PSA: First off, yesterday I hit the publicize button on WordPress.com and after going thru all the procedures I discovered that the various sites had sent out all of this material (emails) to invite people and all this other crap. Not that I am the sharpest knife in the drawer on most days, I did not know this was going to happen. If it seriously inconvenienced you or caused you unnecessary concern, I apologize for that. Please accept my sincere apologies if it did. (One of these days I will figure all this technical ____ out and all will be fine) This cartoon I came across this week has to me the “wrong flavor” to it. It is misdirecting the information to reflect badly on people with income and I do not find that a fair representation of the facts. For my part in it, I will tell you there are a great many people in this country that are worried about possible new taxes and asset taxing to generate income for all these pig’s in Washington who do not have the guts to take the hard steps necessary to end this mess (cuts in spending, start with defense and work your way down).
It is just not the rich that are worried, it is ALL OF US we all have a dog in this fight.
A good first start might be to get our priorities in order. Define what is truly important and what is not. Take a hard look at what is hanging us all out to dry and what we need to do in order to get by. Media pundits call the state we’re in the “new normal.” What they mean is that we get used to things as they are. And if we don’t exactly get comfortable with the status quo, we feel like David in a battle against Goliath. The numbers will bear me out. We are 17th in math scores, 24th in the world on Health Care, we just okay’ed $155 million per year to Afghanistan for diesel, gasoline and jet fuel (for the next five years), this in a country where most of the population rides a !@#@# donkey to town.
You get a vote on that one … didn’t think so.
All we produce is debt … we are not going to get a second chance in Silicone Valley and everything we drill and bring to the surface, goes oversea’s to light up someone else’s house. We are slowly eroding into nothing but a lousy third world debt ridden Democracy of losers. Trust me, no one will be willing to follow a parked car, but they will all line up to pick our bones in the end.
As the fiscal showdown continues—with a little more than a month before a series of onerous automatic federal spending cuts and tax hikes go into effect—our national values and priorities are once again being tested. On the campaign trail, the president repeatedly called for directing to infrastructure the federal spending saved by ending the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, asking for those funds to support “nation building right here at home.”
Only one week before the election, he laid out his legislative agenda for a second term: addressing the federal deficit first, then moving on to infrastructure improvement and immigration reform. It’s clear that the president and many members of Congress understand that at the heart of the world’s largest and most innovative economies are advanced infrastructure networks. So why do we continue to pump our assets and what little cash we can borrow and send it overseas?
When it all comes tumbling down because of apathy and neglect by our elected officials and the general public, all the rich people in the world will not be enough to save your sorry ass. Let’s get honest and start reporting it the way it is, and not the way “we believe it to be.”
Thanks to American Progress Online for the cartoons. What folks have been reading this week at Creative Endeavors:
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