it was a waste of time, per usual. I need to look this thread up next year if I plan to watch it again and convince myself to go read a book.
time to convince myself to go read a book.
LOL, good plan. Not even sure why they waste their own time with their BS, much less our time. Not only do they wholly disagree with everything they're saying, I'm not even sure they understand what it is they are trying to say that they don't believe in. An example of something I found hilarious:
Obama was drolling on (so I read in the paper anyway) about re-establishing the middle class. Let me give you a lesson in geometry Mr. Obama - to be a "middle", their has to be a top and a bottom. Therefore, if you supertax the top (rich) and subsidize the bottom (poor), you no longer have a middle - or a middle-class. So which is it? Do you want to accept income classes of poor/middle/rich, or do you want to bring us all to relatively the same level? Because it is scientifically impossible to do both...
Increase taxes, provide countless government programs for the poor, but improve the middle class? The what-used-to-be-middle-class are taxed like the rich but don't qualify for the poor people programs. And that's why we're all in debt and looking forward to the day soon when we will qualify for those poor people programs. Right now, middle-class is the people fortunate to have a job where they are forced to work in ungodly conditions for less pay and no benefits.
Lost all equity in my home, yet property taxes keep rising - but working hard so I don't default on my home loan. No help. Haven't had a raise in 6 years, but working more hours to meet the cost of rising inflation. No help. Had to put vital expenses on the credit card so I can actually get to work and heat my home, but working hard not to declare bankruptcy. No help. As kids get older, they get more expensive, yet I'm labeled as "over-committed myself financially" like someone who was out running up their credit on big TVs and new cars...yes, I had kids...sorry. Yet if I didn't work so hard, I would eventually qualify for several government benefits and bailouts...so what exactly is my motivation to work hard and never see my family? Why not just let the next used-to-be-middle-class guy support me? Oh no, that's right, we would just need to tax Bill Gates an extra few percent to support me and the other 99% of non-Bill Gates with no motivation to work anymore.
I know people (and manage some of them) who make half what I make - poverty salary - that are flying their kids to Disney World and driving new cars. Meanwhile, I haven't taken my family over the state line in over 8 years because we can't afford it. Tell me how that is possible. Little income tax, subsidized housing, etc...that's how - and I'm paying for their kid's vacation while telling my kids driving our '98 Altima with 182,000 miles on it to the state fair is our vacation. They intend to tax me into poverty so they can help me, apparently. Once I lose my home or my job or my health, then maybe I can take my kids to Disney World...
But yeah, talk about how you want to bolster the middle class. Appreciate that...I don't care which way you bat politically, but you have to choose one method or the other. If you're telling me no one is allowed to be poorer than me, so we're all going to live paycheck to paycheck, remove employer benefits, and there will be government programs for all of us so that we don't get TOO poor? Fine. Do it. Or if you're saying screw it - laissez faire - everyone do the best you can and good luck. Fine. But don't tell me you want both. That's the only way that absolutely will NOT work. That's just called "please give me your vote so I can continue living the high life for as long as possible and I don't really give a **** about you."
All of these politicians from both sides talk out both sides of their mouth - and then we wonder why sticking 100 of them in a room they can't get anything done. They can't agree with themself, much less each other.
Sorry...hope this isn't too political - I just hate the realization that there is one thing the Founding Fathers didn't foresee: A day when there were so many stupid and naive citizens that America could still ruin itself from the top down even though its citizens had the power all along to prevent it.