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(my apologies on the double post) none of us would. Why? If all of the poor suddenly made $10,000 more (through hard work or otherwise) then all of those who until then had made $10,000 more would now have the standard of living of the poorest. Inflation would ensue and we would have a LARGER poor population than before.
you farther than a bad one. But take two men, same age, education, social upbringing and throw them into the world. One will do better than the other - either through ones bad luck or the others good. Is one a victim? Only of chance, but chance IS a factor in our lives, whether we wish to admit it or not. Lastly - stop blaming and shaming the poor. Imagine an economy with no working poor. Can you? Its not economically feasible. We rely on the poor - whether here or abroad - to provide us with cheap items. No matter what economies need the poor in order to survive. I'm not advocating socialism - its inefficient and costly - but I DO think the belief that 'everyone can make it' is ridiculous. If 'everyone' made it, none of us...
you farther than a bad one. But take two men, same age, education, social upbringing and throw them into the world. One will do better than the other - either through ones bad luck or the others good. Is one a victim? Only of chance, but chance IS a factor in our lives, whether we wish to admit it or not. Lastly - stop blaming and shaming the poor. Imagine an economy with no working poor. Can you? Its not economically feasible. We rely on the poor - whether here or abroad - to provide us with cheap items. No matter what economies need the poor in order to survive. I'm not advocating socialism - its inefficient and costly - but I DO think the belief that 'everyone can make it' is ridiculous. If 'everyone' made it, none of us...
While I was a student, I was a member of the 47%. I now have my degree, and am in the 53%. I didn't suddenly become more hard-working, nor did I become a better person when that degree was conferred upon me. When I am old, after a lifetime of good solid work, I will hopefully be able to retire. Then, too, I would be a member of the 47%. It would not be because I was looking for handouts, but because I had given my whole life before and was simply seeking repayment of the loan of my more productive years. Romneys statement implies that the 'victim' mentality is far more pervasive than it is. Or, rather, that the victim mentality is all that stands between someone and a better life. I say this - having a good attitude will take....
Out of curiosity, would that mean our founding fathers were left-leaning? After all, they said we had the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Before you say that doesn't have economic consequences - it does. By giving all people the right to liberty, it effectively said slavery wasn't allowed. When this was finally put through (in emancipation) it had a HUGE negative impact on the southern 'producers'. No, I'm not saying business is bad, but it is amoral - it will do what it can get away with.
You do realize that most retirees fall under the umbrella of the 47% right? And college students? And often, members of the military as well. I'd hardly call someone who worked hard all their life a 'moocher'. I wouldn't call someone a moocher for trying to get ahead in the world, either. This is NOT true. If 47% of the country were moochers, there wouldn't BE a country. I had really hoped Romney would be good competition for Obama - I wanted a decent other choice - but he's not a great option. When he says things like this, he likely also will not get elected.
Do you know who is IN the 47%? The number of those in the non-tax paying rolls has grown in large part (aside from the poor economy) due to the number of retiring baby boomers. Thats right! The retired are often in the 47% considered moochers. As are college students working to make their lives better. The fact that you believe his comments are true is... confusing, to say the least. It doesn't take heed of reality. 47% of the country is NOT composed of moochers and freeloaders. It is largely composed of the old, the young-and-coming, and often members of the military.
We'd be a nation of the retired, of students, of military, and a selection of otherwise poor. The demographics of those who make up the 47% are predominantly the retired, students, military, and so forth. Those who are retired were likely once in the 53%. Do you suggest they end their retirement? With respect to students - they're working on becoming a member of the 53%. They haven't made it there yet. Part of the reason behind the rise in the number of people not on the tax rolls is because of the retiring baby boomer generation. We haven't all suddenly become leeches - unless you consider all of the elderly leeches, that is.
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