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I avoid buying from China not even on political ground but because it's too much a gamble. As for food, I won't eat anything from a country who's regulations are so weak they even poisoned their own infants. And shipped poison pet food to US, and radio-active sheet-rock, and HDD's that are DOA, and alkaline batteries, with 5-10 years before 'expiration' leaking while sitting in a drawer having never been used and . . . on and on . . . also, I avoid Walmart, which has an office and outright sets up manufacturing in China to increase the unsavory flood.
A nice measure would be, and I've sent such a request to various online vendors, is to include in the item description where it was manufactured (sometimes the Ships-From country filters help).
So - my buying their crap has not been been a problem for some time - unfortunately, my personal=safety based boycott isn't 100% enforceable. But, I will shop around and even pay more, although long term, I'm really paying less.
Too keep the reply lounge-safe, I'll stick to this:
The only real difference I found in my taxes, depending upon the party, is which one does it to my face and which one hides it and pretends they're tax heroes.
Interesting food for thought: with the 'big tax cut' (which would have increased my taxes if my mortgage wasn't paid off), there is a need for a new revenue stream to fill in the gaps created by the cut . . . and what better way to raise taxes than indirectly, via tariffs (sort of a VAT without a vote). Recessive tax rates - the sweet sound of more wealth to those already wealthy - and no work is involved.
They work for a living, buy food with money they earn; try to enjoy some recreation. Unlike the wealthy they have no advocates. Unlike the self-proclaimed oppressed, they have no advocates. They work so they can't get Medicaid - and they don't earn enough to pay for medical insurance. If they have legal problems they must spend much of their earnings on legal council because Legal Aid and other such organizations won't give them the time of day (except when they want donations) - neither have they enough money to buy their way out of trouble, either.
Ultimately, they're the ones who pay for everything for everyone else.
Other dictionary definitions that should exist for the middle class:
Economic Cannon Fodder
Working Class Lemmings
I've heard many a politician stump on looking out for the middle class.
Until after the elections. Basicly the same for all the idiots, past and present.
honey the codewitch wrote:
What i don't hear from them is concern over the working poor,
That class growing with the infusion of immigrants from the middle class.
Personally, I think it's a disgrace that a person in the USA can work full-time job and not have enough money to get by. And should they dare have a family? !
Another observation, one which I made to my kids, right as they were finishing high-school and shopping for college: "You can work hard now, or you can work hard the rest of your life". In general, the lowest pay is reserved for the hardest jobs.
On the other hand - I have seen and heard first hand account (via wife, a teacher) how poor the attendance is where she teaches and how little respect the students have for school and education. There's a result of peer pressure? Family/culture? Maybe a society that will give them what they need if they don't work for it themselves - a honeypot to keep them in lower class or a palliative to avoid an increase in crime?
Plenty of pandering going around. My (partial) solution? No one should starve or be cold; as a society we should supply the necessities of life where needed - social safety nets are for all of us. HOWEVER, if you want nice things then, well, you'll need money and that's for those who work. Protection and motivations need to be coordinated. Is it cruel, or, is not doing it what's really cruel?
No one should starve or be cold; as a society we should supply the necessities of life where needed - social safety nets are for all of us.
are you elephanting kidding me? Try that with your children, they'll never elephanting move out. Are you drunk? Define the necessities of life? You guys boggle my mind. There is nothing like a little "sh*t this sucks, I need to do something" to get someone motivated.
<italic>Stuck in a dysfunctional matrix from which I must escape...
"Where liberty dwells, there is my country." B. Franklin, 1783
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” BF, 1759