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"My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country"
How do you think think quote would be received by todays citizen?....applause and cheers of approval...I don't think so.
This sense of entitlement is in all strata of society from the guy collecting foodstamps who is too proud to work as a trash collector, to the rich who feel they just can't pay anymore taxes because they "earned thier money", to the businesses who feel they are entitled to pollute air and treat employees anyway they want, to CEO's, our religious and politcal leaders who feel they can play be different rulesand of course parents who think schools and coaches must ocddle their special kids.
Am I wrong?
|some won't like it but|
Oddly the whole entitlement argument is wrongly used by conservatives against the poor, but really its the rich with the greatest sense of entitlement.
The feel they and their children are entitled to a way of life not shared by the rest.
Almost. Just replace "are entitled to" with "have earned" and you've got it nailed!
|take care of yourself|
Why don't we just all mind our own business and not worry about what anyone can do for anyone? People should make transactions that benefit them. If a transaction benefits both parties, it will occur. If not, it shouldn't. There's no need to do anything for anyone because we can all get along just fine by minding our own business and doing what's best for ourselves.
In fact, the best thing that everyone in the country could do for the nation as a whole would be to simply take care of themselves. If everyone took care of themselves, we wouldn't need to worry so much about what the country could do for us.
I think the wealthy do not like financing others sense of entitlement: middle class well fare. I understand all of the arguments against big bank CEOs. However, many of our millionaires are true revolutionaries: Virgin, Apple, Boeing, nanotechnology, material developments.
Companies like the above are doing something much better for the country with innovation than their tax dollars could do.
|Just about right|
Many people take care of themselves at the expense of others.
Many people take care of themselves at the expense of others.[/quote]
And many take care of others at the expense of themselves. But it's not the government's job to tell them to do that.
What exactly is it that you want people to do for their country?
Also, do you think that they didn't have poor relief and complaints about tax rates in the 1960s? Both of those things are described in the Bible.
Ever hear of the tragedy of the commons?
Shuffle papers, work for the corrupt courts, wack off in a government job... All those people think they are WORKING HARD....
They seem to be the ones b*tching about entitlements the most, and they are grossly overpaid babies. Same with the WallStreet jerk wads, making money like a freaking auction house in World of Warcraft. A f'ing fantasy system where they can overlord over hard working people, or the poor on government assistance.
The tragedy of the commons refers to what can happen in the absence of property rights. For example if farmers share grazing land they may allow over-grazing to occur. Fisherman may fish excessively as the ocean isn't owned (this seems to be happening).
|ball so hard|
You ARE morally entitled to your own money. What you're not entitled to is anything provided at the expense of others.
No entitlements, but no sacrifices either.
Yeah, it's cynical bullsh*t. Life isn't tragic. Success and happiness are possible when the government leaves us alone.
It seems a bit immature to say your life would be better if the government didnt exist. You can say life might be better if government was smaller, but to say government does nothing but reduce your and everyone else's seccess and happiness is a little ignorant. Do you think your and everyone else's lives would really be better without a transportation system, without some idea of the safety of consumer products, without building codes, without a police force, without a standard currency, without city planning, without schools, without a standardized electrical power grid etc etc?
I'm all for people voicing their opinions on how they would specifically like to see the government downsize (whether or not I would agree with it), but to say the government should just "leave you alone" make one sound like a kid who just wants more candy. If you want to cut budget items, list the items, their recoupable costs, and what we would be sacrificing by cutting them. That's the only reasonable way a productive decision can be made. Anything else is sort of just partisan banter.
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