11A103 Soak the Rich by Jim Davies, 4/15/2011    

That's the kind of slogan one might see on banners at a Communist rally, but it's not the way Obama put it in his big speech on Wednesday to outline how he wants to reduce the FedGov's deficit by $4 trillion over 12 years (ie, maybe, sometime.) Instead he oiled the words as follows:

“Some will argue we shouldn’t even consider raising taxes, even if only on the wealthiest Americans. It’s just an article of faith to them. I say that at a time when the tax burden on the wealthy is at its lowest level in half a century, the most fortunate among us can afford to pay a little more.”

Wrong, of course, on several counts as below - but notice how he did not feel able to tell it in the plain words of my title. The proposal to boost the heist had to be sugar coated, made to sound gentle. He's a gentle thief, is this highwayman. The act is just as vicious, but his description is almost reasonable. I did say, even before he was elected, that he's the greatest orator since Adolf Hitler.

To secure additional votes, the brigands in DC have spent more than they stole, over many decades. It has been 176 years since they were debt-free, yet the amount they steal rises every year. So obviously, extra taxes will not fix the problem; that's elementary. The real problem is how to reduce the amount they steal and spend, and I don't see any solution to that. They have the power to steal (that was allegedly handed to them in Article 1 8 of the Constitution) and they have ample motive to steal, so of course they will steal and then spend the loot to increase their power! Why would anyone pretend otherwise? There is no solution, that is, as long as this ridiculous institution continues to exist. One reason this Blog calls for its existence to cease.

So no, Mr President, it's not an "article of faith" at all, it's a conclusion based on rigorous logic. To increase taxes would be just like handing car keys to a teenager staggering drunk.

Let's move to his closing phrase, which is the oiliest of all. "The most fortunate among us can afford to pay a little more.” Yuck.

Karl Marx originated the idea that the better off one is, the higher the rate at which he should be robbed, in Plank #2 of his Communist Manifesto; and for a century past this principle of a graduated tax has been an "article of faith" to government people. It helps disguise the otherwise obvious fact that tax and the government it pays for are 100% useless; if everyone paid at the same rate it could hardly be long before people wondered why they have either; why not just let everyone keep his own money and make all his own choices? But a graduated tax helps the thieving liars maintain the pretense that "someone else pays" - that is, the fat cats who can "afford" to do so. It makes it easier to sell the fiction that government helps most folk get something for nothing.

Notice, Obama didn't use ugly phrases like "fat cats" or even "the rich" - rather, he called them "the most fortunate among us." How greasy can he get? Had he ever done an honest day's work in his life he would know that riches do not come by luck, but by hard work, focused on pleasing customers who each have the power to buy or not to buy. Even in the case of inherited wealth, someone worked to earn the fortune and so acquired the right to give it to whom he wished; and idle, feckless inheritors do not keep it long. There are two and only two ways to become wealthy: the market (in which one satisfies discriminating buyers) and the political arena (in which one steals from them.) In the coming zero government society, there will be only the former.

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