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August 11, 2008
Rich Liberals are Welcome to Pay the Higher Taxes of Their
Somewhere in between
the stories about Americans staying home due to high gas prices,
shortening their grocery lists to avoid paying too much at the register,
fighting serious illnesses or dealing with crumbling families, there is
a real tragedy being wholly overlooked by society: Since the Bush tax
cuts, rich liberals have been grieving and despairing over the fact that
Uncle Sam isn’t taking more of their money.
One example of this is
Chris Kirkpatrick, former ‘N Sync star and contestant on the CMT reality
show Gone Country. Asked about his finances, Kirkpatrick assured
us of his financial comfort, saying:
“I still have lots of
money, I am good. Actually, the president made it easier for rock stars
because anybody who was above that tax limit got a break, which isn't
really fair, but that's just the way it goes.”
That evil, evil George
W. Bush. How dare he cut our taxes? We want to pay more!
Poor Kirkpatrick and
his Hollywood and Manhattan friends. They just want – nay, demand – that
they be able to pay more of their own money to the government so they
can feel better about themselves.
Well, why don’t you pay
more, Chris? Who said the government would reject you if you insist on
paying the rate in the tax bracket you belonged to prior to the Bush tax
cuts? Why are you waiting for the president himself to ask you to pay
higher taxes when you can do so on your own?
There is no answer from
the rich liberals. There never is.
Celebrities, and rich
liberals in general, love doing this. Their lives depend on taking
advantage of the physical and economic security given to them by
conservative policies, only to turn around and bash those same policies
to the maximum extent possible.
And they do not even
make up for the lower taxes by outspending conservatives on charitable
contributions. According to Arthur Brooks, author of Who Really
Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism,
conservative households give 30 percent more to charities than liberal
households, even though the income of the latter group averages 6
percent higher than the former. This is also not to mention the fact
that conservatives donate both more time and blood than their liberal
Perhaps even more
striking, however, is Brooks’s finding that people who embrace the
theory that “government has a responsibility to reduce income
inequality” donate to charity four times less than what is donated by
those who do not believe in such a role for the government. In other
words, the people who want to increase income equality expect everyone
else to sacrifice toward that goal, but not themselves.
Liberals argue that if
government was not a primary avenue for helping the poor, then the sick
and the homeless would all die because there would be no one forcing
individuals to help them out. First of all, this is false reasoning,
because people are clearly still donating even on top of the large share
of income they are losing to the government – so imagine how much more
they would donate if they were able to keep more of their money. But
even if, for argument’s sake, such reasoning was credible, then the
problem apparently lies with tight-fisted liberals, and not
conservatives, as we are constantly made to believe.
Yet again, liberals do
not put their money where their mouths are. Thankfully, Republicans are
becoming more prepared to deal with the hypocrisy. In his last State of
the Union Address, President Bush left us with this gem:
“Others have said they
would personally be happy to pay higher taxes. I welcome their
enthusiasm. I'm pleased to report that the IRS accepts both checks and
Campbell has invited liberals to do the same by introducing the “Put
Your Money Where Your Mouth Is Act,” which would formalize the process
of giving more money to the government than your tax bracket requires.
What else are rich
liberals like Kirkpatrick waiting for? They say it is “unfair” that they
don’t have to pay more to the government considering their high incomes.
Well, they don’t have to pay more, but they certainly still can. Will
they not fight the injustice? We’re waiting.
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