reply to post by JaxonRoberts
Excellent reply and avatar. (I need to get one of T'Pol).
Sometimes, like with this medical healthcare reform. I get crazy.
My husband and I still have good jobs, make more than 130k a year, and are a strong middle class. We have excellent health insurance.
We take nothing forgranted. Each day could be our last both physically and career wise. Nothing is stable anymore.
I like to think of myself as a champion of injustice.
We work in a soup kitchen once a week. I know many of the regulars and they are not all like you would think, lazy bums. Many were just like you and
I, they owned a computer, lived in a house or apartment and had a job. Some have had a good education many are mentally challenged and thanks to
Reagan (closed down many of the mental institutions in the 80's).
Some of these folks that had jobs, got laid off, couldn't find another job, lost their apartment and became another statistic. Some just don't have
family (or family that care) and through no fault of their own they are not equipped to really take care of themselves. Some are Vietnam Vets.
Many people just don't see how precariously their "good life" hangs in the balance and with just one incident they too could become a statistic and
end up in the soup kitchen line.
While many people watch Dancing With The Stars and The "Reality Shows" I read and I read about politics and what is really going on.
I don't believe or condone a society where some people earn so much money they don't know what to do with it all while others (usually the ones that
do the real work) barely make enough to cover their basic expenses.
When we were kids and sat at the table mom would bring out a pie. Now if there were six people there, she cut six identical pieces - a equal piece
Why is it okay for someone to sit at the table and cut the American pie up into two pieces, 3/4 for "them" and 1/4 for the rest of us to battle
It drives me crazy that my cleaning lady paid more in taxes than my husband and I did. We paid exactly what we were suppose to, but we have two
houses and a dependent son - she does not. We made 130,000+ and Verna makes about 15,000. Fair? Oh but Verna voted for Bush.
Now take that one step further, Corporations and the real rich elite get loop holes galore. We need a straight taxing system, no loop holes no
We also need to really penalize BIG TIME, the companies that have taken jobs out of America and "outsourced" them. If the middle class is drummed
out who will pay taxes?
We need good universal health care for all American cititizens.
We need for companies and CEO's not to be allowed to take pensions so that our old people have to bop until they drop.
We need for our schools to give a equal education. My girlfriend is a teacher in a major downtown school and she says it is nothing like the richer
suburban schools. Education is not equal. The children of the rich folk get newer books, better teachers and nicer schools.
Payscales are not fair, but people don't care or don't want to realize the injustices.
This war in Iraq, I believe in my heart that the Bush Administration somehow is responsible and funded a false flag operation to manipulate the
American Public into another costly war - and the vast majority of Americans fell for it.
If we had taken all that blood money and used it for nobler purposes instead of invading another country, think of all the people that could have been
fed, clothe, housed and had good medical care.
People are so easy to manipulate with fear. There were no weapons of mass distruction.
Our existence here on Earth could be so wonderful if we all learned to just play fair and be nice human beings.
I found the following books helpful:
Fraud by Paul Waldman
Hostile Takeover by David Sirota
Uprising by David Sirota
Pigs At The Trough by Arianna Huffington
Screwed: The Undeclared War Against the Middle Class - And What We Can Do about It by Thom Hartmann
Take This Job and Ship It by Byron L. Dorgan
Give Me Liberty and The Losing of America by Naomi Wolf
[edit on 7-9-2009 by ofhumandescent]