No one takes that option, now, do they? But Warren — the Harvard lawprof who’s trying to wrest Teddy Kennedy’s Senate seat out from under Scott Brown, a Republican — has been lambasting Brown for voting against the so-called millionaire’s tax.
As Warren deftly — and professorily — put it: “I paid the taxes that I legally owed. I did not make a charitable contribution to the state.” Yeah, who expects anybody to make a charitable contribution to the state?
The state is all about compulsion. It’s a crisp, cold force that says you owe, and we will punish you if you don’t pay. So you do exactly that (if you’re reasonably competent and rational). There’s no warmth and love left over. If you’re feeling charitable, you go looking for something more specific upon which to lavish your love-in-the-form of money. In fact, it would be kind of screwy to love the government like that, to put your love-money into the general pot from which the state pays all its general expenses, even if you want the people of the state to put you in a position to cause the government to rack up even more expenses.
Brown’s campaign called Warren a hypocrite for not checking the optional higher tax rate on her personal income. “The problem with running a campaign based on self-righteousness and moral superiority is that you had better live up to the same standard you would impose on everyone else,” said the incumbent’s campaign manager, Jim Barnett, in a statement. The Brown team said Warren earned over $700,000 in 2011, adding, “This is the sort of hypocrisy and double-speak voters are sick and tired of hearing from politicians, especially those who can’t keep their hands out of others’ pocketbooks.”
Look, I have no issue with Warren not paying higher taxes. None at all. It is, after all HER money, but the hypocrisy is the important thing here. The Left screeches about the rich, paying their fair share, or about the rich not being taxed enough, yet, they never seem to stand up and take the very medicine they prescribe for “the rich”.
Now, we know what Warren, and other Democrats are doing. They are engaging in class politics, with their aim being to build up hatred towards the rich. This, they feel, is a path towards electoral victories in November. The fascinating thing here is that among those who suck this bilge up, there seems to be no awareness that these Liberal politicians are lying to them. The “99%” crowd is being led to hate a segment of the country simply because they are wealthy. They are buying into the Marxist blatherings of Liberals like Warren, while ignoring the actions of Warren and her ilk.
This is yet another reason I have come to view the Left this way. The leaders, or maybe more to the point agitators, spew their lies, and engage in class or racial politics, knowing all along that they are lying. And then you have the fools, the useful idiots who buy into this garbage. Perhaps this group likes feeling like, or at least playing the victim. Maybe they are just so buried in the inherent pessimism of Liberalism that they cannot see through the lies their leaders preach to them.
If these useful idiots had a grasp of history, they would realize that these lies, and false promises they are being told never come true. They might look at the 100,000,000 people who died last century because people bought into the lies of Marxism. But, they are too busy holding their hands out, expecting to mooch off the labors of others.