I wish I had a dollar for every time a wealthy liberal has declared he thinks he should pay more taxes. That list includes Warren Buffett, George Soros, Bill Gates Sr., Mark Zuckerberg and even Barack Obama, who now says that not only should rich people like him pay more taxes, they want to pay more. "I believe that most wealthy Americans would agree with me," he said of his tax-hike plan. "They want to give back to the country that's done so much for them."
The idea that the nation's primary wealth and job creators—i.e., the people who carry the bulk of the tax load—aren't doing enough for the country is a bit insulting. But the president is right that there is a seemingly endless number of terribly wealthy, guilt-ridden individuals who want Americans to pay more taxes.
Moore's comment says it all. It exemplifies how right wing conservatives have gone off their rockers when it comes to taxes and the economy. They act like little children when confronted with their poor behavior: They are spoiled rotten.
People with money and power, by nature, have the need to acquire more. Those of us without understand that there will always be some with more than others and that's O.K. The problem is that those with the majority of wealth fail to acknowledge their debt to the rest of society who willingly buy their products and services and work for little pay producing those goods or directly doing those services.
We are the face of what they sell. We take pride in our work and our place in society as well as our Country. The right wing of our government and their big business counterparts apparently believe that society is indebted to them for their patronization. They seem not to realize that without the participation of everyone else, their immense monies would have no more worth than kindling.
I think that's insulting to the majority of us out here who are proud to do our work not because it will make us wealthy or because it will bring us more power but because we believe in doing a good job and that our lives are not one sad quest to acquire more wealth or power. We deserve just as much respect and say in matters as anybody.
It has been obvious that those who claim to have such vast, exclusive knowledge about what we as consumers need to do have been WRONG. They blanket themselves in terms like "free market" but really the decisions have been made in board rooms and think tanks long before we see the products and services advertised for our consumption. They are carefully contrived to hook consumers into being dependent upon these companies and their products/services into the future regardless of the cost to consumers or our economy. That is not free market.
The right wing has fought alongside big money to undermine all efforts to create meaningful consumer protections and prevent large scale fraud in our economy. The mouthpieces of big business say that these will affect their ability to profit and thus their ability to "create jobs and more wealth". They argue that same line on everything from enforcing regulations on pollution and ethics to penalties resulting from lawsuits for their abusive and illegal practices. Our courts and governments defer to this argument almost every time and look where we are.
The people of this nation are worse off than ever in recent history while the largest corporations make record profits. Our health and well being are in decline in contrast to the increasing wealth of big business and their increasing influence over our lives. Many of us are losing our jobs and our homes after participating faithfully in the economy that was sold to us by big money. They took it all.
None of this is happening in the people's interest. That is against the very tenets of representative government as well as principles of free market capitalism. Right wing extremists claim that they represent the fundamental concepts of America yet they continually argue the positions of those people throughout history who sought to destroy our government and American sovereignty, fierce and free.