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TAX DAY, and 47 percent of all adult Americans pay NO Federal Income Taxes

By maxwell edison ·
I wonder if such a thing happens in other industrialized countries? (Great Britain, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Japan, et al?)

I wonder what will happen when the percentage of those paying NO Federal Income Taxes surpasses 50 percent?

I wonder what will happen when our national debt equals - or exceeds - our GDP (Gross Domestic Product)?

I wonder what will happen when the 20-somethings, 30-somethings, and 40-somethings realize their future is saddled with a huge unsecured debt?

I wonder what will happen when the 20-somethings, 30-somethings, and 40-somethings realize they've been saddled with huge unfunded entitlement obligations to others?

I wonder what will happen when .....

But what the ****? Many of those 20-somethings, 30-somethings, and 40-somethings actually voted for it! To them: Have fun sleeping in the bed you made.

This madness is simply not sustainable.

The progressives have been able to trump reality by playing the compassion card. But in the end, they will be proven to be the Jokers - unfortunately, it will come at the expense of the rest of the deck.

Yes, I wrote a pretty big check today. And not only am I not thanked for it, but I'm actually ridiculed. Maybe they want my heart as well?

As hard as I try, and as hard as I work, funding my own retirement remains that elusive butterfly. Other people just won't allow me to do it. And the check I wrote today proves it - maybe when I'm 80 or when pigs fly.

Maybe I should chuck the effort and become a ward of the state. Maybe I'll just do what's necessary so I can become a tax receiver instead of a tax payer. Maybe I'm on the wrong band-wagon. Yea, that's it; I'm on the wrong band-wagon.

Happy tax day!

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Ain't me going after you, Tig

by santeewelding In reply to It isn't like I don't get ...

I got my hands all over you, palpating for the least of your ailment.

Dear God: Would that I could do more.

I am more than sure that Max is of like mind.

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Santee- I know YOU aren't

by Tig2 In reply to Ain't me going after you, ...

Others are.

Person I considered a friend. Boy is my face red.

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If you don't consider me a friend. . . . . .

by maxwell edison In reply to Santee- I know YOU aren't

..... I can only ask that you take a second look. Did I really say what you thought I said? I won't attempt to answer for you.

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This reminds me of . . . . . . .

by maxwell edison In reply to Ain't me going after you, ...

..... the truck that hit the curve ball out of left field into foul territory that hit me up side of the head with a 2x4 when I wasn't looking. Or something like that.

P.S. But something inside is telling me to just let it go.

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Let it go

by santeewelding In reply to This reminds me of . . . ...

Hit, System Restore.

(I just had to, among other things, like pulling the plug on my router, checking connectivity, etc., after a slew of problems interfered with me being here...ain't nobody remoting into my setup, is there?)

Tig is loved; you are loved; and I love me.

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Too late

by maxwell edison In reply to Let it go

I've already let it go. But only in one sense. It's that danged heart that keeps reminding.

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The problem with bringing up issues like I did. . . . .

by maxwell edison In reply to It isn't like I don't get ...

..... is that people (like you) see it as a personal attack on them. Rest assured, it's not.

I'm not attacking you or anyone like you. I'm rallying against an overall system that is not only unfair, but it's destructive and has put us on the road to financial disaster.

The train wreck is not only likely, but it's imminent. What happens then?

And what should I tell my son when he wonders why his generation is being handed a mess like this? Be thankful you don't have any kids who ask you the same question.

P.S. And people like me - who have also been paying into the same system for more than 35 years - have been warning others about the looming disaster that awaits. But not enough people would listen. They were too busy either playing or folding to the compassion card.

P.P.S. How could you possibly think that starting this discussion was intended to be a personal attack against you? I've supported you and your causes for years.

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but its a system you have funded.

by Oz_Media In reply to The problem with bringing ...

If ANYTHING, if you don't support the system, at least get your money back.

Not collecting what is rightly yours, that you have paid into (like it or not), is like cutting off your nose to spite your face.

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When you bring up an issue like this the way you did,...

by jck In reply to The problem with bringing ... imply the current regime's actions to be bringing "imminent" damage.

However, why don't you talk about the factual damage that was done previously?

In the past administration, capitalistic business was allowed to profit and run rampant. What has it gotten our society?

Practical economic ruin.

Then, you criticize a similar botton-up system of assistance and improvement for the everyday American that has in our country's past brought us back from the greatest economic oollapse in our country's history.

Perhaps you should teach your son what we should have learned from Teddy Roosevelt when he tried to corral and prevent unfettered capitalism: that greed to hoard the goods and riches of our country to one's self or to a select group does no good to a country of varied peoples.

BTW, I'm not nearly as old as you and have been paying in for over 30 years now. Do you think I have any less stake than you?

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What's wrong with this !@#$%^& picture?

by Oz_Media In reply to Consider this

You paid into a system designed to assist you when you were unemplyed and yet chose not to accept the benefits which you paid for. Therefore those that pay into teh system and choose to accept such benefits they have paid for owe you no apology.

It is like paying for medical insurance and then letting yourself die because you are too proud to use the insurance. That's nobody's problem but your own.

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