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Today I walked from my house a short mile to Walmart
On the way there I saw an entire family
A man, a wife, and 2 small children
Asking for any change could be spared
Both had lost their jobs last year
I gave them half the money in my pocket
I saw a man no older than 25
Sitting in front of the Inn 'n' Out
Whatever left over table scraps you can spare
My brother gave him half the change in his pocket.
I almost got back home to find 2 men
Begging for any change for a funeral for a young boy
We gave them what we had left.
Then I get home to hear
The economy is getting better
Now that we're over the fiscal cliff
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Angel-Tsuki Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So true...well Written will!
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MuteAssassin Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Thank you and you're welcome
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Ravajava Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
In reality, the economy is getting better. The problem is that it is only getting better for a select few. Wages aren't increasing, social welfare programs are being cut, and jobs are still getting shipped overseas. But from a pure how much money the US on a national scale is generating, from a pure how well US owned companies are doing, yes the economy is doing better.
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BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I blame the current political climate on Keynesianism. It’s the ideology that supports greedy politicians looking for justification to spend money like crazy. Everything about it is backwards: debt is good and savings are evil!
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Ravajava Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Actually, I'm going to have to disagree with you on that. I would contend to say that it is the lack of Keynesianism that is driving the problem. The US GDP is doing much better, US companies are doing extremely well. But this wealth is centralized among the rich elite, but it's not reaching the average American.
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BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"I would contend to say that it is the lack of Keynesianism that is driving the problem."

Our 4 trillion dollar debt would disagree. Decades of spending on credit and printing money on thin air has done nothing but increase our national debt, and the saddest part is that the Keynesians see it as a good thing. "Who cares if we're trillions in debts? Debt is a good thing. It's a sign that the government is spending, and government spending is del facto good."
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Ravajava Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Or maybe the bloated defense budget that counts for over 50% of discretionary spending, a ridiculously low effective tax rate, right wing voodoo economics and corporate welfare. It's not as if cuts need don't need to happen, but shouldn't the US deal with the aforementioned issues before cutting into programs that will only further drive income inequality?
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BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
“Or maybe the bloated defense budget that counts for over 50% of discretionary spending”

Which would still be government spending. Most fiscal conservatives and libertarians oppose current military spending, so I don’t see where you’re going with this. It should also be noted that most Keynesians credit military spending during WW2 for pulling us out of the Depression.

“A ridiculously low effective tax rate”

Which wouldn’t be a problem if spending wasn’t ridiculously high. The Bush Tax Cuts would have been good if not for the military spending through two wars and the Medicare D expansion. If you cut taxes AND raise spending, of course you’re going to go bankrupt. That’s as stupid as quitting your job and maxing out your credit card.

“right wing voodoo economics and corporate welfare”

Which most fiscal conservatives and libertarians reject. Republicans preach about free market capitalism, but once they get into power, become crony capitalists, pushing for regulations, taxes, and subsidies that favor their corporate donors.

“It's not as if cuts need don't need to happen, but shouldn't the US deal with the aforementioned issues before cutting into programs that will only further drive income inequality?”

Sure. Slash military spending and end corporate welfare. I’m 110% behind that. Of course, I’m also for entitlement reform, a flat tax, and a return to the gold standard, which I’m sure you and others who lean left-of-center are not.
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Ravajava Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Different policies work in different contexts. But I digress.

A flat tax doesn't make sense because you are either not pulling in enough revenue or you are hurting middle class consumerism, which is the driving force of the economy. Hence why I like the idea of middle class tax cuts. Not sure what going to a gold standard would do, and I can understand some cuts to entitlements considering just how much debt the US is in.
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FlipswitchMANDERING Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
All the obama suppporters said he was not going to raises taxes on the middle class...He did...you may notice you make 2% less. Then when obama care starts getting rolling..more taxing.

Obamacare is going to make it so people are laid off, have hours cut, or simply cant find work.

WHO IS ALL THIS HELPING. The Democratic party are incompetent.

They are proposing even MORE taxes after all this.

Who is this supposed to benefit? The liberals in office are CLUELESS, and the republican party are just a bunch of washed up-wanna be mavericks.
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