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Monday, March 14, 2011

That's not fair! You've got more!

It's not fair that I don't have a new car, but you do.
It's not fair that my house is old, but yours is bigger and newer.
It's not fair that my hair is receding while I'm still in my 30's.
It's not fair that I can't fit in the same clothes as you.
It's not fair that I have a size 18 boot (when I can find one) without FULL compensation elsewhere.
It's not fair that, as a child, I had an allergy to wheat.
It's not fair that I had to work when my friends played.
It's not fair that I work nights while my friends work regular shifts.
It's not fair that you have more money than me.
It's not fair that you have more than I do, and I have less than you do.

It's not fair.

And now you're telling me that we don't have enough money to give me more, when you clearly have more than me? That's not fair.

First, we are not either broke. And second, it's not fair that you have more than me:

As Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) pointed out in a little-noticed but powerful speech on the economy in December, “during the past 20 years, 56 percent of all income growth went to the top 1 percent of households. Even more unbelievably, a third of all income growth went to just the top one-tenth of 1 percent.” Some people are definitely not broke, yet we can’t even think about raising their taxes.
Well, duh! There's PLENTY of money-- it's just that you elites* have taken it all.

This, my friends, is how we delude ourselves into giving up capitalism for socialism.

*Defined as "those who have more than I deem to be appropriate."

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At Monday, March 14, 2011 5:20:00 PM, Blogger Old NFO said...

Excellent point Matt! And well stated :-)

At Monday, March 14, 2011 6:36:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not a matter of being broke; it's a matter of the government spending more than it takes in. And it's so bad that no amount of taxation is going to fix that without first sending the economy into a tailspin, no matter what simpletons like E.J. Dionne think.

At Tuesday, March 15, 2011 5:54:00 AM, Blogger Tam said...

I wonder how Al's income compares to the national average? Reckon he makes more than 99% of your average Americans?

If I send him a SASE will he split it with me? You know, to average us out?

At Wednesday, March 16, 2011 7:37:00 PM, Blogger charlotte g said...

It's never been fair. Lawyers and preachers spend the same time in school, but we expect lawyers to make a lot, and preachers, if they are good preachers, to make a little. We expect professions in numbers to pay more than professions in words, or services. With exceptions.
Entitlements. I hear about them. they aren't clear to me. I am entitled to live, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness by constitution, and maybe a little lagniappe if I'm lucky. Certainly not deserving.
It amazes me how much power and money folks seem to need to be happy.I used to have it, but I don't anymore, and I'm not crazy--I'm just happy.
Happy can never be legislated.

At Thursday, March 17, 2011 12:04:00 AM, Blogger Matt G said...

I'm personally distrustful of a wealthy preacher. I'd rather have a wealthy lawyer. That's not lack of fairness; that's an expectation of motivation.

At Thursday, March 17, 2011 9:50:00 PM, Blogger charlotte g said...

Oh, yeh, Matt. And I agree with expectations as you and I know them? And I guess that's where I came from. Silly me.

What am i ENTITLED to? ha!
Life is better without that question.

At Tuesday, March 29, 2011 8:15:00 AM, Blogger The Old Man said...

What else do you expect from a grown man that wears diapers?


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