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The gap will get bigger

Every 4 years, right around election time, the libs like to remind us of how much bigger the gap between rich and poor in this country has become. They are usually able to drum up some professor type, supposedly an economics porfessor, who reports that, once again, the gap has widened, and may get worse.

Last night the gap was widened again by our Congress and soon our President. While the libs shout "Hooray" because all Americans are now covered by the new welfare style of healthcare, the gap that libs love to inform us all about, will grow.

There is a part of human nature called incentive. If we desire someting, we will strive to gain it. That is the reason most of us get up and go to work everyday. Anytime that someone will give us what we desire, instead of us having to work for it, we will take it. Take a look at a neighborhood where welfare is rampant. Free housing and food. Why should a person bother to work?

There will always be a certain segment of society that is content to take what is given to them. Just give them the government check every month, and leave them alone. While they will be jealous of those who have more than them, they will never quite have the gumption to do what it takes to "work" for a better life.

On the other hand are the folks who will work harder no matter what. They do not want to simply exist, they want to excel. Take something from them and they will get it back, plus some. These are the achievers. They are not content.

Just like with any kind of socialist program, a little more incentive has just been removed from the average American's life. Once again, the libs brought it on under the guise of helping.

Prepare to see more jealousy in America.

 

Comment balloon 15 commentsKevin Robinson • March 22 2010 07:59AM

Comments

You are right, my friend.  It's a very sad thing that we witnessed yesterday.  Well, I didn't exactly witness it, couldn't watch, it made me physically ill. 

Posted by Janna Scharf, Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert (Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene) almost 8 years ago

It is sad to see where our country is heading.  This health care reform bill that is being shoved down our throats is unconstitutional in my book.  Who does the government think they are mandating that everyone purchase health care coverage or their income will be taxed.  There are many Americans out there that would love to have health care coverage but simply cannot afford it.  People are loosing their jobs and household incomes are decreasing, now is not the time to put an extra tax and burden on the American people.  I just hope that this country wakes up soon and takes back our democracy which seems to be turning into a dictatorship.

Posted by Cherry Wings Realty, Your Traverse City Michigan Realtor (Cherry Wings Realty) almost 8 years ago

While I agree with some of what you are saying, I also see it's an easy viewpoint from someone who belongs to the "haves" and not "have-nots."

If you are against our society's social programs, perhaps you would be willing not to take you Social Security and Medicare benefits when the time comes?

Posted by Richard Strahm, Lansdale and North Penn Real Estate (RE/MAX Realty Group - Lansdale, PA) almost 8 years ago

Richard- I used to be a have not and worked very hard to get out of that position.  Many have nots have just had more incentive to strive taken away from them. By giving it to them they will weaken.

As far as social security, I have written many articles on that subject. I am willing to let the govt keep everything that I have paid in if they will let me out of the system. SS is joke with a very low ROI. There is no point to it anymore. Also I do not want Medicare. I do not want any form of welfare or socialism.  Why would you want either of the above?

Posted by Kevin Robinson, Fractional Developer almost 8 years ago

I just read an article this morning that said that in reconciliation 21 of 22 times it had to go back to the house for another vote. Hopefully, with amendments and other procedural challenges this will not be over yet. The closer we get to the election season, many of the rank and file will be looking at holding on to their job rather than appeasing the party leaders.

Posted by Darrell Walters (W. Darrell Walters) almost 8 years ago

Kevin, This morning I am wondering how much more "gumption" I need to muster to stay with the "haves".   And what is the evil cabal in D.C. plotting next(?),  now that they've clearly pulled this off.

Posted by Linda Metallo DiBenardo (Re/max Impact, Lockport, Illinois) almost 8 years ago

I applaud those who own acreage which has natural gas deposits and potable water because they are the ones who will survive in the coming future but the caveat is they absolutely require a loyal and trustworthy extended family to retain what they have.

Posted by Ross Westerman almost 8 years ago

Like any socialist country there will be very few wealthy, and a lot of people barely getting by.

Posted by Jon Budish (Resident Realty) almost 8 years ago

Kevin,  There were lots of other options that could have addressed health care fixes in this country.  I don't think the fight is over yet.

As far as Social Security and Medicare - there is no comparison between them and health care.  You pay into Social Security all your working life - and its mandated by the Federal Government.  We have no choices. We did not vote for it, we cannot refuse to do it.  You get back proportionately to what you contribute.  Your monthly retirement check is based on your lifetime earnings. It's a forced retirement fund.

You pay into Medicare your entire working life.  After you retire YOU STILL pay a Medicare premium each month and its deducted from your Social Security.  Since Medicare does not cover all your medical expenses you still have to buy other insurance.

Comparing Social Security and Medicare to total health care control by the government is like comparing apples to oranges.

Posted by Bonnie Vaughan, CNE SFR - Buyers/Sellers - Lackawanna & Surroundin almost 8 years ago

Kevin,

 

Incentive is being killed as quickly as possible. Incentive is dangerous to liberals because that means they cannot control your desires. Good Post.

 

JP

Posted by Jay-Paul Lowry almost 8 years ago
Just something to think about
 
 
In case some of you young whippersnappers (& some older
ones) didn't know this. It's easy to check out, if
you don't believe it. 
Be sure and show it to your kids. They need a little
history lesson on what's what and it doesn't matter
whether you are Democrat or Republican. Facts are Facts!!! 
 
Our Social Security 
 Franklin
Roosevelt, a Democrat, introduced the Social 
Security (FICA) Program. He promised: 
 
1.) That participation in the Program would be 
Completely voluntary, 
 No longer Voluntary 
 2.) That the participants would only have to pay 
1% of the first $1,400 of their annual 
Incomes into the Program, 
  Now 7.65%
 
3.) That the money the participants elected to put 
into the Program would be deductible from 
their income for tax purposes each year, 
  No longer tax deductible 
  
4.) That the money the participants put into the 
independent 'Trust Fund' rather than into the 
general operating fund, and therefore, would 
only be used to fund the Social Security 
Retirement Program, and no other 
Government program, and, 
Under Johnson the money was moved to 
  The General Fund and Spent 
 
 5.) That the annuity payments to the retirees 
would never be taxed as income. 
Under Clinton & Gore 
Up to 85% of your Social Security can be Taxed 
 
Since many of us have paid into FICA for years and are 
now receiving a Social Security check every month -- 
and then finding that we are getting taxed on 85% of 
the money we paid to the Federal government to 'put 
away' -- you may be interested in the following: 
 
------------ --------- --------- --------- ---------
 
Q: Which Political Party took Social Security from the 
independent 'Trust Fund' and put it into the 
general fund so that Congress could spend it? 
 
A: It was Lyndon Johnson and the
democratically 
controlled House and Senate. 
------------ --------- --------- --------- ---------
Q: Which Political Party eliminated the income tax 
deduction for Social Security (FICA) withholding? 
 
A: The Democratic Party. 
 
------------ --------- --------- --------- ---------
 
Q: Which Political Party
 started taxing Social 
Security annuities? 
 
A: The Democratic Party, with Al Gore casting the 
'tie-breaking' deciding vote as President of the 
Senate, while he was Vice President of the US 
 
------------ --------- --------- --------- ---------
 
Q: Which Political Party decided to start 
giving annuity payments to immigrants? 
 
AND MY FAVORITE: 
 
A: That's right! 
 
 Jimmy Carter and the Democratic Party. 
immigrants moved into this country, and at age 65, 
began to receive Social Security payments! The 
Democratic Party gave these payments to them, 
even though they never paid a dime into it! 
 
------------ --------- ----- ------------ ---------
 Then, after violating the original contract (FICA), the
Democrats turn around and tell you that the Republicans want
to take your Social Security away! 
 
And the worst part about it is uninformed citizens believe
it! 
 
 
If enough people receive this, maybe a seed of 
awareness will be planted and maybe changes will 
evolve. Maybe not, some Democrats are awfully 
sure of what isn't so. 
 
Actions speak louder than bumper stickers. 
 
 
AND CONGRESS GIVES THEMSELVES 100% RETIREMENT FOR ONLY
SERVING ONE TERM!!! 
  
 
A government big enough to give you everything you want, is
strong enough to take everything you have. 
-Thomas
Jefferson 
Posted by Ross Westerman almost 8 years ago

Kevin,

I just had this discussion with my wife and family yesterday. Many people work so that they can get health insurance.  Now, they won't need the incentive to go to work anymore. Free housing, food, and healthcare will all be provided! The rest of us will work harder and make less money from increasing taxes.  This was a historic mistake.

Posted by Michael A. Caruso (Surterre Properties) almost 8 years ago

Thanks to last night's vote, that child of yours who has had asthma since birth will now be covered after suffering for her first nine years as an American child with a pre-existing condition. Thanks to last night's vote, that 23-year-old of yours who will be hit one day by a drunk driver and spend six months recovering in the hospital will now not go bankrupt because you will be able to keep him on your insurance policy. Thanks to last night's vote, after your cancer returns for the third time -- racking up another $200,000 in costs to keep you alive -- your insurance company will have to commit a criminal act if they even think of dropping you from their rolls. Yes, my Republican friends, even though you have opposed this health care bill, we've made sure it is going to cover you, too, in your time of need. I know you're upset right now. I know you probably think that if you did get wiped out by an illness, or thrown out of your home because of a medical bankruptcy, that you would somehow pull yourself up by your bootstraps and survive. I know that's a comforting story to tell yourself, and if John Wayne were still alive I'm sure he could make that into a movie for you. But the reality is that these health insurance companies have only one mission: To take as much money from you as they can -- and then work like demons to deny you whatever coverage and help they can should you get sick. So, when you find yourself suddenly broadsided by a life-threatening illness someday, perhaps you'll thank those pinko-socialist, Canadian-loving Democrats and independents for what they did Sunday evening. If it's any consolation, the thieves who run the health insurance companies will still get to deny coverage to adults with pre-existing conditions for the next four years. They'll also get to cap an individual's annual health care reimbursements for the next four years. And if they break the pre-existing ban that was passed last night, they'll only be fined $100 a day! And, the best part? The law will require all citizens who aren't poor or old to write a check to a private insurance company. It's truly a banner day for these corporations. So don't feel too bad. We're a long way from universal health care. Over 15 million Americans will still be uncovered -- and that means about 15,000 will still lose their lives each year because they won't be able to afford to see a doctor or get an operation. But another 30,000 will live. I hope that's ok with you. If you don't mind, we're now going to get busy trying to improve upon this bill so that all Americans are covered and so the grubby health insurance companies will be put out of business -- because when it comes to helping the sick, no one should ever be allowed to ask the question, "How much money can we save by making this poor bastard suffer?" Please, my Republican friends, if you can, take a quiet moment away from your AM radio and cable news network this morning and be happy for your country. We're doing better. And we're doing it for you, too.

Posted by Ralph Gorgoglione, Hawaii and California Real Estate (800) 591-6121 (Maui Life Homes / Metro Life Homes) almost 8 years ago

Im tired of people thinking they have a right to the extra little bit of money I work hard for. 

If they want it tell me to my face and see what the results will be.

Posted by Delaware Junk Removal Residential And Commercial Hauling Clean Outs, Whole House Clean Outs, Basements, Garages, Attics (Delaware Junk Removal 302-530-9186) almost 8 years ago

Nicely put Kevin.  I will however make some comments about Ralph's comments.   A pre existing condition is still a pre existing condition regardless of having insurance or not..  Unless I am mistaken, after one year on pretty much any policy the exclusion goes away. And the child should be on her parent's policy and would be covered under most group plans.  Secondly the drunk driver would pay for the medical care because he was at fault.  Darn that auto insurance company.  And after three cancer operations you still should have lifetime benefits.  In the end, we make our own decisions.  Maybe we have to quit our desirable job and get a job with better benefits.  Maybe we just take better care of ourselves.   And as to bankruptcy or  loss of assets.  Tell that same story to the millions of people who WILL pull themselves out of trouble over the next few years based on hard work and their bootstraps.  The only issue in the end is who is going to pay for it?  That's all.  In Ralph's world, everybody gets something without paying for it.  In mine, it doesn't ever seem to work that way.  So sorry if I am a little sceptical of a plan that takes over 1/6th of our economy and is run by the government.

Posted by Dale Terry almost 8 years ago

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