Let’s Call Taxation What It Is: Theft

Bill Kristol, a long-time spokesman for neo-conservatism which is just another name for the road to serfdom by the slow route, says it’s no big deal if millionaires are taxed more. Obama won. Give him what he ran and won on. Here’s what Kristol said on Fox News Sunday:

“Elections have consequences… The leadership in the Republican Party and the leadership in the conservative movement have to pull back, let people float new ideas. Let’s have a serious debate. Don’t scream and yell when one person says, ‘You know what? It won’t kill the country if we raise taxes a little bit on millionaires.’ It really won’t, I don’t think. I don’t really understand why Republicans don’t take Obama’s offer to freeze taxes for everyone below $250,000. Make it $500,000 — make it a million. Really? The Republican Party’s going to fall on its sword to defend a bunch of millionaires? Half of whom vote Democratic, and half of whom live in Hollywood, and are hostile to Republican principles?”

Kristol seems to forget that we did not elect a king. We are a constitutionally politically divided government. It’s built into our system. We are not a democracy. If we were, then why bother with either a President or Congress? Why not just vote on line? Whoever gets the most votes wins.

In Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address, he said the following about slavery: “It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God’s assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men’s faces.” How is it morally justifiable to steal men and women, enslave them, and then put them to work for the benefit of others and then claim that God approves? He doesn’t.

But these are millionaires. They can afford it. Kristol’s view, and that of so many others, is a form of “participatory budgeting.” Let’s let the people vote on taking more money from the productive (California’s Proposition 30) and then ask them how it should be spent. If people are given the legal option to take money from people so they get a piece of the action, of course they’re going to vote to do it. It’s better than robbing a bank because there are no criminal sanctions. In fact, it’s the law of the land, socially just, and “fair.” Image a law where you can empower people with guns to take money from the rich to give it to you. It’s a thief’s dream come true.

The claim is made that if enough people vote for civil rulers that impose progressive tax rates then the confiscation is believed to be morally justified. At one time slavery was also justified by law and majority opinion. We’ve seen where that took us. We’re still paying the price for that form of legalized theft.

I’m glad to see Bill Kristol, Karl Rove, and Dick Morris self-destruct. Good-bye and good riddance.