DeclarationPosted: November 23, 2012
Ah, the great political thinkers.
No, wait, wrong Jefferson.
OK, much better.
When in the course of human events a government fails to address income inequality, confront climate change, and maintain the national infrastructure, then it becomes necessary for a people to grumble and to beseech their leaders to tax the rich harder, stimulate the economy, rescue the banks and GM, and wage war on many nouns.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, except for the rich, who are not paying their fair share, nor are they providing us with jobs.
That to secure these taxes upon the rich, Governments are instituted among Men.
At this very moment, a great political thinker, name of Nicholas D. Kristof, bestrides America like a colossus. And Nick carries the absolute certainty that Tom is not standing in the room, horsewhip in hand.
It’s hard to defend The Rich™. You know, the “fair share” thing. Here are some currently accepted concepts:
1. Wealth is a static quantity. The rich only get richer at the expense of, and by riding the backs of, the poor.
2. The workers are the real creators of wealth, and the lazy, good-for-nothing Rich just steal it from them.
3. Without a government to provide “infrastructure” and schools and police, every man is mere navel lint, unable to raise himself from the primordial muck.
4. The rich should only be allowed to live under condition that they are taxed harder and provide us with jobs. Their existence as free men, and especially so their success, shall not be tolerated.
I know. Shooting fish in a barrel.
Posted by Dave