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.