Ever since I first noticed the phenomenon, I’ve looked for the right opportunity to put it into practice. What might it be, you ask? Why, quoting myself, of course.
It was prompted by an email I received from Matt P. Given that I hadn’t heard from him in awhile, I jumped at the chance.
So low taxes are good in bad economic times so people can get rich, but when the economy is good we can soak the rich and damn the poor? I can’t understand how he can’t see the fault in his logic. Even when he’s right, he’s still wrong.
From his post yesterday:
“To be totally out of the closet, I actually embrace every part of Obama’s agenda, right down to the increase on personal taxes and the mortgage deduction. I am a fierce environmentalist who has donated multiple acres to the state of New Jersey to keep forever wild. I believe in cap and trade. I favor playing hardball with drug companies that hold up the U.S. government with me-too products.
“… I believe his agenda is crushing nest eggs around the nation in loud ways, like the decline in the averages, and in soft but dangerous ways, like in the annuities that can’t be paid and the insurance benefits that will be challenging to deliver on.
“So I will fight the fight against that agenda. I will stand up for what I believe and for what I have always believed: Every person has a right to be rich in this country and I want to help them get there. And when they get there, if times are good, we can have them give back or pay higher taxes. Until they get there, I don’t want them shackled or scared or paralyzed. That’s what I see now.”
I’m all for “giving back,” but shouldn’t that be my choice?
To which I responded as follows:
Cramer is a liberal Democrat & an idiot [ed. note: but I repeated myself]. I guess, from him, we should be glad when he criticizes Obama at all, as he has done recently.
Obviously, I am in wholehearted agreement with what you say.
To liberals, your money is not really your money. It’s the money you got by exploiting people, probably, and you don’t deserve it. Plus, they know how to use it better than you do. It’s all about power & control–that’s the conservative vs. liberal argument at it’s core:
Conservatives want everyone to have as much control over their lives as possible. They understand that some people are going to screw up, and that sucks, but that most people will do best whatever makes them happy.
Liberals want to control everyone’s lives in every possible way because they think they know how to make everyone equally happy, or, as happens to be the case back in a little place I like to call reality, they know how to make everyone’s life suck equally (except, of course, for the American version of the Politburo and their friends who get the green dacha‘s* in the countryside.)
This is the new reality: In a country where market forces aren’t left to themselves to pick winners and losers; in a country where trillion dollar budgets and spenduli are used to shower billions of dollars on campaign supporters (read: ACORN, Unions, etc.); in a country where government picks the winners and the losers, you better hope that, at the very least, you aren’t on Obama’s naughty list.
*In Soviet Russia, supposedly everyone had access to homes in the countryside surrounding Moscow & other Russian cities. In reality, the only ones who stayed there, ate black market food, owned cars that ran, took hot showers, etc., etc. were the leading Communist party members & their friends.
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