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Forum Post: I am not the 99%, the 53% or the 1% - I am just an American.

Posted 11 years ago on Nov. 15, 2011, 2:48 p.m. EST by rfraenkel (1)
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I am not the 99%, the 53% or the 1% - I am just an American. The issues as I see them: Government – they are supposed to be public servants or so they say. They should adhere to the same laws as all Americans, no more getting rich on non-public information. They should be a part of the same system as all Americans, Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid. They shouldn’t be given pensions after serving only one term, get back to work like the rest of us. They shouldn’t benefit from the laws they vote for. Being a politician shouldn’t be one of the most lucrative careers in the U.S. No more living like Kings/Queens, having more vacation, sick days, boondoggles, etc. Follow the money if government official’s personnel incomes increased exponentially find out where it came from. Did they write a book and have their lobbyist friends purchase a million copies as their pay off? They aren’t supposed to be getting rich on the selling or manipulating of laws.

Taxes - for the working class including most small business - stop the redistribution of wealth. A person that makes $100,000 should have a better standard of living then a person make $50k. Unfortunately with the current tax system it makes most everyone’s standard of living the same. There is no incentive to work harder, educate or anything, why work harder just to pay more taxes and have the same standard of living as everyone else. WHY. Everyone should pay taxes, not just a few. Stop the madness with one group getting huge deductions and the others paying the way for people who game the system, if you can’t afford a kid, pet, cell phone then work harder, educate yourself instead of having the government pick winners and losers by making the people who did go above and beyond pay for those who did not.
Close the loopholes that our Government officials made into law, buying loopholes is just wrong.

Financial meltdown - the first question everyone should be asking is WHY. Why did this happen? Could it be as simple as the need for or perceived need to stop a generation from retiring? The baby boomers had approximately 75% of their wealth in property and the rest in the market. Look at the numbers we in the U.S. have a little over 300 million people living here, less than half of us work. Before the boomers retire we already have 80 million or so on benefits. Add the 80 million boomers and the ratios aren’t looking to good for the U.S. So if this was the case I would say mission accomplished. Unfortunately the backlash will live on and on. No one trusts the financial guys, the government or their futures. Good going guys we as a nation must pay the price for generations to come. Great job.

Wars – note I served in the U.S. Marines for four years. I back the men and women of the armed forces. However, perpetual war for perpetual profits for some is not the answer. I read somewhere that the U.S. has been a nation for 235 years and we have been at war 209 of them. Come on.

K-12 – I chose to not have kids however I am taxed and contribute to this system. The demand for K-12 is decreasing. We have Gen Y (77 million of them) almost threw with K-12. The Gen Z generation has just over 23 million. So we have a decline in demand for K-12 of three fourths? Why does Obama want to spend more money on a field that is in a massive decline? Additionally I am tired of hearing that our children are our future; I know there is some truth to that but most parents uses the K-12 system as paid for child care. If the parents aren’t going to step up why should I be forced to pay more of my hard earned money to pay for someone else’s kids?



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[-] 1 points by PandoraK (1678) 11 years ago

Let's see you pay taxes to support schools...community colleges, do you attend one? Universities? Not just K-12.

I pay taxes, matter of fact, I pay property taxes which support schools, yet I have no children in school, does this mean I should no longer support them? I don't believe so.

You do realize, I hope that parents are required to send their kids to school or to provide schooling for them mostly according to state laws.

I know some do not desire to be associated with a label, yet without the label there is no center, to bring attention to the things many of us want to bring into the forefront of the public's attention.

It's the squeaky wheel syndrome, the louder it gets the sooner it gets fixed or at least looked at.

[-] 1 points by JesseHeffran (3903) 11 years ago

and once we can all agree and live side by side in brotherly love, everyone will want to contribute to the bounty. no?

[-] 1 points by deweybueno (25) from Grass Valley, CA 11 years ago

I am an American as well. It is time to take on a battle that affects all of us. Why is it taking so long to get the support to attack the ruling that Money = Speech. There are things we can do. progressive movement on all the things we can do right now. We have the mess. We are in trouble. The free world as a whole has been affected. Put politics aside and Get The Money Out! It is a start and the root. We need to gather together now as responsible citizens or move. Imagine being in a job where you have to follow orders to remove tents on a movement you support all because you have to feed your family. Peace and fairness is all we are after.