Not just wealth is being spread around

Tue, 10/21/2008 - 3:27pm
By: Letters to the ...

From what I am hearing in Washington, I suppose I owe every parent a huge apology. Silly me! I’ve been teaching your children about the value of working hard, both in the classroom and on the playing field.

I have been working under the apparent delusion that by studying hard or developing a skill on the athletic field a student could earn a scholarship to help pay for a college education. In turn, the college education could equip a person with the necessary background to prepare for a successful career and the “pursuit of happiness.”

However, some of those who wish to lead us in government wish to add a critical addendum, namely, that if you become “too successful,” you will be penalized. After all, we’re just “spreading the wealth.”

A great many of my students study hard as their parents have instilled within them the value of a good work ethic. To those parents, you have my eternal gratitude. Other students are learning the hard way that there is a direct correlation between their efforts in the classroom and the results they achieve on tests and report cards.

I will be giving a science test to my students in the next week or so and have considered implementing my own version of “spreading the wealth.”

Therefore, after grading the next batch of tests, I thought I might just go ahead and skim points off of the grades of those students who actually EARNED an “A” and redistribute them to those students who, for whatever reasons, chose not to study. After all, we just want to level the playing field (ADD moment: This is known as sarcasm).

It’s the same mentality that has led us to giving trophies to everyone in athletics.

When presenting this idea to my students, I was asked to explain how this could possibly be fair. Great question ... and they’re only in the eighth grade. (By the way, it’s not fair.)

I am certain that, if I were to follow through on such an idea, it wouldn’t be long before I found myself in my principal’s office, and deservedly so.

It seems that many in our country have forgotten the values upon which our great nation was built upon. Some would propose skimming hard-earned money from someone who worked hard to prepare for this test we call life and redirect that money to someone else’s bank account via the federal government.

I can only speak for myself, but “spreading the wealth,” as some say, with the government in charge of the spreading, is socialism.

Has anyone noticed that as we are speeding towards this style of government, everyone else in the world is attempting to go in the other direction? Even the French have figured this one out.

Socialism has no place in the country that I love. It sounds to me like our “leaders” are spreading something else entirely.

David Edinger

Peachtree City, Ga.

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Submitted by gal2008 on Mon, 10/27/2008 - 11:32am.

I am glad I do not have kids. The thought of you teaching them is disturbing. You should leave your political views out of your classroom and focus on teaching your students.

Submitted by justwondering on Fri, 10/24/2008 - 9:50am.

Thank you for writing this letter.I agree with you.In the blog section, several days ago, I posted experiment in wealth redistribution.It is well written, and students would get the point quickly.

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Submitted by mapleleaf on Thu, 10/23/2008 - 8:31am.

When sows bear piglets, the piglets make a run for their mother’s teats as soon as they can. Some of these piglets are pretty brazen and pushy, and they often keep other more timid piglets from getting their fair share.

Farmers are interested in seeing that all of their piglets survive. So they gently intervene and allow the more timid piglets their chance to grow up and prosper like the others.

We have lately had many big pigs on Wall Street who have had utter disregard for the rest of us. I say it’s time they got pulled off the sow’s teats so the rest of the people can have a fair chance (with healthcare available to all, as well as a college education for those who can handle it).

Once you understand “sharing the wealth” that way, you understand the true meaning of what’s being talked about. Spend more time on the farm. It will do you good.

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Submitted by hutch866 on Thu, 10/23/2008 - 11:57am.

Wasn't it Orwell who said some pigs are more equal then others?

I yam what I yam....Popeye

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Submitted by carbonunit52 on Fri, 10/24/2008 - 7:40pm.

This was the pigs' saying: "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others" from George Orwell's story "Animal Farm". The pigs had put themselves in charge after the revolution which had thrown the humans off of the farm.

"I can't wait until tomorrow, because I get more lovable every day."

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Submitted by look to the future on Thu, 10/23/2008 - 11:53am.

because I have lived on the farm as well. A farm that was not government subsidized and was worked by my own family. That farmer did not save that cute little piglet because of some moral obligation. He saved that piglet because pork is sold by the pound; therefore, the more piglets he can raise to maturity, the more money he makes. The farmer's motives are completely self serving, although, your ideals are quite commendable in the fairy tale perfect world.

And those fat little piglets that were pushing their way to the front were aided by polticians with interests in banking and real estate who chose to turn their heads as warnings were issued of the impending doom. They too were fat little pigs feeding at the teat of self interest. Do you really consider them the best choice to protect the rights of the less fortunate among us???

I prefer to stand on my own ethics and productivity rather than having them dictated by government. I will also thank the good teacher for re-enforcing those ethics with an excellent example.

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Submitted by diva on Sun, 10/26/2008 - 8:06am.

Was John McCain a socialist when he voted against President Bush's tax cuts for the top tier in 2001?

Is Sarah Palin a Socialist or communist for giving windfall profit rebates to Alaskans?

If 8 years of George W. Bush's tax policies have doubled our national indebtedness, what can we expect from another four years? Honestly (said with my best fake British accent)?

Submitted by FayetteFlyer on Wed, 10/22/2008 - 9:24am.

When I heard the senator say spread the wealth. Like the bulk of folks realize, this does not do anything to encourage hard work and achievement. Quite the opposite. It doesn't work individually nor from a corporate standpoint either. Socialism is already here, its been here and is merely increasing. Opportunity is what is needed, income redistribution just sounds like we've given up on a free market. Don't get me wrong, I know folks can and do go through tough times. I support programs and entities geared towards temporary assistance but not as an industry of subsistance in and of itself.

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Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Fri, 10/24/2008 - 6:12am.

Obama's stupid (and 100% true) comment was a window into the future for many. Within days the polling showed it being a 1 or 2 point race which is essentially a tie. Yes, it is that close. The polls that still show a huge Obama lead are mostly bogus - look at who is being polled, how large the sample is and how the question is asked.

Then you factor in two more weeks of undecided and previously uninformed voters learning about socialism - it will be a tough fight and a very close election. I don't think the Bradley factor is that big a deal, but if it is McCain wins easily. Even if it is not, I see McCain winning by a very small number.

I'll bet most of he early voters for Obama would stick with their vote even after their socialist Messiah outed himself, but some - the few thinkers and achievers who voted early are having second thoughts.

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Submitted by diva on Sun, 10/26/2008 - 8:22am.

Robert, my first observation is I can usually count on your predictions and proclamations to fall quite far from reality. After all, if you had been correct in your predictions, this would not have been a McCain / Obama race at all, would it have been?

Yes. Polls smolls. You don't like them so you call the average of all national polls "mostly bogus" and give no definitive support for the statement. Why is John McCain calling himself the "underdog" Robert? You might want to call him and let him know the polls are "mostly bogus."

Now, to the red meat: If Barrack Obama's tax plan is so damaging to small business wannabe owners, why did he not find someone who would actually be hurt by Barack's tax policy? Why could he only find a guy who:

Misrepresented his own income?
Misrepresented his ability to buy the company he works for?
Misrepresented the income of that company?
Does not even satisfy his tax responsibilities under President Bush's tax plan?
Has a history of not satisfying his property tax liabilities?
Could not even see to obeying Arizona traffic law or at least paying the financial penalties for the laws which he was convicted of breaking?

I find that many conservatives these days are clinging to the feel good stories of Joe the unlicensed plumber and Sarah the unready Governor like pieces of driftwood after a ship wreck. Oh how you wish they were true stories accurately presented. And yet the Neiman Marcus hockey mom and the not such a good citizen plumber continue to fall short.

Tell you what Robert. Let's log back on 5 November, and maybe you can tell me how wrong I've been in believing America won't ignore the policies of the last 8 years or the party who brought them to us. Or, just maybe, I can hand you a tissue as you welcome a president you feel is a socialist communist marxist empty suit that talks real good.

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Submitted by hersheybear88 on Fri, 10/24/2008 - 6:49am.

Here is a report about Obama from a black columnist. He definitely brings a different light to this newly minted politician.

Source: Ken Blackwell - Columnist for the New York Sun

It's an amazing time to be alive in America . We're in a year of firsts in this presidential election: the first viable woman candidate; the first viable African-American candidate; and, a candidate who is the first front-running freedom fighter over 70. The next president of America will be a first.

We won't truly be in an election of firsts, however, until we judge every candidate by where they stand. We won't arrive where we should be until we no longer talk about skin color or gender.

Now that Barack Obama steps to the front of the Democratic field, we need to stop talking about his race, and start talking about his policies and his politics.

Some pundits are calling him the next John F. Kennedy. He's not. He's the next George McGovern. And it's time people learned the facts. Because the truth is that Mr. Obama is the single most liberal senator in the entire U.S. Senate. He is more liberal than Ted Kennedy, Bernie Sanders, or Mrs. Clinton.

Never in my life have I seen a presidential front-runner whose rhetoric is so far removed from his record. Walter Mondale promised to raise our taxes, and he lost. George McGovern promised military weakness, and he lost. Michael Dukakis promised a liberal domestic agenda, and he lost.

Yet Mr. Obama is promising all those things, and he's not behind in the polls. Why? Because the press has dealt with him as if he were in a beauty pageant.

Mr. Obama talks about getting past party, getting past red and blue, to lead the United States of America . But let's look at the more defined strokes of who he is underneath this superficial "beauty."

Start with national security, since the president's most important duties are as commander-in-chief. Over the summer, Mr. Obama talked about invading Pakistan, a nation armed with nuclear weapons; meeting without preconditions with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who vows to destroy Israel and create another Holocaust; and Kim Jong II, who is murdering and starving his people, but emphasized that the nuclear option was off the table against terrorists - something no president has ever taken off the table since we created nuclear weapons in the 1940s.

Even Democrats who have worked in national security condemned all of those remarks. Mr. Obama is a foreign-policy novice who would put our national security at risk.

Next, consider economic policy. For all its faults, our health care system is the strongest in the world. And free trade agreements, created by Bill Clinton as well as President Bush, have made more goods more affordable so that even people of modest means can live a life that no one imagined a generation ago. Yet Mr. Obama promises to raise taxes on " the rich."

How to fix Social Security? Raise taxes. How to fix Medicare? Raise taxes. Prescription drugs? Raise taxes. Free college? Raise taxes. Socialize medicine? Raise taxes. His solution to everything is to have government take it over. Big Brother on steroids, funded by your paycheck.

Finally, look at the social issues. Mr. Obama had the audacity to open a stadium rally by saying, "All praise and glory to God!" but says that Christian leaders speaking for life and marriage have "hijacked" - hijacked - Christianity. He is pro-partial birth abortion, and promises to appoint Supreme Court justices who will rule any restriction on it unconstitutional. He espouses the abortion views of Margaret Sanger, one of the early advocates of racial cleansing.

His spiritual leaders endorse homosexual marriage, and he is moving in that direction. In Illinois , he refused to vote against a statewide ban - ban - on all handguns in the state. These are radical left, Hollywood , and San Francisco values, not Middle America values.

The real Mr.Obama is an easy target for the general election. But Mr. Obama could win if people don't start looking behind his veneer and flowery speeches. His vision of """bringing America together" means saying that those who disagree with his agenda for America are hijackers or war-mongers. Uniting the country means adopting his liberal agenda and abandoning any conflicting beliefs.

But right now everyone is talking about how eloquent of a speaker he is and - yes - they're talking about his race. Those should never be the factors on which we base our choice for president. Mr. Obama's radical agenda sets him far outside the American mainstream.

It's time to talk about the real Barack Obama. In an election of firsts, let's first make sure we elect the person who is qualified to be our president in a nuclear age during a global civilization war.
Kind of scary, wouldn't you think---

Remember--God is good, and is in time, on time--every time.

According to The Book of Revelations the anti-Christ is:
The anti-Christ will be a man, in his 40s, of MUSLIM descent, who will deceive the nations with persuasive language, and have a MASSIVE Christ-like appeal.... the prophecy says that people will flock to him and he will promise false hope and world peace, and when he is in power, will destroy everything. Is it OBAMA?

Does anyone know who Ken Blackwell is? If you don't I suggest you google him and find out about this wonderful man.

My view is that Obama must have a different god than the God that represents Christianity to make the statement above.

Look at Get Out And Vote

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Submitted by diva on Sun, 10/26/2008 - 8:27am.

Try a summary next time (that's when you extract [take out] the important points and save our eyeballs the strain of perusing [having to scan] the entire piece of work). I'm serious. Shrink it down and I'm there.

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Submitted by muddle on Fri, 10/24/2008 - 4:26pm.

First, here is a link to the actual
Blackwell piece.

Note the difference between the original version and what you posted here. Yours is the version that has been redacted at the hands of religious kooks and nutcases.

Actually, it is pretty obvious where the break is between Blackwell and Nutcase. Blackwell is a pretty good writer.

Is it OBAMA?


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Submitted by hersheybear88 on Sat, 10/25/2008 - 12:24am.

I should have separated the last paragraph of Ken Blackwell. This part:
It's time to talk about the real Barack Obama. In an election of firsts, let's first make sure we elect the person who is qualified to be our president in a nuclear age during a global civilizational war.

I should have separated the next sentence there. Sorry, I am human and make mistakes.

Do we know who the anti-christ really is? As time goes on I believe Christians will. I don't count myself as a religious kook, just a person who believes in God. Let me say God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Do I believe there will be an antichrist, yes I do. I don't think any of us know who that is. I do think in time Christians will know.

Obama does not have such a good track record will his flip flop of his own beliefs plus the company he keeps. What does he believe? One day he says he is a Muslim and the other days a Christian and some days he is both. Wow is he confused.

About in my opinion it is liberal and I doubt it's credibility.

Once again this is my opinion only. I know everyone has there's. I like living in a country where we have freedom of speech. We live in the best country.

That is why I am glad that we have our freedom as of now. God only knows what the future brings.

Hey Billy Graham is celebrating his 90th birthday maybe we could ask him these questions. He is one of my hero's of my faith.

Ken Blackwell is an excellent writer depending on where you are coming from. To each his own.

Btw JeffC did you remind your dad of this:
We Shall Overcome

What a great speech and history lesson.Smiling

Be sure and go and vote. I did today and it felt so good. Whatever happens I don't live in fear but trust in a God who knows the future.

Both of you have a nice weekend.

Submitted by winby1 on Fri, 10/24/2008 - 2:40pm.

Hershy you do great work!! Nice find!! I understand but don't agree with most of the African American vote of skin color. I just cannot understand how the American people will cast their vote for such a radical!! I am not a Republican but an Independant and his past is littered with relationships with really bad people. NO OTHER candidate would have ever gotten this far in politics with his history!! A white politican with his past would be looking for a job!! Why can't educated people see right through his radical behavior and policies. He has done NOTHING credibale since being in office. This two party system has become so competitive along party lines it could be the downfall of democracy as we know it!! All of the stars have aligned for this very radical candidates term as President. He will have the Senate and the House majority with no one stopping him from destroying this country as we know it. If these Democrats think that he is another Clinton (which I think they do) Obama will make Clinton look like Rush Limbaugh!! His mentor is The Rev Wright for god sakes!! The Rev Wright hates America and White Men and for the most part I think the African American population is O.K. with that?? Sometimes things have to get worse before they can get better and maybe it's time for America to hit rock bottom racially and financially before we can all come together as a nation and fighting for the same goals. I truly think that this time is upon us and it scares me to death!! I have a bad feeling that this country is headed for some very trying times while the rest of the world sets back and enjoys our pain!! God Bless America!!

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Submitted by diva on Sun, 10/26/2008 - 8:32am.

This right after Hershey's "Sorry I screw things up sometimes" disclaimer for presenting this work of partial or complete fiction. Smiling

Hey, Winby. Since you are waiting on the edge of your seat for a nice find: I hear there is proof that Barack Obama himself, due to his work as an Illinois lawyer, is solely responsible for our nation's and the world's financial crisis. A guy I know told me. We've got him now, Winby!! Yes! The truth will hit........

right after his inauguration Laughing out loud .

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Submitted by hersheybear88 on Sat, 10/25/2008 - 12:49am.

Thanks for your response.
Like you I find these people to be very intelligent. I totally agree with all that you have said. I could not have said it better.

I am disturbed with the company he keeps and the way he plans to run our nation. I don't get it either. Actually, not to be mean, I can't watch him. He is not a good speaker it's like he is searching to find the words that he thinks we want to hear. He pauses and repeats words alot which to me is an indication he doesn't know the answer. If he knew the words would come out clearly without alot of pauses when he says them. Nah, not a good speaker.

I am concerned for our country like you. If Obama wins, which I think is a high chance but I do think the race will be close since all this garbage has come out about him. I do think some have changed their mind. McCain was not my first choice. I must say I do think that he has changed on some of the ways he plans to run our country which I think would be far better than Obama.

I am far from racist. I could give you a list of people I would vote for.

I am very concerned not only for my future but my child's future.

You are ever so correct when you say "God Bless America."
Thanks for the support winby1 as you know there are few of us on here that feel this way. We voice our opinion and have to take the heat. I only do it because I do care.

Have a nice weekend.

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Submitted by winby1 on Sat, 10/25/2008 - 10:47pm.

I'll give you a good example of what you and your child can look forward to. I was watching the business news today and thought what a great time it would be for someone to get in on the stock market right now if thay have never been. Everything is so cheap. There is a great opportunity for big profits by purchasing now and waiting for the recovery. The recovery will happen. I can't tell you when but it will happen. Anyway after alot of thought and daydreaming I woke up to the realization of Obama becomming our new Socialistic leader and the HEAVY TAXING OF CAPITAL GAINS in the near future. I came to the realization that why would anyone want to invest their hard earned money in the stock market just to have the profits taken away and given to someone who has taken NO RISK what so ever but would like to benifit from the rewards of your good fortunes. Capital gains have always been taxed but I'm not sure if the money was given as hand outs like The REV Wright and his loving son would like to disperse of it. I think I'll just keep my money as CASH in the bank!! When I donate my money to a worthy cause and I do, I'll decide who gets it!! Shriners / March of Dimes / ETC /ETC /ETC!!! Have a great Sunday and God Bless!!

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Submitted by hersheybear88 on Sun, 10/26/2008 - 7:49am.

I think we have alot in common in our views.

I will also keep my money as cash in the bank and I will choose who I will give charity to for a worthy cause and of course my church. Which does not make me a kook. LOL!

There are few on this post that have views like we do. Thanks for your support and not being afraid to take the heat from liberals.

I just hope America wakes up before the election is over. If not I don't put my trust in politics but in God who controls our world regardless of man's free will.

Have a nice day.

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Submitted by JeffC on Fri, 10/24/2008 - 12:01pm.

"Does anyone know who Ken Blackwell is? If you don't I suggest you google him and find out about this wonderful man."

I did Google him, you should have too. You would have found that this article is mostly a hoax, rewritten by wingnut kooks.

Check it out on Snopes:

Ken Blackwell

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Submitted by hersheybear88 on Fri, 10/24/2008 - 2:11pm.

Well is a deep subject.Smiling I knew I would get that response he is a conservative.

Have a nice evening JeffC.

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Submitted by JeffC on Fri, 10/24/2008 - 2:29pm.

that it is not so much that he is a conservative as it is that there are some extremely gullible people who read stuff without being able to evaluate it. Did you really think that Blackwell would accuse Obama of being the anti-Christ?

You have a nice weekend!

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Submitted by muddle on Fri, 10/24/2008 - 5:16pm.

HaHaHa, Jeff. I am laughing so hard right now. You just hate all conservatives because you are a liberal.

Next you'll try to tell us that the people who think that Sarah is wonderful are also gullible and incapable of assessing the strengths of the candidates.

Prove it. If you can't prove it then it isn't true.



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Submitted by Bonkers on Sat, 10/25/2008 - 5:48am.

What does one do with lemons when that is all you have?
Why, you make lemonade!

Quail was bogiebird flavored; Agnew was bitterroot; and Perot's Admiral was fruitcake flavored!

Moose gravy (with oil) flavored lemonade is awful!

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Submitted by JeffC on Fri, 10/24/2008 - 8:33pm.

You owe me a glass of wine to replace the one I spilled laughing when I read this. My jeans needed to be washed anyway. The chair is leather and cleaned up OK. I'm hoping I can salvage my keyboard.

Submitted by henkeln on Wed, 10/22/2008 - 9:03am.

I could not agree with you more. I am afraid to think of what our country will be like in 20 years. Frightening . . . .

Submitted by gal2008 on Mon, 10/27/2008 - 11:29am.

Are you serious? Could it possibly be any more frightening that what we have seen over the last 8 years? Wake up people!

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Submitted by carbonunit52 on Wed, 10/22/2008 - 5:46am.

and thank you for taking it slow with me.

Socialism has no place in the country that I love. It sounds to me like our “leaders” are spreading something else entirely.
You bet. Vote Democratic, and send the "conservative socialists" into retirement.

"I can't wait until tomorrow, because I get more lovable every day."

Submitted by wildcat on Wed, 10/22/2008 - 5:36am.

Let's apply it to lunches, too. Some kids bring really cool lunches and others bring boring lunches. That's not right. Everyone should have the same lunch. Let's take from the good lunches and share with those that bring plain lunches. What about football games? Hey... what about cheerleading competitions!!! It's not right that one team wins. One team shouldn't have better athletes then another team. Everyone should have the same quality of players. We should mix and match until all teams are evenly stocked. What is that saying??? None of us is as dumb as all of us?? We should share everything and all be the same!!

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Submitted by diva on Sun, 10/26/2008 - 8:38am.

Then Ronald Reagan is as much a socialist as William Clinton, Barack, John McCain, etc. At what point did the progressive tax become socialism? Should I have the same tax burden as Exxon Mobil? Should Sarah Palin be labeled a communist or socialist for taxing oil profits and giving them to Alaskans in the form of $2,000 annual checks? Just curious

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Submitted by mapleleaf on Sun, 10/26/2008 - 9:12am.

Since 2007, Alaska has been charging a $50 tax for every passenger of a cruise ship that visits the state.

Now I’ll have you guess who’s the governor of Alaska.

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Submitted by diva on Sun, 10/26/2008 - 9:24am.

A: A communist (with a citizen-funded family travel budget and wardrobe)

B: A socialist (with a citizen-funded family travel budget and wardrobe)

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