Originally posted by the4thhorseman
Originally posted by milominderbinder
Easy. Because although splitting the burden evenly "seems" like a good idea, it in reality leaves the poor without enough to afford a decent life.
When people don't have a decent existence and hope for the future you wind up with a whole lot of problems with crime, drugs, and a miserable society
in general. Miserable societies quickly devolve into third world countries and the wealthy might be feared...but they are also despised. Therefore,
they must be ever-afraid of a "peasant-revolt".
Drugs are expensive if you can afford a "fix" you can afford to live. Sorry just wanted to say that. But what is a "decent life" what is that
standard and who sets these standards? With my salary I am borderline poverty based on standards. As the cost of living has gone up I have
downsized. I have had to adapt to the new way of life. Sure I am not happy with it but I do what I need to do to keep food on the table and a roof
over my families head.
Honestly it should not cost this much to live. There are a few factors that contribute to higher costs of living fix these and we will see a
Exactly. I don't have all the answers as to how classify what a "decent" living is. For that...you will need someone far more wise than I am.
However...I know it when I see it. It usually has the following characteristics:
1. Degrees of wealth or poverty to not garner the individual greater/fewer legal rights...OR THE ABILITY/INABILITY TO ENFORCE THEM.
2. Politicians cannot not be bribed to throw their own people under the bus.
3. Serious conflicts of interest are illegal. This means no sitting on both the boards of GM and Exxon-Mobile, no insider trading if you are a
Senator, no accepting Israeli/foreign lobbying dollars, no lobbyists or special interest groups in general, and no "attaboy" jobs after you are out
of politics for $20 million bucks / year.
4. Full disclosure of the countries laws. As it stands 70% of our nations legislative documents are on paper only at the LOC and can only be viewed
by appointment only IF you are a congress person, Federal or Supreme Court Judge, or an attorney representing a case. The excuse in past years has
always been that it's "too massive" to make accessible in a digital format. However...all of the nations legislative documents, rules and
regulations since our nations inception (INCLUDING THOSE LAWS NOT PASSED AND THE TRANSCRIPTS FROM EVERY SESSION OF CONGRESS!!) is estimated to be only
about 20 TB. As of right now a 4TB hard drive is about $300 on Amazon.com. Granted...a proper server implementation with several redundant mirrors
and backups across the country is a little more expensive...but it's nothing that a lousy $250,000 won't cover. I betcha that's way cheaper than
paying people to make appointments to physically view documents like a bunch of douchebags.
5. A "free" society doesn't imprison a higher percentage of it's population than any other country in the world does....and then doesn't punish
those people by making them essentially unemployable for life because of a felony rap. I like to think that if an 18 yr old kid screws up bad and
serves his time...maybe you oughtta not keep making him check the "I'm a felon" box on his job applications for the next 62 years. Maybe the kid
won't sell drugs if he can land a halfway decent job, huh?
6. CEO's making $20 million bucks per year for driving a company into bankruptcy while 1/3 or better of the staff makes peanuts should be an act of
There are probably a bunch of other ones...but I can't think of them right now. This stuff really isn't that hard. The bottom line is that if the
rules of society are fair and honest...there just won't be that many people on all these social programs and we won't have to have such panic attack
about them. They will be a teeny-tiny part of the budget.