Let’s cut to the chase. Barely concealed within the rationale of several recent OpEd pieces is an implicit GOP conviction: the wealthy are too important to be taxed equitably. Aligned with the Tea Party’s reverence for corporations and resolve to stiff workers, the top 5% (as a group) is shielded from responsibility to either move the country forward or help dig it out of the recession. After the collapse of the US economy in 2008, no one was tried, no one person fined, and no laws were enacted to prevent future financial machinations. Privilege accompanies upper class membership.
Worship of money is becoming our national religion. In equating wealth to worth, its high priests model an enviable life style which then paves the way for demonization of workers, particularly teachers and fire fighters and all those other “leeches and parasites” whose jobs and pensions are in peril because, for crying out loud, just who do they think they are. Hardly a trust fund in the lot.
The wealthy often pay a lower tax rate than their poorer counterparts because of capitol gains and loopholes favoring those with enough money for tax shelters. It, however, has become a matter of class warfare to suggest that the greatest beneficiaries of economic gain pay commensurately into a system which makes these fortunes possible.
Practically speaking, when the tab for running the nation comes due, someone has to pay for the military, research universities, congress, airports, roads, FEMA, and the myriad agencies which hold the society together. Disproportionately, that bill is coming to a mailbox near you, and, if the Tea Party succeeds, the rich may soon pay no taxes at all. It’s called “less government” and guarantees that while workers flounder, those on top will flourish as never before.