The 111th Congress hasn’t done its job. The Democrat leadership team has been so busy advancing new pork projects, endorsing faux economic stimuli and opposing the extension of the 2003 Bush Administration tax cuts, that they have failed even to pass a budget for the new fiscal year beginning October 1.
Meanwhile, the Obama Administration is working overtime to convince Americans that recovery is in progress and an economic boom is just around the corner. Chief spokesman claiming the country’s economic recovery is in progress and advocating for eliminating the Bush tax cuts is Treasury Secretary, Tim Geithner, perhaps the least credible person in the entire Obama Administration on the issue of taxes.
Consider this: President Obama and congress are being advised to increase taxes as a way to increase government revenue by a person whose explanations of why he did not pay his taxes for several years, and only did so after his nomination for a Cabinet position, ranks up there with the dog-ate-my-homework excuse.
In addition to Geithner and a few other tax-challenged Obama appointees, the Obama Administration has had countless nominees withdraw from the Senate confirmation process over non-payment of taxes. And recently, Americans learned that Senator John Kerry, the senior senator from Massachusetts and the former Democrat candidate for Presidenthad decided to dock his yacht in Rhode Island instead of Mass in order to avoid the high taxes. (Of course, after the scheme was publicly exposed, Kerry flip-flopped and decided to pay the Massachusetts taxes.)
Americans need to wake up and ask: is there a double standard under which powerful Democrats can vote additional taxes for most Americans but ensure enough loopholes that exempt themselves?
Currently, it is not clear if the confiscatory tax policies proposed by Democrats are designed to reduce the deficit by increasing the government’s revenue or if they are designed to punish political opponents and those whose don’t share the flawed, Democrat, wealth-redistribution ideology. Increasingly, it’s looking as if the goal is to punish.
Low tax rates incentivize economic growth and investment. This has been proven time after time. But, Democrats prefer to focus, instead, on taxes on the “rich”, using inflammatory rhetoric that plays on our deepest fears and ego, fear that someone might be better than we are, have more than we do, rhetoric that encourages schadenfreude, a smug pleasure that those who have more than we, might be brought low by confiscatory tax policies.
The Democrat leaders in congress advocating against the Bush tax cuts are looking for a bogeyman—the rich—to be blamed for the failed Democrat fiscal and job creation policies. Punishing the “rich” is a campaign strategy that they hope will play well with voters this fall.
Americans will suffer if Democrats try to reduce the deficit by using crushing, confiscatory taxes rather than exercising discipline and cutting congress’ out of control spending. Even if Democrats in congress allow the Bush tax cuts to expire, there is no guarantee that this maneuver will result in increased revenue for the government. Nor do Americans have any guarantees that congress will use taxpayer dollars for deficit reduction. If the past is any kind of a prologue, with the promise of increased taxes, congress will just go on another spending spree.