I am not the smartest person on the planet by any stretch of the imagination. But my bull-shitake meter is pretty accurate.
Why do the American people play dumb so much?
Why do we pretend we don't know anything?
Why do we allow the propaganda machines to jerk us around like puppets?
Okay. The newest knee-jerk reaction snippet: Obama wants to redistribute wealth. Just like those sneaky old communists. Ooooooowwwwwwieeeeee! Aren't you scared now?
Thing is, civilizations have been redistributing wealth ever since there was wealth to redistribute. Render unto Caesar and all that, don't you know? Pharaohs had taxes paid to them. Kings had taxes paid to them. Common lords had their serfs pay a portion of their harvest.
And the Bush so called tax cuts just returned to the historical view that the poor should be paying the rich.
And McCain wants to continue this.
Obama wants the rich to once again start paying their fair share.
Look, I know you rich people work hard for your money. So do I. Let me hand you a baby that isn't breathing and doesn't have a heart rate. Let me give you a baby who has blown a pnuemo or has persistent pulmonary hypertension and let's see how hard you work then.
We all work hard for our money.
That ain't the point. The point is that the very upper reaches of income levels have been paying very little of their fair share.
And they love nothing more than to pretend that they don't know what they are saying. Say redistribute the wealth and most people think of their hard earned dollars going to people who don't work. We get angry at the poor who are on government assistance because we have this vision of them leading this lazy life of good times while we go marching off to work every day. But that isn't what has been happening around here lately. It's the rich people who've profited. Our middle class dollars have been used to make up for what the rich people haven't been paying the past years.
And we po' folks are tired of carrying the load.
I was taught that paying your share of taxes was part of the dues you paid for living in this great nation.
Paying them. Not electing people who would change laws so you could get out of paying taxes.
It's not socialism. It's patriotism.
Thor sez: Redistribute some of that cat food over here, please.