Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Don't Make Me Madder

Matt Yglesias doesn't buy the conservative tax cut rhetoric:
The truth, though, is that conservatives don't care about this stuff because, obviously, the aim of conservative tax policy isn't to cut spending or to increase revenue. It's to increase the after-tax income of very wealthy people. And it does a bang-up job of doing that.
I don't buy it either.

Every time I watch T.V. (which is rare) I see a misleading Westly add about Phil Angelides and his "massive" tax increase proposal. To make things worse, when I listen to the radio now, I get to hear a similar Westly ad. Either medium, it's a bunch of crap. If I hear (or see) another one of those irresponsible adds, I'm going to get madder!

Please, Steve, quit trying to score cheap political points with that faux populism you're trying to peddle. Angelides' tax increases are aimed at more profitable coroporations and those making more than several 100k a year. Playing on lower income people's legitimate concern for gas prices is not leadership. I like you, but this is garbage. And you know it...or should.


At May 17, 2006 12:55 AM, Blogger Democrats Hate America said...

* California Gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides is distinctively anti-Objectivist. Phil Angelides holds the belief that high-income taxpayers in California can be punished and punished and, due to California’s great climate, eccentric population, and remarkable culture, would never leave. Phil Angelides does not believe that individuals who go to graduate (or professional school), spend a great deal of hours gaining experience, and who truly work hard and “play by the rules” (to use a Democratic slogan) should reap the benefits in this state.

* Phil Angelides wants to punish the productive class. Phil Angelidehas promised that his first act as governor would be to punish the individuals who work the hardest, pay the highest share of taxes, and who generate billions in state economic activity. This philosophy indicates that he wants to re-radically re-establish our system of punishment and rewards. Thus, if an individual starts a business, that person must be punished the moment that they become “wealthy” (according to the definition of the elite politicians.).
* Phil Angelides is a closet socialist. Phil Angelides, like many Soviet Union-era politician, holds the belief that government agents ought to control the population by controlling the economic activity of the state. This is exactly what Mr. Angelides wants to do: he wants to raise taxes so that the government, not the private sector, will have more funds. Further, Mr. Angelides wants to channel this money towards the parasitic class. In this particular election, the parasitic class’ pet project is “universal pre-school”—which already exists! (There is a federal program called “Head Start”—which is means tested to ensure that only the rift-raft class is eligible).
* Mr. Angelides is a good deal for the parasites, but not for the productive. The same politician who wants to punish the hard working wants to reward the worthless class of parasites. For instance, Phil Angelides believes that the parasites, the rift-raft population, the illegal alien, the gangsters who terrorize our government-run schools, the child rapists, and the unproductive welfare queens should be rewarded. In this present election, Phil Angelides wants to impose an additional 1% income tax on individuals earning more than $400,000 ($800,000, for those lucky enough to be married; perhaps we could call this the ‘discrimination against those who are too ugly, sick, or are too gay to get married’) so that illegal aliens can send their ten kids to pre-school. In contrast, Mr. Angelides wants to lavish these groups of people with more subsidies—even though it will not cause them to be more productive or change their behavior. They will be just as worthless to the state of California as before, but the productive will be harmed.
* California’s high income tax rate has chased away the very rich people that Mr. Angelides wants to tax! Venus Williams and Tiger Woods are the most notable high income earners who have left California for state income tax-free Florida. Apparently they were not convinced that they should “sacrifice” their income for the benefit of the parasite class. Income tax rates do affect human behavior. Mr. Angelides is either naïve or stupid if he believes that he can raise tax rates and increase tax revenue. More than likely, the higher tax rates will be a tax loser as the productive class leaves, leaving the middle class on the hook to pay for the voracious appetite of the parasite class. Is there any surprise that Bill Gates lives in state income-tax free Washington state?

At May 17, 2006 8:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rich people have fled California? Then why are two very rich people here running for Governor? This kind of senseless blather only confirms my commitment to Angelides.

At May 17, 2006 11:05 AM, Blogger Gilbert Martinez said...

The poor pay more in state taxes, percentage wise, than the wealthy. It's not about punishing, it's about basic decency.

Also, what would happen to this so-called "productive class" (which apparently includes me since I'm soon to be a PhD) if all the farmworkers stopped doing their job? There would be no food. What would happen if all the police officers stopped doing their job? What would happen if all the firefighters stopped doing their job?

The fact is 90% of the population is not in the top 10%. Are you suggesting that providing for the top 10% at the expense of the bottom 90% is the right thing to do? I'd submit that it is you that hate (the majority of) America. Also, taxes have been the reason America has been able to provide roads and ports for commerce, without which we would not be as economically advantaged as we are now.

It's almost incomprehensible to see someone claiming that the wealthy are being "punished" when asked to pay an equal share. Faux populism at it's best.

At May 17, 2006 5:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can "poor people pay more tax, percentage wise" than rich ppl? Read the tax bracket and deductions and deduction limitations.

At May 17, 2006 5:54 PM, Blogger Gilbert Martinez said...

Sales tax, car tax, etc. Doesn't take a genuis to figure that out. When someone spends the bulk of their income on basic necesities they end up paying a higher percentage of their income on taxes.

At August 07, 2006 1:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Indeed, and the 90% of "parasites" don't hire lawyers to find a way to write off the vast majority of their taxes either. And the wealthiest receive the vast majority of benefits from gov't spending anyways.


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