Saturday, March 6, 2010

Is Right-Wing Media Preoccupied with Muck-raking These Days??

Truth be told –both parties, both left and right-wing media, constantly poke at the failures, hypocrisies, inability to do miracles and fulfill promises of peace and prosperity and perfection forever –by the party in power. That is how we manage to get our party and views back into power –by showing that the opposition makes errors, is corrupt, and can’t solve all the problems –many of which are caused by us folks with our choice of lifestyles ending in divorce and poverty, and fatherless kids and single moms for gov’t to take care of.

As a 4th generation conservative, I really believe we are better off with low taxes that really do allow the “haves” to hire, buy, invest, donate, provide health insurance and generally do more good –than when gov’t has all our money, kills incentive and squanders with inefficient bureaucracy. But Big Business has shown they can be as bad as gov’t at times. I’ve said before that I don’t like to see any CEO’s making mega-bucks –millions –while downsizing, i.e. firing OR borrowing from the gov’t. I believe in the Free Market –with some regulation to restrain evil –which is what most of our laws are about –or should be.

I think we would do well to work more on the health care reform bill --incrementally-- instead of just trying to pass anything–and in the meantime do things that help the economy. Raising taxes and creating new perpetual entitlement programs isn’t the way.

A recent uni study demonstrated that those receiving perpetually extended "unemployment" wait until the last minute to take a new job --taking advantage as long as they can of the gov't money for which they do not work.

My husband’s retirement is only what he has set aside –plus social security which may collapse. If gov’t decides to tax our untaxed pensions at a really high rate (proposed by democrats) , they can take away what he managed to save and we could be in want if we lived into our 90’s (which IS doubtful) –despite all his life of hard work. I also believe that estate taxes should be minimal –because the person worked for it and should be allowed to help his kids and grandkids with it –as in sending them to college, e.g.

I don’t think gov’t should be confiscatory to those who’ve worked hard all their lives to take care of themselves and their families in old age. Gov’t can destroy incentive as they did in USSR and Cuba. Why work hard if it doesn’t get you anywhere? people figure. Freedom and free enterprise have made America rich compared to most of the world –our national debt per capita is even less than many European countries. It is democrats who are more likely to deficit spend at higher rates than GOP –granted that 9/11 and war and Katrina took us deeper in the Bush years than in the Clinton years when a republican congress helped him appear to be fiscally prudent –but Obama has outspent Bush at a breathtaking rate. And of course, the “fair and balanced” media will let us know.

"God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance and have eternal life."--the Bible


Andrew said...

This title caught my eye. There has been a lot of "muck-raking" lately. In either case I believe that hard work breeds a working capital and a strong economy. You have to have labor! Over the years in America we have grown from a hard working country (up at sunrise ready to go), to a culture of apathy and easy come easy go, get rich quick schemes. Money comes easier than ever today, and it breeds laziness. The media is just as guilty as anyone in promoting this attitude, as well as the negative stories they constantly portray.

Barb said...

It's not good when people think gov't should provide everything.

mud_rake said...
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Barb said...

"That gov't is best which governs least."

Of course gov't isn't all bad, Muckly. We need it. We are proud of our form of gov't and our freedoms protected by that gov't.

But I am very concerned when the majority of the people think Uncle Sam is their provider.

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Barb said...

At least half of the people I know are dependent on the gov't --all the retired are receiving and did pay in --but inflation and longer lives and healthcare have cost far more than they've put in. It may be conservative to say that Many or most of the nation's children of single moms and the moms are supported by gov't. The ones I know are. All the natural disaster victims get help.

2007 statement:
Slightly over half of all Americans – 52.6 percent – now receive significant income from government programs, according to an analysis by Gary Shilling, an economist in Springfield, N.J. That's up from 49.4 percent in 2000 and far above the 28.3 percent of Americans in 1950. If the trend continues, the percentage could rise within ten years to pass 55 percent, where it stood in 1980 on the eve of President's Reagan's move to scale back the size of government.

I wonder if they are including national defense employees and other gov't employees including teachers on local pay and state retirmement programs --which they have paid into but, like social security, they get back more than they invested and more than the funds usually have earned. Retirees all live on the income (pension investments) of the younger workers and on borrowed money, indebting tax payers of the future for eons.

I like that there are tax credits for the working poor to help them out ---especially with children --and social security and medicare and help for the needy; every retiree is on it; but we have to strenthen the economy in order to sustain our programs.

"It's the economy, Stupid!" THAT is the point. If there aren't working tax-payers, there are no programs, just a bankrupt gov't. Gov't should be an enabler to working people, to business and economy --without letting businesses on the dole abuse the system with exorbitant salaries and firings to feather the nests at the top.

steve said...

This just in from Reality News:

The American Worker Subsidizes China's Conquest of Taiwan


In recent development, The Red Army of China has seized hundreds of Walmart Widget factories in Order to Turn them into Tank Factories for their upcoming invasion of Taiwan. When Joe Walten, heir to the Walton estate was asked about the US commitment to Taiwan and how his company was an enabler of China's recent military might, his answer in typical shortsighted CEO fashion: "I don't give a crap, We've recently divested our labor costs into India and so this setback in China shouldn't effect our bottom line too much". Meanwhile the US economy, already in years of recession took another blow as China is now in the process of wholesale sell off of US treasuries. The greenback shudders in it's final death throes. Now back to you Tom with the latest American Idol results!

Barb said...

This is supposed to be a news announcement from 2025? How cynical about CEO's --and not funny to malign Walmart like that.

You KNOW very well that if China goes after Taiwan, the GOP in charge would intervene (if we are able)--but the liberals don't want us to send any military abroad.

I think that's a likely risk predicted --that our technology and investment in China could someday be used against us. You had better hope for the continued spread of Christianity in China and the availability of Bibles there --because that is the humanizing, civilizing force for countries who would previously gun down their own student protesters and jail their religious and political dissidents.