That’s the kind of balance you need. Why is that the case? Because if you don’t try to generate more revenues through tax reform, if you don’t ask, you know, the most fortunate Americans to bear a slightly larger burden of the privilege of being an American, then you have to — the only way to achieve fiscal sustainability is through unacceptably deep cuts in benefits for middle class seniors, or unacceptably deep cuts in national security.
How about making deep “cuts” in government waste, Mr. G, before talking to us about giving you more money.
If we continue to allow bureaucrats to take more money from the pockets of successful Americans every time they fail to control spending, they will never do the hard and politically unpalatable work of controlling spending. .
Geithner’s line about asking fortunate Americans to “bear a slightly larger burden of the privilege of being an American” means that successful Americans are, a) lucky to be wealthy, and b) because they are lucky to be wealthy should transfer some of their wealth to those who are unlucky not to be wealthy. The word merit never creeps into leftists calls for higher taxes on the rich because the only way they can convince people to take wealth from one class of Americans and redistribute it to another class of Americans is to first convince them that the rich are rich not because of merit, good choices, responsible behavior, delayed gratification, hard work or innate intelligence, but rather because of blind luck or a selfish gaming of the system.
The left, in order to sell its policies of increased taxation and bigger government, must do three things that actually hurt ¹ the people it claims to want to help:
- Destroy the notion of the American Dream: The left absolutely must destroy the notion of the American Dream (i.e. the belief that no matter who you are or where you come from you can be successful in America if you apply yourself). Why? Because belief in the American Dream is what makes the poor and the middle class identify with the rich and oppose confiscations of wealth from them. In 2008, Obama promised us hope and change. Well, friends, this is the diametrical opposite of hope. Desperate people make better revolutionaries than hopeful ones.
- Convince the people that they are victims: The left must convince the poor and the middle class that the only reason they are not rich is because they are more honest than rich people and play by the rules. This is Saul Alinksy all over the place. You must, if you want to mobilize the masses, convince them that they are good and noble while at the same time convincing them that those against whom you want them to mobilize are bad and ignoble. Think of the Jews in Nazi Germany and you’ll better understand the power and necessity of scapegoating.
- Convince the people that the rich are evil: Finally, the left must convince the poor and the middle class that the rich have rigged the system to prevent them from becoming rich. This tactic is critical. The masses must believe that they only way they can escape from their plight is to participate in the revolution. Revolution is nasty and brutish and people usually turn to it only when they are desperate. It is, therefore, a chief goal of the leaders of revolution to make people feel desperate. Once the left has convinced the masses that one class of Americans are the sole reason for their misery, it is a short leap to convincing them to perpetrate any number of evils against that class of Americans in the name of justice and fairness.
And they wonder why we call it class warfare?
¹ It hurts them because it teaches them that they are, as individuals, powerless to improve their lot. It hurts them because it teaches them to avoid taking responsibility for their choices in life. It hurts them because it convinces them that no matter how hard they work to improve themselves, it won’t make a lick of difference. It hurts them by telling them they are wasting their time trying to succeed within the system and that instead they should work to tear the system down.