So much to say about the content of the debate, and what these Democrats have been saying on the road, but I’ll leave it at a few things. First, as I’ve written about before, there is no pay gap between men and women. If women were such a great value to companies, they’d be filling up most of the positions, but they’re not. Companies aren’t going to proactively offer less pay to someone just because she’s a woman, it’s absurd to think so.
How big of a government agency would we need to create to have all companies in the U.S. audited every year to see how much men and women are being paid? They'd get bogged down beyond belief because they'd need to verify pay between men and women within a specific department, like customer service. They'd need to look at how long each employee has worked for the company, their education levels, specific responsibilities because someone can certainly be in the same department but have different responsibilities. The bottom line is auditing can't be done. It's not realistic and it's certainly not affordable.
Women are beginning to make more than men because they have higher graduation rates in high school and college. They’re getting degrees in fields that provide much more income than an average person. They haven’t been given anything because they’re women, they’re earning their pay. Things have changed in our country, but Democrats are the ones taking us back to the 70’s where women didn’t have the advantages they have today. They’re offering to fix a problem that doesn’t exist.
Then there’s paying off student debt. Why in the world should taxpayers pay the bills for people who chose to attend college in order to have a better career path and make more money? I attended a less expensive college so I wouldn't be in debt. Why should taxpayers payoff the debt for people who should’ve made a better choice as far as colleges he or she could afford? What about all those young men and women who decided not to go to college, why should they have to pay for other people to become successful? This whole issue is so ludicrous that I can hardly believe it’s true.
They spent a lot of time attacking large corporations and the rich. Of course, Elizabeth Warren has gone as far as saying that it’s not enough to increase taxes on the rich, she wants to also tax their wealth. Could you imagine opening the door for government to take money from us? With what they're talking about, they could make someone sell their home to give the government the money they want. They already tax us so that’s their shot at getting our money, to go in after the fact and take even more, is immoral because it's the very definition of stealing.
They brought up Medicare for All. I’ve mentioned before that we can in no way afford this expense especially since we’re over $21 trillion in debt and climbing rapidly. We don’t need to add to our budget, we need to be in an aggressive downsizing mode. Serious cuts need to be made to various agencies and programs. What they’re talking about doing would increase our budget by more than a third which is dangerous to our economy.
Every one of these candidates are for increasing taxes on the “rich,” even though they aren’t willing to tell us who the rich are. If someone makes over $100,000, are they considered rich and would be taxed higher? I find it disturbing that Democrats seem to accept what these candidates are saying without demanding specifics. Where are their tax brackets so we can see who will be affected in paying for the “free,” stuff they’re promising? They know if they provide the brackets that economists would rip them up and down.
One thing out of many that is so ridiculous about the push to increase taxes is the absolute fact that the government is terrible when it comes to managing our money. If you and I ran our households the way our representatives run the government, we'd be bankrupt. We aren't given the opportunity to stay afloat by increasing our credit line like they do. They don't make the hard choices regarding our out of control debt because they don't have to, they just increase the debt ceiling. With this in mind, why in the world would we give them even more money? It would be insane. It makes much more sense for people to be able to keep as much of their money as possible because they'll spend it thus enhancing our economy like it is doing now. The money they take from us is money taken from our local businesses.
One last thing about increasing taxes. I’ve accessed the IRS’s database which doesn’t include personal information but is loaded with data regarding how many tax returns came in, how much money was being taxed, exemptions, etc. When I ran the numbers, it was very apparent that in order to pay for even some the things Democrats are offering, the middle-class would end up paying twice their current tax bracket. If you’d like to run the numbers yourself, the data is in an Excel format. Here's the link: https://www.irs.gov/statistics/soi-tax-stats-individual-statistical-tables-by-size-of-adjusted-gross-income#_grp1.
I get so angry when I think about the fact that these politicians surely know the truth about how much it would cost for their “free,” programs and how much they’d need to get from all taxpayers. They know there’s no way paying off student debt, free college tuition, etc., will ever pass the House and Senate, all they’re doing is pandering for votes through lying to us. Would you want to do business with or work with anyone who lies to you? It’s way past time for term limits. Maybe the next time we vote people into office we make sure they have great moral character over all other attributes or skills they are attempting to sell about themselves..