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  •  I've already given enough (3+ / 0-)
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    hungrycoyote, elwior, Sychotic1

    I am 50.  I have seen the delinking of wages with productivity.  Americans are twice as productive today as during the 1970s but median wages have been flat.  Somebody has gotten all the benefits of that productivity.  You know the top one percent, the ones who post pics of their $100,000 bar tabs on the Rich kids of Instagram.  See   See how the other half lives.

    It wasn't that long ago we had a surplus and the national debt was on path to extinction by 2010, but George W. and Alan Greenspan and Dems with no spine pissed it away on tax cuts for the wealthy and two unfunded wars.

    You expect me to put up with half my pay being taken by the top one percent, deficits run up by the rich and for the rich, AND you want to cut my Social Security benefits, and Medicare.  Let's see my 401 (k) took a hit the last four years, I  have never had a defined benefit pension plan.  Every year I get my employer health benefits cut since my health costs are a liability.  My state cuts funding for higher education so I pay $30,000 a year (and rising) per kid in an attempt to buy them the credentials to stay in the precarious middle class.Why don't don't you just get rid of my Veteran's benefits, too.

    "The working class mind is strange and unpredictable" -- Ty Lookwell

    by Illinibeatle on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 08:45:54 AM PDT

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    •  I think I hear what you are saying (1+ / 0-)
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      regarding the wealthiest among us.  But I would argue that the math that says that if we just took nearly all the wealth from the top 1 percent we could balance the budget and eliminate the debt is as erroneous as the math that says that you can cut tax rates 20%, increase military spending and, through some loophole eliminations, you can have a revenue neutral tax cut.

      As a military brat I honor your service and thank you for it.  But, no offense intended, it seems that your attitude that you have given enough is pretty pervasive in our country.  Increase other people's taxes but not mine.  Cut other people's benefits but not mine.  We all want a free lunch and when we don't get it we force our kids to pick up the tab by putting it on the national credit card.

      You are sacrificing for your kids and that's great and very responsible.  I think we need more sacrificing for our kids collectively because IMHO we really are giving them the short end of the stick.

      We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

      by theotherside on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 09:27:35 AM PDT

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      •  I would be happy to pay more taxes (0+ / 0-)

        but not until I see the richest among us (the 1 percent and the corporations) pay their fair share.  Not until I see wallstreet reform and the end of too big to fail.  Once the biggest offenders have taken their (rightful) hit, I will pony up my piece.

        "I watch Fox News for my comedy, and Comedy Central for my news." - Facebook Group

        by Sychotic1 on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 03:28:38 PM PDT

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