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America: The Proudest Country in the World

When it comes to national pride, Americans are No. 1, according to a survey of 34 countries’ patriotism…
People rated how proud they were of their countries in 10 areas: political influence, social security, the way their democracy works, economic success, science and technology, sports, arts and literature, military, history, and fair treatment of all groups in society.

Despite everything, we still have it. Nows the time to change directions so we dont lose it.

June 27, 2006 Posted by | The American Dream, The Progressive Movement | 7 Comments

Stick Up For The Little Guy: The American Way

What happened to the American dream?  Making something from nothing, working hard to provide a better life for yourself and your family.  We look at great men of history like John D. Rockefeller, who was brilliant not only for recognizing a demand and creating the supply, but for recognizing that he could never have reached the success he did without people less fortunate than himself.  So he gave charitably, not because he had to, but because he felt it was his duty to help those less fortunate. Just yesterday another, similar act of kindness: Warren Buffett, the second richest man in America, endowed his $30 billion fortune to the Bill and Malinda Gates Foundation.

So why then is the Republican Congress so opposed to helping the working class (many of whom are their constituents and supporters)?  Why have there been over ten congressional pay raises since the last raise for the federal minimum wage?  Why would they fight to relief the tax burden on the children of millionaires who have never worked a single day in their lives.  These are the people who should be giving back.  The most fortunate among us stand on the shoulders of the weaker.  Isn’t it only right that they are forced to give back, if not in the form of donations, in the form of taxes that can go to relive the burden on the poor?  Don’t the men and woman who are not lucky enough to have rich parents deserve a shot at the American dream?

a worker paid $5.15 an hour (the current minimum wage) would earn $10,700 a year, almost $6,000 below the poverty line for a family of three.

Don’t we owe the working class of America, on whom the soul of the country relies, better than an impoverished life?  Do they deserve to get poorer (despite hard work and dedication) as the rich get richer (just for breathing)?

Republicans say that the only people who can’t survive on the minimum wage are part time teenagers and lazy bums.  Talk about out of touch.

Republicans believe the estate tax hurts little family farmers and mom and pop business owners.  But they can’t name a single farm effected by the tax.  Talk about out of touch.

June 27, 2006 Posted by | Business and Economy, The American Dream | 2 Comments