Skip to comments.Don't like the tax cut, don't keep it!
Posted on 07/12/2003 1:13:14 AM PDT by kattracks
So the other day, I'm hearing former President Clinton bashing this big tax cut. He says it's a total waste, that it means an extra $80,000 for him, and he doesn't need it. He's rich enough as it is.
Nowhere did I hear him say, "So, I'm going to give it back."
Look, there are a lot of similarly rich guys, just like Mr. Clinton, who don't much fancy this tax cut. Warren Buffett thinks it's a travesty, and some Hollywood types are saying it will bust the deficit.
So I'm thinking to myself, if you're so worried about the deficit, send every dollar of your refund back to the Internal Revenue Service. I'm sure the government you love will funnel it to the programs you love even more.
But something tells me I had better not hold my breath, because when these guys get their extra dough, I will guarantee you, they will keep their extra dough. I'd love to see one of them, just one of them, march to Washington and personally hand over their refund money. But they'd much rather march over to a microphone and make a speech.
There's nothing wrong with speeches, of course, just be truthful. Just say that you find the tax cut a huge waste, but be honest and say you'll keep your huge windfall. The hypocrisy here floors me. If the super rich have a problem, let them make a super donation.
The killer is, as obnoxious as they are, I'd still sooner trust them with their money than the government with their money. The irony is they disagree. I guess they see the government doing more good with their dough than they do with their dough. But there are a lot of people, rich like them, who don't mind the money coming their way and have good plans for it.
Some will invest it. Some will save it. Some will even spend it. There's no way the economy can lose, regardless of what they do. We'll all be better off for it, and in their heart of hearts, the arrogant rich, who say they despise this extra dough, really love this extra dough. Look, if they didn't, they'd send it back, and, like I said, they're not sending it back.
I can guarantee you they've already met with their financial advisers who are plotting ways they can spend that money: the cars they can buy, the Learjets they can scoop up, the vacation villas they can pursue. Nowhere among those planned check register receipts would I see an item earmarked "IRS."
No, they'd rather make speeches than make sense. They'd rather talk about deficits getting worse because of a tax cut than tell you those deficits were already etched in stone by a tumbling market and economy long before there even was a tax cut.
They'd rather bemoan the kids who would do without school lunches than cite the simple fact more kids will get those lunches than ever before.
And they'd rather talk about how all this will lead to sky-high interest rates than remind you interest rates aren't going up, they're going down, just like the last time we had deficits.
I guess I'm not surprised they lie. I'm just surprised no one calls them on it. I'm surprised no one demands they open their own books, if they're so busy saying the government should open its books.
I'm surprised they talk about conserving fuel, but rush to rallies in limousines.
And I'm surprised so many of them talk of their great love for the common man, but left to their own druthers, wouldn't be caught dead mingling with the common man.
To me, they're more hypocrites and liars than deficit hawks and patriots.
They are as phony as their argument is old.
Like I said, it pities me more not because they say it, but because no one calls them on it.
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