If I say the word taxes you will have a coronary, so perhaps I will whisper...revenue.
Quit grabbing for your chest and listen to me for a second. Breathe.
Paying taxes is not evil. You can conjure images of colonists tossing crates into the harbor if you want to, but they were not receiving the benefits of the taxes they were being asked to pay, and said taxes were exorbitant which is not the case here in the 21st century. So let go of that image will you?
It comes down to something much simpler. I pride myself that I live in a country and a society that respects and looks after its most vulnerable citizens, the elderly, the disabled, the single moms, the poor, the infirm. These are the people who benefit from Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, Planned Parenthood. And just because the baby boomers are all aging out in this decade does not mean that the current president is responsible. Timing is everything, after all.
Truth is, at one time we had a surplus and things like this were not issues that anyone gave much thought too, that is except for the baby boomers themselves who were actually looking forward to retirement at one time. They could see the writing.
About revenue. You do know it is the making of money right? It is the taking in of monies to pay for expenses. You do get that, right?
How does a government generate revenues one might ask, and the one asking would be in idiot because the plain answer is...taxes. That is pretty much how it works. It is Economics 101.
It is Humanity 101.
I have a friend. She is 88. She served in World War 2. Her husband walked out on her after 32 years of marriage. She never worked. She never even drove. The divorce laws then were, to say the least, inequitable. She didn't get any of his pension. She didn't get a cut of his non -existent 401k. She barely got alimony. She had no work experience. His second wife of two years got everything.
She lives on $700 a month--that is for everything. She relies on all of the services you are threatening to cut. She has given up. Living in poverty is no fun. She would rather be dead she says.
She served on a Naval ba
Spending on wars we could not afford is what got us to this place. Maybe quit posturing and get real. People's lives are at stake--not that they will die--but that their attitudes, their perceptions of their country, and how it treats its citizens will be forever changed.
This is not who we are. We take care of our own, even if it means closing tax loopholes for the hugest earners on the planet. Maybe, just maybe they should not be able to declare their yacht as a second residence just because it has a bathroom. Just saying.
I have a friend who teases me about being a bleeding heart liberal. He says, you might as well take a portion of your paycheck and just give it to your friend.
Truth is, I would...in a second, because right now she needs it more than I do.
I am a Democrat, and this is what we do.
Quintesse 46-50, F 23 Responses 5 Jul 13, 2011