Please find the post where I complained about the taxes I'm paying.
First off just because I specifically replied to you, doesn't necessarily mean my reply is addressed only to you. You are certainly included, just not exclusively, so consider my usage of "you" in the following to be the royal you.
Secondly please tell me which reply *isn't* one way or another a complaint about taxes and how much you (all) begrudge paying taxes that get spent on people that you consider to be undeserving because they are poor and you and those like you believe that the only reason someone is poor is because they are stupid, lazy or both.
You complain about the deficit and the debt. Why? Well you didn't complain about those things when Bush was in office and so it's safe to conclude that you're fine spending government money as long as it's spent giving the richest Americans tax breaks, or if it's spent on wars, or if it's spent on corporate welfare. It's only when a democrat gets elected and decides that money needs to be spent trying to help people survive the worst depression since the great depression and recover from a banking debacle that is a direct result of the elimination of financial regulation as is so favored by laissez faire capitalism and the "greed is good" crowd. And cut the crap about "I'm a conservative, not a Republican" it's just semantics.
In reality all this liberal and conservative nonsense is total bull. It's really all about the "haves" and the "have-nots" and the problem as I see it is that the "haves" have somehow deluded a significant portion of the "have-nots" to vote against their own best interests and for the interests of people that really could not care less about them.
Whether they've been able to do this because they've staked out "moral values" as one of their core beliefs or by dangling the brass ring just tantalizing out of reach of those so desperate to grab it, it really doesn't matter. The problem is that it's all fake. The neocon elite go to church on Sunday just for show but they do their real worshiping in the bank come Monday morning. What could be better than a religion that tells people not to worry about their lot in life because their true reward comes once they're dead. How convenient. They laugh all the way to the bank over that one.
And while I have been able to scrape through my life and have managed towards the end of it to come close to financial security, I am by no means deluded that I am in any way rich. $2,000,000 isn't rich. It's enough to be financially secure for the rest of my life as long as I'm careful, but hardly rich. I'm just a little bit luckier than the next guy. I was lucky enough to be born smart enough to get into MIT and to be born into a family that could afford to send me there. There was certainly work involved but to pretend there is no luck in someone's high position in life is disingenuous. I look around everyday and think there but for the grace of god go I. I'm no better than an 18th century russian peasant. A *lucky* russian peasant but a peasant nonetheless.
The middle class of this country has intentionally been targeted for elimination. All the decent paying middle class jobs have been outsourced. A lucky few escape while the rest get beaten down closer and closer to being truly poor.
This is the real source of the anger behind the tea party folks. Except the problem is that they've been convinced that they are worse off than they used to be not because of the elimination of decent manufacturing jobs for lower paying service jobs and that this has been done intentionally by the monied elite, but because they pay too much taxes and because of reverse discrimination that gives their jobs to minorities or illegal immigrants or because the poor are draining society by being on the dole.
In other words the rich have divided and conquered those below them by telling the middle class that it's the fault of the poor that they're losing ground and if only we could eliminate all these entitlements then everyone would be happy except of course the true poor who will simply die quicker once all support has been eliminated. However once the middle class has been beaten down to the poverty level what then? Who's left to blame? By then things will be more clear and there will be two sides. The side that holds the handle of the machete and the side that is the target of the blade.
I for one will do my best to be on the side of those who hold the handle.