ROSE NOLEN: Many are already off the fiscal cliff

Tuesday, January 1, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CST

My friends have been trying to teach me how to avoid the fiscal cliff. I haven’t told them that I think I fell off the cliff several years ago. During the George W. Bush administration, I think I fell off the first year he was in office.

Actually, I think I went off the fiscal cliff shortly after 9/11, and I don’t think I ever got back on. The two big wars were enough to keep me struggling just to keep my feet on the ground. Climbing was out of the question. It seemed that something was going on the entire time President Bush was in office. And since he has been out of office we have been fighting our way out of the recession.

Obviously, the Republicans think we should take care of the millionaires. Apparently, it is too much to ask for them to pay their share of the bills. I don’t think we ever found out how much money Gov. Mitt Romney had. He had it stuffed and hidden all over the world.

In any case, even falling off the cliff, I’ll feel better just knowing that people with money will have to spend some of it just to stay out of jail. I don’t understand why people think working people can pay the bills or even that they should. I can’t even understand why President Bush should think that rich people should have a tax cut in the first place. And when the country went into recession, the rich should have had to pay more to bring the country out of debt.

It seems to me over the years that the rich are far less generous than they once were. Those who were fortunate enough to have a lot of money were far more generous. It seemed like they were always endowing hospitals or other social institutions. Nowadays, all you hear about is that they are making even more money.

And it really is unfortunate that they think average people envy them and want to take their money from them. They truly believe that poor people want to take their money and use it. Every now and then you hear somebody talking about people wanting to share other people’s wealth. In all honesty, I’ve never heard of poor people expecting or even thinking that they have a right to somebody else’s money.

The truth is, most people are not paid enough for the work that they do. We need to have the minimum wage raised every year so that the average worker can keep up with the cost of living. And all work should be included in fair-wage agreements. As it is, so many people are not included in these pay schedules. There should be a division of government that oversees wage schedules to make sure that individuals are paid fairly. There are some job classifications that have never been paid fairly, such as domestic workers.

Some people have to work more than one job to make ends meet. There should be some authority available to make certain that people are paid adequately for the work they do.

Undoubtedly, everybody will not always be able to avoid the fiscal cliff. But when they fall, they should be able to get back up and try gain. Fair is fair.

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Corey Parks January 1, 2013 | 10:27 a.m.


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frank christian January 1, 2013 | 11:07 a.m.

I have a one word comment as well. Sick!

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Michael Williams January 1, 2013 | 11:22 a.m.

Let's just call us the USSA.

Because I think that's what she described.

I simply do not understand anyone desiring cradle-to-grave gov't care. This is someone who does not believe in equal opportunity; rather, she yearns for an equal outcome.

At least, that's what her words (past and present) tell me.

Little hope......

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John Schultz January 1, 2013 | 10:41 p.m.

I think Mike Martin is right when he says the Missourian should pay local columnists, because then we would certainly be reading something better than this.

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Corl Leach January 1, 2013 | 11:29 p.m.

Is this an excerpt from "The Onion?"

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