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"We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” - Elie Weisel

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." - Desmond Tutu

"There comes a time when neutrality and laying low become dishonorable. If you’re not in revolt, you’re in cahoots. When this period and your name are mentioned, decades hence, your grandkids will look away in shame." - David Brooks

3 responses to “Magaziner defends social safety net at RI Small Business Economic Summit”

  1. Karl Marx

    So, he is proposing Risk-free risk? How is this paid for… more business taxes? So, which is less conducive to starting a business, higher risk or higher taxes?

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    1. PinkHatLib

      Fair enough question and as someone that has started several businesses let me say that risk is much more significant consideration than taxes for an entrepreneur thinking about opening a business. Start ups don’t generally make any money at first and so don’t pay taxes outside of payroll taxes. You could make the case that certain kinds of regulation can get in the way but taxes? Not so much.

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  2. salgal

    Thanks Seth! How refreshing to know there are still politicians who care about human beings beyond their capacity to provide wealth for shareholders.

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