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May 03, 2010

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Giladl

Thanks for this interesting take on the topic. Seems to be "Fair and Balanced".

heymanj

As a proud member of the TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party movement, I can state that my membership has nothing do with ethnicity and/or race and everything to do with the future vision of the United States. I *want* there to be a future that I can leave my children - not just a large debt because we've abrogated all the *hard* decisions to the government. Having the state as the mother and father is an anathema to everything we were founded upon, and I would think recalls some of what you left in Cuba.

European social democratic countries tend to have high (relative to the US) unemployment and provide lots of benefits for those who aren't working - creating nirvana for many. Unfortunately, this kind of society implodes upon itself financially as human nature is to do as little as possible to get by. When everyone is doing only very little productive work, there is even less income for the government to utilized for the nirvana society. Even worse, it destroys the incentive marketplace because there is no perceived value for trying anything new. If you are successful, you get punished (financially) for that success. Much easier to let the government take care of you at that point.

The *anger* you talk about has to do with the policies that have been implemented, and the people who pay the taxes (52%) getting rather fed up with the new "rights" being granted with their taxes.

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