Well, okay, it’s not quite on the scale of the game show but one has to snicker at the thought of covering a protest in front of Andy Harris’sz office that draws 20 people. Shoot, the TEA Party got more than that to go to former Congressman Frank Kratovil’sz office, brought a noose, and still couldn’t get any local media attention besides local bloggers like me. Never mind that we’d get 300 or 400 for a nice local gathering, whether in the bright sunshine or pouring rain.
The local blogger in this instance is Ron Pagano, who lists his occupation as a writer. But quite frankly I’d never heard of his blog until yesterday and I thought I kept up on these things fairly well. But God love him for trying.
Still, the bromides repeated yesterday are the same old tired left wing garbage spewing from the people who are occupying Wall Street and other cities unfortunate enough to have protesters escape their parents’ basements.
For example, our corporations pay among the highest tax rates in the world – so what incentive is there for a large corporation to be here when they can get a tax break by moving overseas? Instead, he wants to pass yet another stimulus-style act which is supposedly “paid for” by taxing the rich. Ron, did you notice how well that worked in Maryland?
And I love the chant: “One, two, three, four … pay your taxes like the poor … five, six, seven, eight … budget cuts are what we hate.” Seems to me that a 35% tax rate on the wealthier taxpayers is a little higher than the 10% on the poorest, who also get an earned income credit so they pay little or no tax. So why do the top 1 percent of income earners make 22% of the income yet pay 40 percent of the taxes? Isn’t that steeply progressive enough?
And as far as budget cuts, I suppose these lefties like a national debt that continues to climb beyond our annual gross domestic product – remember, we already borrow 43 cents of every dollar we spend. I guess they would just like to make that a nice round 50 cents or even 60 to 70, because you can’t tax the wealthy at confiscatory rates and expect them to take it in the shorts. Ask Warren Buffettz about Berkshire Hathaway’s willingness to pay its “fair share.”
(I will give them credit for one thing, though, since at least the chant rhymes.)
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