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roughby Wrote: We were raised to believe that government should not dictate my life and less government was always better than overbearing, big bureaucratic, controlling, high taxing government. We made do with what we have and always saved every nickle we had.
Your words are revealing, roughby. "Raised to believe" is okay for certain moral codes on how you might treat other people, but when it goes beyond that to such a sinister view of our government, then you need to critically examine why you believe those harsh things about our government. I likewise was raised by parents who taught me about government, but in the opposite way. In particular, the value of sharing, not so much in their words, but how they lived their lives. In our poorest days, my mother would still share our food with a homeless person asking to be fed. She lived her life according to the teachings of Jesus. Oh and my father was also a role model in the same way...except he was an atheist. What I learned form them is tolerance.
The point I am making about sharing is that there are less fortunate people in the world for many reasons. I won't go into all them. I've discussed them in other posts, but "providing for the general welfare" is in our constitution, and helping those who need help at certain times in their lives is a function of our government. I do not mind paying taxes if my tax money is spent on such things. I have a harder time when I see my tax dollars spent disproportionately on the military. In that sense I too will be critical of government spending.
I was the second person in my family to make it through college, receiving my MBA from a respected university. Now taking over the small family business and caring for the people that work there as much as I can.
Kudos to you. I commend you for that. There are many small businesses like yours who carve out a living for themselves and their employees. I accept that certain government regulations crafted to protect citizens from big business abuses can affect small businesses in ways that are harmful to their survival. That's why small businesses of less then 50 people have exemptions from some of those regulations. You need to write to your representatives in government to explain why certain regulations hurt you. They do listen if you make a good case. Before formally getting into her campaign in a big way, Hillary Clinton went on a listening tour across America to listen to the concerns of citizens and small businesses. Take a look at this from her campaign:
Hillary Clinton: Four Ways to Jump-Start Small Business
Read it and tell me what you think of her proposals.
I am a wonk of sorts. I appreciate politicians like Hillary Clinton who laid out all of her proposals for a better government in extreme detail to be viewed and vetted by others. She was unique in that regard. I do not know if you read and thought about any of her proposals, but maybe you couldn't get past the first word...Hillary. If that's the case, it says something about yourself.
What makes me curious is how can democrats be opposed to letting me decide what I want to do with the money I make breaking my back rather than taking it from me and doing what they believe is right and I not agree with it? I really just do not understand. I do think there are a lot of issues this country has but making me responsible for all of them just does not seem fair to me. This is a big country and what might be right in California or New York obviously is not right to me and many in the middle of this country.
Your words show a certain bitterness and a criticism that is not based on facts. Show me any legislation that says Democrats are opposed to letting you decide what to do with your money. Now you are showing emotions and are losing me in this dialogue. I have learned long time ago not to engage people on this website who are so emotionally driven they cannot think critically.
I am just frustrated with the hate mongering and the feeling of being left out of the discussion and making me feel like some moron that has no idea. Again thanks for responding.
That hate mongering by Republicans against President Obama was unprecedented in history. The criticism many liberals expressed against him was that he turned the other cheek too often. Now candidate Trump and President Trump thrives on demeaning people and telling countless lies, values that are the opposite of what my parents taught me.
Donald Trump is an authoritarian bully. I have read books and articles about those people, some of which become despots (authoritarian rulers) in leading their countries to ruin. What I have a harder time understanding is the authoritarian followers that find some kind of attraction in these bullies that they hitch their wagons to them.
If you are feeling left out of the discussion and feeling like some kind of moron, maybe you need to critically examine your own beliefs and expand your base of knowledge. I know many people like yourself who live in bubbles, unable to try understand the other person's view. You might start by trying to understand why so many millions of people participated in the Women's March on Saturday. They too are frustrated.