I felt somewhat (oh ok, really) proud of myself yesterday when I beat one of my favorite radio hosts to the punch in an analysis of the President’s most recent of many pitches for his so-called jobs bill.
The specific observation? The President made the following “the rich are so selfish” point standing in front of a bridge connecting Ohio and Kentucky (John Boehner and Mitch McConnell’s states, respectively):
Now, you’re already hearing the Republicans in Congress dusting off the old talking points. You can write their press releases. “Class warfare,” they say. You know what, if asking a billionaire to pay the same rate as a plumber or a teacher makes me a warrior for the middle class, I wear that charge as a badge of honor.
Immediately after I heard this transcript played on the aforementioned radio show (as I was hearing it second-hand after my 5-day unplug from talk radio and cable news…ahhh withdrawal!), my first thought was “But Mr. President,” I pondered, “unless the IRS has decided to skirt Congress change the rates on their very own, wouldn’t that statement mean you’re calling for a tax decrease on the wealthy?”
Not but 2 minutes after this thought went through my mind when the radio host to whom I was listening made the same observation almost verbatim. In this case I do hope the saying is true that “great minds think alike.” I say this in jest only. That is, this host’s intelligence is of such caliber that I can only hope that one day I can call the same level of capability home. I’ve got a long way to go, though!
Moving on, it’s really quite sad when the leader of the free world must resort to flat-out lies to try and save his floundering presidency. Even the left-leaning media had to report this week that in fact many of the statements President Obama has been making quite frankly just don’t add up. As I’ve posted myself in this blog before:
The rich in this country bear the brunt of the tax burden. To be precise, in 2008, the top 1% paid 38%, the top 5% paid 58%, and the top 10% paid almost 70% of all federal income tax. Remember that over 40% of Americans PAY NO FEDERAL INCOME TAX WHATSOEVER because they qualify for so many deductions, and often end up getting a payout at the end of the year from the federal government.
For a breakdown of the exact percentages paid by each income level, click here.
As you can easily see, the top tier of American income earners shoulder the majority of the tax burden! Yet, the President continues to demand that the rich cough up even more so as to assure that they are paying their “fair share.”
I recently heard Elizabeth Warren, former adviser to the President and now challenger to Senator Scott Brown, espouse blatantly Marxist beliefs as she described how “wrong” it is to think that any one person can become rich on his or her own. You can watch the whole video here.
I hear all this, “You know, well, this is class warfare. This is whatever.” No! There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody! You built a factory out there? Good for you! But I want to be clear: You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You, uh, were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory and hire someone to protect against this because of the work the rest of us did.
Bravo, Ms. Warren, You’ve identified some of the reasons for taxation. How ironic (and rather convenient) that you leave out the plethora of social programs sucking the life out of this country. Speaking of said programs, while Ms. Warren maintains that it’s not fair that the rich, who make so much money in the conditions that the government provides (i.e. safe roads, solid infrastructure, strong police force), to not contribute EVEN MORE to those government entities, I’d like to know how she explains the over 40% of Americans, who at the end of it all pay no federal income tax whatsoever yet still make use of those same roads, that same infrastructure, those same police forces, and if we’re being completely honest, the lion’s share of social programs such as welfare, food stamps, housing assistance, etc. How is that fair?
Ms. Warren, how exactly is it that the rich and their companies get out of paying taxes? Unless, of course, you happen to be General Electric. After all, you said quite a few times “that the REST of us pay for.” It certainly seems like you are implying that not only do the rich not pay their fair share, they pay nothing for the services of the government at all!
The President himself contends over and over again that “This is not class warfare, it’s math.” No Mr. President, it IS class warfare precisely BECAUSE of the math! You are asking the half the nation to support the other half who pays no taxes yet reaps all the benefits of the systems that the “richer” half funds.
By the way, didn’t you once say that raising taxes during a recession was counter-intuitive? Oh that’s right- you did.
You know, you’ve asked Congress to “pass this bill now” quite a few times. You even told a group of students that if they “love you” (whatever happened to “if you love your country?) they’d get active and push Congress to pass the bill. May I read it, Mr. President? In fact, may Congress read it, Mr. President? To date, you haven’t sent a thing to Congress to view officially. I can’t find where it has been scored by the CBO. Maybe that’s because while you have dilly-dallied around so long in getting the bill to Congress, an astute Republican congressman presented a bill of his own on which he bestowed the same name, “The American Jobs Act;” a two page simplicity that makes a laughing stock out of your plan by solely eliminating the corporate income tax entirely. I guess coming up with a new name takes time.
You gave your speech, you prance around this country spewing your talking points, and the only answer your act’s website can provide are bullet point generalities that we’ve heard over and over again. Frankly, how irresponsible is it not only to present such a ludicrous plan, but then to ask those students and Americans in general to push Congress to pass the bill without presenting it officially! Are you implying that a good citizen is an uninformed citizen? Or, are we just to take your word for it that this bill is the fifteen shades of fabulous that you say it is?
The facts are simple, my readers:
1. This IS class warfare, and the views held by the President and those surrounding him regarding the “rich” are entirely Marxist in nature. Disagree? Read Karl Marx’s work.
2. The rich already pay the lion’s share of the tax burden.
3. There simply isn’t enough among the rich in the nation to tackle the debt, even if the rich were taxed at 100%.
4. The so-called “American Jobs Act” was never meant to pass; it was meant to make Congress and especially Congressional Republicans look like “do-nothings” in the President’s ongoing (yes, ongoing, because it never ended) campaign.
Remember those points. Study those points. If you LOVE YOUR COUNTRY, not your PRESIDENT, keep yourself awake, educated, and constantly questioning.