Have you ever been in a discussion with a left-wing liberal over raising taxes, and they claim they don’t mind paying higher taxes for the good of the nation? I have many times, and it is all BS. And I’ll prove it to you.
Liberals give lots of lip service to not minding having their taxes raised, but in practice they do everything they can to avoid paying taxes.
Remember the Buffett rule? Warren Buffett was all over the news saying taxes should be raised on top earners, and he said he wanted to pay more taxes. It turned out that he was lying. Contrary to his lofty words, Buffett actually paid almost no taxes because he used a battalion of accountants to fight the IRS to get his taxes lowered. He had also filed over a dozen lawsuits against the IRS attempting to pay even fewer taxes. There is nothing wrong with trying to get your taxes as low as possible, but there is plenty wrong with being a hypocrite.
The way liberals reacted so negatively to the new soda taxes that were levied on them by Democrat communities illustrates this point well. They fought back and complained that their income was being confiscated. So it looks like even liberals may sometimes rebel against the nanny state when they realize they are personally being forced to reach into their own pockets to pay the tax bill.
Chicago and Santa Fe both had to rescind their soda tax recently. The soda tax had only been in place in Chicago since August 22 before they had to rescind it. Unhappy voters vehemently rejected having their pockets picked by overreaching politicians, who planned to use the new tax revenue to fund liberal pet projects like Pre-K.
It is ironic that Liberal residents of these cities rejected attempts by local nannies to modify their “bad behavior.” After all, these taxes were to be used for the supposed benefit of the community. Most supported the idea of Pre-K, but only if they didn’t have to pay for it.
But wait! I thought liberals like paying more taxes to fund liberal causes. Oh, it seems they only like using other folk’s money for that. When it so obviously comes out of their own pockets, I guess they are not so fond of funding the nanny state either. It’s so much easier to be generous with other people’s money.
This disconnect between willingness to give lip service in support of costly government programs, while at the same time not being willing to pay for those costly government programs, is common among liberals. I was recently debating a liberal friend who espoused raising taxes on the “rich.” He is quite well off, himself, and he said he didn’t mind personally paying more taxes. However, it turned out that he only gave lip service to paying more taxes. In practice, he avoided taxes with a passion. For example, he owns several rental properties but collects rent in cash so he does not have to pay taxes on the income. Illegal!
He pays a W2 employee as a 1099 contract labor employee because he doesn’t want to pay the FUTA, SUTA, and FICA taxes. Illegal! But he is all about raising taxes on those of us who follow the rules.
This is all totally irrational, but whoever said liberals are rational? Saying one thing while doing the opposite is the liberal way of life.
Allen Tharp is President of the San Antonio Tea Party.
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