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Freedom Means Avoiding Taxes and Letting the Poor Starve

Updated on May 21, 2012
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If corporations can make money in the United State’s market, use our infrastructure including the Internet and wireless grid, roads, highways, rails, ports, power grid, sewage, military and police and not pay taxes by moving their money overseas, then Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin should be allowed to do the same. His success in using U.S. markets and infrastructure to make billions and then avoid taxes is an example to us all.

Heidi Harris, host of Heidi Harris in the Morning, has come to the defense of hero Eduardo Saverin. He spent fourteen years as a U.S. citizen, made billions on Facebook, and then renounced the U.S. to avoid taxes before the Facebook IPO would make him billions more. Singapore will welcome his cash with open arms and he won’t have to pay income taxes.

As Heidi Harris said in his defense on Reverend Sharpton’s show Politics Nation, “Taking welfare and food stamps they are dead weight…you don’t need food stamps to buy Doritos.” She brought up food stamps when defending Saverin because we shouldn’t punish him for making money. We should punish the hungry food stamp recipients for not avoiding paying sales tax on those Doritos. Makes sense to me.

Ms. Harris zinged that liberal! Yes, you don’t need food stamps to buy Doritos, and you know, that’s what people on food stamps and welfare eat, Doritos.

While there are more Whites in America that receive food stamps, it’s only the Latino and Black recipients that bother Republicans because the Whites who receive food stamps still vote republican. As long as you’re going after some of the Republican base as well, liberals can’t call you hypocritical, Ms. Harris. They can just call you inhumane, self-righteous, ignorant and a tool, but you won’t be hypocritical, thank God!

Like Ms. Harris, I too am disgusted by people who use food stamps to eat rather than starve. If only we gave them all guns, they could shoot themselves and stop being such a bother to the job creators. And Harris is correct, because she has used the vast network of spy cameras operating through all the cable networks (they all have cable) to spy on food stamp recipients and she knows they are dead weight, or will be dead weight when we give them a one time food stamp payment of a gun with enough bullets to kill themselves and every worthless member of their family. Let’s literally make them dead weight and create a few jobs for morticians. They should %$#^ off and die and stop bothering us. They are, after all, animals.

Mary Franson, state Representative of Minnesota, tells it like it is when she describes food stamp recipients as animals who will just breed if we give them food. Don’t feed the animals, she says.

The Park Service is NOT part of the Department of Agriculture; it’s part of the Department of the Interior. But why quibble with greatness? Her logic is impeccable. Rudolph Hess would agree with Rep. Franson, and we know how logical those Germans can be.

South Carolina Lt. Governor Andre Bauer, who hopes to succeed fellow Republican Mark Sanford as his state's governor, drew a comparison between government help for poor people and "feeding stray animals" who "breed" like...animals.

"My grandmother was not a highly educated woman, but she told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals," Bauer said during a town hall meeting, as the Greenville News reported over the weekend. You know why? Because they breed. You're facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a person ample food supply. They will reproduce, especially ones that don't think too much further than that. And so what you've got to do is you've got to curtail that type of behavior. They don't know any better."

Yes, many of those people that “breed” and “don’t know any better” vote Republican. I am just so thankful that Republicans are against job's programs that might employ people and reduce the food stamp problem. We need forced sterilization for these animals. Perhaps we can get the SPCA on it.

Getting rid of food stamps has benefits other than making the U.S. solvent. It will protect the sanctity of marriage because more women will stay in their marriages, no matter how abusive their husbands are. And if poor women get killed in these abusive marriages, that’s just one less mouth to feed. Getting rid of food stamps will reduce the price of prostitutes for the 1% businessmen on the go by increasing the supply of available women. It will also increase child labor using the work or starve model of labor so successful in the third world. And those child laborers won’t waste education resources in the class room. Those seats are reserved for deserving children who will not be dead weight. These are just a few of the benefits Harris, Franson, Bauer and other conservatives see in ending the food stamp program. It really is the best course of action.

Crazy liberals will say that billionaires need to pay taxes for the benefits they get and this will fund such programs as food stamps. As we have seen, we don’t even need the food stamp program. Billionaires have the right to use millions of dollars of infrastructure and make billions off the U.S. markets. It’s the food stamp recipients that are ruining us!

And please, let’s not discuss the inequity of our economic system that makes it hard for people to feed themselves. Let’s keep blaming the poor.

Peace,
Tex Shelters

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      And I thought I used sarcasm!!! WHOA! I suggest you send this hub out in mass numbers to all politicians...especially the ones of honorary mention here!!! UP+++

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      texshelters 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      Thanks. I turned it up to 11 for this one.

      PTxS

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      Chris Dane 5 years ago from Maryland, USA

      My mom was single and raising four of us kids, and we were on food stamps for a few years. She went back to school and got a job, and we climbed out of poverty. All of us kids pursued higher education and are proudly making our way towards the American dream. We all have an aversion to government assistance, an inner drive to succeed, but I wouldn't begrudge anyone using them when they need to. For every supposed welfare queen, there are hundreds of good citizens struggling to make ends meet to pull themselves up. I hate these characterizations we use to marginalize our fellow citizens.

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      tom hellert 5 years ago from home

      TL,

      elimination may be going to far... but how about we get a handle on social programs massive FRAUD, if someone needs it- i'm good but if people who dont need them or CAN work "ChOOSE" not to There has to be better accoutability. Along with that there needs to be incentive to get these people back to work- not welfare but workfare-as a partially disabled person i have chosen to work part time when i can-there are days i say WTF am I doing but inside i would not feel right just sitting at home collecting a check...granted I am no longer doing a highly technical/work intensive position but at least I am trying-thats where i have issues able bodied men and women CHOOSING NOT TO WORK being LAZY AND not TRYING- it is not everyone who abuses the sytem..but its enough people...REFORM IS NEEDED ELIMINATION IS A LITTLE TO FAR i'd say...

      TH

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      Joseph G Caldwell 5 years ago from southwest Pennsylvania

      With people out of work longterm, losing their homes, having social services cut, food stamps are all that's left.

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      texshelters 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      Agreed. Thanks Chris. My sister was on food stamps for a brief stint, and not since (at least 25 years ago).

      Thanks for sharing your story.

      PTxS

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      texshelters 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      Tom,

      Can you show me evidence of "massive fraud". Once you do, we can talk. And yes, investigate and reform, but don't take if from those in need.

      Thanks.

      PTxS

      PTxS

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      texshelters 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      Yep. Thanks Joe.

      Long term unemployment is a HUGE problem.

      PTxS

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Well I've had food stamps before, I missed out on all that breeding - so I don't know what I did wrong....I might try to swing that deal again though.

      Its nothing like people with money imagine - for me to keep food stamps - I'd have to either get a real part time job, or spend 30 hrs/week (documented) looking for one.....how can I spend 30 hrs/week looking for a job???

      I've got bicycles, and 5 miles away....a 10K pop town - I could apply at every business in 2 days tops....guess I didn't learn the trick question answers.

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      texshelters - A marvelous hub...well-written and to the point. Thank you for putting names and faces on the irresponsible,selfish, and self-serving politicians who would defend big business right to soak up tax dollars and focus on welfare recipients as our main problem.

      In every system and program, EVERY SYSTEM AND PROGRAM, there is some percentage of fraud or misuse. So you address the problem, not destroy a program -- to do that would be to throw the baby out with the bathwater!!

      You use your gift of satire and sarcasm to defend those in need of defending and I thank you and applaud you for your efforts. And I agree with the suggestion above that you inundate our "public servants" with your essay, because it reflects what so many of us think. Just maybe, if we are really lucky, a few of them will feel ashamed. Sharing.

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      Charles Hilton 5 years ago

      There is also fraud and abuse in hospitals and police departments, so maybe we should shut them down, too?

      But, the Pentagon charging $600.00 for a toilet seat is perfectly acceptable---after all, military brass shouldn't have to shit...errr...sit on anything but the best.

      Love the hub---voted way up!

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      michiganman567 5 years ago from Michigan

      Another billionaire that will be taking his fortune elsewhere. Maybe America needs to be more competitive with our tax structure and that way we can draw more of the worlds billionaires to our country rather than losing them. Facebook never needed America. America was simply lucky to have the people that invented facebook in our country.

      When was the last time a poor person starved in this country? Our poor are rich compared to most of the people in this world.

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      texshelters 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      MM--

      So, our poor are rich. Does that make U.S. poverty okay to you? Pervasive hunger is problem in the U.S. http://www.hungerisunacceptable.com/blog/2012/04/2...

      The word "starve" in the title was not literal. So, you like companies using us and not paying their share? Fine. America needs to be more competitive? Great, let's just become more and more like a 3rd world nation, like Bolivia, so we can have more billionaires and give them more power. Great idea MM. Let's become poorer and poorer while the middle class shrinks. Lovely.

      Peace,

      Tex Shelters

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      Charles Hilton 5 years ago

      MM...

      Real wages for America's working class has remained stagnant since the early 1970's while corporate profits have soared off the charts. The only thing that's "Trickled Down" is the sweat of our brow.

      Thirty years ago the average CEO earned roughly forty times what the average worker earned; today that ratio is around 400:1---the highest disparity in the developed world. And you don't see a trend here? The trend I refer to is America's descent into a sweat-shop, Third-World nation, which is happening before our eyes.

      And it's the people who cling to conservative fantasies who are enabling it to happen.

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      michiganman567 5 years ago from Michigan

      I don't care what anyone pays in taxes. If this facebook guy exists or not does not matter to me. I want to take care of myself and not concern myself with whether or not someone is paying "his fair share" in taxes. Why are you entitled to his money? What did you do to earn it? I think that we should encourage more success in America, not less. What is the benefit to being American? Apparently, Mr. Facebook does not see any benefit, and we are going to continue to see more of this behavior. Look at New York City. You want a billionaires tax, then they are going to leave.

      What is wrong with a growing upper class? Someone's income is not related to your income. No one is exploiting you. You need to find your opportunity and stop being envious of others. It isn't healthy to be part of the whining excuse making class.

      Charles, if you have a problem with that, then go and become a business owner. YOU CAN BE THE CEO. Stop whining because someone gave you a job that you are not happy with. Be thankful for what you have, and set a goal to improve your situation.

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      Chris Dane 5 years ago from Maryland, USA

      Two things: One, I overheard some baristas at a tiny cafe discussing food stamps and I asked if they minded me asking a few questions. We ended up having a great philosophical conversation. Several of them were on food stamp assistance, rather meager assistance, I might add, but having been a barista before, I was able to gauge their claims of salary and tips and run the math. Indeed, even with a small help of food stamps (between 100-200 a month) they were horrifyingly well below the poverty line. They were all working, all aspiring to and actively pursuing different things (school, better jobs, etc.) but this was a snap shot of where they were at right now. Most noticeably, they all felt guilty about being on assistance and felt even what they were getting might be too much. I told them that honestly, they should be getting more and not feel guilty about it.

      But this is my point: I've never known anyone who does not feel guilty (or depressed, even) about being on assistance. I've never known anyone waiting in line with us when we were smaller children with our mom, mainly standing with other moms and kids, who didn't talk about doing better things and getting their way out, all whilst expressing shared shame at their current state. Everyone was actively engaged in something to pull themselves out, and eagerly sharing possibilities and advice on how to follow through. Ronald Reagan pointed to a welfare queen (which was actually an amalgamation of three separate cases and ONLY three cases ever proven) and we all suddenly discuss "massive fraud". Instead, how about actively pursuing the truth. Talk to your brother and sister Americans and find out what's actually going on. I think you'll find not only are they a majority of hard working, aspiring, good people, I think you'll feel better and more proud of our country when you do find out the truth.

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Chris Dane - Excellent, thoughtful, reasonable comment based on the reality for "most" people who get public assistance. Are there a minority who commit fraud or who don;t care and make no effort to improve themselves? I am sure their are and the government should tweak and adjust the system to address those situations. I appreciate your comments.

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      Charles Hilton 5 years ago

      MM...

      I'm not speaking for myself, but, the working class in general.

      And your comment: "Someone's income is not related to your income" couldn't be more egregious.

      All REAL wealth is created on the back of labor, and the income of the ownership class is very closely related to the income of labor, to wit, workers' pay stagnating---and in many cases, falling---so that executive pay can skyrocket is a direct cause-and-effect relationship.

      That's not whining, it's basic economics.

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      michiganman567 5 years ago from Michigan

      If you have a company of 10,000 employees and the CEO makes $10 million. That is only $1000 per employee. Is an extra $3 a day going to make you rich? You don't even consider the millions of dollars that a good CEO can make for a company.

      Next you will be saying that your "middle class" salary is exploiting the "working class". When will you be satisfied with your communist ideals? Does a doctor that goes to school for 8 years have to be paid the same as a janitor or landscaper? Let's take this to your logical conclusion.

      And you wonder why the CEO's want to get robots to make their products. Too much whining from the whiner class. That is basic economics. Cost/Value relationship. Your value to a company is not worth the cost of your whining.

      Owners should invest in robots that do not complain. Then you will still want the business owners money even though he built everything with his own ingenuity and labor.

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      texshelters 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      MM:

      I was talking about not paying taxes on the goods and services you receive that help you make millions and how some people would rather go after the poor than make the wealthy pay their share. You commented on an article I didn't post.

      Calling me a "communist" is a weak, ignorant and misinformed ad hominem attack that harkens back too McCarthy. You proved time travel is possible.

      The value of a company on the stock market is as much about speculation as it is earning potential and assets.

      What horrible thing to consider workers. I apologize. I think you should live in a world of robots. At least you won't have to care about them.

      PTxS

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      On the upside....he could help us go back in time, and educate him, Tex!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Charles Hilton 5 years ago

      MM...

      You're ad hominem rebuttal is a loose analogy, at best.

      How much value did your wet-dream CEO's add to the corporations the government had to bail out?

      In fact, decades ago, when CEO pay wasn't as ridiculous as it is now, companies and the economy were far more stable.

      The notion that CEO pay accurately reflects their value is propaganda for the naive.

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      texshelters 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      I never said I was for any of the bailouts. It would help if your comments were based on what I actually wrote instead of your fantasy of what I wrote. Wet dream? That is mature, thanks.

      PTxS

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      Charles Hilton 5 years ago

      texshelters...

      I prefaced my comment with "MM" so, what part of my comment made you think I was addressing you?

      I was addressing michiganman567 and my comment about the bailouts had nothing to do with anything you said.

      Put down the weed and pay attention to your own comment board.

      Sheeezzze!!

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      texshelters 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      Chris:

      I was trying to reply to MM as well.

      Sorry for the confusion.

      PTxS

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      Judy McClellan 5 years ago

      I am with team texshelters. He makes perfect sense as does Chris Dane. MM, all I can say is the way you speak, where is your common sense and your heart? Are you a robot? I am saddened at your lack of understanding of the issues at hand.

      Once again are you a robot?? NO seriously.....

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      Perry the Cat 4 years ago from Mouskin, Texas

      I have serious issues with companies that treat the us like first wives. They become successful here, then leave us for younger and cheaper. They should pay alimony.

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      Diane Minton 4 years ago from Evansville, Indiana

      Really I agree!

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      Charles Hilton 4 years ago

      Perry,

      Excellent and witty analogy and so apropos. Touche!

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      Perry the Cat 4 years ago from Mouskin, Texas

      Thank you. It's an issue that really galls me.

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      texshelters 4 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      Thanks Perry.

      PTxS

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