...to the Commie-pinko Left.
This piece ran today in my local paper, The Morning Call. I like the overall presentation, though they could've made the photo a tad bigger, don't you think?
It's generally bad form in opinion writing to begin with an apology or qualification, but I feel that I need to establish that I'm not quite as militant and extreme as this piece (which I do admit to writing) makes me sound. Nor am I stupid or totally myopic—which is to say afflicted with Michael Moore Syndrome, wherein everyone who's not part of the solution is part of the problem. There are plenty of good, hard-working Americans who vote Republican because they believe in limited government (except when it comes to the military) and/or they think the GOP best represents their lens on certain social issues. So if you're a right-wing stalwart pulling down your $100K or $200K salary, this piece really isn't directed at you.* It's just that I'm so tired of hearing genuinely wealthy people and their GOP bootlickers whine about being misunderstood or persecuted by the masses.
And I'm sick and tired of all the disingenuous, intelligence-insulting bullshit about top-down job creation. If a billionaire in America 2012 rakes in an extra $10 million in profits, he doesn't double salaries or add a whole new division to his business. No. He buys his trophy wife a jet "just for her"** so that she doesn't have to tie up his to embark on that 2000-mile shopping expedition to Rodeo Drive. In that sense it's absurd, to me, for anyone to argue that today's Republican apologetics are sincere.
If the GOP wants to be the party of greed, fine. Be the part of greed, dammit, and don't paper over it. And don't you dare try to present your ongoing money-grabs in the guise of philanthropy or patriotism!
By the way, the piece as originally submitted included a reference to this Forbes article about the vast sums of money that the rich have squirreled away in offshore accounts. We're talking about $21 trillion here. (And remember, this is Forbes, not The Nation, so it's hard to see an antiestablishment motive in the report.) One has to feel that some of that money, I dare say a goodly amount, is the product of ill-gotten gains or marginal, off-the-grid activities; at the very least it was cleverly (illegally?) siphoned off and sheltered from taxation. Now, I gather from the Forbes piece that some of these wealth-hiders are international businesspeople, thus so not necessarily subject to U.S. laws. But even a fraction of that $21 trillion would help balance our budget. If we can't feasibly or legally seize that money, then maybe the Feds could do their due diligence, decide if the funds were accumulated in bad faith, and then exact some sizable levy against whatever wealth the subject individuals do maintain or declare here in the U.S.? I dunno, just thought.
Theft is theft, people, whether you're holding up a 7-Eleven or evading your fair share of the tax burden.
* though I do hope you realize that if you're pulling down $100,000 or $200,000 in family income and you vote Republican, your party doesn't represent your interests; your party regards you as being just a step above the great unwashed 47% that Mitt Romney scorned in that infamous speech.
** by giving himself a bonus or writing it off to the business.
Monday, December 10, 2012
...to the Commie-pinko Left.