Elitist Schmucks

All in favor of tax cuts

The GOP’s tax bill will mean an extra $800 or $1,000 per year for a working family.

Lefties mocked this on Twitter, saying that wouldn’t matter A BIT to ANYONE. But the REALITY these elitist schmucks clearly do not understand is that $800 to $1,000 is YUGE for many families.

  • More than half of Americans have less than $1,000 in their savings and checking accounts combined.
  • Most of these say they couldn’t pay for a $400 emergency without borrowing money or selling some of their possessions.

The true hypocrisy of those tweeting twits may be that they’d shriek tweet outrage the mere suggestion of reducing public benefits by $800 to $1,000 per year.

Writing in The Atlantic, a self-described “middle class” writer described what it was like to be one of those Americans who doesn’t have $400 to spare:

I know what it is like to have to juggle creditors to make it through a week. I know what it is like to have to swallow my pride and constantly dun people to pay me so that I can pay others. I know what it is like to have liens slapped on me and to have my bank account levied by creditors. I know what it is like to be down to my last $5 — literally — while I wait for a paycheck to arrive, and I know what it is like to subsist for days on a diet of eggs. I know what it is like to dread going to the mailbox, because there will always be new bills to pay but seldom a check with which to pay them. I know what it is like to have to tell my daughter that I didn’t know if I would be able to pay for her wedding; it all depended on whether something good happened. And I know what it is like to have to borrow money from my adult daughters because my wife and I ran out of heating oil.

CtH: This is us as well. Life got much easier once we had grown, well employed offspring who generously help out when we suffer a short fall. This year of the Trump Economy has been amazing! We were able to easily afford what we needed, plus splurge on some of the stuff we had done without for years (like a dehumidifier for the moldy basement FINALLY).

The fact is that architects are the worst paid white collar workers in the country. They live from job to job and woe betide the family budget if even a single client stiffs them.  Blessedly, this happened to us only twice; it was devastating and hard to forgive since neither of these selfish couples were depending on a single income to care for a disabled adult and 3 minor children!

Dearest is well established in his profession now, but he was new and wet-behind-the-ears when Saddam invaded Kuwait. That recession put him out of work for a full year. I was disabled with medical bills and our three elementary aged daughters needed all the usual, plus child care help for me whenever Dearest wasn’t home and they were.

A few differences between us and that fellow who wrote in The Atlantic are that I know what it’s like to be down to my last three cents (for a month!); we’re allergic to eggs so ate oatmeal while waiting for the next paycheck; and our daughters knew from a very young age that they were on their own for cars, weddings, and college. We were just really grateful that God gave them all straight teeth!



Filed under Democrats, Economy, Republicans, Taxes

3 responses to “Elitist Schmucks

  1. Only a spoiled, pampered elitist who has never had to worry about paying rent or buying groceries could think that an $800 windfall is no big deal. It obviously isn’t to them — they probably spend that much on a pair of shoes to wear to their kid’s violin recital — but are they really so out of touch that they don’t realize what a big deal it is to millions of poor working stiffs? My husband and I are comfortable now, thanks to the fact that we are empty nesters and our house is paid for and he still works part-time (although nowadays he only takes the jobs he actually wants to do) and we’re both collecting Social Security. But back when our kids were little and my husband was supporting six people on one income, looking for ways to save money was pretty much a full-time job for me. We didn’t take vacations, we drove rusty old cars, I clipped coupons and shopped at discount stores, and while we supplied the necessities for our kids, they were on their own for luxuries. A windfall of $800 would have been a VERY big deal to us then. Hell, a windfall of $100 would have been a big deal!

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  2. Pistol Pete

    I already posted this on my post but it seems more appropriate here

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