"There are two distinct classes of men in the nation,
those who pay taxes, and those who receive and live upon the taxes."
Thomas Paine
(1737-1809) US Founding father, pamphleteer, author
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Those who work and those who have Obama phones...
 -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    Carlton, I smile ;-)
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    The US congress comes to mind as to those who live upon taxes, and can raise their pay anytime they think about it.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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     -- jim k, Austin, Tx      
    Same as it ever was, apparently. I guess once 50% of the people work for the government to keep the other 50% paying their salaries, we will all be officially slaves. Not much further to go ...
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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     -- Ronw13, Oregon      
    Perhaps if the US stop spending over a $trillion on the MIC and invading other countries we could get back to having a nation that took care of it's people and its infrastructure... 
     -- Robert Edwards, somewhere in the USA     
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