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(Bleacher Report)   Not News: Hoops fan pulled from stands for $20K half-court shot contest. News: He sinks it. Dusty: He plans to use the money to pay for his wife's cancer treatments   (bleacherreport.com) divider line 24
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2013-03-07 05:19:16 PM
3 votes:
@PorcupineTree
Sure I am responding to a troll, probably, but this type of nonsense is so prevalent that it has to be addressed.

Lets say that 1 percent of the households is this Leech (1.2 million households out of 120 Million) and it takes 300K to raise a child in todays society from birth to 21.
(2 x 300k X 1.2 Million)/21 years = $34.3 Billion a year to the US tax payers to have 1.2 million families on welfare at basic level with no other income or economic activity.
So at the top 1 percent if they are supposed to pay 35% and actually pay 13-17% and lets be conservative that they earn only $2 million a year on average (some of those 1.2 million households are earning 2 Billion in a year, buts lets just say on average)
Those people should be paying ~600K in taxes a year, but are probably only paying ~200K so they get 400K a year in savings where most people don't get that type of reduction.
1 X $400,000 X 1.2 Million Households =  960 Billion of tax not being collected each year.
So if every year the worst leaches at the bottom 1% are costing society $34.3 Billion a year, and the ultra rich 1% with their great tax advantages are costing the US treasury $960 Billion a year. Who are the people doing the most damage, and hurting the US's ability to provide the structures neccesary for the health and well being of the country the most?
And of course there aren't anywhere near 1.2 Million households, that do absolutely nothing economic in the country, even if it is just sales tax, property tax from renters, or babysitting (free or paid) for other family members/community members etc.

In 1980, we had only 30,000 households that were not getting enough calories to consume during the day, and now the stats say that 1 in 8 children and 1 in 12 adults face not getting sufficient dietary calories on an average day. (12.5% and 8.25%)
Not to mention the fact that 60% of the country couldn't go 6 months without income before having trouble with their housing or transportation or other major needs, and if a serious medical event occured that they couldn't even last 2 months without their primary income provider's take home pay.
The US has fallen prey to the "moocher", "welfare queen" fallacies and has allowed the top 1% to essentially steal the country, and for nothing in the end, because the 1% still die of cancer (Steve Jobs) just like the poor person, at exactly the same age ranges.
2013-03-07 11:16:07 AM
3 votes:

Lost Thought 00: Only in America


Only in America would a person have to pay for necessary and life-saving medical care out-of-pocket, possibly going bankrupt in the process, or else die if you can't afford it.

Pathetic.
2013-03-07 11:27:35 AM
2 votes:
Sad: Americans have to rely on dumb luck to pay for (probably a small fraction) of their cancer treatment.
2013-03-07 11:27:18 AM
2 votes:
I would have gone with 'sad' as instead of enjoying the money it will be taken away from him so the rich can get richer.
2013-03-07 11:27:12 AM
2 votes:
20k for cancer treatment? Drop in the bucket. Maybe one or two chemo cocktails if he doesn't have insurance (or maybe even if he does).  USA, proving yet again that freedom isn't cheap.
2013-03-07 11:26:59 AM
2 votes:
$20,000 will pay for about a week, after taxes.  Welcome to the home of the free and land of the brave.
2013-03-07 11:25:30 AM
2 votes:
Stage 3 colon cancer.

7 kids.

Best of luck, sir.
2013-03-07 11:21:05 AM
2 votes:
"Winners don't read Bleacher Report "
- William S. Sessions, Director, F.B.I.
2013-03-07 11:18:18 AM
2 votes:

wygit: If he needs money for his wife's cancer treatments, WTF is he doing buying basketball tickets?


Maybe he went out for a night to try and get his mind off the fact he is losing his wife.
2013-03-07 11:16:41 AM
2 votes:
If we Amercans could feel shame, this would do it.
2013-03-07 11:11:49 AM
2 votes:
Only in America
2013-03-07 12:30:59 PM
1 votes:

doubled99: Doc Daneeka: Only in America would a person have to pay for necessary and life-saving medical care out-of-pocket, possibly going bankrupt in the process, or else die if you can't afford it.

Really, ONLY in America?

If we're discussing just first world countries, then yes, absolutely only in America.

I truly don't understand why anyone thinks every horrible thing that could happen to you should be taken care of by the government.


I truly don't understand why anyone thinks that the purpose and powers of a government shouldn't include promoting the health and well-being of it's citizens.
2013-03-07 11:51:23 AM
1 votes:
As someone with a cousin my age in the same situation as this woman, I haz a bummer.

Even moreso after reading the thread.
2013-03-07 11:45:11 AM
1 votes:

EyeballKid: CheatCommando: Why do you hate America?

Its health care, for one?


Just arrive at Fark from Zeta Reticuli or something? What color is the sky there? Here on Earth we have this thing called "sarcasm" that apparently is missing on your homeworld.
2013-03-07 11:37:38 AM
1 votes:

jso2897: Assuming one is capable of thought, of course.


Why do you hate America?
2013-03-07 11:33:22 AM
1 votes:

bart2puck: wygit: If he needs money for his wife's cancer treatments, WTF is he doing buying basketball tickets?

Maybe he went out for a night to try and get his mind off the fact he is losing his wife.


thank you
2013-03-07 11:32:20 AM
1 votes:

Doc Daneeka: Lost Thought 00: Only in America

Only in America would a person have to pay for necessary and life-saving medical care out-of-pocket, possibly going bankrupt in the process, or else die if you can't afford it.

Pathetic.


And the very worst thing is we hold this guy up as a hero instead of throwing the shareholders and board members of private healthcare out their boardroom windows. As  Mao said, "Defenestrate one, terrorize thousands."
2013-03-07 11:29:50 AM
1 votes:

wygit: If he needs money for his wife's cancer treatments, WTF is he doing buying basketball tickets?


T-Woles tickets are like, 9 bucks.
2013-03-07 11:28:06 AM
1 votes:
$20k ... that should cover maybe a half day of hospital care.
2013-03-07 11:27:49 AM
1 votes:
No socialism, eroding liberty, little likelihood of prosperity, US citizenship, a prize in my youth, has become nearly worthless.  I rue the days my ancestors made the mistake of coming here.
2013-03-07 11:24:08 AM
1 votes:

wygit: If he needs money for his wife's cancer treatments, WTF is he doing buying basketball tickets?


There are about thirty reasonable explanations for his being there that one could think of.
Assuming one is capable of thought, of course.
2013-03-07 11:20:05 AM
1 votes:
they'll find a reason not to pay it
2013-03-07 11:14:12 AM
1 votes:
If he needs money for his wife's cancer treatments, WTF is he doing buying basketball tickets?
2013-03-07 11:13:52 AM
1 votes:
But Mitt Romney said we HAVE universal health care. Can't you just go to the emergency room for your chemo?
 
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