By John Eberhard
Liberals in America, and President Obama in particular, have made a lot of noise in recent years about “fairness,” or “social justice.” Obama’s message is that some people have too much money, and way back in 2008 on the campaign trail, he told Joe the Plumber that everyone benefits when we spread the wealth around.
Since then he has demonized the wealthy, and stated repeatedly that they are not paying their “fair share” in terms of taxes.
Let’s take a look at some of these basic, fundamental assumptions. This idea is that a system that allows some people to make lots of money while others have far less, is fundamentally unfair. So to address this, Obama and other liberals seek to implement redistribution of wealth, heavily taxing the wealthy and giving that money to those with less money.
the graph on this page, you can see that the percentage of overall taxes paid by the top 1% has been rising since 1980, from 19.05% in 1980 to 38.02% in 2008. That’s nearly doubling in 28 years, for the math challenged.
And the percentage of overall taxes paid by the bottom 50% has fallen during that time, from 7.05% in 1980 to 2.7% in 2008. And 49% of all US households paid no taxes at all in 2008.
Beyond that, we could look at the idea of incentives. There is an old saying that if you want to get rid of something – tax it. And if you want to get more of something – subsidize it. So as far as incentives go, we are encouraging people to produce less, by heavily taxing those who produce and giving handouts to those who don’t work.
And beyond that, what liberals are creating is a large dependent class, people who are losing the ability to fend for themselves and who without that government handout, would fall flat. Is that “fair” to those people? Is it “fair” to the poor to make them dependent on the government?
I will take it out of the realm of a rhetorical question by answering it. NO! It is not fair. It is not fair to the poor to make them more dependent. It is not fair to the country to create a huge dependent class. It is certainly not fair to those who actually create all the wealth and jobs and prosperity in this country to demonize and tax them to death.
Demonizing those who own businesses and create wealth is another major point directly out of the “Communist Manifesto” (written by a man who barely worked a day in his life). Today we call it “class warfare” and Obama is one of its biggest proponents.
What is Fair?
True fairness is for people to be able to keep the fruits of their labors. True fairness is for people to have a chance to provide for themselves and be truly independent. True fairness is allowing those who are ambitious to work harder than others and make more money, and to be able to keep the lion’s share of that money. And true fairness is where everyone would pay taxes for the government services that they receive, at the same percentage of their income.