Democrat's Get-The-Rich-Quick Scheme

FUSION JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2010


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By Tyler Grimm


 

The $787 billion “stimulus” program may have created little to no jobs in the U.S., but Democrats have found a surefire way to provide a boon to the Swiss and Grand Cayman banking industry: A millionaire’s tax.

With the federal budget deficit this year exceeding a record $1.4 trillion, fleecing the rich is now being touted as the way to bankroll Obamanomics. The latest health care bill to be passed by the House of Representatives, for instance, contains a punitive surtax for individuals making more than $500,000 or couples making more than $1million a year.

The “wealthy” have long been an easy political target so, this is really no surprise. Besides, it’s not a bad deal, right? I mean, the rich have plenty of money, so why not make them cough up a little more?

The reality is that these schemes never produce their intended results. Instead of filling government coffers to benefit the public good, these punitive taxes always end up bringing in less revenue than expected. Why? Because the rich stash their money off-shore, move to more tax-friendly locales or simply decide to work and invest less because of the tax consequences.

Kail Padgitt, an economist at the non-partisan Tax Foundation says, “Millionaires’ taxes are not reliable revenue sources. These might provide revenue in the short run, but the long-run costs make it a terrible bargain.”

This is not just a federal phenomenon. This year, Hawaii became the fifth state to implement a so called “millionaires’ tax” (the other four: California, Maryland, New Jersey and New York). In each of these states, unintended consequences abound.

Last year, cash strapped Maryland implemented a millionaires’ tax with depressing results: Revenue from that tax bracket was down $100 million and one-third of the people in that bracket were no longer there.

New Jersey produced similar results. Because of the implementation of a half-millionaire tax in 2004, the number of families making over $500,000 grew by 16 percent less than the national average between 2003 and 2006.

In California and New York, it’s hard to tease out the effects of high-income taxes from other bad fiscal policy. Over the last decade, the two states have seen, on net, 1.4 million and 1.9 million people (respectively) move out.

In California, the state’s highly progressive tax structure drove both rich and poor away. According to the Public Policy Institute of California, in the top quintile, 1.16 per every 100 households left between 2004 and 2007. In the bottom quintile it was 1.73—surely due to many employers (likely in the top quintile) departing. And where did they go? Three of the top destination states were Nevada, Texas and Washington, none of which have an income tax.

In the case of New York, it is losing many of its wealthy investment bankers to tax-friendly Connecticut, just across the border. In the words of public policy expert George Gilder, “High tax rates do not redistribute income, they redistribute people.”

Even the Beatles—certainly no Reaganite conservatives—were tax refugees. Their song “Tax Man” was about England’s terrible tax burden. They were paying 95 percent of their income to the crown (“There’s one for you, nineteen for me”). So what did they do? They moved to the then low-tax United States, of course.

Now let’s suppose you don’t believe that these taxes will have adverse consequences and are a good idea on the grounds of economic justice. After all, during his campaign, Barack Obama said that he would look at raising taxes “for purposes of fairness.”

Well, chances are that you don’t make over $1 million a year—no hard feelings, only .3 percent of Americans do. However, “millionaires’ tax” has become a catch-all term, usually referring to any tax on income over $250,000. Over the summer, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi explained why her colleagues’ newly proposed tax would fly politically: “You hear ‘$500,000 a year,’ you think, ‘My God, that’s not me.’”

Pelosi and company see such measures as reasonable because they appeal to people’s sense of fairness or, possibly, envy: The rich earn so much more income so they should pay more in taxes. The problem with that logic is that they already do. The Internal Revenue Service’s most recent data shows that the top 1 percent paid 40 percent of all income taxes in 2007, more than the entire bottom 95 percent.

Last April, in conjunction with tax day, a Gallup poll asked, “Do you consider the amount of federal income tax you have to pay as too high, about right, or too low?” Forty-six percent of respondents answered, “about right”—the highest since 1956. This might be surprising until you learn that the poorest 40 percent of Americans now pay a negative income tax rate.

The people who make up these elusive top tax brackets are not all Paris Hiltons and Derek Jeters. It’s estimated that roughly half of America’s small-business income would be hit by Obama’s plan to raise the top two tax rates. This couldn’t come at a worse time. As Dr. Padgitt explains, “As the economy begins to recover, we need a tax system that attracts investment. Millionaires’ taxes provide the exact opposite.” 

Straight from the Marxist con of critical race theory are three big lies about "systemic racism" in America that are debilitating to our nation: the lie that policing in the U.S. is thoroughly racist, the lie of voter suppression, and the lie of equity as the solution to solve "racism." Despite the evidence disproving these lies, they grow stronger, thanks to Democrats and activists with selfish interest in these narratives, who, along with their media partners, spread the sinister message that everything in America is racist by default and only massive government intervention can save us from ourselves. President Biden, Vice President Harris, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi – every Democrat on the national stage sees racism in literally everything at this point.

In this precarious time for America, Glenn Beck and North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson join together with data and the truth to fight back against the race-baiters ripping us apart.

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America has always been the land of the free. But as the line fades between the socialist, woke Left, and the Democratic Party that controls our government, are we diving headfirst into Marxism?

On his BlazeTV exclusive show, Glenn Beck spoke with Li Schoolland, who grew up under Mao's cultural revolution in China, and never did she think she would see the same warning signs in America. But now, she has a horrifying warning for us all.

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Earlier this year, Coca-Cola became the poster child for how a corporation could shove leftist ideologies onto its consumers. The company suspended advertising on Facebook in a push to censor former President Donald Trump, published a manifesto about racial equity, and demanded all legal teams working for Coke meet certain diversity quotas.

But now, after Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx.), Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and many other conservative voices called for a boycott of the company's products, Coca-Cola appears to be shifting directions.

The Washington Examiner reported that the company issued a conciliatory statement after conspicuously failing to appear on a published list of hundreds of corporations and individuals that signed a statement denouncing the Georgia voting bill.

"We believe the best way to make progress now is for everyone to come together and listen respectfully, share concerns, and collaborate on a path forward. We remained open and productive conversations with advocacy groups and lawmakers who may have differing views," the company said. "It's time to find common ground. In the end, we all want the same thing – free and fair elections, the cornerstone of our democracy."

Then last week, Coca-Cola Co.'s new general counsel, Monica Howard Douglas, told members of the company's global legal team that the diversity initiative announced by her predecessor, Bradley Gayton, is "taking a pause for now." Gayton resigned unexpectedly from the position on April 21, after only eight months on the job, to serve as a strategic consultant to Chairman and CEO James Quincey.

"Why is Coca-Cola 'taking a pause' on all of these? Because you have been standing up," Glenn Beck said on the radio program Monday. "You and others have been standing up. Your voice, it's the power of one. Your voice makes a difference."

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This week on "The Glenn Beck Podcast," civil rights activist and Woodson Center founder Bob Woodson joined Glenn to call out the leftists in the "race grievance industry," like the Rev. Al Sharpton and Black Lives Matter, Inc., who, he says, are "profiting off the misery of their people."

Woodson lived through the appalling segregation laws of the last century and has a much different message about what it means to be "oppressed" than the so-called "anti-racist" activists today.

Woodson said he believes the real struggle for impoverished minority communities "is not racial." He argued that leftists "at the top" derive "moral authority" by claiming to represent "so called marginalized groups," while they prosper at the expense of those "at the bottom."

"There's nothing worse than self-flagellating guilty white people and rich, angry black people who profit off the misery of their people," Woodson said.

"I call what Sharpton and some of those are doing is worse than bigotry. It's treason. It's moral treason against their own people," he added. "The only time you hear from them is when a white police officer kills a black person, which happens maybe 20 or 21 times a year, but 6,000 blacks are killed each year by other blacks. So, in other words, their message is black lives only matter when taken by someone white, which means you are betraying the black community when you turn your back on 20 children that are slaughtered and you don't march in that community and demand that those killers be turned over to the police."

'The problem is not racial," Woodson asserted. "The problem is the challenge of upward mobility. Any time you generalize about a group of people, blacks, whites, Native American, and then you try to apply remedies, it always benefits those at the top at the expense of those at the bottom. ... It's a bait and switch game where you're using the demographics of the worst of these, to get resources that helps the best of these, or those who are prospering at the top. So, if I was the president, I would say an end to the race grievance business, that America should concentrate on the moral and spiritual free fall that is consuming people at the bottom."

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