Someone Want To Answer This For Me?

The definition of the word Conundrum is: something that is puzzling or confusing.
Here are six Conundrums of socialism in the United States of America:

1. America is capitalist and greedy – yet half of the population is subsidized.

2. Half of the population is subsidized – yet they think they are victims.

3. They think they are victims – yet their representatives run the government.

4. Their representatives run the government – yet the poor keep getting poorer.

5. The poor keep getting poorer – yet they have things that people in other countries only dream about.

6. They have things that people in other countries only dream about – yet
they want America to be more like those other countries.

Think about it! And that, my friends, pretty much sums up the USA in the 21st Century.
Makes you wonder who is doing the math.

These three, short sentences tell you a lot about the direction of our current government and cultural environment:

1. We are advised to NOT judge ALL Muslims by the actions of a few
lunatics, but we are encouraged to judge ALL gun owners by the actions
of a few lunatics. Funny how that works.

And here’s another one worth considering…

2. Seems we constantly hear about how Social Security is going to run out
of money. How come we never hear about welfare or food stamps running
out of money? What’s interesting is the first group “worked for” their
money, but the second didn’t. Think about it…..

and Last but not least,

3. Why are we cutting benefits for our veterans, no pay raises for our
military and cutting our army to a level lower than before WWII, but we
are not stopping the payments or benefits to illegal aliens.

Am I the only one missing something?

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2 thoughts on “Someone Want To Answer This For Me?

  1. Well Desert while occupied with other day to day living issues, I’m back again. I find this a most interesting post as it reveals a lack of knowledge, false equivalencies and helps perpetuates myths, like Fox News. So, let’s response to this idiocy point by point.

    1. Half the population is subsidized, actually I thought it was 47%, but never mind. First you must define “subsidized.” Because I receive Social Security am I subsidized? No, because I am collecting on an insurance annuity which is what Social Security is, but conservatives as usual perpetuate the myth that it is some sort of welfare. I didn’t make the rules, I followed them and now according to the rules I can collect. Unemployment insurance, welfare payments, there are time limits so you do not collect indefinitely, so are you subsidized? Food stamps, a large percentage of individuals collecting food stamps work, they just have crappy wages, like Wal-Mart, and need it to get by. You want to talk about subsidies, Wal-Mart workers receiving food stamps actually subsidizes Wal-Mart so they can continue to pay crappy wages. In direct corporate welfare at its best.

    2. Yes, I believe some of these “subsidized” persons are victims, victims of conservatives hateful policies. Case in point, Eddie Munster wanting to cut benefits for people on disability. I collected disability for six years because of a debilitating medical condition that required major surgery after nearly a four year wait. My Social Security helped pay my bills during this period. I paid into this for over forty two years yet, by some twisted conservative logic I was not entitled to what I was promised for a medical condition I would not wish anyone, well maybe Eddie Munster and Il Duce of Orange. Cut food stamp benefits because people on the lower rung of the economic ladder are working two, maybe three jobs just to make ends meet and also have drug testing. Please explain to me why this is good public policy other than conservatives dislike “those people?”

    3. Victims have representation in Congress! The only victims that have representation in Congress are banks, insurance companies, defense contractors and any large corporation. Gerrymandering and shitloads of campaign contributions pretty much helps keep these bozos in office.

    4. Why do the poor keep getting poorer? Let’s see, if 1% of the taxpayers receive 99% of the tax cut benefits, how does that make them better off? When 50 of the largest corporations in the U.S. do not pay income tax and instead receive billions in tax refunds via tax credits I cannot even imagine, how does that benefit the poor? GE has 500 tax attorneys and that is all they do. I do my own taxes and scrounge through four deductions.

    5. False equivalency, the poor may have electricity and clean running water which poor countries do not have, but if they cannot pay for the electricity or water, it is shut off.

    6. I’m not sure what you are saying here but there is nothing in Somalia or Syria that I want. If you are talking about countries that are developed yet are not as wealthy as the U.S., well yes they have things I would want, like good infrastructure, i.e., roads that are not washboards, bridges that are not on the verge of collapse, single payer health care, truly low cost post secondary education, investment in alternative energy. Things like that.

    As for your three questions regarding government and cultural, I will respond to each.

    1. We should not judge all Muslins by there acts of a few. Although they do not receive credit for it, Muslims have thwarted more plots in the U.S. by informing law enforcement. Of course Il Duce never mentions this because it does not fit into his twisted scenario and essentially his campaign is run on not knowing shit. As for painting all gun owners as homicidal maniacs, I do not do that but rather inquire, why are they not standing up to the NRA and their dopey ideas? Democrats are not coming for your guns, the Republicans are coming for your Social Security and Medicare.

    2. This point I am surprised by your shockingly lack of knowledge on the subject, but I will explain this yet again because Lutrell and Rifleman seem to be learning impaired.

    Social Security is an insurance annuity and is funded through FICA taxes (the other part being Medicare) and is held in a trust fund for Republican to raid to fund weapon unneeded systems for the military. Food stamps, welfare for the poor and corporations is funded by annual appropriations in Congress. Food stamps and welfare for the poor is dependent on the good graces of Republicans and corporate welfare is dependent on the answer of “How much do you need?” I could make this explanation simpler but I would have to call on the services of Bert and Ernie and Big Bird. Think about it.

    3. We are not cutting benefits to veterans, we are not fully funding what is needed, something I have repeatedly stated here. If you look at the Pentagon budget, see where most of the money goes, to its industrial and political partners. The key to most of this is development projects which requires little money upfront for theoretical weapon projects but then snowball into tens of billions of cost overruns as useless or non performing are built. some examples, the F-24 Raptor fighter jet, it has been scrapped after building a fleet of these with twenty years of spare parts for a jet we do not use. Why, because we moved on to an even bigger boondoggle, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. This noisy piece of crap has so many deficiencies I am surprised one has not crashed in Sun City. It best point, it cannot fly within twenty five miles of a thunderstorm, pray that all future conflicts are fought in good weather. Price tag for this flying white elephant, $2 billion a piece and the Pentagon wants over 350 of these beauties. The Navy is not immune to this either as they want more aircraft carriers at what $20 billion a piece, newer submarines at $10 billion a piece but no minesweepers. I guess we hope to fight conflicts that do not include low tech floating bombs.

    Essentially, the Pentagon wants the money to keep floating in, just not for veterans. Ask Grandpa McCrackey about this and see what he says.

    Payments to illegal aliens, no response, I just want proof of this statement.

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