Have you noticed it's become a bad thing to be successful in America these days? As if you somehow should hide your success because it has come at the expense of others? When did the great promise of the "American Dream" somehow turn into the obligation of "American Mediocrity" where everyone is equal and those who rise above are to be shamed?
There are examples everywhere. Perfectly legit, hard working members of our financial community are called "greedy Wall Street pigs" because they were able to make millions of dollars, doing their job well! CEO's of very successful companies, who negotiated a deal for themselves with a knowing, understanding board of directors, are criticized for their "ridiculous" salaries, even though in most cases their skill provided great return for the company's stockholders, which happened because they were doing their job well!
The latest, and perhaps most shameful, example of this is the girl's basketball coach at the Covenant School in Texas, Micah Grimes, who was fired yesterday because his team beat the team from Dallas Academy 100-0. Nevermind that Dallas Academy hasn't won a game in four years. Never mind that they only have 20 girls who attend the whole school. Mr. Grimes lost his job because he didn't tell his students to focus on mediocrity. "Don't be too successful" he should have said. "We don't want to hurt anyone's feelings. After all this is America, and we don't anyone to rise above and do better than anyone else".
This is a dangerous concept. For years, it was the other way around. I was told by my parents I could be anything I wanted. I was told by my late father that nothing replaced hard work, and if I were to work harder than the other guy, I would be more successful. That was when success was not a bad word. Now, we are showing our children that it doesn't matter how hard you work, the schools (and the Government) will step in and keep everything fair. How does that possibly encourage anyone to work a little harder? How does that give anyone a three pointer to shoot for, pun intended.
Don't believe me? Just ask the girls basketball team at Covenant High School. They just learned the valuable lessson that if you practice, try hard, get good at something, and execute it to the fullest, you are the bad guy. It's the plague of success in this country...and it's spreading.
I do believe that if you are ahead enough that you can rest your star players, that you should allow the 2'nd and 3'rd stringers in, NOT to let the other team play catch-up, but to hone the inexperienced players skills some, so they can take over the 1'st string when the older kids go away.
As for losing, take it, and move on. Notice how the younger pro athletes cry like babies when they lose? Thet;s because they had the "Everybody gets a trophy" League, and they got a reality Bitch-Slap when they found out that the REAL WORLD doesn't accomodate for those who aren't good at their craft.
What's next? Grades will not be allowed on exams and other schoolwork? Wow. Lib Nazis are sooooo good for the world....
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when i read this story on the coach losing his job i was shocked. there is nothing wrong beating a team 100 to 0 its crap that the coach lost his job. if the other team doesn't like the beating they can do something about it like play some defense and score some points and if the coach of the winning team still has his starters in late (which in this case was not true)and i'm on the team getting a beating i know i'd start going after players. its a two fold thing you are taught 1.) if you're getting your sh*t pushed in and you don't like it do something about it and 2.) if you want to winning in sports (or anything) you are taught to step on an oppents throat, not to let up and take there will to win away. kids today are babied way to much and its not only hurting them in the long run but it'll hurt this country too cause everything needs to be fair. if we get into a scuffle and one persons gets his ass kicked people cry to the law and the person who "won" the fight is looking at punishment, either don't get in a fight or don't kicked your ass kicked. we should be taught and it should be accepted that its ok to win and be successful and in life there are losers, as a loser you can either bitch about it or improve. so lets do without giving trophies to everyone and teach kids that losing sucks and shouldn't be tolerated and that you should be proud of success and that is the standard in life.
There is a short story by the late Kurt Vonnegut Jr. called "Harrison Bergeron." It was written in 1961, I believe. Like a lot of us, you probably read it in school. In that story, set in a future America in the year 2081, beautiful people are required to wear ugly masks, strong people are forced to wear weights, and smart people are made to wear earphones that shatter their thoughts with loud distracting noises, all in the name of fairness. Nobody is allowed to be better than anyone else at anything. Everyone is required by law to be equally mediocre. Vonnegut was warning us about this crap almost 50 years ago.
We may not be quite as overt about it, but when a private school in Texas fires its basketball coach for winning, we are definitely there. When we make the tests stupider so that less talented kids can still score high, we are there. How long will it be before everyone (except Spaz) is forced to wear gigantic plastic unibrows and stop washing themselves? LOL
BTW, you're doing a good job on the blog thing. Decent topics, intelligent presentation of your views, with the occasional mix of humor to keep it entertaining. Good job. Come on, admit it. It's fun! I know you're used to doing this live, orally. But it's fun to do it this way too. And you get to look back at them, which is pretty hard to do with a spoken-word show. Wait till you've got milestones like your 100th blog, or your first blog to attract 50 comments. Heh. You'll feel good about it. We all do :D
The Other Massachusetts Republican.
If your heart bleeds so much for Micah Grimes, you should help to find him a new job. After all, you are such a world savior that seeks to rid the world of all evil, as you demonstrate with your "efforts" in the Walk For Change every year.
Let's see, where to start with your latest misinformed, Conservative manifesto? First of all, last I checked, EVERYONE is entitled to a share of the American Dream, no matter what tax bracket you are in, or what your investment portfolio looks like. Noone is trying to penalize anyone else for being successful, but if you gouge consumers ( like the Big Oil Companies), get caught red handed polluting the environment and spend two decades trying to evade your penalty (See: Big Oil/Exxon Valdeez spill), or if you get rich off predatory loans and your greed brings down a 158 year old lending institution and in so doing brings the United States economy to its knees, then something has to be done.
Again, everyone deserves a share of the American dream, not just people that are rich, out of touch, and live in a sheltered ivory tower, such as yourself.
I agree with you, Greg. But I also see the point of the person advising to put 2nd & 3rd string's in. Look at what most NFL teams do in the 4th when they know they've got the game all wrapped up... they put in the backup Quarterback and some backup recievers and tight ends. just to keep the game going, but not the score. But for this coach to be fired for a 100 - zip win?? I don't ever recall Bellecheck getting fired for an undefeated season, or Ed Reed being let go for "oppressive picks of the ball" This country is headed in the wrong direction and its getting pretty scary.
I would like to say something about the American Dream; not everyone deserves a share of it. You must EARN your share of it. To go around saying and worse, believing that everyone deserves a share of the American dream is dangerous. The same people espousing this nonsense are the same folks who said everyone deserves a house. We now see how this affected us with the present mortgage crisis. All of these subprime loans have crippled the industry. Congress forced, by law, these companies to write a number of these loans because they said people deserve homes.
Perhaps because I paid for mine, and more importantly, continue to pay for it I'm in the minority. I am also in the minority, especially in Massachusetts, when I say not everyone "deserves" a piece of the American dream. The reason America has become so powerful so quickly is because each person was held responsible for themselves. Responsible to make a living, feed their family, and work to succeed.
If Edison could have sat at home and gotten free candles because he deserved them, would he have bothered to work on creating the light bulb? We are so advanced because the people who want to succeed made it possible. They DESERVE the American dream. They earned the American dream. I am most certainly not cloistered up in my Ivory tower and my bills show me that I am neither wealthy or out of touch. It seems to me that the people who make the most noise about their "needs" are the same who do the least to take care of them.
As for the coach, I certainly hope a wise administator hires him for another coaching position. He obvioulsly "deserves" a good job because he works hard and intelligently at his trade.
For those who think I'm spouting off some neo-conservative rhetoric, take the time to do some reading. As was said previoulsy, Vonnegut wrote a compelling story but there is another fine example that is about fifty years old. Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand is something more people need to read to understand how the world of competition and commerce works and how this pathetic attitude which is permeating our society is ruining it.
Greg, Bravo..I couldnt agree with you more. This country is screwed and on the track to socialism, Did you see OBama kissing the ass of the middle east. My God what the hell is going on...then that little puke of an iranian Pres comes out today and says we need to apologize to iran..what the hell is going ... Obama is a rookie and I m personally horrified at what this guy is gonna do right down to the taxes he will raise on samll business and us all in the next couple years. Spread the wealth are you kidding me...Did ya hear the stats came out Monday ..There were 2 million people at the Inagural 27 missed work..lol ..Cheers to George Bush for keeping us safe for seven years... I am extermely concerned with the direction this country is going in. This whole foreclosure mess is a result of the Democrats everyone need s a house
plan under Clinton. I could go on and on...I agree with you always...The other Republican in Massachusetts..Tom Mc drive for show putt for dough
WOW BEAUTIFUL SOLILOQUY, TOM. SO NOW YOU CONSERVATIVES ARE GOING TO PLAY GOD, AND SAY WHO IS ALLOWED TO HAVE A SHARE OF THE AMERICAN DREAM, AND WHO ISN'T?
FIRST OF ALL, IT WAS YOUR REPUBLICAN HEROES IN CONGRESS THAT DISMANTLED THE GLASS/STEAGLE LEGISLATION, WHICH PUT OVERSIGHT ON BANKS SO THEY COULD NOT DO THE TYPE OF PREDATORY LENDING THAT PUT US INTO THIS CRISIS. YES, SOME PEOPLE SHOULD NOT HAVE GOTTEN LOANS, BUT THE BANKS ARE THE ONES THAT SHOULD NOT HAVE LENT THE MONEY. HOWEVER, NO MATTER HOW MANY PEOPLE LOST THEIR HOMES, AND HOW MANY LENDING INSTITUTIONS SUCH AS LEHMAN BROTHER GO UNDER, IT DID NOT STOP THE EXECUTIVES FROM FANNIE MAE, FREEDIE MAC, AND L.I.G INSURANCE FROM WALKING INTO THE SUNSET WITH THEIR GOLDEN PARACHUTES, WHILE THOUSANDS LOSE THEIR JOBS, AND THE ECONOMY SINKS.
I HOPE THE EXECUTIVES AT ALL OF THESE BIG CORPORATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN ROBBING US BLIND FOR THE PAST 7-PLUS YEARS, GET TAXED TO HELL, TO THE POINT THAT THEY ARE BEGGING FOR MERCY!!! WHY THE HELL SHOULD COMCAST, AND ALL THE OTHER TELECOM COMPANIES NOT HAVE TO PAY TAXES WHILE DOING BUSINESS IN THIS STATE? THERE IS NO RATIONAL EXPLANATION FOR THIS, BUT OF COURSE, YOU AND YOUR CULT LEADER HILLMAN HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH THIS.
THE ONLY REASON WE HAVE BEEN "SAFE" FOR SEVEN YEARS, IS BECAUSE THE NEXT BIG ATTACK IS STILL IN THE PLANNING STAGES. ALSO,IF THE WAR IN IRAQ HAS KEPT "THE WORLD SAFE FROM TERRORISM", WHY HAVE THERE BEEN ATTACKS IN LONDON, MADRID, INDIA, ETC.?
The firing of the Basketball coach is not surprising.This is a horrible example for those kids and they are being forced to hold back on there potential.Kids today are just lazy and expect everything for free.If someone steps on the court,they should expect to be pushed.Kids need challenge to learn...BOTH sides of the court.One needs there ass kicked to try next time and the other needs to kick more ass next time.This is a lesson for them in the real World.These kids are being told to be pussies!Its a shame.
Trample the Weak..Hurdle the Dead!!...............G-Blaze
I love how the Left-wing k00ks come out to rip a guy as Conservative when he's really more Libertarian. Right wing? Sure, the guy's pro-choice, not opposed to gay marriage and doesn't care about prayers in school. That's seriously radical right-wing. How about this? What if Matt the Lefty went out and learned a fact or two before embarrassing himself? Y'know, just for a change. He could be the first Liberal in history with a clue.
First of all, nobody is entitled to the American Dream. Nothing in the Declaration or the Constitution says the government is supposed to take care of you. It says you have the right to life, liberty and the PURSUIT of happiness. That means you have the right to go out and buy your ticket and take your chances like everybody else. Period. It does NOT mean you get a free ride just for breathing. TANSTAAFL, dude. It's a law of nature, like gravity and magnetism.
Second, "nobody is punishing people for being successful"? No? What other word is there for taxing people at a higher rate if they make more money? How on Earth is that fair to any thinking adult? When you take money away from people who work for it, and give it to people who did not, you're punishing the successful and rewarding the failures. Socialism works for men who don't. Capitalism works for men who do.
Third, the only gouging of consumers was done by the Democrats who systematically halted all exploration for new oil in America, and cancelled any new drilling. Other countries can sit 201 miles off our shores and suck our own oil out from under us, but we can't touch any of it. Then when prices went sky-high because Nancy Pelosi promised OPEC no more drilling in America, she made a TON of money off her large portfolio in alternative energy companies. I don't hear any Left-wing loudmouths screaming about that. I guess that's perfectly all right, because Pelosi is a Liberal. Tom Friedman continues to write articles in the NYT advocating a massive tax on gasoline in order to "encourage Americans to finally give up their gas-guzzling SUVs and switch to a clean alternative energy vehicle, like hydrogen or electric." Get that? He wants gas to be $10/gal not because that's what it costs, but because the government slaps a tax on it to punish people who "refuse" to embrace these expensive alt-energy vehicles. We already saw this movie. It's called Fascism. It was a big hit in the 1930s in a little country you might have heard of -- Germany.
As for Exxon evading punishment, I guess paying hundreds of millions of dollars in fines and cleanup cost assessments doesn't count as punishment to Liberals. But making a killing by illegally manipulating the price of oil, which Nancy Pelosi did and is trying to do again, is perfectly all right. Love the double standard.
As for predatory loans, that's a bald-faced lie. The lending industry was forced by Democrats and thug groups like ACORN to give mortgages to people who couldn't possibly pay them back. Basically ACORN said "give more mortgages to non-whites or we'll sue you into bankruptcy." It's a nice, politically-correct metric, but there's no way it can work in the real world, and this mortgage-backed securities debacle proves it. But do Liberals admit they screwed up? Do they admit their lunatic policies FAILED? Hell no, they're running around trying to blame it on the GOP! Bush asked Congress to rein in the sub-prime market SEVENTEEN TIMES in 2007 alone, and Barney Frank (who was playing sit n spin with a Fannie Mae exec at the time, a blatant conflict of interest, but again you Liberals don't care about that) insisted there was nothing wrong with the industry. "And even if something happens, the federal government can just bail them out," he said. And still you Left-wing k00ks blame Conservatives. Are you really that blind, or are you just brain-damaged?
The Other Massachusetts Republican.
IT WAS YOUR REPUBLICAN HEROES IN CONGRESS THAT DISMANTLED THE GLASS/STEAGLE LEGISLATION, WHICH PUT OVERSIGHT ON BANKS SO THEY COULD NOT DO THE TYPE OF PREDATORY LENDING THAT PUT US INTO THIS CRISIS. YES, SOME PEOPLE SHOULD NOT HAVE GOTTEN LOANS, BUT THE BANKS ARE THE ONES THAT SHOULD NOT HAVE LENT THE MONEY.
First of all Matty old bean, there's no need to shout, okay?
Second, I'm sorry but you couldn't be more wrong. In 1977, Jimmy Carter, a Democratic President who reigned before Reagan in case you young Liberal clowns never heard of him, signed legislation that changed the way Fannie and Freddie handled mortgages to minorities. The idea was to allow more people of color and people with slightly lower incomes get into homeownership -- the American Dream -- than would otherwise be possible. The results were fairly good. More people were given mortgages. Not millions, but slightly more. The market wasn't affected because the changes to the rules were not drastic, nor were they applied to millions of people.
In 1995, Bill Clinton altered Carter's legislation. I remember listening to the speech he gave, announcing that "this new law will bring the dream of owning a home to millions more Americans than would otherwise be able to afford it." His changes basically ordered the lenders to give mortgages to people based not on income or even credit history alone, but to use special guidelines designed to "boost" the scores of minority applicants by means of arbitrary formulas that counted irrelevancies like color, zip code, etc. Special consideration was even given to single mothers, whether they were a good credit risk or not.
They came up with the sub-prime loan. This is a shady loan structure whereby you borrow not only the principal, but the down-payment as well. That's folded into the loan. But since that wouldn't get enough lower-income borrowers into houses, they also folded the INTEREST PAYMENTS for the first few years into the loan as well. Got that? You borrow the principal, the down-payment, AND the first three years' interest payments. That's how they got the interest rates so low on these loans, so that people could "afford" them. Hence the name, sub-prime loan.
The program potentially could have disrupted the market quite seriously, but lenders figured out a way to spread the risk around. They knew that a much higher percentage of these loans would default, so they began selling something called a "mortgage-backed security" which was an investment vehicle. It sounded hokey, but investors knew the securities were backed by the Fed, through Fannie and Freddie. They bought them up, by the millions. This seemed like a good thing, because it spread the risk around among millions of investors. So even if a higher rate of default occurred -- and it did -- it wouldn't seem so bad because the overall risk was very small.
If that sounds like a scam to you, you're paying attention. That's what it was. But remember, this was all required by Bill Clinton's legislation from 1995. Things went along all right this way until 2001, when groups like ACORN decided lenders STILL weren't giving enough mortgages to minorities. They began threatening the largest lenders like Citigroup. Give lots more money to minority borrowers, or we will sue you into the ground. Meanwhile, other groups like the Congressional Black Caucus backed those threats with threats of their own. Do it, or we will haul your racist asses into federal court to defend charges of racist lending practices. Coming from Congressmen, you can probably imagine lenders took it quite seriously.
Meanwhile, some bright boy figured that if we can loan money to poor people who can't pay back the loans, and use mortgage-backed securities to bury the risk and show a profit, we can do it on a larger scale and make more money. Let's apply the sub-prime lending model to folks making six figures. That way, a guy making $200k can jump into a McMansion for $450k, which he couldn't possibly afford under the old, sane rules. That little trick took off like a shot and pretty soon sub-prime loans accounted for half the damn loans in America in 2007.
But all that is really complicated, and Liberals aren't too bright. So it's easier to just say "the GOP did it! Those greedy, evil bastards!" Liberals can at least understand that much. It's a LIE, but who cares, right?
FWIW, even if none of the above were true, even if the banks really did cook this scam up on their own in an effort to practice "predatory" lending, nobody had a gun to the borrowers' heads ordering them to sign. Every single fool who signed a mortgage knew he couldn't pay it back, but he figured "hey a lot can happen in three years. I could get hit by a bus. I could get a better job. We could hit the lottery. Who knows, right?" I'll tell you who knows, pal. Mature, responsible adults who did not buy into the sub-prime scam, they knew. They exercised restraint. I bought a home in 2002. We were offered a sub-prime mortgage. My wife and I looked it over, and we said no thanks. We want a fixed rate or we'll go somewhere else. It was more expensive, but it wasn't suicidal, as ANYONE WITH A BRAIN COULD SEE. I do not feel sorry for those clowns who bought into the scam. They were stupid, irresponsible and foolish, and now they want to pick our pockets for their churlish behavior? Not a chance. Go ask France, they're full of Liberal suckers over there.
The Other Massachusetts Republican.
Hi Greg just wanted to share this article to back up my statement about Romney not taking a salary on the show this morning. I also want to add that I am a huge fan of the show although we differ on our political views I enjoy listening to the opposing point of view.
Romney and Healey, who also is a multimillionaire, announced this week that they would not accept salaries during their four years in office as a symbol of the sacrifices all Massachusetts citizens must now make. The combined $255,000 that would've been used to pay their salaries instead will go toward paying top administration staff.
The full text of the article can be found on the Boston Globe website http://www.boston.com/news/daily/02/romney_0102.htm
Proof Romney returning his salary is a myth
Mitt Romney, who will be sworn in as governor of Massachusetts on Thursday, and his lieutenant governor will not take salaries while in office.
Part of their combined $255,000 in pay will be used for higher salaries of senior staff, according to a news release from Romney's transition team. Certain members of Romney's staff will be paid up to $150,000 a year, the release said, which is higher than the $130,000 salary of outgoing acting Gov. Jane Swift.
Romney is passing up $135,000 a year, while incoming Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey is giving up $120,000.
"We face huge challenges in the coming year that require sacrifices of us all,'' Romney said in the release. The former chief executive of Bain Capital LLC spent more than $4.5 million of his own money on his campaign.
Massachusetts, the 13th most populous U.S. state, is facing a budget deficit of up to $600 million this fiscal year, ending June 30. The state also projects a deficit that could exceed $2 billion, in its $23 billion budget for the next fiscal year.
Nobody ever claimed he "returned" his salary. You're assailing a non-existent myth. The story was and always has been that he refused his salary, which is true. He refused his salary. He gave it to his staff. And he didn't make a big deal about it by tooting his own horn in the media, like a lot of other politicians we could name ::coughBarneyFrankJimMcGovernDevalPatrickcough::: So you're really going to rip the guy for giving away his salary? Seriously?? It must be fun living in your head, what with all the clowns and pretty colors bouncing around in there.
WOW,DO YOU SERIOUSLY USE SAYINGS LIKE "OLD BEAN"?
SECONDLY,I AM NOT "SHOUTING". ACTUALLY, I AM NOT MAKING ANY SOUND AT ALL, EXCEPT FOR THE SOUND THE KEYS MAKE AS I TYPE. THAT BIT OF STUPIDITY ASIDE, I WILL GET TO YOUR BANKRUPT ARGUMENT.
YOUR RAMBLING DISSERATION PROVES MY POINT EXACTLY. ALL OF THE THINGS YOU MENTION IN YOUR DIATRIBE, ARE WHY THE GLASS/STEAGLE LEGISLATION SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN REPEALED. SINCE YOU HAVE NO CLUE, I WILL TELL YOU THAT THE REASON THIS ACT WAS SIGNED INTO LAW WAS TO PREVENT BANKS FROM HOLDING MULTIPLE FINANCIAL COMPANIES, AND TO PREVENT THE LENDING AND USING OF CREDIT BY THE SAME ENTITY. THE MIXING OF THE COMMERCIAL AND INVESTMENT BANKING INDUSTRIES AFTER 1929, LED TO THE SAME CORRUPTION AS TODAY ,EXCEPT IN THE 1920'S IT WAS GOLD SECURITES, WHILE THIS DECADE IT WAS MORTGAGE BACKED SECURITIES.
IT IS THESE GREEDY WALL STREET BARONS THAT GOT US INTO THIS MESS, AND I HOPE THEY ARE ALL TRIED AN CONVICTED FOR THE GRAFT AND CORRUPTION THAT THEY ARE GUILTY OF. YES, THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT SHOULD NOT HAVE GOTTEN MORTGAGES, BUT THEY DID, AND THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT GOT VERY WEALTHY OFF THE COMMISSIONS FROM THOSE LOANS.
ALL AMERICANS DESERVE TO HAVE A SHOT AT THE AMERICAN DREAM. YOU AND YOUR HERO HILLMAN JUST DON'T WANT "THOSE PEOPLE" IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOODS, WHICH IS WHY YOU ARE SO DEAD SET AGAINST MINORITIES GEETING MORTGAGES. YOU HAVE NO CLUE AS TO WHAT DIVERSITY IS, YOU LIVE IN YOUR SHELTERED, GATED NEIGHBORHOODS, WHERE EVERYONE LOOKS, TALKS AND ACTS JUST LIKE YOU DO. IT IS AMAZING HOW AFTER YOU CHIP AWAY AT THE BRUTAL FACADE AND THE USELESS STATISTICS AND TERMINOLOGY, YOU FIND OUT HOW PEOPLE REALLY FEEL ABOUT THINGS.
Okay,I don't have any problems with people working hard and earning the money that is rightfully theirs and that includes bonuses. If your successful with your career than you shouldn't be punished for that and not be compensated. They've earned it. BUT when an economy is as bad as ours has been, they should be a little more frugal with the money their company is bringing in. Especially when that same company was struggling not too long ago and needed money from our government to help them out. Let me put it to you this way. My husband and I barely bring home enough money to pay our mortgage let alone our water and electricity and gas etc... Because we are financially strapped right now, we can't afford to go out to dinner or go to the movies or take a trip somewhere. It sucks but we understand thats the way it is for now and it will get better and we deal with it. But then we see family and friends that "supposedly" have the same financial troubles as we do and their asking for people for help but instead of paying their bills, they go out and spend $800 on an exotic bird or they take a trip to Disney World or they're going out for dinner all the time and buying things they don't need. And then they don't know why they can't pay their car payment or make the rent the next month. What I'm saying is if you don't have the money to spend, then don't. And thats what these companies are doing. They begged for a handout from our pockets and once we've given it to them, they turn around and abuse it instead of using it wisely. Someone has to put a stop to it otherwise their going to put themselves right back to where they were to start with and they'll be begging us again for more money. With a struggling economy people just need to be more aware of their spending habits and that includes companies. It's just until the economy gets back on it's feet.
I can comprehend neither the depths of your lunacy nor your inability to follow common practice etiquette. Firstly, caps lock is not cruise control for cool.
Second, where is it provided for that citizens have any rights above and beyond the right to try to win at life? Where does the constitution declare that all men should have the same opportunity? Contrary to your beliefs the only rights you have are free press, lack of slander, ability to own firearms, miranda rights, income tax, life, liberty, and the PURSUIT of happiness. By relegating everyone to be equal you are immediately impinging on my right to pursue happiness. I'm not happy being one of the crowd, because remember, "No one is as dumb as all of us." This gang mentality that all dogs in the pack should hold the same sway would have led early man to not form society, and most likely die off before your party line had the ability to develop speech and begin these ridiculous tirades.
If all the principles of this great country preach against uniformity, why on earth would you ever allow it to become the gold standard?
I LOVE HOW YOU GUYS ARE SO BOTHERED BY SOMETHING SO INSIGNIFICANT AS TYPING IN ALL CAPS. NOW THAT I KNOW STRUCK A NERVE I AM GOING TO KEEP DOING IT.
YOU WATER CARRIERS PROBLEM IS THAT YOU DON'T HAVE THE BALLS TO ADMIT THAT BY STATING THAT YOU DON'T BELIEVE THAT "EVERYONE" HAS A RIGHT TO THE AMERICAN DREAM, YOU MEAN THAT ALL MINORITIES, OR PEOPLE THAT YOU AND ONKLY YOU DEEM TO BE "LAZY" DON'T HAVE A RIGHT TO THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. THESE PEOPLE SHOULD VBE EXCLUDED, BUT WALL STREET CRIMINALS THAT BROUGHT DOWN A 158 YEAR OLD LENDING INSTITUTION LIKE LEHMAN BROTHERS SHOULD BE WORSHIPED. THESE ARE YOUR HEROES. YOU GUYS ARE BIGOTS AND NOTHING MORE.
VERY WELL STATED ARGUMENT. I COULD NOT HAVE SAID THAT BETTER MYSELF. IT IS THE RICH BARONS ON WALL STREET THAT GOT RICH OFF SUB-PRIME LOANS AND ARE THE PEOPLE THAT GOT US INTO THIS MESS. THE UNMITIGATED GALL OF THESE INDIVIDUALS IS ENDLESS, AS THEY COME CRAWLING GOVERNMENT WITH THEIR HAND OUT, ASKING WASHINGTON TO SAVE THEM FROM THEMSELVES. FURTHER, IT IS THE SAME PEOPLE (LIKE HILLMAN AND HIS WATER CARRIERS) THAT DEFEND THIS PRACTICE, WHILE THEY RAIL ABOUT ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS AND SPEW THEIR HATEFUL, BIGOTED VENOM. IT JUST PROVES THE POINT THAT CORPORATE WELFARE IS THE BIGGER PROBLEM IN OUR SOCIETY, AND THE ONE THAT NEEDS TO BE DEALT WITH IF WE ARE EVER GOING TO GET OUT OF THIS DIRE SITUATION THAT WE FIND OURSELVES IN.