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My mother died when I was 17.  Part of my college was paid for by Social Security Survivor Benefits.

While I was an active-duty Marine in the 1960's, I had free government health care.

I finished college on the GI Bill and with the help of government-insured loans.

I have drawn unemployment insurance when my company moved out of state.

I bought the house from which I write this with a VA-backed mortgage.

I had government-insured loans to pay for my education as a teacher.

I am on Social Security.  I am eligible for all of Medicare, although so far only on part B because I am covered by other health insurance

I have a state government pension as a retired school teacher.

Part of my father's care when he had Alzheimer's and had to be in a home was covered by his Social Security and Medicare -  we were lucky in that he did not outlive his resources and have to resort to Medicaid to stay in his home.

I am nothing special.

I am an ordinary American.

I grew up in an upper middle class family, and attended superb local public schools.

I have always benefited from the government.

I am happy to pay taxes for government services.

I benefit from the roads on which I drive, the police and fire who protect us and our home, the sanitation workers who pick up our garbage, the public works people who plow the snow from our street,  the water and sewer services provided by the local government.

When I have traveled abroad I have had the protection of the United State Government upon whose passport I have traveled.

My savings accounts are insured by the federal government.

All of these are also social programs - they benefit all of society.

I know how lucky I am to be an American.

I want those benefits to be available to all those who come after me.

What about you?

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  •  Tip Jar (24+ / 0-)

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Tue Sep 25, 2012 at 05:02:51 PM PDT

  •  The anti-government crowd is ignorant about what (8+ / 0-)

    the government does. They are selfish fools who have no idea how much better off they are because people like Teddy Roosevelt started to stand up for everyone against the malefactors of great wealth. We need to stand up again.

    The GOP is the party of mammon. They mock what Jesus taught.

    by freelunch on Tue Sep 25, 2012 at 05:34:14 PM PDT

    •  Not Really; and This Makes Their Argument (3+ / 0-)
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      slowbutsure, Larsstephens, chimene

      better than their 47% figure for those able to be angered by the extent of government overreaching into our lives.

      Their position is against government promoting the general welfare, period. All these services should have been provided by the private sector or charity.

      They are ignorant, no doubt about it, but we have a party that's been far too reluctant to go along with the "need" to reduce government burdens. After the election some things need changing on this side.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Tue Sep 25, 2012 at 05:51:29 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  It might be a handy tool for such people: (1+ / 0-)
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      chimene

      a list of government services, broken down into federal, state and local, to ask the 84% or so who say in polls they do not depend on the gov't. Does anyone know of such a list?

  •  I feel (4+ / 0-)

    blessed to be part of the 53%.  My father, a Korean war veteran,  died when I was 14 and my college tuition was also partly paid with Social Security funds.  I thought of my dad often during the 2008 election - this year is no different.  He would have been knocking on doors and campaigning for President Obama - of that I have no doubt.  I enjoy your posts TeacherKen, thank you:)

    "Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others." St. Augustine

    by wsbuffalo on Tue Sep 25, 2012 at 05:56:45 PM PDT

    •  I feel slightly differently (0+ / 0-)

      I consider myself to be part of the 52%.

      Romney is blatant in his contempt for the 47 percent.  I'm in the group he thinks he's hiding his contempt from.

      Back to the topic of the diary, many of the services listed are either direct or government insurance programs.  

      (Insurance, fundamentally, is a socialized system.  Cost and risk are spread among a pool, who accept the certainty of average cost to avoid the uncertain catastrophic one.  It does not become evil when the government organizes it.)

      Some of the services listed - I particularly call out the GI bill - are canny investments we should be making more of.

      A common argument for trickle-down economics is "A rising tide lifts all boats."  I have no problem with that.  What I have a problem with is the delusion that diverting all the drinking water into a few bathtubs creates a rising tide.  That's Rubber Ducky economics.  

      The GI bill, social security, medicaid, food stamps - these create a rising tide.  My fundamental, selfish capitalist self has a word for people who receive these benefits.

      Customers.

      (I'm ignoring the more valid moral arguments, because the diarist makes them better than I do. And I'm extra cynical tonight.)

  •  How about me? (1+ / 0-)
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    teacherken

    My father died when I was 9.  Part of my college was paid for by Social Security Survivor Benefits, part with War Orphen Assistance.

    While I was an active-duty Naval officer in the 1970's, I had free government health care.

    I finished law school on the GI Bill and with the help of government-insured loans.

    I bought my first house from with a VA-backed mortgage.

    I had government-insured loans to pay for my education.

    I am eligible for Social Security.  I qualify for Medicare in less than 2 years.

    I have a state government pension and a federal government pension.  

    I am nothing special.

    I am an ordinary American.

    I grew up in a a working class family, and attended superb local public schools.

    I have always benefited from the government.

    I am happy to pay taxes for government services.

    I benefit from the roads on which I drive, the police and fire who protect us and our home, the sanitation workers who pick up our garbage, the public works people who plow the snow from our street,  the water and sewer services provided by the local government.

    When I have traveled abroad I have had the protection of the United State Government upon whose passport I have traveled.

    My savings accounts are insured by the federal government.

    All of these are also social programs - they benefit all of society.

    I know how lucky I am to be an American.

    I want those benefits to be available to all those who come after me.

    The stain of Bain is wrecking Romney's name. h/t to Lerner & Lowe

    by LeftOfYou on Tue Sep 25, 2012 at 06:15:00 PM PDT

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