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Tax The Mississippi Rich, Not The New York Rich

Honestly, I have a hard time knowing whether Sen. Chuck Schumer [D-NY] is evil or just stupid. Thankfully the English language conveniently provides the word “and’ to assist in situations like this.

You see, the good Senator from New York isn’t happy with President Obama’s new, old, current, ever thus, plan to make the rich pay their fair share. Actually, that isn’t entirely true, Chuck isn’t happy with the President’s plan to make the rich in New York pay their fair share. He is completely comfortable with taxing the rich in Mississippi, even if they aren’t what most normal people would consider rich.

If you are wondering what I am talking about, wonder no more [via CBS New York, h/t The Transom]:

Schumer said the $250,000 limit is unacceptable since it will hit the metropolitan area disproportionately because of the high cost of living here.

“$250,000 makes you really rich in Mississippi but it doesn’t make you rich at all in New York and there ought to be some kind of scale based on the cost of living on how much you pay,” Schumer said.


Not only is this a blatant engagement in class warfare, the idea itself is also blatantly at odds with Article 1 Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution, which the good Senator has sworn an oath to protect.

The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

If Sen. Schumer were not both evil and stupid, he would be working to lower the cost of living in New York by using his influence to lower the tax and regulatory burden laid upon New Yorker’s by Bloomberg and Albany. New York has become a bastion of over regulation and burdensome taxation, going so far as to regulate the salt on your table and levy taxes on any behavior they consider a sin.

Instead, Sen. Schumer seeks to subvert the clear intent of the Constitution and make those in Mississippi pay for the failures of his own state. Let me be clear, there is no reason Mississippi should have to subsidize New York’s failed socialism.

Sen. Schumer, I have embraced the healing power of “and”, you are evil and stupid.

Aaron B. Gardner

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