America has to make a profit. It used to be that there were some services and institutions so vital to our nation that they were exempt from market pressures. Some things we just didn't do for money. The United States always defined capitalism, but it didn't used to define us. But now it's becoming all that we are.

Did you know, for example, that there was a time when being called a "war profiteer" was a bad thing? But now our war zones are dominated by private contractors and mercenaries who work for corporations. There are more private contractors in Iraq than American troops, and we pay them generous salaries to do jobs the troops used to do for themselves - like laundry...

To read more on Bill Maher's thoughts on prisons, news reportage and healthcare, please click on the link below:

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  Health Care Problem Isn't Socialism, It's Capitalism, by Bill Maher, Real Clear Politics, July 24 2009

Posted: July 31, 2009

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