There is a small percentage of americans ( about 10% and growing) who realize what our government is doing to us. It's not like they are hiding it, most people have horse blinders on. Every victory we won? Every war we have fought for freedom is being taken away from us by our own government. When the federal government can raid (with guns drawn)organic and raw milk producers and dump thousands of gallons of milk on the ground, destroy fruits and vegtables and jail the participants, there is something very wrong. And 90% of americans don't even raise an eyebrow! This happened in three different states within the last year. This is the Boston Tea Party in reverse from our own government to it's own people. Sooner than later, I think, the people in this country are going to wake up and have their own Washington DC Tea Party.
Transparency is something they shy away from, although they want to keep tabs on everyone .. be it `security' for the government or `advertising' for the corporations..
Information is a one way street from you to the powers that be.. political and financial.. dig too much and u make dangerous enemies.. and you will find out things you wish you had never known..
This sort of rhetoric annoys me. It's a simplistic solution to a very complex problem. Everyone thinks that others should bear the cost of rolling back the spending but are unwilling to suffer the consequences themselves.
when I ask "what are you willing to give up?" I'm met with a deafening silence. Generally it's excessive spending by politicians or welfare for immigrants or something that does not affect them.
It is so easy to shout "so,etching met be done!" but so hard to show what.
You don't start asking the have-nots to start with the sacrifices..
You start with those who do have enough to spare and who won't feel as badly squeezed by a pinch..
I am not advocating penalizing success in a tax-the-rich-spare the poor scenario, but the rich should not be pampered either.
To keep selling the argument that it will disincentivize them from investing and hence job-creation is pur hogwash.
The rich never invest to create jobs.. they invest to make a profit and multiply what they already have, at the minimum costs, including a minimal labour force.
If jobs are created it is by default, for given an option to produce without hiring a single person, they would certainly opt for that, and why blame them.
Jobs are not an obligation for the rich to create and neither is a tax break a debt the exchequer owes them for profiting.
Job creation is not a philanthropic objective of an industrialist, it is the default by-product of his sole aim of making more money.
So yes, not just in a crisis, but as a matter of routine.. everyone should give up and perhaps when the have contribute their proportionate share, maybe there will already e enough in the kitty that the question may not even reach down the line to skim off the crumbs from the plates of the hungry.
Everyone benefits from government spending whether directly in handouts or indirectly through education or roads etc. My question for those who decry spending is what are THEY prepared to sacrifice. Maybe a teacher from their Childs school. Or more potholes on the road. It is very easy to tax other people or remove benefits from them but when it comes down to brass tacks people find it hard to state what they'd give up.
Personally, I'd pay an extra 2% income tax, but then I can afford to do that. I'd be prepared to sacrifice my child allowance as well.
The problem arises when lack of transparency and corruption make people lose faith in the treasurers in whom they trusted to use their taxes for the purpose it was intended to..
Yes, there will be those who dodge, evade and avoid paying Caesar, what must be rendered to Caesar.. and treat tax as a punitive levy rather than a necessary funding of the society we live in..
But tax structures must be designed to be fair and proportionate to income.. which is where resentment comes in when there is rightly or wrongly the perception that the have are favoured by being able to purchase favourable policies using well funded lobbies.
I didn't get an allowance, when my legs got long enough to reach the peddles of the John Deer I was working before that I feed the animals and tended the garden.
And am not in the posstion to sacrifice anything now am having trouble paying elec, gas, phone, internet and food now. Guess I could do without the internet but then what the heel will I be able to bitch here?
I also grew up by telling the truth that was taught to me by my parents. When finding out someone has lied to me I don't have anything to do with that person ANYMORE!
All provinces and territories in Canada have their own flag as well. And yes, it's a battle to keep the Feds out of our resources.