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Playing both sides against the middle class

According to the popular cliche “If a dog bites you once, shame on the dog.  If it bites you again, shame on you.” Well the dogs in Washington are trying to bite again with the back-and-forth over the President and Democrats trying to raise our debt ceiling.  I have experienced a whole range of emotions from laughter to anger at this dog & pony show.  Some of these politicians from both sides of the aisle believe you can fool all of the people all of the time.  But they aren’t fooling me.  What they’re selling, I’m not buying.  I’m not going to let the dog bite me again by buying into their arguments.

The President has been trying to foment an “all-rich-people-are-out-to-get-the-middle-class” argument to push his tax hike and wants us to believe we’re headed for Armageddon.  The Republicans are claiming that closing loopholes in laws and regulations that the rich take advantage of amounts to a burdensome tax hike that will send the economy into a tailspin of massive proportions.  I believe they’re both wrong.  Why?  We’ve witnessed all of these fear-mongering arguments within the past three to four years to push the following:

  • Bank bailout of 2008: We were told by politicians from both parties that we had to bailout financial institutions with the “too-big-to-fail” argument.  The argument went something like “If we don’t bail them out, we’ll all suffer dire consequences.  We have to get the banks to lend again.”  And what happened?  For several months, no one knew where the money went until the citizens cried out for accountability.  Then we found out ridiculous bonuses were handed out within the organizations while small businesses and individuals could not get loans from those institutions as stated in the debates to pass the bailout.  And the middle class continued to shrink with the loss of jobs and skyrocketing home foreclosures.
  • Stimulus package of 2009: We were told that the Stimulus Package, or the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act, was necessary to keep unemployment below 8% and to get shovel ready projects off and running for job creation or the unemployment would hit levels not seen since the Great Depression.  It would be nothing but doom & gloom if the Stimulus Bill didn’t pass.  What happened when it passed?  Unemployment stayed above 9% and the middle class has continued to shrink.  The housing market has not improved either.
  • Health Care Reform of 2010 (Obamacare): By this time, most Americans got wise to what was really going on in Washington.   Unfortunately, we allowed the Democrats the run of the ravenous dog sanctuary and they passed Obamacare in spite of the fact that the majority of Americans didn’t want Obamacare.  In their attempts to brainwash us, Americans were told there would be unnecessary deaths if Obamacare didn’t pass.  We were told it would be the only way to keep medical costs down.  We were told it was crucial that all Americans be required to buy health insurance so the poor wouldn’t have to decide between paying for life-saving medication or paying for food and housing. Then what happened?  As parts of Obamacare were put into effect, health care costs continued to rise and government debt was driven up because of the billions needed to start and continue Obamacare.  And the middle class continues to shrink, while the rich continue to get richer.  Obamacare has even promoted unnecessary death in the form of government money that can be filtered towards killing babies in the womb.

Now the dogs want us to believe their predictions of all hell breaking loose if we don’t raise the debt ceiling so they can spend, spend, spend some more while the middle class shrinks even more.  And they want us to believe that we should not in any way close loopholes in the laws big enough for a whale to get through that some of the super rich take advantage of to avoid taxes.  It’s no coincidence that the middle class always gets the short end of the deal whether it’s Democrats or Republicans that get their way.

That’s not to say the middle class is blameless.  Some of us have continued to live above our means even in this down economy.  We allowed our lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and pride of life run our bank accounts and credit cards which weakened our financial stability.  It’s also unfortunate that those of us who go to college to get an education buy into the lies of college professors who proclaim that capitalism is bad and socialism with its atheism/agnosticism is good, not knowing that socialism requires the killing off of the middle class to be successful.

But many of us in the middle class have been responsible stewards of what God has blessed us with.  We pay off our debts in a timely fashion and keep them to a minimum.  For instance, the only debts I have are a mortgage and a car note–a car note that will be paid off soon.

However, the fact that some in the middle class have been irresponsible is not a justification to kill it off like those in power want to do while they continue their own irresponsible, self-serving ways at the behest of organizations like the Bilderberg Group and Trilateral Commission.  Texas Governor Rick Perry is right.  We need prayer to the one true God and we need to put God’s word into practice in our lives.  Otherwise, the current debt situation will be the least of our concerns in the future.

–posted by Harry A. Gaylord–


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