Alexander's Column

Taking Down Socialist 'Tax Fairness' Rhetoric

By Mark Alexander · Sep. 22, 2011

Who decides what is fair?

“The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their Constitutions of Government. But the Constitution, which at any time exists, ‘till changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole People is sacredly obligatory upon all.” –George Washington

One thing’s for sure, Barack Hussein Obama is unrelenting in his effort to break the back of free enterprise. His Labor Day stimulus welfare, part deux didn’t get a rise, so now he’s rolling out the big guns.

On Monday, Obama brandished that favorite weapon of “useful idiots,” class warfare. Classism (discriminating against a minority class of citizens on the basis of income) is like racism (discriminating against a minority class of citizens on the basis of skin tone), except for the fact that the former is acceptable to Leftist hypocrites (but I repeat myself), while the latter is not.

In a speech proposing $1.5 trillion in new taxes, ostensibly to reduce his rapidly accumulating deficit and debt, Obama claimed, “It is wrong that in the United States of America, a teacher or a nurse or a construction worker who earns $50,000 should pay higher tax rates than somebody pulling in $50 million. … We can’t afford these special lower rates for the wealthy. … Middle-class families shouldn’t pay higher taxes than millionaires and billionaires.”

Obama flatly stated that mega-millionaires pay less tax and a lower tax rate than average American earners.

That might be “wrong” if it were true, but Obama is wrong and it’s not true – nowhere even close to factual. The red meat, however, certainly resonated with his wide-eyed sycophants. Here in Realville, the top 1 percent of income earners pay a whopping 38 percent of all tax revenues collected, while the bottom 50 percent of income earners pay less than three percent of all tax revenues collected. The remaining 60 percent of tax collections are confiscated from “the rich” between those brackets. And, of course, there are no “special lower rates for the wealthy.”

Still, Obama isn’t one for letting facts get in the way of a good three-pointer, particularly in the politics of disparity game. Moreover, some 30 percent of Americans are already generational dependents of the state, which is to say they’ve been too dumbed down to distinguish the most basic facts from fiction, and will thus support Obama regardless. (If you think 30 percent dependency is a problem, just wait until ObamaCare kicks in…)

Here is what Obama’s adoring masses took away from his speech: Tax increases should be implemented “in a way that is fair” to “make it fairer” so “the wealthy” will “pay their fair share.” Obama used that last phrase ad nauseam – no less than seven times.

But surprisingly, here is what Obama’s oft-adoring media took away from his speech: The editors of USA Today concluded, “[T]he plan’s flaws are troubling. It pretends that enough money can be raised simply by raising taxes on the rich. It can’t. There aren’t enough of them.”

The Washington Post noted that Obama “replaced one gimmick with another,” and concluded that there is “absolutely nothing new here.”

For The New York Times, David Brooks wrote: “[Obama] repeated the populist cries that fire up liberals but are designed to enrage moderates and conservatives. … This wasn’t a speech to get something done. … We’re not going to simplify the tax code, but by God Obama’s going to raise taxes on rich people who give to charity! We’ve got to do something to reduce the awful philanthropy surplus plaguing this country!”

But Obama’s racketeering capos regurgitated the party memo.

Jack Lew, Director of Obama’s Office of Management and Budget, said, “We believe there’s a fundamental unfairness to have middle class people paying higher marginal tax rates than millionaires and billionaires. We’re not saying we should have a confiscatory tax rate; we’re saying it’s just not fair to have a world where it’s so unbalanced.”

Ratcheting up the classist rhetoric, Sen. Harry Reid blustered, “More than anyone else, these millionaires and billionaires benefited from Bush tax cuts and contributed $3 trillion to our deficit, to help plunge this nation into a financial hole.”

As for his calculation to pit one group of Americans against another, Obama remains defiant: “Now, you’re already hearing the Republicans in Congress dusting off the old talking points. 'Class warfare,’ they say. … I wear that charge as a badge of honor.”

The most amusing part of Obama’s speech was his fallacious invocation of our nation’s Founding Father. Obama claimed, “George Washington grappled with the problem” of taxes. “[Washington] said, ‘Towards the payment of debts, there must be revenue, and to have revenue, there must be taxes. And no taxes can be devised which are not more or less inconvenient and unpleasant.’”

This quote is from President Washington’s Farewell Address, and Obama might benefit from reading the remainder of the Address. As president of our young nation, Washington’s biggest debt concern was about dispensing with the costs of the revolt over excessive taxation. Obama and his socialist bourgeoisie would do well to remember that it was excessive taxation that gave rise to the American Revolution, and that is the same catalyst which gave rise to the present day Tea Party Movement and talk of a second American Revolution.

While quoting Washington, Obama failed to mention that a tax on incomes was expressly prohibited in our Constitution. The taxes Washington spoke of were limited to those in Article I, Section 8, Clause I, “taxes, duties, imposts and excises … but all duties, imposts [customs taxes], and excises [consumption taxes] shall be uniform throughout the United States.”

What else did Washington say about taxes and debt? Most notably, he insisted, as did all our Founders, that our Constitution “which at any time exists, ‘till changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole People is sacredly obligatory upon all.”

Regarding sacred obligations to abide by our Constitution, Obama shamelessly admonished those members of Congress who have pledged to reduce taxes and government spending: “[T]he last time I checked the only pledge that really matters is the pledge we take to uphold the Constitution.”

(I hope you were sitting down when you read that sardonic citation.)

Obama built his last presidential campaign, and is building the next, around the “change” theme, a euphemism for replacing free enterprise with Democratic Socialism: “This is our moment, this is our time to turn the page on the policies of the past, to offer a new direction. We are fundamentally transforming the United States of America. And generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was our time.”

In a public address prior to his aspirations for national office, Obama asserted that the Constitution “is a document which, uh, reflects some deep flaws,” and consequently, he expressed disappointment that activist judges have not broken it “free from the essential constraints that were placed by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution.” He then went on to complain, “The Constitution is a charter of negative liberties. Says what the states can’t do to you. Says what the Federal government can’t do to you, but doesn’t say what the Federal government or State government must do on your behalf.” Say, for instance, “bring about redistributive change.”

What is most “deeply flawed,” however, is Obama’s world view. This manifests itself via his abject disregard for Rule of Law as enshrined in our Constitution, and his advocacy for the rule of men under the so-called living constitution.

Obama, et al., are not required by law to abide by their solemn oaths to support and defend our authentic Constitution and thus they have no sense of that obligation. The whole body of our elected and appointed officials in the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches must be legally required to abide by their oaths. To that end, we introduced a measure to enact a legal mandate either through the courts, or, if that fails, through the legislature.

The bottom line in regard to taxes and debt is this: Raising taxes removes revenue from the private sector, which suppresses economic growth and job creation. Cutting taxes increases revenue in the private sector, which promotes economic growth and job creation.

(Memo to Republicans who counter Obama’s tax plan with the mantra, “It’s not good to raise taxes during a recession”: May I remind you that it’s not good to raise taxes, period!)

Obama closed his proposal to raise taxes saying, “It’s also about fairness. It’s about whether we are, in fact, in this together, and we’re looking out for one another. We know what’s right. It’s time to do what’s right.”

In other words, its all about confiscating and redistributing wealth from the most productive group of job-creators in America – small business owners – to the least productive groups, mostly those who subsist on the state. That does not constitute “looking out for one another” and is most decidedly not “what’s right.”

The essence of “fairness” is outlined in our Declaration of Independence, which states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The operative words here are “created equal” (not equalized by government redistribution) and “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights” (not granted them by the state).

That pre-eminent document of our nation’s founding also stipulates, “That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government.”

Let’s hope that ballots prevail over bullets, and that the government we abolish will be that created by Obama during his single ruinous term in office.

Editor’s Note: For reliable information on taxation, link to the Tax Foundation and Americans for Tax Reform. To understand more about excellent alternatives to the current bloated system of taxation, read about the national sales tax and the alternative Flat Tax.


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Frank said:

The single greatest threat to American Liberty is allowing voting rights for those who do not pay taxes. They will vote for anyone or anything they percieve will continue to give them benifits without requiring them to work!

Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 12:22 PM

ken said:

greatest threat to liberty is the progressives both left and right

Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Rifleman said:

I'm talking to the trees.Article 1, Section 8, "enumerates" the twelve (only 12) duties of the once-federal government. None of those "duties" includes health "care," retirement, education, mortgages, student loans, bail-outs, subsidies....When James Madison penned the words, "general welfare," he meant the general welfare to apply only to those twelve "enumerated" duties and, to be certain that future generations would understand his meaning, he authored the Tenth Amendment.Restrict this government, cum Congress, to spending on those twelve "enumerated" duties, and that government would immediately become "limited."An attendant benefit would be that Congress would remain in session only as long as it took for them to fund those twelve "enumerated" duties. From lack of occupation, they would adjourn, go home and leave We, the People, alone.The Texas Legislature convenes every other year for 90 days. Texas leads the Nation in "creating and saving jobs."

Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Thom Van Dusen said:

I believe the United States Constitution is a document of the highest order, written by an assembly of some of the brightest minds in history. Minds that also understood and reflected upon the written history of a few thousand years that came before. No doubt the Constitution should remain valid in the spirit it was written, inspired by God no less, for at least two thousand years longer.

Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Rifleman said:

"We need earmark reform, and when I'm President, I will go line by line to make sure that we are not spending money unwisely." -- Barack ObamaHmmmmm. Mr. President, Majority Leader Reid and Minority Leader Pelosi: I wonder if there are any government programs we might be able to cut, anywhere we might save money....Personal Income Tax Division of the IRSNational Endowment for the ArtsNational Wild Horse and Burro ProgramDept. of EducationDept of EnergyFEMAFDICFreddy Mac & Fannie MaeAdministration on Aging (AoA)Administration for Children and Families (ACF)Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD)Administration for Native Americans (ANA)Children's Bureau (CB)Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB)Head Start Bureau (HSB)Healthy Marriage Initiative (HMI)Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE)Office of Community Services Block Grant (OCS)Office of Family Assistance (OFA)Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID)Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSIndian Health Service (IHS)National Institutes of Health (NIH)Office for Civil Rights (OCR)Office of Minority Health (OMH)Program Support Center (PSC)Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Admin.(SAMHSA)Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONCHIT)Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (CFBCI)Employees' Compensation Appeals Board (ECAB)Employment Standards Administration (ESA)The Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS)Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP)Wage and Hour Division (WHD)Employment and Training Administration (ETA)Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA)Women's Bureau (WB)Job CorpsBureau of East Asian and Pacific AffairsBureau of Economic and Business AffairsBureau of Educational and Cultural AffairsInternet Access and Training ProgramBureau of European and Eurasian AffairsBureau of Human ResourcesBureau of Information Resource ManagementBureau of Intelligence and ResearchBureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement AffairsBureau of International Organization AffairsBureau of International Security and NonproliferationBureau of Legislative AffairsBureau of Near Eastern AffairBureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific AffairBureau of Overseas Buildings OperationsBureau of Political-Military AffairsBureau of Population, Refugees, and MigrationBureau of Public AffairsBureau of Resource ManagementBureau of South Asian AffairrsBureau of Verification, Compliance, and ImplementationBureau of Western Hemisphere AffairrsCounterterrorism Office (which produces the Patterns of Global Terrorism report)National Foreign Affairs Training Center (former Foreign Service Institute)Office of International Information ProgramsOffice of the Legal AdviserOffice of Management PolicyOffice of ProtocolOffice of the Science and Technology AdviserOffice to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in PersonsOffice of War Crimes IssuesBureau of the Public DebtCommunity Development Financial Institution Fund (CDFI)FHA-HUD INDEPENDENT AGENCIES of the U.S. GOVERNMENT:National health and insurance systemAfrican Development FoundationAdvisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP)Agency for International Development (USAID)American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC)Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)U.S. Arctic Research Commission (USARC)Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)US Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR)Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE)Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA)Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC)Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)Export-Import Bank of the United States (ExIm)Farm Credit Administration (FCA)Federal Communications Commission (FCC)Federal Election Commission (FEC)Federal Maritime CommissionFederal Mine Safety & Health Review Commission (FMSHRCFederal Reserve (a pseudo-government, semi-private organization)Federal Retirement Thrift Investment BoardFederal Trade Commission (FTC)Foreign Claims Settlement Commission of the United States (FCSC)General Services Administration (GSA)Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)Inter-American Foundation (IAF)International Trade Commission (ITC)Learn and Serve America (LSA)National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC)National Credit Union Administration (NCUA)National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)National Ice Center (NIC)National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)National Railroad Passenger Corporation:AMTRAC (NRPC)National Science Foundation (NSF)National Transportation Research Center (NTRC)Office of Government Ethics (OGE)Office of Personnel Management (OPM)Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC)Selective Service System (SSS)Senior CorpsSmall Business Administration (SBA)Susquehanna River Basin Commission 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Truman Scholarship FoundationIllinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor CommissionIndian Arts and Crafts BoardInteragency Alternative Dispute Resolution Working Group Interagency Council on HomelessnessInterstate Commission on the Potomac River BasinJ. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship BoardJames Madison Memorial Fellowship FoundationJapan-United States Friendship CommissionJoint Board for the Enrollment of ActuariesJoint Fire Science ProgramMarine Mammal CommissionMigratory Bird Conservation CommissionMillennium Challenge CorporationMississippi River CommissionMorris K. Udall Foundation: Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental PolicyNational Bipartisan Commission on the Future of MedicareNational Indian Gaming CommissionNational Park FoundationNorthwest Power Planning CouncilNuclear Regulatory CommissionNuclear Waste Technical Review BoardPresidio TrustRegulatory Information Service CenterSocial Security Advisory BoardSusquehanna River Basin CommissionTaxpayer Advocacy PanelUnited States Holocaust Memorial MuseumVeterans Day National CommitteeVietnam Educational FoundationWhite House Commission on Presidential Scholars: "Presidential Scholars Program"White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance”Obamacare creates 189 new government agencies.189One hundred eighty nine. Estimates for the cost of Obamacare run to $30 TRILLION -- on top of the $14-point-whatever TRILLION we now owe ourselves and our creditors.

Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Lee said:

Let's just make it easy and do this the easy way. Just eliminate the I.R.S. and subscribe to the fair tax system with NO loopholes so we can please emperor obama, and maybe everyone else. That way we will all pay if we want to eat!

Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Daryl said:

I would hope for change...and as a tea partier would steal that phrase because change is needed....just not the kind being promoted by Obama racket and political machine. Change should include the forced retirement of most politicians and those employed in high positions in the government. now that is real change, not to mention the great reduction of smog over Washington D.C. All that hot air and smoke they try to blow up our collective skirts....imagine....clear skies and open government....a breath of fresh air and a dream come true.

Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Ken Windeler in Hastings, Florida said:

"Who should determine what amount of tax is fair?"Hmmm! Seems to me that the Beatles had a pretty insightfull, and prolific take on this:"Be thankfull I don't take it all.....Cause I'm the taxman"

Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 12:29 PM

BrianK in Northwest Arkansas said:

"'The Constitution is a charter of negative liberties. Says what the states can't do to you. Says what the Federal government can't do to you, but doesn't say what the Federal government or State government must do on your behalf.'"--President Obamba. I'd like to repeat that last part: "...but doesn't say what the Federal government or State government must do on your behalf." The federal government or state government is NOT SUPPOSED to do ANYTHING on my behalf. That is not the proper function of government. It is NOT the government's job to take care of the needy, or the elderly, or the infirm. I'm sorry if that hurts someone's feelings, but that's the bottom line. I've heard it said lately that "if the government doesn't tax you and give that money to the needy, if it is left up to individuals, houses of worship, and charity organizations to take care of them, it won't get done." Or, "If you leave it voluntary, no one will volunteer." I think that says more about a failing of our society and culture more than a failing on the part of government.

Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Geneva Taylor said:

Not our corrupt President or any of his Czars. It is the job of our Congress but again we have a worthless Congress right now so really we don't want itin their hands either. WE are in a sad situation of our own making by not election new blood and conservatives always.

Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 12:31 PM

Rifleman said:

Can you think of other taxes than these...?1. Ad Valorem Tax2. Building Permit Tax3. Commercial Driver’s License Tax4. Cigarette Tax5. Corporate Income Tax6. Dog License Tax7. Excise Taxes8. Federal Income Tax9. Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)10. Fishing License Tax11. Food License Tax12. Fuel Permit Tax13. Gasoline Tax (42 cents per gallon)14. Gross Receipts Tax15. Hotel/Motel Tax16. Hunting License Tax17. Inheritance Tax18. Inventory Tax19.  Liquor Tax20. Luxury Taxes21. Marriage License Tax22. Medicare Tax23. Personal Property Tax24. Property Tax25. Real Estate Tax26. Rental Car Tax27. Service Charge Tax28. Social Security Tax29. Road Usage Tax30. Sales Tax31. Recreational Vehicle Tax32. School Tax33. State Income Tax34. State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)35. Telephone Federal Excise Tax36. Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax37. Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes38. Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax39. Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax40. Telephone State and Local Tax41. Telephone Usage Charge Tax42. Utility Taxes43. Vehicle License Registration Tax44. Vehicle Sales Tax45. Watercraft Registration Tax46. Well Permit Tax47. Workers Compensation Tax"47 Different Taxes We Pay: Can You Think of More?" Godfather Politics Online, 9.14.11

Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 12:31 PM

Rifleman said:

MALFEASANCE n.: intentionally doing something either legally or morally wrong which one had no right to do. It always involves dishonesty, illegality, or knowingly exceeding authority for improper reasons. Malfeasance is distinguished from "misfeasance," which is committing a wrong or error by mistake, negligence or inadvertence, but not by intentional wrongdoing. Example: a city manager putting his indigent cousin on the city payroll at a wage the manager knows is above that allowed and/or letting him file false time cards is malfeasance; putting his able cousin on the payroll which, unknown to him, is a violation of an anti-nepotism statute is misfeasance. This distinction can apply to corporate officers, public officials, trustees, and others cloaked with responsibility. -- The Free Dictionary OnLineThe Constitution provides for impeachment of public officials for “high crimes and misdemeanors.”As The Founders meant it, “high” refers to crimes committed by public officials in “high” office.Let's begin with Solyndra, add "Fast and Furious," his refusal to legally defend the Defense of Marriage Act, his refusal to close the border. Let's compile a list of what Obama has done to "fundamentally transform the most prosperous Nation in the history of the world" and work our way back over the past 2 years, 8 months, of the Obama Administration.Let's see if there's anything that qualifies as a "high crime and misdemeanor" against the Constitution and We, the People.

Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Dianne Baker said:

The biggest single threat to American Liberty is the U.S. government. I don't really know how long it has taken, but the citizens of this country have been indoctrinated into the belief that we need the government to take care of us and correct all the ills we face - all the while the government is the one causing most of the ills.

Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 12:35 PM

fletchrg said:

I am yet to hear exactly what our Usurper-In-Chief believes is the "fair share" for all individuals in the 50% who don't pay any taxes at all. After all, if we expect the "rich" to pay their fair share, isn't it "fair" to expect the poor to pay theirs? Aren't we guaranteed equality in this country? Or was I moved in my sleep?

Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 12:37 PM

Ken Windeler in Hastings, Florida said:

"Should they be required to abide by their oaths"Nobody is perfect, but unless they are a (fill in the blank)________ hyprocrite, then the answer is:ABSOLUTELY!!!

Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 12:39 PM