I had a very funny conversation with someone tonight and I got the feeling this guy that I was talking to was not only one with the following opinion; He claimed that our countries problems are due to all the people who don’t want to work so not only do they not contribute anything, they are parasites because all they do is feed off the system (i.e. social security, welfare etc.).
This guy is a good guy, but I had to set him straight.
NO! – the problem with this country is precisely the opposite….the wealthy that have enough clout to dictate how government revenue (our tax dollars) are to be spent.
How else can we explain the following waste of our tax dollars and avenues available to the wealthy (not the poor) giving them the ability to influence what the government does?:
- Wasteful earmarks (please visit “Citizens Against Government Waste” website for more details about how MUCH the government spends on things that we don’t know about)
- Extravagant White House parties like the one that took place on Halloween of 2009 (see my post “Is It OK?” for more details
- The ability of lobbyists (paid by the wealthy) to change opinion and influence the agenda of government
- Unnecessary Federal agencies (i.e. the FCC, The Dept of Agriculture if the FDA does the same thing and numerous federal regulatory agencies – just to regulate us unnecessarily)
- The amount of money spent on war.
- The amount of money we give to other countries LIKE PAKISTAN – you know, the country Osama Bin Laden found very comfortable for a number of years!?!?
- Medicaid Fraud – not by the poor, by the doctors!!!!
- The amount of money “donated” on behalf of presidential campaigns.
And many more unacceptable spenditures and deals that take place when it comes to the making and enforcing our laws, taxing and collecting the citizens and just good old, down home, outrageous unjustifiable governmental extravagance. ($16 muffins?)
And…not to mention the tax loop holes that can be taken advantage of by only the wealthy…..
With that being said…..can we really compare the trivial amount of money that is spent on our poor, sick and lazy to the undeniable and unbelievable spending of the wealthy?
I would say to blame the poor for the economic problems of American would be at the least naive….at the most evil.
If we, the underprivileged = who represent the majority of society, don’t do something to help ourselves, we will be left in the cold. The Government bails out banks – not people.
How do we do this? I say that we all go on strike. We learn to be content with very little and don’t continue to feed money into a system that is ready to collapse.
Isn’t that what people do when they are unhappy with conditions at a job and they want change?
I am on strike. I do not spend unnecessary money. Between my husband and I, we find a way to come up with the minimum amount necessary to live; our rent ($1000 a month which includes utilities) and food (very little – bread and water will do if we don’t have money that week). It is not hard to do, because we don’t require much. I refuse to work to get paid to do stupid things because I have to have a job to spend money on even more stupid things so that the economy “works”.
The economy is not working. It is an illusion – just like a ponzi scheme.
Please understand, that if you love what you are doing and you feel a benefit and satisfaction from the actual work that you do – I would never suggest that you stop – that is a true blessing.
I am suggesting to strike out against the rat race that the government, the media, our friends and family have convinced us is necessary to have a “good” life. The rat race that we face everyday the moment our alarm clock beeps at 6AM every morning – is only bringing stress to our minds, bodies and souls.
Instead, spend your energy figuring out what really makes you happy. Take time to smell the roses. Take a long walk somewhere and look at things that you have never taken the time to look at before. Breathe fresh air. Learn something new. Explore yourself. Work for what you must have not what you think you want or need.
Learn how to be content with little and you will understand what freedom is.
Stop chasing the dream of fortune and, instead, define fortune as freeing yourself from the chains of governmental oppression.
I realize that this sounds crazy to most people (trust me, I am very aware of how crazy I sound)….but…..all I ask is that you think about what I am saying. Don’t react, just think about it.
How much do we really need?
One more question to think about….
Do we need what we think we need for the sake of our happiness…or…do we need what we think we need to impress others?
There is a Hebrew saying that translates into the following:
“A rich person is someone who is happy with his lot”
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