Allow Me to Clarify

Earlier today I wrote a response to a comment on my post, I Won’t Vote For Obama Because… and it seems everyone that comments feels that I believe that we should economically punish anyone that makes a low wage or isn’t in the upper class.

Allow me to clarify that this is most definitely not the case.  While I do believe in smaller government, less regulation, and in general lower taxes, I do believe that the government can help out those that really need it.  I do also think that several of our current systems need to be reworked.  Quite simply I believe that you should work for what you have/want.  You shouldn’t expect it to be just given to you (by the government or anyone else).

My largest issue with the whole redistribution of wealth is that it gives a sense of entitlement to those that survive off government programs.  We already have enough people that believe the government should just give them money.  Why do we want to further propegate that idea.

I’m okay with the government helping out the common hard working man.  But it needs to be done in a reasonable and intelligent way.  I’m not okay with just giving handouts to people who are too lazy to get a job, education, or even read a book.

I don’t believe that further taxing the rich (a group that already pays somewhere around 90% of the taxes collected in this country) or profitable corporations for simply “making too much money” because I feel that is pusnishing success.

I believe quite simply that “if man does not work, he shall not eat” and I do not believe in the idea of entitlement.  I don’t believe that anyone is entitled to anything and that if you want to be rich, have more money, or a higher position that you have to work to achieve it.  I don’t believe it should just be handed to you.  Does that mean that this doesn’t happen?  It does.  Do I agree with it?  Not really.

The current system isn’t perfect and it does need to be re-evaluated, tweaked, and in some cases, completely reworked.

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4 Responses to Allow Me to Clarify

  1. Obama plans to keep taxes the same or cut them for much of the lower-middle class and raise them for people in the triple digit range. That only helps those of us who don't have triple digit salaries to get there. It gives nothing to people who aren't working at all, but those who are starving because they make minimum wage get to keep more of their money.Yeah, it “punishes” those of us who have made it here, but it helps other people make it here too, and without others making it to our level of wealth the wealthy can't find buyers to sell their wares to. We should want thy neighbor to do better once we've done well enough for ourselves. In your case Michael, I'm your neighbor, and I want you to do better, and I am willing to pay more taxes to help people like you pay less till you are here — then we together will help the next family and ultimately our whole country. That's how we eliminate poverty, make it so it doesn't make more sense financially to beg on the side of the road than it does to work at the Jack In The Box.

  2. Michael Koby says:

    Yes, I'm all for helping ones neighbor, but I don't believe that doing it via government redistribution is the way to get it done.For example, you have helped me by teaching and educating me how to be better in my field. You're helping another friend of yours by educating them on their trade.Helping your “brother” doesn't mean having the government do it.

  3. Obama plans to keep taxes the same or cut them for much of the lower-middle class and raise them for people in the triple digit range. That only helps those of us who don't have triple digit salaries to get there. It gives nothing to people who aren't working at all, but those who are starving because they make minimum wage get to keep more of their money.Yeah, it “punishes” those of us who have made it here, but it helps other people make it here too, and without others making it to our level of wealth the wealthy can't find buyers to sell their wares to. We should want thy neighbor to do better once we've done well enough for ourselves. In your case Michael, I'm your neighbor, and I want you to do better, and I am willing to pay more taxes to help people like you pay less till you are here — then we together will help the next family and ultimately our whole country. That's how we eliminate poverty, make it so it doesn't make more sense financially to beg on the side of the road than it does to work at the Jack In The Box.

  4. Michael Koby says:

    Yes, I'm all for helping ones neighbor, but I don't believe that doing it via government redistribution is the way to get it done.For example, you have helped me by teaching and educating me how to be better in my field. You're helping another friend of yours by educating them on their trade.Helping your “brother” doesn't mean having the government do it.

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