- to share with you how I manage to live the good life
- to share a bit of the wisdom gained from many years in various leadership positions
- to express my personal political opinions
- to lighten your burdens with humor.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE: Paul Loves It!
WHEN ONE BORROWS FROM PETER TO PAY PAUL, PAUL LOVES IT!Surprise, Surprise!
When a record number of Americans are receiving some sort of Government assistance, is it any wonder that polls indicate that a high percentage of Americans favor increasing taxes on the rich?
Taking from Peter to give to Paul, Paul loves it.
Enrollment in Medicade and food stamps has soared to record numbers. Medicade enrollment was 42.3 million in June '07 but has now topped 50 million.
FOOD STAMPS ARE BIG BUSINESS EVEN TO WALMART
Food stamp receipents is up 4.7 million from last year. One in seven Americans are getting food stamps.
Jobless benefits are being paid to 8.4 Million Americans.
J. Egar Hoover reportedly said that "Crime cannot exist in a city for 24 hours without the police being aware that something is wrong". SOMETHING IS CLEARLY WRONG IN AMERICA'S TREND TO BEING A WELFARE STATE!
I know people who are "working" the system. I'll bet you know people who are "working" the system? Why is it that the authorities don't know about it? THE ANSWER, OF COURSE, IS THAT THEY KNOW. Too often, those same authorities are themselves, or their famlies, are also "working" the system.
If you would like to see perhaps the most blatant misuse of government assistance, go to your nearest Social Security office. The majority of people waiting to be helped will not be the old grey beards. Sit among these younger people and listen as they plot and rehearse their clearly bogus claims. I see and hear it, the Social Security people cannot.
I know, as I'm sure you do, a number of people who have "gamed" the system. Cannot do any work at the factory, or what-have-you, can't even push a broom. Once they are on the dole for life, however, they can raise huge gardens, run several motorized paper routes at the same time, care for rental property, or build houses even.
Unfortunately, this is no small thing and, dishonest as it is, it is not just the dregs of society who do this. Quite frequently their work while on the dole will be a cash-in-hand arrangement where they do not even pay taxes on their earnings.
THE GREATEST GENERATION, those who lived through the Great Depression and fought in a world at war, are few and far between today. The current generation is a far cry from being the greatest, and with all the kids on the electronic time consumers, the next generation promises even less.
AND HOW IS IT THAT MOST OF THOSE WHO ARE IN FAVOR OF TAXING THE "RICH" MORE, DO NOT PAY ANY TAXES THEMSELVES. Nearly one half of Americans pay no taxes at all.I know I'll be critized for this statement, but I think those who do not pay taxes should not have a voice in decisions concerning those who do pay taxes.
Raising the top 2 tax rates 1% will raise 115 Billion in 10 years. Hiking everybodies tax 1% will raise 480 Billion in the next 10 years! Making everyone pay SOME taxes would solve our problems immediately.
WHEN ONE THINKS OF "TAXING THE RICH" ONE NORMALLY THINKS OF THE SUPER RICH LIKE THE KENNEDYS. Taxing those who make $250,000 a year are your neighbors and small businesses who struggle to make a profit for most of their years.
I HAVE TO PAY TAXES ON MY TWO PENSIONS, FOR WHICH I WORKED VERY HARD FOR 43 YEARS, AND ON MY SOCIAL SECURITY. I have very little use for those who fraudently pay no taxes!
When I watch neighbors and FRIENDS, who had high paying union jobs, pass up employment opportunities which pay less than the unemployment pays them, I deeply resent having to in anyway fund their income.
I took three months unemployment once in my life while I awaited a promised job opening. My wife and I had both lost our jobs in a plant closing. I paid far more of my personal income into the state unemployment and workman comp programs for employees who worked for me in my side businesses than I personally received in those three months. I had to pay this unemployment for a long time after I had sold my last business. Go Figure!
OF COURSE, THE REAL ANSWER IS NOT RAISING TAXES AT ALL, INSTEAD THE ANSWER IS TO STOP THE FOOLISH SPENDING.
HEY! ALL YOU POLITIANS, DO SOMETHING!
WHY NOT MAKE BOTH PETER AND PAUL HAPPY?
If you cannot personally get involved correcting these problems, consider sending a few dollars to those who are involved. Can you say Tea Party?