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Equality or Independence?

Tasine 2012/09/24 17:47:35

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In 1776, contrary to what children are taught in school
nowadays, our nation's Founding Fathers did not sign the
"Declaration of Equality." No, the document to which John Hancock
and the others signed their names in Philadelphia -- the vow to
which they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred
honor -- was the Declaration of Independence. There is a world of
difference between the two concepts. While I do not claim to be the
equal of such eminent Harvard alumni as Kristol, Yglesias, and
Obama (J.D., magna cum laude, 1991), I stubbornly refuse
to surrender my independence. And I'm damned well sick and tired of
hearing all these smart people on TV proclaiming that folks like me
are too stupid to understand what Mitt Romney was saying in that
"secret" video.


By God, Romney was right and if anyone is insulted by the plain
truth, they deserve to be insulted.
Ross Kaminsky is also right
: The "secret" video could be just
what the Romney campaign needed to spark a serious conversation
about Obama's economic failure. Our national debt is now $16
trillion, the annual budget deficit has exceeded $1 trillion for
each of the past four years, and 47 percent of us aren't
contributing a nickel to fix that problem. A big part of the
problem -- and maybe you've noticed this -- is that the
economy sucks. Even if you didn't make the mistake of pursuing a
journalism career, it's kind of hard to work your way up when the
unemployment rate is over 8 percent, a statistic that actually
understates the problem. As
James Pethokoukis has explained
, the broader unemployment rate,
including part-time workers who want full-time jobs, is 14.6
percent, and the rate would be even higher if not for a declining
rate of "workforce participation." Among the factors in this
decline is the extension of unemployment payments to 99 weeks, as
well as a troubling rise in the number of working-age adults
claiming disability. An additional 1.7 million are now receiving
Social Security disability payments, a
23 percent increase since 2007
. More and more people are being
paid not to work, which reduces the number of taxpayers, and the
government is borrowing more money to make more payments to more
people, including the
increasing number (47 million) on food stamps
.


This is no laughing matter, and Obama's consistent "answer" to
the problem -- to increase taxes on the rich -- can't possibly
solve it. The growth in the percentage of Americans dependent upon
government assistance is not a "Change We Can Believe In," to
borrow the president's 2008 campaign slogan. To go "Forward" in the
same direction, as the president's 2012 slogan urges, is to hurtle
into an abyss. So why, faced with a crisis so clearly caused by the
incumbent's disastrous policies, are the nation's news
organizations doing their worst to cripple the campaign of the
Republican challenger? Why is Chris Matthews laughing with his
MSNBC buddies while the American Dream is on the verge of
extinction?


If that's "journalism," all joking aside, I'd rather go back to
driving a forklift. (which he did prior to writing).

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  • Temlakos~POTL~PWCM~JLA~☆ 2012/09/24 18:39:18
    Temlakos~POTL~PWCM~JLA~☆
    +1
    Independence is what any real man seeks. And the equality that Progressives push is equality of result, not of opportunity. The only sure result is that everybody's results will be negative.
  • Tasine Temlako... 2012/09/24 18:42:02
    Tasine
    +1
    Well said. Thanks.
  • Tea in the Harbor 2012/09/24 18:12:48
    Tea in the Harbor
    Romney's comments would be no big deal if he had stopped at saying that 47% wouldn't vote for him, but he had to extend the strategic remark with a divisive personal attack on those people.

    The vast majority of people who don't pay taxes are on SSI or SSDI, programs that we all pay for every time we get a paycheck. Only 15% 0f that 47% are on assistance that we don't pay for directly out of our wages every week. We have an agreement with our government that we pay them for these services and they provide them, you would think a business expert like Romney would understand the concept of a contract.

    In business, collecting money for a service and then not providing that service will get you prison time in most instances, but if it's a retired person you're deciding to change the rules on after the money's been paid it's ok.

    Republicans have a penchant for doing business this way, they make deals and then simply don't keep their end. They did it with the wars, they did it with the Medicare drug benefits, they did it with the tax cuts and with the debt ceiling hike. (The proposed hike was to pay bills the congress had already authorized, not to spend anything new. That's why Moody's specifically cited congressional republicans as the reason for our downgrade in their anno...

    Romney's comments would be no big deal if he had stopped at saying that 47% wouldn't vote for him, but he had to extend the strategic remark with a divisive personal attack on those people.

    The vast majority of people who don't pay taxes are on SSI or SSDI, programs that we all pay for every time we get a paycheck. Only 15% 0f that 47% are on assistance that we don't pay for directly out of our wages every week. We have an agreement with our government that we pay them for these services and they provide them, you would think a business expert like Romney would understand the concept of a contract.

    In business, collecting money for a service and then not providing that service will get you prison time in most instances, but if it's a retired person you're deciding to change the rules on after the money's been paid it's ok.

    Republicans have a penchant for doing business this way, they make deals and then simply don't keep their end. They did it with the wars, they did it with the Medicare drug benefits, they did it with the tax cuts and with the debt ceiling hike. (The proposed hike was to pay bills the congress had already authorized, not to spend anything new. That's why Moody's specifically cited congressional republicans as the reason for our downgrade in their announcement.)

    They like to call the poor and those who've retired from lengthy careers moochers, but those moochers do a lot better job paying their bills than the GOP does.
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  • Tasine Tea in ... 2012/09/24 18:55:18
    Tasine
    Hope you will look at this page: http://www.sodahead.com/unite...

    I know of NO ONE who wants to denigrate recipients of Pensions, SS, SSI, Medicare, or even welfare. All of these programs except welfare, ADC, were paid into by the recipients and they are entitled to them. But, there is abuse in every one of these programs except the pensions. Abuse hurts the recipients more than anything because abuse is THEFT. Even Medicare is abused, not by patients so much as by doctors. And to the Medicare issue, I speak from experience, not from gossip, not from speculation. All of these issues need to be cleaned up and the abuse stopped - for the benefit of every honest American.
  • Tea in ... Tasine 2012/09/24 19:02:52
    Tea in the Harbor
    There is abuse, the current Governor of Florida has the current record for corporate fraud of Medicare. Several hundred million dollars I believe. There are several other healthcare companies who've also been convicted of fraud but the government keeps doing business with them. They fine convicted companies less for the fraud than the fraud earns them so it's a good business model, fraud with a guaranteed profit.

    Fraud by recipients of SSI and Medicare is nearly non-existent in comparison.
  • Tasine Tea in ... 2012/09/24 19:15:40
    Tasine
    +1
    On that I whole-heartedly agree.

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