Kloset BBQR said:wittdog said:America as a society is heading towards the working poor…..The middle class carries the burden not the rich….and the middle class is shrinking….
Yes the middle class is shrinking because more people are moving into the upper class.
Who makes up the poor? Generally those that have no marketable skills, dropped out of school, came from generations of single parents or no parent homes. Why do first generation immigrants that come into this country with nothing make it and certain classes of Americans don't. It's called work ethic ! It's a capalistic society and it works. Fortunately if you are unfortunate to be poor in this country, you still have a much higher standard of living than most in other countries.
DATsBBQ said:The middle class does not carry the burden. What nonsense.
According the IRS, the in 2003 (last year that figures are available):
The Top 1% of tax payers (making $295,495/yr & up) paid 34.27% of all taxes collected.
The Top 5% of tax payers (those making $130,080/yr & up) paid 54.36% of all taxes collected.
The Top 25% of tax payers (those making %57.343/yr & up) paid 64.86% of all Taxes collected.
The top 50% of tax payers (those making $29,019/yr & up) paid 96.54% of all taxes collected.
The bottom 50% of tax payers (those making less the $29.019/yr) paid a whopping 2.95% of all taxes paid.
I think the "Rich" are getting soaked enough.
Bobberqer said:Just a mild point .... the>>>> yearning to be free<<<< thingy, came from a poem, by EmmaaLazarus, that is placed at the base of the Statue of Liberty, A poem in not a legal document...If that were the case, we could follow Janice Joplin's poems, and chase " white rabbits" , leagally
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
Agreed =D>Jersey BBQ said:Somebody PLEASE send DatsBBQ some pictures of BBQ Pits for his web page. Apparently he has NOTHING TO DO.... GEEZ that dude needs to find something to do other than watch Fox News and get so ticked off... HOW ABOUT FIRING UP YOUR BBQ ?