GorT’s liberal friends and family members are likewise propagating the tripe that Dr. Warren spewed and that my esteemed collegue, ‘Puter, so eloquently dissected here yesterday. And it is complete garbage. At face value it is, at best, a call for a utopian world which does not exist and, at worst and likely most truthfully, a call for wealth redistribution and class warfare. But in the end, this is nothing but a distraction from the real issue: we have a government spending problem.
If one cares to dialog with Dr. Warren about this quote or the so-called “Buffet Rule”, the first question should be, “How much more should the wealthy pay?” In GorT’s experience, liberals cannot or will not answer that. First, it places a cap on the amonut they want to redistribute. Second, it grounds the argument into real terms – once a number or percentage increase is stated, that is converted into real value and everyday people can start doing the math and figuring out what the impact is. Third, the liberals don’t have an answer to this question. They just don’t know. Most likely because doing the math will show just how progressive the tax code is in this country and trying to defend that idiotic term “fair” will begin to fall apart. The top-earning 5 percent of taxpayers in 2008 (AGI over $159,619) paid approximately 58.7% of the total federal taxes. It’s also important to note that the very high earners tend to have lower standard income but higher capital gains and other investment income that is taxed at a lower rate. Keep in mind, however, that this money has already been taxed once as part of corporate income taxes. Roughly, speaking, about 4.8% of the country that files taxable returns (and about 3% of the total tax filers if you include nontaxable returns) funds over 50% of the total federal tax revenue.
But let us not get distracted – this is all a sideshow to the real issue. Let’s not bandaid the solution. The crux of the problem is government SPENDING. Do not, dear reader, allow yourselves to get suckered into this red herring argument. You can give any answer to the question above, but if spending isn’t addressed, it won’t matter and you’ll be facing that same question down the road.
It’s the spending, stupid.
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