For the purposes of this thread, let's go ahead and place the "wealthy" threshold at $250,000 income.
So how many of you are "wealthy"?
The reason I ask is because if you aren't over this threshold and you are voting for Romney (or the GOP), you are voting directly against your own
economic interests. You are voting for those that are already wealthy to become more wealthy. You are voting for those that have less (this being
you) will have to sacrafice more in either taxes, tax credits, deductions, or social services.
I was watching a documentary the other day, it was following a couple who are in tough economic times due to the recession. They lost their home,
they lost their jobs, they are hurting. They are on welfare, they are on food stamps, they are getting bill assistance. They show them watching the
Republican primary debates, and they are talking about cutting welfare and foodstamps and putting limits on unemployment. They guy, who is recieiving
all these benefits agrees with the canddiate speaking. He acknowledges that it is hypocritical, but he still says they should be cut and that he will
be voting Republican.
It is just mind boggling to me, here is a man that is being saved from government assistance. His children are being fed because of these programs.
And he is going to go out and vote to cut them. He is voting to give rich families more money and more breaks and to take away a safety net from
those that need it.
Now for me, I am also voting against my own economic interests. I am considered "wealthy", but I will never vote Republican. I don't need more
money, I don't need a tax break, I don't need to pay less on my capital gains. I am just fine with how things are right now, I would be just fine
paying double what I pay. My kids wouldn't go hungry, my lifestyle wouldn't change, I would still have great healthcare coverage, I wouldn't even
But I do know people who make much less than me, family members, friends, people I see working hard every single day. And no matter what, I can not
cast a vote to take what little they have away from them. I can't cast a vote telling a single mom who is working as hard as she can at a retail
store, but still doesn't make enough to pay rent and feed her kids that she is going to have to decide to do one of the other.
So here is the point.. Yes, I vote against my own economic interests, but in doing so it doesn't harm me one single bit. But those of you who are
Republicans and aren't "wealthy" that vote against your economic interests that directly harm you, I just have to ask, what are you thinking? What is
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