Where Do We Draw The Line? - Page 2
American politics has become in large part, the art of deception where political rhetoric is all about misstating issues in order to appease one group or another for the sole purpose of buying votes. It may make a politician sound compassionate to vote for the extension of unemployment benefits until you one begin to ponder from where or whom the money to fund those benefits will come. In this instance, it comes from business owners in the form of high unemployment insurance and taxes. Money that businesses should be using to expand and hire more people is ironically going to pay people not to work.
Over the past 2 decades, politicians have deceived many Americans into believing that they can just “tax the rich” in order to add more to the government largesse. But most of the people called "rich" are not really rich. Most are small business owners who will, only on paper, show business revenues for tax purposes that are added to their personal income.
Additionally, “wealth” is not taxed, only income is taxed. For this reason, billionaires like Warren Buffet and Bill Gates are in favor of raising income taxes as it wouldn’t affect their fortunes.
Life is a journey through which each of us will have ups and downs. We can attempt to smooth out the roller coaster by making smart decisions, planning, saving, getting and staying educated. Invariably though, life happens. We may lose a job or find ourselves in poor health due to no cause of our own.
But as is often the case, many of us do not plan or make smart decisions. There may be many reasons as to why this happens — maybe you grew up without a father, maybe you weren’t able to afford a college education, maybe you got involved with the wrong person and made bad decisions.
There are no guarantees in life that anyone will be successful, happy, or healthy. The only thing we are guaranteed is the right to “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” As Benjamin Franklin once remarked “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”Continued on the next page