Mr. President…Your Plan SucksNovember 18, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Posted in Random Thoughts | 1 Comment
While growing up, I did not have the easiest of lives. My parents were not the best and continued to claim me as a dependent despite the fact that they had not paid for anything for me since before I graduated high school. When I tried to get financial aid, the director of my department laughed at me and said “You can’t get financial aid – you are white”. This was 1990 and he was correct – I never got more than loans but I did work my way through college.
To be clear, “working my way through college” meant living in a car for about 15 months, not knowing if I would eat again and being desperate to survive, much less excel. For years my standard nighttime regime consisted of drinking an extremely large cup of water, which would fill my stomach, and then going to sleep. For years, I would get to eat only every few days and then only if I was lucky.
But I was undaunted and I worked, and worked, and worked. I continued to fight against discrimination. I was discriminated against because I was white or because I was male and, often in very candid talks, people holding the keys to my success bluntly told me that they wanted me to work for them but they had to choose the minority because “that is the was it is”.
So I continued to work. While others were hanging out watching sports, partying at night and having fun, I worked. When others slacked off on the job and got into drugs, I worked. And worked and worked. I took whatever job I could find – often 3 or 4 at a time – I worked for no money in order to get ahead. I worked for slave wages or in incredibly dangerous jobs to make money to move forward. I have never stopped trying, never stopped pushing and, inevitably, I started to succeed.
So what is my reward? Taxes. Now I have to pay my Fair Share because I make decent money. Those “poor other people” need breaks but, no, not me. I was one of those “poor people” – essentially homeless, isolated, desperate and with no way out. But I persevered and overcame and now I am being told that I have to give away more and more money so the government can get bigger and bigger and help all those unfortunate people who partied and enjoyed their lives instead of killing themselves like me.
I am not a millionaire – not even close – but I do make enough money to fall under this ridiculous notion of making enough money to pay everything to the government. So why have I wasted my life to this point and why have I worked so hard when, at the end of the day, this complete ignorance makes me no better off than Joe Six Pack who never worked too hard but is lucky enough to avoid the completely ignorant “rich” mark?
After paying insane taxes for the “luxury” of living in a crappy neighborhood in New Jersey of all places and having to pay the high utilities and property taxes and food bills, I have very little to show for my efforts. Then the truly enlightened randomly decide that if you are not in the poor house with everybody else…well you should be and to pay for their excesses and they will be damned if I am not poor as well.
You know what? I tend to think the same about these things as many other people in my shoes. Perhaps these others were not completely destitute like I was but they are the true backbone of America. We are the ones starting small businesses, trying to succeed and providing jobs for a large number of Americans. Every time I think about things a certain way, I find that other people in my shoes feel the same way.
The first thing that I think is that if this class warfare continues, I am gone. The way the idiotic Democratic Party is going, I will soon be paying 50% of my earning to government. And what do I get for it? Nothing. I can go to a LARGE number of countries that take no more than that but turn around and provide free healthcare, a better infrastructure and far superior schooling for my kids. I am extremely marketable as I possess skills wanted worldwide – and I am gone, done with the USA, see you later, good-bye. Continue to unfairly punish us and we will take our collective efforts and businesses and find a better place to live.
To be clear, I am not a Republican or a Democrat – I tend to hate Big Government and I despise people who trash our environment for business gains. Each election cycle, I review the candidates for what they say, not what party they come from. I tend to find a larger and larger group of people and starting to do the same thing.
Second, I think that neither party truly taxes the RICH. Look closely at the tax plans and the provisions and you soon see that the truly wealthy will end up paying not much more than they do today. For the rest of us – from people like me barely above the threshold to minor millionaires – we get shafted because we are not big enough to fight back. The political morons, backed by the truly elite, paint us as well off and full of extra cash (what a load of garbage) but, since we have no real money lying around, we cannot fight back. The rest of the country does not pay attention and believes whatever is spouted out of their TV and now we are somehow the privileged, the ones who should pay and it is unfair. Ever heard about taxation without representation?!?
And why, Please Explain This One, is $250K considered rich? My house costs a fortune because I live in stupid New Jersey – and yet it is 1900 sq ft (on a good day). Groceries cost insane amounts of money, pre-K fees are outrageous – criminal actually – just to live here costs more than I can believe – and I am in the suburbs! Why this ridiculously low number? Why not something that makes more sense like $1M or $5M?!?
Since we cannot fight, we will leave. Slowly at first but then in droves as you and your punitive government will disenfranchise us and the rest of the world will welcome us with open arms. You don’t care? Fine. Remember that when unemployment skyrockets (who do you think spends the most money monthly and, no, it is not the insanely wealthy) and remember that when you look in your town or city and see nothing but chain departments as the local stores are all gone.
We are done with you and your unfair attacks and unfair treatment. I have worked like a dog for 41 years and this kind of unfair retribution against me is almost communist in its nature. Pass these tax hikes on us defenseless hard-working small business owners and watch us leave. Then who will you find to pay for your partying and excessive government?