It's been for the Corporations (financed) by the Corporations for the past 20-40 years or more. the great divide between the top 5 percent of wager earners and the lower half is getting wider and wider, the few that make tons of money are doing it at the expense of the people who work for them. My problem is that from what I see, the more “Financially Conservative” a person is, the more personal greed determines their personal responsibility. It isn't about how many chips are on the table at the end of the game, but how you played the game and whether you cheated by stacking the deck or by bottom dealing.
There's not only the need for individual responsibility "bootstraps philosophy" but also the social responsibility that they never seem to remember. There's that Golden Rule that is the same in nearly every religion around the world, and it is NOT "do unto others BEFORE they can do unto you." Cutting social programs for those who are not as well off is unconscionable.
Cutting education of our young is like cutting off your nose to spite your face. These kids will be the leaders of tomorrow when you are getting ready to retire. But if they don’t have the education necessary to be able to manage their lives, not to mention the lives of their elders. Being disadvantaged as a child does not mean that person does not have a high intelligence, indeed there are many cases of people with a high intelligence but without the formal training or a degree to back it up. With the proper education every child will have the ability to make the most of themselves. Without a proper education even an intelligent child can be stuck working below their potential.
We already have young adults who may have graduated from High School, but are unable to form a complete sentence on an application or a form, they can't spell without using spell check, and are unable to determine whether they should use “to”, “two”, or “too” not to mention “they're”, “their” or “there”. They may have raw intelligence, but the school processed them through as if on an assembly line without making certain that each and every one could have the basics to be able to get into college without needing remedial college prep classes first, and that every teen that wants to go to college has a way to do so without having to either work two jobs at the same time and not get the full benefit of the education, just to pay for it, or have so many student loans that the Master’s degree they had at age 25 is still being paid off as they turn 50.
Then there’s the infrastructure that we have not been maintaining properly since the CCC built them. Bridges in a dangerous state of disrepair, roads that are not designed to take the amount of traffic in a week with what they receive daily. How are the big Corporations going to ship their goods across country if the roads are falling apart, the railroad tracks are not maintained and bridges are crumbling beneath their trucks and trains?
The truly fiscally responsible thing is to end corporate subsidies for companies that are making huge profits without those subsidies, close the corporate tax loopholes and adjust the personal income taxes for those top 1% of wage earners to be in line with the taxes that middle income wage earners pay. There are already responsible millionaires out there that receive these extremely low taxes on their income that practically beg to be taxed at a fair rate. www.PatrioticMillionaires.org Check them out. They know what the country is doing is wrong, they understand that the taxes that they would be paying in are necessary for the economy, and are disgusted at the extra tax cuts that they received without asking.
I saw part of Van Jones’ “Rebuilding the American Dream” live webcast, and some of the statistics are very troubling. I knew they were bad, but I didn’t realize just how bad they are. Here’s the webpage: http://www.rebuildthedream.com/