In a recent blog post (link above), Robert Reich offers up a compromise for Republicans and Democrats concerning the expiring Bush tax cuts:
"He (Obama) should respond by offering this olive branch: Extend the Bush tax cuts to the bottom 99 percent — to families earning less than half a million dollars.
But not to the top 1 percent."
So instead of extending them for everyone or only people making less than $250,000 a year, Dems and the GOP should meet in the middle, stack hands, and then go grab a sundae together, slapping each other's asses for a job well done.
My problem with this though is the arrogance of people like Robert Reich. You see, Mr. Reich, in his infinite wisdom, knows how much money is too much. He used to think it was more than $250,000/yr, but now after crunching some more numbers, or talking to God, Buddha, Tom Cruise, Allah, or whoever it is he talks to, he has decided $500,000/yr is the right number. Anything over that is just too much and it needs to be shared with the rest of us.
He tries to show his reasoning with this wonderful bit of logic:
"The top 1 percent now gets almost a quarter of the nation’s total income — a larger share than at any time since the 1920s. The top 1 percent have also received about 40percent of the benefits of the Bush tax cuts."
Wow, that sure does seem unfair. But wait, the top 1% don't "get" almost a quarter of the nation's total income do they? Does it rain down from the heavens and land in their yard? I don't understand what "get" means. They EARN almost a quarter of the nations income Mr. Reich. And unless they do something illegal to earn this money, what they earn is theirs, and you and your liberal friends aren't allowed to just decide "Hey, that's too much, we are going to take some of that now and put it over here because we are so smart and right and cool." (On a side note, the top 1% may have gotten 40% of the benefits of the tax cuts, but they also still currently pay 40% of the nations income tax. So yeah Mr. Reich, lets take a bit more of that money huh?)
The problem with people like Mr. Reich, Krugman, Pelosi and Pres. Obama is that they are greedy. They don't see this, but it's true. They cannot stand the fact that their are rich people out there that aren't them, and they want their money. They disguise this greed by saying "we need to help the middle class and save starving babies", but if that is their real intention, they can do that with their own money. None of these democrats are living in near poverty themselves, giving everything they have earned to the poor a la Mother Theresa. They just have some number that they plucked out of the air and decided that anything over that is too much and we need to take if from you. Giving it to the poor is just a way to make it sound better.
I am sure that liberals like to think of themselves as modern day Robin Hoods. But Robin Hood was a thief, a title he embraced. Perhaps it is time for Mr. Reich and friends to start referring to themselves as thieves. I am sure that the American people would see the Robin Hood connection and embrace them as heroes, right?