01-31-2007 09:57 PM
I'm definitely in favor of good social programs as long as they're well-regulated and responsibly administered, and it worries me that the middle class in America is slowly shrinking. The poor get poorer and the rich get richer, and that doesn't bode well for a healthy society. But that's a complicated equation, and I'm not an economist.
One of my favorite books is "America What Went Wrong," and it shows that the individual's share of the federal tax burden has increased exponentially since the 1950s, and that corporations' burden has shrank by just as much. Enough said.
Yes. . . Haliburton. Our taxes provide their profits which they promptly stash in offshore accounts to avoid paying taxes in turn. I think we're subsidizing corporate welfare.
02-03-2007 12:51 AM
02-04-2007 09:27 PM
Thank you so much for your comment and your perspective. I'm glad you found a relevance of the novel to your personal situation.