posted on Apr, 3 2011 @ 12:37 AM
Originally posted by Angelicdefender2012
STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY?
So many people seem to be swayed by this paragraph at the end...which is patently false. I didn't want to devout much of any time to this thread, I
can't stand by while ignorance is thriving though.
Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago...
A lot of things didn't exist 100 years ago. Would it be preferable to continually tax the dwindling manufacturing and agricultural sectors of our
economy? The state needs revenue. If we want services we have to pay for them...just like government programs. How hard is that to understand?
our nation was the most prosperous in the world.
According to this source
we were actually the third
most prosperous in 1900, behind New Zealand and Australia.
We had absolutely no national debt,
You're joking right? In 1910 the gross national debt of the United States was $2.6 billion. Obviously small in comparison with the numbers we work
with today, however, it was 8% of the GDP. In todays terms, $2.6 billion would be closer to 0.177% of GDP.
had the largest middle class in the world,
That's highly debatable as there were many other wealthy nations and the wealth gap wasn't nearly as large as it is today.
and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.
Mom stayed home probably because she couldn't get a good job. Only 2.8% of all women went to college in 1900. Today it's closer to 57%. Family
planning wasn't widely practiced, meaning that if you were pregnant you were probably going to have a child because contraceptives weren't readily
available. However, your baby was more likely to die in the first five years and the mother had a 800 in 100,000 chance to die in childbirth, today
it's about 13. The average family had 3.5 kids. Today, the average family has 1.5 children. Also, it wasn't entirely likely that Mom would even be
able to vote, the 19th amendment wasn't ratified until 1920.
So while Mom stayed home to raise the kids, it wasn't by her choosing.
What in the heck happened?
Progress. Now please, everyone, stop perpetuating lies.