Thursday, June 27, 2013

Free to be uninformed

Another day, another ridiculous chain email. Let's look at it bit by bit...

I have never heard this said as simply or as well.
Class war at its best.
A conservative message claiming a class war? This ought to be rich. But let's give it a chance to make it's claim before dismissing it...
The folks who are getting the free stuff don't like The folks who are paying for the free stuff , because the folks who are paying for the free stuff can no longer afford to pay for both the free stuff and their own stuff.

And the folks who are paying for the free stuff want the free stuff to stop.

And the folks who are getting the free stuff want even more free stuff on top of the free stuff they are already getting!

Now... the people who are forcing the people who pay for the free stuff have told the people who are RECEIVING the free stuff that the people who are PAYING for the free stuff are being mean, prejudiced, and racist.

So... the people who are GETTING the free stuff have been convinced they need to hate the people who are paying for the free stuff by the people who are forcing some people to pay for their free stuff and giving them the free stuff in the first place.

We have let the free stuff giving go on for so long that there are now more people getting free stuff than paying for the free stuff .
Please don't tell me that this is a serious argument?This argument oversimplifies things into a fantasy model that simply doesn't reflect reality. First, let's consider the people you claim are just getting 'free stuff'. A large percentage of people on assistance programs have jobs. Jobs mean that they pay the tax's toward the programs that they are receiving. Many that do no now have a job, did before and were paying into these programs with every paycheck. These people are now receiving the payback that they were paying in for.

Would you say that a person who pays their car insurance premiums is getting free money if they are in an accident and awarded a payment from the insurance company? Of course not! So for a great number of the people you are claiming to get 'free stuff' aren't actually getting it Scot-free. They've either been paying in for years and are now receiving the safety net they paid in to. Or they may be paying a little at the same time that they are receiving the so-called 'free stuff'. No doubt, there are those that are actually getting 'free stuff', but it's not the fantasy that this email dreams that it is. In short, they aren't all lazy freeloaders.

The email also claims that the people 'paying for the free stuff', can't afford to pay for it anymore. First of all, the people 'paying for the free stuff' is EVERYONE. Rich, poor, middle class... everyone! The way this email reads, it sounds like 'the well to do can't afford to pay for those lazy poor slobs anymore.' But does reality reflect that? Of course not!

The problem isn't that the highest earners can't afford it, it's that they can in spades. When we are talking about these people, it's not a story of 'woe is them.' We actually see companies and executives making record profits, and receiving huge bonuses. Then you have the audacity to say that they can't afford it anymore? They continue to hold a greater and greater percentage of the national product. So if they are making so much more, how can you claim that they have less?  Additionally, the high earners often pay a lower tax rate than the lower end earners. How is it fair that I am paying a higher percentage of my check to taxes, when an executive is paying a lower (sometimes much lower) rate? Quite frankly they aren't pulling their weight.

And to add insult to injury, the top earners often try to argue that they need to pay less taxes, while the poor pick up their slack and pay more. You wonder where some animosity comes from? It's from when people that have everything aren't satisfied and try to unfairly, and unethically try to rig the system even further in their favor... All while wearing a false mask of despair. The rich getting richer with no regard for anyone else. You don't want hard feelings, how about they pay their fair share like you and I do? As for claims of racism... I find that those claims are usually reserved for when someone actually does make a racist remark.

Now understand this. All great democracies have committed financial suicide somewhere between 200 and 250 years after being founded. The reason?

The voters figured out they could vote themselves money from the treasury by electing people who promised to give them money from the treasury in exchange for electing them.

The United States officially became a Republic in 1776 , 236 years ago. The number of people now getting free stuff outnumbers the people paying for the free stuff .

Failure to change that spells the end of the United States as we know it.
Sounds like all the reason in the world for EVERYONE to pay their fair share of taxes, and to make smart cuts to the budget so that we can get it balanced and start paying off some of the ridiculous debt we've racked up. And no, I'm not talking about de-funding PBS, NASA, or support to Planned Parenthood. Any of those cuts would be drops in the bucket that would never be noticed. I'm talking about the ridiculous pet projects, all the needless spending for the sake of spending, and the biggest area we have to cut costs... defense. We should stop privatizing prisons and actually having them cost more. No more private military contractors. How about cutting a chunk out of the military budget. Our defense spending is so out of control we could do just that and still spend many multiples of what every other country spends. But if we allow to tax code to be rigged in favor of the highest earners, what we'll eventually end up with it those that have everything, and those that have nothing, with no middle-ground in between.

A Nation of Sheep Breeds a Government of Wolves!

I'M 100% for PASSING THIS ON !!! For all our sake PLEASE Take a Stand!!

Borders : Closed!
I think that's a bit extreme. America is a land of opportunity,  and we shouldn't try to change that. No doubt, illegal immigration needs to be curbed. But is allowing no immigration really the answer?
Language : English only
I can live with that.
Culture : God, Constitution, and the Bill of Rights!
Wait... what?! God or the Constitution?  You have to pick one of the other, because the Constitution  separates religion from government.
Drug Free : Mandatory Drug Screening before Welfare!
I don't care for the attitude that some have that welfare = drug use. But I don't have any issue with at least random drug testing.
NO freebies to: Non-Citizens!
I'm pretty much in agreement here.  I do feel that an exception for (legal) non-citizens that pay full taxes like a citizen would be a fair compromise.
Only 86% will send this on. Should be 100%!
What will you do?
What will I do? I'll correct the email, THEN send it on. So lets look at the honest facts, rather than  perpetuating falsehoods and stereotypes once again...

-Brain Hulk

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