The New Republic: Opinion: Jonathan Cohn: Tax Day 2014: Higher Taxes Would Make For a Better Society
This post was originally posted at The New Democrat on Blogger
Well, I guess it is official now, with this piece from Jonathan Cohn, The New Republic (his link is above) the classic American liberal magazine is dead. Or perhaps, it has just been taken over by Socialists or Communists and the Liberals there are now forced to write pieces endorsing big government and critiquing the Right. Or perhaps the Liberals at TNR were simply kicked out and sent away. Maybe the TNR Liberals were kidnapped by the new TNR big government statists.
Jonathan Cohn calls tax day a time to celebrate. What’s next? He and the other big government statists are going to call for making tax day a national holiday or something? Here’s some helpful information. If you believe middle class Americans are under taxed, which apparently Mr. Cohn does, arguing in his piece today that all Americans except for the working poor should be taxed more, you are not a Liberal.
People who believe that middle class Americans, auto mechanics, law enforcement workers, teachers, nurses, bus drivers, government workers in general (not including politicians, but Representative Jim Moran disagrees with that) and military personal are under-taxed are, simply, wrong. These are workers who generally make 40-70 thousand dollars in a good year serving their fellow citizens and their country. Mr. Cohn, playing the role of Uncle Sam, says, “I have all of this new government that I want to create at your expense and I need your money. I’m the government and I’m a socialist, its my money to begin with and I’m just nice enough to let you have some of it!”
People who believe that hard-working middle class Americans are under taxed are not liberal and, I argue, not progressive either. You don’t hear socialist U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders or progressive senators Tom Harkin and Sherrod Brown calling for increased taxes on middle class Americans.
People who believe that hard working middle class Americans, who technically aren’t poor but who live paycheck to paycheck and will need Social Security to have any type of solid retirement income, are under taxed are socialist, big government, statists.