@The Real Maverick:"No longer can we expect good governing from those
who don't believe in science or rational thinking."We need
a guy who believes in amnesty for illegals, homosexual marriage, and drug usage.
Yikes, that's what we got!"We need to get rid of the folks
who believe that global warming is a hoax..."Global warming is
not a hoax. And global cooling in much of Utah this winter is real, also.
Brrr!What's in question is blaming humans. Especially when the
earth has had warming and cooling many times over the last eons when humans
hadn't yet emerged from the sea."...god tells them to
invade the Middle-East."Well, someone's god directed the
World Trade Center disaster. "...don't believe in
evolution."I can believe Democrats originated from lower
forms."...who believe that the ACA has death panels."You're talking about Obama now... who tells the elderly to just
'go home and take a pain pill.'"...and that
organizations like the Dept of Edu and EPA are Communist conspiracies."Education is a state, not a federal issue. EPA wants to ensure we must
always get our energy from Mideast Muslims.
In 2009 many families with incomes of over $48K qualified for the earned income
tax credit for low income folks, not middle income folks.In 2012
families with 3 kids earning $25K are considered to be in poverty by federal
guidelines. So when someone suggests that those making 25-60K are in
the middle class, are they saying a large chunk of the poverty class and lower
class is the middle class? Thank you Obama, for restoring a middle
class. But how does calling the lower class, middle class actually help them? It
obviously doesn't, except to make them feel better about themselves. I
suspect they are inflating the class guidelines so they can raise taxes on more
people. Look out, they are coming for yours next.
"Only the most extreme of the leftists would deny the irrefutable fact that
if we want a successful country in the modern world, we must be governed by
educated, successful leaders."Excellent commentary from JCS!
Couldn't agree with him more. Which is exactly why we need to
get rid of folks like Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, and Jason Chaffetz. No longer can we expect good governing from those who don't believe
in science or rational thinking. We need to get rid of the folks who believe
that global warming is a hoax, god tells them to invade the Middle-East,
don't believe in evolution, rape isn't real rape if one doesn't
become pregnant, who believe that the ACA has death panels, and that
organizations like the Dept of Edu and EPA are Communist conspiracies. We need to let science and rational thinking govern, not gut instincts or
@Rudi Starnberg:"Well, get used to losing because it ain't gonna
change!"Well, you might be right.What Republicans
fail to realize is, the uninformed voter (which are mostly Democrats) will vote
for the guy that promises to give them the most. Obama and his handlers did
brilliantly on that score. Democrats promised give-aways while Republicans
insist on hard work for success.Furthermore, Democrat Obama won with
his appeal to specific groups such as: (1) Blacks, because he and his wife are
part of that group, (2) Hispanics, with the 2-year amnesty program, (3)
homosexuals, with his timely announcing favoring of same sex marriage, and (4)
drugees, which Obama confessed using in his younger days.Republicans
may never win another presidential election because they favor hard work to
government largess, and are against amnesty for illegals, same sex marriage, and
drug usage.If a candidate wants to win he's gotta find out what
voters wants and then promise to give it to them. This will never happen
becasue Republicans are too principled.
"Ninety percent of Americans are in the "'middle class,'
meaning they earn between $25,000 to $60,000 per year as gross income."
Hello? Where did you come up with the $60,000 upper limit on the middle class?
That's ridiculous. So if I were earning $61,000 per year, I'd be in
the upper class? Hilarious. Some people (mostly Republicans) include $250,000 in
the middle class. That's why we can't tax these poor souls.
Old man is right on, but it bothers me when fellow liberals apologize. We win!
There is nothing to apologize for.To the victor goes the spoils. Why
shouldn't we take advantage and have the government give us what we
deserve? If I can get paid for doing nothing more than voting as JCS claims, why
shouldn't I. He and the neocons are just poor losers. Well, get used to
losing because it ain't gonna change!
Years ago I saw a program on PBS that took a wide swath of regular America.
Small business folks, teachers, police, lawyers, regular workers, the wide gamut
and clearly very varied in their political ideology.There were about
a dozen of them or so all around a long table. The moderator tossed out a host
of hot button issues and the group worked on solutions.The amazing
thing was how they were able to bring many of the issues to a resolution.
Others were only partially resolved, but progress was made. One or two they put
aside as too intractable. At least, this is what I recall.I was
amazed that normal folks (with no political agenda) could do what our
experienced politicians could not. I would suppose the difference to be even
more stark today.We need more "regular joes" in politics.
And, I think term limits would be helpful.BTW, I would note that 90%
of us making between 25K and 60K is incorrect. The distribution is much wider.
An excellent letter. But I would say that organizations such as the AARP do a
good job lobbying for low wage earners such as those described in this letter.
And if those jobs were able to unionize and collectively bargain, their lives
would substantially improve, and the economy would flourish.
This is an excellent letter with some great ideas. If anyone will
stop to actually think about how we got into this mess, they would find it to be
impossible to "deny the irrefutable fact" that it was CEO mentality in
Congress that caused it. Yes, JCS, we do need to be governed by "educated,
successful leaders." We have a flock of CEO quality millionaires in
Congress now and where has it led us?Perhaps instead of CEO
leadership which is seen in such examples as 300% bonuses while asking workers
to accept pay cuts, or offshore tax havens for their money, or outsourcing
American jobs, we REALLY need to find some common sense in Congress.There are many educated and successful -- and above all HONEST -- farmers,
beauticians, garbage collectors, policemen, dock workers, teachers,
firefighters, truck drivers, housewives, and others whose "success" may
not be measured in dollars who could bring that common sense to the Capitol.
Only the most extreme rightists would pretend that we have not been
seriously harmed by people whose wealth allows them to purchase legislative
offices.The right has forgotten that it is not wealth that's
really important. But honest good sense might be.
This letter is pure nonsense. Its plan would result in economic disaster.Why does the left wing continue to demonise wealth and success?
Clearly, the left has forgotten, or chosen to ignore, the fact that America
achieved historic success because its people worked hard to achieve wealth.Let us be honest here. Who would be better at managing the finances of a
great nation: a highly educated CEO of a large successful business or an
uneducated high school dropout who never advanced beyond working at the local
McDonalds.? Only the most extreme of the leftists would deny the irrefutable
fact that if we want a successful country in the modern world, we must be
governed by educated, successful leaders.
That dairy farmer is getting a huge government subsidy.