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And this is where we would probably part ways in terms of opinion. If you believe from his posts that he hates the poor or believes they are not worthy of having a voice(I believe that is what you are saying)
then I presume you would say the same about me and probably Syn, BigDave, Bored and others on the Right. And I would say that is a completely baseless and probably incorrect assumption. I can only speak for myself from here on out, but I believe many of the aforementioned would agree when I say NOTHING could be further from the truth.
Believing that higher taxes will do nothing to help the poor and will only lead to less growth in our economy as entrepreneurs are less likely to try and strike on their own and either create a business or expand a business that provide actual jobs for the poor is a valid opinion. You may not agree with it, but it is a valid opinion that can be supported.
Saying that raising taxes helps the poor by funding government programs that help them would probably be your opinion. And, I would say that if those programs actually helped people, I might agree with you, but they don't. This country has spent $15 trillion over the past 4 decades and what has been the result - no net change in the % of those considered poor in this country. Instead what we have seen is an explosion in the illegitimacy rate as these same programs discourage marriage and fathers staying with the family. We have had an escalating crime rate in the black community and an ever increasing % of young black men in prison as a direct result of growing up in single parent households where the boys have no constructive male role models in their lives as a direct result of these same policies and programs.
Completely dismantling our former health care system in an attempt to eventually have a one payer system (which is Obama's stated goal) may sound like a good way to help the uninsured achieve medical coverage and I will admit that on paper, it might sound very good. However, the actual results -in my opinion - will be very different, and I think that argument can also be supported. My position is that it will lead to higher costs (which even Democrats are now acknowledging) and longer waits for appointments and procedures.
After a way too long post, my point is that reasonable and caring people can disagree on what the best ways to help the poor are. Just because we do not agree with you does not mean we do not care about the poor and needy - or that we deserve the labels of hater or selfish or greedy or whatever epithet some of the Left love to throw out there. I/we simply believe that what amounts to making people dependent on the government for their needs instead of helping them become self sufficient is not compassion it is virtual enslavement. I believe in supporting organizations and charities that help the needy on a personal level, which is where true change can happen - in my opinion.
And this is how the socialists help the poor and themselves.