and I HATE the news, avoid politicians, and try to explain how the government is trying to help the poor. Actually, in LA County, I have seen some government programs that work very well. (I know, I was shocked too)
But, are we really trying to help each other or are we blaming each other and not really looking at what is happening.
What would happen if Keeping up with the Kardashians and Jersy Shore dumbed down and explained politics just a little bit so that more people would focus beyond their front door (or television set). Anyway, I have been trying to sort out the UK Riots and found this poorly punctuated comment and wanted to share it with you.
I can tell you with certainty, that at least here in the U.S. the issue of welfare fraud has been vastly exaggerated and overblown for political gain, with the result being a lower middle class that is convinced that it is the poor that are to blame for their decreased opportunities, vast income gap and the overall disappearance of the middle class in america. The amount that “free loaders” actually cost working tax payers in the U.S. is nothing compared to the amounts lost through tax loopholes for the uber-wealthy, corporations and waste in the military. Our soldiers go without proper equipment and armored vehicles, our children go without food, our cities without infrastructure repairs while upper-level bureaucrats, ceos bankers and financial advisors have had their taxes slashed for decades. The same political tactics pit working class whites against working class minorities and use immigration and race as a smokescreen to distract americans. fear is used to demonize our political opponents and the people that are suffering most. The right wing and tea party americans run around screaming about the government stealing their money through taxation and refuse to allow the bush tax cuts to expire while ignoring the fact that tax rates for the wealthiest americans ($1,000,000 plus) have been decreasing rapidly and steadily for 70+ years. During WWII, the wealthiest americans were taxed more than 90% in order to sustain the war effort. Today we would lose that war because the wealthiest Americans refuse to sacrifice even half that amount. The Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 lowered the top marginal rate from the Clinton-era 39.6 percent to 35 percent. They also dropped the rates on capital gains and dividend income to a historically low 15 percent. The argument that lower tax rates on the wealthiest 1% of americans create a significant amount of jobs has not proven to be correct. No one is asking the wealthiest Americans to return to the 60-90% taxation rates. However a rise to 35-40% would transform our society and reduce unsustainable deficit spending, allow us to rebuild our infrastructure and reinvest in our schools and communities while properly outfitting our troops. This rate was once the rate asked even of the poorest Americans. We live by a social contract and need schools, roads, police, fire and the military. This a vast majority of what we spend tax dollars on, not welfare fraud. Visit http://www.taxfoundation.org/files/fed_individual_rate_history-20110323.pdf
for a look at historic tax rates in the US. With short-sighted arrogance we have dismantled the very bones of our society in the U.S., sadly the rest of the western world is not far behind. The Clinton era attempt to eliminate welfare fraud did more to eliminate welfare than fraud, and saved us little money when you take into account the amount a vast jobless criminalized underclass costs our society. Anyway, i’m a longwinded self righteous blowhard like most, but the facts are out there. the enemy is not the welfare cheats, the immigrants, the reactionaries or the liberals. the enemy is our own selfish, base instincts and fear.
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