Friday :: Mar 6, 2009

Tax Drivel From The Media


by Deacon Blues

Jamison Foser at Media Matters this afternoon pens a great piece on the media's dishonesty about Obama's income tax plan, and its fixation on alleged tax increases. Obama is letting the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy expire, and making permanent the tax cuts on those making less than $200,000 a year. And yet the media's coverage is all about tax hikes. Why?

Two reasons:

1. Many in the Beltway have been conditioned to swallow GOP talking points;

2. A good number inside the media punditocracy make enough to be affected.

Remember, what we're talking about here is not a tax increase on the wealthy, but a return to Clinton-era rates, a time when the wealthy did quite well for themselves.

People in the upper income brackets never paid for the war, never paid for the party they've had, always loved the tax shelters and havens they take advantage of, and are now whining about going back to Clinton-era rates. F*ck 'em. Screw Blitzer, the Gibsons, Fox, the editors and highly-paid reporters at the Post and Times, and the coddled elite in the Beltway. I'm waiting for David Broder to tell us about the unfairness of it all. But keep an eye out for every reporter, every pundit who moans about tax "increases", and then realize what it is they are really complaining about.

Cue the trolls to tell us that Obama is a Socialist, blah, blah, blah. The media elite and the GOP had no problem letting men and women die in Iraq to keep their SUV's filled, had no problem taking their income tax reductions, capital gains and dividend tax welfare, offshore tax shelters, and the resulting deficits and Chinese indebtedness, all so they could tut-tut their way around the Beltway or be faux Red State patriots. But the moment you want to make them start paying for their party and redirect funds from disaster capitalism back to Main Street, you hear the shrieking about tax-and-spend Socialism, and how FDR was a failure.

Fine. I'll repeat a line they hurled at us these last eight years: If you don't like it here, move your asses to Baghdad or the Caymans. But before you leave, pay the bill.

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