by Jeff Swanson
Let me get straight to the point; why do we bother with the ‘fairness’ argument anyway? Why do we care what is perceived as fair? More pointedly, why do we let the President and liberals force us to argue on their terms?
Being born in the United States is enough of a fair shot.
We as conservatives are wont to overcome the fairness argument. The argument that fairness is found in employment and not in welfare. That by some mercurial ordination, the voting public is going to wake up and see the light of the conservative view.
It will never work. We are debating against an undefined abstraction of ‘fairness’ and we need to stop. Cold turkey.
Has the President ever stated what he thought was actually fair? I mean, we know how much income he thinks is wealthy (and we argue about that too). What tax rate does the President think constitutes fair? He doesn’t say and smartly so.
It is an ugly stick with which conservatives would beat down his campaign. He hasn’t defined fairness with specifics. Until he does, stop arguing fairness.
What then is the argument about taxes and tax rates? Because it ain’t your money so step off.
Because we placate the tax argument at all, the Democrats can raise this ruse of Mitt’s taxes. That they can now blast 47% all over the internet. The Democrats love that we Republicans try to use facts to make our point.
Because no one ever wants to listen to a debate on tax rates. Grover Norquist excepted. Arguing the right side of tax rates plays in to the hands of the President and liberals. People want to hear about fairness. It feels nice.
We let the liberals beat us down simply because we entertain the argument. An argument that gives them the anomalous outliers as talking points.
Outlier #1 - The top 1%:
We hear often about ‘the rich’ from the President. About their fair share. Why are we conservatives arguing if the rich do or don’t pay their fair share?
According to the Economist, “Mr Obama’s implicit premises, the really important one, is that the rich currently pay too small a share of the cost of the relevant public goods—that the rich are enjoying the benefits of the enabling background system without contributing adequately to its upkeep. He’s making a proportionality argument, and a very poor one.”
So, the top 1% are paying 37% of all collect taxes. That’s about $850b (FY2011). What was the government outlay on the infrastructure (that the President stated the rich would need to pay their fair share of)? 85 billion (FY2011). By all rights, and by the Presidents assertion of fair share payments, the rich are getting jacked by tenfold.
Outlier #2 – The 1950′s:
We’ve heard often enough that the top tax rate in the fifties was over 90% being paired with an unemployment rate staying pretty darn low. It did, dipping to around 3% in 1953….on top of the highest taxes on modern U.S. history at 92%.
How do you overcome that one?
You don’t. You never, ever argue an outlier. Never. Yet we still do. We try to say that ‘Well, the fifties were a post war society and the remaining industrialized world was rebuilding with the help of the United States’ and so on and so on.
For every time we state the obvious; that being the more money in the economy, the more investment occurs, we get all of the bilge with outliers to include the ‘Clinton Economy’ ruse as well.
We’ve all argued this way.
So what is the argument about not raising taxes? The answer is that it just ain’t your danged loot. Government, it’s just not yours. Without me, you have no taxes. Period. You have the luxury of a compliant society willing to pay them.
I’m no fool, no politician would ever say that, no matter how true it is. So don’t. Stop placating the fairness debate. Stop saying that taxes that are good for business are fair too. Stop saying the word fair for crying out loud. No one in the world thinks that life will ever be totally fair.
What you can say is; there are no statistics on fairness. Only an opinion. Budgets aren’t paid by opinions. President Obama, define fair taxation. You are unable to do so. Until you can, it ain’t yours.