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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-27-11 06:13 PM
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Prepaid Pain
more appropriate now, than when I wrote it...


Posted by SoCalDem in General Discussion
Thu Nov 11th 2010, 12:48 PM

The buzz in the media recently is all about how EVERYONE has to "share the pain".

I maintain that the middle-classers & the ones who have been trying to work their way UP to middle class, have already prepaid their share of the pain.

A simple look into history shows us that this group has been the ones who have already lost the most.

In 40 years, we have seen things improve very little and many times, people have lost ground.

We have seen "good" jobs leave forever

We have seen family-supporting jobs that used to be available for non-college graduates all but disappear

We have seen plastic, high-interest credit cards substituted for pay raises

We have seen the 2-3 yr car loans vanish, in favor of 6-7 year loans

We have seen "affordable" homes turned into unaffordable homes by scammers, who got rich off their financing frauds

We have seen one after another "oopsie" that demanded more tax-funded bailouts of the already-rich

We now have Moms FORCED into the workforce, whether they want to work outside the home or not

We have Moms, Dads & Grandparents eagerly grabbing up jobs that used to be reserved for teenagers starting their first jobs

We have seen our communities gutted, as Walmarts & other Big Box companies swooped in to sell us plastic crap made by 3rd world 9 yr olds paid pennies a day

We have seen defined benefit pensions morph into defined contribution pensions, into 401-ks, and then stolen by rich people, gambling with computers!

We have seen a steady assault on unions, once 30%, now about 7%, and falling like a rock

We have seen schools & infrastructure crumble because our tax dollars have not been used to maintain what we have, let alone plan for the future

We have seen college (now almost mandatory) become more and more UN-affordable for all but the very rich.

We have seen medical care become almost an unaffordable luxury item for many families

We have seen employer-paid insurance become employer-"assisted" , and in some cases, employer "provided-but-you-pay-for-it".

We have seen savings interest shrink to the point that a "jumbo CD" now boasts about 1.9% interest.

We have seen "company towns" that existed for 100 yrs or longer, emptied out as one state cannibalized the workforces of other states, only to then off-shore entirely...devastating yet another local workforce.

During all these "sacrifices" and all this "shared pain", the ONE segment of society that we NEVER saw "sharing" any of it?...The Upper-Crusties!

For very many years now, the fun & games of the Super Rich have been shoved in our faces everywhere we turned.... tv, radio, magazines, newspapers, and in our daily lives.

They have been doing quite well, thank-you-very-much.

No one is asking for a free ride..we just think it's time to have THEIR free-ride tokens taken from them.

In a fair world, they would not only pay MORE now, but would repay what they scammed from us all, but we know that will never happen.

Shared pain is fine, but WE have already prepaid our share.. It's THEIR turn now.
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