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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Socialist, Reformist, Perfect-Don't Care

I couldn't care less if you want to call Obama a socialist or not. At this point , what I see is this: people seemed to have lost their minds.

I don’t understand why over and over people keep coming back to the thought that the middle and lower class should benefit from the government, the wealthy or successful companies. I keep reading (to paraphrase)” Big companies (or the wealthy or insert your favorite group here) make a lot of money and they should be giving that to the middle and lower class that do not work for them, did not help start the company, have had no influence on or contributed in any way to said company/wealthy individual!” My question is WHY? Why do these companies/wealthy people have to give more to millions who have nothing to do with that them? The company pays a wage to the people working there (who actually influenced the success (or lack thereof) of the company) and if the wage was not enough-THOSE PEOPLE ARE FREE TO GET A DIFFERENT JOB. That company paid taxes. That company did what OUR government asked them to do. If you are unhappy with the tax laws-fine demand change, but stop making “change” into something that they should give to you. I am sick and tired of hearing how successful companies, the wealthy and the government should take care of everyone else. MOST wealthy and corporations already do a lot more than people give them credit for in the area of donations and community work. If you work for a non-profit or as a teacher or in some capacity that is not going to provide for you in the event of a tragedy or retirement, that is your choice. If you are concerned about that-get a new career, otherwise stop crying about it. There are plenty of ways to plan for your retirement and catastrophic illness without getting money from people or companies (or the government) that you have nothing to do with. I admire these people; however it does not change my thinking that in America we are responsible for ourselves. Stop looking to others to fix your choices or make your choices more comfortable for you to live in them. Do something for yourself.

This sense of entitlement is absolutely insane. Having a home, a "decent" wage (Who picks the standard of decent?), a retirement fund, money to go on vacation and enough to provide a private education to your children is NOT A RIGHT-if you can correct that with anything that is actually in our Constitution/Bill of Rights I will happily reconsider my position. If you want any of those things you are free to do what it takes to pursue the American Dream and get them for yourself. (Oh right, that’s the part where it more or less talks about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.) America is the wealthiest country in the world, I can’t believe one would say “I find it obscene when a janitor for a company can barely feed his or her kids, much less buy coats for them in winter, when the CEO makes 16 million a year.” I find it obscene this is presented as reality. I would bet my life savings that same janitor has a car, more than one T.V., goes to Wal-Mart once or twice a week, has food in the pantry, cable or satellite service and a place to live-at the very least. If by chance one is ACTUALLY poor, we already have programs in place to help. They are meant to be temporary and a bridge to getting back on your feet, not a way of life to continue until death. We already have health care for the truly poor, we have daycare for the truly poor, we have food stamps and food programs for the truly poor. If you are unhappy with what exists, I’m right with you on that, but these programs don’t need to be expanded to include people who are capable of taking care of themselves-they need to be overhauled, streamlined, and better managed. The government already takes an absolutely over the top amount of money from everyone-I have no intention of giving them more. Maybe if this money was better spent from the get-go many of our problems would be solved. Our “poor” are not poor by standards of other countries. Our “poor” have the exact same opportunities as everyone else-it is proven EVERY SINGLE DAY by someone who was raised poor or abused, or left behind, who raises themselves up and makes their life better. I am sick and tired of the “Gimme, gimme, gimme” song.

Health care needs reform, no doubt, they are out of control. Welfare needs reform, no doubt, it is a mess. The government needs reform, no doubt, it’s a shambles. No one in government, not even the wonderful Obama, gives a crap about the American people-all government does what it wants, when it wants, to promote themselves. However, I am not going to support a candidate that promotes MORE spending. Where is he going to get that money? And if you think it’s all going to come from the “rich” you better think again. If Obama were to actually do all the things he has promised, he will be forced into looking at other income brackets-oh yeah I’m talking to you-there are not enough “rich” to take care of everyone, so get ready to pay your patriotic share at $100k and then $75k, ‘cause pretty soon you’re going to have to pitch in to help everyone else too.

Oh and BTW-I would benefit under Obama’s plan, however I have no interest in taking money from anyone. In the past I have made a lot more and I have made a lot less. I was once a single mom with two small (2 & 3) girls to raise on my own. I have rarely(even now) received even child support; I would NEVER take a handout from someone else. I got (and paid for) an education, I started my own company, grew it to a good size, and then made a conscience choice to purposefully scale back a few years ago. Until about 6 months ago I was ready to ramp back up again. Now? Not so much. I will simply continue doing what I am doing-which is earning a fine living for myself and my family-NOT create a job or two at a decent rate of pay, and wait and see.