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Oct 04 2011

99% Self-Pity, 100% Moonbattery

The moonbats who brought us the Sorry Everybody and Thank You for Throwing Your Shoe sites have a new one: We Are the 99 Percent. The idea is that 99% of us haven’t earned as much money as the 1% that pays over 40% of federal taxes, so we should seize their wealth, squander it, and all be poor in harmonious equality. Their arguments in favor of destroying all hope of prosperity for everyone consist mainly of their own personal hard luck stories — like this one:

whining-communist

Misery loves company. As the implementation of liberal policies throws more liberals into poverty, rather than wise up they will demand a doubling down on these policies until no one has more than anyone else — except of course the apparatchiks in charge of the wealth distribution. At that point America will be indistinguishable from the Soviet Union.

This is why the liberals in Washington will not back off, even when they see that they are crippling the economy. FDR’s policies were similarly destructive, but the more economic havoc he created, the more he was able to expand his power. If he hadn’t finally died, the Great Depression never would have ended. It’s all about never letting a crisis — or the opportunity to worsen a crisis — go to waste.

On a tip from comet.

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  • Chris in N.Va.

    Perchance these benighted souls fantasize a far better, more personally-prosperous existence in the oh-so-egalitarian workers’ paradise countries of, say, Cuba, Zimbabwe or maybe the current Libya?

    Lots of luck!

  • StanInTexas

    The rich are rich because they do things that make them rich. They are getting richer because they keep doing those things.

    This person had a child that they were not prepared to support. I also see no mention of the other parent. Therefore…

    The poor are poor because they keep doing stupid things that MAKE them poor. And they are getting poorer because they keep doing those things.

  • Johannes

    Just FYI:

    Self pity is when you HAVE the money, and you’re still carrying on like the world is unfairly maligned against you. You know, the kind of victimization that goes on at sites like this, where we’re lead to believe that white Christian upper middle classers have the deck stacked against them and are the real victims?

    That’s self pity.

  • Johannes

    “The rich are rich because they do things that make them rich. ”

    Or becasue they inherit, or becasue they figured out how to collude with the gov’t, or they used the infrastructure of the country for free, or because…

    Being rich is great and ought to be the goal. Not everyone deserves to be rich and others do.

    But I want a level playing field and fair rules, and you guys are “by any mean neccessary”, but you won’t admit it. THAT is the problem.

  • StanInTexas

    No, Johannes, what you want is equality of outcome. And the other thing that you won’t admit is your wealth envy.

    So spare us the lectures!

  • chuck in st paul

    So much about that sign is total BS.

    So much about what Johannes says is BS.

    Johannes is part of the 99%. Congratulations.

  • chuck in st paul

    StanInTexas – October 4, 2011 at 11:17 am

    I s-o-o-o-o-o agree with you on that Stan.

  • StanInTexas

    Chuck, that sign says it all about why this person is poor.

    1) Single parent
    2) Working at some menial job
    3) Protesting instead of looking for a better job

  • Johannes

    “No, Johannes, what you want is equality of outcome.”

    WHAT??? Can you read??!? I said:

    “Not everyone deserves to be rich and others do.”

  • StanInTexas

    Johannes, then why are you complaining? Oh, I see, YOU want to decide who deserves to be rich and who doesn’t.

    Thankfully for all of us, you do not get to make that decision. If you want to be rich, then stop whining about inheritance and get to work.

  • Johannes

    YOu think the rules are fair now? You think it’s fair to have a ratings agency tell someone a security is AAA when it’s shit because they’re colluding with the company their rating?

    I want fairness and honesty for people in the market, not equal outcome.That’s silly.

  • StanInTexas

    Say Johannes, is that a black helicopter right outside your window?

    …made you look!

  • Johannes

    “Thankfully for all of us, you do not get to make that decision. If you want to be rich, then stop whining about inheritance and get to work.”

    Trust me, I work more than you do. I don’t have kids because of my career, and work a real 70-80 hours a week.

    The whole game’s not rigged, but a lot of it is. I want clear and fair rules so that the winner gets rich, not the cheater.

    There are a lot of people who are rich/poor today becasue we have a partially rigged system.

    That’s wrong.

  • Johannes

    “Say Johannes, is that a black helicopter right outside your window?”

    I’m sorry Stan, but I don’t even know what you’re talkng about. You misquote me and call me names, but you seem unable to say anything that isn’t vague nonsense.

  • Gregory of Yardale

    Exactly when did 99% of the American people elect a handful of selfish airheaded hippies to represent us?

  • Gregory of Yardale

    Not everyone deserves to be rich and others do.

    And, of course, you and your ilk will decide who deserves to be rich.

  • StanInTexas

    Johannes, the system is the system. People have always gotten rich by following the rules, and people have always gotten rich by cheating. You can whine about a utopia all you want, but that just makes you a nutcase, as my black helicopter illustrated.

    Oh, and if you have issues with the way you are spoken to here, then perhaps you should go hide under your bed.

  • http://reaganiterepublicanresistance.blogspot.com Reaganite Republican

    You’ll get nothing and like it, pickpocket pos

  • Johannes

    Did you guys hear about that whole bailout?

    And the fact that wall street got all that money and is posting major profits, but isn’t hiring anyone?

    Or that there was major fraud and misrepresentation of investment risk, yet nothing’s changed and no one on Wall St was punished for it?

    Well, most of your fellow citizens have.

    And they’re pissed.

  • StanInTexas

    Hey Johannes, did you hear about all the money this administration is giving to green energy companies that are taking the money and going bankrupt?

    Oh, well… maybe you heard about the one American car company that DIDN’T take the Obama bailout money and then posted A PROFIT!

    I guess you are content to sit on your ass and complain how UNFAIR the system is.

  • http://www.christianitytoday.com/ch/131christians/activists/wilberforce.html Wilberforce

    Wall Street itself now hires people? :)

  • Gregory of Yardale

    Did Johannes hear about the massive Dodd-Frank banking regulation law whose thousands of pages of new regulations and restrictions on lending that are strangling the credit markets?

    Is Johannes aware that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two Government entities who contributed the most to the mortgage crisis, escaped any form of regulatory scrutiny in Dodd-Frank?

  • Johannes

    “Johannes, the system is the system. People have always gotten rich by following the rules, and people have always gotten rich by cheating.”

    And by that logic we should allow cheating when we can stop it? Or if we can’t stop all cheating we shouldn’t stop any? Or be mad about it? That makes no sense Stan.

    “You can whine about a utopia all you want…”

    Who said anything about a utopia? YOU like the putting words in my mouth bit, don’t you? That’s like saying if we can’t stop all violent crime, we shouldn’t try to stop any. Of course there will be some cheating. This is very illogical.

    “…but that just makes you a nutcase, as my black helicopter illustrated.”

    So wanting to stop cheating is akin to being insane? Really?

    Your logic is just… weird, Stan. No offense, but you need to

    a. Stop making thing s up about what I said if you want to have a discussion

    and

    b. think about what you’re saying a bit more so that it’s a bit more sensible. I mean, the notion that I’m an insane conspiracy theorist for wanting to curb fraud is itself a bit insane.

  • Johannes

    “Did Johannes hear about the massive Dodd-Frank banking regulation law whose thousands of pages of new regulations and restrictions on lending that are strangling the credit markets?”

    It does nothing. IT was written by Wall St. Nonsense of the highest order. Frank and Dodd are the two most on-the-take people alive.

    “Is Johannes aware that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two Government entities who contributed the most to the mortgage crisis, escaped any form of regulatory scrutiny in Dodd-Frank?”

    YEah – exactly. I’m not denying FM&FM were a huge piece of this, adn were left unregulated. But so was repeal of Glass by Clinton!

    It’s all to allow cheating.

  • Johannes

    “Wall Street itself now hires people?”

    What’s next? Are you going to point out a spelling error?

    Are you really this clueless about how capitalism works?

  • StanInTexas

    Johannes, what cheating can we stop? Tell us all about it. And tell us HOW you are going to stop it.

    You want “clear and fair rules”? And you want everyone to abide by those rules? And everyone get along and live in peace and harmony? And you think my characterization of that as being UTOPIA is unfair? Now you want to moderate that with “curb fraud”.

    What you are doing is complaining about “The System™” and demanding it be changed. And you are whining about The Rich and how unfair it all is. As I said, Quit Whining and get off your ass and DO SOMETHING.

    As far as having a discussion, you set the rules with your first post. Go back and re-read it before you whine further about the way you are being engaged.

  • http://www.christianitytoday.com/ch/131christians/activists/wilberforce.html Wilberforce

    What’s next? Are you going to point out a spelling error?

    Are you really this clueless about how capitalism works?

    Not the same thing as a spelling error, tell us how Wall Street isn’t hiring. And why.

  • AC

    What you advocate amounts to a carpet bombing of wealth producers to root out the crooks, many of whom acquired their wealth through the sort of cronyism, lobbying, and venture socialism the free marketeers want stopped.

    I put myself through an expensive school then went on to build a business. Am I to be caught up as collateral damage in your bracket-based assault on the Medicare fraudsters, lobbyist-lawyers, military-industrial revolving door cronies, and financial crooks at Goldman?

    The game is always rigged. Tough shit. It’s been less rigged in the US than any other nation in history. When individuals are forced to take responsibiliy for their choices and actions then they and they alone must bear the consequences of failure, and conversely, make their own success without victimizing others.

    The difference between here and now versus most of history is that the rigging is the exception to the rule, not the rule itself. I’m proud and grateful to live in a time and under a system where we don’t have dictators, politburos, kings, dukes, aristocrats, or technocrats dictating success and failure for everyone according to a very rigid set of rules.

    Whether under people such as King George, Joseph Stalin, Robert Mugage, or Vladimir Putin, or even the softer authoritarians like Tony Blair or FDR, the norm for humanity is heads they win, and tails they lose.

    In America, half the flip can go in your favor, and the very motivated get to keep flipping.

  • AC

    *that should read Robert Mugabe. Not sure how I butchered the name of a guy I criticize on here twice a week.

  • Johannes

    Clear and fair rules = utopia? Sorry Stan – English is clearly your second language.

    And how do you know what I’m doing or not? Seriously?

    What should we do?
    1. Reinstall GLass-Steagel TOMORROW to curb the liklihood of another bailout.

    2. Have higher capital requirements so that skin is in the game for speculation et al. gambling-like activity. Notice I’m not saying to curtail or over-regulate exotic derivatives – cap req will do this naturally and let the market do the regulating.

    3. Have SEC oversite, including periodic auditing, of ratings agencies to ensure that investors know the risk of their investments.

    4. Repeal or amend trade agreements that have sent manufacturing overseas so that they’re fair to America first, not CHina or whomever else.

    Of course, none of there are perfect or utopian, but it’s better.

    I can’t believe that I have to explain to an ostensible adult that better is preferable to worse…

  • http://biblebelievers.com/come_to_jesus.html Anti socialist

    Johannes are you an atheist?
    Need to see where you are coming from in your reasoning, because you sound like a classic atheist, the same people that brought all the relative garbage upon people, that destroyed the American system, that put you in the mess you are in, and in that case, shut up already, you have no say if you’re an atheist because then you are THE PROBLEM.

    And if you’re not an atheist you would be well aware that atheism and it’s sins is the root cause of this mess and wouldn’t rant about those faulty solutions anyway.
    You can’t have fair and justice with atheists around because they are all relativists.

    You are in this predicament because of your sins, and atheism is a very major sin.

  • Johannes

    “What you advocate amounts to a carpet bombing of wealth producers to root out the crooks, many of whom acquired their wealth through the sort of cronyism, lobbying, and venture socialism the free marketeers want stopped.”

    How the F could you know what I advocate for BEFORE I posted what I advocate for? Do you have ESP?

    I guess that’s the problem – you guys are only allowed to address exactly 1/2 of the problem – the half that is congruent with your ideology

    If it doesn’t fit the ideology, or you’re not sure, you have to make things up and come up with schizophrenic attacks and straw men.

    I like America. Screw the political nonsense.

  • StanInTexas

    Johannes, you keep trying to walk back your words. First you wanted everyone to play by the same rules, then you claim you just want a few things to change. You can’t seem to decide WHAT you want.

    You complain about people not playing fair and gaming the system, then you talk about a bunch of governmental regulations that you want to use to fix the problem of governmental interference in business. And all this for the purpose of leveling the playing field?

    I was giving you the benefit of the doubt when I said Utopia. I should have just said you are delusional and left it at that!

  • AC

    You’re here to demonize the rich by focusing on examples of people who didn’t earn it, as part of a platform to soak them.

    Then you suggested the same people who oversaw Bernie Madoff oversee the rating agencies to prevent future problems. Hah. That’s a good one. You want the blind to lead the stupid, rather than preventing the influence of TBTF/OPM from creating dumping grounds for toxic assets, all courtesy of Backstop Ben.

    Then you double down on the financial stupidity by blaming free trade and other ideology for the loss of jobs, rather than a more objective metric such as output per unit cost.

  • Gregory of Yardale

    Johannes, no one is buying your pose. You’re repeating the same “Life is unfair, I want the Government to make life fair, and by fair I mean more people giving stuff to me” crapola of the anti-capitalist hipppie airheads of the “Occupy Whatever” movement, and in the thread below, you are defending the Mahogany Marxist Messiah with the tired “Bush’s Fault” refrain.

    You say you want a level playing field, all right, but more regulation, and more control by corrupt bureaucrats isn’t going to achieve that. And the socialists have finally run out of other people’s money, so people who accumulated $100K in student loan debt pursuing a major in Gender Studies are just going to have to accept that they are unemployable.

  • StanInTexas

    And back to the subject of the post…

    Why should I have to choose between RENT & FOOD?

    I have a better question for you…

    WHY SHOULD I HAVE TO GIVE YOU PART OF THE MONEY THAT I EARNED TO MAKE UP FOR YOUR POOR CHOICES?

  • Johannes

    “First you wanted everyone to play by the same rules, then you claim you just want a few things to change. ”

    Who said all rules have to change for there to be fairness? I never said EVERYTHING was unfair, so this makes no sense.

    Seriously, you have real reading comp problems.

    “You can’t seem to decide WHAT you want.”

    No, I want fairness and then SPECIFICALLY said what I would do. SPECIFICALLY. Not vague identity politics.

    Really – are you OK? You seem to write fairly coherent sentences, but you cannot go 2 words without making up things I never said.

    READ MORE CAREFULLY.

  • StanInTexas

    Johannes, if you read carefully, I am not the only one that read your posts the way I did. You may want to consider that the issue here is you, and not all of us!

  • Johannes

    Gregory, I mentioned specific policy items. Comment on those, please, and hold the nonsense.

    Being an idealogue is pretty easy. Talking policy requires that the BS end. I know that might upset some.

    When did America become allergic to detail and rigor? Some steak instead of sizzle – PLEASE…

  • Johannes

    “Johannes, if you read carefully, I am not the only one that read your posts the way I did. ”

    Nah, you are.

  • Johannes

    “You’re here to demonize the rich by focusing on examples of people who didn’t earn it, as part of a platform to soak them.”

    Again, point out how that’s true via my specific policy proposals, becasue It really doesn’t make sense in light of them.

    Not sure how cap req, seperation of holding, free flow of accurate info or fair trade soaks anyone.

  • Gregory of Yardale

    WHY SHOULD I HAVE TO GIVE YOU PART OF THE MONEY THAT I EARNED TO MAKE UP FOR YOUR POOR CHOICES?

    A question that should be asked of every liberal.

  • Johannes

    You people are incapable of doing anything beyond shouting that you hate a particular political ideology.

    No solutions, no discussions, no policies no nothing.

    WTF is that?

    THINK a little. It won’t hurt.

  • Johannes

    “A question that should be asked of every liberal.”

    When this is the extent of the effort you put into your thinking about policy, this is what you get.

    Vague epithets and non-policy oriented nonsense.

    Go read.

  • fliteking

    They ARE 99% – idiot, 1% dullard

  • Gregory of Yardale

    1. Repeal Glass-Steagal, but not Dodd-Frank or Sarbanes-Oxley? IOW, keep the massive regulation in place, and reimpose the barriers to profit. Yeah, that will work.

    2. How about instead we just remove the bailouts and let investors do with their own money at their own risk, instead of over-regulating industry and socializing failure.

    3. Again, an expansion of bureaucracy and regulation where none is needed. Investors should be relied upon to make their own risk assessments. Government is too inept and corruptible to be trusted with this.

    4. The problem isn’t trade agreements, its a culture of over-regulation and over-taxation that makes American industry uncompetitive with foreign industry.

  • AC

    Fairness? Like the fairness doctrine?

    Comrade, your mastery of newspeak is doubleplusgood!

  • AC

    No solutions, no discussions, no policies no nothing.

    We can start by ending the Fed, and with it, our disastrous and destabilizing monetary policies and interventions built around limitless bureaucratic control, unsound money, and fractional reserve banking.

  • Gregory of Yardale

    If the goal is fairness and economic recovery, these are the steps I would recommend:

    1. Throw out the existing 68,000 pages of tax code and replace it with a code that is flatter, simpler, and not filled with loopholes for special interests like ‘Green Energy.’

    2. Repeal Dodd-Frank and Sarbanes-Oxley for businesses under a fairly high threshold of assets or revenues.

    3. Repeal Obamacare and end Federal involvement in health care.

    4. End the de facto moratorium on the development of domestic energy.

    5. Defang the EPA, limit its scope, cut its budget, and legislative absolve it of the authority to regulate greenhouse gases.

    6. Abolish the Departments of Education, Energy, HUD, HHS, DHS, Commerce, Transportation, and Labor and delegate their useful functions, if any, into other cabinet department.

    7. National Right-to-Work legislation would be great, but I believe in leaving that decision to the states.

    8. End subsidies for college degrees outside engineering, medicine, and hard sciences.

  • chuck in st paul

    All the bleating about fairness, etc., leads inevitably to more government regulation and therefore interferrence in the marketplace. America succeeded quite nicely for hundreds of years with minimal laws that were clearly written to protect us from predators and scofflaws.

    The last forty years has been turned into a law-la-palooza as Congress passes reams of overly arcane and complex ‘laws’ and then hand the keys to the kingdom over to the agencies to build libraries full of regulations that make it even MORE obscure and difficult to follow (as well as more expensive to operate).

    The ‘fairest’ way to do this Johannes is to cut the laws to the bone, then shoot anyone who trespasses. Rein in the Supreme Clowns. Congress has that right, right in the Consitution. Rein in Congress with a six year term limit. Rein in the Cargo Cult Class and their enablers with a forced voting recusal by anyone taking government money.

    Now THAT would be fair.

  • chuck in st paul

    You want fair…?? How about repealing Barney Fag’s stupid ‘protection’ act? That cockholster has cut my ROI directly in half and forced me to put my trading funds in on-shore Wall Street. Now how is that ‘protecting’ me or making my financial situation better? Well, it’s not.

    I trade FOREX and Barney and his cronies didn’t like that we could get better terms and good safety at foreign trading houses. So he jiggered the laws to force my money on-shore and then dictate the margin ratio we could have regardless of what the street or the traders wanted.

    All these people need to be sent home. Now.

    November 6, 2012 – End Dependence Day

  • Coldwarrior57

    I may get booted for this but to the person who had that sign. Perhaps you should have thought of that before you started fucken n sucken. Perhaps you should have had a JO-FUCKEN-B BEFORE you got knocked up.
    And NOW you want a good paying job? you want more money? What do you have to offer the employer? Jumpen Jesus on a pogo stick!

  • AC

    I trade FOREX and Barney and his cronies didn’t like that we could get better terms and good safety at foreign trading houses. So he jiggered the laws to force my money on-shore and then dictate the margin ratio we could have regardless of what the street or the traders wanted.

    If you meet the definition of an accredited investor then talk to your broker. You might just be stuck in a sort of limbo where they aren’t offering you the services you’re legally entitled to receive.

    There are ways around a lot of the new crap, from what I’ve heard, but I wouldn’t know first hand because I quit playing in the Wall Street casino.

  • SR

    Liberal fairness making the rich poor instead of the poor rich! … A liberal
    is someone too poor to be a capitalist, and too rich to be a communist.

  • KHarn

    JOHANNES

    Have you, or will you GIVE AWAY anything you inherit from your parents or any other relitive? You “DIDN’T EARN” that money/property, after all; it was just an ACCIDENT OF BIRTH.

  • Lyle

    Did anyone notice the person holding the sign is a 5 to 6 year-old boy?

    If he’s making $8/hr, that’s not too bad.

    If he has a 3 yr-old kid, he’s really in trouble.

  • Alan

    “Did anyone notice the person holding the sign is a 5 to 6 year-old boy? If he’s making $8/hr, that’s not too bad. If he has a 3 yr-old kid, he’s really in trouble.”

    BWAHAHAHA! Love it Lyle.

    ***

    While the rest of you violating regulations by feeding the trolls – and I’m starting to wonder if half the trolls here are fake to boost site traffic – another questions remains unanswered:

    WHERE’S THE CHILD’S FATHER?

    Let me guess: “Oh, he’s not around anymore.” Why’s that? “Well it’s complicated.” Does he pay alimony or child support? “HIM? HA. He’s as broke as a joke.” Then why’d you have his baby? “That’s none of your #$%& business.” You’re the one airing your personal information to the world. See you down the road sister.

    The rest of you ladies, guard your virtue. And marry a guy with money, or at least a job.

  • Ghost of FA Hayek

    Johannes
    http://blog.heritage.org/2008/09/22/the-glass-steagall-myth/?query=The+Glass-Steagall+Myth
    More capital requirements means less volume, means more volatility
    SEC oversight of ratings agencies ?
    Then who will oversee the SEC ? Which already has a less than stellar track record.
    Trade barriers ?
    Get ready for higher prices, MUCH higher prices.
    Johannes economic RX gets an “F”

  • AC

    The blind squirrel did find at least one nut. Glass-Steagall needs to come back. Depository institutions put the taxpayers on the hook for bailouts through the FDIC and NCUA. As long as we’re running a boneheaded, money-losing insurance scheme we do need to keep all financial gambling away from depository institutions.

    The writers of the act had no idea how Wall Street would transform into a casino, and could never envision things like armies of trading bots, but the act did serve a purpose.

    When TBTF banks stop coming to the public for deposit insurance and bailouts then they can diversify.

  • Jimbo

    Ecclesiastes 5:18-19
    This is what I have observed to be good: that it is appropriate for a person to eat, to drink and to find satisfaction in their toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given them — for this is their lot. Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil—this is a gift of God.
    ~

    Those passages say nothing about enjoying the benefits of someone else’s toil.

    There are still more opportunities in this country than anywhere – but lazy liberals whine because they have to “toil”.

  • ddiddly

    I’m really interested to know what degree, if she even finished school and received one, is represented by those loans. Losers like her don’t finish jack shit. IF, and that’s a HUGE if, she has one, I bet it’s some worthless, new-age, feel-good bullshit like women’s studies or psychology.

    Prog losers, don’t whine at me. I’m the last guy to cry to or get sympathy from. I finished my undergrad in biology and chemistry in five years at the ripe age of 41 with a wife and three teenagers while working full-time in my own business that I started from nothing with zero assistance of any kind just so I could have the flexibility to attend class and do homework while still making decent money to pay my mortgage and tuition. If some jack-hole loser doesn’t have it in him/her to change their situation that sucks ass, then keep punching that shitty register for $8/hour. I got nothin’ for ya.

    Now as a freshly-minted 42 year-old medical student I have barely taken out my first student loans with every promise of not only paying them back, but becoming even more of a productive, contributing member of society. Unfortunately through the oppressive taxation that awaits me I’ll be involuntarily supporting more than a few of this disgusting cadre of vermin, but it will be a small price to pay to live with the supreme satisfaction of knowing I set for myself one of the most challenging goals there is, and banged it out.

    Is someone like Johannes going to claim I cheated when I finally achieve the lifestyle I’m busting my ass for? Probably. Will I ever be accosted by these loser hippy scum saying it’s not fair that I have and they have-not? Probably. But you know what? F-them. Their shortsightedness doesn’t allow them the vistas I and countless others have been forced to look at up close along the trail of tears to get to this point, and I frankly could give a shit trying to explain it to them.

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  • Ruthless

    What AC said, X 10. Just because idiot hippie liberals benefit from the stopped-clock effect doesn’t mean we should plan our schedules by them, but calling out things like Glass-Steagall and TBTF are among the few areas where some of them just happen to be coinciding with what free-market conservatives have been saying better for decades.

    This is a source of a lot of anger for us of a traditionalist and free-market conservative bent- there’s little truly conservative about the Republicans anymore, and given the always reliable stream of Marxist filth coming from the Demo-rats, it means that there really is no conservative party that we can turn to, and certainly none that we’ll support. Cronyism and capitalism-by-lobbying, as practiced by the insurance industry against those of us who truly have started and grown our businesses, is not free-market by any measure, yet the supposedly free-market GOP has joined the Demo-rats in a loving embrace of all their corruption. They’ve used government collusion and blocking of competition to reap profits without generating a dime in wealth by the free market, arbitrarily raising premiums, and taking away from the wealth produced by those of us who’ve succeeded in the free market without the help of government contracts, regs and handouts.

    Both parties are in bed with the lobbyists, both parties bailed out the banksters when the free market clearly demanded that they pay for their blunders- a socialist perk that no real business owner would ever profit from- both parties love government contracts and crony capitalism whether for Van Jones socialist housing projects or socialist defense contractors who suck on the government teat, both parties support affirmative action and other intrusions into business. There is no truly conservative party in the US these days, and if the GOP thinks they’ll be getting even half of the conservative support they got in 2010 and earlier years, then they’d better wake up from their fantasies, cause it ain’t happening, and they’re about to learn a cruel lesson.

  • Momster

    $10,000 in credit card debt for food and diapers for 1 adult and 1 child.

    Jeez, that’s a LOT for food.

    As for diapers, when my kids were little I used CLOTH diapers–they still sell them, my son and his wife use cloth. We are not nutty-crunchy types, but, hey, think about it…Use something that is expensive once and throw it away. Use something that is also expensive—and use it over and over and over again. Duh–if you don’t have much money to your name you have to be more careful with it.

    Lets see…about $20 for a dozen diapers. Buy 4 dozen for $80. Keep using them–you pay $80 one time for years of use. Hmmmmm OR buy $20 worth of disposables every week and then just throw them away after one use.

    P.S.: after the baby is toilet trained the cloth diapers are still useful as dusters and cleaning rags (you know, instead of paper towels)= even more savings.

    Silly hippy–kids are for adults.

  • Keith in Seattle

    Johannes, you sir have the brain and common sense of a dead gnat. I am lower middle class, a christian and don’t think the deck is stacked against me. I’m not rich because I made poor choices growing up. Got hooked on drugs and the likes and now I pay for my bad choices. I’ve got 15 years clean and sober and now make more money per year than I ever had before. That’s because I WENT BACK TO SCHOOL to better myself. I have a family so I worked FULL TIME and went to school FULL TIME. Shut your piehole, you’re stupid and arrogant and have no right making judgment on ANYONE.

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  • https://sites.google.com/site/helpandcounsel/home Free

    “Why should I have to choose between rent and food?”

    Because this isn’t utopia or heaven. And in the real world one often has to make such tough decisions because one has to live with consequences of one’s actions. Well some people do. Others get things like food stamps, WIC, TANF, section 8 vouchers, etc. Those people profit off of their irresponsibility.

    I am suspicious about whoever wrote that sign. Really wonder why they haven’t gone on the dole.

    Otherwise, get used to making hard choices. Work harder, work smarter, do something.

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