Posted by Head Shaking in Stockton, a resident of another community, on May 27, 2011 at 7:30 am
What? Nothing to conclude. How about this: That poor and working people in depressed cities across the American landscape recognize their interests are best served when they vote for Democratic Party leaders and agendas?
The brain is a precious commodity, Chris. You should try using yours.
Posted by Chris, a resident of the Amador Estates neighborhood, on May 27, 2011 at 8:31 am
Oh yeah, Head Shaking...
We need MORE people dependent on welfare, more unemployment, more people taken care of for ALL their needs by the Democrats. "Try using your brain, Chris" you say? With your philosophy, the government will make our decisions for us. Individuals do not need to use their brains...because the government will make decisions for us. We are too ignorant, remember?
I am "down with the struggle" with you, Head Shaking...
Posted by Leland, a resident of the Castlewood Heights neighborhood, on May 27, 2011 at 12:14 pm
Unlike so many other posters, I'm going to honestly give you my first name. Leland. I would think doing so gives me far more credibility than those who post anonymously or who only give there middle names. You can check it out if you want. My first name is Leland. Everybody around here knows me.
To be honest, I'm wealthy. So were many of the Founding Fathers. The world has always been made up of rich and poor and it always will be. Face it. Live with it. I do. I've never had to go live in those filthy cities of incest and plague. But I COULD have. The point is that this country has provided me the freedom NOT to if I don't want to.
My Daddy was very wealthy. So was his Daddy. Believe it or not they were both really good guys. Our neighbors would always comment on how nice they were. I'm a nice guy too. But in the free market place of competition nice guys finish last. So, my goal is to keep my money for me and mine. I finance a lot of different institutions and groups to get the word out. The way I figure, there's two ways to go. I can give some of my money to entitlement groups like elderly and sick and blacks. And I've got the money, oh brother have I got the money. But I don't want to. What do I get out of it? They just use it on drugs and crime and I have less money at the end of the day.
The other way is to get folks all riled up about government workers. Now if the state rolled back the tax cuts for the wealthy that would about 90% cover all our unsustainable liabilities. Add another 1-2% tax on the wealthy and we're all back to zero. But I'd be taxed more. And I can afford it but I'm going to protect what is mine. That's why me and the Koch brothers and a lot of other rich people are bankrolling this tea party craze that has people shouting about fiscal responsibility and wanting to cut public employee jobs, salaries, benefits and pensions. Pretty cool if your perched up here like I am. If you're poor, well then life probably sucks. Live with it. Ben Franklin said there'd always be rich and poor people would be left with the hind end.
I've been totally honest here. My name is Leland. Not anonymous. Not teacher or preacher or tagger or carpetbagger. Leland.
Posted by Harrison, a resident of the Foothill Farms neighborhood, on May 27, 2011 at 4:07 pm
I commend Leland for using his real first name. That took courage. My name is Harrison. It is not a very common name, and so if you check around you'll find people who know me. Also, I've got my drivers' license and other i.d. in case you're skeptical. I've always only used my name, Harrison, when I've posted here. Honest. No, really. Hmmmmm...... Your suspicions are leaving me concerned. Let me start afresh: I am absolutely serious.
My problem is with the sarcastic posters around here. They seem to be making light of how some of us want to take other people's money away from them because of the tsunamic unfunded tax liabilities. I only have one thing to say. Be thankful we're not trying to take food off of YOUR table, too. (You don't belong to a union do you?) It is necessary to cut salaries and pensions of middle-class public employees so that your children and grandchildren won't be crushed by tsunamis. Besides, me and my other wealthy friends don't want to be taxed. It's better for us to go after the public employees. It's easy. Just say, "We're broke. It's public employee pensions that are breaking us...." and then we're off to the races. Teachers? Cops? Firefighters? Park maintenance? School Administrators? Sorry. We cut, we win. They lose part of their salaries and pensions, me and Leland don't have to pay one red nickel in additional tax. You think we're treating you like chumps? Well.... That's one of the advantages of being wealthy. We can use that money that might otherwise go toward health care or education to stick it to the evil state workers, who are middle class probably just like you are. But you get my drift, yes? It's working ... except for these pesky recall elections hitting like tornadoes in the midwest. We're thinking about putting a campaign called tornadorecall.org which is kind of a warning device like we have for the coming tsunamis. This isn't over yet.
Now, having said that, there is a really serious problem about some of the posters on this site being sarcastic. Everyone should have to use their real first names, like me (Harrison) and Leland. And we should only be able to talk about what matters: tsunamapocalyptic tax burdens caused by public employee salaries and pensions and what we should do about them because we're broke -- well, not me and Leland -- but you're broke and if you think me and Leland are going to pitch in you've got another thing coming. Pay no heed to the sarcastic ones. They are immature and afraid to use their first names. Stick with us, me and Leland, the mature ones who want to cut middle-class workers' pay and benefits. I ask you: Who-Who-Who is the bigger transgressor? Me and Leland or the sarcastic ones? Peace be with you my children (unless you're a public employee).