Truth has basically no relevance to American politics anymore. Its all theater and acting, little more.
Last edited by joko104; 11-25-12 at 10:43 PM.
But I will not complain about the government benefits other families recieve.
I feel very fortuate that with lots hard work , many hours invested DH's company over the last 40 years that we are doing so well.
Yes, we are more fortuatant than some but that does not make us any better than anyone else who works hard for a living.
I am glad I live in a country that does have a safety net for those less fortuate and I do not mind paying a bit higher tax rate than most families.
The old "value" of giving to charity/church was 10% of income. More if a person rich.
BUT the government now takes vastly greater amount in taxes - whether a person likes it or not. Its NOT just federal income tax. But the endless excise taxes on products, how products and utilities and fuel and about everything else are taxed over and over and over. There is sales tax. Property tax (directly or thru rent). All the license fees of all kinds. State income tax. Taxes removed from paychecks.
Since the government took over the charity business, the reality is that every person except the wealthy are already "giving" well over 10%.
If would seem if the government takes charitable contributions for people over and over and over and over and over, the charity giving part has been taken care of.
Now that is interesting. And you have never proven that these people whom you frequently vilify and demonize do indeed get more government services that you or other self claimed rich folks soak up.
I will be happy to see that evidence.
There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.... John Rogers
Boo hoo, poor me. I only own 90% of everything, but the big bad government is forcing me to pay an unfair 40% of all taxes! I'm entitled to tax cuts. Gimmie them you parasites.
Feliz Navidad, rascals. Just make sure you vote correctly or Santa Claus won't stop by. You might even have to go home and we all know what that would mean.
See how that works? Go make your own.
Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.
Alexis de Tocqueville