You’d think we DIDN’T have a progressive tax code in this country…but we do. Let’s just cut to the chase: though Progressives CLAIM all they want is a modest tax increase on the “super rich”, which of course they say will solve all the worlds’ ills, it is never, and will never be enough for them. Anything short of the government of their choice being able to dictate by fiat what it deems a just society will be insufficient. This is their ideal.
In Robert Reich’s last editorial entitled, “The Widening Wealth Divide and Why We Need a Surtax on the Super Wealthy”, he explains why even though household income apparently increased from October through December, this is not an indication of any betterment of the middle class and that the wealth gap is only widening. His reasoning is that since the increase came mostly from stock-market increases, which most of the middle-class doesn’t own, and that since house prices are still down, which most middle-class people do own, the wealth gap is just widening even more, despite the apparent good news. His solution to this problem: a surtax on the wealthy.
The reality is that Robert is a true believer. A liberal ideologue if you will. It’s his job to advance an ideal, not necessarily the truth. Robert explains in his piece, “the vast majority of Americans don’t have their wealth in the stock market”. Mind you, he doesn’t show any evidence that the “vast majority”, as he says, aren’t invested in the stock market. The reason he doesn’t is because that assumption is totally BOGUS. Most Americans DO have 401k’s and the like, which of course are tied to the stock market, and even if they didn’t, the general economy is effected by how the stock market does, which more often than not is an indicator of the health of our economy. And as far as the housing market is concerned, I’ll let Robert in on a little secret: wealthy individuals own lots of real estate, and for many, it is even their primary investment, so how it is that the rich are exempted from low housing prices is beyond me. Robert, you know better buddy.
Let me be blunt, if you understand Marxism, you understand Mr. Reich. In order for the advancement of Marxist ideals you first have to convince everyone that under the current non-Marxist system of government you will never have any chance of economic justice or advancement, hence his analysis. A prosperous capitalist economy simply doesn’t work to advance Marxism, unless you convince the people that even though it appears to be prosperous, it really isn’t, which is exactly what Robert wants us all to believe. For Mr. Reich, when a report comes out that things might be getting better with the economy, he feels a natural leftist itch to write a piece that attempts to explain how they aren’t getting better and that people need to continue to feel helpless. After all, if people are content, how can you effect “change”?
Saul Alinsky explained, “Any revolutionary change must be preceded by a passive, affirmative, non-challenging attitude toward change among the mass of our people. They must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and change the future. This acceptance is the reformation essential to any revolution.” It’s all so predictable…once you understand the nature of socialism and what socialists constantly have to do and say to advance their preferred economic system.