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Cliven Bundy and the entitlement of the privileged

... What is interesting about Bundy... ...is not his tired racism but rather his remarkable sense of entitlement....

... As we've seen in recent years, this sense of entitlement pervades the privileged. Billionaire hedge fund operator Stephen Schwarzman feels so entitled to his obscene hedge fund tax dodge - the "carried interest" exemption - that he viewed Obama's call to close the loophole as "a war. ...

... When Republican Dave Camp, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, had the temerity to propose a surcharge on the biggest financial houses (those with $500 billion in assets or more), to correct for the subsidy and competitive advantage provided by being "too big to fail," Wall Street went ballistic. Republicans were told the spigot of political fundraisers would be closed until they recanted their heresy. "We're going to beat this like a rented mule," boasted Cam Fine, head of the Independent Community Bankers of America.

Big Oil feels so entitled to its multibillion-dollar annual subsidies, that Jack Gerard, president of the American Petroleum Institute, even denies their existence: "The oil and gas industry gets no subsidies, zero, nothing."

The more than $4 billion that the most profitable companies in the history of the world receive annually from U.S. taxpayers are apparently entitlements, not subsidies....

... No one exemplifies this sense of entitlement more than the billionaire Koch brothers, self-proclaimed libertarians who pour hundreds of millions of dollars into supporting think tanks, lobbies and candidates who will protect their right to pollute our air and water while leaving taxpayers to pay billions of dollars to repair damage done. Owners of companies that have serially violated environmental, health and safety laws, the Koch brothers have played a major role in propogating the views adopted by rancher Bundy...

... Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) noted in her speech to the Democratic National Convention in 2012, the entitlements of the elite are increasingly under question:

"People feel like the system is rigged against them. And here's the painful part: They're right. The system is rigged. Look around. Oil companies guzzle down billions in subsidies. Billionaires pay lower tax rates than their secretaries. Wall Street CEOs-the same ones who wrecked our economy and destroyed millions of jobs-still strut around Congress, no shame, demanding favors and acting like we should thank them. Anyone here have a problem with that? Well, I do."...

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Paul Ryan Won't Let Poor People Testify At Hearing About Poverty | ThinkProgress

A story too good to check: Paul Ryan and the tale of the brown paper bag

Seems like they have no problems having time for all the corporate execs to testify. When it comes to the front lines of poverty Paul has no time for the experts, the people who try to survive on next to nothing.

The other article is focused on an expert who he did quote who lied and he just repeated her lie.

No news here. The rich whitewash the problems of the poor while handing out advantages, at our, the real tax payers, expense. They give "extenders' with no offsets in the budget. They give money to built unneeded and unwanted military equipment.

Self serving windbags.

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Some seem to believe that men are experts regarding women and wealthy people know about being poor.

How can a person work when a day care center or babysitter charges more that the parent can earn?

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Maybe it's time to invest in infrastructure? | MSNBC

Obama and his team keep unveiling policy proposals like these, as if the American policymaking process were still normal and a functioning Congress stood ready to evaluate proposals on the merits. Left unsaid, however, is that just about everyone, including officials in the West Wing, realizes that the administration is going through the motions, cognizant of the fact that the legislative branch of government won’t actually do anything, even in response to good, necessary ideas.

The teas and Cs are wanting to take more from hungry vets, elders and children and give tax breaks to the elite, again with no attempt to balance the budget. We could use some infrastructure and it would employ many in this country.

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Some seem to believe that men are experts regarding women and wealthy people know about being poor.

How can a person work when a day care center or babysitter charges more that the parent can earn?

I was floored to find out what day care charges now. My step-daughter is due later this year. Since my wife does case management from home she has agreed to watch our new grandson when his mom returns to work. Step daughter will make our mortgage payment in exchange. That payment is about half what it would cost to place him in daycare. Yikes! :eek:

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I was floored to find out what day care charges now. My step-daughter is due later this year. Since my wife does case management from home she has agreed to watch our new grandson when his mom returns to work. Step daughter will make our mortgage payment in exchange. That payment is about half what it would cost to place him in daycare. Yikes! :eek:

I wish I lived close enough to watch my granddaughter. I'm biting my tongue with my kid and his wife but my 5 month old granddaughter is in daycare 5 days a week, 10 hours a day. It makes my heart ache. This is not a career that she loves - they are trying to pay off student loans.

You are screwed financially - high taxes and the high cost of educating yourself. Puts married couples in the unfortunate box of not being able to raise their own children but pay someone else to do it.

But that's another thread. Just had to respond . . . and yes, their daycare is very expensive.

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Some seem to believe that men are experts regarding women and wealthy people know about being poor.

How can a person work when a day care center or babysitter charges more that the parent can earn?

If you can't afford day care and you can't afford to stay home you shouldn't have kids. Why don't people think of this before they have sex? And yes I know not every pregnancy is planned. I'm focusing my comments on those who intentionally have children then complain about the cost or the lifestyle changes they have to make to accomodate the children. I'm sick of hearing about the high cost of child care from this particular group of people. Enough already.

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If you can't afford day care and you can't afford to stay home you shouldn't have kids. Why don't people think of this before they have sex? And yes I know not every pregnancy is planned. I'm focusing my comments on those who intentionally have children then complain about the cost or the lifestyle changes they have to make to accomodate the children. I'm sick of hearing about the high cost of child care from this particular group of people. Enough already.

I'm surprised how you managed to look past too big to fail banks getting subsidies to take a swipe at young working tax paying families. Personally, I'd rather the middle class continue to be able to afford to have children. That way when I am old I will know that there will be enough engineers, nurses, firefighters and other educated professionals to keep our country going.

I also believe you meant to say "Why don't people think of this before having children?" instead of sex. Personally I'm having plenty of sex but I'm not having children. You probably put it that way to make it sound sinful or something.

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