Why would someone living on government assistance write something like this? If your family’s livelihood, and more important your scatterbrained blogging, depended on your monthly disability check, would you be agitating for fewer taxes?
I like to run on soft surfaces and in the woods whenever possible. If there were a movement afoot to greatly increase federal funding for rail trails and greenways, would you think I were jogging a little to close to the bus exhaust if I started screaming holy hell about how wrong such a measure would be?
To my understanding, only people whose adjusted gross income exceeds $250,000 stand to be adversely affected by the proposed tax legislation. These people would see all of their income over $250,000 subject to a 40% tax, rather than the 35% they pay across the board now. Someone earning $300,000 and currently forks over $105,000 to Uncle Sam would fork over an extra $2,500 per annum. Someone pulling in a million a year would be required to pay an extra $37,500. If these folks want to complain, I don’t blame them. Expecting only those high earners to contribute to balancing the budget would not make for a good long-term economic strategy, although right now the average schmuck’s back would be broken by a tax hike. And none of this addresses issues such as effective and marginal tax rates, not that I understand them.
But that’s not the point here. The point is that I would bet that roughly 99 of the teabagger crowd on Wednesday stand to benefit if Obama gets his way. Yet not only are they moaning about it, they’re organizing rallies in public spaces. And at precisely this moment, by sheer coincidence, I am watching Countdown on delay and seeing Janeane Garofalo explain to Keith Olbermann that the teabagger phenomenon is about straight-up racism. Oh, look–a clip:
Gribbit has shown a strong bigoted streak in the past. Garofalo is probably right for the most part. But I do think that a lot of people are simply clueless about the Obama tax plan. They think that somehow, they will be soaked. Even people who have no jobs. There are scores of racists afoot, but looking at the bigger picture, the average U.S. citizen is profoundly ignorant in most practical ways. There are millions of people in this country being played for utter fools. They don’t seem to grok that Obama is prepared to give them a tax break. But maybe they do, and they simply don’t give a shit because they’re looking for any reason to hate the darky.
Regardless of the weighting of the various factors in this sad mullet-riddled sideshow, they’ve bought into the Neocon bullshit machine with all their hearts. Say what you will about the ongoing collapse of the Republican Party, but it may never lose is flair for taking advantage of the squint-eyed and the slack-jawed. Hopefully, however, it will lose its need.