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Why the government fails us

Original post made by hoops, Mohr Park, on Feb 25, 2012

Self interest,money and greed.Politicians vote in their self interest.People vote in their self interest.A very small percentage of any group is willing to vote for what is best for the country.This is what is obvious....1-our schools are broken and falling further behind 2-our infrastructure needs rebuilding 3-we need to create and bring back jobs from overseas 4-we need to fix SS and Medicare which is not that difficult.
All of these things can be solved without difficulty if the people in congress would act like grownups and WE ALL AS A NATION would make some small sacrifices.
We make some adjustments to existing and future pensions that are bankrupting the country.Make some common sense adjustments to SS and Medicare.Change the tax code.Fix the schools and quit protecting bad teachers.
Quit bowing down to the money and your self interest and fix the bleeping country before it is too late.

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Posted by Totally agree
a resident of Apperson Ridge
on Feb 25, 2012 at 12:40 pm

I completely agree with you. Don't forget to make the 1% and corporations pay their fair share of taxes.

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Posted by ?????
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 25, 2012 at 5:40 pm

There are a number of related bills from the House that Senate Leader Harry Reid won't allow the Senate to vote on.?.?

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Parkside
on Feb 25, 2012 at 7:38 pm

Paid my fair share. Anyone care to guess or tell me exactly how much that was or should be?

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Posted by Cecil
a resident of Amador Estates
on Feb 25, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Let's put it to a democratic test. Let the people vote on how much the 1% should pay!

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Posted by steve
a resident of Parkside
on Feb 25, 2012 at 9:40 pm

A democratic proposition 8? Only to have the will of the people circumvented by a 9th circus court judge? Democracy has been replaced by judicial activism. Maybe the judeges know how much we should pay--they are part of the 1%, too.

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Posted by Cecil
a resident of Amador Estates
on Feb 26, 2012 at 3:58 am

steve's a little bit confused by the difference between human rights and tax rates. The former is not a matter of majoritarian rule; the latter is. Of course one would need to have advanced beyond an infantile state of blanket hatred to grasp the difference. steve can't. Fortunately, most can.

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Parkside
on Feb 26, 2012 at 5:26 am

Cecil, rights assigned to you would be subhuman. Try to focus on the post rather than trying to squint between the lines.
To spell it out for you, the subject of the post was judicial activism negating a majority vote. My example was just one of many instances in this state where the voters have been ignored. Who would have thought pointing out that historical fact would have twisted you panties in such a wad. My, aren't you sensitive..

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Posted by hoops
a resident of Mohr Park
on Feb 26, 2012 at 11:01 am

How about the Supreme Court and their ridiculous ruling allowing the super pacs to run wild on democracy???That is the classic example of having no regulation and now annonymous super wealthy people from anywhere can influence our elections and our country.This is a great example of why rules are needed to control the greed and self interest.Shameful and totally political ruling.

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Posted by Hoops
a resident of Mohr Park
on Feb 26, 2012 at 11:16 am

How much should the 1 % be taxed???I would say nobody making that much money should be able to pay less than 30% with no loopholes period.That total would be less than half of what it was back in the 50's and 60's.I like Romneys idea to not tax dividends on people earning less than 200k.I like Obama's idea on the minimum for the rich.Regardless of all the BS about the rich being job creators and you have to lower their taxes,the fact is we need revenue.To say someone earning 10 or 20 mil a year is not going to hire people and grow his business because he pays a little more in taxes is insulting.Nobody is proposing huge tax increases that are going to cripple a business.If someone like Romney has 200 mil invested and and has to pay more than 15% on his interest earned,what is he going to do put the money under his pillow?No ,he is going to make a little less income on his investments and keep them right where they are.

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