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The Mom and Pop Connection

 
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09/22/2012 12:01 AM
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The Mom and Pop Connection
In the 50s and early 60s almost everything was ran by mom and pop businesses. Some ran gas stations where you actually got service, some ran restaurants where you never had to worry about eating spit and shit, others ran hardware stores, auto sales, flower shops, theaters, and on and on. There were only a few small chain stores, with McDonald's slowly making a presence in the later days of the mom and pop shops. But soon billionaires started opening malls, chain motels, self-service station chains, and automobiles were changing so rapidly (not usually for the better, but more complicated, that mechanics had to struggle to be able to repair cars from year to year. Not only that, but the auto companies began requiring cars under warranty to be repaired in their privately owned shops. Big business also opened chain drug stores, ice cream shops, jewelry stores, and the list goes on.

What this did was shift the balance of political power from the middle-class to the upper-class. We all know how things have gone since then.

Vietnam occurred, according to many theorists, simply because it shifted huge amounts of tax dollars from the middle-class to the pockets of the upper-class. Once the Average Joe was no longer politically important, only the upper-class was able to influence political decisions. Thus did we finance our own destruction.

I think America died with Mom and Pop.
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09/22/2012 12:21 AM
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In the 50s and early 60s almost everything was ran by mom and pop businesses. Some ran gas stations where you actually got service, some ran restaurants where you never had to worry about eating spit and shit, others ran hardware stores, auto sales, flower shops, theaters, and on and on. There were only a few small chain stores, with McDonald's slowly making a presence in the later days of the mom and pop shops. But soon billionaires started opening malls, chain motels, self-service station chains, and automobiles were changing so rapidly (not usually for the better, but more complicated, that mechanics had to struggle to be able to repair cars from year to year. Not only that, but the auto companies began requiring cars under warranty to be repaired in their privately owned shops. Big business also opened chain drug stores, ice cream shops, jewelry stores, and the list goes on.

What this did was shift the balance of political power from the middle-class to the upper-class. We all know how things have gone since then.

Vietnam occurred, according to many theorists, simply because it shifted huge amounts of tax dollars from the middle-class to the pockets of the upper-class. Once the Average Joe was no longer politically important, only the upper-class was able to influence political decisions. Thus did we finance our own destruction.

I think America died with Mom and Pop.
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Yes It has been ruined, Corporate needs to go back into the womb and they need to stop selling everything to the indians,not sure if you have lived in big cities, indians bought mom and pop motels and hotels because you saw money, they saw gold for years to come. It was the older white people that helped minorities attain their goals in the 1970s and 1980 and 1990s. Every person that i have seen become wealthy, their was an older white person involved that originally owned the buisness and they sold it to their counterpart for a realy dirt cheap price. Usually people from other countries. They became happy and ignorant. Now its the gas stations. Everyone wants to be a millionaire over night.
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09/22/2012 12:24 AM
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Remember that Wal-Mart started as a mom and pop. Microsoft and Apple were from scratch. Many big corporations were started by someone at their kitchen table. A huge percentage of internet e-commerce sites are run by people out of their house.
It represents my belief in personal freedom and my sense of individuality.

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09/22/2012 12:40 AM
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Remember that Wal-Mart started as a mom and pop. Microsoft and Apple were from scratch. Many big corporations were started by someone at their kitchen table. A huge percentage of internet e-commerce sites are run by people out of their house.
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Walmart couldn't have started without the destruction of Mom and Pop shops. If there was a way to check the stats, you'd see that Mom and Pop shops went out of business first in a radius around every Walmart.

Check out [link to en.wikipedia.org]

Every time a big-money company opens up in an area the money goes from many to one instead of from many to several. And that one becomes super powerful while the power of the middle-class is subdued.

Granted that many of the middle-class are investors in large corps, but being only that does not give them any greater political power than a factory worker. So it's true that Washington is no longer serving the interest of America, but the few super-rich.

And it's also true that America died with Mom and Pop.

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