quotes by wu kung
I asked about what "rights" you have lost, so let's get started:
Have you seen the soldiers walking around NYC with machine guns and giant sonic weapons? (last time I was in Penn Station, I counted 30+
heavily armed soldiers, not police officers, actual ARMY soldiers with machine guns), Random searches at airports, train stations and even on the
streets on NYC
REPLY: What right(s) have you lost by those actions? Sonic weapons? The president, federal, state and local officials/law enforcement are under the
obligation to protect it's citizens. You have the "right" to life, liberty and the persuit of happiness, all of which are being protected by the
actions you mentioned, above. "Rights" are defined as those enumerated in the Constitution/Bill of Rights. None of things restrict your freedom to
move about as you wish.
Have you had your nail clippers confiscated at an airport?
REPLY: You have no "right" to carry them (most people don't "need" to carry them every day, since nails don't grow that fast, and is usually a
hygenic option usually carried out at home. Airlines have the right, freedom and duty to protect their customers in any way they deem applicable.
Have you heard about cell phone companies just handing over records of call lists to the gov't?
REPLY: This depends on the "small print" in your phone contract, and has, in fact, prevented the attack on the Brooklyn Bridge. It also wasn't a
list of everyone in America. You have the freedom to not use one.
Are you aware that banks are providing all of our personal info and spending records to the gov't?
REPLY: No.... not everyone, and not "all personal data." The government hardly has the resources to track and record all of that data. The
logistics would be outrageous and cost prohibitive.
Lower income earners being taxed harder than higher income earners.
REPLY: While I don't have figures or extensive data on New York Taxes, I DO know that New York, being run by Liberals, tax you to an extreme extent,
and if you choose to live there then don't complain. As to your general statement, it's blatantly false:
"Less than 3-1/2 dollars out of every $100 paid in income taxes in the United States is paid by someone in the bottom 50% of wage earners. Are
the top half millionaires? Noooo, more like "thousandaires."
The top 50% were those individuals or couples filing jointly who earned $29,019 and up in 2003. (The top 1% earned $295,495-plus.)
Americans who want to are continuing to improve their lives, and those who don't want to, aren't. Here are the wage earners in each category
and the percentages they pay:
"The top 1% pay over a third, 34.27% of all income taxes. (Up from 2003: 33.71%)
The top 5% pay 54.36% of all income taxes (Up from 2002: 53.80%). The top 10% pay 65.84% (Up from 2002: 65.73%).
The top 25% pay 83.88% (Down from 2002: 83.90%).
The top 50% pay 96.54% (Up from 2002: 96.50%). The bottom 50%? They pay a paltry 3.46% of all income taxes (Down from 2002: 3.50%).
The top 1% is paying nearly ten times the federal income taxes of the bottom 50%!
And who earns what? The top 1% earns 16.77% of all income (2002: 16.12%).
The top 5% earns 31.18% of all the income (2002: 30.55%).
The top 10% earns 42.36% of all the income (2002: 41.77%);
The top 25% earns 64.86% of all the income (2002: 64.37%) , and the top 50% earns 86.01% (2002: 85.77%) of all the income."
National id cards?
REPLY:We've had them for years, at least the "standard issue" one we have now; they're called "Social Security" cards. As for new ones being a
possibility, considering the mass influx of illegals, I see no problem with them..... up to a point.
".... (not to mention the food monopoly companies putting all sorts of chemicals into the foods)...."
REPLY: Off-topic and irrelevant. You would rather buy spoiled food? You have the freedom to eat, or not eat, whatever you choose.
Cameras everywhere, and even being considered being put into our cars (even the new Macs have built in cameras, you think that they
won't be able to be remotely switched on?).
REPLY: Many major cities have them. True, sometimes it's s bit overboard, but crime IS an issue in many areas where they are used. In cars? never
heard it. However, ever hear of black electrical tape.... over the lens? No, as a PC teck for 14 years, if cameras are hooked up correctly, they
can't turn them on remotely. However, see the tape idea, above.
Cell phones that double as tracking devices.
REPLY: Don't buy/use one!!! But, many parents like the idea, since it's a way of knowing the wereabouts of their kids (relatively speaking), and if
a kid is kidnapped, it would sure help to find them.
Laws being set into place by corporations and not by the peoples' representitives.
REPLY: Corporations can't "pass" laws. Most any law/idea passed as law by Congress relates to tax breaks; we need the Fair Tax, and that would go
Invading other countries under the guise of "national security" (and if you believe that, I'll sell you the Brooklyn
REPLY: You need to do more research on that subject.
Being told that if you're gay, you can't get married (and yeah, remember, people were actually trying to change the constitution to
REPLY: The words "gay marriage" are mutually exclusive. Happy, carefree people are "gay." You are referring to homosexuals. Please use the
correct term. Although I don't agree it should be a Constitutional Amendment, it SHOULD be left up to the states, and it's passage by one or more
states shouldn't automatically be accepted by all states. "The People" should vote on it in their respective states.
Drug companies lobbying to BAN (yes, an outright ban) vitamins and supplements because people taking these and getting healty might upset their
(toxic) drug-dealing business.
REPLY: The contributuions to society by drug/chemical companies has doubled
the life expectancy of Americans, and has helped a great deal in
the rest of the world. The benefits of "natural" vitamins and supplements vary greatly depending upon correct choice and usage, which most people
don't know about. By the way, the "ban" will never be passed. Your choice.... don't take them (that goes for aspirin, too.
So what freedoms aren't we giving up?
REPLY: Please see all of the above!
[edit on 6-7-2006 by zappafan1]