While Al Gore flies his private plane, uses 20 times the average household's consumption of energy, and makes millions off selling 'carbon credits' with his business, the elitists and those who make the laws are leaving themselves out of the equation that everyone else has to live by. A good article from Jewish World Review has this:
The contemptible mindset of intellectual elitists can be reduced to just two words: "privileged exemption."
* Al Gore and his soulmates want to "save the planet" from global warming—which completely justifies their flying to conferences in private jets, riding around in gas-guzzling limos, and living in homes that use twenty times the energy of ordinary houses.
* Congress can destroy the best health care system in the world—because they have their own Cadillac health care coverage, and will never have to endure whatever system they foist on us.
* College professors can rail against the injustice of our democratic republic and our capitalist system—because they live in college-supplied housing, have job-for-life tenure, and adjuncts relieving them from much of the "burden" of teaching.
* Politicians and celebrities are overwhelmingly in favor of "gun control"—because they have armed bodyguards and live in protected communities.
* The same bunch wants "social justice," even if it bankrupts America in the process—because they've already amassed so much personal wealth (from the very same capitalist system they ostensibly abhor) that no amount of "income re-distribution" will alter their lifestyles one iota.
* The miserable status quo of public education, due in large part to the intransigence of union contracts which nullify accountability, is acceptable—because the children of the elitists attend private schools, and because elite politicians need union contributions to get re-elected.
* Prosecuting wars without an all-out effort to achieve victory is acceptable—because "other peoples' kids" are doing the fighting and dying, and it's far more important to be "sensitive" to our enemy's concerns.
* Legalizing millions of lawbreaking border-busters is the "right thing to do"—because the privileged in business get cheap labor, and the privileged in politics get cheap votes.
* All attempts to foist world governance on America are perfectly acceptable—because elitists will be running things, and "messy impediments" like the Constitution will be unnecessary.
Look at the system in Russia. There were lines for food, wood, everything down to tiny potatoes, while the elites in Russia shopped at special stores, didn't have to stand in line for everything, and got the buttered side of the bread while making everyone else do what they're told. Look at Cuba as another one. Michael Moore says Cuba has the best health care in the world. Do you really think he got the average person's medical treatment? Reserved for the elites is what he got. They put on the full dog and pony show for him.
Speaking of the Constitution, FDR wanted a second Bill of Rights. Obama is trying to put that into use now - with the health care bill, being a "right" to health care, housing, etc. check this out:
We have come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. “Necessitous men are not free men.” People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.
In our day these economic truths have become accepted as self-evident. We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all—regardless of station, race, or creed.
Among these are:
The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation;
The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;
The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;
The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;
The right of every family to a decent home;
The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;
The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;
The right to a good education.
All of these rights spell security. And after this war is won we must be prepared to move forward, in the implementation of these rights, to new goals of human happiness and well-being.
America’s own rightful place in the world depends in large part upon how fully these and similar rights have been carried into practice for our citizens.
Look at what they consider rights. Obama refers to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights as negatives. This has been a long time coming, out of the progressive movement of the early 1900s on through today, each president has been further to the left, including the Republicans. Progressive thought is interwoven all through today's politics, and it's the very few that have not succumbed. (Ron Paul comes to mind). His son Rand Paul is running for the Senate in Kentucky. He's got the same views as his father on government. We need more like that, that stick to the Constitution, and what the Founding Fathers stood for.
All these things that FDR wanted as a second Bill of Rights, are NOT rights. It's more of robbing Peter to pay Paul. Even if we took all the money from "the rich" it would not even begin to cover all the spending that this government is going for. Tax increases are coming for everyone, including the middle class.
From Americans for Tax Reform, comes this:
"What Will Your State's Top Income Tax Rate Be?" When the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts expire at the end of 2010, marginal tax rates will spike back up to 39.6%. This means that top marginal rates will rise everywhere; when integrated with state taxes, the marginal rates are even higher.
This document describes what each state's top rate will be after the tax cuts expire, and ranks them from best to worst. (9 states have no state income tax and are tied for first place with 39.6%; Oregon is 51st, with a top integrated marginal tax rate of 46.24%.) Find it HERE.
Just great. Plus figure in the higher taxes on tobacco, health care, everything else, you'll be paying close to 50% of your income in taxes. Don't forget to throw in your yearly property tax! We chose to live out of town because in this little town, we would have been paying close to $1400 a year for a 3 br house of a bit less than 2,000 sq. feet. Out here we pay much less. Throw in *all* the taxes you pay, and what if taxes had to come out one time a year paid all at once? People would be up in arms, and crying foul because of the amount they'd have to shell out to the assorted agencies. But we're being nibbled to death bit by bit, and people generally don't notice the huge chunk that is coming out of their pay.
From one of my bumper stickers: "You are not entitled to what I earn"
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