Many thanks to KenoshaMarge for this piece. I know you all will enjoy it! Thanks, Marge!
Sometimes it’s difficult for those of us who are older to recognize this America as the America we grew up in. As the America we raised our families in. As the America we alternately cursed, praised, wondered at and always loved.
We were and are frequently enraged with those that claim to “lead” us but we always loved the country. Any current government is just that, current. No matter how pessimistic I get there is always a part of me that believes that these bad/evil/stupid/venal government people will pass and America will still stand as a shining beacon. Some days it’s harder than others to see that.
We’ve seen socialist candidates run for President before so Bernie Sanders shouldn’t be much of a surprise. Even avowed Communists have run. But Bernie Sanders is getting, according to the polls, anywhere from 1/4 to 1/3 of the voters on the left. Who could have ever imagined that? As a former Democrat I am shocked and appalled. Actually flabbergasted is a better word.
There was a time when the Dems “tax and spend” philosophy had to be hidden behind some fancy and high-minded sounding words. They were, they told us, all about helping the working man/woman and taking care of the poor. After 50+ years of “taking care of the poor” there seem to be more of them than ever. There are more of them getting “help” aka money from the government that takes that money from the working man and woman in the form of taxes.
The thing that so many “takers” never seem to understand is that the government has no money. It only has the money it takes from others. That seems to matter very little to the takers. So long as they get theirs they don’t give a damn.
When you have nearly half of the citizens in a country that pay nothing in Federal Taxes you have nearly half of a country that has no skin in the game. Why should they care if taxes go up? They don’t have to pay – they just collect from those that do.
Maybe it’s not all that simple and maybe I’m missing something. Maybe. But I don’t think so. I am however a reasonable woman, most of the time, and am willing to listen to reasonable reasons why I am wrong.
In other news:
Not good: Jim Webb considering Independent run for president
Lowers my formerly high opinion of Jim Webb. He can’t make a dent in his own avowed party so his ego says let’s try as an Independent? He is too smart not to know that this will only help the Democrat Nominee.
Another topic that I am adamant about is gun control. To me the government taking your guns away means they are really in control. Notice that Hillary has had to walk back her remark about supporting the Australian Gun Confiscation laws. That dog ain’t gonna hunt in these parts. Or so I think.
What’s on your mind this morning?