Skip to comments.Bill Maher complains that his taxes are too high
Posted on 03/18/2013 6:44:42 PM PDT by grundle
First we had top Democrat consultant Donna Brazile scratching her head and wondering why her health insurance premiums were going up. Now we have painfully unfunny HBO comedian Bill Maher discovering the unfairness of confiscatory taxation, courtesy of NewsBusters:
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The whole exchange began with the high-octane stupidity of MSNBC host Rachel Maddow whining that House Budget Committee chair Paul Ryans (R-WI) budget is a document that says the big problems in America right now are that rich people do not have enough money They need relief from confiscatory tax rates.
Because all money is the rightful property of the State, you see. Anything the geniuses in Washington decide to let you keep rather than seizing and giving to their favorite constituents, or investing in debacles like Solyndra is an expense. So is the United States military, the one government program Maddow wants to cut to the bone.
Well get back to that business of government investment in a moment, but first, savor the irony of hyper-liberal Bill Maher deciding hes not quite ready to follow Maddow down this particular fork in the Road to Serfdom:
Pointing at Virginias former Republican Congressman Tom Davis, Maher said, You know what? Rich people Im sure youd agree with this actually do pay the freight in this country.
I just saw these statistics, he continued, I mean, something like 70 percent. And here in California, I just want to say liberals you could actually lose me. Its outrageous what were paying over 50 percent. Im willing to pay my share, but yeah, its ridiculous.
Noel Sheppard at NewsBusters graciously stepped in to help Maher out by appending the actual California tax burden for millionaires, which could actually exceed 60 percent if federal income, state income, payroll, local, and property taxes are added together. And that doesnt even include the many hidden taxes rich people pony up, just like the rest of us, particularly the taxes liberals love to pretend that evil businesses pay, instead of passing them along to customers.
But Maher has the broad outlines of the situation right: a small group of people fork over a dramatically higher percentage of their income, carrying a share of the tax burden wildly disproportionate to their share of earned income and its still not good enough for the shrieking Jacobins of the Rachel Maddow Left, who reserve the right to constantly re-define fairness as whatever the ruling left-wing Party thinks it needs.
I hate to shatter Maddows fragile information bubble, but Barack Obama also thinks certain rich people dont have nearly enough money, and he wants to take it away from others to line their pockets. Tim Carney at the Washington Examiner notes that Obama and his devout followers seem awfully keen on their own version of trickle-down economics:
Democrats love attacking the GOP for practicing trickle-down economics, but their latest congressional budget makes Republicans look like pikers. The spending priorities and investments Senate Democrats propose to help the middle class mostly involve handing money to big corporations.
The Senate Budget takes the position that trickle-down economics has failed as an economic policy, the documents introduction reads, and that true national prosperity comes from the middle out, not the top down. By trickle-down economics, the Democrats are referring to tax cuts and deregulation what a conservative might call leaving people and businesses alone.
But in the next paragraph, the Democratic budget celebrates the policies President Barack Obama and Congress put in place in response to the Great Recession. Those policies are Obamas implementation of the Wall Street bailout, the government-funded rescue of Chrysler and General Motors, and a stimulus bill that threw money at the likes of General Electric and Bechtel, on the theory that the money would trickle down to American workers.
In their new budget, Senate Democrats dont merely applaud this sort of trickle-down Obamanomics they propose more of it.
The liberal caricature of supply-side economics attacks the notion of allowing the people who earn money to keep it, and re-invest it. Obamanomics is far more accurately described as trickle-down, but its okay because our wise ruling class seizes the money by force and redistributes it, instead of allowing the people who earned that money to keep it?
What a sick and twisted ideology! Besides the immorality of using force to confiscate wealth, and the death spiral of allowing greedy politicians to endlessly re-calibrate what everyone elses fair share works out to, its insanely inefficient. Value is boiled away from that money as it pushes through the hot pipes of bureaucracy. The information value of investment success and failure is erased by blind ideology. Our government investment gurus are very noticeably less concerned about their fiduciary duty to the clients who provide their money than any private capital firm. Its not as if we can sue Washington for fraud, or take our investment capital elsewhere, is it?
The big problem in America right now is that the government has too much money, spends even more than it has, and exercises vast regulatory and unfunded-mandate powers beyond even the titanic amounts it spends. Maher is correct, but very late to the party, in noting that people who must surrender over half of their income to government at every level are less than half free. Add the true burden of hidden taxes and regulatory cost to the amount directly confiscated in taxes, and I wonder if certain citizens of certain states are still even one-quarter free. Is that supposed to be irrelevant, as long as the people in question can still afford gilded cages to dwell in? And when will those who carry less of this absurdly unfair burden realize theyre paying a lot more than they think they are?
if he is complaining now wait till he crawls up to me in the thirst of his despair
That’s because he’s making too much money. The jackass ought to owe us money for having to listen to him. Actually, I don’t, but somebody must. Fools.
it reminds me of the dopes form the north who move down here to the south and then want their new state to look like the old cess pit they left.
F-em, I;ve had it with these idiots telling us to change our views to suit theirs and then they complain when their votes and views hurt THEM
Even a blind squirrel finds a nut on occasion.
Maybe Bill ought to move his money offshore to Cyprus.
Bill is voicing what a lot of California libs have said and done before him: 1) Vote to raise taxes for all sorts of silliness no one can afford. 2) Wake up one morning and decide, “My goodness! But I can’t afford these taxes!” as the state debt rises and the economy crashes. Rather than switch parties and vote to undo the mess, 3) they keep their identity, party affiliation, relocate to another state with lower taxes and 4) repeat the process.
They’re a like virus that way.
Well...Dummy!!!! You vote for DummmyRATs and that’s what you get!
Liberals love socialism as long as it does NOT affect their own bank account, once it does then they are outraged
He’s in that range where he’s making good money (low single digit millions?) pretty much all paid in salary and getting clobbered on taxes.
The seriously wealthy cronies (Buffet, Google guys, hedge fund guys, etc) have a lot of tax minimizing strategies.
Theyre a like virus that way.
What a concept.. Liberals are a political virus..
So true in the body politic..
Or a dumb nut finds a squirrel.
Hey Maher, you sorry son of a bitch......reap it. You begged for it. You harangued. You harrassed. You thought yourself so clever and cute, you bastard....
Reap it. Pay it. Dig deep and fork it over, asshole. You demanded it. Feel it.....and keep your f**king mouth shut from now on, like that will ever happen.
Maybe congress will pass a tax break for girlfriend beaters
OH???? Comedian? So that’s what this freak is? Who would have guessed?
Li’l Billy must have had a recent reality check with his CPA.
If you voted for 0bama, suck it up you liberal puke.
This says he’s worth $23 million.
The Senate has a budget???