My a wife and I combined make about 45-50K per year. Could I be considered a mooch by someone like W? I guess so. Do I give a shit? No, because I know I'm not a mooch. What's the difference betwenn me and a real mooch, someone who pays in nothing but recieves a check? I actually have an argument, I frickin' work for a living. These baby factories who sit on their asses and do nothing, yet drive a nice car with $3000 worth of rims on it, have no argument. What are they contributing to society, more babies for the rest of us to take care of?
There is my reasoning between a true moocher and someone who just don't make as much money as you. A real mooch don't have an argument.
I think that when most people use the term "moocher" they are referring specifically to people who are supported by the government through various programs. Now, that can include the formerly productive people who have been brought down by circumstances and it can include those unable to be productive through no fault of their own. In the context of this thread it's usually leveled at the people who could work but don't as well as those who make consistently bad decisions that require government intervention to repair.
The Founders certainly felt good about a pay-to-play voting system. They saw no compelling reason to give the franchise to a penniless servant. There was a reason we changed that position.
I would very much like to see a taxation system that is fairer to everybody. Of course, I'm also in favor of dismantling the agricultural subsidy system. That alone would eliminate a large chunk of the perceived fly-over country welfare (and it would deprive huge agribusinesses of undeserved income).
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