Conservatopia: Rumination on Reality, 5-30-2012
The nation is tired, not mentally (though there is that), but tired – as in sick-and-tired – of anyone who shares an opinion at odds with another opinion being called a bigot, a racist, or worse. Racism exists, and always will in America, but the Left is soiling the subject. Those dedicated to remunerative anger – the Sharptons and Jacksons – are modern day rakes; and sadly many groups, blinkered to reality, march in lockstep with an obvious scam.
How is it that, on one hand, the president demonizes “millionaires and billionaires” and, on the other, flies coast-to-coast, in order to fill his coffers with their money?
The Buffett Rule? The one designed to make millionaires pay-up? It would double the capital-gains rate on those whose incomes exceed $1 million from 15 to 30%. Money invested in capital has already been taxed at the prevailing rate of the investor. And yet, I rarely hear this called a double tax.
Has anyone heard the president explain that the top 1% (which doesn’t pay its “fair share”) contributes 40% of federal income taxes? The Buffett Rule, according to CBO, would bring in between $3 and $5 billion annually. Of course, CBO doesn’t score behavior, which is why its projections predictably fall short.
The United States is deficit spending $4 billion per/day…. And yet the Buffett Rule polls well. What percentage of the 60% who like it can explain it? I’ve never understood how people can form opinions without knowing why they’re held.
The gay marriage issue–another distraction from the economy. Every day a new distraction–the Buffett Rule (Republicans want tax-breaks for millionaires), the War on Women (Republicans are against “women’s health”), the Student Loan Rate Increase (Republicans don’t want Bif to go to college)…. Now Republicans are against “civil rights.” No matter that these rights are fantastic. The New Testament is clear: Matthew 19: 4-5…. It is not hateful to defend the definition of marriage as it has stood, effectively, for 5000 years.
As for the student loan kerfuffle… With grads in debt and jobless, the president chose to pander. Collegians may not question him; yet how many realize, it was Democrats who passed the rate-hike? How many know that government, and not dreaded Capitalism, is driving up tuition? Lo, we discover that, at the end of the day, the average burden, if the rate rises, is $6… Per/month.
Obama’s strategy is to pander to as many victims as possible, while moving “forward.” “Forward” being Marxist patios. Mao’s “Leap Forward” killed tens of millions. Was it appropriate, in 2009, to hang a Mao ornament on the White House Christmas tree?
America is the greatest country on Earth, and it was great before welfare. How is it that a nation can wage a War whose goal is to eliminate “poverty,” and fail to gain a yard? After spending over $10 trillion (some estimates are as high as $14 trillion) on “social programs” are we $10 trillion better off? Poverty, mind you, is often couched loosely, so as to make it seem urgent, demanding quick funds.
The average “poor” person in America has air-conditioning, a microwave, a personal computer, a dishwasher, a cellphone, a car, and cable television. In fact, welfare transfers are insulated from income reporting (not counted), leaving the recipient mired in “poverty,” for statistical purposes.
Consider: the Child Care Tax Credit, the Earned Income Tax Credit, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance For Needy Families (TANF), the Supplemental Child Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), rental and housing assistance, utility assistance, school lunch assistance…. These weapons in the War make it possible for a household making $14,500 annually to have greater discretionary income ($37,777) than one making $60,000 ($34,366). This is not “social justice.” Power is a greater political motivator than compassion.
“I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.” One cannot turn to the Founders’ wisdom too often. James Madison is today known to few; thus today’s politicians do “undertake.”
Meanwhile, it’s spring, and the ratio of commencement speakers is glaring: 7-to-1, liberal-to-conservative, among the top 100 schools. Thirty-four of the top 35 sought out a leftist… Is it any wonder our children are in debt?