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  •  that type of person (4.00)
    Like the welfare queen is a mythical distraction designed to focus the blame where it does not belong and assuage the guilt of the "better half".

    George W. Bush is a perfect example.  He believes that people are poor because they are inferior. He has never been successful in business and the opportunity he had was made possible by his family's wealth and political connections.  Instead of spending public revenue on the public, he uses it to line the pockets of the richest Americans.

    The bankruptcy bill removed debt discharge for people who were forced into bankruptcy not because of their SUVs and big screen TVs, but because of medical bills over and above what their health insurers would pay.

    50 percent of all bankruptcy filings are partly the result of medical expenses. Every 30 seconds in the United States someone files for bankruptcy in the aftermath of a serious health problem.

    •  I am talking about... (none)
      I am talking about thoses that should know better; those that buy houses with no money down, those that buy SUVs, those that run their credit cards up to the max buying "wants" not needs. I'm talking about the middle class Americans that are screwing it up for others by being irresponsible in their decisions.

      As for health, I will repeat for the third time - it makes sense economically and socially to have a national health care plan that covers EVERYBODY! Everyone should lobby their company to support it. It would benefit companies and workers. It is such a no-brainer because it puts everyone on a level playing field.

      Just because you can doesn't mean you should!

      by taonow on Tue Jun 21, 2005 at 04:29:02 PM PDT

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      •  the days of people running up their (none)
        credit cards due to "wants" have been over for quite some time - all you need to do to see this is to walk into any retail store and count the heads belonging to customers instead of sales staff.

        there is no massive "buying" going on.  

        i worked several years ago as a wholesale rep for quality gift items (including Museum of Modern Art) - and i watched stores that had been in business for 40 years go under after bush took over.  i watched show rooms that had been original tenents of the wholesale center close up shop and disappear because the retailers stopped buying because their customers stopped buying.

        count the number of shuttered stores in your area and then tell me how many people are "running up their credit cards" on unnecessary items.

        watch and count the number of people who are using credit instead of debit at the grocery store and gas station.

        people ARE living on credit - but that credit is to fill in the hole that is left between the paycheck and the essentials.

        you really need to observe people more closely to see what is happening.  generalizations about american spending habits are no longer relevant.

        this country is in a serious recession/bordering on depression.  in some parts of the country, depression is actually in force.

        some areas of the country are still in a false "boom" - in l.a. the crisis hasn't hit - yet.

        it will - just like blight, it is creeping over all of our nation - and will continue to do so until people face the reality of our economic debt and disaster.

        War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength. Long Live Oceana!

        by edrie on Tue Jun 21, 2005 at 11:28:14 PM PDT

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