reply to post by Jerk_Idiot
As to where I have said to "give more", I am at a loss. Unless you refer to my belief that the Bush era tax cuts should be allowed to expire. It is
my belief that these cuts should expire - as they have actually been in place substantially longer than they were originally intended. They have run
their course and now it is time to move beyond them.
I believe it was you who, earlier, complained about a major corporation paying less taxes last year than you did as a citizen tax payer. If it was not
you I apologize - but feel that the point is valid and germane to our conversation. It is morally reprehensible that such a state of affairs should
exist in any society. An entity worth billions contributing less than one working man.
The system is broken - of that there is no doubt. It is corrupt, incestuous, and perverted by a select few who have bent our nation into a piggy bank
that they seem to have unlimited personal access to. Cronyism and graft are so rampant and normal that we don't even flinch when we are shown the
truth of it. It is a very tempting thing for us to want to starve this beast. To use the blade of Democracy as a tool to sever the endless stream of
revenue that seems to end up in all the wrong places and in all the wrong hands.
The problem is that those who abuse the system have created their machine with built in hostages. The sick, the elderly, the disabled, and the poor.
These evil people have created a class of human shields to protect them. The machine is built so that when we do, as a people, eventually refuse to
play along anymore - it is those people who will suffer the most and die first.
I find this unacceptable and morally intolerable. If the time has come for the tree of liberty to be refreshed in blood - it will not
be in the
blood of the defenseless and infirm. It does not have to be that way. Change can be accomplished without the type of extreme measures most tend to
gravitate toward pondering.
Time and time again I use a term: The government exists at the consent of the people. This is a fact that they are well aware of - but that they do
not want us being knowledgeable about. They will
do what we tell them to do, provided that we can unite our voices long enough to do the
telling. That is why they keep us divided. As long as there are multiple voices, demanding inconsistent things - that can be used against us.
In the big picture, right, left, middle, or otherwise... it's going to get worse before it gets better. We, as a nation, exceeded our means for a
very long time. Even now, in this recession ( depression ) we continue to do so. We have become addicted to addiction. More, more, more, bigger,
better, newer. This is a huge part of the problem with our society. We all feel entitled to that 70 inch HDTV on the wall, and the four other,
slightly smaller ones, we have throughout the house.
We point fingers at our corrupt politicians for their avarice and it echoes empty - as we haven't addressed the avarice in our own homes. We fail to
tar and feather our corrupt leaders because we relate to them on some level. They're getting theirs
just as we get ours
It's the lack of balance, you see. That is the core problem. All of these other issues? Simply symptoms of the disease.
We have to fix the machine itself. Then, once that it done, we can start fine-tuning it and adjusting it to run in a more efficient manner. The
misappropriation of our tax dollars and their appropriate or inappropriate use? These are symptoms.
The disease? That ones easy... Selfishness.