BY MICHAEL REISIG –
These days there’s a great deal of talk about what’s wrong with America, but little is actually being done. It’s business as usual on so many fronts, as the country slides away, and we become the laughing stock of the world.
While hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants flood the borders of this nation – to be made “legal” by our president overnight – we still force people who follow the laws and want to come into this country legally, to wait for years in their home countries and pay tens of thousands of dollars for the privilege.
We are one of the few countries in the world that insists upon years of absurd legal process for mass murderers (then we put 99 percent of them in prison for the rest of their lives – which we pay for). We are the only nation in the world that catches people trying to kill us and destroy our way of life, then lets them go. (Can you say, “Guantanamo Bay?”) We are the only Western nation in the world whose leader believes “We are not at war with Islam.”
Only in this strange country could people claim that the government still discriminates against African Americans when we have a black President, a black Attorney General and roughly 20 percent of the federal workforce is African American (while only 14% of the overall population is black). In addition, 40 plus percent of all federal entitlements goes to black Americans. And yet the riots continue…
This is the only place on the globe where those political constituents who believe in balancing the budget and abiding by our nation’s Constitution are called “Conservative Extremists”.
Only in this amazingly bizarre nation could we collect more tax dollars from people than any other country in recorded history (while spending over a Trillion dollars more than we collect per year), and find a Congress that can’t figure out why we don’t have enough money. This is the same place where the wealthy, who pay 86% of all income taxes, are accused of not paying their “fair share” by people who don’t pay any income taxes at all.
And, as a final blow to intellect and common sense, only in this grandly failing nation do you have to pass a drug test to get your weekly pay check, but welfare checks are distributed without comment or question.
In addition, as of this year, here’s what happened to your taxes – so you can pay for all this:
Medicare tax went from 1.45 percent to 2.35 percent. The top income tax bracket went from 35 percent to 39.9 percent, and top income payroll tax went from 37.4 to 52.2. Capital gains went from 15 percent to 28 percent, and Estate tax went from 0 percent to 55 percent! (Yes, you read that correctly). To put it as politely as I can, America’s moral, conscientious elements are being drained dry to pay for those whose upbringings have left them bereft of any intellect, morality, or integrity.
I’ll leave you with a quote by England’s Margaret Thatcher, which sums it all up: “The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.”
We’re near, Margaret. We’re near…
The views and opinions expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the ownership and staff of The Polk County Pulse. Michael Reisig is a freelance writer and published author whose works are reproduced throughout the globe.