Forget for a moment that you’re a democrat, republican, independent, moderate, or libertarian.
Forget for a moment that you’re either a liberal or a conservative; a social liberal a fiscal conservative or a social conservative and fiscal liberal or any other combination.
Forget. For. A. Moment.
Think about how you live your life on a daily basis.
Think about how you make choices. Do you consider the consequences of said choices before deciding?
Think about if you try to balance your checkbook, pay your bills on time, or make sacrifices based on your income, the costs of goods and services and your priorities.
Think about (if you have kids) how you’re teaching them to think and behave. Are they allowed to throw tantrums, bite, kick, talk back, be ugly to classmates, or not do their homework without consequences?
Think about times when, or if you’ve failed as a result of a bad choice. Would you make that same choice again? Do you come back stronger for it?
Is there good and bad? Black and white? Wrongs and rights?
Could we all agree that murder is wrong?
That rape is wrong?
That stealing is wrong?
That guns don’t kill people, people kill people?
That what is good for the goose isn’t good for the gander?
Wait, did I get you on that one?
Right now we’ve got politicians flitting around in private jets while bitching about auto executives doing it – when at this point BOTH happen at the taxpayer expense.
We’ve got politicians flitting around in private jets, traveling in big entourages of SUVs, living in huge houses, while preaching to the rest of us to go green, and sacrifice and to stop driving our “evil”, polluting SUVs.
We’ve got private corporations, that must answer to stockholders, asking for government handouts because they can’t manage their money; and we have a government that gives it to them.
We’ve got members of the President’s Cabinet, and God only knows how many other politicians are tax evaders; yet we’re told it’s our patriotic duty to pay taxes and make sacrifices in these hard times. We are told we need to raise taxes on the rich but when you “Consider the IRS data for 2006, the most recent year that such tax data are available and a good year for the economy and ‘the wealthiest 2%.’ Roughly 3.8 million filers had adjusted gross incomes above $200,000 in 2006. (That’s about 7% of all returns; the data aren’t broken down at the $250,000 point.) These people paid about $522 billion in income taxes, or roughly 62% of all federal individual income receipts. The richest 1% — about 1.65 million filers making above $388,806 — paid some $408 billion, or 39.9% of all income tax revenues, while earning about 22% of all reported U.S. income.” How much more can you raise taxes on them, before they may say, FUCK THIS. I’m done making as much or any money. And then what do you do? Are we going to be owned by China?
We’ve got people that don’t understand the difference between wealth and income. I don’t have a lot of income, but I consider myself wealthy. And you can be wealthy (monetarily) without income. In that case you’re probably a blue blood. Or you have a trust fund. I’d like to know what is so wrong about an honest days work, and being successful and making as much as you can to better your life and the lives of your family?
We’ve got people in a state of mind, that think the government could and should provide for them, and that they’re entitled to said provisions (Native Americans excluded), but these people have forgotten that there’s no such thing as a free lunch. The money given to them must come from someone, somewhere. It comes from people that make enough to pay taxes; from cap and trade legislation. From gas taxes, etc.
When President Bush was in office, dissent was Patriotic. But now that we have a black president dissent means you’re a racist. I’m not a racist. I could care less what color the president is. They could be purple polka-dotted and it wouldn’t matter to me. But I thought free speech and dissent were what made this country great? Or is that only if you’re not a republican/conservative? What about the first amendment? Or is the Constitution simply being ignored?
We’re in a war and Obama’s budget only gives military personal a 2.9% pay increase, which isn’t even in line with COLA (cost of living adjustments) yet provides an 18% pay increase to District of Columbia Foreign Service Officers.
Citibank got a taxpayer bailout, and yet their plans to go through with naming of the new Mets Stadium to the tune of 400M aren’t being postponed or cancelled.
When the world stops this crazy double standard; when it’s not all upside down, backwards and sideways; when politicians begin to practice what they preach, well then that will be CHANGE I can believe in.