Them Eat Crumbs
by Ken Alford
"It's not the government's money - it's the people's money."
If that is true, then why did these jokers in the House and
Senate give most of it away to their wealthy contributors
and benefactors? Why did 1% get 36% of the tax cut when they
only contributed 22% into the pot? Why should working people
and the middle class even pay taxes at all if these clowns
are simply going to give it away?
It is true that the wealthy can afford their own health insurance,
their own roads, their own schools, and even their own security
guards. However, most of us cannot afford to live in gated
communities. We must pool our monies together if we want roads,
schools, hospitals, police, etc. That is why we pay taxes.
Everybody loves a tax cut. True, most of us will spend the
$300 - $600 and never think twice about what it would have
bought if it had been invested. We could have paid down the
national debt - the best tax cut of all. We could have invested
in a prescription drug plan for our senior citizens. We could
have put Social Security and Medicare on a more solid footing.
We could have improved our schools. But now, that is gone.
Like Judas, we have sold our souls for a measly thirty pieces
of silver. We know that the economy is not going to grow as
it has in the last 8-10 years. The technology revolution is
over. The revenues are not going to be there. Deficits are
closer than we think. We will pay back our $300 a hundredfold.
Like the 1981 taxcut, there will be spending cuts and there
will be revenue increases. Remember when you were able to
deduct your credit card interest? Remember when you didn't
have to pay taxes on your unemployment checks? Remember when
they applied the 50% tax on income of some Social Security
recipients? Those were brought about by the 1981 taxcut. Is
that what we have to look forward to once again?
Personally, I pay taxes so we can improve the lot of everyone
in our country - not just the wealthy. I resent the President
and Congress giving away my hard-earned tax dollars. I would
prefer a social safety net for the baby-boomers when we retire.
I would prefer a prescription drug plan. I would prefer more
money spent on education. I do not prefer giving all our money
away to those at the very top.
It is not socialism. It is that we choose to have certain
necessities for our citizens and we are willing to pool our
monies to pay for it. Our health is more important than this
taxcut. "It is the people's money" - but not just 1% of the
people. Those tax dollars are there for all of us because
we desire to have a better life for ourselves and our children.
They are not there for the pleasure of the top 1%. The wealthy
are quite happy already, thank you. Here, take another crumb
and be happy. Enjoy.