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    So Bigeasy you don't agree with our progressive tax system? I wonder how you think we could be a stable, prosperous society if a majority of our wealth is concentrated at the very top? Aren't you aware that that's exactly what happened right before the Great Depression?
    Having a country where most of the wealth is concentrated at the top.....and there is no real middle class isn't America- it's the definition of a Banana Republic!

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    there is a middle class and you know it and you know we are not a banana republic...

    capitalism has it's downfalls and one of them is that the majority of the wealth is concentrated in small pockets.. the problem with the system you favor is that misery is spread evenly throughout..

    once everyone is hovering around the poverty line and there are no more rich people, then everyone on the left can claim victory because afterall, equality is the goal...

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    But our middle class is dwindling.........more and more folks who thought they were middle class are slipping downward.
    And aren't we heading in the direction of a banana republic? We may not be there yet.......but that's the direction we're going in when more and more of our wealth is only in the hands of a very few.
    I don't think Paris Hilton or Dick Cheney or Warren Buffet will be in "misery" if their Bush tax cuts are repealed- do you? LOL......C-mon, Bigeasy! Obama's tax rates would be LOWER than they were under Reagan! All this talk about doom and gloom and socialism seems ludicrous to me.........when the tax rates he's proposing seemed to be just fine under Reagan and Clinton. Can you just admit that your party is whipping up phony hysteria over this in a desperate attempt to gain points for McCain? LOL

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    Again, it goes back to my point that once someone says they have some democratic ideas that they are automatically assumed to be comfortable with higher taxes and they disagree with capitalism. Neither is the case with me. I fully agree with capitalism. I also fully agree that all this country has done is look to raise taxes and make governement bigger. I do believe there is lots of waste in DC. I think that any platform of tax reform HAS to be coupled with an audit of every governement agency and program.

    I NEVER said I was comfortable with my taxes sitting in DC going to more waste.

    The democratic part of me though, agrees that there does have to be some form of governement to maintain our superpower status. I do believe in paying a fair share of taxes to support that governement. BUT I think our current one is way to big and has way to much overlap. I think politicians, on both sides, pander to lobbyists and I think we've strayed not only from what the constitution is all about, but even what some older democratic ideas were all about.

    I believe each American needs to get out of 'all about me' mode and have a greater global and social awareness of the world around us. That extends beyond capitalism and the belief that just because I personally spend more money and have more money, others benefit.

    I believe the world has changed and our superpower status is not what it was. Its become selfish and doesn't take into account that other countries have grown and changed. Hell, we enabled them to grow and change in our demand for cheap goods and services (India, China). So its blind to not take their growth and place in the world into account when we set foreign policy.

    I know I'm all over the place in this post, but again, this whole idea that all voters are either blue or red doesn't fully capture how the majority feels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JennyC View Post
    HAHAHAHA
    I'm sorry you guys. I had written a post to Megan, then realized she was replying to heartpulse, or passions, or WHOEVER you ARE! Kidding passions. But I'm with mini on this. Can't call you heartpulse. I have a new name for you that I can get behind.
    GOCUBBIES!! hehe
    Ok anyway, I deleted the post, and had to type something in the body before it would let me for some reason. So just typed klpo. Was trying my best to think of something funny it could stand for but I'm tired. So I told truth instead!

    Hmmm GOCUBBIES? Well at least its a NL team! You better be careful trying to tell the truth hear JennyC, it can get you in trouble

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    Good post, MeganG.........and I agree with you that Americans need to get beyond themselves and think about the bigger picture. That's what always bothers me about this knee-jerk reaction to taxes or any tax increase.....even if it would never, ever affect them! Somebody said once that taxes are the price we pay to live in a civilized society. All of us- together.
    So many on the right seem to have no feeling of connection with our country as a whole.......or any feeling of responsibility for what happens. I just don't understand this notion that all that matters is what YOU want and that we can have a prosperous, healthy country if everyone lives by that feeling! How on earth would that work? Nobody wants to pay more taxes......but I sure don't mind paying more if it means that our kids have modern schools to go to, our infrastructure is up to date and safe, and we finally get serious about addressing our health care fiasco.
    The accountability for govt. spending starts at the local level- and how many people in this country actually pay attention to the federal budget and make their feelings clear to their local representative in Congress? Those guys always have their finger up to see which way the wind is blowing.....and you can bet that if enough citizens demanded change- something would change.
    The real problem......as always.....is that so many people just don't pay attention.

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    Re: balanced media coverage?

    when we pay 1/2 of what we make in taxes and the waste and fraud is running rampant, when do we say enough is enough?

    when will we wake up and see that the gov't only wants to grow and having the people dependent on them gives them that very platform? the less we tax, the more the private sector prospers and gives the people independence and self sufficiency and makes them less reliant on govt...

    when you vote yourself a $1,000 tax rebate that you never paid courtesy of someone else who paid it, how is that "getting beyond yourself"? when you don't care about tax increases because they only will effect others how does that equate to "getting beyond yourself"?

    how can we suggest our schools need more money when we spend twice what other countries pay? what about the money they waste? in D.C., politicians send their children to private schools that have them prepared for the Ivy League and they spend 1/2 of what the govt spends per child on the most terrible schools in the country!

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    Quote Originally Posted by big easy View Post
    in D.C., politicians send their children to private schools that have them prepared for the Ivy League and they spend 1/2 of what the govt spends per child on the most terrible schools in the country!
    Of course they do.
    You should see the absolutely DEPLORABLE state of the DC Public Schools.
    I work for a company that supplies bathroom accessories and partitions.
    At the end of this summer, we re-modeled the bathrooms at a DC High School.
    By the end of the first week of school, everything we installed had been trashed.
    Kicked, punched, carved, pried off, smashed...ruined.
    The District of Columbia has a lot of "answering to do" about it's lax, lax monitoring of it's public schools.

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