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More Worried About Corporate Welfare

By City Weekly Readers
Posted // May 13,2009 -

Every Thursday, I read City Weekly while eating my lunch. While reading the May 7 issue, however, I almost lost my cookies.

Dan Senglaub’s letter “No Bailouts for the Poor” left me nauseous and dismayed. Senglaub has problems with food stamps, reduced- or free lunch, housing assistance, medical aid and school grants.

Senglaub suggests we turn these payments in to low-interest loans. Yes, kick the needy when they’re down. Like every other government “handout,” each of these programs comes with eligibility requirements, most of which are impossible to meet if you are not very, very poor. In 2007, the “poverty guideline” for a family of four was $21,027. Maybe Senglaub has some suggestions how the 37.3 million Americans living in poverty can cut their expenses in order to pay back the “lowinterest” loans he’s suggesting.

With ridiculous amounts of conspicuous consumption by celebrities, and politicians stating the average middle-class family makes $200,000 a year, it’s easy to understand why Senglaub thinks everyone must be doing as well as he is. Unfortunately, that is not the case: The annual median income for Americans in 2007 was $50,233—closer to poverty line than to the imaginary “average middleclass family.”

I find it extremely funny that Senglaub feigns indignation because of what is happening with “his money.” The amounts Senglaub (and everyone else) contributed to these programs through his 2006 taxes are as follows: food and nutrition assistance, 2.03 percent; housing assistance, 1.44 percent; Medicare, 12.42 percent; and higher education, 1.9 percent.

In all his fury, Senglaub has missed the worst recipient of “welfare”—big corporations. They get hundreds of times the subsidies given to citizens—$92 billion in fiscal 2006. Has Senglaub been asleep for the last several months? What he and other citizens should be upset about is our system of socialism for the rich and capitalism for the poor. I’d rather my money went to people who actually need it to survive.

Nina Harward
West Valley

 
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Posted // May 14,2009 at 12:29

Socialism for the rich and capitalism for the poor. Ouch! I never thought of it that way. Nice.

 

Posted // July 23,2009 at 08:58 - Unlike you, I didn’t “assume” anything. If you read my letter, you’d note I stated the average salary as being $50,000/year, so it’s not surprising you make less. It makes your argument more ironic, though. Riddle me this: If one person in his 40’s works at Wally World making $10 an hour and the other person in her 30’s has spent the last 10 years either working a second job, going to school, or both, who exactly is the “lazy loser”? Obviously, I’m not against hard work. Maybe I wasn’t blunt enough for you, but the main point of my letter was the playing field is not level. Allow me to illustrate: you join a poker game where people over 7 feet tall can use face cards, but people under 7 feet tall cannot. Still feel like you can take the pot? Maybe, but it’s a lot harder when a select few have a significant advantage. Now back to you. You state with all your “hard work,” one day you’ll have kids and pay for all their stuff by yourself. Well, good for you! Currently, the average home price in Utah is $250,000. You’re not gonna make the kind of salary you need to afford a home like that——and all the other stuff those kids are gonna need——unless you get a college education. But you can’t afford college ‘cause you only make $10 an hour...unless there was some way to get a little help, like, I don’t know, maybe some sort of federal grant and loan program for students! Like a homophobe who’s vacation home is a closet, you’re voting against your own interests. The government is offering you a golden ticket, but you have too much “honor” to accept it. There’s no honor in stupidity. Do you actually think the wealthy pay all of the taxes assessed to them? I bet all the lawyers and accountants out there would disagree. If you make the kind of money we’re talking about——$350,000 or more per year——and you don’t have a lawyer and an accountant, you deserve to pay every penny in taxes you’re charged. You think you’re playing the game by falling in line, not realizing there are different rules for different people. Those who are successful know all the rules——and the loopholes. Senglaub, I wish you luck, and hard work, for many years to come. Nina

 

Posted // May 21,2009 at 04:32 - Senglaub here, and I stand by my letter you respond to. You assume that I make huge amounts of money and doing great the fact is I make $10.00 an hour, work full time for the nations largest retailer. In a good year I may make $21,000 per year. Far from being wealthy that you claim I must be. I do know one thing I would be doing much better if I didn’t have 15% of my check taken from me so people like you can continue to live off of the government handouts I am force to help pay for. Now that you know that I only make ten bucks an hour do I have a god given right to have children and ask you the taxpayer to help me raise my kids? I guest I should think like you maybe I would be better off. That’s right finically I would be better off. I’ll just go and have 3 kids, I will then qualify for food stamps, free lunch for my kids energy assistance, help paying my rent, free health care for my kids. And I’m sure there are many more benefits I would qualify for. And don’t forget then I could get a big raise by not having to pay any payroll taxes. You are so right I must be just nuts to think that it is wrong to have children I can not afford to raise when all I have to do is have them and live off of my fellow tax payers after all its my fault being the victim of big mean corporation that I only make ten bucks an hour. And that evil CEO making millions,how dare he after all those years of college and student loans and 100,000’s of hour of hard work to get where he/she is. And before you bash my employer, everyone I work with has the opportunity to make real money with hard work. One day I will be one of them and then I will raise my family when I can pay for their care, food housing health care ect…. That’s they way its suppose to work. It’s not government’s job to raise your children, face it you’re a socialist lazy loser.

 

Posted // May 20,2009 at 18:51 - Senglaub here, and I stand by my letter you respond to. You assume that I make huge amounts of money and doing great the fact is I make $10.00 an hour, work full time for the nations largest retailer. In a good year I may make $21,000 per year. Far from being wealthy that you claim I must be. I do know one thing I would be doing much better if I didn’t have 15% of my check taken from me so people like you can continue to live off of the government handouts I am force to help pay for. Now that you know that I only make ten bucks an hour do I have a god given right to have children and ask you the taxpayer to help me raise my kids? I guest I should think like you maybe I would be better off. That’s right finically I would be better off. I’ll just go and have 3 kids, I will then qualify for food stamps, free lunch for my kids energy assistance, help paying my rent, free health care for my kids. And I’m sure there are many more benefits I would qualify for. And don’t forget then I could get a big raise by not having to pay any payroll taxes. You are so right I must be just nuts to think that it is wrong to have children I can not afford to raise when all I have to do is have them and live off of my fellow tax payers after all its my fault being the victim of big mean corporation that I only make ten bucks an hour. And that evil CEO making millions,how dare he after all those years of college and student loans and 100,000’s of hour of hard work to get where he/she is. And before you bash my employer, everyone I work with has the opportunity to make real money with hard work. One day I will be one of them and then I will raise my family when I can pay for their care, food housing health care ect…. That’s they way its suppose to work. It’s not government’s job to raise your children, face it you’re a socialist lazy loser.

 

 
 
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