The Left's real concern is that too many people might become independent of government and have less "need" of politicians. Most politicians won't let that happen unless forced to do so by the voters. The November election was a step in the right direction.
President Obama's latest manipulation of language is his shameless theft of a Republican idea. Last Friday, according to the Washington Post and an official of the administration, President Barack Obama "directed his economic team to begin analyzing options for overhauling the U.S. tax code as part of an effort to trim the long-term deficit."
"The idea is simplifying the system, hopefully lowering rates, broadening the base," the president told NPR News.
Wait, I thought the lowered Bush tax rates were a threat to the country?
The tax code has become complicated because Congress uses it to reward or punish companies or causes, which it favors, or opposes, depending upon which way the political wind blows. A simpler, more equitable code with lower rates would benefit taxpayers; the treasury would see tax receipts increase because more people would be paying taxes; there would be more capital available to the private sector for production of goods and services; and businesses could hire more people, who would become taxpayers.
Congressional Republicans should scuttle the deal offered by the president and await reinforcements, arriving next month. They might then get a better deal. And maybe, just maybe, the new members will speak a language the public understands.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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