Matt Towery

Every day I read or hear something new that makes me scratch my head and wonder if I'm not stuck in the middle of some bizarre nightmare. One in which everything that makes sense is ignored and the craziest of ideas are championed.

Now it's the news that England will soon award honorary knighthood to ailing Sen. Edward M. "Ted" Kennedy. Look, as I've noted before, it's no secret in Washington that Kennedy is well-liked by both his Democratic and Republican colleagues in the Senate. And I don't want to kick a man when he is fighting a brain tumor.

So I'm not going to list reasons why Kennedy might not be the most deserving candidate for knighthood. Instead I'll hold up this latest bit of news as a symbol of a government that now appears week by week to be turning into something like a permanent "royal class"; and how this class seems determined to push the commoners into becoming confused, burned out and overtaxed. By "commoners" I mean, of course, those who have built small businesses, provided employment to those who wanted and needed to work, and contributed part of their hard-earned dollars towards churches, synagogues and charitable causes of all types.

We now seem headed down the road in which those at the highest end of government, along with a shrinking set of entertainers and athletes, become a special class. It's for them that most others will work to fund the growth of the elites' power.

Alternatively, the commoners will be subsidized and thus virtually owned. They'll be forever dependent on this special group to feed, house and provide them health care. And, as too many people lose interest in pursuing what used to be the American Dream of economic and political independence, they'll even be reliant on the elites to entertain them.

Let's be clear: All this talk about the various taxes being proposed under the administration's new budget will not just impact the top 5 percent of wage earners in America. There won't be any massive "tax savings" for the 97 percent of small businesses in the nation either. Why? Because a lot of small businesses are either losing money, or are having to lay off workers so that the owners of those companies can make ends meet.

There are other hidden taxes, too, such as carbon-emissions fees that will hike the price everyone pays for energy. Then there's the reduction in tax write-offs that the so called wealthy can make on mortgage payments and charitable contributions. This amounts to an indirect tax on one segment of housing in America, plus a direct attack on charities. How? Because the very people who are losing these write-offs are those who give and raise money for charities.

Matt Towery

Matt Towery is a pollster, attorney, businessman and former elected official. He served as campaign strategist for Congressional, Senate, and gubernatorial campaigns. His latest book is Newsvesting: Use News and Opinion to Grow Your Personal Wealth. Follow him on Twitter @MattTowery