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About Government Handouts To The Rich

Government handouts to the rich are okay, but government entitlements for the poor are not. What hypocrisy!

We have our fact-checkers out working on this, but it seems to be common knowledge that rich Americans enjoy the perks that government hands out – earned income tax credits and the like – but cannot abide social welfare programs for less fortunate Americans. It’s okay for the government to bail out corporations, they say, but no bailouts for poor people; they can sink or swim!

Two Jews are walking in the park when a bird swoops down and plotz right on one guy’s head. He looks at his friend and says, “For the rich, they sing.”

I spent years with a famous Jewish comedian who tells that story with a heavy Yiddish accent. I’m not sure if he’s Republican or Democrat, but I think of that bit when I hear that a corporation is a person that accepts a helping handout from the government, while we plotz on the heads of the poor and middle class.

A person replied to one of my blogs recently, and lectured about our “rights” vs “responsibilities.” He objects to using his taxes to fund social welfare programs. He argued long and a bit loudly that government has no responsibility to help lift the poor out of poverty, but I think the founding fathers disagreed. I think the Constitution disagrees. I know Democrats disagree. I used to think Christians disagreed.

Republicans don’t hate poor people; we know that. They may not invite them to dinner, and I seriously doubt the Tea Party has plans to vote for any of Obama’s social programs, but, while they are drinking the tea, while they are saying “no thanks” to anything proposed on the left side of the isle, perhaps they should re-read the Constitution. And ask, What would Jesus do?

Yes, I’m an atheist, a skeptic, a Democrat, and a fortunate recipient of our government’s largess: the G.I Bill, homeowners’ tax credits, unemployment insurance, and more. And I expect I’ll be paying higher taxes in the future. But look what I’m getting for my money: I am an American.

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Jay Berman December 04, 2012 at 03:25 AM
Other companies that are too big ... ConAgra, ADM .. control most of our food supply .. any commodity needs to be regulated to ensure healthy competition .. trading things like electricity is a fraud, you can't hold it or store it - how can you have a supply / demand market in that ? If you buy a commodity contract, you need to take possession - otherwise you are just manipulating the market and the consumer always pays ... There are enough equities to trade or places to gamble ...
Jay Berman December 04, 2012 at 03:27 AM
WC .. Income equality is a Marxist thing .. no room for it in the United States where you are free to excel and make all you want - or as little. There are no equal outcomes ... work hard, get ahead ... good for you ... nothing is guaranteed ...
Gregory Brittain December 04, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Don’t say we didn’t warn you, #16 “It took the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) 159 pages to explain one new Obamacare tax on investments that will be used to pay for Obamacare.” http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/12/04/IRS-Issues-159-Pages-Of-Obamacare-Rules
Gregory Brittain December 07, 2012 at 10:16 AM
As Ronald Reagan said “Well, the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn’t so.” What entitlement programs did the founders adopt? I don't remember was it George Washington, John Adams or Thomas Jefferson that advocated adopting an income tax on the top 1%? What entitlement programs and tax increases did Jesus advocate?
Gregory Brittain December 08, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Don’t say we didn’t warn you, #17 Brown’s and the Dems’ tax increase is retroactive to January 1, 2012. Passage of Proposition 30 set off euphoria and expectations of higher spending for public employees. The California Teachers’ Association (CTA) trumpeted: ‘California students and working families won a clear victory today as voters clearly demonstrated their willingness to invest in our public schools and colleges and also rejected a deceptive ballot measure aimed at silencing educators, other workers and their unions.’” But, don’t spend the money quite yet. “California State Controller John Chiang has announced that total state revenue for the month of November 2012 fell $806.8 million, or 10.8%, below budget.” “Democrats thought they could hammer ‘the rich’ by convincing voters to pass Proposition 30 to create the highest state income tax in the nation. But it now appears that high income earners have already ‘voted with their feet’ by moving themselves and their businesses out of state, resulting in over $1 billion shortfall in corporate and income taxes last month and the beginning of a new financial crisis.” http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/12/07/CALIFORNIA-STATE-BUDGET-GOES-OFF-THE-CLIFF Let’s all watch and learn from the effects of CA having by far the highest state income tax rates in America.

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