RE: Open Platform "Unwilling to work but happy to steal"
I beg to differ. That's not Obama, that's Romney and the rest of his fatcat RICH bastard buddies who even make you bring your own vaseline.
The total number of people ACTUALLY on Welfare are approximately 15 million or roughly 4% of the population. Statistically, that's not too bad compared to most European countries.
I won't argue that some of the Welfare recipients cases need to be checked out to ensure they are not cheating. This is what we get when the government tries to help people in need without having checks and balances. Tough to fix this one.
Unfortunately the GOP is throwing numbers around like 100 million but that includes anyone on Social Security and Medicaid/Medicare. Lies and politics are inseparable.
There are approximately only 3 million receiving unemployment benefit at this time and that number is decreasing. Nothing being said by GOP or FOX ever seems to add up.
In the mind of the Republicans, you were never supposed to suffer a debilitating disease, accidental death of the breadwinner, or other calamity without getting a life insurance benefit to support you or living on your inheritance.
They believe you should be paying through the ass for life or other form of insurance that poor people cannot afford instead of getting some help from the government via the Unemployment Insurance you have been paying all these years.
Let's not mention all the other MANDATED insurance that their RICH cronie lobbyist friends have made it law that you must pay. Private Mortgage Insurance, Homeowners Insurance, Auto Insurance, Health Insurance, each of which are paid mostly because some RICH bastard legislated a way to steal another pound of flesh from you. These are the same people who decided that your everyday health insurance (in the US) has nothing to do with your eyes or your teeth because those aren't worked on by "real doctors". They are the ones who created the "Diagnostic codes" that determine whether you get any bloody coverage at all. Afterall if you own the insurance company you would not want to pay any claims right?
These are the "Job Creators" as we are told. Except they are deliberately holding back "creating jobs" until they get "one of their own" in power to ramrod through more legislation that will leave the common man even more bloodied, laying in the street begging for mercy. What part of that does not sound like outright treason?
We all know the RICH can always afford to spend money, on ANYTHING. Poor people are instead worrying if their meager salary will pay the rent and still have money left over for food, let alone insurance.
The RICH have always conspired to milk the common man out of every penny they can, so that same man cannot raise himself up to compete with the RICH on a open, common playing field. Read about the Molly McGuires and the Railroad and Mining Barons and you'll see what I mean. Romney and the GOP wants to bring back indentured servitude by the cut of his jib.
The US will never have the kind of Social Services that Canada, the UK or Europe have even though those programs are reasonably beneficial. Too bad really because the only ones ever making any real money are the ones who need it the least and they conspire to deny good wages and benefits to those who need them.
I ask you, who really NEEDS an income level in the millions? Why can't they pay an equitable % share in taxes to the 28% I do? Do they need a 8,000 square foot home taxed at the same overall rate as my $90,000 house? They should pay more local taxes than I do, but they don't.
The trouble is that the rest of us are just too poor to buy our own political representation like the RICH can. Until that changes, good luck.