Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Republicans Say the Poor Don't Pay Taxes. Facts Say They Pay More Than the Rich.
You are being lied to.
There has long been a argument and philosophy coming from the Republicans™ that the rich are the ones who carry us, with the middle-class helping. While the poor and lower classes sit around all day and collect money while paying no taxes.
And that it is the poor who are bankrupting this country through entitlements as the rich sit by helpless in their agenda to create jobs and prosperity in America.
This, of course, is not true in any way. This is called "Divide & Conquer", a tactic in which you defeat your opposition by turning them on each other to weaken their alliance, then conquer them when they are divided, split, and torn from within.
The GOP™ needs to convince you that it is not their policies aimed at advancing the corporate agenda that are breaking this country, but that it's your neighbor. They need you to believe that the kindness in your heart is a weakness. That it is the poor, that they don't want to work so they can collect welfare. There is no way that they want to work but life dealt them a bad hand. That life is always fair and if you fail it must be your fault. They need you to turn against your own best interest as a common citizen to support their sponsor's best interest, with an empty promise that it will make it's way back down to you. Or that you'll become rich if you just work hard because only lazy people never get rich.
So their strategy is to paint the lowest income earners as welfare queens. Convince working Americans that their tax dollars go to 24/7 care to poor people who are laughing at you as they live the good life. Tell them that if we just ended entitlements that we pay into, if we just privatized everything and made people stand on their own two feet, and if we just give the superior hard-working rich people more money, that these welfare bums will suddenly transform into responsible bankers and oil tycoons. Making money the honest way.
Do you hate the poor yet? Those smug welfare hippies ruining America with their vast wealth and political power? It's so unfair! When will rich white men finally overcome oppression and have a chance to be heard?
Best of all, they even have the balls to say that the poor don't pay taxes!
But the GOP™ say a lot of things. Having balls and/or nerve has never been a problem for them. However facts, logic, and reality have been major problems for them.
The truth is, the poor pay MORE taxes than the wealthiest top 1%...
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
For those of you who are still not convinced and despite the facts, feel sorry for the wealthiest group in the world because you think they have to carry the rest of us, I have an idea for you....
More and more of us are doing it everyday! Maybe against our will, but still... it's the trend that keeps on growing!
If the poor in this country have it made, just give up everything and become poor. It's not hard to do.
Then you can live the good life. Move into a poor neighborhood ridden with crime. Drive a used car to get you to your job that is barely enough to pay all the bills if you're lucky, or wake up an hour early every morning to take the bus.
Oh wait... what am I thinking? Poor people don't work, remember? So just sit around and collect your unemployment check which is 60% of your previous pay when you were employed. And don't forget to apply for 3 jobs every month or they will take it away from you. Yes, they make you apply for jobs when you are on unemployment. I don't think republicans know this.
I hope having to borrow money doesn't bruise your ego too badly. Also, when times are stressful, you won't be able to take your yacht to some distant island to get away for a bit. But if you work hard all year, you may get one week of paid vacation if your lucky enough to work for a company that still offers it.
So what are you waiting for? Give up your Swiss bank accounts and stock portfolios and come live like a king with us down here on the bottom!
The only consolation is that you will actually have to pay taxes. Oh, and you don't have any pre-existing conditions, do you?