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  1. #1 All of this is totally unnecessary. 
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    Here's some more "poor me, others have more and it's not fair!!!" ranting from those that think everyone owes them.

    dawg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Thu Aug-25-11 10:09 AM
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    All of this is totally unnecessary.

    Times are tough, they tell us. We've all got to cut back. Accept less. Um, eat our peas.

    They tell us we can no longer afford to fund Medicare or Medicaid at current levels. Maybe we need to raise the Medicare age to 67, they say. As for Social Security, they suggest something called a "chained CPI". A chained CPI means that benefits would lag far behind the true cost of living, growing more and more inadequate over time. But they tell us we *have* to do something. We can no longer afford the benefits our parents enjoyed.

    They tell us we can't afford to spend as much on the state level as we used to. Schools must postpone needed repairs. Class sizes must be increased. Infrastructure must continue to deteriorate. The money's just not there and we all need to "tighten our belts".

    Well, here are some numbers.

    US Real GDP Per Capita (in constant 2005 dollars):

    1990 $32,135
    2000 $39,292
    2008 $43,250

    Those numbers come from here:
    http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/2011/tables/11s1...

    The best number I could find for 2010 was $47,140 (although there could be some computational differences)
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    http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/NY.GNP.PCAP.CD

    The point is this: THE UNITED STATES IS RICHER THAN IT HAS EVER BEEN!

    Sure, we're in the midst of an economic pullback. But the country as a whole has plenty of money. If individuals are suffering, it is because their slice of the pie is insufficient. It's a big-ass pie, we are just dividing it up into pieces that are more and more unequal.

    There is an attitude afoot, even around here sometimes, that says we must be willing to accept less from our government, our jobs, our society. There is no compelling reason for that.

    If someone is asking you to settle for less, it is not a call for prudence and frugality. He is asking you to settle for less so that someone else can have more. Don't be fooled.

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    GDP per capita

    Definition
    An approximation of the value of goods produced per person in the country, equal to the country's GDP divided by the total number of people in the country.

    Read more: http://www.investorwords.com/6827/GD...#ixzz1W3Cd1tsF


    So Dawg thinks that everyone should have an equal amount of money/goods no matter what job they do, how hard they work, or the monetary value of their job. There's two words for that kind of person: jealous and/or lazy.
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    There is an attitude afoot, even around here sometimes, that says we must be willing to accept less from our government, our jobs, our society. There is no compelling reason for that.

    If someone is asking you to settle for less, it is not a call for prudence and frugality. He is asking you to settle for less so that someone else can have more. Don't be fooled.
    These two lines sum up liberal thinking perfectly. Settling for less as if it's the government's job to provide for you and give you things.
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    Simple.

    The Moonbats wants the government to stick a gun in people faces and take their money and personal property.

    Take from the haves and give to the have-nots.

    But what the Moonbats don't realize is those have-nots will want more after you asshats have given them everything.

    And they'll eat alive when you don't come across with the goodys.
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    Well, dawg, it just so happens that Federal spending is far outpacing that per capita GDP rise, for reasons which are partly due to the older entitlement/benefit programs failing to take the Boomer demographic bump into account, and the newer ones just shoveling out money faster than it could possibly come in.

    That's probably too complicated for you, so just settle for the fact that your misery brings joy to others.
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