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I'm 63. Except for one semester in college when jobs were scarce and a six-month period when I was between jobs, but job-hunting every day, I've worked hard since I was 18. Despite some health challenges, I still put in 50-hour weeks, and haven't called in sick in seven or eight years. I make a good salary, but I didn't inherit my job or my income, and I worked to get where I am Given the economy, there's no retirement in sight, and I'm tired. Very tired.


I'm tired
of being told that I have to "spread the wealth" to people who don't have my work ethic. I'm tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy to earn it.


I'm tired
of being told that I have to pay more taxes to "keep people in their homes." Sure, if they lost their jobs or got sick, I'm willing to help. But if they bought Mc Mansions at three times the price of our paid-off, $250,000 condo, on one-third of my salary, then let the left-wing Congress-critters who passed Fannie and Freddie and the Community Reinvestment Act that created the bubble help them with their own money.


I'm tired
of being told how bad America is by left-wing millionaires like Michael Moore, George Soros and Hollywood Entertainers who live in luxury because of the opportunities America offers. In thirty years, if they get their way, the United States will have the economy of Zimbabwe, the freedom of the press of China the crime and violence of Mexico, the tolerance for Christian people of Iran, and the freedom of speech of Venezuela.


I'm tired
of being told that Islam is a "Religion of Peace," when every day I can read dozens of stories of Muslim men killing their sisters, wives and daughters for their family "honor"; of Muslims rioting over some slight offense; of Muslims murdering Christian and Jews because they aren't "believers"; of Muslims burning schools for girls; of Muslims stoning teenage rape victims to death for "adultery"; of Muslims mutilating the genitals of little girls; all in the name of Allah, because the Qur'an and Sharia law tells them to.


I'm tired
of being told that "race doesn't matter" in the post-racial world of Obama, when it's all that matters in affirmative action jobs, lower college admission and graduation standards for minorities (harming them the most), government contract set-asides, tolerance for the ghetto culture of violence and fatherless children that hurts minorities more than anyone, and in the appointment of U.S. Senators from Illinois.


I think
it's very cool that we have a black president and that a black child is doing her homework at the desk where Lincoln wrote the Emancipation Proclamation. I just wish the black president was Condi Rice, or someone who believes more in freedom and the individual and less arrogantly of an all-knowing government.


I'm tired
of a news media that thinks Bush's fundraising and inaugural expenses were obscene, but thinks that Obama's, at triple the cost, were wonderful; that thinks Bush exercising daily was a waste of presidential time, but Obama exercising is a great example for the public to control weight and stress; that picked over every line of Bush's military records, but never demanded that Kerry release his; that slammed Palin, with two years as governor, for being too inexperienced for VP, but touted Obama with three years as senator as potentially the best president ever. Wonder why people are dropping their subscriptions or switching to Fox News? Get a clue. I didn't vote for Bush in 2000, but the media and Kerry drove me to his camp in 2004.


I'm tired
of being told that out of "tolerance for other cultures" we must let Saudi Arabia use our oil money to fund mosques and mandrassa Islamic schools to preach hate in America, while no American group is allowed to fund a church, synagogue or religious school in Saudi Arabia to teach love and tolerance.


I'm tired
of being told I must lower my living standard to fight global warming, which no one is allowed to debate. My wife and I live in a two-bedroom apartment and carpool together five miles to our jobs. We also own a three-bedroom condo where our daughter and granddaughter live. Our carbon footprint is about 5% of Al Gore's, and if you're greener than Gore, you're green enough.


I'm tired
of being told that drug addicts have a disease, and I must help support and treat them, and pay for the damage they do. Did a giant germ rush out of a dark alley, grab them, and stuff white powder up their noses while they tried to fight it off? I don't think Gay people choose to be Gay, but I sure think druggies chose to take drugs. And I'm tired of harassment from cool people treating me like a freak when I tell them I never tried marijuana.


I'm tired
of illegal aliens being called "undocumented workers," especially the ones who aren't working, but are living on welfare or crime. What's next? Calling drug dealers, "Undocumented Pharmacists"? And, no, I'm not against Hispanics. Most of them are Catholic, and it's been a few hundred years since Catholics wanted to kill me for my religion. I'm willing to fast track for citizenship any Hispanic person, who can speak English, doesn't have a criminal record and who is self-supporting without family on welfare, or who serves honorably for three years in our military.... Those are the citizens we need.


I'm tired
of latte liberals and journalists, who would never wear the uniform of the Republic themselves, or let their entitlement-handicapped kids near a recruiting station, trashing our military. They and their kids can sit at home, never having to make split-second decisions under life and death circumstances, and bad mouth better people than themselves. Do bad things happen in war? You bet. Do our troops sometimes misbehave? Sure. Does this compare with the atrocities that were the policy of our enemies for the last fifty years and still are? Not even close. So here's the deal. I'll let myself be subjected to all the humiliation and abuse that was heaped on terrorists at Abu Ghraib or Gitmo, and the critics can let themselves be subject to captivity by the Muslims, who tortured and beheaded Daniel Pearl in Pakistan, or the Muslims who tortured and murdered Marine Lt. Col. William Higgins in Lebanon, or the Muslims who ran the blood-spattered Al Qaeda torture rooms our troops found in Iraq, or the Muslims who cut off the heads of schoolgirls in Indonesia, because the girls were Christian. Then we'll compare notes. British and American soldiers are the only troops in history that civilians came to for help and handouts, instead of hiding from in fear.


I'm tired
of people telling me that their party has a corner on virtue and the other party has a corner on corruption. Read the papers; bums are bipartisan. And I'm tired of people telling me we need bipartisanship. I live in Illinois, where the "Illinois Combine" of Democrats has worked to loot the public for years. Not to mention the tax cheats in Obama's cabinet.


I'm tired
of hearing wealthy athletes, entertainers and politicians of both parties talking about innocent mistakes, stupid mistakes or youthful mistakes, when we all know they think their only mistake was getting caught. I'm tired of people with a sense of entitlement, rich or poor.


Speaking of poor, I'm tired
of hearing people with air-conditioned homes, color TVs and two cars called poor. The majority of Americans didn't have that in 1970, but we didn't know we were "poor." The poverty pimps have to keep changing the definition of poor to keep the dollars flowing.


I'm real tired
of people who don't take responsibility for their lives and actions. I'm tired of hearing them blame the government, or discrimination or big-whatever for their problems.


Yes, I'm tired
. But I'm also glad to be 63. Because, mostly, I'm not going to have to see the world these people are making. I'm just sorry for my granddaughter.


Robert A. Hall is a Marine Vietnam veteran who served five terms in the Massachusetts State Senate.

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samtheman42
samtheman42 - - 129 comments

"Yes, I'm tired. But I'm also glad to be 63. Because, mostly, I'm not going to have to see the world these people are making. I'm just sorry for my granddaughter."

Bravo! I am under 20 so I could be his grandson. And although I'm only a teenager, I am tired too.

Tired of hearing a congress talk about reducing the yearly deficit of 1.4 trillion (meaning the government spends 1.4 trillion more dollars than it makes every year) by increasing taxes on the wealthy in our country. A measure that will only raise an additional 80 billion a year.

Believe me. I am not wealthy. My family is lower-middle class, but I think that it is just plain unfair to place additional taxes on those who have more just because they have more.

Think about it. The top 1% of wage earners in the US pay ~30% of all income taxes. Is that fair? Also the bottom 46% of wage earners in the US pay no income tax. Is that fair?

So in essence a large number of politicians and American view wealthier people as simply cash cows, who they can use to pay for elaborate welfare programs, bigger beauracracy, and more useless government jobs.

It scares me when I see that the USA owes 14 trillion dollars in debt because I will be one of those who will be spending my life paying for the irresponsible behavior of others.

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James177
James177 - - 70 comments

...and people yell "Mccarthyism' when I say "COMMUNISM HERE WE COME". I am very upset that are troops get murdered and the media percieves them as evil. I am tired of hearing that we need tax hikes on the rich when the rich are the people making $250,000-$500,000 and liberal millionares and billionares pay nothing. I don't like that celebrities can make the most ridiclous tax write off's such as saying their reality shows are "educational" or the movie AVATAR was "enviromental and green education".

Anyway America is still the best country in the world. God Bless.

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Cervi_Messias
Cervi_Messias - - 1,898 comments

... don't forget hatred, corruption, and greed, lairs who claim to be saviors and hero's portrayed as villains. racism and distrust of others, debt and overspending and mismanagement and overmanagement in government, and lets not forget the price of ******* oil.

...O and Scientology

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open_sketchbook
open_sketchbook - - 1,602 comments

"...That picked over every line of Bush's military records, but never demanded that Kerry release his..."

Um, Swift Boat Vets for Truth?

While a lot of it is just politics I disagree with, which I'm fine with, there is a lot of dishonesty here too, intellectual dishonestly as well as the normal sort, which just saddens me. Somebody explain to me how illegal aliens on wellfare works, because it seems to me that you need to provide prove of citizenship to get welfare. Fact of the matter is, most illegals in the states ARE workers, people doing the jobs Americans stopped doing when it didn't pay enough to support their way of life anymore. Unless you want to mow all the lawns and pick all the fruit, stop complaining about it.

The entire paragraph about the military struck me as particularly reaching. "Well, we're not as bad. That's the same as being good, right?" People calling you out when you doing something wrong is what keeps you from doing more bad things. You know why there are comparibly less war crimes in western forces than developing world forces? Because when it happens, those same bleeding heart liberals make a big deal out of it. If they didn't, it would just get swept under the rug, and it would keep happening. A strong military isn't the same thing as one that is allowed to do whatever it wants without oversight.

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open_sketchbook
open_sketchbook - - 1,602 comments

Also, before any American is allowed to complain about the tax burden, I think they need to be made to look at relative taxes of other First World countries, then the relative health of their economies. I think they'll be rather surprised to see they are paying far less taxes and yet their economy is suffering greatly by comparison; even Canada, a country which is essentially like a 1/10th scale model of the United States in most ways, rode out the recession like champs on their considerably higher tax curve and universal healthcare. I guess it's just the nature of the Greatest Country in the World (tm) to fail while doing everything right, while all these terrible socialist nations do everything to destroy their economies and somehow come out swinging.

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James177
James177 - - 70 comments

I feel like a broken record everytime I have to say this to someone, Canada recieves aid from the United States every year.

In fact a law is on the books that will build a bridge between Canada and the State of Michigan that is supposed to support Canada's economy.

So, if you want to talk about US taxes please, move across the boarder, get a real job, and pay US taxes.

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open_sketchbook
open_sketchbook - - 1,602 comments

Where do you get your information? Canada actually gives twice as much money per GDP in foreign aid internationally then the US does (0.14 against 0.007), and Canada currently does not receive any foreign aid money from anyone.

As for the Michigan bridge, check your data; such a bridge already exists, and a second bridge has been proposed but is not an active project. En.wikipedia.org I get commercials from Michigan, and the guys opposing the project apparently do not actually understand what it happening regarding it.

As for talking about US taxes, I'll speak my mind when I want to about what I want to talk about. Free Speech, that great thing our nations share? That's what it's about.

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AwayPeskyFlies
AwayPeskyFlies - - 578 comments

I liked this

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