How Do We Harness The Anger?

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While I was sitting waiting to have long overdue new tires put on my car, I was trying to focus on writing a personal blog post All I Want For Christmas… It’s about wanting a benevolent benefactor for Christmas (and not a government handout). I entered into an engaging conversation with an older gentleman (and Vietnam Vet) who is absolutely enraged with what is happening to this country. Our conversation encompassed taxes, health care, social security, political “correctness”, moral values, work ethic (or the lack there of) and drew in some of the others in the waiting area. Fear about this country’s future ran through our conversations and concerns over not being able to do anything about it seemed prevalent. I left wondering, how do we harness this anger? How do we get the people who shrug their shoulders and say it’s inevitable to get up and do something about it? How do we get the moral fiber back into this country? How do we take this country back?

Punishing Success

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One of the hots topics of late has been taxes and the “Stimulus” package. The average tax payer is going to get $13 a week back. What a joke. Tell me how $13 a week is going to stimulate the economy? I feel like I’m banging my head up against a wall when I talk about needing to do something about the current tax system. I hear things like the government won’t want to give up the power and control it has. But I also hear stories of how the current tax system punishes those trying to succeed.

I listened intently as I was told about the long hours being put in, 12-14 hours a day, 6-7 days a week. This individual just wanted to succeed and do better for himself. Long hours to be able to pay his mortgage on time, to provide for his family and to try and be able to put money aside for later in life. This individual did do better in 2008, than he did in 2007. All of his hard work was rewarded by a HIGH TAX BRACKET! It was all he could do to contain himself. “I worked very hard to earn that money and now the government wants to take more of it to give to lazy people who prefer to live off the government?” “I give money to my church and charities that I choose to give to, why am I being forced to give to those who refuse to do for them self?”

How can I console him? Should I tell him to quit paying his mortgage so he can get bailed out? That would get some of his hard earned money back. How can he continue to encourage his children to work hard?

How can WE stop this madness? It’s insane. We need to be rewarding those who work hard, instead of kicking them in the balls.