Oh fer crying out loud.
Jonathan Capehart Ron Christie was just on MSNBC saying of President Obama’s plan to tax millionaires, “they can write a check to the IRS any time they want!” He then called the president a hypocrite for taking advantage of the Bush tax cuts, instead of voluntarily taxing himself at Clinton-era levels.
Har de har har! Oooh good one! You got us now! /sarcasm
I hear this crap from conservatives a lot, but usually it’s coming from the idiot ahead of me in the beer line at a hockey game, or overheard at the Pancake Pantry, or it’s some internet troll posting over at Post Politics. It’s not something we hear from professional political pundits
who are members of the Washington Post editorial board who once advised Michael Bloomberg and have won Pulitzers. who are adjunct professors at George Washington University.
So I’ll explain it slowly and carefully to you:
If it’s voluntary that means it’s not a tax. Got it? That’s called charity. No, really! Look it up! And if we could depend on charity to do everything from feed the poor and provide for the sick and vulnerable to paying off our national debt which includes trillions spent on our pet wars and global empire-building, we wouldn’t be in this position, now would we?
And simply crossing your fingers and hoping people will do the right thing isn’t a practical or effective national policy, now is it? It’s not like it’s ever worked before, anywhere in the world, ever in time, now has it? Now grow the fuck up, people.
I swear to God, Republicans are putting satirists out of business.
Apologies to Jonathan Capehart. It was Ron Christie making that bone-headed point. Jonathan Capehart is much better looking than Ron Christie. Don’t know how I could have made that mistake. Hazards of blogging in a hurry, I guess. Lesson learned.