Friday, November 30, 2012

What is Behind Republican Intransigence on Taxes?

It's hard to understand exactly WHY the right-wing is
diametrically opposed to raising taxes, any and all taxes.
Don't they want police, firemen, and libraries? I have
several notions about their stiff upper lips on this issue:

(1) Perhaps it has a good deal to do with campaign contributions;
the super rich have a long memory, would donate LESS to those
who voted for tax increases from the wealthiest. Think the Koch
Brothers, for example.

(2)  Maybe the modestly wealthy see themselves as aspirants
to the super rich level, therefore identify (--wrongly!) with them.

(3) Could it be a historical holdover from 1700's America?
A grudging dislike, distrust of all things governmental?
(Where's a Stamp Act when you need one? Just kidding.)

The successful never succeed on their own, many help
them up the ladder here in the U.S. It's time they remember
that and do their part.

1 comment:

  1. That second item kindof resonates, Amber. Despite the shrinking opportunities for social mobility, I get the sense that there are still a lot of folks out there who harbor that dream, no matter how unrealistic.

    "Yeah, when I get to be rich, I want it ALL! Gimme gimme!

    As for that last item regarding support of successful entrepreneurs by others (including government), you're probably right; in some quarters, I guess the whole concept of a social contract never caught on here on this side of the pond.