I just read an article that expresses how I believe. It isn’t about a party it is about a belief system. It is about helping those who are unable to help themselves. It is about empowering as many people as possible. It is about good education. It is about everyone – EVERYONE – having equal rights.
I don’t understand how people can look at the bullshit put out by the current Republicans in Wisconsin and think oh hey – this is good for all of Wisconsin. It baffles me how people think turning down money from the federal government that will create jobs, bring in tourism, and take us forward is bad for Wisconsin.
How can people think that taking nearly a billion dollars from education is going to improve the educational system? How is collective bargaining going to balance the budget? How is removing senior care going to help our society? How is defunding Planned Parenthood going to improve our standard of living?
None of these things are going to work or be good for Wisconsin. We will become one of the WORST states to live in instead of one of the best. We currently have good schools here. Do they need help? YES… where are the innovative ideas? Well they are sitting on the sidelines because the conservatives don’t like change – unless they propose them.
How does providing free birth control cause abortions? Oh yeah – it doesn’t. It does in fact prevent unwanted pregnancies, which in turn puts a stop to abortions. This, however, is not really the goal of taking away Planned Parenthood. It is a matter of trying to keep women in their place by keeping them pregnant and poor.
In a great number of cases, men – or should I say sperm donors – do not stick around for the rearing of the the child. They in fact are missing. Instead of blaming single mothers for everything wrong in our society, perhaps we should be looking at the men in our society. Why do we accept dead beat dads? Why do we allow the fathers to walk away from their children? Please don’t give me that bullshit about men are meant to spread their seed and it being a genetic imperative. We are allegedly evolved, intelligent humans. There are things that are supposed to set us apart from the animals like our intelligence.
Here is a tip to the Pro-Lifers – you want women to stop having abortions. This is your goal. Then make it so there is NO stigma to giving a child up for adoption. Then make it so a woman is not penalized in her work and her PAY because she has to take time to have these babies. Make sure there is free, safe, and good birth control out there. Educate EVERYONE about how to prevent pregnancy without expecting them to not have sex. Really that doesn’t work. Make the fathers step up and be responsible for their offspring. Ultimately give the woman back the control of her own body. In most cases women will choose what is best for them.
What sparked this rant? Well here is the link to the article that started it all. I’m a liberal. From the looks of former liberals it seems I’m in good company…
Death and taxes. Those are the things we are told are a certainty in life. At some point we are all going to die – it is inevitable. Taxes, however, seem to be a bit more questionable depending on who you are.
I know that with my small pay I pay about 25 – 28% of taxes – I’m looking at my paycheck overall. I claim zero on my W4s because I don’t want to have to pay in for taxes. I’d rather get something back. Depending on the tax laws we skirt the breaking even line for tax refunds. We do things like contribute to an IRA and paying on my student loans to get a break. However, now the girls are no longer our dependents we have to hold our breaths every tax season.
I don’t think we are any different than most people. Tax time is stressful for all. Here’s the thing though. I don’t want my taxes to go to multi-billion dollar corporations or people who are so wealthy they can afford to pay their own way in life. I want my taxes to go to things like Social Security, Medicare, Planned Parenthood (even the small 3% that goes for abortions), NPR, PBS. These are the things I think are worthwhile.
I also don’t want anyone to pay more than their fair share. On the flip side of that coin, I don’t think people should get out of paying their fair share. I remember back in the 80s I watched a movie about a couple that was divorcing. The husband had money, the wife had been a stay at home mom. She went out and found a job. Like most women who had been stay at home moms it didn’t pay all that much. The husband kept trying to tell the courts that he didn’t have that much money. As soon as the divorce was settled he suddenly had a jump in lifestyle. Thereby cheating his wife out of part of their assets etc. This is how I feel the rich and the corporations are treating us. (See there was a point embedded in that round about story)
They are saying oh 250 thousand isn’t that much and it isn’t really “rich” especially if you have kids. I wonder if they have any clue how that sounds to someone who makes less than 50 or 30 thousand? The question becomes are you paying your taxes on your income. Why should someone who makes more money get a loop hole that allows them to get out of paying the same taxes that I pay? Why should corporations who benefit from doing business in the US and make BILLIONS of dollars on the consumers here, not pay taxes here?
Equity. It is an interesting concept that apparently most of the Republicans don’t get. Here is a link to a site that shows the deficit by president since WWII http://cedarcomm.com/~stevelm1/USDebt.png If you think the republicans are doing us any favors I think you need to take a serious look at things.
Carter had the deficit going up at a slight rate. Reagan, however, had it jumping up by leaps and bounds – jumping from around 1 Trillion to about 3 Trillion by the time he was done. Bush the first had it jumping up to just over 4 Trillion in the short time he was in there. Clinton’s budget jumped to just under 6 Trillion but the spending was starting to level out. In the last couple years he was in, the deficit wasn’t increasing at such a high rate of things. Bush II though now he gave the rich and business a LOT of tax breaks. The deficit went from just under 6 Trillion to around 11 Trillion in eight years.
What the hell!!!! Obviously whatever Bush II was doing wasn’t good for the country. It was like giving your teenager a credit card and saying have at it. Federal income went down because he gave the corporations and the wealthy tax breaks that allowed them to not pay their fair share. If income goes down then obviously debt goes up.
I don’t want the upper class to pay more than their fair share. I want them to pay their fair share. I think that the middle class needs to open their eyes, read some history and think about what is important in life. Do we really want our seniors to not have Social Security or health care? Do we really want women to not have access to cancer screenings? Do we want organizations like PBS and NPR to shut their doors or cut their services because a section of our population is whining that they can’t afford to pay their taxes?
I say – try living on what I make. Instead of having your 250,000 try living on 30,000. Put away the fancy cars, private schools, and all the luxury items – if they lived on NEED items only like the majority of the people, they would have a lot more money available to them.
I’ve heard the argument “why are we penalizing those who have worked hard to make more money”. I’ve worked hard to make more money too. I just haven’t broken that 6 figure mark yet. I’m betting most middle and low income people will say the same thing. Again I say to the people making more and taking advantage of the loopholes, the free ride needs to stop and you need to pay your fair share.