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I'm not talking about the people who cannot access the things that can better themselves... I'm talking about the people who won't. I see it. Everyday. My neighbors. The matriarch of the family has a job that she works herself into
I'm not talking about the people who cannot access the things that can better themselves... I'm talking about the people who won't. I see it. Everyday. My neighbors. The matriarch of the family has a job that she works herself into the ground with. Goes to school. Wants more. Her children: don't work, have 1-2 kids and are on welfare, all live with her, her husband rarely works. They are all smoking pot all day (I know this because we share a wall and I can smell it) even in front of the babies, and someone is always drinking a can of Steel Reserve. It's not that they CAN'T find a job. It's that they WON'T find jobs. My heart goes out to that woman. She works herself into the ground for her family and they basically spit in her face.
What the Rights want is for all charity to be privately funded, but people don't make enough to privately fund them, which makes it a vicious cycle. There's something grossly wrong in Washington and I think everyone's to blame. I agree that that top 2% of the country need to be willing to give more of their money to help the poor... I don't know if washing that money through Washington is necessarily the answer.
Yes Jesus helped the poor. He loved them. He loved the orphans, and the ill, and the widows. We are supposed to do the same. It's part of why I left my last church, legalistic right-winged uber-conservatives that actually did nothing to help the poor, or the ill, or the orphans, and I now go to a church who focuses a LOT of their time/spending on helping people.
The Libertarian idea that "all "charity" can be privately funded" is a bust. We KNOW that those who have the most, give the least percentage of what they make, as a rule.
If "Charity" could solve the Poverty Crisis in this country, IT WOULD HAVE by now.
How would we know? Poverty would be a thing of the past, due to "Charity" doing so much good
. It hasn't. Taxes are an insurance that those who have, are going to give
People, especially those who have More, usually left to their own devices, as a rule, think they are "entitled" to "what they earn" not realizing that the color of their skin, their background, and their access to education and money has a huge impact on what they "earn."
We need taxes TO HELP the downtrodden, (because we can't perform miracles like Jesus did,think of it that way) because those who have the MOST give the least. Yeah yeah yeah, Bill Gates gave away his money. He also made more last year than he gave away. Bill Buckley is smart, he INSISTS the Rich should be forced to give more
. He's the second richest man in the USA, so he should know.
I can't understand how anyone with an income under 2 million a year could consider themselves "Conservative." The Right wants votes, but does nothing for THEIR OWN middle class. (That's a good explanation why the Tea Party was started. Well, that and the fact that the Traditional Conservative Party Line wasn't hateful
enough towards many social issues.) Ain't nobody middle class being let into the "Bush, Boner, Limbaugh, Rove, Cheney ect" Boys Club. It amazes me that anyone Middle Class could think that the Right is doing ANYTHING for them. WE didn't get tax cuts the RICH did.
Then the Depression hit, because we went into More Debt paying the Rich for things they didn't need. And starting Wars based on nothing more than a lust for oil, and a hatred for Brown People who are "Safe" to target.
I can't judge my neighbors who are Poor, there is always someone's "example" of what is wrong, and they use it as a "reason" why the Government shouldn't help the Poor, the Downtrodden and those who don't have Access.
Access is Power and Access is necessary for people to take care of themselves. When access is DENIED (as many on the Right want to do) then there will be MORE Poverty, not less.
IMO, the Government needs to be there and be ACTIVE to PROTECT us from the most evil intentions
of the Selfish Rich.
We need MORE regulation, not less. Or was the Oil Spill and the Economic Disaster (only 7 years after Clinton balanced the Budget and we had a surplus) not recognized as part of the problem with Runaway Rich being handed the County on a platter with NO controls over what they do or who they hurt?
I'm not making personal indictments at all. I try not to do that (not against people on the site and not against anyone in real life....except the Disgustingly Rich)
But, we can't FIX problems by doing EXACTLY what was done to CAUSE them
And we can't ignore the fact that many people need help. Taxes are simply an insurance that at least a small bit of that gets done. Of course, as in the case of people like Bill Brady, so many of the Rich, under the Bush Tax Cuts For Those who Need It the Least, some pay NO taxes at all. THAT needs to change. TAX THE SHIT OUT OF THE RICH and we will get ourselves out of this Economic Depression. They will still have enough to feed their greedy, rich faces.
I didn't get a tax cut under Bush. Did you? The thing is I didn't WANT one. I feel taxes are my social and MORAL responsibility to help the Country Run
. Freedom Ain't Free. That means that Social Responsibility
is more than just a phrase.
Mileage and all that. All good intentions abounding. I hope this is taken in the friendly manner it was intended.