President Barack Hussein Obama has called for a tax increase on “millionaires and billionaires” as part of his drive for fairness. He also accuses the Republicans of trying to protect those very same millionaires and billionaires, implying that those taxpayers who are not millionaires and billionaires will suffer untold (and always undefined) hardships because of this bias on the part of Republicans.
In fact he is, as usual, sort of correct. He simply missed a single word that must have just slipped by on his teleprompter. The word is “aspiring”. Or, if you prefer the more vernacular term, “wannabees”.
Republicans should point out this grammatical lapse. They are trying to protect not existing millionaires and billionaires, but those who aspire to that status. Republicans are trying to protect wannabee millionaires and billionaires.
They want to protect the next Bill Gates and Steve Jobs from punitive confiscatory taxes. They want to protect the next Angie Hicks of Angie’s List (who’s at war with women again, Barry?).
Just for those who have a statistical fetish, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs have between Microsoft and Apple about 135,000 employees. If Obama’s tax “fairness” policies were implemented, how many of those 135,000 would be making the unemployment figures materially worse than they are already, because the next millionaire or billionaire wouldn’t have been successful enough to hire them in the first place?
Perhaps the President’s animus toward millionaires and billionaires is more an expression of jealousy over what they have accomplished rather than how much they have earned. After all, between them, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs actually did something that Barack Obama only dreams of doing. They actually did “fundamentally transform America.” And the rest of the world, too, for that matter.
Further, Obama’s use of the term “fair” begs the question that he never seems to be able to answer – Unfair to whom, Mr. President? If these evil and rapacious millionaires and billionaires are not paying the amount of tax that they are required to pay by law, then they are criminals and Eric Holder should personally head up a swat team to arrest these financial terrorists. Breaking the law is definitely unfair. (I’ll grant you that one, Barry.)
On the other hand if these very same people followed the law as written, obeyed all the rules of the game (rules, by the way, that were passed by large margins in a democratically elected Congress which is apparently the litmus test that Obama is using to determine if a given law has legitimacy) then, again, where is the unfairness, and who suffers from the acts of people who are acting lawfully? Isn’t such a claim like issuing a traffic ticket to someone who always stops at a red light? After all, those who blast through red lights pay more than their fair share in traffic fines, don’t they?
Republicans have to call out the President on these distortions of reality that roll trippingly off his teleprompter. They can protect the President’s dignity by saying they are merely examples of how the President “misspoke”, or they can be more honest and call his accusations what they really are – classic class warfare lies.