Saturday, March 07, 2020

The class warfare two-step

Charles C.W. Cooke: "The ‘Million Dollars Per Person’ Affair Is Telling."
This, right here, is why so many left-leaning Americans think that “the billionaires” can pay for everything. It’s why Elizabeth Warren was enthusiastically boosted by the media despite her ridiculous pretense that she could pay for a series of gargantuan initiatives without raising taxes on anyone but the extremely rich. It’s why Democrat after Democrat promises not to raise “middle class taxes” while promising programs that require the raising of middle class taxes. How did this bad tweet make it onto TV to be endorsed? Why did Mara Gay agree with it? Why didn’t Brian Williams notice? Because the people involved in this clip thought it was true. This is how they see the world.
That's correct: everybody on the Left views the rich as swimming in rooms of gold coins like Scrooge McDuck.  Then they convince themselves those billionaires "don't really need/deserve that money" and all bets are off, opening up spectacularly stupid and unconstitutional ideas like the wealth tax.

I forget who said it - P.J. O'Rourke maybe - but some wag once noted that when you boil it down the motto of the Democratic Party is "gimme a dollar."

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