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Income Inequality and Why it Doesn’t Matter--by Tex Shelters

Updated on May 26, 2012
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People say that conservatives and wealthy people in Congress and society don’t care about average citizens. This is a lie perpetuated by communists, i.e. democrats and liberals, in America. We favor the poor in many ways.

1. Paying Taxes. We believe the poor and middle classes should pay a higher effective tax rate than we do. And keep believing the lie that the poor don’t pay taxes. Thanks.

2. We support the poor by giving their children jobs in the military. Most of the army is made up of lower class kids. We love them so much we make sure they are in the front lines of our military services. “Many of today's recruits are financially strapped, with nearly half coming from lower-middle-class to poor households, according to new Pentagon data based on Zip codes and census estimates of mean household income. Nearly two-thirds of Army recruits in 2004 came from counties in which median household income is below the U.S. median.”

3. When it comes to prisons, we give the poor the best beds. We wouldn’t want to fill the prisons with white collar criminals. That would just take spaces away from the poor. Where would we put them otherwise?

A male in a household earning more that $60,000 dollars a year has a less than 1% chance of being incarcerated, but you have greater than a 10% chance of being incarcerated if your household income is less than $20,000 yearly. By imprisoning the poor, we help relieve economic pressure on poor families. And isn’t it better to spend $26,000 a year putting someone in prison for a non-violent offense than spending $17,000 on welfare? Unlike the unemployed, at least we know those in prison are getting what they deserve.

4. While we want government to leave the job creators alone, we make sure the government interferes with the poor, women, and the rights of others. Transparency laws for campaign donations and PACs are un-American, but the Patriot Act and spying on the Internet activity of Americans enhances security. Packaging laws on our products is anti-business, but forcing woman to get sonograms for their packages, that’s pro-life. The upper classes always act nobly for the good of America. However, we must regulate the activities of the lower classes, their speech and actions, for their own good. I feel so much better now that the latest National Defense Authorization Act is law and we can arrest people without a warrant and detain them indefinitely for being disagreeable.

5. Voting is a time consuming activity that distracts the lower classes from their daily lives. Thus, we have done our best to limit the number of people that can vote in order to unburden them.

As you can see, we have taken care of the poor with military service and incarceration and removed the burden of voting and freedom away from many of them.

As Mitt Romney, a Ronald Reagan in training, said, “I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there.” So you can relax and stop being worried about the homeless street people who have nowhere to go.

Veterans are 10% of the population and 16% of the homeless in America. But “Roughly 56 percent of all homeless veterans are African American or Hispanic, despite only accounting for 12.8 percent and 15.4 percent of the U.S. population respectively.” Those homeless vets are probably drug addicts and criminals and there is no reason to care about them.

CBO finds that, between 1979 and 2007, income grew by:

  • 275 percent for the top 1 percent of households,
  • 65 percent for the next 19 percent,
  • Just under 40 percent for the next 60 percent, and
  • 18 percent for the bottom 20 percent.

See, the incomes for the poor have been going up, less than inflation, but they are going up. So why all the concern about them? In every society you have some rich people and some poor people. Hating the rich because they pay lobbyists and advertisers to buy a Congress that cuts their taxes and your education and social services is like hating the bully for using his fists to get more lunch money than the other students.

Tex Shelters


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    • A M Werner profile image

      Allen Werner 5 years ago from West Allis

      Simply awesome. Peace

    • Wesman Todd Shaw profile image

      Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      With so much to be grateful for, and the box of digital lies and distractions requisite in all US homes, those whining ingrates ought to stfu!

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      texshelters 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      Makes sense to me. Made me laugh, thanks!!


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      texshelters 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      Very good LikaMarie. You are up on your scriptures.


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      CHRIS57 5 years ago from Northern Germany

      It is all simple social Darwinism. Millions of shrimp are born to feed the whales. - That explains why low income families have more kids than high income families, doesn´t it? :-)

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      LikaMarie 5 years ago

      Oh, and don't forget. Since the poor man is now serving prison, the wife is stressed to the point of possibly being senseless, so we better test her for drugs, and if she tests positive, we can cut her off, lock her up too, and put the kids into foster homes.

      This way, we're creating more jobs, while the poor serve as an example of how not to be criminal. No matter that the stay at home spouse may have prescription drugs that are needed...

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      texshelters 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      Thanks Ginger.


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      Ginger Ruffles 5 years ago

      Thanks for straightening me out Tex! Appreciate it.

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      Joseph G Caldwell 5 years ago from southwest Pennsylvania

      Excellent post, great stats.