Published on September 19th, 20120
Freeloadergate: The 47%, Can we stand the TRUTH?
In a supposed hidden fund raising video from the politics of gotcha, the Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney is captured noting that “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what.” According to the polls that may be true.
“All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them.”
People receiving Social Security believe they paid into the system for themselves when in actuality what is paid in today is paid out today to recipients on social security. When payroll taxes are cut for political expediency, so too are the monies needed to meet these debts. As one of these recipients, I was chagrin to learn that in retiring early on disability, their arbitrary enforcement of rules often disqualifies folks and negatively impacts what is needed to live.
For those in nursing homes, Medicaid is their largest payer not that allocated to welfare moms. On previous Sunday visits to a resident of these facilities, I was saddened that so few families are regularly visiting; hence without these monies these folks likely have no where else to go.
Food stamps go to too many who are bartering them as a secondary currency of exchange and not using them as originally intended. Our soldiers often have resorted to food stamps to feed their families. The number of recipients still rises. Where is their relief?
“And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax.”
People aren’t voting or supporting Mr. Obama because they like what he has to offer; rather it is because of what a Republican Administration is eroneously perceived as standing for. “47% of citizens pay no taxes (which is sort of the truth.—federal taxes that is).” Everyone pays sales tax, may be subject to property taxes, sees their vehicles taxed and a host of other nickel and dime you to death taxes.
Solutions aren’t all that complicated but do require a shared sense of sacrifice. Students should not get college aid from any governmental source without a minimum of a C average. Food stamps should be on debit cards like a Sam’s card with a picture and only the face on that card can activate it. Only those who paid into Social Security should be able to withdraw from it.
Credit worthiness should not impede ones ability to get a job if other than handling financial matters. Houses with over 50% equity should have a special dispensation for fixing any mortgage dilemmas. And to promote jobs, equalize the tax advantages between small businesses and large corporations. Start there and steal any other ideas you want from my book Common Sense Conservative Prescriptions Solutions for What Ails Us, Book I
That 47% statistic is very real and is a forerunner to what socialist leaning societies are finding now that they can’t afford government sponsored health care, pensions and the like. (Check out Greece, Spain and likely France)
Are we ready to take a big girl and big boy pill as we deal with national spending gone wild, where our wants are outstripping our tax base and where all are not equally contributing their fair share? As a ‘flat taxer’ I believe everyone should pay the same rate and bear some responsibility for this society.
I don’t want to hear debates of accusation; I want to know the hows and the sacrifice each party will ask. What will be the safety nets left in place? Each candidate should list 3 ways to solve a problem on each of the issues raised. If they are out of ideas, read my book and let’s get America growing again.
Let’s get all the people involved in solving the problems. Let’s restore family values. Let’s have a cogent foreign policy which doesn’t give our money to those who turn on us. Let’s believe in America.
Dr. Ada M. Fisher is a physician, author, educator, dynamic public speaker, and public servant. She received her BA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, her MD at the University of Wisconsin at Madison Medical School, completed her residency in Family Medicine through the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY and was awarded her Masters in Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. Contact: DrFisher@DrAdaMFisher.COM
NOTE: Fisher’s book Common Sense Conservative Prescriptions: Solutions For What Ails Us is published by Amazon.com is available now online and will be available through bookstores and Kindle by October of 2012.