No, appreciate all that.
I do MATH because it;s the best way to avoid useless internet arguments. But the suggestion that what is really WRONG with America has nothing to do with political parties and tax rates and and all that, and that what is really wrong is a MORAL problem, resonates with me very strongly.
You see this moral dichotomy played out in our politics. The two parties economically can be summed up very simply into two statements. You have on party who voters are essentially saying “Leave me and my money alone as much as is possible”, and the other party which says “let’s pool a lot of money together to get a better society.”
From there, the latter party looks back at the former and easily comes to the conclusion that those people are selfish SOB’s; the problem with that though is this nasty fact that keeps appearing, showing that the “selfish SOB’s” are actually much bigger charitable givers than the “let’s pool our money” people.
There;s hope in there, actually, if you look for it. It means that both types of people have a heart, it just means that they differ in the way they want to express it; and it’s politics that keeps them from coming to any sort of agreement on how.