Gee, there really was life after the South Carolina Republican primary. On the following day the sun rose and set, and the earth continued to go around the same as if nothing had happened.
The reason I was surprised is because these people have such a high opinion of themselves that I wasn’t certain we would be allowed to carry on with the rest of our lives without their permission.
I think this business with the super PACs is ridiculous. While some people are without food and medicine, millions of dollars are being squandered on television advertisements in support of political candidates. That people feel no sense of guilt or shame in throwing money away while people go without life's necessities is dishonorable.
I would hope that now that the American people have seen proof of the unfairness in our tax codes that there will be no time wasted in getting this situation corrected. The fact that anyone would be allowed to collect more than $21 million in assets for the year and taxed less than 14 percent, as was Mitt Romney, is ridiculous. Now, maybe everyone will have a good idea why people are in the streets, protesting.
It's amazing how people in this country can be so aware of the wrongs being committed against people in other countries and be so content with the evils practiced at home. For the past few years, we have been undergoing this horrible recession where people are being forced out of their homes and onto the streets while millionaires are wallowing in beds of money, piling it up in places like the Cayman Islands.
To pretend this is not common knowledge is one thing Americans are good at. But once the crime has been exposed to the public it is no longer possible to pretend we did not see what we saw. If we continue to live with this unfair, unjust tax system and do not demand that Congress put an end to it, then we have to admit that our government is really out of control.
Where do we think people get the money to invest in super PACs? Well, this is probably what they have leftover in tax money. This is the time they pay back the people who have made these rules that allowed them to keep the money by voting them into office where they can get the opportunity to do the same thing again and again.
What the rich fail to share with us is the fact that we are not all free to be enterprising. They prefer to say we hate the free enterprise system. Actually, in order to participate in that system, one has to have money. In order to keep people out it is only necessary to ensure that salaries are kept low and the cost of living kept so high that it takes every dime of salary in order to live. This is the song that describes the journey the average person takes on his ride to watch the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.
That's why keeping the Republicans and the Democrats at each others throats is so important. The possibility that they might stop fighting long enough to realize that they are the pawns in the game of Get Rich Quick is too great a risk. Can you imagine what might happen if Mr. and Mrs. Average American put their heads together and figured out how to relieve themselves of the tax problem?
Now, with the super PACs in the game, it will undoubtedly be harder to win this fight. But if people will drag out their old history books and read to remember again that this still is a government of the people, by the people and for the people, then they will go the distance until things turn out right.
It is unfortunate that we have allowed our education system to wither. Now is the time we need our best young minds working together to help solve this problem.
Think about it.
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