Originally Posted by KitEKats4Eva!
I just love this attitude. I want to live somewhere, use the roads, take advantage of the education and health system, make sure that my country is defended, there is food to eat and shelter, and all the other benefits that come with living in a community - but no WAY am I going to pay for any of it!!
I'll ride the tide when it's high and take and take and take, but when there's anything to GIVE I'll bow out because what I have belongs to ME.
They should change the name of the Republican party to the `Fascists - We're In It For Ourselves Regime'. Or better yet, just ban them.
Perhaps if you weren't losing a pointless trillion-dollar war these measures would not be necessary.
Way to go. Excellent post. I absolutely CANNOT STAND this attitude. In order for us to have the wonderful privileges that come with being American, there is something that needs to be given back. Every single member of society is responsible for contributing to that society. Period. I have also always found it ironic...no, twisted, that the people who tend to say "My paycheck is mine, I don't want to pay taxes, whine, whine, whine" are the same ones who will duck behind the cross and claim Christianity as their excuse for being bigoted about issues of race, gender, choice and sexuality. Excuse me, but I was under the impression that Jesus Christ's prime lessons were all about giving back all one has and loving everyone regardless of everything. It's sick to me that Christianity has been twisted into political rhetoric by people who simple don't want to move forward and develop as a country.
I feel like any "real" Christian, or any productive member of society, would understand the necessity of paying taxes for social services and to make sure all members of society are taken care of. Of course, this same breed of conservative have convinced themselves that war in an acceptable road to peace, when, in the immortal words of Ian Herron, "Fighting for peace is like [having sex] for virginity." Jesus and several other spiritual leaders have understood that concept and the fact that as long as there is war, there can't be peace.
And I'm not even Christian.
Sorry. This topic just ENRAGES me, and it really highlights how the "me, me, me; mine, mine, mine" attitude connects to essentially every issue this country has these days. Maybe when these individuals don't see a cent of social security because the well dried up thanks to tax cuts and blatant mis-management of money by the neocons, they'll see the error in their thinking. It's a shame we can't all just elevate our thinking to a level outside of our immediate concerns, knee-jerk reactions, and own desires.
And I find it really ironic that a lot of you have complained about Obama's lack of a plan and then gone out to point out all of the problems you have with his plans. So does he have one, or not? (He actually does, and it's actually not really socialist at all, but I guess whenever anyone suggests that you think of the bigger picture and problems that are very real but don't effect your immediate reality, they're a socialist, huh?)