Liberal: Synonym: Openhanded; unselfish; generous; kind; tolerant; intelligent; wide awake; broad-minded; rational; fair; left wing; unbiased and progressive.
Conservative: Synonym: Unchanging; illiberal; obstinate; inflexible; timid; fearful; uncreative; Neanderthal; unprogressive and selfish.
(Definitions taken from Webster’s New World Thesaurus by Simon and Schuster Inc., New York.)
Are you old enough to remember the 1970s? This country ran like a well-oiled machine. Everyone who wanted a job could find a good, family-supporting job if they so desired. The middle class was strong and vibrant. Life was good.
Budgets were full and the rich almost paid their fair share of taxes. The government had enough to balance most budgets so that the middle and poor class even enjoyed some government aid.
Clerks stood at factory gates handing out notices to exiting auto workers that read: “Do you know of anybody needing a job? Have them report to the employment office at such and such place between the hours of eight and five.”
Today our grand country barely totters along. The vast safety net that supported the less fortunate has vanished. The Republicans vow that if Romney is elected the rest of it will disappear. But the gluttonous rich will receive their usual tax cuts. The poor will have “to get along on less” in the words of that grand compassionate conservative George Bush. Every government is broke — state, local and national. What happened to us since the 1970s? How did we get into this situation?
A little history lesson for those memory-impaired: In the 1950s the tax rate on working people was 7 percent. Wouldn’t you dearly love to take home 93 cents out of every dollar you earn now? Back then the rich could pay up 50 to 92 percent, but few of them did. But they paid a heck of a lot more than they do now. Businesses paid an average of 47 percent. Now that rate is reversed — businesses pay less than 10 percent. The common man struggles along with a rate between 25 percent to 30 percent, picking up the taxes that the rich used to pay. The tax monies that corporations used to pay now go to rich stockholders and CEOs.