The Tax Question Pro-Taxers Will Never Answer

The Tax Question Pro-Taxers Will Never Answer

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Steven Hayward of Power Line writes about the simple tax question Democrats will never answer (emphasis added):

For years now I’ve noted that on the very rare occasions when some media person asks a liberal what the top tax rate should be on someone’s income, they change the subject, shuffle their feet, and refuse to name a figure. The implicit answer is always “higher than it is now,” but the consequent logic of their position is always that the rate could be 100 percent.

Latest case in point is Illinois Democratic Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, who was caught on a radio show this morning letting the mask slip completely:

Host: So Jan Schakowsky, out of every dollar that I earn, how much do you think I deserve to keep?

Schakowsky: What is really your question here? Do you think you should not contribute to firefighters?

Host: No, no, it’s a very simple question. Out of every dollar I earn, how much do you, Jan Schakowsky, think I deserve to keep?

Schakowsky: No, it’s not a simple question. No, it is not a simple question. I’ll put it this way. You don’t deserve to keep all of it.

Host: Why?

Schakowsky: It’s not a question of deserving. What government is, is those things we decide to do together. I think you need to pay your fair share for things we’ve decided are our national priorities.

The things “we’ve decided?”

Could be a slogan: “We decide, you pay.”

That so many people in power, like Schakowsky, start with the presumption that the money you earn belongs to the government and only out of the sheer goodness of it’s bureaucratic heart does it let you keep some of it, makes me think I should invest in some Rosetta Stone Russian language discs. You know, just in case.

About Peter Pappas

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