Few things bother me. Here are the top five on my list.
1) People who don’t take responsibility for their own actions.
2) People making excuses for those who don’t take responsibility for their own actions.
3) Our sympathy for wealthy people with financial problems.
4) Our lack of sympathy for poor people.
5) Our demand for basic services, at the ready when we need them, for free.
If we do nothing else, we should be responsible for our own actions, unless there is mental or physical disability.
Wealthy people and poor people should be equal in our eyes. They are just on different ends of the spectrum, for whatever reason. Who are we to judge? Why feel sympathy for one and disgust for the other?
How about our wanting basic service for free?
I am wary of those politicians who say they want to roll back taxes on just about everything they think we don’t want to pay for.
How do we think we can get federal, state, local emergency assistance after tax cuts? How do we have excellent public schools after tax cuts? How about clean water, environmental protections, disaster assistance, excellent local hospitals, disease control after tax cuts?
How about taking for granted our ability to drive over a safe bridge or highway, have traffic lights working in our neighborhoods, pot holes fixed quickly, …?
See where I’m going with this? Who makes sure we are safe to do such things as drinking, eating, driving, biking, walking, running, learning, just go about our every day lives? People. People in the federal, state and local governments.
When you vote to cut taxes, basically you are cutting people. If you are not cutting people, you are ensuring they cannot afford to do what they help you do.
If you are not cutting people, you are paying for lousy service – people with low morale called upon to do more and more with less and less. We all hate lousy service.
Think about this before you make your choices. Democrat or Republican.
Oh. How about that living wage thing? Pay working people enough to live without public assistance. Do you know that pubic assistance is paid with our federal, state and local taxes.
Businesses refusing to pay a living wage, ensuring that their workers have to use public assistance. How innovative is that?