Monetary success demonized by far-left liberals
Over the past four years the Washington administration and leftist liberals have systematically created a class warfare where poor and middle class Americans have been brainwashed to resent the wealthy two percent of our population — those who pay 35 percent of all federal taxes on which our government is funded.
Why did the Washington administration want to increase the tax burden on the wealthy two percent who, for the most part, represent small business entrepreneurs who have invested and risked their own capitol to create billions of jobs for Americans?
Are we so blind to reality that we think government can create a utopian and perfect nation that has never existed in the history of mankind?
This misguided philosophy is a direct path to pure socialism. Free enterprise would no longer exist, taxes would skyrocket and a one-class system will evolve with no checks and balances to limit the dictatorial powers of government.
It's time for all Americans to wake up. A limited government upholding the capitalistic doctrines of free enterprise and the integrity of our Constitution is what has made America the most respected, economically successful and most admired country in the world.
A bigger piece of the economic pie is there for all Americans with the will and initiative to better themselves.
Unfortunately, poverty will always exist, but we will never turn our backs and will continue to reach out to help those in need and those unable to help themselves — because we are Americans.
Cut waste before taxing
I read a letter Dec. 14 by another Average Joe brainwashed on liberal thought-food since birth, assuming taxing the rich will solve the budget deficit, bring prosperity and cure lumbago.
Does one really think that taxing the rich even more will reduce our debt or put this country back on solid footing?
Does one really think that people who make money putting them in a high tax bracket are all greedy and uncaring? Maybe, but really, all these liberals care about is punishing somebody, anybody rich to make themselves feel better.
The economics of a good economy (lower all tax rates and cut spending) is over their head.
True conservatives and Republicans have been demonized for decades by left-wingers as the root of all our economic and psychological woes. You may feel better about yourself, but taxing the top two percent won't make your life any better.
Real change comes from cutting the waste and fraud in Washington. Real prosperity comes from helping small businesses grow and prosper (which Obamacare does not). It does not come from increased taxation at any level on any group of people.
The super rich are paying their fair share. In fact, they are paying taxes for a good 30 percent to 40 percent who don't. They hire people, put their own money into buildings and jobs and machinery and take risks that could wipe them out. And, believe it or not, most are charitable and caring. And, I would guess, many are Democrats.
NRA response limited
Guns are designed for and can only be used to commit destructive acts. This fact should be drilled into the consciousness of the general public and especially of our legislators.
People who desire to own and/or operate guns for legitimate destructive acts should be very carefully screened and trained.
They should be especially informed, trained and legally required to prevent their weapons from being accessed by people, especially children, who are not qualified to operate a firearm.
Wayne LaPierre, the head of the National Rifle Association, acted as more of a shill for the firearms industry than as a person thoughtfully trying to reduce gun violence.
As terrible and tragic as are injuries and deaths of children in school shootings over the years, they account for a very small percentage of children injured and killed by gunshot.
Even if an armed guard at every school prevented all such shootings, it would provide a minuscule reduction in children being injured and killed by gunshot.
And it would do practically nothing to reduce gunshot injuries and deaths among adults.
The mass shooting in Connecticut was heavy on my mind as I was at a sporting goods store and was drawn to a display of paintball guns. The boxes that the guns came in had combat scenes and information printed on them that, in my opinion, glorified killing humans.
I imagined myself in the shoes of millions of young boys growing up in America. You're no sooner out of the cradle when somebody sticks a toy gun in your hand. Next thing you know, you're running around pretending you're shooting humans like they are doing on TV. A little later, you are given some shoot-em-up video games and you are pretending to shoot humans by the truckload.
It's easy to imagine a despondent young man thinking, "I've been terribly depressed for months, I'm a social outcast, nobody likes me and I don't have any friends. I don't want to live. Why not go out with a bang and have the ultimate experience?"
It's elementary psychology, the power of suggestion. Our society is programming our kids to kill. Sure, not all kids turn into shooters. But, the fact remains, some do.
We, as a society, must go to the roots of the problem. We must not glorify or, for that matter, permit violence on television and in video games.
Weapons such as the Bushmaster used in recent mass murders must be made illegal. We must banish the Bushmaster and replace it with love, compassion, trust and forgiveness.
Help with the elderly
A recent article sharing the story of an adult child living in California needing help with care for her elderly mother in New York is not an isolated situation. In the Bluegrass region alone, the number of people over 60 is expected to grow from the current 120,930 people to 210,916 by 2030.
More and more people find themselves in situations similar to this story. It's extremely stressful on individuals and their families when care needs for an elderly loved one become more than they can handle alone.
The BIuegrass Area Agency on Aging & Independent Living operates an Aging and Disability Resource Center which has a toll-free number anyone can call to inquire about resources for someone over the age of 60 or disabled.
Many services in our communities do cost money, however the Bluegrass AAAIL manages programs in which the fees are based on a sliding scale. These programs are limited due to funding, but are out there.
For anyone in a situation where caregiving supports are needed to maintain living in their own home, an excellent source for support and resources is your local senior center, or call the ADRC line, (866) 665-792l.
These contacts can help people navigate through an often confusing system. Assistance and support don't always require a substantial net worth or poverty level incomes.
Director, Bluegrass Area Agency on Aging & Independent Living