Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Just Take it From Me Yourself

It's election time, and that means that Facebook quickly degenerates into a cesspool of veiled insults, forwards of talking points, and abject endorsements.  During this period, I'll stop following the more egregious of sharers of this type of information - one way political viewpoints are best shared in a blog like this one, and not on social media, lest one feels that the entire world shares the same belief as the poster.

Some of the most vocal folks have been the ones supporting Socialist (not a slur, but an actual, accurate label) Bernie Sanders.  I still can't believe that in 2016 we're this close to a Socialist being President of the United States, but folks it is true.

These folks go about sharing information about it finally being time for the "rich" to pay their "fair share."  School and health care are rights that need to be funded.  It's time to pay up.

Since I'm in the top 5% of wage earners, I assume that means me.

Here's a thought for all of you Bernie supporters: How about we cut the old man out of it, and I just pay you directly?  Don't have the government do the dirty work for you - take my money from me and use it yourself.  

All I want in exchange is an answer - why?  Why is it "fair" that I support you?  Why, given the divergent paths our lives took, is it necessary for me to not only pay my family's bills, but to now be responsible for paying your family's bills as well?  And as I ratchet up my output (again) to strive and try to maintain a similar standard of living for my family, what will you do?

Don't hide behind the Bern.  If you want my money, take it from me yourself.  

But look me in the eye when you're doing it, compare notes with me, and tell me why my paying your bills for you and taking care of your family for you is the fair thing to do.

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