July 28, 2011

A tug of class war

Conservatives like to parrot the need for less government and less spending, but I never saw a tax cut that could put out a fire. Conservatives constantly complain about government waste and inefficiency, but we have the best government run military, post office, and social security system in the world. You hear conservatives harp on the notion that government should be run like a business, but why? We don’t want the Marines to make a profit. I know business owners who bitch about Medicare, but admit they don’t want to pay for a family doctor. Sarcastically, conservatives want to do away with public education, conveniently forgetting they matriculated on scholarships. Of course people don’t like to lose any part of their hard-earned income, but government services cost money. You can’t have adequate police and fire protection without taxes. But when conservatives demand “smaller government” they really want my services cut, not theirs. “Less taxes” means more tax breaks for the rich and a greater tax burden on me. Conservatives don’t give a hoot about “less spending.”  Reagan, Nixon, and both Bushes raised the national debt dozens of times and expanded the national budget far more than Democratic presidents. Conservatives just don’t like spending that helps people other than themselves. If conservatives can increase my taxes and cut theirs it means more services for them. Make no mistake we are in a social war between the wealthy and the Middle Class. When Boehner refers to president Obama saying, “We have a different vision of government,” he is talking about conserving inequality, not correcting wrongs for a better future. This is a class war between the Haves and the Have-Nots.  The prize is the greatest nation in the world. Right now 2% of America is enjoying 90% of the nations’ wealth, while the rest of us–98% of the population—are fighting tooth and nail to divvy up the remaining 10%.

Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights

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