As most of you know, I ceased being a supporter of Capitalism a few years back and switched over to being a Distributist. The genesis of the shift was my growing realization that Big Corporation and Big Government were two sides of the same coin while the very rich – for all their being demonized in liberal rhetoric – are for the most part liberal Democrats. I cannot perceive a way for us to finally win – win where we can amend the constitution and thus undo the liberalism which is destroying us – unless we take out the whole of the enemy arrayed against us. Since I figured that the Capitalist system was actually in alliance with the socialist system, I easily found myself slipping in to Distributist beliefs – which, to boil it down, are that nothing “too big to fail” should be allowed to live. That a man, working hard and living frugally, should be able to by himself support his wife and children. That almost all political decisions which affect the day-to-day lives of citizens must be made at the lowest level possible.
In the 2012 election we got a bit of confirmation of my views – 8 of the 10 richest counties in America were carried by Obama. The rich like Obama. They voted for him. They donated to his campaign. Do you think they actually believe that Obama’s “tax the rich” rhetoric is directed at them? It isn’t. And they know it. You see, as I’ve been saying for years, “tax the rich” is a mere propaganda phrase for the Democrats. They portray themselves as being on the side of the poor and the middle class and their most effective argument in this portrayal is their repeatedly announced determination to “tax the rich”. But here’s the thing – they never, ever tax the rich. They tax the middle class and dress it up as a tax on the rich. They say they want “millionaires and billionaires” to pay their fair share….but a “billionaire” in the tax code starts at $200,000.00 a year.
Realize who the enemy is – the entire Ruling Class. All these rich people who live in heavily guarded enclaves and who claim they care about the poor while consigning the poor to live in Third World cesspools. The run the government, they run the big corporations, they run the MSM, they run the colleges – they are all educated the same way and all of them think alike even if some of them have the wit to understand that full-bore socialism is a losing proposition. We have to beat them all – and I propose we start right away.
Over at Instapundit, one of the readers made this comment:
…I’m saying to myself, why am I going to war for these people? All this effort to try to protect the “job creators” and they’re voting for Obama and ever larger government and more taxes. I think it’s time to give them what they want! I would love to see a Republican bring forth a bill to tax the sh*t out of those making over $500k (the 1%). These are the people who live in these enclaves. Let’s do comprehensive tax reform, eliminate most or all deductions and lower rates for everyone…except them. Let their rates go back to the Clinton era rates AND eliminate their deductions. This goes hand in hand with your “eliminate the Hollywood Tax Cuts” proposal. Now granted, this would not do a whole lot to address the budget deficit. Anyone who is good at math knows that. However, it completely cuts the legs out from the Democrats, gives these rich jerks their just desserts for voting for Obama and supporting him financially, and will help insulate the married working professionals who Obama and the Dems REALLY want to soak…
Good stuff and entirely on the right track. My idea is, of course, a “wealth tax”. Excluding family owned farms, ranches, mines, and other businesses of the “make/mine/grow” type (not interested in protecting family owned law firms, ya dig?), we should impose a 5% annual tax on all wealth in excess of $5 million. We’ll sell it just like the Democrats do – a way to make millionaires and billionaires pay their “fair share” so that we can afford to build better schools. Gates? We want $3.3 billion from you next year. Buffet? Your tab is $2.3 billion. Bloomberg? We’re going to need $1.2 billion from you. And we push it thus – “you know, with that $3.3 billion from Gates we can provide school vouchers for x number of kids to go to a decent school. That $2.3 billion from Buffet will pay the VA benefits for x number of our beloved veterans. With Bloomberg’s money we can provide housing vouchers for x number of people currently living in decayed public housing projects…”
And here’s the real kicker – our liberal Democrats will fight it tooth and nail because these are their money bags. These are the people who provide the money for their political campaigns. The people who donate the foundations and thus provide cushy, high-paid jobs for liberals. These are the people our liberals hob nob with in the tony sections of those urban areas liberals control. It will draw the line – it will let the people know just who is fighting for the people and who is fighting for the super-rich. This is where we can reset the debate and stop fighting by the liberal rules.
Ultimately, of course, the plan is not to tax the rich, of course. We all know that even if we confiscated the entirely of the rich’s wealth we could only fund our government for about a year. The reason our liberals use “tax the rich” rhetoric to justify raising income tax rates is because they know full well that the place to go for really great, big bags of money is the middle class. Those men and women who work 40-60 hours a week to pull down between $80,000.00 and $300,000.00 a year – that is where the money is; and it gets replaced every year as they keep working every year. Such a plan as outlined here would turn the debate around and allow us, then, to start educating the entire middle class and the lower class that until we get these rich, Ruling Class types of Big Government and Big Corporation under control, nothing is ever going to get better for us.
We have to take away the false narrative – the liberal narrative that they are defending us from Big Corporation/The Rich. Their argument that unless we have things like a Department of Education and a Department of Labor then the big, bad rich people will destroy us. The big, bad people are destroying us – they run both the Department of Education and Goldman Sachs and they are playing a class warfare game to sucker people in to backing them. The vote of 8 of the 10 richest counties in America confirms this…there is no battle between the rich and the liberals as they are one in the same group of people. Let’s start a real class war – a war of the real middle and lower classes against the Ruling Class.
We’re engaged in a long war, good people. It has taken 80 years for liberals to get us in to this mess and we’re not going to undo it all at once…but we’ll never be able to even make a start at it unless we recognize the entirety of the enemy force. Do not be suckered by them – their whole power rests on their ability to divide and conquer. As an example: I am to be divided from a Latino man – we both work for a living, have bills to pay and suffer under the same liberal tyranny but he’s been convinced to fear me because I’m allegedly in alliance with “the rich”. Meanwhile, the other side of the coin is played this way – I’m to fear that Latino man because he’s new to the country and alien and maybe he’s getting a little welfare on the side. The black man who sits next to me in the church pew – he’s also supposed to fear me and I’m supposed to fear him, even as we say the Lord’s Prayer together. Meanwhile, the real enemy is allowed to go forward with hardly a check – piling up more wealth and power for itself and insulating itself more and more from the real America. And as we go to heck in a hand basket they simply don’t care – that I, the black man and the Latino man will all wind up living in the same Third World sewer is ok to our Ruling Class…they’ll still be rich and in power. Unless we can see what is happening and unite against them.