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The poor and the wealthy: What should we do?

Much ado has been made during the current election about those among us that depend on government support. Conservatives don’t think this is a proper function for government. Liberals disagree.

There is a misguided notion perpetuated by the wealthy that the poor have no one to thank but themselves for their plight. The inference is clear. They are lazy, stupid and inept. Why should tax dollars be used to help them. They don’t even pay taxes. Let them help themselves just as the wealthy have done. If they really wanted a job they would be able to find one.

The truth is that all of them want a job. Not just any job, but a job with a living wage. I don’t see how anyone can support themselves of less than minimum wage.

Our country is in the midst of a severe recession. What caused this recession and who is responsible? The better paying manufacturing jobs seem to have migrated to Asia as labor is cheap there and there are more profits to be made. Fancy foot work by Wall Street profiteers brought our financial system to it’s knees. The entire world was rocked as a result.

Just these two things alone can be responsible for a great deal of our distress. Unemployment is rampant and just exactly who is responsible? It would appear that in our great effort to make more and more profits we have knocked Humpty Dumpty right off the wall. Now we are having some trouble putting him back together again.

The question that is begging to be asked is who among us benefits the most from government handouts. Seems to me that the wealthy got the better part of the Bush tax cuts and that government policy clearly favors wealthy corporations, Wall Street and the banking industry.

I could be wrong, but I suspect that it was these industries that got the most help from government over the last 12 years. Yes, we spend a lot on entitlements for the less fortunate, but it is a pittance compared to the money spent bailing out Wall Street, banks and big corporations.

I didn’t like the idea of the “bail out,” but I supported it because I was afraid of what might have happened if the government had refused. Well, we all know what happened. Wall Street and banks are doing fine. They’re back to the same old tricks while Main Street is still on its back side. Ask yourselves. Who exactly gets the most from government?

The answer to our problem of deficit spending is simple. It must stop and even I can see that increased taxes AND reduced government spending are called for.

But please, don’t come asking me to vote for a program that calls for increased taxes on the bottom 47 percent and further tax breaks for the top 53 percent. Taxes have already been reduced to an all-time low and it has done no good whatsoever.

What is appropriate is a bipartisan legislative agenda that will work. Insist that Congress work for the people and not corporate America. Lock lobbyists out of the process. They have already done enough damage.

Wake up, America, smell the coffee. Vote out every single incumbent. They’ve been co-opted into the corrupt system that is the big part of the problem.

David Browning

Peachtree City, Ga.



Received this Newsletter over the weekend, please take a look at this man's findings in regards to, what he calls, "the void."

What is CAFR? Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

ginga1414's picture

Very few people have any information about the CAFR. Thanks so much for sending this link.

S. Lindsey's picture

Factually accurate and apropos for the times.

Just posted it on my FB and Twitter....

"Whoever claims the right to redistribute the wealth produced by others is claiming the right to treat human beings as chattel."

-Ayn Rand

Certainly interesting but frankly numbers make my head hurt--maybe Neil Sullivan would be kind enough to give us his view of this issue.

Excellent post and link.

No way Congress and the President allow this to happen, it would expose their devious game I like to call "Fun with Numbers".

The only way to save this nation is to elect people with true honesty and integrity, both of which unfortunately may be extinct in political circles. -GP

S. Lindsey's picture

The Rich are evil the poor are saints and the rest of us are fighting for our souls.. pure drivel.

I suppose David you attended a College where you never had to study, grades where just given out equally of course.

I also suppose you never have to really go to work since that job is assured as well.

David.. your premise that the Wealthy was just handed everything and Government works for them is broadly and wildly incorrect. Are there those that are handed their wealth? Yes.. just look at Paris Hilton. Are there those that Government are helping to enrich? Yes.. Look at GE, GM and any "Green" company Obama chooses.

Many of the "Wealthy" are self-made small business entrepreneurs that worked 12-16 hour days 5-7 days a week to make a life for their family.
Yes there are key-holder families, Kennedy's, Bilderburg's etc.., that hold the reins of power and control the Government.

Have you ever worked for a poor person?

But this Wealth envy and class warfare is just a tool for people like you to use to hide the real issues. The rhetoric of taxing the Rich is a logical fallacy that is perpetrated by articles like this one.

Fact: You could confiscate 100% of all wealth in this Country of over $1.5 Million that's ALL wealth the Government would only see a one time benefit of $4 Trillion dollars. That would run the Government for just 3 years and no one would ever amass that wealth again.

You see David the class warfare rhetoric is just a game. A game to distract you from the real theft occurring right under our noses.

The Earmarks, back room deals, special legislation for "certain" businesses they have family running etc..

Why is it a Politician can go in NOT a Millionaire and on a salary of $118,00 come out a multi-millionaire?

Why does Martha Stewart go to Jail for insider trading when our Congressmen and women do it all the time.. because they are exempt.

David I do agree with your premise that Washington is Corrupt. They have discovered the Law of Plunder..."As long as it is admitted that the law may be diverted from its true purpose — that it may violate property instead of protecting it — then everyone will want to participate in making the law, either to protect himself against plunder or to use it for plunder."

They use it for and for their own plunder.

The answer is to stop looking for Government to "GIVE" us things and force Government to return spending our money on the things Government is empowered to spend them on.. Not wine trains or shrimp treadmills or programs to teach African males to wash their genitalia.

"Whoever claims the right to redistribute the wealth produced by others is claiming the right to treat human beings as chattel."

-Ayn Rand

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