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- thanks people +Apr 20, 2012
- From whom much is given, much is expected. If the wealthy get so much, they owe a larger percentage of what they earn because they would never have made their money without living in the United States and benefitting from its laws and the roads and infrastructure paid for by all of us.
Except the majority of those who are "wealthy" by the standards set with this administration are working people who earn $250K per year (or more). Even those who are millionaires and billionaires have typically worked hard to EARN their money. There is little that is given to them.Apr 20, 2012
- Making the "original intent" argument is pretty much folly. We all came here for very different reasons, and at very different times. I can PROMISE you that the first people here were NOT Christians. On the other hand, we tend to regard the Foundation of the US as our arbitrary starting point, so lets start there. IF our "founding fathers" had intended for us to be a "Christian Nation", then based on the Bill of Rights ALONE, they were not mentally fit to set the course that we should be following centuries later. For a "Christian Nation" the Bill of Rights is the most idiotically written work ever. That said, I think quite highly of the Founding Fathers. I rather tend to believe (mostly based on their various independent writings) that they knew EXACTLY what they were saying, in the Bill of Rights, and fully intended us to be religiously ambiguous, but you know, you could go either way with it. Of course either way, we aren't a Christian nation.
As John Adams, President of the United States AND Founding Father signed
"...the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion;"
http://www.stephenjaygould.org/ctrl/treaty_tripoli.htmlApr 20, 2012
- 1)No one suggested that they didn't "work hard", though I would dispute that no one works nearly as "hard" as the working poor. What has been said, and it is correct, is that you do not make 250K a year, or any imaginable equivalent, in a vacuum. You can not make that kind of money without our kind of economy and society. To suggest that they made it SOLELY by the sweat of their own brow is the height of stupidity.
2)No one is even suggesting that all or even most of it be taken from them. What is being demanded is fair payment for a society which has served them exceptionally well.
Since you brought it up, How hard, exactly, is the work of putting money into high yield speculative investment mutual funds? You work up a good solid sweat doing that? How about buying a company, over leveraging its assets, then putting it into chapter 11, that pretty hard work, you spose?Apr 20, 2012
- White House +Apr 21, 2012
- What the coward in the White House could have done...
So President Obama has, available to him without the need for 80, or 60, or 51, or 41, or 31 votes in the Senate, a public option that doesn't require any legislative involvement at all. He simply signs an executive order that allows anyone to buy into Federal health benefits at 102% of the cost for a Federal employee (this is the amount that would be owing to an ex-employee under COBRA). Small businesses and individuals simply sign up and pay their premiums and they're insured. Voila. One executive order that would take a week to draft and the public option is up and running.
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/08/22/770759/-The-do-it-yourself-public-option-updated-Apr 24, 2012