I'm sorry, I have to rant again. It was this
(link dead, sorry)
EEGs show brain differences between poor and rich kids that reminded me of how ticked off I get when
I hear people carping about taxes, redistribution of wealth, welfare queens
and so on.
My State of Massachusetts recently cut back mental health programs. There's not enough money coming in, something had to go, they chose that. Similar cuts to social programs are being made all across the country.
Listen up, all of you who complain about your hard-earned money going to social programs, all of you who were so enthusiastic about McCain's "Let's not raise anyone's taxes" pitch:
Is this the world you want? Crumbling bridges and roads, inferior schools, mentally unstable people wandering the streets? The article I referenced above suggests that poverty damages brains:
So this is the world you want? Because you are so worried about "welfare queens" and other undeserving people getting your precious money, you want to create a world filled with sub-par people who never will achieve much, who are all the more likely to become criminals, drug abusers, prostitutes and so on?
This is the world you want to live in? You want to lock yourself away in your gated communities and only drive through the squalor and filth when you venture out for your pampered vacations?
I'm disgusted. Your selfishness is creating a dirty, ugly world of the haves and the have-nots, with the gap widening every day.
THERE WILL ALWAYS BE WASTE AND ABUSE! I feel like screaming that every time someone complains about welfare cheats and uses that as their justification for denying money to social programs. THERE WILL ALWAYS BE CHEATERS. Audit, find them, and punish them appropriately, but don't use that as your excuse for denying help to people who really need it.
Keep being selfish, keep denying social programs the funds they need, and our world will just get more crime filled, more violent, more crushingly depressing and horrible.
We need to raise taxes, especially on people who are doing well. I don't know where to set the bar: three times the poverty level, five times? I don't know, but somewhere up there people have to start kicking back more. Yeah, maybe it means that you don't get to go to Aruba every year. Oh, poor you: that's such a hardship, isn't it?
Wake up: our world is crumbling around us. It's time to act.
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