William R. Mattox, Jr. (sometime before 1996)
And in 1912, the average family paid 0% in Federal Income Taxes. Our national debt was only 2,868,373,874.16, and had only increased about $700 million from 1900.
Another thing they don’t tell you is that even if income taxes had not changed, America has seen a steady increase in both income per capita and total population. This means that without increasing the percentage that we tax the population at, we should see an increase in tax revenues just based on those two increases.
But politicians don’t want to tell you that or else we’d all be lobbying for less taxes. Instead they’ve successfully flipped the narrative from “no taxation” to “no taxation for MY income group”. They’ve successfully pinned the different income levels against one another and they are letting us duke it out for who will pay the unnecessary taxation that is placed on the people.
If you are for taxing the 1% at a higher rate, and you and your representatives in Washington succeed, where do you draw the line? First it’s the 1% but once they pay a heftier portion, should we look at the top 5%? The top 10%? The top 49.9%? We shouldn’t but we probably will because that’s how mob rule and mob politics works. The majority always feasts on the minority and in this country, the minority that we have decided to vilify is the 1% of income earners.
Yet for whatever reason we forget that it is the leech government that takes in nearly 20% of all of our income and blames us for not giving more.
Obama demands $1,000 per handshake
I wonder what a fist bump would cost you?
Bomb sniffing dogs could be seen around Greenfield Village in Dearborn as officials prepared for President Barack Obama’s visit on Wednesday.
Supporters lined up bright and early to get in the door at The Henry Ford, including Lonnie Peek, who handed over $1,000 to stand in a rope line and shake the President’s hand.
Peek said paying that price will mean a bit of a sacrifice, but it’s worth it.
“A thousand dollars is a lot of money. But other folks are kickin’ in for their candidates, so what you do is you bite the bullet,” Peek said. “You wanna have your conscience good, to feel that this is what I did.
“You know, you go without a couple of meals. We can miss a couple meals,” he said.
Yikes! Missing meals to shake Obama’s hand? Also, Mr. Peek probably couldn’t afford to go to one of Obama’s $35k per plate fundraisers.
So, what’s Obama saying here?
“I’ll only shake your hand if you’re a member of the 1%”
But he’s a man of the people! Perhaps this is a genius Robin Hood inspired plan that involves charging the ultra-wealthy ridiculous amounts of money that will go towards providing more “fairness” to others. Yea, yea, that’s it.
He’s stealing money from people, but not really stealing. More like forcing them to willfully hand it over. Robbery without the knowledge that one is being robbed. It’s brilliant if you think about it.
Or perhaps this is boost his already ginormous ego. He’s trying to raise the most money any campaign has ever raised and break the billion dollar mark. And therein lies the problem I have with Obama. His message that he ran on and was elected on is the polar opposite of his actions since winning office. He’s all about the people, he says, yet he holds $35,000 dinners and charges $1,000 for a handshake.
A freaking handshake.
You’re a politician, your job is to shake hands with the people. Hell, you’re goal is to shake hands with as many people as possible. Meet and greet them. Listen to them. Even pretend to care about what they care about. You’re supposed to be accessable to all walks of American citizens, not just those willing to go out on a $35,000 dinner date or those with $1,000 of cash burning a hole in their pocket.
You’re the #1 citizen of the American people. You’re job is to represent us, not alienate us. A $1,000 for a handshake? You’re kidding me, right? How much is it to take a picture with you? Priceless? Come on, Mr. President. Your campaign war chest is has as much money as anyone in the history of US Politics has ever had. You can buy and sell the GOP, yet you’re still charging $1,000 for someone to get in a line like a sheep, wait an ungodly amount of time just so they can breath the same CO2 you expel for 10 seconds?
Obama’s lost touch with who he was before taking office, or at least the man he told us he was. The man with the hole in his shoes. The man who was willing to roll his sleeves up and help you get some work done. The man who’d lace ‘em up and shoot some hoops at a local park. That man doesn’t exist anymore, yet he and the media still want us to believe he does. The ‘Average Joe’ is gone. He’s been replaced by a man of the establishment. A man who makes nearly a million dollars a year, who’s net worth puts him in the 1%. A man whose family spends $10+ million dollars on vacations. A man that sees himself as a celebrity and who fraternizes with the social elite.
Now that I think of it in those terms, what’s a $1,000 to meet a rock-star, demi-god? Now only if we could find someone in America that had a $1,000 laying around.