If the rich people of our country would go for this… holy shit this plan is amazing! I feel like it would work splendidly if i understand it right. Damn.
Found in the comments section of the CNN article I was just ranting about.
I was just reading this article and it got my blood boiling, as CNN opinion articles tend to do. It’s basically a response to some comments Warren Buffett made about increasing capital taxes for the super-rich. Jeffery Miron, the author of the article, argues that this is not the way to go, and he gets into a bunch of mumbo-jumbo that I really don’t agree with about why this method of boosting the economy won’t work. But I won’t go in to that.
What I will go in to is this:
Focusing on the super-rich also fosters a counterproductive attitude toward material success. The way to promote a hard-working, entrepreneurial and innovative society is to celebrate great wealth so long as it has been earned by legitimate means. When this is not the case, policy should target the wrongdoing directly, not demonize everyone who hits it big.
Am I the only person who sees the atrocity of this mindset?
First of all, I really don’t think anyone should be concerned about people forming a negative attitude towards success because of a little tax hike. People aspire to financial success, and they always will.
But the second, and really the more pressing issue I have with this is just the complete selfishness of what he’s saying. Essentially, he’s saying that people who already make a lot of money should be further rewarded for their “hard work” and achievement. WHAT THE FUCK??!?!?!?! Do not even try to tell me that a single mother who works two or three jobs does not work as hard as a CEO. Did she choose her station in life? My guess is no. She probably didn’t have a privileged childhood, and she probably didn’t have an opportunity for education, and she probably is a perfectly nice and respectable person. But, according to this guy, she deserves no reward. She doesn’t have the means to get health care? Sucks. No food? Sucks. You don’t make as much money as the corrupt, scheming, slimy CEO, and here in America, the only thing that we should care about is money, so you can go on living your shitty life while us rich people just mill about like nothing is wrong.
And then he goes on to say that hiking the taxes for the super-rich would be “demonizing” them. Could that be a more selfish viewpoint? This country is obviously in desperate need of money. Every single government program at the state and federal level is JUST getting by, if that. I understand rich people don’t use public transit or welfare or public education, but they sure as hell drive on the roads, have a police force and penitentiary system to protect them, and consume FDA/USDA approved products. Where does it make more sense to get the funds for such programs? From the single mom who barely gets to sleep at night or the CEO who’s vacationing in Barbados?
My ultimate point is that the individuals who make up this country are too self-absorbed. There is far too much focus on personal means and not enough focus on the welfare of the country as a whole. Rich and poor depend on each other for a living, and every single person in this country depends on the government for all different aspects of day to day life. Poor people can’t give much… they’re poor. But the super-rich can, and in doing so will improve the quality of life and the economic stability of the US. Money isn’t everything, and people don’t realize that the belief that it is will be our ultimate downfall as a nation.
I can only ask why. Why why why.
College students/grad students are notorious for being poor. While they are busy learning the skills that will supposedly allow them a lucrative career in the increasingly competitive and specialized job market, they don’t have time for a steady career to help them pay the bills. Instead, they often work part-time at a restaurant or retail store, or maybe as a low-payed intern in the field of their choice.
So why on earth would the government choose to reduce the federal grant benefits that millions of students rely on? As a future graduate student myself (at least, I hope), it’s very nerve-wracking to consider the amount of loans I am going to have to pay off, especially now that the benefits are gone.
There are a lot of disgustingly rich people in this country. People who have more cars than drivers, more than one house, the ability to go on lavish vacations. THESE ARE THE PEOPLE THAT CAN HELP US RESOLVE THE DEBT CRISIS. It’s just not even funny how simple it is. Nobody who makes millions of dollars a year needs every penny of such funds, and the fact that the GOP has its head so far up its ass that it can’t recognize this is both enraging and disheartening. Because education has been hit far too many times. It is a necessary institution, and it should not be taken from if America is looking to increase innovation and contribution to the intellectual community.
Current CNN.com poll: Are movie theaters justified in kicking out patrons for texting?
HELL FUCKING NO. When a movie theater can justify charging $10.50+ for a movie ticket and $5 for a small drink, then MAYBE I would understand them feeling like they can kick people out for texting. Or maybe they could just not be huge dickholes and ask for people to put their phones away if its honestly that much of a bother to other moviegoers.
This 19 year old boy dropped out of college during his first year claiming it was not a place of collaboration, a place of self motivation, or a place of true learning. He is now leading an entire movement called “UnCollege” which is essentially meant to deter youth from higher education.
First, let me just say: liberal arts.
Now, I know that liberal arts institutions such as my own are not in reach for everyone because of cost… I’m lucky enough to have a great financial aid package that allows me to attend for about the same cost as it would be for me to attend University of Maryland. However, many states HAVE public liberal arts colleges. St. Mary’s College of Maryland is one. The College of Charleston in South Carolina is one. These colleges are better options for students not wanting a factory approach to education, students wanting to truly learn.
Second, this kid claims to be self-motivated, an entrepreneur. If that’s the case, then he could have gotten MUCH more out of college. Any decent college will have a library with thousands of resources at its students’ disposal. You can learn whatever you want whenever you want. Sounds like a better deal than the generally questionable resources you can find on the internet.
And honestly, the problem is less with colleges than it is with how our entire society views education. It is a means to an end rather than an enriching part of life. To know things and understand the way things actually work through in-depth study is probably one of the more fulfilling things I’ve felt in my life, and I’ve only been in college for a year. Our country instead views education as just something you have to do to get a high paying job. While this is the case, education is so much more than that, so much more exciting. Yet from the time kids start school in kindergarten, education is a chore. Going to school is a nuisance. The love of learning is lost on the United States.
I’m not suggesting that college is for everyone. Trade school might be the best option for some, apprenticeship for others, and entrepreneurial business ventures might suit a small fraction. Ultimately, however, I believe that with the right outlook, a college education at a college that allows you to study in many areas can benefit anyone.
Just doing some thinking out loud.
A few days ago, I posted this article from CNN.com about whether whites are facing racial oppression. The group of whites specifically discussed was poor whites. A friend of mine posted this article on Facebook where it received a significant amount of scorn for its content. While there is a lot of bull in this article coming from Glenn Beck and the like about white Republicans being an oppressed minority, there are also some points which I do not think should be so easily dismissed.
Poor whites, for example, are not benefited by any of the numerous minority scholarships that are available to nonwhite people. So, if a poor white wants to go to college but cannot afford it, their only hope lies in either getting a grant, a merit scholarship or going to a cheaper community college with less resources and fewer opportunities. This places them at a clear socioeconomic disadvantage as a result of their race than their rich and poor minority peers, one which is only magnified by the institution of affirmative action. Is this not somewhat unjust?
I am not suggesting by any means that poor whites have endured the same social, political, or cultural oppression that other racial minority groups have. I am saying that it is entirely possible that the situation is headed in that direction.
Following years of reinforcement, whites in America have come to see themselves as the norm rather than just another, slightly larger racial entity. Thus, this concept of white privilege has developed. The idea that, since white is considered by whites to be the norm, whites have constructed society in a way that they are the privileged ones. But now there is a growing demographic of whites who live at or below the poverty line. And where are they to turn? Who will be their advocate?
The way I see it, they have no advocate. Among whites, some have the desire to help, but not the means or the power. Those who have the means and the power often fall into the category of those individuals or groups who hold prejudices against the disadvantaged. Or, they fall into such categories as colleges who are so focused on creating racial and ethnic diversity that they let socioeconomic diversity fall by the wayside. Rare is it that a person possesses the desire, means, and power to make significant changes in the social landscape. There is a large reliance on individuals for this. Of course, there also exists a looming caution among whites when it comes to advocating for their own race (when race is the issue) that any self-proclaimed support of the white race is equivalent to white supremacy or the like. And few racial minority groups are likely to advocate for poor whites by sheer fact that they are white, part of the privileged majority.
Here we see a group that is both powerless and friendless, a group that is at a clear disadvantage in society. For poor whites, there is a strong likelihood that they will become severely oppressed as a semi-direct result of their race. I am not proposing that we should expend large amounts of resources in order to remedy this situation, as I am aware that there are much more pressing issues at hand and many other oppressed groups to be addressed. I am only saying that racially oppressed whites DO exist and it is not something to be ignored, just as no other form of oppression should be ignored. Race is, after all, merely a social construct, and those persecuted on such a basis deserve attention and assistance.
NOTE: I refer to whites as “them” throughout this post, while in reality I am white as well. The words were just coming from an academic/conceptual place in my brain so I didn’t feel like saying “we” was quite right. But I am aware that I am included in the white race.
Not quite sure how I feel about this, but it definitely merits some more research.