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Tue Feb 26, 2013, 09:15 AM

Two people go shopping

Two people go shopping at the same store and they buy the same things, the only difference is their economic status, one is a rich person and has worked himself out of paying any taxes via tax cuts and tax shelters, and the other person is in poverty and is in the safety net with food stamps.

Now let's see the reactions of the fellow shoppers and the store employees if if they knew of their statuses and the things they receive from the government, be it tax cuts or food stamps:

The rich shopper:
"We better be nice to him and give him discounts or else he'll take his business elsewhere."
"It's like he's injecting new blood into the economy."
"Think of all the jobs he created by buying that one shirt."

The poor shopper:
"Ugh... Do I really have to serve this guy?"
"Does he really need a new shirt? The one he has on looks just fine."
"Is he buying candy... for his kids? *RAGE*"

The root of the problem isn't the rich and it's not the poor, it's the ideological mindset that it's acceptable to make life easier on the rich and they'll work harder in this economy while make life harder on the poor and thinking they'll also work harder in this economy. Sure, a lot of this thinking can be seen in the Tea Party, but it can be seen in other places as well, and liberals and progressives could be the first group that sees this thinking in the Tea Party, in the media, in the government, and more; and step up and oppose it.

Rich people may not be rich forever and poor people may not be poor forever, but as long as this mindset remains, we will all be hurting because of it.

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JustAnotherGen Feb 2013 #1

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Tue Feb 26, 2013, 09:24 AM

1. Rec and love this statement

The root of the problem isn't the rich and it's not the poor, it's the ideological mindset that it's acceptable to make life easier on the rich and they'll work harder in this economy while make life harder on the poor and thinking they'll also work harder in this economy. Sure, a lot of this thinking can be seen in the Tea Party, but it can be seen in other places as well, and liberals and progressives could be the first group that sees this thinking in the Tea Party, in the media, in the government, and more; and step up and oppose it.



And you are bang on - the number of liberal/progressive friends that post those atrocious "Must be nice to have your nails done and a coach purse" on Facebook.

One posted that on some 'TEA' photo/page and I dressed everyone who liked it or posted to it down. I told them we must be different in NJ. I'd assume they were someone who go donations from me post Hurricane Sandy - i.e. she's wearing the Brooks Brothers head to toe in a size 4 and carrying a coach purse because that's ALL I had to donate.

Oh - heaven forbid someone who 'can afford' gives something to someone who cannot afford the basics - like clothing - items that are of a stellar quality and will last. I'm so sick and tired of the culture of spitting on the have nots.

Enough.

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