We did not pay Federal income tax when we were too young, too old, or too poor. When we lost our job, our home, or got sick.
We aren't "freeloaders." We kept working. We just wanted a fair chance.
Some of us fought our way into the middle class. But we didn't do it alone.
The government gave us tax money for our kids, for our education, for our mortgages.
The government gave us veterans benefits for education, retirement, and lifetime healthcare.
NONE of us have always paid income tax.
But ALL of us have been helped by a society that keeps the rules fair and helps its citizens succeed.
We will not "suck it up."
We are not the 53%.
We are Americans.
“I have been a taxpayer, and have assumed responsibility for myself and my family throughout my life without public assistance from anyone.”
This is not true.
You did not pay income tax when you were working as a child. (And using 12 year olds as janitors is illegal, so that store did not pay any taxes for your labor.)
You did not pay income tax on your paper route. And since your were an “independent contractor,” neither did the newspaper company.
When you earned fifty cents an hour bagging groceries, you did not earn enough to pay income tax.
You worked very hard for all those years. But other American taxpayers supported you. You were not the 53%.
You borrowed money to go to medical school. Those government-backed loans were given to you by other taxpayers to help you when you needed it.
You owe your success to hard work, public assistance, and the support of people who paid taxes for you when you could not.
If you received tuition reimbursement, you did not put yourself through college.
We did. The people who paid Federal income taxes for you when you worked through school.
We helped you pay for educational expenses. We gave you a refundable tax credit. You used our help to get your degrees.
Your schools were supported with government money. Maybe they were government institutions. Would you have been able to afford your degrees if these schools received no government money? Do you consider your degrees a government handout?
And now you have a government-funded job. Maybe you are a government employee. Do you consider your job a handout?
Although you are ungrateful for what we gave you, we still say: you’re welcome.
“401k’s lose money like a waterfall”
You are so scornful of hard-working people who are too poor to pay Federal income taxes — just like you were.
In that first year of marriage, you had all the deal breakers. And all the tax breaks. Earned income credit, child tax credit, small business tax credit, education deductions…. It’s very hard to do all that you did. Many people don’t make it. That’s why we helped you. You’re welcome.
Instead of telling the working poor to eat dirt, maybe you should be thankful for all the help you were given?
When you were working for $4.25 an hour, you were not part of the 53%.
You did not pay Federal income taxes.
You were not lazy. You were not looking for a handout. You worked hard. But you relied on all of us who did pay taxes to keep our country running.
Your two year degree was from school supported with taxpayer money. Maybe it was even from a government institution. You are now given government assistance for your mortgage.
You have used taxpayer money to help you turn your hard work into success. You’re welcome.
The natural law at work was not “getting what you deserve.” It was statistics. You are lucky.
Most bankruptcies in America are due to medical expenses. People get hurt or sick and cannot dig themselves back out of debt.
While you were working as a janitor, what if you slipped and hurt your back? What if you were out of work for a month? What if you couldn’t do manual labor anymore?
While you were working at UPS, what if you were hit by a car? How much of your hospital stay would your insurance have covered? Did you have insurance?
While you were on food stamps, what if you got cancer? How would you have paid for treatment? How would you have paid your rent?
What if someone in your family got very sick while you were in school? Would have stopped working on your degree to care for them? How long would it have taken you to finish your degrees? How much debt would you be in now?
These things happen to people all the time. But not you. YOU WERE LUCKY.
It’s a simple mathematical fact that not everyone gets what they deserve. Sometimes, no matter how hard we work, we need help. And when you needed help, when you were hungry, when you were not paying Federal income tax, we helped you.
You have what you have because of your hard work, your dumb luck, and the help of your fellow taxpayers. You’re welcome.
“Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to poverty will be cursed.”
- Proverbs 28:27
Anonymous asked: Do you believe your job is “wasteful spending”? No, i believe my job is one of the only legitimate types of government spending. What do you define as "wasteful spending?" -Sgt
You believe YOUR government job is legitimate.
Funny how that works, isn’t it?
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These are employees of Steven J. Baum, the largest “foreclosure mill” in New York. They represent giant mortgage lenders such as Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Wells Fargo.
They do not try to help people refinance or stay in their home. Their purpose is to foreclose on homeowners and evict them.
Last year’s Halloween party was “homeless” themed. They smeared their faces with dirt, dressed in rags, and made jokes about throwing people out on the street. After the party, they went back to work dressed in jokey bum clothes, and continued throwing people out of their homes.
They think your hard work is a joke.
They think their failure is a joke.
While you are working to keep your home and pay your debts, they are working to throw you out of your house so they can get a fatter bonus. And while they do it, they have fun with your suffering. Maybe it helps them get through the day. Or maybe they genuinely believe that throwing families out on the street is hilarious.
They want you to quit whining. They want you to suck it up.
Do you believe your job is “wasteful spending”? Do you consider your government job a “handout”?
Do you believe your government retirement benefits should be cut? If you have a family, should their government benefits be cut?
Do you want your lifetime government health care benefits cut? Do you wish you paid for your own private health insurance?
Your government job gives you education benefits and home loan assistance. Should these be cut? Do you want to eliminate the Department of Veterans Affairs?
Do you believe your government job should be eliminated? Do you think private contractors could do a better job than you?
Do you think your government job is a “real” job? Do you believe you contribute to society even though you are paid entirely with our tax dollars?
You know who makes sure you’re buying a safe helmet, and not some cheap knock-off that could cause injuries?
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