Jimmy Dugan: Shit, Dottie, if you want to go back to Oregon and make a hundred babies, great, I'm in no position to tell anyone how to live. But sneaking out like this, quitting, you'll regret it for the rest of your life. Baseball is what gets inside you. It's what lights you up, you can't deny that.
Dottie Hinson: It just got too hard.
Jimmy Dugan: It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard... is what makes it great.
I think of this and it disgusts me to think that Kerry and Edwards may actually lead our country in January. I say this not because I like Bush, but more because these are the two lamest candidates the Democrats could have put on the soap box. It annoys me because of what he doesn't say about his 'plan' for America. It annoys me because Bush hasn't done much to secure our homeland three years post-9/11, and it annoys me that Kerry hasn't provided to the voting public more about what he will do different than an already failing President.
It scares me even more because I am a tax target for Kerry. He doesn't care about me as a voter, as an earner, as a provider of three children, and more so he could care less about the poor. Kerry would rather coddle the poor, oppress the poor with social programs that have clearly kept more people poor than have helped them elevate themselves out of poverty. Social programs, tax relief, free anything breeds dependency. There's corporate welfare, tax shelters, child welfare - all these things nurture oppression. It's like dealing drugs, as long as the dealer exists the users will use. If Kerry cared about the poor, he wouldn't alienate his rich buddies or middle brackets he would create policy that would cut off the dependencies in this country whatever that may be. Creativity, new markets, invention, discovery, development and innovation - these are the sparks of a booming economy. Not welfare, not tax relief, not loop holes, and certainly not more government. Capitalism creates jobs - not the government. Kerry would rather crank up government than limit its hold on America. Dependecy arrests the development of our true potential.
A good example of this is what is happening in Iraq. We are forcing the Iraqi Army and Police apparatus to secure its own, and we are providing less and less each day in the way of support. We don't need more troops, we need less troops - why? because someone in the Bush administration understands that dependency on America to support that country is not the road to freedom.
I say this because it's my income bracket that secures America and it's future. We raise the kind of children that may one day lead this country, or develop new markets and jobs. Our children are not interested in dealing drugs, or multi-generationalizing welfare, or expanding the gang system in this country, or studying to get D's in school so they can go work in a factory when they squeak out a graduate certificate; IF they squeak out a graduate certificate. They don't want to be auto mechanics, ditch diggers, or construction laborers - they want to be doctors, veterinarians, business professionals, professors, bio-technologists, and land owners. They don't just want to get through high school - they want to go on to college. They don't want to rent - they want to build. They don't want to borrow - they want to invest. This is the America that we need to coddle - that we need to politicize - that we need to elevate.
It annoys me that politicians like Kerry and all the members of the Congressional Black Caucus believe that the future of America starts with lifting Americans out of poverty at the expense of 'rich' Americans or upper-middle class America. The real beef of our countries income taxes come from the American's we love to hate. The top 5% pay more than half of the income taxes in this country. Those who earn more than $300,000/year pay more than a third of the income taxes in this country, AND, my bracket, those making more than $125,000 pay more than half. Why are the poor kids more important than my kids? If I wanted to send my kids to college today I would have to borrow from a bank or get grants that I would have to pay back. I don't have enough in savings to send three kids through college, but Kerry would rather we empty our accounts or submerge ourselves in debt because 'we make too much'! I don't think I make a lot of money and I certainly enjoy a little love from the Repbulican tax plans.
And, after I'm in debt from having to put three kids through school while the 'poor' in this country get tax relief and free money for college, what am I left with? Three smart white kids with debt? Debt that could be better spent on investments, businesses, savings, homes, and more so on securing the future for their children. Having money enables the innovation and freedom to advance and promote.
Kerry says he has a plan to make America safe, to create jobs, create stronger alliances in the world, to accelerate a free Iraq, create a better healthcare system in this country and provide a better education. Politicians have been saying these things for decades - yet noone has implemented radical policy to truly change America in any of these attributes. AND, to give you one example of his 'plan' - in spite of European nations like France, Germany and Russia saying "they could care less who becomes President, they aren't contributing to Iraq" Kerry and Edwards insist that success in Iraq would secure their alliance and contribution. HOW STUPID! If that's a plan, then I'm very scared what the plans are in the other areas most needing a lift - like the economy, jobs, and education. In fact, Kerry supports the No Child Left Behind policies - SO HOW ARE YOU DIFFERENT THAN BUSH??? AARRGH!
If Kerry really wanted to be President, he would say the 'HARD' things and take the 'HARD' road. Just as Jimmy Dugan said, "It's the hard that makes it great!" Great Presidents do what's hard.