America’s Top Ten

In this era of "top ten" lists, here are some thoughts on why the United States looks silly to the world around us:

Only in the US:

#10: Could politicians talk about the greed of the rich at a $35,000 per plate Obama campaign fund-raising event?

#9: Could people claim that the government still discriminates against black Americans when they have a black president, black attorney general, and roughly 20% of the federal workforce is black, while only 14% of the population is black?

#8: Could we have had the two people most responsible for our tax code, Timothy Geithner (Treasury head) and Charles Rangel (Ways and Means Committee), both turn out to be tax cheats who are in favor of raising taxes?

#7: Can we have terrorists who kill people in the name of Allah, and have the mainstream media primarily react by fretting that Muslims might be harmed by the backlash?

#6: Would our government make people who want to legally become American citizens wait for years in their home countries, and pay thousands of dollars for the privilege, while they discuss letting anyone who sneaks into the country illegally just "magically" become citizens (this probably should be #1)?

#5: Could the Americans who believe in balancing the budget and sticking by the US Constitution be thought of as extremists?

#4: Could you need to present picture identification to cash a check or buy alcohol, but not to vote?

#3: Could people demand the government investigate whether oil companies are gouging the public because the price of gas increases when the return on equity invested in a major oil company (Marathon) is less than half of a company making tennis shoes (Nike)?

#2: Could the government collect more tax dollars than any nation in recorded history, still spend a trillions more dollars than it collects each year … for a total spending spree of $7,264,020 (million) dollars per minute … and complain it does not have nearly enough money?

#1: And, only in the USA, could the "rich" people, who pay 86% of all income taxes, be accused of not paying their "fair share" by people who don't pay any income taxes at all.

Go figure.

Jim Stagg

Newnan



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