California Gov. Jerry Brown (D-Havana) demonstrates once again why the political left’s feeble grasp on reality is seldom more tenuous than when it comes to taxes.
Regarding criticism of California’s new $52 billion tax hike, Brown said, “The freeloaders — I’ve had enough of them. They have a president that doesn’t tell the truth and they’re following suit.” (For more on this, see Steven Greenhut.)
The definition of freeloader is “a person who takes things from others without paying for them or giving anything in return.” That would seem to describe the people who take advantage of the welfare system, not people who pay taxes.
Apparently, Gov. Moonbeam doesn’t understand that people who pay taxes usually work for their money—i.e., they are not freeloading.
Indeed, when it comes to taxes the left has a habit of using words in ways that are the opposite of their meanings, as explained in this nifty little ditty:
If taxes were black, liberals would say they are white;
If taxes were day, Democrats would say they are night.
Leftists insist taxes are voluntary, while Daschle, Rangel,
Geithner and Solis’ hubby try to prove them right.
And who said taxes were voluntary? Well, none other than the former Senate Majority Leader himself, Dingy Harry! (Harry Reid)
The only thing that needs to be said in response to that is if you really think taxes are voluntary, then stop paying them for a while and see what happens. (Ask Wesley Snipes.)
Finally, in the late 1990s there was this gem from He-Who-Would-Condescend-To-God, Clinton Treasury Secretary Larry Summers: “When it comes to [repealing] the estate tax, there is no case other than selfishness.”
Someone who is selfish is “devoted to or caring only for oneself; concerned primarily with one’s own interests, benefits, welfare, etc., regardless of others.”
That wouldn’t seem to describe someone who would rather his inheritance go to his heirs or a charity than the government. Nor would it describe someone who saved his wealth so that his heirs would have something when he passed away. Now, someone who spent all of his wealth on, say, riotous living without leaving an inheritance for his children, that would seem to be a much better fit for the word “selfish.” (And, note that someone who was selfish would leave nothing for the I.R.S. to take away via the estate tax.)
In summary, Gov. Brown may be foolish, but he is carrying on a long tradition.
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