David Bruce: A Modest Proposal to Reduce the Number of Low-income People

Feel free to repost this opinion piece.

If we want to reduce the number of low-income people in the United States, we can totally do it. One way to do it would be to have a purge, as in the popular series of movies in which all crime, including murder, is made legal for 12 hours each year. The 12 hours occur at night, of course, in order to interfere least with business. The purge, as you would expect, is quite a money-maker, as people pay money to make their homes as safe as possible and keep out the purgers. Also, as you would expect, lots of homeless people are killed during the annual purge. One difficulty with the purge, at least at this time, is that it is illegal. But fortunately, we have lots of legal and semi-legal ways to reduce the number of low-income people in this country.

  1. Get Rid of Obamacare

People need medical care at least sometimes in their lives, and at least sometimes if they don’t get it, they will die. I myself might be dead right now if not for medical care. I underwent radiation therapy for cancer two and a half years ago, and my cancer has been in remission ever since. The radiation therapy was expensive: 44 treatments at $1,410 (this is the amount billed; insurance reduced this amount considerably) for each of most of the treatments, plus many other expenses. Fortunately, I had health insurance and so was able to get the treatment I needed, although I paid $9,000 out of pocket, plus all my insurance premiums, plus transportation costs to get to the medical center, etc. Someone without health insurance might delay getting or go without the life-saving treatment and so die.

Of course, Obamacare is expensive for many people, and some people don’t like it because paying the premiums is often difficult. A fix would be to increase the government subsidy, but taking away Obamacare and not replacing it for a few years, or ever, will kill lots of low-income people.

Of course, we would want to get rid of Medicare, too. Replacing it with vouchers whose value grows less over time (because we have to combat deficits, you know) will do the trick.

  1. Make All Abortions Illegal

In one of the recent presidential debates, a question was asked about partial-birth abortions. No one seemed to realize that these have been illegal since George W. Bush’s presidency and that no politician I am aware of is trying to make them legal again. Apparently, some people say “partial-birth abortion” when they mean to say “late-term abortion.”

This is an example of a time when a doctor will recommend a late-term abortion. At a meeting with the pregnant woman (or mother, if you prefer), the doctor says, “The fetus [or baby, if you prefer] has no brain, and its heart is not where it should be. The fetus [baby] will never be viable, and if you continue with the pregnancy, you will probably die. Therefore, I recommend an abortion.” (It takes something like this for a late-term abortion to take place; doctors don’t want to lose their license.)

If we want to kill low-income people, let’s make all abortions illegal. Rich people who need abortions can, of course, go to another country and get the abortion.

  1. Kill with Snack Cakes

If I ever want to commit the perfect crime, I will commit murder. All I have to do is to send free snack cakes to whomever I want to murder. Each week, that person gets a gift package from me filled with non-nutritious but delicious concoctions made of sugar and white flour. First comes tight pants, and then come obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and amputations, followed by a heart attack and/or stroke.

A few years ago, rich, well-educated Dick Cavett attended his Yale University reunion and noticed something interesting: Very few people there were fat. Rich, well-educated people tend to stay at a healthy weight.

If you want to kill low-income people, stock the grocery stores with processed “food” and snacks. This is all completely legal, of course. If you want, you can place the snack cakes right by the completely legal cigarettes. (Chances are, you will find the chefs of the rich, well-educated people in the fruits-and-veggies section.)

  1. Teach to the Test

Make education all about passing standardized tests instead of, in part, reading works of literature and engaging in such things as music and art. Take away low-income people’s empathy for others (empathy can be gained through reading some works of literature and through engaging in some works of art), and they are less likely to help each other. They also will be less likely to think outside the box. And, of course, they will be more likely to die.

For example, someone has no health insurance and will die unless a disease is treated. What to do? One perhaps outrageous way to solve the problem is to marry a gay guy who has health insurance so you can be added to his insurance. That is an example of thinking outside the box, and it requires at least some empathy for gay people.

Yes, I have heard of a gay guy who married a female friend so she could get her cancer treated. After her treatments ended and her cancer went into remission, they got divorced. Today, they are still friends.

Also, of course, badly educated low-income people tend to eat snacks and grow obese. (And, unfortunately, sometimes obesity is caused by medication.)

  1. Cheat on Taxes

The US government has a military, and it provides a social safety net. The social safety net consists of such things as Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, as well as various forms of Welfare.

People need money to survive, and if they don’t have money, they are unlikely to survive. By reducing your tax bill as much as possible, perhaps by hiding money in Swiss bank accounts or through other forms of tax dodging, perhaps even legal forms, you can tear holes in the social safety net, and low-income people will die.

Also, if you have a business, make sure that the business pays as little tax as possible. See if you can get a tax break by threatening to move your jobs to another state. When businesses don’t pay their fair share of taxes, citizens have to pay more than their fair share of taxes. This leads to a revolt against paying taxes.

Of course, if low-income people don’t get money, they won’t be able to spend money, and business profits will be hurt. All or most of that Welfare and Social Security money gets spent and ends up in the hands of rich people, but if we want low-income people to die, this is one way to do it.

  1. Make Guns Easy to Get

The great thing about guns is that they show Darwin’s survival of the fittest in action. Dumb people such as those who join criminal gangs get guns and then they shoot dumb people in rival gangs. The dumbest die.

Of course, some people who have guns are smart. If you are a farmer in Ohio or a rancher in Texas, you almost certainly need a pickup truck, a dog, and a gun. Those three things are necessary tools.

For this to work, we have to make it easy for low-income dumb people to get guns. Lots of those low-income dumb people engage in crime in an attempt to get money. Give guns to those people and let them kill each other. Sure, they will kill a few innocent bystanders and maybe shoot up a school or two, but this is not a perfect world.

Conclusion

Another way to reduce the number of low-income number in this country would be to raise their income and lower their medical costs. This would involve such things as providing medical care, such as a single-payer system in which everyone pays taxes and everyone gets necessary medical care without paying extra. This way no one goes bankrupt from paying for necessary medical treatment. (You will still be able to buy insurance for such things as having a hospital room by yourself instead of sharing one.)

It would also involve providing a strong safety net, including Social Security, so people are able to pay their bills and buy food and have at least a little left over for non-essential purchases.

We seem to be heading toward a post-work world in which there simply won’t be jobs for everyone (self-driving trucks mean fewer jobs for truck drivers, right?), and so I would love for my country to have a guaranteed universal basic income for all US citizens. (You get the guaranteed universal basic income and if you also get money from a job, great.) Just don’t call it Welfare because voters hate Welfare. Instead, let’s tax everyone and give everyone a check. Each year, we tax Taylor Swift and everyone else, and each month we give Taylor Swift and everyone else a check. No one is going to call Taylor Swift a Welfare cheat.

If only we had a political party that believed that the purpose of government is to turn as many as possible low-income people into middle-income people. If only we had a political party that would do such things as make Obamacare available and would not privatize Medicare and Social Security.

Should you believe anything that the writer of this article wrote? Of course not! If he’s so smart, why isn’t he rich?

Copyright 2016 by David Bruce

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Martin Creed: “It’s You” (Vimeo)

Martin Creed: “It’s You” (Vimeo)

 

Anti-Christmas Carol.

 

https://vimeo.com/186266073

 

Recommended Reading:

Jonathan Jones: Martin Creed’s bleak anti-carol should be Christmas No 1 (Guardian)

With his song It’s You, Turner-winning artist Martin Creed has made the perfect antidote to the commercialised positivity of Christmas.

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2016/dec/06/martin-creed-christmas-song-antidote-its-you

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My Little Pony: Equestria Girls cosplay 2016 © R&R

My Little Pony: Equestria Girls cosplay 2016 © R&R

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qySquPnNQY

https://www.facebook.com/RRartgroup

http://vk.com/rr_artgroup

http://randr-artgroup.deviantart.com/gallery/

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Ryoko as Fluttershy http://ryoko-demon.deviantart.com/
Rei as DJ Pon-3 http://rei-doll.deviantart.com/
Kuro-sama as Applejack https://www.instagram.com/kuro_cat_sama/
Shiera as Twilight Sparkle https://www.instagram.com/shiera13/
Tao Lay as Rarity https://www.instagram.com/feitao__/
Maria Rukia as Rainbow Dash https://www.instagram.com/maria_rukia/
Elsa as Pinkie Pie https://www.instagram.com/peculiar.elsa/

Music: Helping Twilight Win the Crown

Red fest https://vk.com/u_con

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“What is the BEST Display of Wealth You’ve Ever Seen?”

Here are some replies:

1) pez13 wrote, “When my mother was sick, we created a GIVEALITTLE page for donations towards her treatment we couldn’t afford. After half a day of the page being up, someone anonymously donated $15,000, double what we needed. Still don’t know who it was to this day.”

2) MrSlowly4 wrote, “I was lucky enough to attend a very nice private school that taught kids from JK (junior kindergarten) through 12th grade with tuition about $20k per year. A classmate of mine’s family, after having paid the way for their four kids to go through all 13 grades, also paid full tuition every year for their housekeeper’s five children to go through the same school.”

3) kingchobo wrote, “I was a chef in a fancy boutique hotel here in New Zealand, and we used to get the famous and wealthy staying with us. Cliff Richard, serj tankian, and Nancy Cartwright are a few guests whom I was lucky enough to meet. However, [about] the wealth thing, we had a sheik of an oil country (well, I’m assuming he was a sheik, or just an Arabian dude rocking the flowing robes and hat) came over to the pass [back?] and complimented us on the meal and asked how many staff in the kitchen, including kitchen hands and waitstaff; it was something like 12 or 13. The guy just peels off that number of hundy [hundred-dollar] notes and gives everyone a hundred-dollar tip. Pretty cool and nothing as obnoxious as gold Ferraris or anything.”

4) Fugalista1 wrote this:

“My grandfather was a landscaper for one of the wealthiest families in his town.

“All along the years, they were always very generous, giving him large Christmas bonuses and extra money during the year for reasons like they lived the rich hue of the roses that year.

At age 86 (I know!) grandpa saw a doctor for the first time and was told he had to stop working. All the bending over caused eye problems.

“The family continued to pay him his weekly salary and maintain his health insurance until he died (at 100). They then sent $20,000 to the funeral home to ‘defray’ some of the costs.

“Mom and I would occasionally go up there when he was working, and if she was home the matriarch would come out and sit with us, and have us served iced tea with mint and the most delicious cookies. Just really nice folks.”

Duckbuttercornpone commented:

“If it wasn’t for the ages you posted, I would have thought this was my employer. Their longtime landscaper had to quit working due to cancer and they refused his resignation. They kept him on the payroll until his death six years later and paid for the best care M.D. Anderson can provide.

“They also paid for my mother’s care when she suffered some heart problems […] and have done similar things for other employees.

“My boss has a secretary who has worked for his family for over 40 years and when she retired, very wealthy as they share the wealth, she and her husband had some pretty grand travel plans. Sadly her husband unexpectedly passed away shortly after, leaving her devastated. The boss brought her back to work in the position of looking after the wellbeing of our small 25-person office to keep her busy and her mind occupied. Not only does it make her happy, but now 25 people have a woman whom we all revere and love deeply looking after us doing things like making sure the kitchen is stocked with our favorite snacks to making sure we are covered if we perhaps need to leave early to take a kid to soccer practice or something like that. It turned into a worthwhile experiment because her position has an annual discretionary budget of $250,000 yet since its inception productivity has been through the roof. People no longer stress about how to manage their work/home lives without conflict, and in return it becomes a privilege to work hard for this company.”

5) rcrem wrote, “My dad noticed our house cleaner often seemed like she was in pain and asked about it. She hadn’t been to the dentist in years (single mom/broke/no insurance) and needed several thousand dollars of work done. He offered to pay for it all and she now has a beautiful smile and is no longer in pain. Since then she and her son have become part of the family.”

6) ifonlyjackwashere wrote this:

“When I worked at a casino years ago, we had this amazing lady who operated the TAB (for betting on anything that wasn’t table games or pokies), she’d been around for as long as anyone could remember, was always bright and bubbly at work no matter what she had going on outside of it. One day she was diagnosed with a brain tumor, operable, but at a cost of over $80,000. She was panicking and didn’t know how she was going to cover the costs.

“Being in a casino, and being there as long as she was, she knew everyone there was to know who was a big player. Within a week of word getting out, we had over 15 patrons who were willing to outright pay for her operation, but we couldn’t take their money as it would be seen as taking gratuities from patrons, which was highly forbidden. In the end, her daughter set up a GOFUNDME to raise funds for it, the patrons caught word again and within five days they had raised over half a million dollars towards her operation. She was flown to the best brain surgeon in Australia, and the operation was a complete success. Her daughter used the remaining money to start a foundation in her mother’s name that helps provide financial aid to those with medical needs, and helps fund research into brain tumors and surgeries, and is still donated to regularly by some of the casino’s top spending patrons.”

Source: THATF[**]KINAUSSIE. “What is the BEST display of wealth you’ve ever seen?” Reddit. 30 November 2016

http://tinyurl.com/hyvumjf

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CARRIER: Trump Saves US Jobs?

Donald Trump claimed a victory in keeping 800 jobs in the US (some sources say 1,000 jobs) by giving CARRIER tax incentives.

Another way to look at it is to say that CARRIER is still moving 600 (rather than 1,400) jobs to MEXICO and now CARRIER has taxpayer money (in the form of those tax incentives [“$7 million worth of tax breaks from the state of Indiana over the next 10 years, a spokesman for the Trump transition told The Huffington Post.”]) to pay for moving those jobs to Mexico.

A prediction for the future is that anytime a company wants to move 1,000 jobs to Mexico, it will announce that it is moving 2,000 jobs to Mexico. It will then negotiate tax incentives to keep 1,000 jobs in the US. That way, US taxpayers will pay to move US jobs to Mexico.

For More Information:

David Shepardson and Ginger Gibson. “Carrier To Keep Jobs In U.S. After Trump Offers State Incentives.” Reuters. 30 November 2016

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/carrier-jobs-trump_us_583f6c49e4b09e21702cb21c

http://tinyurl.com/jmfycq8

Arthur Delaney. “Donald Trump Takes Victory Lap At Carrier Plant.” Huffington Post. 1 December 2016

“United Technologies, Carrier’s parent company, will move forward with closing a separate Indiana plant and laying off 700 workers.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-carrier-jobs_us_58407507e4b017f37fe36cdb

http://tinyurl.com/hbazzzb

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Vouchers for Medical Insurance

House Speaker Paul Ryan really, really wants to get rid of Obamacare and to privatize Medicare.

Apparently, he wants to give US citizens vouchers instead of medical insurance. Supposedly, the vouchers will be used to purchase medical insurance.

A prediction for the future is that the value of those vouchers will decline, making it harder and harder to purchase good medical insurance. One of our major political parties seems not to support the US safety net.

During the Revolutionary War, a man had a contract to provide the US Army with beef. However, he did not deliver beef; instead, he delivered vouchers for beef. General George Washington had the man arrested and put in prison. For breakfast, he did not give the man breakfast; instead, he gave the man a voucher for breakfast. For lunch, he did not give the man lunch; instead, he gave the man a voucher for lunch. For supper, he did not give the man supper; instead, he gave the man a voucher for supper.

For More Information:

Lauren Fox. “Your Road Map To Paul Ryan’s Plan To Privatize Medicare.” Talking Points Memo. 1 December 2016

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/your-road-map-to-paul-ryan-s-plan-to-privatize-medicare

http://tinyurl.com/zdx578k

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“Women of Reddit, What has been Your Worst ‘Nice Guy’ Experience?”

Mischeese wrote this:

“I used to work in IT [Information Technology] Support, as the only girl in a team of four. The men I worked with were lovely and super supportive, and we were a real close team.

“Anyway we had this contractor come work for the company in a different department. As usual I set up his machine, gave him his username/password, etc., and left him to it.

“Over the next 3-4 weeks, he would continually ‘break’ his machine, and demand I come and fix it, all the while telling me what a ‘nice guy’ he was, what a cool car he had, etc., all the usual flirting stuff, and I was polite but ignored it — it happens a lot working IT Support.

“By the fourth time he was giving me the creeps, so the guys in my department started going instead of me and then his machine seemed fine and I forgot all about it.

“One Friday night a few weeks later, my team and I went out for a meal and a drink after work. We left at 5pm, had a meal, and played some pool, and they all had a drink as I was the designated driver. By 10.30pm we decide to call it a night and we all walk back to my car, so I could drive them home.

“Our company rented car parking space in a railway carpark [parking lot] that is generally deserted, very dark, and badly lit, and my car is there. We walk into the car park and who do you think is SITTING on my car … yup, the creepy-assed contractor!! Thank f[**]k I wasn’t alone. He must have been there for hours as the office shut at 6pm.

“He looked shocked to see the others with me, muttered about how his car didn’t start and how he thought I could give him a lift home, as we lived in the same direction — no idea how he knew that!

“I told him to get a cab, and we all got in the car, leaving him there. I was shaking, and the guys were furious because it was obvious he’d been trying to catch me on my own.

“I reported it to HR [Human Resources] the following week, but nothing was done because it hadn’t been [done] ‘in the office,’ so my team took it upon themselves to have a ‘chat’ with him — no idea what they said, they wouldn’t tell me, but he never even looked in my direction for the rest of his contract. I can’t thank them enough for backing me up in such a horrible situation, I really got lucky having them with me.”

Source: Stanzin, “Women of Reddit, what has been your worst ‘nice guy’ experience?” Reddit. 30 November 2016

http://tinyurl.com/jzvla5v

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