you are very funny :-)
only those over 250k. talk to me again in a few month when the tax cuts expire. tell me how i am not impacted by higher taxes on tanning, cigarettes, higher fees for passports, higher taxes for schools, etc. talk to me about the AMT. you don't think that's going to hit the middle class hard?
what do you think the debt commission is going to recommend? higher taxes. very likely a VAT tax. that's obamas way out of his promise. it is the purpose of the commission.
by next year, we will be in a depression. we are all going to pay for it.
it really does not matter how much i make. the government does not have a right to take it and give it to someone else. just because they made a law that says it's not theft, doesn't mean it's not theft.
from the first link:
Arthur Brooks, the author of "Who Really Cares," says that "when you look at the data, it turns out the conservatives give about 30 percent more." He adds, "And incidentally, conservative-headed families make slightly less money."
And he says the differences in giving goes beyond money, pointing out that conservatives are 18 percent more likely to donate blood. He says this difference is not about politics, but about the different way conservatives and liberals view government.
"You find that people who believe it's the government's job to make incomes more equal, are far less likely to give their money away," Brooks says. In fact, people who disagree with the statement, "The government has a basic responsibility to take care of the people who can't take care of themselves," are 27 percent more likely to give to charity.
you should reread the articles. i don't think you read very carefully.
i can tell you the difference between blue and red, and it's not about the government not doing enough for poor people. it's about individuals and their responsibility to each other and their community.
when i did Katrina, the people of NO sat on their roofs and waited for rescue. then they sat in lines and waited for handouts. the people of MS rescued themselves and then began cleaning up the mess. neighborhoods got together and cut trees, cleared roads, and took care of each other. same thing outside NO where JP lives. after Rita, the people worked together and took care of each other. a few took shelter. many took food until the power was back on. after that, they thanked us for our help and sent us on our way.
when i did the mid-west floods, which were worse than Katrina, but less reported...the people ignored our shelter and went out and sandbagged their town. they save it from flooding. after that, they got together and as communities, cleaned up the mess and helped each other. we had to go out and search for people who needed help. they accepted food and then went back to work cleaning up.
that is the difference between those who are dependent on the govt and those who are not. and...it is the reason i do what i do. i don't believe that the government should be responsible for rescuing everyone. i do believe that we have an individual responsibility to help where we can and give what we can. my ability to do this will be limited by the theft of my resources by the government.