'The Great Gatsby,' then and now

  • Article by: JOHN RASH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 10, 2013 - 6:32 PM

The most notable special effect is the similarity between eras.

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pumiceMay. 10, 13 6:52 PM

From the article: "Nearly 27 percent of 25- to 34-year-olds are not employed." Hmmmmmm. Perhaps it's not recipients of Social Security and Medicare, retired after 45 to 50 years in the workplace, who are stealing from the children for whom they provided a home and food and clothing and medical care and education accounts? Who else, then, is stealing from our children and grandchildren? Perhaps it's the financial sector which metastasized between 1983 and 2008, running up trillions of dollars in private debt, costing millions of jobs and decimating university endowments as well as their parents' pension funds? Perhaps it's venture capitalists who merged and acquired and downsized (read, "cut jobs")? Perhaps it's free trade advocates who ignored the major characteristic of equitable trade--that all trading partners must be at full employment? Perhaps it's corporations which off-shored and outsourced good paying American jobs? Perhaps it's the insistence that shareholders are the only stakeholders to whom corporations should be responsible? Perhaps it's investors who focus myopically on short-term profits rather than betting on long-term growth of the American economy?

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theruntMay. 10, 13 8:55 PM

Very good, pumice.

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fromupnortMay. 11, 13 7:19 AM

Well said, Pumice, with only one slight add-on...that is, the criminalization of business; that is, somehow, the people who obey the law are supposed to compete with those who disregard it. The criminal class has screamed about too much regulation since the Carter Administration and continually show us that they cannot be trusted. And when finally brought into court, too few are convicted in the all to typical Ponzi schemes.

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liora51May. 11, 13 7:54 AM

When GWBush stepped in to protect his son during the Silverado investigations he effectively triggered the metastasis of the ponzi scheme in business.

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