We are all sadly familiar with the President’s unrelenting theme of railing against millionaires and billionaires who fly on jets and don’t pay their “fair share.” (A billion is, of course, a lot more than a million… in fact, it’s a thousand millions. Not even tax-dodge John Kerry, AKA Mr. Teresa Heinz, is a billionaire—maybe.)
While the issue of what exactly constitutes a “fair share” is never quite defined, in Obama-speak it seems to be this: more.
But Dear Reader has his shoe-pounding formula back-asswards. The real issue is instead what is fair for the government to take?
As you unpack that question, others fall out: why is that amount (whatever it is, other than “more”) fair to take? What is the money used for? How much value does a dollar of government spending add to the quality of life for the American people versus the people deciding for themselves how to spend their money?
The liberal response (which is not the same as an answer) is to fall back on platitudes about how government always benefits different special interest groups: the children, minorities, greenies, teachers, the troops, students, women, first responders, infrastructure types, the elderly, et al.
A superior alternative to platitudes would be some cost-benefit analysis, but analysis would likely cause the lefty case for the unending more to collapse.
A free press could help explore these issues with something called reporting. Sadly, most of our “free press” today seems to view themselves as indentured servants to help the President fulfill his failed (based on middle class jobs, green energy, crony capitalism, non-transparency, license-to-kill drones, the debt, the deficit, unemployment, Obamacare costs, gas prices, etc.) agenda.