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Originally posted by russ212
This article is a demonstration of what is wrong with America right now. We simply want more than we can afford. We don't want to lose any services or entitlements, but we can't pay for it.
For years the American government has been buying votes from the public by offering various services such as welfare, food stamps, and social security. This was all well and good when the country had surpluses and we could afford it.
Now however, America is in a major recession and we as a people can no longer afford all of these things, but people are unwilling to give them up. All people seem to be screaming is tax people that make more than me, don't cut budgets. But because of the free gifts they have been receiving we are a nation that is facing bankruptcy, even though we have the highest corporate tax rate in the world, and our wealthy are taxed and over 60 percent of their income.
It is time that the American people stop relying on the government to play Robin Hood, and take their lives into their own hands. This country is no longer the land of the free or the home of the brave.
We are the land of the enslaved to entitlements and home of the whiny.
In order for us to get out of this recession, we can not rely on our government. We have to rely on the things that made us a great nation. We need to reignite our work ethic, become inventive again, and stop looking at what problems are in our way stopping us from achieving our goals and start pushing through them or finding other ways to get the job done.
[edit on 11-8-2010 by russ212]
Originally posted by BenIndaSun
Disagree. Welfare and social programs are never good. They un-equalize individuals. You are born, you try to survive, if not capable you perish. With social programs, in good or bad times economically, you take societies most able and successful and add burdens to them which only slows down their progress.
I understand what you are saying and agree wholeheartedly. I was just making the point that it does not hurt the nation and people as badly when the economy is good. In those times there is more money to help the poor catch up. I do think these programs should never have been started. I just wanted to show that the American people want more of these services no matter if it can be paid for or not.
[edit on 11-8-2010 by russ212]
Originally posted by mnemeth1
If anyone invaded the US, the public would rape them a thousand fold what the Taliban is doing to us right now.
Originally posted by DerekJR321
Theres a lot of smug, self righteous responses here. Yes, times are tough. But are the people completely to blame? Am I to blame when a job I worked at for 10 years gets outsourced to India, so the corporation can save a buck? Am I to blame for jobs being shipped overseas constantly? No. Who made the rules which allow corporations to cut corners, outsource work, hire illegals? Not me. So no I'm not to blame.
I was on unemployment simply because my job was cut. No fault of my own. I tried very hard to get another job, even way outside my field. I eventually found one, which BARELY puts food on my sons plate. But, according to everyone, I should feel lucky. Because apparently all hard working middle to lower class Americans are just big spoiled brats. Right?