A new feature of the ever evolving memes and themes of the McCain presidential campaign is the accusation that Obama is in favor of a "redistribution of wealth" in the United States through what amounts to confiscatory taxation. Both McCain and his familiar, Rick Davis, have been saying that (paraphrase) "Americans do not want to see income redistributed through taxation" and that to redistribute income in that way is (paraphrase) "not the American Way."
They must be talking about some other "America," an "America" that exists in a parallel universe, hidden away behind the walls of the "Racket club," or the "River Oaks Country Club."
This "America," the one that most of us live in has had a graduated, progressive income tax as a feature of life and death for as long as any among us can remember.
Now, it is true that the denizens of that other, more exclusive "America" often manage to use the intricacies of the tax code in their favor so as to not pay very much income tax. Warren Buffet’s famous remark that his cook (or some such person) actually pays more tax than he does come easily to mind. Nevertheless, a progressive income tax is what we have.
Does this mean that McCain opposes the progressive income tax? Does he favor a flat tax or a "national consumption tax on steroids" as I do?
Are the Republicans serious when they mock poor Biden (ole foot in the mouf) for implying that paying taxes is patriotic? Surely they do not mean that? The US income tax is largely collected on the honor system—– Hmmm.
Actually, we all know that the tax drivel is just irresponsible propaganda. This too will pass. pl