Monday, May 07, 2007

Only In Hawaii: Robbing the Poor to Give to the Rich

Probably the greatest unfairness that the powers-that-be refuse to talk about, is that the poorest people in Hawaii, are also expected to contribute their “fair share” of the money to pay the salaries of government workers who are all among those in the upper half of income earners because they claim they are the "truly neediest and poor of Hawaii." And the newspapers and other venerable testifiers vouchsafe for that claim -- and completely ignore the requests that the truly poor be exempted from this burden -- as any beginning point about the discussion of fairness and justice.

Instead, they will wax eloquently about the wonderful tax credits available our legislators make available to the poor by dutifully paying their taxes -- as though it is some magnanimous generosity of the Democratic Party of Hawaii. And when these points are brought to their attention, they immediately stop all manner of discussions -- and then wonder why each year, they have less credibility, and decidedly less participation and credibility.

That doesn’t seem to bother them outside of their mutual admiration circles that exist to flatter each other on. In fact, now in the age of the Internet, it is possible to devise lavish followings of “supporters” oneself -- for all the aliases and confederates one can concoct. However, since they all write exactly alike, and are unequivocally effusive in their praise as rarely encountered in real life/experience, it’s not difficult to see through, to the obvious manipulations and deceptions so pathetically manufactured.

Because of the various scams conducted on the Internet, it was necessary for a higher level of reading ability and comprehension to have evolved along with it -- to see what was largely not detected before, particularly with mainstream media enforcing the “correctness,” and providing a false sense of security. It was just never suspected, that it might be any other than they proclaimed themselves to be, “fair and objective” -- just as our government workers proclaimed themselves the most poorly paid and treated members of any society in the history of civilization. That all got past the censors (editors), but to point out these gross betrayals of the public trust, could not be allowed to see the light of day, or fall on any ears -- is the reason for distrust of those who protest too adamantly about their “honesty and integrity,” which is not self-evident.

It’s very instructional that because of all the behaviors now evident and perpetrated, we have a better insight into the true nature of behaviors and motivations -- beyond the monolithic picture presented by one self-selected few, who proclaims themselves the only guardians of this function -- the Holy Grail of Objectivity -- whatever that means.

So while many more deceptions, distortions and manipulations can now be perpetrated by many others, what is revealing is the extent to which it is just mimicking the behaviors of those we formerly regarded as “respectable” people, because they told us they were -- and knew better for all of us, what was best for us all.

That apparently, was that they should get more than everybody else -- as they were the “truly deserving and poor.”


At May 08, 2007 9:54 AM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

The secret of success --
is not to get greedy.

Once greed is set into motion, there can never be enough, no matter how much one has.

That is always one's undoing -- the beginning of the end.

At May 08, 2007 10:08 AM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

The great curse of contemporary society is not appreciating all that we have — but always wanting something else, some MORE — without first being grateful for what we already have, which very few bother to realize what that is.

Dissatisfaction is programmed into the psyche of all students — by their teachers who don’t seem to have anything to teach other than that they deserve more — for doing less, if anything at all.

That is the failure of this society — that only those who are truly successful, rise above. But that’s not what you will see in the popular media; it’s all about losers thinking they are winning.


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