and therein lies the difference between us...<quoted text>What I think is that you and I are just going to have to cough up some more tax dollars, experience some deep cuts somewhere along the way and baton down the hatches as we move toward austerity on a slower basis in order to preserve economic growth and productivity. We need to start with the wealthiest. They'll get to the rest of us shortly. The problems cannot be fixed by lowering taxes. They're already at record lows. It's not working.
we now spend $800-1000Billion on supporting the poor, AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL. probably another trillion by the States, too. for WHAT?
to keep them from rioting, stealing, whinning?
before 1965, they didn't starve, did they? are NOT kids going hungry still, today? after almost $2 trillion in welfare monies?
most kids, myself included, survived to adulthood withOUT health insurance. I, personally, did NOT have ins coverage until I went to work for RCA (remember that American iconic company?). from at least 1957 (when my father died in auto accident) until 1971, I/we had NO prvt ins, NO Medicaid... plus NO car for most of that time, NO free lunches, NO free book fees, NO free school supplies, NO food stamps, housing or utility assistance, etc.
how in the world did I and my four siblings make it? with NO rent-a-centers, buy here/pay here, etc...?
it is NOT a matter of REVENUE... it is a matter of OVER SPENDING. spending monies we neither have or, by the limitations of the Constitution placed ON the FG, the lagality to do.
cut, cut, CUT NON-essential FG programs... illegal FG programs... over-reaching FG programs.
do u honestly believe the States will let THEIR people starve? they did not do so before 1965. they also were not entitlement slaves.
I grew up POOR and I didn't like it. too many people no longer feel that way. public assistance HAS become a way of life for far too many. I had the example of my peers and their families NOT being in the same boat I was. too many of our citizens now grow-up with the complete OPPOSITE perspective... Public Assistance is OKAY, it IS a way of life. like being a dead beat parent, dropping out of school, working off the books, buying pirated goods like CDs and DVDs, not carrying ID, men living off of women and their childrens' benefits, anti-social behaviour by too many kids, etc...
98% of this sub-culture can be laid directly at the foot of the FG's War on Poverty programs. just think, if the FG had put the same effort into protecting American jobs these past 50 yrs, THERE WOULD BE NO NEED FOR WELFARE.
sounds to me like SOMEBODY had a PLAN... and it's working.
Come On Nov.