Richest country in the world…

And yet we still have millions with not enough to eat, no place to live, dying of simple diseases because of no health care and so on. The media and politicians (why do we ever say it like that…they are all the same!) only deal with extreme ends of this quandary. Either you must want to take money from the top and spread it around to everyone or decry the evils of taxing hard working successful people to feed lazy bums.

People do not seem to realize that it really is the top 1% that have a VAST majority of the wealth in this country (and really the world.) All the people who are zealots for protecting their money are the ones pulling in 100k or so a year. Sounds like good money to a lot of us, but really, those folks are toiling under a burden of debt and with one stroke of a cancer cell could just lose everything. Cancer is a very commonplace thing these days (thanks Polio vaccine! Maybe I will do another post on that sometime.) and the treatments for it, even with pretty good insurance, can eat through everything even a millionaire has in a year or two. Then as they scrape and try to get by, they see what it’s like for ‘the rest of us.’

There are valid points to both sides of this issue. No, of course it’s not fair to just do nothing but spit out babies and expect the government (using public tax dollars) to make sure they are fed. It’s also not fair for people with more money than they possibly spend to be able to dodge taxes just because they can pay folks that know how to work the system to avoid them. It’s not fair that hospitals charge even more for treatments to folks without insurance. It’s not fair for the insurance companies to be able to set prices for those hospitals because they have more insured. It’s not fair that we always say ‘the richest at the top are ones creating jobs’ when they are the ones shipping jobs overseas because it’s too expensive to pay Americans. It’s not fair that automobiles are all way too damn expensive because of greed of automakers and the greed of the autoworkers unions demanding more and more pay for their workers. It’s not fair that someone with no job and no desire to work gets hundreds of dollars a month to buy food ,receive free housing and free health care while someone making ‘just enough’ ends up scraping by (with the tons of stress) and is denied any help whatsoever. It’s not fair that someone that barely has enough money to buy something on credit ends up paying the highest interest rates and those that don’t need credit get the lowest rates. It’s not fair that those who worked hard for years to save up for retirement end up loosing everything because some even richer person gamed the system and ended up crashing it. It’s not fair that the government has us as de-facto slaves, paying a percentage of our pay at gunpoint (don’t pay taxes they come to arrest you eventually…and if you resist, the cops can shoot you) and that money is then handed out to help poor people in other countries or to rebuild roads we destroyed because our President wanted to prove he has a bigger dick than the other countries leader.

We need to stop dealing in the extremes and come up with a realistic compromise. With all this pendulum swinging we keep doing about every 8 years it’s eventually going to break. But also remember, that is really a lie. We are ruled by the REAL top 1% and we don’t really have a choice. They will allow us to think we have choices and continue to conduct their social experiments on us. ‘Let’s see if they will actually ask us for less freedom! Ha ha!’ The bottom 99% needs to wake up, welfare recipient and small business owner alike and realize we are all being exploited the same. We are the 99%! We can take it back! Stop fighting among yourselves and turn your energy to the men behind the curtain!

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