Can We Afford a Tax Cut?
March 6, 2001
President Bushs very modest tax cut proposal is
being debated with all the passion that raged over the Emancipation Proclamation,
and for the same reason. At stake is the question whether some men have the right to
live at the expense of others.
Today the taxing power, rather than chattel
slavery, is the instrument by which the parasitical element of the population subsists.
And that element, which includes politicians, panics at the slightest reduction in the
states power to plunder. Once you start liberating taxpayers, even a little tiny bit,
nobody knows where it may end.
Maybe horrors! the income tax will
be abolished. Not that Bush contemplates such an atrocity. But the parasites, their
armpits hot with sweat, feel that he is playing with fire. He may arouse passions
nobody can control, such as greed defined as the desire to
keep your own money. (Wanting someone elses money is no longer greed,
its need. And the politicians eagerness to cater to
need, thus defined, is no longer demagogy, but
The Democrats and liberals argue against a tax
cut right now (as if they might favor it at some more propitious moment)
on grounds that we cant afford it. Since when have they turned
into thrifty bookkeepers? Usually people who say they cant afford
things mean they have to reduce their spending. But the Democrats oppose spending
They arent complaining that Bush is also
proposing more spending every year, including doubling Medicare funding over the
next decade. No, thats fine by them. In their minds, we cant
afford to cut taxes, but we can afford to keep increasing federal spending.
Obviously they really mean to say that they want
to keep feeding the parasites, but they dont want to give the host any relief. For
them this is really a matter of principle, not thrift. Their ideology mandates that
government keep growing at all times, expanding its power over the productive host
the taxpayer and swelling the ranks of the nonproducing parasites,
who consume the taxes.
Of course they dont like to put it this way.
They want to keep inching toward socialism without calling themselves socialists.
They want to wage class warfare without facing the basic conflict of interests between
the two classes, the parasites and the hosts.
In the phrase we cant afford it, the
key word is the pronoun we. The crypto-socialist wants the two classes to
believe they are one. The host must be trained to think of himself and the parasite as
a single unit, whose interests are identical. He must be so stupefied that he imagines
that his burdens are freedoms, and that he owes his freedoms to the state.
The crypto-socialist loves it when taxpayers say
they oppose a tax cut. Such taxpayers represent a triumph of propaganda. They
actually think its in their own interest to pay high taxes! They think of
themselves and their natural enemies as we!
Democrat-liberal propaganda line blames deficits and the national debt on Ronald
Reagan, during whose administration federal spending did grow explosively. But this
omits a salient detail: Congress, not the president, appropriates money. Ronald
Reagan never spent a dime that hadnt been authorized by Congress. For all
eight years he was in office, the House was controlled by the Democrats and for two
years both houses of Congress were controlled by them. (The Republicans had a
majority in the Senate for six years.)
So the Democrats could have cut federal
spending at any time during the Reagan years. But they talk as if they were helpless
innocent bystanders while all those trillions were being spent by the wastrel Reagan.
In those days both parties, for opposite reasons,
built the myth of Reagan the Budget-Slasher. The Republicans wanted the taxpayers
to think Reagan was holding the line against the parasites; the Democrats wanted the
parasites to think Reagan was making war on the poor (meaning the
parasites). If only Reagan had done half the things he was accused of doing!
So here we are, in the era of
compassionate conservatism, when the taxpayer may well wish that
Bush would do half of what the Democrats accuse him of trying to do. We can afford it.
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