Stop Coddling the Rich

Two dozen of the rich went to Capitol Hill a few days ago and demanded to pay more taxes. Sounds like an SNL skit doesn’t it? Or Monty Python?

“We want to pay more taxes,” Doug Edwards, a California millionaire, said.

Warren Buffet in his op-ed piece in the New York Times said, “Stop Coddling the Rich… “While the poor and middle class fight for us in Afghanistan, and while most Americans struggle to make ends meet, we mega-rich continue to get our extraordinary tax breaks,” he wrote. “My friends and I have been coddled long enough by a billionaire-friendly Congress. It’s time for our government to get serious about shared sacrifice.”

So what is it exactly about taxing the uber wealthy at the same rates as the rest of us working stiffs that is not getting through to the Republican members of the Super Committee? OK, OK, you signed that pledge when you got to Congress after the last election cycle, but whatever happened to flexibility, change of circumstance, and, oh yes, principal higher than re-election? That’s the one isn’t it? The Tea Party will pull its support from you if you renege on that pledge.

Why do I feel as if I am in a surreal movie, a parallel universe? Does this make sense to anyone? Shared sacrifice? What kind of un-american sentiment is that?

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3 Responses to Stop Coddling the Rich

  1. Not only are we in a parallel universe, we are repeating the Robber Baron union-busting American past. That past is coming back to haunt us, as is the philosophy of Ayn Rand, as noted in this NPR story: http://www.npr.org/2011/11/14/142245517/on-capitol-hill-rands-atlas-cant-be-shrugged-off. It is all fascinating from a theoretical point of view, but deeply disturbing and chilling from the point of view of those who are living with the dread and uncertainty about future opportunity, well-being, and fairness.

  2. mpbulletin says:

    Grover Norquist, when asked about this today on CNN said, “Well, in the letter I sent to Mr. Buffet and others, they have the option to check the box on their tax return to pay more. That’s how they can pay more in their taxes”.
    Sounds like someone wasn’t getting the message.

  3. If we can’t coddle the rich who can we coddle?

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