Jan 7th 2011 3:28AM the middle class pays about 60% of all they earn to help the poor. All there expenses are payed by the middle class and on top of that they get free everything while the rest of us get gouged. Most non working jobless people get free healthcare because they are poor while those that have jobs are considered not poor enough and some people get more in free welfare and services for being poor then if they worked. They get almost free housing, worth about $800-1200 a month were i live, plus totally free medical for their entire family, being supported by our tax dollars again which equals about $1200-2000 a month, plus free dental another $500 a month, plus free childcare which is about $600-900 a month per child, which adds up if there is more children, plus free food $500 a month, plus free education for their children at colleges, about $20,000 a year per college age student. The grand total here is about $55,500-60,000 for a 2 parent 2 child family. I have work at a daycare center and I see low income parents come in with 5 children and they also had 2 children who were college aged, and just for their daycare alone and college that our tax payers are paying for they were receiving $76000 a year in services, were the average middle class person gets no free services and earns an average of 30-45k a year, those that are not contributing are getting about double then what the hard working members of society get. Most of the parents we get at the childcare center that get free childcare work about 4 hours a day but the state pays for full time childcare, so once they get off of work they go out and have fun and guess who is paying for all that extra money that is being spent because the state is paying for the daycare to watch children while their parents are out having fun at the tax payers expense. I overheard a welfare mom talking to another welfare mom about how they were both getting off of work early and how they should go out together after work and get acrylic nails. Acrylic nails are expensive and it isnt fair that low income people that work only 4 hours a day can afford them when I work full time and am a taxpayer cant afford them. It isnt fair that low income people get luxury items that the middle class cant afford. If the middle class cant afford luxury items then the lower income people shouldnt either. Most of the lower income children at the center got $50 max on their christmas gifts this year, where most of the lower income gifts got about $150 of gifts just from their parents, plus all the charities that give their children gifts. My aunt is a foster mom and at christmas time, with the fost care present drive, she was offered a mountain of expensive gifts for each of her 5 foster children. There was so much that she felt sickened because her own child was only getting one $100 gift and each one of those foster children was offered $5000 in gifts, from computers and ipods and big screen tv's to laptops. She felt that it was unfair to give each one of those children $5000 in gifts when other children were getting so much less so she only took enough to give each one of them, all boys, one remote control car per child, one cd player per child, and one movie per child. Still, those remote control cars were not the cheap ones, they were the high end $500 ones. Still those children probably got $500 each in gifts from charities. I am not against giving to those in need. I just think that it is not far to basically give poor people an incentive for being poor. Generation after generation of families are living off of our welfare system and because of all the incentives they have no reason to get ahead, because they can still have all the expensive toys and desires for their children without working for it and so their is no incentive for them to become contributing members of society because they get more out of living on the system then if they didnt. all the incentives they give means that they are actually living a better lifestyle and more comfortably then those that get up everyday and work the 9-5 and try to get ahead and are the backbone of our society
Jan 7th 2011 2:58AM I dont know what alien planet you are from but you get it all wrong. There really is no people who have a reason to be destitute unless they want to be. In our country we have so many social programs that if you are living on the street then that is were you want to be. In most cities in the United states they have subsidized housing were you can get an apartment with 2 bedrooms a bathroom and 1 kitchen for $25-50 a month, while the rest of us are paying $800-1200 a month on either rent or a mortgage payment. Do you realize that once you take out all the income tax, sales tax, welfare tax, gas tax, and any other tax you might encounter, it ends up taking about 60% of our income just for tax, and that of that about 60% of it is because of the lower income people. I am from WA state, and if you are poor you can afford college because the tax payers pay for it and if you are very rich then you dont have to worry about it, but if you are from a middle income family that an education and anywhere but a community college is impossible. Most lower income people in WA pay about $50 a month at subsidized housing and most of their food comes from either food stamps or from foodbanks, so basically their only expenses are about $600 a year, because on top of that there a tons of charities that give them free clothes, free cars from the VA, free medical care at top of the line free clinics run by charities, what ever expense you can think of, our tax payers are picking up for them, and on top of that at the end of the year, most of these non contributing members of society get upwards of $10,000 of unearned tax credits at the end of each year that they can spend anyway they want. I work at a childcare center and I see children from middle class families who's family can only afford to spend $25 on gifts for them, and then i see children from welfare families coming in after the christmas season with brand new dsi's and talking about the new 32 inch plasma flat screen they got from santa claus for christmas, payed for with out tax dollars no doubt. So instead of using money for low income familiees that take and take and take and take and take and give nothing back, use it for the middle class citizens that give and give and give and never get anything. The middle class is the backbone of our economy and all people do is take from them. I am a middle class female in her middle 20's and because of our high taxes we can't afford health insurance. We have only major medical. And if you want to come out and say that obama;s dumb healthcare plan will fix that, then you are idiots. since his health care plan has passed my major medical plan has almost doubled in price and it is so high for my brother that he cant even afford anymore to get even the major medical, and the insurance company told us that it was obama's healthcare plan that was the reason for our premiums going up. My brother, who has now been diagnosed with some type of illness that has effected his hormones has to go around online now and try to find low cost health care that and barter for healthcare, he had to beg money from our family members to help pay for his healthcare bills. He went around to family members and said no gifts this year, just help me pay off bills. If it wasnt for Obama's healthcare initiative, that was designed to give leachers yet another handout my brother would be able to afford health insurance. But of course he doesnt qualify for free medical like low income jobless leaches. So basically like college, if you are super poor and are leaching off the system or super rich then you get great health care, but if you are middle class then getting good priced healthcare or health insurance is impossible.
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Jan 7th 2011 2:28AM Did you even read the article? The donation wasn't to the State of California or to the City of Los Angelos. The donation was made directly to the museum and for the city of Los Angelos to use that money to fix potholes, no matter how much they need to fix those potholes, would be stealing. It is against the law to appropriate donations made to a specific cause for something outside of that cause. For example, if someone donated $10mil to cancer research to St Judes Medical research center, the state where the St Jude's is located cant come over to St Jude's and say "sorry, you cant have that money, we need it to build a road"
By law, if someone donates money to a specific cause, it has to go to that cause, and if that cause decides not to use it, it must be legally be returned to the donator. That means that the 17mil has to be used at the museum and no were else, because the money was donated specifically to the museum