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In my teen years LBJ declared war on poverty, and I remember seeing documentaries on the conditions of the poor and clearly the conditions I thought might be exaggerated in fiction, actually existed.
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While I feel certain I am never going to earn even $75,000 per year, never, ever, not in a million years, there are plenty of American’s who believe it might be possible for them to maybe earn $250,000 a year and if they do, they don’t want to be knocked down by a big tax obligation.
If people won’t voluntarily give money to take adequate care of the vulnerable, and if people use political movements to cut taxes to the bone, then these needs of our civilization are not going to be met. The anti tax movement seems to think that if taxes are minimized, or eliminated, they would have money in their pocket and still get to live in the America that have right now. That won’t happen. If you keep the tax dollars in your pocket, then you have to cut stuff. Some of the cut ideas advocated by Tea Bag Republicans include cutting health care to children and veterans,
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