OK – You have a family . . . You and your spouse work in the Private Sector, and together you earn about $100,000 per year. You have two cars, a couple of children, a dog, and you own a mortgaged house.
No one is going to hold a tag day for Anne and myself . . . Stryker maybe, but not for Anne and me, which is OK, because, we don’t expect anyone to give us anything for nothing. And we don’t ask for a penny from our government, except for a FAIR RETURN on the money we personally invested into our own government pensions, which has hardly been a fair return on our investment.
Before I start with who are the poor . . . let me tell you who are not.
Anyone who has a government job at any level . . . Career Politician, Bureaucrat, Police, Fire, EMS, Teacher, Government Maintenance Worker . . . ETC. Basically, anyone feeding off the public TEAT with a union protected job, receiving an excellent wage, and an unbelievable pension . . . ARE NOT POOR.
All the men and women who’ve managed to elevate themselves to positions which control TAXATION and REGULATIONS . . . Big Business, Big Banks, Politicians, Lobbyists, Hedge Fund Managers, Brokers, High Level Corporate Lawyers, High Level Corporate Accountants – ETC . . . ARE DEFINITELY NOT POOR.
Privileged professional Athletes, Performers, Impresarios, Producers, Directors . . . ETC, for whom the LEFT have created a whole new category of taxation are not poor.
The last category of men and women who are rich, who are deservedly so, and are really in the minority, are the Entrepreneurs, who have worked non-stop until they couldn’t work anymore, who took tremendous risks to build their companies, who’ve failed and started again as many times as it took, before they finally made it.
ALSO . . . This same Entrepreneurial category of Rich People, are the ones who employ the vast majority of our working population. But in the eyes of the Politicians and Bureaucrats, successful entrepreneurs seem to be the bad guys.
Let’s break down the poor into three Categories:
1 – People who are either unable or unwilling to work, and live off government subsidies . . . who number about 150-MILLION.
2 – People who have worked hard their entire lives at NON-GOVERNMENT Jobs, who are simply overwhelmed by the cost of living, and the poor returns on their pensions . . . are really poor.
3 – People who are working hard . . . many of whom have families to raise and educate, homes to pay through a mortgage or rent, insurances on everything from cars, homes, health, and life, and then the costs for heating and air-conditioning.
But it doesn’t stop there . . . everyone has to eat – and the price of food is not going down. People also have to get around, so everyone needs to spend money on transportation, which includes vehicles with the costs of wear, tear and fuel. We have to clothe ourselves, and if anything is left over, we would like to enjoy some escapism like a restaurant meal or a getaway. And we pray that there are no unexpected BUMPS along the way.
Before we can pay for the things we need, with which to enjoy our lives, or simply just to get by, we have to PAY THE PUBLIC SECTOR and give a pass to the Really Rich, because they have great Tax Accountants and Tax lawyers, WHO WRITE THE TAX LAWS.
In this day and age, depending on where you live and work in North America, a working family of FOUR, which is NOT FEEDING OFF THE GOVERNMENT, can barely survive earning on average $100,000 Per Year before taxes.
NOT ONLY THAT . . . FORGET about saving anything, and putting your children through university without them amassing unconscionable long term MASSIVE Student Loans, with which to learn unemployable skills, which will make it impossible for them to really start living their adult lives, until they are well into their THIRTIES or BEYOND.
The ONE PERCENTERS are in the category that INCLUDES all the people campaigning against the ONE PERCENTERS . . . LIKE HILARY CLINTON.
The Next and Larger Category, includes Pubic Sector Workers, which number slightly more than 14-MILLION people in all Local and State Jobs (Statistics), while an additional 2.7-MILLION people work for the Federal Government (Statistics) not including the Military.
IN ALL . . . ABOUT 16.7 MILLION people are employed by all forms of the US Government, earning on average THREE QUARTERS (75%) MORE, than are the people who are employed in the Private Sector (CATO Institute . . . Government Statistic – CBO).
The average Public Sector PENSION is just under $60,000 per year, while the Average Private Sector Pension is slightly higher than $25,000 per year, while an enormous number of retired people, who’ve worked their whole lives in the Private Sector, don’t even come close to getting even that much (America Enterprise Institute).
It seems to me . . . that next to the ONE PERCENTERS, the REAL BOURGEOISIE are employed by the government, where they enjoy security, real wealth in comparison to the Private Sector, and a GUARANTEED Retirement, receiving more in retirement, than WORKING FAMILIES who pay the TAXES that maintain the new Bourgeoisie Lifestyle and Privileged Retirement.
From the Statistics I could glean . . . the average Middle Income wage is pegged at roughly $70,000. But the MEDIAN Household Wage, which is all-important is pegged at $50,000 – and for a family of FOUR, after paying taxes to KEEP GOVERNMENT BUREAUCRATS FLUSH, $70,000 doesn’t even come close to enough. And neither does $100,000.
HERE IT IS IN A NUTSHELL . . . About 80-MILLION Americans are working in the Private Sector to support 16.7-MILLION Public Sector Workers, who are earning on average 75% more than them, and will retire with Golden Parachutes.
THEN . . . THESE SAME 80-MILLION AMERICANS, working in the Private Sector, have to pay for approximately 150-MILLION people, who are on one form of government subsidy or another, not including carrying the burden of the cost of the military, education, infrastructure (roads, bridges, ports) . . . ETC.
SO . . . WHEN THE POLITICIANS campaign that they’re FIGHTING for the Middle Class, especially Hillary Clinton, I CAN’T IMAGINE A BIGGER LIE.
I used to think that I was part of the MIDDLE CLASS. But I’m not.
In all reality, the vast majority of the Workers and Business People in the Private Sector are the WORKING POOR, who stopped being the Middle Class long ago, who are now working in poverty, virtually as SERVANTS for Hillary Clinton’s One Percenters, the Welfare Class, the Politicians, and the Bureaucracy.
When Cruz talks about the Washington Cabal . . . he is 100% RIGHT, because they’re all guilty of feeding like vultures on the dying carcass that used to be the us . . . THE VANISHING MIDDLE CLASS. The RINOS are no better than the Democrats.
After writing this, and spending a great deal of my time late into several nights, looking at Government and Institutional Web Sites, I can’t see any way out for our Fiscal and Social Salvation.
1 – Cut ALL Public Salaries to match the Salaries of the Private Sector, without Grandfathering any of it.
2 – Put ALL public Pensions in-line with Private Pensions, without Grandfathering any of it.
3 – Cut the Size of the Public Sector by Half or more if possible.
4 – Work for WELFARE, and call it what it is . . . WELFARE!
5 – Make it a Criminal Offense to abuse WELFARE, and not to use it for anything else but minimal shelter and necessary food.
6 – Make it ILLEGAL for former Politicians and Bureaucrats to Lobby Congress.
7 – THROW OUT THE TAX CODE, the whole damned thing, and wipe out 100% of deductions, and introduce a FLAT TAX that is equal to everyone . . . from the Shoemaker to the Rainmaker, who would pay the same identical percentage of what he or she earns to the government.
THE PROBLEM THOUGH . . . is that this would cause the Government BOURGEOISIE to collapse into poverty, which is fine with me. It would also cause the Wall Street Casino Players and Big Bankers to commit suicide, and would force the Poverty Industry to look for a different gig. That too would be fine with me.
It would cause mayhem within our communities, and lead to serious violence, rendering our countries into utter DYSTOPIA. So what, it’s coming anyways, so let’s get it done.
Maybe that’s why people are going nuts for Trump and Sanders, because so people have totally run out of patience, trust and are at their wit’s end against the SAME OLD – SAME OLD, that they believe anything is better than what they have.
And let the Devil take the Hindmost.
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov