What’s wrong with paying more in taxes?
By Colin Brennan
I see this again and again and again, to the point that I’m exhausted with it. Every single Republican I know or read from is riding this one, consistent fear. They are terrified of losing their well earned cash, and the word behind it all is always the same: communism.
Why is taxation for aid efforts in a world with rapidly-growing-poorer poor equating to communism? It stands to reason that a country so deeply advocating the capitalist system would have quite a bit of trouble with turning over a new leaf like that. It’d be more like turning over a new tree. Taxation, even if it was far more exorbitant than it currently is, hardly stands as indicative of communism.
While we’re at it, why not point out such clever things as that the Liberal “agenda” shares much with fascism. It’s exactly like socialism, now, right? Wasn’t Mussolini a socialist? I can’t remember. Maybe he was Libertarian.
It’s troubling, particularly, because we are suddenly inundated with the same uneducated complaints. Communism as we know it has always been based off an imperfect manifestation of Marxism, which assumes that equality is absolute, we’re just being “kept down by the man” in true conflict theorist fashion. Sounds a lot like Democrats, no?
Not particularly. One of the greatest fears expressed by the American public in our past dealings with Communism is not that we’ll suddenly have to deal with a tragic redistribution of cash flow to raise a greater proportion above the poverty line (particularly pressing now, seeing as, according to the 2005 Census Bureau report, 37 million Americans live below the poverty line. While only 1/3 of these individuals report actual difficulties obtaining food, shelter, or medical care, 12 million still seems like a large number left out in the cold in a first world country) but the dramatic restriction of privacy, civil rights, and personal liberties that typify Communist regimes.
Which, strangely enough, are restrictions far more commonly advocated by the Grand Old Party. The good ol’ boys are now taking it upon themselves to legislate morality, banning gay marriage or abortion, attacking birth control, crying out against stem cell research, advocating government social monitors, or attempting to establish an official national language. This, when considering their mantra (or used to be mantra) of smaller government, seems unsettling.
Perhaps, then, a person can begin to wander a little farther than the explorations pundits and newscasters afford them.
I am not advocating Obama’s policies as perfection. Not even close. He has the same problems we see again and again with Liberal “redistribution,” and fails to acknowledge the role that education and social problems play, assuming that handing them money, giving a man a fish as the old saying goes, immediately makes him capable and self-reliant. It doesn’t. A man raised from poverty with no education, no assistance, simply falls back into it with reckless spending, adoration for the consumer culture and a failure to understand moderation and control. I’m not advocating them as the elixir cure-all to our every national woe. He hasn’t yet addressed many of the things our nation has previously considered important, and will consider important in the future, instead riding the economic high horse to electorate victory. I’m not saying his inexperience won’t bog him down. It will. He’s going to have trouble managing the country, with the vast quantity of concerns and catastrophes we seem so prone to.
What I am saying is simply this; It’s time for change. Yeah. The same cliché crap you’ve been hearing for months. But this is the change I propose. Let’s stand behind our president. Let’s facilitate his programs, try our very best to see them to fruition. Let’s attempt to ride this out, and really buckle down, put our nose to the grindstone. Somehow, the possibility of reaching even halfway to the sky high ambitions he’s set forth for the country seems far, far more gratifying than being able to smile smugly and thumb your nose with a smirking “I told you so” while the nation burns around us.
If you’ve got, as many of the individuals I’ve seen recently complain, nothing but empty pockets by the end of this, I’m thinking, being by then one of the very people you deem unworthy of your paycheck contribution, you’ll sing a different tune, no?
Colin Brennan attended Western State College of Colorado, where he studied sociology and psychology. He attempts to examine both parties with a critical lens, focused by these sciences, and encourages readers to argue his points as vehemently as possible. E-mail him at: email@example.com.