POLITICS, TAXATION, & ECONOMIC REDISTRIBUTION:
SHOULD TIGER WOODS BUY YOUR GROCERIES?
By Ron Marr
A perfect example of the Democratic-Party politicians' dysfunction is their rubber-room outrage over the President's proposed economic plan. Democrats hate the plan because it makes sense. They hate it because it would improve the economy, stimulate invest- ment, and create jobs. They know their only chance of taking back Congress or the White House in 2004 lies in public anger over a debilitating recession. Thus, they will obstruct, obfuscate, and confuse in order to achieve this goal.
Democrats do not want to see the country fat, happy and prosperous, for that keeps them out of power. They want to see it poor and miserable, and will do their utmost to bring such a scenario into reality. You will hear them speaking of how the President's desire to rescind dividend taxes and institute permanent tax reductions will benefit only "the richest one percent" (though sometimes they now say 10 percent) of the country. You will hear them speak of how they want tax relief for "working families," or "the regular people," or "the middle class."
These are smokescreen phrases, carefully polled and selected for their psychological appeal and vague meanings. Every time you hear them, ask yourself some questions. Better yet, ask the Democrat uttering them some questions.
First off, polling data will show that most people, regardless of whether they earn as little as $20,000 a year or as much as $80,000 a year, consider themselves as "middle class." Ask a Democratic politician what they consider "middle class" in terms of income, and insist on a figure. If any of them would answer (they won't, by the way) you will discover that Democrats generally identify "middle class" and "regular people" as the folks who currently pay very little or ZERO taxes.
The non-payers, you see, are the most prized voting base of the Democratic Party. These are the individuals who would rather subsist on handouts and giveaways than go get a job. They want something for nothing, and will gladly trade a vote for a free lunch. You might think you are "middle class," but if you earn enough to pay substantial taxes, the average Democratic politician considers you one of the "privileged." They seek nothing less than to confiscate your earnings and redistribute them to the least ambi- tious, most lazy segments of our citizenry.
The Democrats are always yelling about how life should be fair, but they insist upon just the opposite when it comes to tax relief. They consistently quote numbers emphasizing how much the wealthy would save via tax cuts, versus how little the "regular people" would save.
That's a smokescreen as well, a tactic designed to create class warfare and pit the haves against the have-nots. Let's use hypothetical numbers and say there is a ten percent, across the board, tax reduction. Everybody who pays taxes would get it. That would be fair...right?
Not to the Democrats. They will point to a guy paying $400,000 in taxes per year and compare him to a guy paying $4,000. Then they will complain of how the rich dude gets $40,000 in cuts, but the not-rich fellow gets only $400.
Do they think we're stupid? Of course the wealthy person gets a bigger break. He makes more money and pays more taxes. He also buys more, invests more and creates more jobs. What the Democrats are promoting is not a "fair" tax-cut. They are suggest- ing a socialistic system of income redistribution.
Maybe the wealthy fellow did inherit the money. Who cares? At some point his father, grandfather, or great grandfather worked hard to build a financial legacy that would give a better life to his descendants. That's the luck of the draw. Complaints against another's ability or good fortune are simply the sign of a jealous and stagnant mind. Do you expect Tiger Woods to personally make your mortgage payment and buy your groceries be- cause he was born with more athletic talent than you? Life is not fair. Live with it.
I support tax cuts for people who shoulder a disproportional share of this country's unfair tax burden. I support tax cuts for those people who had the mental resources or dumb luck to become so stinking rich that they can afford gold speckled tap water. I believe in survival of the fittest. I also believe in voluntary giving. If a rich man wishes to contrib- ute to a cause, that's his right. If he does not, that's his right as well. If I had the money, I would give all sorts of cash to widows and orphans and the NRA and deserving humane societies. I would not fund the save the whales campaign, hug the trees, or celebrate perversity crowd. I would assist impoverished farmers whose cattle need hay. I would not support gay-rights parades, free needle exchange for heroin addicts or midnight basketball programs for crack dealers.
Democrats might, but only with your money.
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