This is an article about a town that solved its budgetary problems by raising taxes -- not on everybody -- on people who'll never miss the extra money they'll be putting in the public coffer now. The fact that this, the most elementary solution to dwindling municipal, state, and federal revenues, is so rarely even considered, on the local level, and is the slightest bit controversial on the national one, speaks volumes about the power of the super-rich over public policy.
It's supposed to be the other way around -- it's supposed to be most of us influencing public policy more than a few of us do. I don't know when it happened, but it's completely upside down now.
When you hear someone say that Obama's plans for this country include raising taxes, always remember they're leaving out the crucial fact that his plans only include raising taxes on people with incomes sufficient to support ten families but who currently support only one, and usually a small one at that, and who simply do not pay a fair share of taxes as things stand now. The rest of us do -- they don't. It's not fair, it's un-American, and it's got to stop.
Barack Obama is not perfect. He's just a man -- just a mere human like the rest of us. But he sincerely wants to right the hideous injustices contained in our current health care delivery system, and he wants to meet the expense of righting that wrong with long overdue taxes of the super-rich -- not just individuals who are super-rich, but corporations. It's simply astounding that anyone objects to it. Well, anyone besides the pathologically heartless and greedy that is. Nobody's at all surprised that they object to it. But considering their numbers, small, compared to ours, huge, the extent to which they've been able to control the debate is impressive.
Please remember this the next time you hear some outraged cry about Obama raising taxes and how that means he's a bad, bad man. It means the opposite. If he's suggested raising taxes it's to right a wrong committed against the overwhelming majority of us and it's long overdue. How anyone currently carrying the lion's share of the tax burden in this country -- most of the Tea Partiers belong in that group by the way -- could possibly be against that beats the ever lovin' heck out of me, and that's not the only incongruence in these fictive tax protests the media is presenting as if they're somehow authentic. The people directing the most appalling invective at the president for raising taxes are the people whose tax burden will be lightened by them. By the people his tax policies will help the most.
It's clear. They are being used by people, and forces, far more sophisticated than they are. It's not quite the crime of the century -- I think the invasion of Iraq will probably claim that prize when the jury of history speaks -- but it's close.
The super-rich, and corporations (enormous overlap in the two groups of course) aren't going to let this happen without a fight. They've been taking over Congress for many years. That's almost a fait accompli. They hold pretty much all the cards as of now. However, I am reminded of a line from a poem by Shelley: "Shake your chains to earth like dew ... ye are many, they are few."
We outnumber them. It's time we started acting like it.