Poverty and joblessness.... If there is no legitimate job and no social
safety net (unemployment benefits have run out for thousands and thousands
of people), crime is the consequence. Crime went down when employment went
(I just love that the "Clintons" are being used as scapegoats once again.
..... I do wonder what some would do without these scapegoats - maybe be
mature, thinking adults?) DKat
It is called the "periodic plundering principle".
Last time it was the Savings and Loans that walked away with billions.
This time it will be Haliburton, et al that are going to walk away with the
This while the infrastructure of the US is going down the tube.
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I agree with you! My local and our central governments have looked into
updating all power lines to underground. It is not being done b/c, the
cost to update our archaic technology would be astronomical. Of course,
this from a government who thinks it is not unreasonable to ask for 80
billion more to spend on a war which they have yet to truly validate.
Wouldn't it be nice if our govnt was asking for adequate money to be
allocated toward the REAL needs of our country. And by that, I don't
mean a continued supply of foreign oil, but education, fair healthcare,
No one will speak out??? I think people speak out--but their opinions
only carry so far. Politicians pretend to listen to their constituents
but they make decisions based on whose back needs to be scratched so
that they can gain funding to run for election again. Do we speak out
by voting--absolutely, but how much opinion do we really have on who or
what we are voting on? How many elections have you decided your vote
on the lesser of all the evils? If our only true power is in voting--we
need to have more choice/influence on what/who gets voted on.
America likes to promote the facade that we are a govnt. of the people.
But we aren't really a govnt of ALL people--we are a government of elite
people-spinning their decisions to make it seem like they are working
for all the other people, but really just making decisions based on what
will be most advantageous to themselves.
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> >The Administration is diverting money from our wrecked economy
> >desperate domestic needs to pour down a Middle East rathole,
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Yes. It's funny how when doing something is advantageous to a
politician, they try to pass it off as unquestionably American. But when
it's time to clean up the mess, they're all suddenly American't.
What would really be nice is if tax payers had direct input on where
their tax money is spent. Hello Politicians Welcome to the Information
Age. Right now you're paying what around 30% of your income in federal
taxes to be represented by 1 President, 2 Senators, and a Representative.
There are 100 senators and less than 500 Representatives. There are over
250 million people in the US. So 250,000,000 / 500 = 500000 ... one Rep.
for every 500000 people. Number of minutes in a year: 365 * 24 * 60 525600. So if a Rep. worked non-stop without sleeping for a year (which
they don't), each person could get a little over one minute of his/her
time. Ratios for President and Senators are left as an exercise for the
Of course you get some of the money back in the form of services you'd
like to have, but why should I entrust my money to a group of people who
think of America as one giant credit card. One of the vaunted assertions
about capitalist economies, is that the cream supposedly rises to the
top. But what we're seeing is a bunch of gross incompetence under a
veneer of patriotic flag waving.
You wan't more missles? Run your own damn bake sale.
Talking about it isn't going to solve anything. Things will change when
people stop funding the government. But the government already has your
Social Security money, so who's going to do that.
"United We Stand" is just a euphemism for "Blindly We Follow".
I think people deciding where their tax money was spent is an absolute
wonderful idea. Those who want to fund bombs could have a high % of their
taxes be allocated for such things and those who don't could put it into
other things. Most Americans do NOT have a clue how their money is being
spent. When asked most Americans think that 10% of their taxes is going for
foreign aid (it was less than 1%). In actuality almost 50% of our taxes
goes to fund the military (you have to include retirement benefits, interest
on the debt - that part raised for increased military spending, and all the
hidden cost and even without that it is a huge percentage). A large
percentage is used just to run the government itself. When it comes down to
it very, very little is used to fund those things you most often hear people
complain about... for example, the military marching bands get far more
funding than our federally funded arts/music programs.
Yes, I really like that idea. It would drive the congress and executive
office mad to be forced to spend the money as people want it spent rather
than on their pork and what gets them money for re-election. (it would be
utter chaos though). DK
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