Posted - 12/7/2012 3:58:30 AM | show profile | flag this post
Interesting stats (if verified)
approx 60+ million americans are getting federal assistance; food stamps, housing assistance, etc.
approx 20+ million americans work for the federal government (receiving much more in taxpayer income than they pay back in taxes)
approx 109 million americans pay taxes to pay for those 80+ million who receive federal assistance and paychecks
I don't know how much tax income is generated each year, nor do I know how much of that goes toward federal employee and entitlement costs, but it's obvious this kind of ratio isn't sustainable. It's no wonder the government keeps printing and borrowing money to keep afloat. Yet this administration continues to increase the entitlement rolls at alarming rates and continues to propose more government expansion; spending of money we don't have.
Hope all of you who voted this past month for the continuation of this out of control administration will give serious thought to what you've done. And please don't use the old blame-it-on-Bush mantra when it comes to the economy and the debt that's amassed since 2008. Obama owns it.
Posted - 12/7/2012 5:23:55 AM | show profile | flag this post
It would be easier
For us to "give serious thought to what you've done." if you actually posted something other than
"Interesting stats (if verified)"
"I don't know how much tax income is generated each year,
"nor do I know how much of that goes toward federal employee and entitlement costs,"
So...you don't know squat jack about anything. (Well, except that the government prints money) But this smells like another thing you saw in "the media" that "the media" didn't report on.
Posted - 12/7/2012 6:37:28 AM | show profile | flag this post
yes; how long?
About $59 billion is spent on traditional social welfare programs. $92 billion is spent on corporate subsidies.
So profitable corporations get almost double the entitlements than America hungry, unemployed, struggling working and middle class. .
The richest 400 taxpayers in 2008 – all of whom made over $110 million – paid an average income tax rate of just 18 percent. Over 20,000 households with over $1 million in income paid less than 15 percent in 2009. 1,470 managed to pay no federal income taxes on their million-plus-dollar incomes.
why do they get all the breaks?
Posted - 12/7/2012 8:29:50 AM | show profile | flag this post
First: As an American, YOU get benefits from those federal employees.
For instance, many of those federal employees in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard did multiple tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan so you didn't have to fight.
You also benefit from things like the work of air traffic controllers who keep you alive in the air, public health workers who keep you from dying in annual flu epidemics and USDA inspectors who keep you from ingesting e. coli in every bite of of Whopper Junior.
YOU are receiving benefits that you failed to put a dollar amount on. And the return to you -- considering the expense of identifying your e. coli and flu riddled body in a plane crash -- is a pretty good deal for you.
Second: Yes, people are getting food and housing assistance. It's called a safety net. You may have missed it, but in 2007 and 2008, this country went through the second worst economic disaster in it's history. The Great Recession came close to becoming a second Great Depression.
Take some time away from right wing sites and look up some pictures of the Great Depression. Read about the toll of human suffering Americans experienced.
Then look at how the safety net we created in its wake kept that sort of thing from happening to the same degree over the last five years.
Again, pretty good return on the investment.
Better than what Bear Stearns has done over the same period.
Posted - 12/7/2012 1:12:19 PM | show profile | flag this post
Aw, hell, newscred -- let's just give 'em all refrigerator boxes and tin cups, and have it done!
Ditch the teat-sucking grannies and allegedly disabled veterans.
Who gives a flying leap whether kids have food -- survival of the fittest, and it's their own fault for choosing parents who would get laid off someday! That woman whose husband dumped her with five kids and no job skills? The hell with her -- let her figure it out. The one whose husband beats her? Let her get a gun -- Second Amendment, dammit -- and solve her problem without YOUR dollars!
You want protection from communicable diseases? Buy a gas mask. You want a pothole filled? Do it with your own bucket of dirt. Building inspectors? We don't need no stinkin' building inspectors -- or teachers! Dump those scum-sucking roaches, because all they do anyhow is force kids to do useless baloney like read and think, when what kids need is job training. Oh, wait ... jobs require reading and thinking, so scratch that. Give 'em refrigerator boxes and tin cups.