Patriotism & Taxes: The Big Lie

Crossposted fromMY LEFT WING

It's time for someone to tell Republicans to stop lying to the American people about taxes, and maybe Joe Biden is the perfect man for the job.

Biden calls paying higher taxes a patriotic act
WASHINGTON - Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden said Thursday that paying more in taxes is the patriotic thing to do for wealthier Americans. The Republican campaign for president calls the tax increases their Democratic opponents propose "painful" instead of patriotic.

Under the economic plan proposed by Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, people earning more than $250,000 a year would pay more in taxes while those earning less -- the vast majority of American taxpayers -- would receive a tax cut.

<"We want to take money and put it back in the pocket of middle-class people," Biden said in an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America."

Noting that wealthier Americans would indeed pay more, Biden said: "It's time to be patriotic ... time to jump in, time to be part of the deal, time to help get America out of the rut."

Naturally, as soon as the words were out of his mouth, the Republican propaganda machine went into overdrive and began spewing the "Democrat equals higher taxes equals BAAAAAD" lie all over the media.

I'm not a speechwriter, but god, I wish I were, because the time is RIPE for The Speech About Taxes; the one that spells out, for once and all, in clear and concise and simple language to the American people, just what a load of bullshit they've been sold by the Republican Party each and every single time they've heard this "Taxes are Bad" propaganda line. And not just, as any sensible person knows, because taxes pay for our roads and our police forces and military and schools and on and on and on -- but because this whole bill of goods they keep selling is based on the fallacy that Republicans actually give a good goddamn about the taxes that the majority of Americans pay, when all they really care about is that it appears they care about it, that it appears they're for cutting taxes for everyone -- when what they really care about is cutting taxes for the wealthy and for the corporate and for the oligarchic.

Paying taxes is patriotic, in the most basic sense of the word: contributing to the common good along with the rest of your fellow citizens, contributing your fair share to pay for common goods and services is patriotic.

You want to know what's unpatriotic? Weaseling out of paying your fair share, that's what. Taking and taking and taking and when it comes time to put something back into the kitty, looking around and finding a buddy in the system who'll get you a backdoor pass. That's unpatriotic. That's downright shameful. John McCain and his Republican Party and their corporate buddies and lobbyist enablers have been pulling that shit for decades and turning around and calling themselves the patriots -- and getting away with it.

And it's about goddamned time someone stood up, pulled the covers off them and told the truth about it.

Tags: Taxes (all tags)




by Maryscott OConnor 2008-09-19 04:46AM | 0 recs
Re: Patriotism &amp;amp; Taxes: The Big Lie

Are you then saying, Charlie Rangel is unpatriotic?

by gunner 2008-09-19 05:03AM | 0 recs
If he's guilty of tax evasion?


by Maryscott OConnor 2008-09-19 05:11AM | 0 recs
Did I miss the investigation and trial?

by Maryscott OConnor 2008-09-19 05:11AM | 0 recs

I don't think Obama/Biden deserve the mantle of sainthood on this issue either. In every stump speech lately, they both tout how they will cut taxes on 95% of Americans to resounding cheers. They aren't exactly telling the vast majority of Americans anything we don't want to hear either.

In Biden's statement he talks only about the rich paying higher taxes for patriotic reasons, not the middle class and the upper middle class. This is as much about pandering for votes as Bush's tax rebate checks.

Personally I think that the $250,000 benchmark is way too high.

It is easy to tout the idea of taxing the rich to help the poor and middle class. Who doesn't like Robin Hood? But that's a fairytale version of how we are going to get a healthy economy again, chip away at the deficit, protect our childrens' future economic security, promote social programs, expand healthcare, improve education, improve transportation infrastructure, solve environmental problems (the list goes on and on and on).


by twinmom 2008-09-19 05:33AM | 0 recs
Re: Patriotism &amp;amp; Taxes: The Big Lie

IMO, anyone paying 35% in federal taxes is already paying more than their "fair share".

by JimR 2008-09-19 05:59AM | 0 recs
Re: Patriotism &amp;amp;amp; Taxes: The Big Lie

What, according to you, is their fair share?

by username 2008-09-19 06:44AM | 0 recs
I would ask the diarist the same question.

by JimR 2008-09-19 07:19AM | 0 recs
Re: Patriotism Taxes and The Truth

I agree that paying taxes is patriotic thing to do.  Let's look at a few facts:

1.  Here is a comparison of % of federal income tax paid by each group showing the top 1% vs. the bottom 50% of 1981 vs. 2006:

Top 1%     1981 - 17.58%  2006 - 39.89%
Bottom 50% 1981 -  7.45%  2006 -  2.99% 408.html

2.  In 2005, 32.58% of tax filers paid no taxes. 248.html

Yes, indeed, paying taxes is a patriotic duty.  I'm glad that you agree that those of the bottom 50% of taxpayers and those who pay no taxes should be much more patriotic than they are.

by LesGovt 2008-09-19 10:55AM | 0 recs


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