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The Totalitarian Right
An article in the LJW today about taxes on small businesses triggered this blog. I want to talk about how the totalitarian right slams all of us regularly. Mr. O'Reilly and Mr. Limbaugh (and the Republican Party Leadership) let hardly a day pass without arguing that it is a good idea to continue the discriminatory tax policies that favor the rich. The current notion is that not continuing that travesty will hurt small business. The article in the LJW puts the lie to that.
It is one thing to argue about the size of government as many of the the tea party do; it is an entirely different argument when it comes to who should pay for it. Let us look at some aspect of recent tax actions.
Our state has chosen to increase our sales tax by 20%. There were other options to include making our non-progressive tax system more progressive. Remember that the vote to do this came from the Democrats and the Moderate Republicans. I guess they are right in there with our far right pundits – hold the rich harmless.
At the local level, we have chosen to increase property taxes. That at least hits property owners but since many wealth individuals have minimized their property taxes by some slight of hand the actual burden falls on the middle class and those struggling to enter it. Again, people we would hope to be supportive of the working class seem to have fallen for the right wing argument and avoided taxes on the rich.
Why do we not ask more from our wealthy? Is it, as some of the right wing pundits proclaim, self destructive to tax the rich because they will a.) cheat or b.) cause the economy to collapse? The former is easy to deal with and would help decrease unemployment. The latter, if true, raises the question as to whether our capitalist economy needs to be reconsidered if it can only be sustained by the 5% who have it all?
The 95% of us not so blessed are a clear majority. Why can we not drive our system to a more equitable sharing of wealth and of the burden of citizenship?